Trent University and Fleming College in Peterborough are set to receive more than $2 million from the Ontario government to aid in developing virtual learning projects.
Fleming College will receive $1,100,909, while Trent University is receiving $916,99 to collectively support 11 projects as a constituent of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy. The strategy itself was announced last year in December. It aims to support over 400 projects that will create or adapt digital content for faculty and students to impart skills and resources to teach and learn online.
Fleming is working on a series of eight micro-credential courses in the virtual reality domain of these projects. This series aims to equip the learners with high-demand skills and competencies that employers desire in the industry.
“As many aspects of our lives and learning have transitioned to online over the past year, we have had to adapt quickly,” stated Fleming president Maureen Adamson. “The investment from the Ontario government will help Fleming dedicate more resources towards virtual learning to prepare for a future of hybrid delivery and provide more options for students.”
Trent University is working on a micro-credential course focused on nursing leadership. It aims to assist nursing students in equipping themselves for roles in the healthcare domain.
“These projects will build on and advance the skills and capacity of students and faculty at Trent through multi-media channels, such as virtual lab sessions, career development, and knowledge communication skills,” said Dr. Cathy Bruce, vice-president of research and innovation at Trent. “The projects that are being led at Trent University contribute to the training of knowledgeable and highly qualified personnel that will in turn support post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith and Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott jointly made the announcement recently.
“People’s lives are busy; working full time and raising families. They don’t always have the time to enroll in part-time courses in person to sharpen their skills or knowledge,” said Smith.
“These exciting projects will help people develop in-demand skills by providing access to innovative educational technologies and better position them in the workforce,” said Scott.
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