Study explores opportunities, barriers for online learning in Canadian PSE

November 16, 2017

Enrolment rates for online studies in Canada has increased 10% to 15% a year over the past five years, according to a recent study by Ryerson University Visiting Professor Tony Bates. The survey of over 100 Canadian institutions also concluded that the main challenges to expanding online learning in Canada's colleges and universities came down to resistance from faculty, lack of government supports, and a lack of resources (particularly tech support staff). Bates predicts that the future of Canadian higher ed with embrace blended learning, or a combination of online and in-class learning, as technology becomes a bigger presence in higher ed. Globe and Mail