Sharing for Success
The OeLC (Ontario eLearning Consortium) is a grassroots partnership of Ontario School Boards that began 2005.
The OeLC is comprised of a collective of Ontario School Boards, each of which has entered into mutual agreement to open their eLearning courses to all students throughout member boards without a course fee. Currently, the Consortium supports 54 member boards (28 Public and 26 Catholic) representing students who reside in both metropolitan and rural areas throughout Ontario.
With the support of an Executive Director, Technical Director, Program Coordinator, Technical Support & Program Facilitator, and the Executive Committee (selected from amongst its member Boards), the OeLC works together to:
The OeLC shares a registration / communication / tracking / reporting system, known as PRISM, to which all member boards and their respective staff involved in eLearning programming (e.g., administrators, managers, coordinators, and teachers) and student registration (e.g., registrars and guidance counsellors) have access.
The vignette provides a testimony to the effectiveness of the consortium as the UCDSB has tripled their e-learning offerings and expanded to offer a Continuing Education program as well. They did this while addressing geographical and technological challenges. By joining the consortium, the UCDSB not only expanded its course offerings, but improved networking, collaboration, and professional learning opportunities for teachers.