RBC Disruptors

How the COVID-19 Crisis will Transform Higher Education

Episode Summary

The mass transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting impacts on how Canadians are educated, ultimately offering students more say in where, when and how they learn. Over the span of a couple weeks, Canada’s post-secondary institutions demonstrated their incredible capacity to transform, rapidly moving over 2 million students to online learning in March. In this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse is joined by John Baker, President and CEO of D2L to discuss how digital tools can transform online learning, and how Canada can leverage our strength in education to become a global player in online learning.

Episode Notes

In March of 2020, Canada’s post-secondary institutions moved over 2 million students to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the urgency of crisis measures fade to operating in the “new normal”, we are likely to see students demand more from digital-based learning to give them greater flexibility in where, when and how they learn. This collective moment of mass disruption can be seized to move higher education to the digital age. 

In this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse is joined by John Baker, President and CEO of D2L,  Charlotte Yates, Provost and Vice President of Academics at Guelph University, Sophie D’Amours, Rector of Laval University,  Neil Passina, President of Athabasca University and  Andrew Schrumm, Senior Manager, Research at RBC to discuss: