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  • 1. How to fit over 10,000 courses in one online searchable database
    WCET PechaKuchaSmackdown– November 2010
  • 2. Objective
    To share lessons learned with regards to making a jurisdiction’s courses and programs findable online
  • 3. We will share
    A brief overview of our database project
    Lessons learned along the way since 2008
    A few dreams for the future
  • 4. Who We Are
    Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca is the Canada’s largestdistance education and training network
    112 local centres span the more than one million square kilometres that make up Ontario
    The network collaborates closely with the 43 public Ontario colleges and universities, over 100 literacy organizations, and training providers
  • 5. Over 100 Educational Providers
    Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:
    5 literacy & basic skills online providers
  • 6. Over 100 Educational Providers
    Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:
    42 high school online providers
  • 7. Over 100 Educational Providers
    Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:
    24 college online providers
  • 8. Over 100 Educational Providers
    Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:
    27 university online providers
  • 9. Over 100 Educational Providers
    Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:
    15 non-profit informal learning online providers
  • 10. Unfindable
    Most educational provider websites focus on their on-campus offerings
    2008: no one-stop shop to find Ontario online offerings
  • 11. What We Did
    Copy & Paste!
    • Built database from scratch from websites of educational providers because they did not have the resources/expertise/willingness to provide (with government’s support);
    Year 1: 3 electronic data transfers
    Year 2: 6
    Year 3: over 20 and counting
    We’re on our way!
  • 12. Lessons Learned
    It’s better to ask forgiveness than to beg for permission
  • 13. Lessons Learned
    Complexity has killed projects before, and will continue to do so
  • 14. Lessons Learned
    Belief in what you are doing in terms of supporting customers/students/real people can help you get by when the going gets tough
  • 15. Lessons Learned
    Sometimes beginning a good project with a good dose of naiveté can be a good thing
    Visit www.contactnorth.ca/support
  • 16. Lessons Learned
    Only relentless results-focused project managers ever get anything done:
    Ontario Online Learning Portal
    Ontario’s only online search engine with over 10,000 courses and over 800 programs
  • 17. Ontario Online Learning Portal
    www.click4onlinelearning.ca
  • 18. Portal Statistics
  • 19. Portal Statistics
    Programs by Type
     
  • 20. Contact Us
    Luc Comeau
    Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca
    1-866-601-1501
    luc@elearnnetwork.ca
    www.contactnorth.ca
    www.elearnnetwork.ca
    www.click4onlinelearning.ca