Online Campus Launched

Check out the eCampus Ontario online portal and see if it can benefit you. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]

by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor

The eCampus Ontario portal launched just before the University of Windsor’s reading week and is on the move to provide students with courses they need cross-province.

The Windsor-built, online portal is a central hub for Windsor, and other university and college students, to find and access courses they may need or find interesting offered at post-secondary institutions across Ontario. With University of Windsor’s 100 online courses offered through the portal and over 13,000 classes total, students will be able to access what they need and when they need it.

Nick Baker, the director of the Office of Open Learning, said they have been working on the project for a few years now and the original goal at mind was to allow students to access all the online classes across Ontario.

“Before the portal you have to go to the individual school websites and search for the classes you wanted which can be very tedious,” said Baker. “A lot of the courses can be hard to find, are unlisted and different websites have different set ups which can cause confusion.”

Baker said the government wanted students to have more mobility between other schools online and to find a pathway through their degrees as quickly as possible.

“Lots of students get blocked because they get to a point where they realize they missed out on a course they should have had earlier that’s not being offered again for another year at their own campus,” said Baker. “We wanted a way to facilitate for students that may be going through this – a way for students to be able to take courses they have missed sooner and get them through school faster, or at least on time.”

The website, on top of having online courses, also provides students with tools and guides to help them through their post-secondary endeavors. It also provides information on how to apply to universities and colleges for students looking to get in to post-secondary. It is completely open to everyone interested in furthering their education, from high school students to people taking time off and also existing students.

The portal is also working to bring credit transferability information to the easiest point possible.

According to Baker, the website was built to be completely user friendly, customizable and as fast as possible. He said it was made with mobile first in mind so it’s accessible across all platforms.

Baker said this is only Phase One for the eCampus as they are looking to expand on the courses and services available.

“For one thing, we want to build up our resource list as there are a lot more available, it’s just a matter of centralizing them,” said Baker. “Long term, we want to see access to these courses as easily as possible.”

On the website, when you click on a course it will bring you to the university’s page explaining how to sign up for the course. Baker said the goal is to bypass that step and bring students straight to the signup with no hassle.

“We’re looking to create flexibility for students as opposed to an online university,” said Baker. “Nothing is out of the question for the future of this project though.”

For more information on the online campus portal and to see how it works, visit www.ecampusontario.ca.

The portal is also working to bring credit transferability information to the easiest point possible.

According to Baker, the website was built to be completely user friendly, customizable and as fast as possible. He said it was made with mobile first in mind so it’s accessible across all platforms.

Baker said this is only Phase One for the eCampus as they are looking to expand on the courses and services available.

“For one thing, we want to build up our resource list as there are a lot more available, it’s just a matter of centralizing them,” said Baker. “Long term, we want to see access to these courses as easily as possible.”

On the website, when you click on a course it will bring you to the universities page explaining how to sign up for the course. Baker said the goal is to bypass that step and bring students straight to the signup with no hassle.

“We’re looking to create flexibility for students as opposed to an online university,” said Baker. “Nothing is out of the question for the future of this project though.”

For more information on the online campus portal and to see how it works, visit www.ecampusontario.ca.

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