About Us

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) designs and delivers award-winning courses and programs that meet evolving job market demands and reflect the University of Guelph’s goal of excellence in education. Courses and programs incorporate the unique teaching expertise and research strengths of the institution and are offered in a variety of delivery formats, providing a flexible and convenient approach to learning. As leaders in online learning, OpenEd’s offerings are delivered globally, creating a network of learners who bring a rich, diverse cultural experience to its courses and programs.

Vision Statement

Inspiring and empowering excellence in teaching and learning.

Mission Statement

Open Learning and Educational Support is an integral part of the University of Guelph's learner-centred and research-intensive mission.

As leaders in education, we create innovative and relevant educational opportunities that meet the learning needs of a local and international audience. We are guided by learner-centred principles that are reflected in our diverse programs and rich learning experiences for traditional and lifelong learners. We intentionally integrate pedagogy with technology in the design, development and delivery of our educational programs. Through research and collaboration, we engage in scholarship to advance the teaching and learning mandate of the University.

Strategic Directions

  1. To create environments that enhance the quality of the teaching and learning experience and support a continuum of pedagogical approaches
  2. To create educational pathways and learning opportunities that address the needs of diverse learners and facilitate access to the University of Guelph's teaching and research expertise
  3. To engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning to examine and enhance our pedagogical practices and approaches
  4. To explore and promote innovations that advance the institution's teaching and learning mission

Awards and Recognition

OpenEd's courses and programs have been recognized with awards for excellence from the following organizations:

  • eCampusOntario
  • D2L
  • The North America Web (NAWeb) Conference
  • The U.S. University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)
  • The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)
  • The Learning Resources Network (LERN)
  • Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
  • Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE)
  • HorseJournals.com
  • Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA)