Publications and Reports

Advancing an Educational Technology Shared Services Strategy for Ontario: Province-wide Consultation Phase

Following on a continuing process to advance an educational technology shared services strategy for Ontario public post-secondary institutions, Peter Wolf and Vivian Forssman, on behalf of Carleton University, hosted 4 online workshops scheduled between November 1 – 28, 2018, inviting representatives from all 45 Ontario public colleges and universities to participate. The workshops brought together 82% of member institutions (37 institutions), with a total of 76 participants, representing IT, academic administration, teaching & learning centre staff and librarians.

The workshops were designed to validate findings from the August 2018 Educational Technologies Shared Services Survey and inform a collaborative go-forward strategy.

Infographic: The Rise of Online Learning in Canadian Universities and Colleges

Select results from the 2018 national survey that tracks the development of online and digital learning in Canadian public post-secondary education. Full survey results at onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca

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Ontario Extend Research Report

This study of Ontario Extend explores the experiences of educators who participated in the initial iterations of the program.

eCampusOntario collaborated with six colleges and four universities in Northern Ontario to develop resource materials that could provide a common baseline of knowledge and complement specific training and development programs for online learning development. This study sets out to identify strengths and weaknesses that could be remediated by redesigning selected program elements.

Shared Services Reports

The Educational Technology Shared Services Survey was distributed to each of 45 Ontario Colleges & Universities (English & French) between July 4 and Aug 2, 2018, to consider a provincial educational technology shared services strategy. Overall the survey identifies interest in further exploring educational technology shared services as a way forward for colleges and universities in Ontario. The Educational Technology Shared Services Survey project was awarded to a University of Ottawa team led by Aline Germain-Rutherford (AVP Teaching and Learning Support Services), and Richard Pinet (Director, Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning). UOttawa outlined a workplan which included project quality oversight, translation services, and access to UOttawa’s licensed survey tool (SurveyMonkey), with all communications planning, survey design, and data analysis to be undertaken by independent consultants Peter Wolf and Vivian Forssman.

Research Report

The survey, Awareness and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Ontario, was conducted by eCampusOntario in spring 2018. The purpose of the research was to learn more about resource elements of post-secondary teaching practice in Ontario including: the types of resources educators use, the key decision-making criteria educators use when selecting resources, educator awareness about OER, and actual use of OER – including open textbooks. Findings from this research will help inform eCampusOntario programming and partnerships with member institutions as the potential of open practice is explored.

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Drivers and Barriers to Online Learning in Ontario

eCampusOntario engaged Ipsos to run a province-wide survey about Ontarians’ attitudes towards online learning. The results include data regarding familiarity, favourability, trust, and advocacy… Characteristics that individuals consider when contemplating online education. Download to learn more.