Ontario boosting digital and online learning for students
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Province investing in new, innovative ways to teach and learn with technology
Ontario is supporting colleges and universities across the province in developing new and innovative approaches to online and technology-enabled learning that best meets the needs of Ontario students.
This year, 45 recipients from universities and colleges across Ontario will receive a broad range of research and innovation grants through eCampusOntario to explore technology-enabled learning and highlight best practices in student engagement. Examples of funded projects include:
- Studying the use of gaming as a teaching method in science-based fields.
- Evaluating the impact of virtual simulations as a means to prepare nursing students for clinical practice, compared to more traditional approaches.
- Creating an online space for Indigenous students to virtually gather, record and engage in stories from local Elders.
These new investments in research and innovation will further position Ontario as a leader in the development of evidence-based strategies for online learning. eCampusOntario is a vital part of Ontario’s commitment to invest in postsecondary education that is accessible and that provides people with the skills and training they need to succeed.
Investing in new, innovative learning tools for students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.
- All publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario are members of eCampusOntario, a not-for-profit corporation that provides access for students to online courses in Ontario postsecondary institutions.
- This year 45 project teams will receive Research and Innovation Grants totalling $2.6 million.
- A total of 135 proposals were received and reviewed by volunteer peer evaluators from the college and university sectors.
Deb Matthews: Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Minister Responsible for Digital Government
“Our government wants Ontario students to have access to high quality education and training so that they have the skills they need to get the jobs of today and tomorrow. Investing in innovative educational methods like technology-enabled learning is one of the ways we can make sure we’re providing learning options for students that will help them succeed.”
David Porter: CEO eCampusOntario
“Our faculty and instructors are the engines of innovation in our post-secondary institutions. This investment in technology-enabled learning by the government of Ontario will advance knowledge in our province and will lead to the design of engaging programs and courses that will benefit our students and will ultimately contribute to a more highly skilled workforce across Ontario.”
Source – Government of Ontario press release