Ontario universities offer students a robust online learning experience. In 2012-13, about 195,000 undergraduate and graduate students registered in e-learning courses. As of 2014, more than 3,100 online courses and 133 fully online programs were available across Ontario’s 21 publicly funded universities, and Ontario universities are committed to expanding these opportunities for students. Resources for new online courses have been made available by the Ontario government through funding for the Ontario Online initiatives.
Online and technology-enhanced courses and programs in Ontario are giving students greater flexibility as they pursue their degrees. New use of technology and innovative online tools and strategies are transforming teaching and learning across a wide variety of programs. Students can work through online courses on their own schedules, at their own pace and from any location, providing increased access to a university education and new opportunities for student success. The Ontario Online Initiative will support the continued growth of technology-enhanced learning in Ontario, and will help ensure high quality student experiences across the province. A new consortium in support of online and technology-enabled learning formed in 2014, and its members include all publicly assisted colleges and universities. This consortium is supported with funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, as part of its Ontario Online initiative. The online portal is set to launch in September 2015.