Putting learning on line:
How New Brunswick got to the front of the pack
The online learning industry is growing at an increasingly
rapid rate. Worldwide, more than 2 million students are now
studying online. The majority of the courses offered online
originate in the United States (74%). More than 16% of online
courses are Canadian. New Brunswick, now offers more online
courses per capita than any province, state, or country.
In 1993, TeleEducation NB (http://teleeducation.nb.ca/) had
the first distributed learning portal on the World Wide Web.
The TeleCampus (http://telecampus.edu) houses the world's
most comprehensive directory of online courses (+35 000).
It is located in New Brunswick and was developed as part of
an initiative to promote the advanced training technology
sector of the provincial economy. Today's presentation focuses
on the rationale for New Brunswick's learning industry approach
and the role of e-learning in the Canadian and world economies.
Since 1993, Rory McGreal has been the executive director
of TeleEducation NB. Before this, Rory was responsible for
implementing a distributed learning network for Contact North
/ Contact Nord in Northern Ontario. His Ph.D. degree (1999)
at Nova Southeastern University was taken at a distance using
the Internet. He served on the provincial Task Force on the
Information Highway and on the federal Learning and Training
Working Group for the Information Highway Advisory Committee.
Presently he is on the Education Steering Committee for CANARIE
Inc., and the Board of Directors of the TeleLearning Research
Network, Le centre international pour le développement
de l'inforoute en français, and the Irish Centre for
Distance Education Research and Applications.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am