About Online Learning Strategies

OLS Functional support areas
Online Learning Strategies
is a  portfolio committed to development and implementation of the University’s online learning strategy. The mandate of this office is to identify, recommend and support the coherent provision of online learning solutions, services, processes and related  infrastructure required to serve the academic and administrative needs of the university.  This function is part of the Information and Technology Services group, reporting to the CIO. The Director of Online Learning Strategies, Laurie Harrison, provides strategic and tactical leadership while working closely with the  Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation, and also the Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and his team.

Our Team:

Key Responsibilities

Online Learning Consultation

  • Online and hybrid course design and development
  • Funding programs
  • Faculty development and program support

Specialized Learning Technologies Support

  • Online exam proctoring
  • Work integrated learning supports
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Authoring (Articulate, SCORM, H5P)

Open Education Resource and Outreach Development

  • Open textbook authoring and adaptation
  • Open modules and other resources
  • eCampusOntario liaison

Online Learning Research and Evaluation

  • Information, advice and support on researching and publishing research related to online learning strategies and
  • Evaluation of emergent educational technology tools and techniques

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Support

  • Consultation, partner liaison and design services related to MOOC project implementation
  • Coursera and EdX platform support

For more information please contact:

Laurie Harrison
Director of Online Learning Strategies
laurie.harrison@utoronto.ca