Bringing online learning to life

One of the OHRC’s key roles is to educate people across Ontario about their rights and responsibilities under the Code. The challenge is to use limited resources to meet unlimited requests for education and information. The Internet is a big part of meeting this challenge, and is helping us reach a greater audience than ever before.

In June 2010, we launched our first e-learning module, Human Rights 101. Developed with assistance from the New Media Studies Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough and input from community stakeholders, Human Rights 101 users will be able to learn about human rights information over the Internet. Designed to be accessible to a wide range of users, employers, workers or newcomers to Canada can now get information on human rights history, principles, legislation and policies at the click of a button any time of the day.

The e-learning module provides background to modern human rights, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Ontario’s human rights system and the OHRC’s policies and guidelines. After working through the various sections, users can also take a quiz at the end to see how much they have learned.

“This is experiential learning at its best,” says Professor Rick Halpern, Dean and Vice-Principal (Academic) at the University of Toronto Scarborough. “Our community partners tapped the creative thinking of young, enthusiastic minds, while the UTSC students broadened their academic understanding. Our students did hands-on work to bring learning to life in an e-platform, and at the same time, they enhanced their knowledge of human rights issues. When students see how their knowledge and skills can have a real impact in the world, they will learn how they can be a force for positive change in the careers they choose to follow.”

Human Rights 101 is currently being translated into 13 languages.