As part of Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy, the province is investing more than $700,000 to support nine Conestoga-led virtual learning projects that will help provide students with more choice and access to high quality education and retraining opportunities.
The announcement was made by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris on Thursday, May 27. Harris also announced funding for projects led by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. In total, the three post-secondary institutions will receive almost $3 million to support 36 projects.
“Today’s funding will help Waterloo Region’s three post-secondary institutions develop online curriculums that reflect their world-class reputations as leading colleges and universities,” Harris said in a news release. “Increasing virtual course offerings will provide an opportunity for the next generation of workers, innovators, researchers and leaders get the skills and training they need in their fields, when and where they need it.”
The province is investing more than $70 million to support nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous institutes.
“We appreciate the province’s investment in this important digital innovation initiative that will enrich both new and existing programming and enhance the learning experience for students across Ontario,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “Increased access to high quality digital learning resources will play an important role in developing more graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute to Ontario’s economic recovery and well-being now and into the future.”
The following Conestoga-led projects will be completed with support provided through the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy investment:
- Best Practices and Strategies for Creating and Teaching Simulations
- Supporting End of Life Care
- Student Success for Higher Learning
- Responding to an Emergency Situation
- Promoting Safe Transfers and Mobility
- Therapeutic Communications for Health Office Administrators - Digital Text
- Therapeutic Communication for Health Office Administrators - Game Simulations
- Business Math: A Step-By-Step Handbook
- Supply Chain Bundled Open Educational Resources
In addition to these Conestoga-led projects, the college is also collaborating on 11 additional projects led by other Ontario post-secondary institutions.
For more information about Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy, visit https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59600/ontario-invests-in-virtual-learning-strategy