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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Students as customers

Photo: Yau Hoong Tan CC-BY-NC-ND A few weeks ago, I was a virtual attendee at a member meeting of a regional higher ed I.T. consortium. In attendance were I.T. Directors and CIO’s. One of the speakers at the event was an I.T. vendor who continually kept referring to students as “your customers”. Now, once or twice in a vendor presentation is annoying. But he kept repeating it over and over again to the point where I got so frustrated that […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

A running start to 2018-19

As I look ahead to the 2018-19 academic year, I see a great trajectory for Ontario colleges and universities. On top of the exemplary programs already on offer from our institutions, we are seeing growing interest from prospective students in flexible online pathways to skills and credentials that will provide them with a range of academic and career pathways to pursue. Five themes are coming to the fore and we are seeing increasing activity across our member institutions to implement […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Embracing the nudge

I recently attended WCET’s annual summit that examined Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a WCET event and I’ve missed the high-level discussions that occur at them, often on topics that are just about to emerge in mainstream higher education conversations. This year’s event was no exception, and the timing was perfect for the theme. The summit was promoted as an opportunity for rich discussion on three topics: Equity as a […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Possible shapes for the future of digital learning in Quebec

On May 29 and 29 I had the privilege to connect with colleagues in Quebec at Numerique 2018, a conference organized by the University of Montreal’s EDULib team, led by Professor Bruno Poellhuber – a very cool guy. My keynote opened the conference on the evening of May 28. The conference looked closely at advances in thinking about OER, MOOCs and distance education practice in general. Examples and discussions of possible futures were provided by speakers from Ontario, France (Catherine […]

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