2013-2014 – A year of promising achievements for Cégep à distance

Montréal, July 3, 2014 – Cégep à distance is proud to acknowledge the many promising projects it launched over the last academic year.

Cégep à distance has made the renewal of its digital environments a priority aspect of its positioning plan. To this end, significant advances were made on a number of fronts.

  • In March, an agreement was announced with COBA for the acquisition, design, development, installation and support of a teaching management system adapted to the needs of Cégep à distance.
  • In April, Cégep à distance kicked off the final phase of a major project to develop a new Moodle learning environment for its students.
  • In May, Cégep à distance announced an agreement with Ricoh Canada to modernize its workflow systems and set up a digital exam correction platform.

In February, after Guy Demers submitted the progress report on the college-level training offer project, Cégep à distance management realized it shared a lot of similar ideas about the importance of distance education on the development of the educational offer and the need for greater cooperation among college network stakeholders.

So, to more effectively fulfill its role of supporting the college network and promoting distance education, network and community services were combined in May under the new banner of Centre d’expertise et de transfert en enseignement numérique et à distance (CETEND).

Likewise, to expand the distance education offer, Cégep à distance pursued or concluded partnerships with the Cégep de Matane et de la Gaspésie et des Îles, the Cégep de la Pocatière, the Cégep de Drummondville, Champlain College and Vanier College. It also signed an agreement with the TELUQ Centre de recherche LICEF to set up the COMÈTE platform, in order to give the college network access to its teaching and learning resources (TLR).

Also, in March, through Cégep International, Cégep à distance welcomed the São Paulo national industrial learning service (SENAI-SP) for a training internship that established a number of opportunities for cooperation and deepened its reflections on the creation of new, flexible modes of developing distance courses.

Finally, the Cégep à distance ouvert web platform (http://ouvert.cegepadistance.ca – website in French) was recently launched and will offer, in August, the first college-level MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Québec: Un corps en équilibre, c’est vital! – Introduction à la biologie humaine.

Inspired by these achievements, Cégep à distance is looking forward to 2014-2015 with great optimism as Québec’s leader in college-level distance education.

Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont (website in French) 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.