New Brunswick Pioneer in Online Education Honoured

Education Minister Madeleine Dubé today recognized the contribution of Jacques Cool, a Department of Education employee, to the development of online education in New Brunswick and Canada.

“This year, we achieved the Quality Learning Agenda objective of offering 60 online courses to students in our province,” Dubé said. “Jacques Cool’s work is closely associated with that success, and I congratulate him on his efforts.”
At its 18th general meeting, the Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD) recognized Cool’s outstanding contribution to the growth of French-language distance education in Canada.

“The tribute paid by REFAD to Jacques Cool is another example of New Brunswick’s leadership when it comes to the development of online training,” Dubé said. “Expanding the use of technologies in the classroom in order to support learning is an important objective of the Quality Learning Agenda. I am pleased that we can count on the expertise and dedication of persons such as Jacques Cool to help us achieve that objective.”

Apart from online courses for students, New Brunswick also began offering online professional development courses for its teachers last year. Those courses focus on the teaching of literacy, mathematics and science.