About the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students
First launched in 2008, the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students is a 24/7 gateway that provides easy and quick access in English and French to up-to-date information on the more than 1,000 programs and 18,000 courses available online and at a distance from Ontario’s public colleges, universities, literacy and other training providers.
It also features easy access to resources and support services for students interested in studying online and at a distance in Ontario.
The Portal features:
- Google-like Search –Search for information on thousands of courses and programs offered online and at a distance by Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, literacy and other training providers.
- Comprehensive Search Filters – Customize your results by using filters to search by institution, semester, field of study, delivery method, full-time or part-time, and more.
- Free Demos of Online & Distance Education Courses – Watch examples of courses for free to get a better idea of what online and distance learning is all about.
- Mobile Apps – Get the information you need, no matter where you are with our mobile apps for iPhone or Android.
- Student Services –Discover links to hundreds of student support services available from Ontario’s colleges and universities, including academic advising, employment, credit transfer, financial assistance, libraries, online tutoring, and prior learning assessments.
- Interactive Map – Explore an interactive map that allows you to find one of Ontario’s 112 online learning centres nearby where you can get information and support with registration, access to technology, and can use audioconferencing, videoconferencing and web conferencing to take your courses.
The Portal is developed in cooperation with student leaders from across the province. The Student Reference Group is currently composed of representatives from the College Student Alliance, the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario, and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.
We are always open to feedback from our student users. Please contact us if you have any ideas or suggestions for how we can continue to grow and improve the Portal.
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Five Core Services for Students, Faculty & Instructors, Colleges, Universities, Literacy and Basic Skills and Training Providers:
Supporting 4 million Ontarians
Over 4 million Ontarians in 600 small, remote, rural, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province can participate in online and distance programs and courses from Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers without having to leave their community by accessing the services available from Contact North | Contact Nord.
Staff at 112 local online learning centres aacross the province provides students and prospective students with information on online and distance programs and courses from Ontario’s public colleges, universities and literacy and basic skills and training providers and assistance with registering in the program or course. Students can also participate in their classes by using the web conferencing, videoconferencing and audioconferencing platforms available at each centre. Full technical support and assistance are available from the local staff in each centre.
Students have free use of computers with high-speed Internet at local centres to connect to their online courses and complete their course work.
Students have a quiet place to complete their course work, link with other students in informal support groups and write supervised exams.
There is no cost for students to use the local online learning centres.
Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students
Information on available online and distance programs and courses and student support services from Ontario’s public colleges, universities and literacy and basic skills and training providers is available 24/7 from the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students at studyonline.ca.
This Portal has an average of 26,000 unique visits per month
This Portal has an average of 1,100 unique visits per month.
Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors
The Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors provides up-to-date information for faculty and instructors teaching online and at a distance with trends and directions, tips and tools, information on training and professional development programs, game changers in online and distance learning and the Pockets of Innovation Series that showcases 100 examples of innovations and developments taking place at Ontario’s public colleges and universities.
This Portal has an average of 14,000 unique visits per month and is available 24/7 at contactnorth.ca/home.
Information on new postings and resources on this Portal is also communicated through the weekly Online Learning News, which is distributed to 9,000 e-mail subscribers weekly.
Student Information Hotline
Students and prospective students can connect live via phone, e-mail or chat with staff who provide information on online and distance programs and courses, assistance with the registration process and other student services via Contact North | Contact Nord’s Student Information Hotline at 1-877-999-9149.
- Established by the Government of Ontario in 1986
- Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Thunder Bay and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of individuals from Ontario’s public colleges, universities, school boards, Aboriginal communities, Francophone communities and public members.
- Receives annual operating and capital funding of $10 million from the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities continuously since 1986.
- Provides direct services and supports in English and French to students and prospective students and Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers/
- Generates and supports 40,000 student registrations annually for Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers, an increase of 150% over the past 5 years.