Cégep à distance Photography course wins a CNIE Award

Martin Brière, an education advisor at Cégep à distance, received an Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Design on May 17 from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) for the Photography course (504-FPH-03). The purpose of the award, which is given to a project that makes an outstanding contribution to distance education, is to attract attention to a project that demonstrates exemplary pedagogical design practices that focus on novel uses of media or technology.

To develop the Photography course, Brière worked with Don Corman, a professor at Dawson College in Montréal, who is now also a tutor for this Cégep à distance course. “It was because we worked together that Photography won the award. Together we managed to combine pedagogical content with technological applications and create a really interesting distance course,” said Brière.

Cégep à distance now offers a dozen courses in English, and this is its first win for a course developed by the Anglophone sector. Cégep à distance director Viet Pham is very pleased. “As a leader in distance education at the college level, Cégep à distance is very proud to be able to count on its broad experience in technopedagogy and a solid team of experts like Martin Brière for the design and mediatisation of the courses. We are also grateful to be able to work with highly skilled content specialists from the network of cégeps, like Mr. Corman from Dawson College. It allows Cégep à distance to successfully achieve our mandate to offer high-quality college-level distance courses in French and in English,” he added.

Photography was designed to use freeware, and the educational approach focuses on photography practice and the production of digital portfolios, which the students can then use for future projects.

For further details about the CNIE Awards, go to http://www.cnie-rcie.ca/?q=fr/node/153.

Le Cégep à distance, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of success and innovation in education, offers programs that lead to a Diploma of College Studies (DCS) or an Attestation of College Studies (ACS). Every year, its 200 courses in English and French attract about 18,000 students, for a total of nearly 30,000 course registrations. Registration is ongoing all year round.