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Press Releases and Publications



eCampusOntario Relaunches Edtech Sandbox to Support Higher Education Innovation in Ontario, April 3, 2023
eCampusOntario is relaunching its EdTech Sandbox to support higher education innovation in Ontario. The initiative provides a safe, risk-free environment for institutions to discover, pilot, review, and adopt educational technology tools that support digital transformation.

Student experience design: Our north star in a COVID world Educated Solutions, September 11, 2020
In this article, eCampusOntario staff write about the role of student-led design in the reimagination of learning systems and spaces that reflect the full range of human experience.

Micro-certification: towards a recursive system of learning recognition LinkedIn, February 3, 2020
In this three-part article series, interim co-executive director Lena Patterson talks about elements that develop a successful micro-certification strategy, including collaboration, a foundational framework and being comfortable with fluidity.

Bridging the job readiness gap: virtual tools for a new campus-to-workplace pathway LinkedIn, December 12, 2019
CEO David Porter explores the idea of teamwork as a key skill for student – and workplace – success.

Collaboration in hard times in education University Affairs, December 9, 2019
In this guest column, CEO David Porter presents one solution for a changing Ontario post-secondary landscape: collaboration between institutions.

 The benefits of group think: building collaborative processes in higher education InsightaaS, November 20, 2019
Are collaborative processes the solution to a smarter, more impactful higher education? In this guest blog post, CEO David Porter makes the case.

Press releases

eCampusOntario, City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada Support New Partnership Model with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions. November 9, 2020

eCampusOntario to Collaborate With Partners on Ontario’s Micro-Credential Strategy. November 5, 2020

eCampusOntario Convenes Conference on the Future of Online Learning. October 19, 2020

Kenjgewin Teg Becomes eCampusOntario’s 46th Member. October 5, 2020

eCampusOntario Board of Directors Appoints New CEO. June 15, 2020

eCampusOntario and provincial government enable digital academic continuity March 31, 2020

For eCampusOntario, human skills are the goal of technology-enabled education March 10, 2020

eCampusOntario leads education-industry collaboration through micro-certification February 4, 2020

eCampusOntario leads the creation of more skilled trades workers with less class time January 6, 2020

eCampusOntario leads micro-certification framework development in Ontario post-secondary system November 19, 2019

Franco-Ontario students can go online for experiential learning opportunities August 28, 2019

Ontario students can get textbooks for less March 29, 2019

In the Media



International Award for Trent University Liberating Learners OER
Ontario, November 9, 2022
Terry Greene is the project lead of Ontario Extend: Liberated Learners, a 7 institution collaboration of colleges and universities including Trent, Nipissing University, Seneca College, Cambrian College, McMaster University, Brock University and the University of Windsor.


Why blockchain could mean fewer hassles for students and workers proving their credentials
Ontario, October 4, 2022
Microcredentials — attestations of proficiency in a specific skill or knowledge base that are certified by an authority — can provide evidence of a person’s skills to employers.


Ontario Expands Financial Assistance to Include Micro-credentials
Ontario, March 18, 2021
Nearly 600 rapid training programs are now eligible for OSAP

Ontario Supports Hands-on Training Opportunities for Postsecondary Students
Ontario, March 10, 2021.
Thousands of paid internships will help build highly skilled workforce and prepare people for in-demand jobs

Ontario Invests in Short-Term Flexible Training Program
Ontario, January 19, 2021.
Funding helps people obtain skills for in-demand jobs in textile computing industry


City partners with universities, colleges on COVID-19 research
Toronto Star, November 10, 2020.
This article highlights the City of Toronto’s new research partnership with provincial and federal governments, eCampusOntario and local colleges universities. The partnership aims to address several research projects aimed at COVID-19 recovery.

Instructors weigh options for exams this semester
University Affairs, April 28, 2020
This article is about the increasing use of digital proctoring tools, Steven Murphy, one of eCampusOntario’s board chairs, sheds lights on the role they can play in remote exams.

In the COVID-19 world, open source textbooks are the way of the future National Post, April 22, 2020
This column calls for widespread use of open educational resources (OER) as a solution for higher education’s emphasis on remote teaching and the increased financial strains on students. eCampusOntario gets a mention for its work with OER.

Ontario school closures extended to May, online learning to bridge gap Globe and Mail, March 31, 2020
This article details the province’s response to educational needs during the COVID-19 health emergency, including a partnership with eCampusOntario to help support academic continuity.

Ontario promises $25M for post-secondary institutions and support to allow online exams CTV News, March 31, 2020
This piece explores the government’s partnership with eCampusOntario, which helps make digital learning supports available during the COVID-19 emergency, including a tool that allows final exams to be delivered and graded online.

Could micro-credentials compete with traditional degrees? BBC WorkLife, February 17, 2020
This comprehensive article looks at the potential of alternative recognition to re-shape traditional career paths, and uses eCampusOntario’s micro-certification pilot as an example.

Augmented and virtual reality are helping colleges up their tech game Maclean’s, February 4, 2020
eCampusOntario’s AR/VR teaching pilot gets a mention in this article about the potential of virtual reality to make learning and workplace experiences more affordable, flexible and impactful.


4.7M Videos and Counting. A Look at Ontario’s Province-Wide Investment into LinkedIn Learning The LinkedIn Learning Blog, October 22, 2019
A look into the success of Ontario’s investment in LinkedIn Learning at provincial post-secondary institutions, with commentary from eCampusOntario’s CEO, David Porter

Ontario schools tally OER savings with new tool Campus Technology, July 9, 2019
Coverage of eCampusOntario’s impact calculator, a digital tool that helps calculate money saved by using open educational resources

Why are Canadian universities so slow to adopt digital learning? Maclean’s, April 24, 2019
CEO David Porter talks about Ontario’s growing appetite for online and technology-enabled learning options

University students can now earn badges to recognize their merits Maclean’s, April 10, 2019
CEO David Porter talks about the workplace value of micro-credentials

University profs can become video stars Soo Today, March 25, 2019
CEO David Porter explains how a digital learning partnership between Northern College and Algoma University increases post-secondary access


University students want profs to consider free options over textbooks CBC, September 12, 2018
CBC Kitchener-Waterloo explores students’ #textbookbroke campaign, and the role of platforms like eCampusOntario’s Open Library in affordability

Why women dominate the online learning space Globe and Mail, November 6, 2018
CEO David Porter talks about digital learning’s benefits for working professionals and those juggling multiple commitments


The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks University Affairs, April 4, 2017
CEO David Porter talks about open education as an emerging pedagogical approach

One-stop shopping for online courses Globe and Mail, November 19, 2015
Former CEOs Cathy Newell Kelly and Linda Rees talk about the value of online learning and the role of eCampusOntario’s LearnOnline portal