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About the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors

The Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors was launched in 2010 as a resource for post-secondary educators in Ontario to find the latest information on new technology and new developments in online learning, as well as practical tips and tools to help them integrate technology in their teaching in a way that improves the learning experience for their students.

The Portal offers faculty and instructors access to:

  • Profiles of over 75 pockets of innovation in online and blended learning, faculty training, technological development, and student support services  by Ontario’s college and universities;
  • A series on game changers in online learning that feature how colleges and universities around the world are transforming the way we teach and learn online;
  • A growing collection of analyses and commentaries  that track the latest trends and directions in online learning in Ontario, Canada, and around the world;
  • Links to close to 40 Ontario college and university teaching and learning services that offer resources and training on how to use technology to enhance student success;
  • Practical tips and tools to help you use technology to support the work that you do in the classroom.

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Five Core Services for Students, Faculty & Instructors, Colleges, Universities, Literacy and Basic Skills and Training Providers:

  1. Supporting 4 million Ontarians

    Over 4 million Ontarians in 600 small, remote, rural, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province can participate in online and distance programs and courses from Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers without having to leave their community by accessing the services available from Contact North | Contact Nord.

    Staff at 112 local online learning centres across the province provides students and prospective students with information on online and distance programs and courses from Ontario’s public colleges, universities and literacy and basic skills and training providers and assistance with registering in the program or course. Students can also participate in their classes by using the web conferencing, videoconferencing and audioconferencing platforms available at each centre. Full technical support and assistance are available from the local staff in each centre.

    Students have free use of computers with high-speed Internet at local centres to connect to their online courses and complete their course work.

    Students have a quiet place to complete their course work, link with other students in informal support groups and write supervised exams.

    There is no cost for students to use the local online learning centres.

  2. Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students

    Information on available online and distance programs and courses and student support services from Ontario’s public colleges, universities and literacy and basic skills and training providers is available 24/7 from the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students at studyonline.ca.

    This Portal has an average of 26,000 unique visits per month

  3. e-Channel Portal

    Information on available literacy and basic skills training and student support services from public literacy and basic skills providers is available 24/7 on the e-Channel Portal at e-channel.ca.

    This Portal has an average of 1,100 unique visits per month.

  4. Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors

    The Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors provides up-to-date information for faculty and instructors teaching online and at a distance with trends and directions, tips and tools, information on training and professional development programs, game changers in online and distance learning and the Pockets of Innovation Series that showcases 100 examples of innovations and developments taking place at Ontario’s public colleges and universities.

    This Portal has an average of 14,000 unique visits per month and is available 24/7 at contactnorth.ca/home.

    Information on new postings and resources on this Portal is also communicated through the weekly Online Learning News, which is distributed to 9,000 e-mail subscribers weekly.

  5. Student Information Hotline

    Students and prospective students can connect live via phone (1-877-999- 9149) or via e-mail and live chat with staff (studyonline.ca/contact) who provide information on online and distance programs and courses, assistance with the registration process and other student services.

Corporate Information

  • Established by the Government of Ontario in 1986
  • Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Thunder Bay and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of individuals from Ontario’s public colleges, universities, school boards, Aboriginal communities, Francophone communities and public members.
  • Receives annual operating and capital funding of $10 million from the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities continuously since 1986.
  • Provides direct services and supports in English and French to students and prospective students and Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers.
  • Generates and supports 40,000 student registrations annually for Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers, an increase of 150% over the past 5 years.