Global awards presentation 4Presentation Transcript
Taking Ontario’s Learning System To the Next Level Becoming a World Leader in Building Engaged Learning Communities and Networks: Learning for an Open Ontario Learn Where You Live
My Name is Shaun Baron. I am an employee of Contact North. The World’s largest Distance Education network. Today, I’m going to tell you who we are. But, ladies and gentlemen, more importantly, today I want to challenge you, like we are being challenged. We are being called to imagine and to build an Ontario that will harness the diversity, the talents and economic potential of all our people – and I want to talk about that.
In 2010, Ontario is.. Canada’s leader in online learning – 8,000 courses and 800 programs online and thousands of students studying using online learning…
In 2010, Ontario is.. Canada’s leader in community support for online learning with Contact North| Contact Nord and elearnetwork.ca – over 115 centers supporting learners making choices in their own communities
ONTARIO’S NETWORK CONTACT NORTH & ELEARNNETWORK.CA A Department of Contact North
1. Bracebridge 2. Cornwall 3. Exeter 4. Georgina 5. Haliburton 6. Hawkesbury 7. Kincardine 8. Madoc 9. Mississaugasof the New Credit First Nation 10. Orléans 11. Port Hope 12. Shelburne 13. Six Nations 14. Stratford 15. St. Thomas 16. Thorold 17. Wallaceburg 18. Windsor-Tecumseh
It’s all about Partnerships
Contact North Created in 1986. Northern Ontarians have enhanced access to College and University courses Today’s Contact North has 94 centers and serves over 5,000 students annually in Northern Ontario
Ontario Government funded expansion to Eastern, Central and Western Ontario. Genesis of elearnnetwork.ca We opened in 2007 and now have 18 Centres across Eastern, Central and Western Ontario. “No matter where a student may live in Ontario, they deserve access to opportunity through post-secondary education” - Minister of MTCU, 2007 elearnnetwork.ca
Ontario’s Building BlocksOnline learning in Ontario’s post-secondary system is built on a foundation of six building blocks that can be leveraged to help build the 21st century post-secondary system. Ontario’s colleges and universities play a leadership role in that Ontario currently leads all Canadian jurisdictions in terms of the number and range of online (synchronous, asynchronous, blended) programs and courses available to students. This is a key building block in the 21st century post-secondary system.
NOW....... LET US IMAGINE OUR FUTURE
In 2010, Ontario is.. Calling on its educational institutions and partners to take online learning to the next level… A call to action and a call to lead
Imagine Ontario 2015.. 4,500 – 5,000 additional students studying online from home, work, community, college or university in quality courses that are highly engaging
Imagine Ontario 2015.. Students now study from literacy and essential skills to a college certificate or a PhD/Professional Doctorate largely through online learning at many Ontario institutions.
Imagine Ontario 2015 No student now leaves post-secondary education in Ontario without completing one or more courses through blended learning – we’re building the capacities for lifelong online learning
Imagine Ontario 2015.. A growing portion of targeted students – Aboriginal, First Generation, Francophone and Persons with Disabilities – study at home or close to home with peer networks and local support using online learning.
“Just-in-time learning” supports student to complete courses and challenge exams at their own pace (ie complete the course material in 4 weeks and challenge the exam without having to wait for the exam to be scheduled) Student satisfaction with choice, quality and their learning experience in Ontario among best in the world.
Think How These Organizations Think How These Organizations Become One Source for Open Learning for Every Adult in Ontario
Imagine a coordinated, focused effort by these organizations to rapidly develop courses and programs of quality so that affordable online education can quickly expand to meet the needs of Ontario’s adult learners….
Online Learning Students = + but there is more….
Imagine Ontario 2015 Smart community support for learners throughout Ontario – help with learning choices, technology, study skills…connecting to peers… Leveraging existing networks – Contact North|Contact Nord & elearnnetwork.ca
Imagine Ontario 2015 Being able to access quality video conference in your own community… Making advanced learning technologies accessible and affordable locally
Imagine Ontario 2015 Getting that local help just when you need it – keeps you engaged and reduces drop-out…
Imagine an Open Ontario in which learning took place, anytime, everywhere with local support…
+ = + Ontario Online Community Institutes
That’s How we Imagine Ontario…2015
THANK YOU Shaun Baron Director of Partnerships elearnnetwork.ca (613) 302-5201 firstname.lastname@example.org