Cégep à distance Expertise Shared with Brazilian Delegation

Montréal, April 10, 2014 – Cégep à distance is currently providing training for the São Paulo National Industrial Training Service (SENAI-SP).

SENAI-SP is looking for ways to manage a huge number of students, a reality it was faced with after the government added a distance education obligation to the curriculum under the National Education Act.

To help develop a solution, Cégep à distance created a 15-day training program to present its practices and especially strategies for helping SENAI-SP manage its 140,000 students. Since March 27, workshops have been given to the Brazilian delegation on themes such as course development, the project office, program structure, registration management, tutoring, research, new project development and far more.

“This training program is an opportunity to discuss and compare our distance education practices. It is a source of inspiration for our examination of new hybrid and synchronous training models to try in the future,” explained Cégep à distance Director Louis-René Dessureault.

“It is an experience that fits perfectly with the development of our service offer, which is a priority of our positioning plan. It gives us the chance to develop information sessions that we can use for future projects with the college network,” added Suzane Cormier, assistant director of Research and Development.

Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 18,000 people register for one or more of the 140 credit courses offered in French and English, for a total of 28,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.