“Getting Online: Distance Education Promising Practices for Canadian Literacy Practitioners” (or the GO Project for short) was an innovative national project designed to research trends, technologies and promising practices in online learning in Canada. A key project goal was to bring about a heightened awareness in the Canadian literacy community about the use and value of online learning.
The GO research team reflected the pan-Canadian project approach and was made up of researchers from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland. The team researched both existing and emerging trends in online learning, the use of online learning within the Canadian literacy community, and its wider application within the broader education sector of universities, colleges, school boards and not-for profit-organizations.
The GO team shared the project findings with Canadian literacy practitioners and others through interactive online training courses and via our website which includes self-study learning modules. The GO team also conducted presentations and wrote a research report, a Promising Practices manual, and four newsletters. All of these resources are available via the GO website at: www.nald.ca/gettingonline.
- The GO Project was hosted by Athabasca University, Canada's Open University. It brought together various project partners including Capilano University (British Columbia), Community Literacy of Ontario, Literacy BC, and Writing Out Loud (Alberta). Getting Online was funded by the National Office of Literacy and Learning (Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program of the Government of Canada). The GO project operated from June 2007 to June 2009.
During the two years that this national project was in operation, many key deliverables were accomplished, including:
- Extensive research was conducted into online learning in Canada using a variety of research methods.
- “A Research Report on Online Learning for Canadian Literacy Practitioners” was written.
- The “Bridging Distance: Promising Practices for Online Learning” resource guide was written.
- The GO team developed and delivered an "Introduction to Online Learning" course. One initial pilot course and three subsequent courses were delivered online to literacy practitioners across Canada.
- The web-based, self-directed training modules on promising practices in online learning were developed and are available on the Getting Online website.
- The GO team conducted presentations and attended conferences on behalf of the Getting Online project.
- Four GO newsletters and several articles on the project were written.
For more information about the Getting Online Project, please explore the GO website at: www.nald.ca/gettingonline/. You can access all of the above resources under the “Resources” section of the Getting Online website. Email requests can be sent to Community Literacy of Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org.