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Laurentian takes home "Best in Show" inaugural access award at the 2017 Tess Awards

Laurentian’s flexible learning options a big hit at the conference hosted by ECampus Ontario

Laurentian University recently won a “Best in Show” award at the inaugural Technology enabled Seminar and Showcase hosted by ECampus Ontario. The award granted in the “Access” category acknowledges an innovative tool or project that has positively impacted education in remote and rural communities.

Julie Henri, Manager of Laurentian Online and Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald, Director of the Centre for Academic Excellence, accepted the award at the annual conference held in Toronto on November 21. The theme for this year’s conference centered on the Evolution of Teaching and Learning.

“This award recognizes Laurentian’s long-standing commitment and reaffirms our mandate to increase access to university studies for those learners who are not able to come on campus to undertake their studies.” Dr. Brockerhoff-Macdonald said.

“We are very pleased to receive this award as it acknowledges Laurentian’s work in providing flexible learning options for our students. We are continuously looking for ways to accommodate students who learn online and it’s often the simple things that go a long way,” Ms. Henri said.

This platform ensures the flexibility to choose final exam locations that most online learners and working professionals desire when enrolled in online classes.

Dr. Shelley Watson, Acting Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching said, “Laurentian has made repeated strides in improving the experience of students not only on campus but also online. This award is a testimony to that. Laurentian’s exam management tool provides our online learners with unique benefits such as the ability to choose evaluation centres most convenient to them.”