Educational Resources by and for Ontario Public Postsecondary Institutions
About the VLS Collection
Collaborative, learner-driven, high-quality, digital-by-design materials for all Ontario learners and educators, now and into the future.
The Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS) Collection is the result of an historic investment by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) intended to drive growth and advancement in virtual learning across the province’s postsecondary institutions. This collection provides eligible Ontario educators and learners with access to free high-quality online educational resources that support hybrid learning, while enabling pathways toward flexible lifelong learning and supporting system wide collaboration by expanding access for Ontario’s institutions to the global marketplace for virtual learning.
The VLS collection is available to eligible Ontario educators and learners either through the Ontario Commons Licenses or worldwide access through an open license (e.g., Creative Commons license).
The Virtual Learning Strategy is built on three key pillars:
Being the future
Providing sector supports to drive a continued co-existence with hybrid learning: Ensuring learners have high-quality education: anytime, from anywhere. This requires quality and innovation, better data, and digital access to enable lifelong learning and fuel Ontario’s global competitiveness.
Being a lifelong learner
Enabling learners to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving labour market at any stage of their careers by providing digital supports and infrastructure for new short duration training.
Being a global leader
Strengthening Ontario’s leadership domestically and globally, by expanding access for Ontario’s institutions to the global marketplace for virtual learning. With this, we aim to position Ontario as a global leader for virtual innovation in teaching and learning, including Ontario educational technology companies.
Access the VLS Collection
The VLS Collection is a combination of open and restricted resources. At a minimum, all Ontario public postsecondary institutions can access the VLS Collection through the Ontario Commons Licenses. An account is required to read or download these resources.
|Conditions for use and reuse||Ontario Commons License (OCL 1.0)||Ontario Commons License – No Derivatives (OCL-ND 1.0)|
|Must be used only as a part of a publicly offered credit/non-credit course or program|
|Must give credit or attribution to the original author(s)|
|Can copy the work|
|Can modify or adapt the work|
Please refer to the published license code on the specific resource detail page to learn more about permissions granted under an open license. The license code is always hyperlinked to the original terms and conditions for your information and convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
All submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2023 (11:59 p.m. ET).
A submission form is available to upload your files and provide details about your resource to help us catalogue and make your resource discoverable. Watch the Grant-Supported OER Submission Webinar here.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to save or edit your submission once you begin. Therefore, reading the Grant-Supported OER Submission Guide is important before starting the submission form to ensure a smooth and complete process. Upon completing the submission form, you will receive a confirmation email and a unique confirmation ID number. Please retain and use this number when communicating with the eCampusOntario Open Library Team.
Please use this form to report file updates or additions to your submissions.
If you are uploading multiple files or your file is larger than 1000MB/1GB, please use a file compression tool to help reduce its size. You can also use a cloud storage solution and provide a URL on the Submission Form as an alternative. Please set the permissions on your cloud storage URL to allow anyone with the link to have access.
Please note, a completed submission is required for all applicable VLS projects, whether you will be uploading your file directly in the form or based upon agreed alternative solutions.
At a minimum, all products developed with VLS funding are required to be shared within Ontario, among all postsecondary institutions, using the Ontario Commons License. All copyright will be retained by the creator. What you are doing is allowing eCampusOntario to distribute that content freely throughout the Ontario PSE sector (colleges, Indigenous institutes, universities). The VLS supports the Ontario PSE sector to work collaboratively together and creating learning content that is shareable to all Ontario PSE will help all college, Indigenous institutes and universities deliver the best online education for Ontario students. You may choose to select an additional license (for example, Creative Commons) that allows for your work to be shared beyond Ontario. You can view the full Ontario Commons license details here: https://www.ecampusontario.ca/licensing/
Instructions to mark your H5P content in the eCampusOntario H5P Studio with an Ontario Commons License or Ontario Common License – No Derivatives are provided in the Adding Licenses in eCO H5P Studio document.
Please note that you may still add your license to your H5P content even after submitting it. We will also update your license selection in the eCampusOntario H5P Studio while cataloguing your resource if you have not done so.
Instructions to mark your Pressbooks webbook with an Ontario Commons License or Ontario Common License – No Derivatives are provided in the Adding OCL Licenses in Pressbooks document.
Please note that you may still add your license to your resource in Pressbooks even after submitting. We will also update your license selection in Pressbooks while cataloguing your resource if you have not done so.
You will receive a confirmation email once your resource has been added to the catalogue. Please allow up to 60 business days for your submission to be reviewed and catalogued.
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