Cégep à distance Activité physique et autonomie course wins honourable mention at the Prix du ministre

Montréal, May 26, 2014 – On May 23, the authors of the Cégep à distance course Activité physique et autonomie (109-103-MQ) won honourable mention at the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Science’s 2013-2014 Prix du ministre awards, in the distance education category. The course was designed by Dominique d’Anjou, an academic advisor at Cégep à distance*, and Robert Vaillancourt, a physical education teacher at the Collège de Rosemont.

The course design was guided by two principles: supporting the pedagogical model and evaluating and validating the students’ physical activity. To achieve this, the course was designed so that the students receive ongoing support from a tutor who can evaluate and validate their physical activity using interactive and multimedia tools.

The members of the selection committee emphasized the timely, motivating and interactive nature of the course. Customizable to the needs of each student, Activité physique et autonomie is designed to be easy-to-use and fully accessible online. The committee praised the coaching and constant support the students receive throughout the course. For example, the students send photos and videos that their tutors comment on, and each student has at least two Skype meetings with the tutor to explain their learning process.

The text read when the prize was awarded, which provides more details about the course and their committee’s assessment of it, can be found at:

http://www.mesrst.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/contenu/documents_soutien/prix_concours/PrixduMinistre/2013-2014/8_Activite_physique_et_autonomie.pdf.

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.

* Dominique d’Anjou is now a continuing education academic advisor at the Collège de Rosemont.