Results from the Canadian survey of online learning now available

Posted on December 20th, 2017

Tony Bates reports on the results from a 2017 survey that examines the status and development of online and distance learning in Canadian public post-secondary education. The survey found that online enrolments have expanded between 10-15% each year over the last five years. The main benefits of online learning were seen as access, flexibility, and innovative teaching, while the main barriers included lack of resources and faculty resistance. Bates questions what can be done to better support institutions with online teaching, particularly small institutions with a lack of resources, and how strategies or plans that have already been implemented can help inform institutions that are currently developing plans in the area of online learning.