FUN, CLOM, MOOC : Pour qui? Comment? Pourquoi? – Report on the Cégep à distance and TÉLUQ workshop presented at the CLIFAD forum

Montréal, December 15, 2014 – At the CLIFAD forum La formation à distance, pour aller plus loin on November 19 and 20, TÉLUQ and the Cégep à distance Centre for e-learning and distance education expertise and transfer (CETEND) co-presented a workshop called FUN, CLOM, MOOC : Pour qui? Comment? Pourquoi?

While sharing their experience and expertise with representatives from every field related to distance education in Quebec, presenters Isabelle Delisle (Cégep à distance) and Claude Coulombe (TÉLUQ) led energetic discussions in which stakeholders and decision-makers from every different educational environment (secondary, college, university and business) were called on to actively participate in the creation and development of these new distance education models and to define the place they will hold alongside current models. The discussions revealed the potential these approaches hold for professional development and lifelong learning and explored questions about the recognition of prior learning and the viability of the underlying economic models. The slideshow presented at the workshop can be viewed at

TÉLUQ has surpassed 5000 registrants in the two massive open online courses (MOOC or CLOM in French) it launched this fall on, one on the political history of Quebec and the other on work-life balance.

Last summer, Cégep à distance launched the platform and broadcast Quebec’s first college-level MOOC. Geared toward a younger audience than most existing MOOCs, this course offers unique learning support objectives, as well as digital badges.


The Centre for e-learning and distance education expertise and transfer (CETEND) is part of Cégep à distance and serves as the gateway for institutions in the college network, government agencies and organizations and business partners that wish to obtain or offer digital and distance education services. Its activities are organized around three streams: a research and development lab, consulting services and turnkey services. The Cégep à distance website offers a sample research project and sample partnerships.


TÉLUQ, the only French-language university in North America that offers all its courses in distance format, was founded in 1972. Every year it welcomes nearly 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. TÉLUQ also excels in research.