No Open Proposals Available
The future of online learning relies on collaboration. In past, eCampusOntario has offered funds to help Ontario educators and industry professionals as they work to improve online and technology-enabled teaching and learning. These have included the New Program Development Fund, the Research and Innovation Fund, and the Open Initiatives Fund.
New Program Development Fund
eCampusOntario is a member organization of the 45 publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. In order to help online and technology enhanced learning thrive at these public institutions, the organization created the New Program Development Fund. Through this fund, educators were empowered to design cutting-edge online programs. View the project list of ongoing developments below.
Research and Innovation Fund
The Research and Innovation Fund had two major goals: support research intended to enhance the state of online learning in Ontario and bolster projects dedicated to increasing innovation within online and technology-enabled education. Browse the ongoing project list below.
Open Initiatives Fund
The Open Initiatives Fund supported the creation and adaptation of OERs in specific subject areas including French language content, Indigenous studies and subject matter for highly enrolled first and second year courses. View the list of funded projects below.
Call for Proposals
Don’t hesitate to answer the Call for Proposals from eCampusOntario by submitting a project or research plan that could potentially broaden the current landscape of OER, provide new course content to an institution or add some new innovation to the community.
There are no current funding programs available.
In 2016, eCampusOntario issued a call to education professionals across Ontario to submit proposals that would encourage cross-institutional collaboration in key areas. In response, eCampusOntario received 174 proposal submissions. A total of 63 were selected for funding after a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation process and 76% of the successful proposals featured collaborative efforts between Ontario’s colleges and universities.
Open content and program development projects are a highly effective way to accelerate collaboration between learners, institutions, and academic professionals. With projects such as these, leaders in the growing field of online learning can share outstanding practices and improve the quality of education, while student groups can access free or low-cost Open Educational Resources (OER).
A total of $17,702,142 in funding has been awarded for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 fiscal years. The funding breakdown for the winning proposals included 38% for Open Education Initiatives, 37% for New Program Development, and 25% for converting face-to-face programs to online delivery.
As a centre for excellence, eCampusOntario has a mandate to support leading-edge research in the rapidly growing field of online learning. Following a call for proposals which received 135 submissions, 45 successful teams from Ontario’s colleges and universities received grants for research and innovation projects related to online and technology-enabled learning.
The funded projects demonstrated three criteria: openness, innovative pedagogical approaches, and opportunities for synthesis and the dissemination of outstanding educational practices. A total of $20,310,944 in funding has been awarded for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 fiscal years.