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Wcet pecha kucha presentation luc comeau elearnnetwork.ca

  1. 1. HOW TO FIT OVER 10,000 COURSES IN ONE ONLINE SEARCHABLE DATABASE WCET Pecha Kucha Smackdown– November 2010
  2. 2. Objective  To share lessons learned with regards to making a jurisdiction’s courses and programs findable online
  3. 3. We will share 1. A brief overview of our database project 2. Lessons learned along the way since 2008 3. A few dreams for the future
  4. 4. Who We Are  Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca is the Canada’s largest distance 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. 5. Over 100 Educational Providers Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:  5 literacy & basic skills online providers
  6. 6. Over 100 Educational Providers Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:  42 high school online providers
  7. 7. Over 100 Educational Providers Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:  24 college online providers
  8. 8. Over 100 Educational Providers Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:  27 university online providers
  9. 9. Over 100 Educational Providers Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:  15 non-profit informal learning online providers
  10. 10. Unfindable  Most educational provider websites focus on their on-campus offerings  2008: no one-stop shop to find Ontario online offerings
  11. 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. 12. Lessons Learned  It’s better to ask forgiveness than to beg for permission
  13. 13. Lessons Learned  Complexity has killed projects before, and will continue to do so
  14. 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. 15. Lessons Learned  Sometimes beginning a good project with a good dose of naiveté can be a good thing
  16. 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. 17. Ontario Online Learning Portal www.click4onlinelearning.ca
  18. 18. Portal Statistics Sector # of Programs # of Courses College 858 8,135 University 155 2,199 Secondary 2 1,724 Literacy 12 137 Other/Informal Learning 17 784 Total 1,044 12,979
  19. 19. Portal Statistics Programs by Type Program Type Number Advanced Diploma 5 Bachelor’s Degree 24 Certificate 771 Diploma 109 Doctoral Degree 1 Graduate Certificate 27 Masters Degree 12 Recognition of Achievement 97 Total 1,044
  20. 20. The Future?  More user-driven functionalities:  Compare courses and programs  Print Study Options  Search possible programs by job title
  21. 21. Contact Us Luc Comeau Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca 1-866-601-1501 luc@elearnnetwork.ca www.contactnorth.ca www.elearnnetwork.ca www.click4onlinelearning.ca

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