Ontario a bunch of students from the north who said we have terrible accessibility terrible opportunities for learning in many cases not because our population centers don’t have universities and colleges that are excellent but once.
You get beyond Thunder Bay or Sudbury or Sioux sainte-marie or North Bay stuff gets harder to do and so they wanted to work with us to think with our vendor partner Orion the network specialist of the province could we improve the connectivity and the opportunity and bring some equity to online learning across the problem so we’ve been working with our institutions to build a sandbox opportunity for faculty instructors and students try and out some of these ideas and extend saying that I told you about.
The program of study for faculty members the 21st century educator faculty model is really one of those opportunities it’s a capacity building initiative it’s based on the simple beliefs that if we’re going to use technology it better have an impact on learning so how do we help our faculty understand how to get the most impact out of the technologies they use we’re trying to be.
Extending their knowledge this model put together in an online delivery format our mantra is really simple I’m working with faculty we’re trying to encourage them to explore be more exploratory more experimental and you’ll find something engage.
With it and do it for a while when you think it’s working extend it into your classroom we’re really shooting to empower faculty to have the best possible experience they have can have because what we’re really looking for is enlightened faculty going for a whole bunch of Buddhas and know how to use technology effectively that’s our goal so if you go to extend on eCampus.
Ontario that’s CA you get a sense of it not only do they do these six three-hour modules they build.
Their own domain we force them to have their own domain their own place on the Internet not some closed portfolio in a managed system an open portfolio manager.
Themself different way of thinking you it’s all creative commons-licensed prettiest finally the other rethinking we’re doing is rethinking recognition of learning we know that the students in our province coming out of high school coming into post-secondary are ready to.
Learn and have deep domain knowledge in front of them.
They’re gonna learn to be a biologist or an engineer or an accountant or a nurse but the part that’s harder for them to learn is the part that we’re calling the t-shaped speedin they’re really good at deep learning but the stuff that gets them hired the stuff that makes them a valuable colleague the stuff that makes them a good team member or the cross-domain it’s built an attitude that they also need learn and so the question is how do we do that.
While they’re in high school how do we do that while they’re in university and our minister has said every undergraduate student in Ontario shall have a meaningful experiential learning opportunity while they’re in both secondary there’s probably only 10,000 co-op placements possible maybe 5,000.
Internships so the only solution to get the rest of those is some technology-enabled solution how do we build that that’s a big challenge we’re working on right now we know that the private sector has some very cool ideas in this area this is.
Red Academy’s website they’re coding Academy they’re three or four right here in Toronto they’re already talking about redefining education take a 10-week program we’ll get you hired the question is why wouldn’t our colleges step up and try to.
Match them alright it set a pattern that’s new and challenging we should be able to think creatively about.
Ways we can match that even people are already in the workforce they’re getting pinged by Autodesk all kinds of others say nanodegree don’t have time to take full degree program take a nano degree small pieces that ladder together is with a.
Piece the universities are starting to get their heads around that notion of micro-credentialing one of the missing components in Canada it has the lot to do with the fact that we are a confederation not a republic not a single education system for the.
Whole country education systems everywhere we have a really hard time talking about competency and what people can do and how we assess those can do skills yes we know we got a great grade.
In calculus what can they use we got really bad at that your hands okay Emma’s we’re gonna have to catch up and begin to figure out not.
How we match jobs to people but how we match people with skills job it’s that.
Still match piece that we’re missing our universities are already thinking about it practical guide to work integrated learning higher education Quality Council antara bringing life.
Learning at Ontario universities our universities know they have a problem they’re trying to figure out how to do a little so the call to action here Ontario as if we’re building the workforces it’s tomorrow what are the implications for learning resources to support that the experiences students have.
And the way that we recognize their.
Learning and that’s the challenge for us at eCampus Ontario how do we drive growth in innovation how do we pay attention to the actual needs beyond the institutions and how do we help our institution to leverage technology in a way that their graduates come out with what we’re calling.
The three decd not just deep domain knowledge but transversal skills that run through that but say I know about teamwork I can present I’m a great public speaker I’m ethical I know a lot of stuff beyond the domain culture but so we’re playing around with ideas.
Like badging systems shaping experiences with industry and students and very soon.
Every student registered in Ontario’s University in college every faculty member every instructor well it access to LinkedIn learnings lynda.com top skill video training programs think by January 28th we’re just currently negotiating the contract with LinkedIn so that’s a big buy.
And that’s a new way of thinking about just-in-time learning I was.
On there the other night because I’m skeptical of some of these.
Things and I’ve been teaching instructional design and I watched their 20-minute instructional design overview it’s a mind-blower so you need to pay more attention the things that are coming to us from the private sector as well those publishers that have gone into media and services interesting place to be that’s it for me I hope I didn’t scare the bejesus out.
Really hard here in Ontario to think differently about how we enable faculty and instructors to make them feel empowered to use technologies to shoot their vision and how to work with students effective that’s happy to answer your question.