Canada needs online education strategy

October 2, 2013

Jenni Hayman, founder of the online education initiative Wide World Ed, explores the need for a national online education strategy in a recent Globe and Mail op-ed. According to Hayman, Canada has need for its own unique, online education system that reflects the educational expertise and cultural identities unique to Canada. She discusses the creation of Open2Study in Australia and FutureLearn in the UK, which were both created as not-for-profits and have funding and promotional support from federal governments, in comparison to the present situation in Canada, where “each province and territory in Canada seems to be working on its own open, and tuition-based online solutions, with a strong perception of competitiveness.” With many possible benefits to open, online education, Hayman suggests that collaboration is the key to the successful establishment of a national open, online education platform.Globe and Mail