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About Contact North | Contact Nord

Canada’s Contact North | Contact Nord is the organizer and host of The World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age –Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning in October 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

Contact North | Contact Nord provides five core services for Ontario’s students, faculty & instructors, colleges, universities, literacy and basic skills and training providers.

1. 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 across 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.

2. studyonline.ca

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 at studyonline.ca.

Studyonline.ca supports 180,000 visitors and growing.

3. e-Channel Portal

Information on available literacy and basic skills training and student support services from public literacy and basic skills providers is available 24/7 on the e-Channel Portal at e-channel.ca.

e-Channel.ca supports 5,000 visitors and growing.

4. teachonline.ca

Teachonline.ca 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 125 examples of innovations and developments taking place at Ontario’s public colleges and universities.

teachonline.ca supports more than 200,000 visitors and growing.

Information on new postings and resources on this Portal is also communicated through the bi-weekly Online Learning News, which is distributed to 10,000 e-mail subscribers on a bi-weekly basis.

5. 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.

Corporate Information

  • 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 funding of $10 million from the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 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 67,000 student registrations annually for Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers, an increase of 33% over the past 5 years.

Contact North | Contact Nord Outcomes

Since its creation in 1986, Contact North | Contact Nord has delivered significant outcomes for Ontario’s students/prospective students, Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers, 600 small, remote, rural, Aboriginal and Francophone communities and the Government of Ontario.

Click here to review the outcomes.

Visit us at www.contactnorth.ca for more information.

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