Northern Colleges Collaboration

Collaborative learning using a common curriculum across a shared platform between all six northern Ontario colleges.

Northern Colleges Collaboration

New for 2016, when enrolled in a business program, you will use curriculum developed jointly by faculty and deans of six northern colleges that meets the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities guidelines. Unless you are starting the program in January, your first year of classes will all be in a traditional classroom setting. In the second year and further, you may have some of your classes along with a number of students from other colleges, brought together by a learning management system and web-based conferencing. The professor in these classes may be from your home college or may be from one of the other colleges assigned to teach that course.

Collaborative programming provides a common curriculum and a single course outline for each course in this program at all six northern colleges. You will learn the same material no matter which of the six colleges you are attending. The curriculum can be delivered across a shared platform using the full breadth of faculty resources from all the northern colleges. Course delivery combines and includes students that have scheduled lessons in the same classroom as the professor, students in a classroom remote from the professor and/or studying from a location away from any classroom but with connection to the internet. All students will have the ability to participate in class. Sessions will also be recorded for later review.

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Commonly asked questions:

Does this change where I graduate from or the credential?

No, as part of collaborative programming you will graduate and receive the certificate, diploma or advanced diploma from the college in which you are registered.

What are the benefits?

As a student, you will have access to a larger number of faculty for specialized courses, class sizes will promote better and more diverse discussion, and you will use communication tools that are common in today’s business environment.

Will I need training?

There is no additional training required as all classes currently use a learning management system. Although the technology is very intuitive, each student will receive complete information on how to use it and there will be ongoing support available.

Business programs involved: