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Distance learning

The increasing popularity of distance learning in colleges brings many pedagogical challenges, such as the implementation of teaching and learning activities, the use of technology, the support of and interaction with students as well as evaluation. This section brings together a set of proven frameworks that aim to support colleges in implementing distance learning activities. (Click here to consult articles from the ITREP website using the “Distance learning” keyword.).

Learning Evaluation Practices that Integrate ICT and Web 2.0 at the College Level: What Are the Needs and Challenges!

Julie Lyne Leroux (Performa, Université de Sherbrooke)

At the ITREP meeting in April 2017, Julie Lyne presented the activity “Des pratiques d’évaluation des apprentissages qui intègrent l’utilisation des TIC et du Web 2.0 au collégial: quels besoins et quels défis!” (in French).  

Description and access

The integration of ICT and Web 2.0 in colleges opens the way for the implementation of new teaching and evaluation practices at the college level. At the ground level, pedagogical counsellors support continuing education (cont. ed) and day-division teachers who are integrating ICT and Web 2.0 tools. In an effort to identify formative and summative/certificational evaluation practices that include ICT and Web 2.0 tools and to share the needs and challenges that the implementation of these practices bring, this presentation will showcase a financed research project (FRQSC, 2016-2017) undertaken at the college level and that aims to understand the evaluation practices of distance learning that have been implemented by teachers, in both day-division or cont. ed. First of all, the problems, the frame of reference and the methodology of the research will be presented. These elements presented will help pedagogical counsellors to identify some of the formative and summative/certificational evaluations which are taking place in their college as part of courses given on site, in blended or online modes. The evaluation practices shared with the group will help pedagogical counsellors to see, from the research point of view, where they are and will help them make a clear decision on whether to participate in a focus group in which they will act as key trainers.


Evaluating Distance Learners: an evaluation process and useful tools

Cégep à distance and the Université de Sherbrooke (PERFORMA)

In French : L’évaluation en formation à distance : un processus et des outils à utiliser 

As part of a project on the ongoing improvement of a skills evaluation process in collaborative distance learning, Cégep à distance and the Université de Sherbrooke  (PERFORMA) have developed a FAD (Formation à Distance) evaluation process. The project generated a website providing access to new tools and documents available for use at different steps of the evaluation process.

Website description and access
  • The website proposes videos, checklists, flow charts, etc
  • Even though the process and tools were created with distance learning in mind, most of them could be used for regular day-time education!
  • Access the website (in French)



Guide for best practices in online teaching – advice and reference

Université Laval

In French : Guide des bonnes pratiques dans l’enseignement en ligne – conseils et aide-mémoire

This guide was designed by Université Laval and is both a source of advice and reference used to guide one’s thoughts when developing or updating a distance learning course. It presents 54 practices that can be explored at will and provides examples and complementary links for each practice.

Description of guide and access
  • This guide offers an opportunity to share ideas, advice and suggestions for teachers developing online courses and providing support to students..
  • Non-prescriptive, the statements can be used as a source of information and reflection for teachers according to the mode of delivery adopted.
  • Practices are developed and can be used in different contexts, disciplines or levels of teaching.
    • Practices are grouped under eight headings: 1. Overview of the course and its content.  2. General and specific objectives. 3. Evaluation of learning. 4. Teaching and learning activities. 5. Interaction among students. 6. Support methods.  7. Use of technology. 8. Pedagogical resources.
  • Access the guide (in French)



Moving towards best practices in distance tutoring – a free online course

SOFAD (Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec)

In French :Vers des bonnes pratiques en tutorat à distance – cours en ligne gratuit

This course is a free interactive tool created by SOFAD (Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec). It aims to increase tutors’ skills in distance support.

Description of course and access

This course is for all involved personnel (tutors, counsellors, administrators, support staff and  others) who wish to improve their skills in distance learning.

  • Il propose différents jalons visant à soutenir l’encadrement à distance à apporter aux étudiants en fonction de leur situation, de leurs besoins d’apprentissage, tout cela en lien avec la réalité du milieu.
  • It suggests benchmarks that aim to assist distance student support depending on the  situation and learning needs of students, all in connection with the conditions of the learning environment.
  • It provides ideas, tools and resources to more efficiently support distant learners, to reflect on their learning practices and to transfer these new ways of doing things into their own milieu.
  • The course can be taken individually or by a team, depending on needs or local professional development practices. Participants can navigate according to their needs, availability and professional development situation
  • Register for the Web Site (in French)
  • Tutoriel de 6 min 43 sec : démarche pédagogique, navigation, sections du cours