More than 3,400 online courses and 132 fully online programs are now available across Ontario’s 21 publicly funded universities. In 2013-14, about 220,000 undergraduate and graduate students registered in e-learning courses.
Universities and colleges have also been working together to develop more online courses, to provide resources for faculty and to build an online portal to help students easily find online courses and programs. Colleges and universities formed a new organization in 2015 – the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC). The new consortium launched the eCampusOntario portal in September 2015. The portal is a gateway to thousands of college and university online courses and hundreds of online programs, and provides students with access to online and technology-enabled learning opportunities, learning support modules and information on credit transfer.
Ontario universities have also developed new online courses and learning modules as part of the Ontario Online initiative of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (formerly Advanced Education and Skills Development). With funding from the ministry, Ontario universities developed and launched 67 courses in the fall of 2014, and 57 new online courses and 45 new learning modules in the fall of 2015.
The Scholars Portal – a digital library developed by Ontario’s universities – has become a valuable resource for Ontario students and faculty. First launched in 2002, more than 12 million searches are now conducted through the portal each year. The portal also receives about 245,000 inter-library loan requests a year. This portal is equipping students with the analytical skills needed to fuel a highly educated workforce and exposing them to resources available across the globe.