Best foot forward for the promotion of distance education

Montréal, February 14, 2014 – Cégep à distance management optimistically and enthusiastically welcomes the progress report on the college-level educational offer, tabled this week by Guy Demers to the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Science and Technology,Pierre Duchesne.

Cégep à distance took particular note of the report’s observations and recommendations, especially those related to its primary mission: distance education in all its forms. A significant portion of the report focuses on the current status of college-level distance education in Québec. Management is pleased to note that it shares the report’s view of the importance of distance education for the development of the training and education offer in Québec and the need for greater cooperation among stakeholders in the college network.

“The spirit of Mr. Demers’ recommendations is in perfect keeping with the ongoing repositioning efforts of Cégep à distance. We are well aware of the needs and the urgency of creating a collaborative setting that fosters innovation, creativity and the transfer of expertise among the members of the network,” explained Louis-René Dessureault, director of Cégep à distance.

“Major efforts are currently underway to forge partnerships and create exchange between Cégep à distance and Québec’s colleges, in order to stimulate research and development related to distance education and encourage the transfer of existing expertise on the subject,” added Stéphane Godbout, executive director of the Collège Rosemont.

Already a well-established member of the network, Cégep à distance strives to be not only a crucible for the design and publication of college-level distance education programs and courses, but also a centre for the innovation, research and promotion of e-training for Québec. Founded in 1991, Cégep à distance offers the college network and its students a stimulating learning environment that puts the student and the student’s success at the heart of its activities, plans and actions.

Cégep@distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 17,000 people register for one or more of the 200 credit courses offered, for a total of 27,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.