Report Says Ontario Universities Need More Access to Online Education
Ontario’s students need more access to online education. This is according to a new report from the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU), called Transforming Ontario Universities.
“The Ministry’s consultations confirmed that university faculty and staff are continually enhancing the educational experience for students,” said Alastair Summerlee, Chair of COU and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph.
“These discussions have provided further momentum to build on the numerous innovations taking place on campuses across the province.”
The report also recommends the formation of a new online educational consortium to give students access to online courses and programs from institutions across the province.
“Universities continuously update course content and identify new academic programs that meet student and labour market demand. They create new experiential and e-learning opportunities that will best prepare today’s students for the future,” said Bonnie M. Patterson, COU’s President and CEO.
“By continuing to effectively manage costs, they are ensuring that financial resources stay dedicated to teaching and learning activities, and essential student supports.”
In addition to the online consortium, universities are also working together to improve Ontario’s credit transfer system. They are also looking to advance the definition and assessment of learning outcomes, so students are better equipped for their careers.