Province provides more access to on-line courses and retraining opportunities
May 17, 2021
BRANTFORD – The Ontario government is supporting 7 innovative virtual learning projects at Six Nations Polytechnic Institute to help provide students with more choice and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities.
“These projects will help ensure our postsecondary institutions have the tools they need to create great curriculum online,” said Will Bouma MPP for Brantford-Brant. “By increasing virtual course offerings, we’re helping the next generation of workers, innovators, researchers, and leaders develop the skills and training they need to succeed in their careers, when and where they need it most.”
The projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy announced last December and
support key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online and identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs. Projects include:
- A series of tools and resources aimed at supporting Indigenous learners, enhance conceptual and practical skills for success in skilled trades and math. This project will integrate real-world applications and lived experiences to support learners.
“Six Nations Polytechnic is pleased to be involved in the Virtual Learning Strategy with development of seven virtual learning resources including two new micro-credentials to be developed in collaboration with Indigenous Institutes in Ontario,” said Rebecca Jamieson, CEO and President of Six Nations Polytechnic. “Micro-credentials focused on ‘Indigenous e-learning assessment strategies’, ‘Hyflex design in Indigenous teaching and learning’ and Indigenous knowledge virtual learning resources will support learner access and success as we work together to prepare for our collective futures.”
The province is investing more than $70 million to implement Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy, including $21.4 million announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.
“Ensuring that Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer responsive and flexible digital courses and programs will help students build the skills and competencies they need to be competitive in today’s economy,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Our Virtual Learning Strategy is aimed at creating a platform that will allow all post-secondary institutions to compete in the new and necessary environment of learning from home.”
The Ontario government is transforming virtual learning across the province by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes.
For more information, contact MPP Will Bouma at 519-759-036 or [email protected]