The College Network in the Digital Era conference: Unite, Confer and Work Together!
Montréal, June 15, 2017 – Today Collège de Rosemont and Cégep à distance presented a conference called “Au-delà de la révolution numérique, un nouveau paysage pour l’éducation” (beyond the digital revolution, a new educational landscape) as part of the Réseau collégial à l’ère du numérique conference held by the Fédération des cégeps.
The presentation, given by Stéphane Godbout, general director of Collège de Rosemont, Carole Gaudin, director of continuing education, Cégep à distance and business services, and educational advisors Philippe Flamand and Michel Vervais highlighted the need for educational institutions to use digital tools to offer training that meets students’ needs. “Whether it is synchronous, asynchronous or hybrid, computer or classroom-based, the educational offer must embrace this new reality where flexibility and versatility are fundamental,” declared Philippe Flamand.
The college network also needs to develop ways to counter the pressure exerted by competitors that offer training which, even if it is not credited, is nonetheless valued and recognized in the job market. “Employees and employers alike are looking for leading-edge competencies, which are often offered in the form of certification, such as Microsoft for computers certifications or Lynda.com, a LinkedIn subsidiary, for a variety of fields,” explained Michel Vervais.
Stéphane Godbout and Carole Gaudin took the opportunity to issue an invitation to the colleges: “The colleges – sometimes singled-handedly and sometimes in small groups – have already developed a variety of solutions using new technologies to join the new digital environment. As a group, we have the resources and expertise we need to go digital. So let’s unite, confer and work together!”
Cégep à 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). Some courses are also offered in English. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model and all students receive personalized support.