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.

Welcome from our Executive Director

Michelle Fach.Welcome to Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd), University of Guelph! 

OpenEd brings the power of learning to life in everything we do, and we would like to include you in our journey. Learning is truly lifelong and collectively we create opportunities to enhance your personal growth and professional development.

While browsing this website, you will discover a variety of courses and programs in wide range of subject areas. These unique learning opportunities extend the reach of the campus and are delivered in various formats to meet diverse learning styles—including remote, classroom, blended and online.

Learn about our integrated approach to supporting international students to help them develop language proficiency so they can go on to engage in undergraduate and graduate studies.

Gain insight into our philosophy, approach and programs that enhance the teaching and learning culture of the University of Guelph through our educational and curriculum development work. And explore our innovative approaches to the development, integration and support of teaching and learning technologies and find out how you can get involved. 

We hope you find our website informative. We encourage you to come back often so you don't miss anything. You can also stay connected with us through a variety of social media platforms, phone us directly at 519-767-5000, or send us an email.

Best regards,

Michelle Fach, MBA, M.Ed. | Executive Director, OpenEd

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)