eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy 2021

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities recently announced funding and a call for expressions of interest (EOIs) for their  Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS).  

The full details and templates can be found on their VLS Expressions of Interest page.

Funding for the VLS is split into four distinct streams: Digital Content, Digital Capacity, Digital Fluency and Digital Delivery. The University will be prioritizing proposals in the Digital Content and Digital Fluency categories, as outlined below. Please note, all materials developed under the Digital Content and Digital Fluency category must be made available through the eCampusOntario platform. 

Process & Deadlines 

All proposals must be approved by the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. To help support interested applicants in this process, we have developed an internal review process. We are asking interested applicants to complete the UofT Internal Expression of Interest Form, which includes a max. 250-word project proposal, by Friday, January 15Below is the full program timetable, with UofT submission dates in bold: 

January 15, 2021  Internal Expressions of Interest to be submitted to VPIUE for preliminary review 
January 25, 2021  Full proposal to be submitted to VPIUE for final review  
February 3, 2021  Applications submitted by VPIUE to eCampusOntario 
February, 2021  ECampusOntario Evaluation of applications 
March, 2021  Contracting process 
April 2021- February, 2022  Programming execution 

Resources

The VP-IUE has a shared folder with support resources including EOI templates, consultation notes and implementation strategies.

Proposal Streams 

Digital Content is the creation and adoption of high-quality online materials. We anticipate that this stream will be most relevant for academic divisions. Listed below are some of the stream categories and the maximum funding per project. Additional funds are available for projects that include collaboration with other institutions.  

  • Transition of existing courses to online formats ($25,000)  
  • Creation of a new course shell based on content from an open educational resource (OER) ($25,000)  
  • Creation of new online courses ($75,000) 
  • Creation of new online programs ($200,000) 
  • Creation of a new shareable open educational resource (OER) ($25,000) 
  • Adaption of an existing open educational resource (OER) ($15,000) 
  • Development of modules, simulations, or virtual laboratory content ($75,000) 

(Note that options move a course permanently online or offer a program in a hybrid model will require governance within the institution to implement. Please consult VPIUE for advice). 

Digital Fluency is intended to support the development and adoption of professional development resources for faculty and students. We anticipate that this category would be most relevant for faculty and student support units (e.g. teaching and advising centres). The Digital Fluency category solicits applications for development of a province-wide course series inspired, in part by the @One Project in California. The maximum budget per project is $200,ooo. Below are a number of potential areas for resource development:   

  • Assessment strategies 
  • Humanizing learning 
  • How to build a high-quality online course 
  • Low-tech teaching for low connectivity
  • Design and delivery in Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) learning
  • Targeted supports for students to support improved digital fluency for learners (e.g., how to be successful in an online course, etc.) 
  • Your proposal for Digital Fluency Course

For any other queries regarding the scope or submission to the VLS, please email vp.iue@utoronto.ca