Province provides grants to Laurentian University researchers for virtual learning strategies

By Rosalind Russell – As part of Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy initiative, the government of Ontario has announced their support for the work of Laurentian University researchers by awarding grants of just over $1,200,000 to three novel projects.

Dr. Brenda Brouwer, Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic at Laurentian University, says just over a million dollars of the funding will go towards ongoing training modules developed through the partnership between Laurentian University’s School of Nursing, the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, Georgian College, the Michener Institute of Education and Lumeto in Virtual Reality for eCampus Ontario.

She says 12 fully immersive learning modules have been created, peer reviewed and put through a pilot study.

Brouwer says the second project is aimed at education about colonial realities of Canada with a grant of $25,000.

She says the other project will receive nearly $144,000 to create two full-time bilingual teaching support staffing positions.

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