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AU partners with Algoma University to transform courses to online delivery

When students from Algoma University commenced their spring term studies this June, many were uncertain about the prospects of shifting from traditional face-to-face delivery to learning remotely. Fortunately, support provided through a new partnership with PowerED™ by Athabasca University helped transform 20 undergraduate courses into high-quality, instructionally designed and engaging online delivery.

In addition, the partnership enables Algoma U access to a customized digital infrastructure and learning management system that is modern, mobile-friendly, and secure.

The success of the spring term allows Algoma U, a small Northern Ontario based undergraduate institution with a student population of just over 2000 full- and part-time learners, to move forward with confidence into the second phase of development as another 20 courses are finalized in time for the fall term, part of a five-year plan to convert 184 courses for online delivery.

“We are elated to announce our partnership with Algoma U and to offer our expertise to assist Algoma U in implementing its e-Learning strategy and increase access to online learning opportunities for students,” said PowerED™ Director, Jessica Scott.

“We are elated to announce our partnership with Algoma U and to offer our expertise to assist Algoma U in implementing its e-Learning strategy and increase access to online learning opportunities for students”

– Jessica Scott, Director of PowerED™

Prior to establishing the partnership, Algoma University had crafted a strategy to support enhanced e-Learning options but lacked sufficient technical infrastructure and the internal capacity to successfully execute the transition to high volume online/alternative academic program delivery brought on by COVID-19.

“While the partnership with PowerED™ by Athabasca University plays a critical role in helping Algoma University meet the immediate needs of local, regional and international students as a result of the pandemic, it actually accelerated the timelines of a long-term e-Learning strategy that was scheduled to commence in 2021. The partnership goes beyond the COVID pandemic in bringing a long-term solution to address institutional needs for high-quality, pedagogically sound remote course offerings,” said Dr. Donna Rogers, Provost and Academic Dean.

“While the partnership with PowerED™ by Athabasca University plays a critical role in helping Algoma University meet the immediate needs of local, regional and international students as a result of the pandemic, it actually accelerated the timelines of a long-term e-Learning strategy that was scheduled to commence in 2021. The partnership goes beyond the COVID pandemic in bringing a long-term solution to address institutional needs for high-quality, pedagogically sound remote course offerings.”

– Dr. Donna Rogers, Algoma U Provost and Academic Dean

Courses fall in a range of subject areas including Business, Computer Sciences, and Life and Environmental Sciences.  One course in particular, called The Science of COVID, is an interdisciplinary option designed by Algoma’s Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology and Health Sciences departments.

Those interested in finding out more about online course offerings at Algoma University are encouraged to visit their Virtual Open House site. For more information on PowerED™ by Athabasca University please visit the PowerED™ Website.

About Algoma University

Algoma University, based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was established in 1965. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous populations and other communities. The University has extended its reach into the Greater Toronto Area through its expanding campus in the heart of downtown Brampton, offering programming in areas such as Business, Computer Science and Psychology.  Algoma also offers Social Work and Community Development programming in Timmins, Ontario through partnership with Northern College.  For more information, please visit algomau.ca

About PowerED™ by Athabasca University

PowerED™ is an award-winning entrepreneurial unit within Athabasca University, that builds on the university’s rich history of online learning, flexibility, and accessibility. PowerED™ embraces innovation and next-level learning. PowerED™ focuses on assisting organizations to develop and deploy their own digital learning strategies. PowerED™ is committed to providing tangible tools and training to inspire breakthroughs—for individuals, employees, and organizations—with immediate impact. Power for Business. Power for People. Power for Good. Visit PowerED.ca.

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  • June 25, 2020