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HOW TO FIT OVER 10,000 COURSES IN ONE ONLINE SEARCHABLE DATABASE WCET Pecha Kucha Smackdown– November 2010

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HOW TO FIT OVER 10,000 COURSES IN ONE ONLINE SEARCHABLE DATABASE

WCET Pecha Kucha Smackdown– November 2010

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Objective

To share lessons learned with regards to making a jurisdiction’s courses and programs findable online

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We will share

1. A brief overview of our database project

2. Lessons learned along the way since 2008

3. A few dreams for the future

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Who We Are

Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca is the Canada’s largest distance education and training network

112 local centres span the more than one million square kilometres that make up Ontario

The network collaborates closely with the 43 public Ontario colleges and universities, over 100 literacy organizations, and training providers

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Over 100 Educational Providers

Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:

5 literacy & basic skills online providers

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Over 100 Educational Providers

Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:

42 high school online providers

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Over 100 Educational Providers

Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:

24 college online providers

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Over 100 Educational Providers

Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:

27 university online providers

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Over 100 Educational Providers

Ontario, Canada as a jurisdiction, has over:

15 non-profit informal learning online providers

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Unfindable

Most educational provider websites focus on their on-campus offerings

2008: no one-stop shop to find Ontario online offerings

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What We Did

Copy & Paste! Built database from scratch from websites

of educational providers because they did not have the resources/expertise/willingness to provide (with government’s support);

Year 1: 3 electronic data transfers Year 2: 6 Year 3: over 20 and counting We’re on our way!

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Lessons Learned

It’s better to ask forgiveness than to beg for permission

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Lessons Learned

Complexity has killed projects before, and will continue to do so

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Lessons Learned

Belief in what you are doing in terms of supporting customers/students/real people can help you get by when the going gets tough

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Lessons Learned

Sometimes beginning a good project with a good dose of naiveté can be a good thing

Visit www.contactnorth.ca/support

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Lessons Learned

Only relentless results-focused project managers ever get anything done:

Ontario Online Learning Portal Ontario’s only online search engine with

over 10,000 courses and over 800 programs

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Ontario Online Learning Portal

www.click4onlinelearning.ca

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Portal Statistics

Sector # of Programs # of Courses

College 858 8,135

University 155 2,199

Secondary 2 1,724

Literacy 12 137

Other/Informal Learning

17 784

Total 1,044 12,979

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Portal Statistics

Programs by Type Program Type Number

Advanced Diploma 5

Bachelor’s Degree 24

Certificate 771

Diploma 109

Doctoral Degree 1

Graduate Certificate 27

Masters Degree 12

Recognition of Achievement

97

Total 1,044

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Contact Us

Luc Comeau

Contact North/elearnnetwork.ca

1-866-601-1501

[email protected]

www.contactnorth.cawww.elearnnetwork.cawww.click4onlinelearning.ca