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eCampusOntario Releases Second Round of Virtual Learning Strategy Funding

On November 4, 2021 eCampusOntario released its call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Second Round of funding in support of the Government of Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS). 

Building on an initial investment of $50 million in virtual learning in January, 2021, an additional $8 million will now be made available by eCampusOntario through this Second Round of the VLS. $7 million is available through the EOIs launched on November 4. 

Ontario’s eligible publicly assisted Indigenous institutes, colleges and universities will be able to apply for funding. A more detailed eligibility list is included in EOI documentation available on this page.

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities continues to respond to the need for virtual learning supports that enable access to high-quality learning through this extension of the Virtual Learning Strategy.  

Strategic Funding

The Second Round of the VLS is strategic funding made available to the post-secondary sector, supported by eCampusOntario. The program design was informed by data and sector feedback arising from the rollout of the First Round of EOIs released in January, 2021, providing clear next steps in allocations. 

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Invest in People

The Second Round of funding will invest in people by allowing educators and learners to gain increased digital fluency by expanding their ability to succeed in online and hybrid environments. eCampusOntario will support the establishment of a peer-review model for VLS-funded materials, create virtual learning fellowships, and help build enhanced professional development opportunities for Faculty. 

Increased Capacity 

The VLS will connect member institutions to professional resources that support the development and design of highquality virtual learning materials, assessments and wrap-around supports. In addition, members will be able to apply for targeted grants to bridge gaps in virtual teaching and learning capacity and for assistance with international marketing efforts. 

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Create More and Better Content

The new round of funding will support the creation of high-quality virtual learning content through the continued development, adaptation, adoption and translation of Ontario-made educational materials and micro-credentials. Projects will foster collaborative practices and emphasize reusable and adaptable resources that can be shared through a common repository. Further, the VLS will encourage digital education excellence through the sandboxing of digital learning tools and by supporting the development of content for Ontario-made educational XR technology. 

Project Innovation: Building on Success

eCampusOntario is keen to encourage our members to continue to innovate and collaborate on the creation of high-quality virtual learning. Project teams are encouraged to review the virtual learning content created through the first round of VLS EOI funding (released in January 2021) and to utilize, reuse, adapt and otherwise use this content in submissions for this second round of VLS funding. Submissions are to avoid duplication of these projects which can be searched in the following database:

Key Dates for Second Round Funding 

Timeline  Description 
November 4, 2021   Expression of Interest released  
November 4, 2021 – January 14, 2022  

Applicants develop collaborative partnerships and prepare applications according to EOI criteria and requirements  

eCampusOntario begins accepting questions to vls@ecampusontario.ca. Individual responses will not be provided. Questions and responses will be collated and posted publicly on December 3, 2021 

November 24, 2021  5:00pm ET   Last day to submit questions to vls@ecampusontario.ca 
December 3, 2021   Questions and responses posted on eCampusOntario website  
January 14, 2022, 12:00pm Noon ET  

Deadline for application submission

Submission portal coming soon

January – February 2022   Evaluation process  
March 2022   Successful applicants notified  

 

Briefings & Information Sessions

Potential applicants are invited to join us for a series of technical briefings on the Second Round of funding. Attendance is limited to eligible institutions and their invited collaborators.  

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Orientation Briefings

eCampusOntario will offer two identical orientation sessions for the Second Round of Virtual Learning Strategy Expressions of Interest. Eligible institutions may attend either briefing, which will include an overview of the EOI documents, timelines, and the opportunity for live questions. These sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing. 

Attendance is limited to eligible institutions and their invited collaborators only. By attending, attendees agree to the code of conduct. 

November 10, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Download the bilingual presentation slides

November 12, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET 

Download the bilingual presentation slides

How to Submit an Application: Step-by-Step

eCampusOntario will provide a step-by-step briefing on how to submit an application to the Second Round of EOIs for the Virtual Learning Strategy. These sessions will include an overview of application documents and an opportunity for live questions. These sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing. 

Attendance is limited to eligible institutions and their invited collaborators only. By attending, attendees agree to the code of conduct. 

November 23, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET 

eCampusOntario is here to support the post-secondary sector in responding to the Virtual Learning Strategy.

Our role:

  • Provide orientation and support for the sector through Technical Briefings
  • Draw on VLAC expertise to administer efficient and transparent funding distribution process
  • Support the execution of project work
  • Work with and draw on sector progress to communicate systemic VLS impact
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