Central Virtual Learning Platform (CVLP)

Applications for the Central Virtual Learning Portal are Now Open

A new ‘matchmaking’ platform to connect  eCampusOntario member institutions with virtual learning content development funding support and services is now accepting applications.

The Central Virtual Learning Platform (CVLP) provides member institutions with supplemental design and production capacity to produce high quality virtual learning content, by way of connecting instructional designers, multi-media developers, copy editors and additional supports to institutions. The CVLP is a key component of the Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS) funding available through eCampusOntario.

CVLP support differs from other VLS programs in that it provides institutions with preferred skilled professionals to complement in-house staff developing virtual learning materials. Suppliers contracted through successful CVLP EOI applications will be paid directly by eCampusOntario.

Member institutions are invited to apply via the CVLP EOI application below for funded resources to augment existing virtual learning content teams. These funded supports will work with your team to provide supplemental design and production capacity for high quality virtual learning content.

Institutions that are looking for services and wish to contract and pay professional suppliers directly are invited to submit a ‘Fast Track’ request via the form below. Because Fast Track requests do not involve funding support, they can be processed within a short period of time following submission. In this arrangement, institutions will be provided with contact information for a selection of qualifying suppliers, and the institution will be responsible for selecting, contracting and directly paying the supplier of their choosing. 

Additionally, professional suppliers of virtual learning services (companies, individuals, graduates of instructional design and media development programs as examples), are invited to complete a Supplier Profile via the form below. Supplier profiles help eCampusOntario gather information on available services that can be matched to institutional requests through the CVLP.

Through the Central Virtual Learning Platform, member institutions can: 

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Connect with professional services to increase capacity across the system to support the development of digital learning materials

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Promote licensing options and content repositories to support easy and effective content sharing across the province

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Access expertise to ensure that content generated is aligned to eCampusOntario digital repository requirements

CVLP will support faculty to use; reuse; review and evaluate virtual learning materials and provide access to shared guides, summaries, blog posts and videos that encourage and instruct peers on use of the platform 

FAQ

Who is CVLP for?

The Central Virtual Learning Platform supports Ontario’s publicly-assisted  Colleges, Universities and Indigenous Institutes as well as suppliers of virtual content development services and more. CVLP functions as a ‘marketplace matchmaker’ by connecting suppliers with applying member institutions that require supporting resources identified through a project application.

How much does it cost?

From February 1, 2021 to February 21, 2022, approved services contracted through the Central Virtual Learning Platform are paid for by eCampusOntario with funding from the Province of Ontario.

What are the licensing terms of the content?

Virtual learning materials supported in part by CVLP (with the exception of Fast Track requests) are generally subject to the same terms as content supported by VLS funding, in that all copyrightable content developed with CVLP support will be required to be shared within Ontario, among all post-secondary member institutions. eCampusOntario will retain the non-exclusive right to retain and distribute that content at no cost throughout the Ontario PSE sector (colleges, indigenous institutes, universities) for the purpose of use or adaptation for teaching and learning.

All copyrights will be retained by the creator. In select cases, for example, if the content includes Traditional Knowledge – creators may restrict the right to adaptation of their content as well.

At the time of submission, you may choose to select an additional public license (for example, Creative Commons) that allows for your work to be shared beyond Ontario.

How do I apply as a supplier of virtual content development services?

eCampusOntario will periodically post an RFQ to invite potential suppliers, including companies, experienced freelancers and recent graduates of instructional design programs, to apply for a CVLP services contract with eCampusOntario. RFQs will be posted to the ‘Opportunities’ section of the eCampusOntario website. We encourage interested suppliers to indicate your interest in CVLP by completing a supplier profile below.

How do I apply to the CVLP?

The CVLP will be accepting project applications from member institutions between March 25th and April 23rd, 2021. There will be additional application periods announced later in the year. The opening of applications will be announced on the eCampusOntario website. 

Do I have to apply for VLS funding to be eligible for CVLP support?

No

Other Ways to Access the CVLP  

For institutions that are interested in contacting qualified providers but do NOT require funded supports

For service providers interested in providing virtual content development support to Ontario’s Colleges, Universities and Indigenous Institutes

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