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OISE's Laurie Harrison appointed U of T's Director, Online Learning Strategies

September 20, 2011

by Jennifer Sipos-Smith

Laurie Harrison, the director of Information Technology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto will join Bob Cook, U of T’s current —and OISE’s former—Chief Information Officer, as the University’s new Director, Online Learning Strategies.

Laurie is a graduate of the University of Guelph and OISE’s Master of Education program who first joined the University’s central learning technology staff in 1997 as a specialist in online learning and inclusive design.  After a short period managing Ryerson’s Digital Projects Office, she returned to OISE in 2006 to manage Education Commons’ services and partnership projects with government and other institutions. In this capacity, Laurie led several initiatives on OISE’s behalf including the collaborative development of the OERB, the Ministry of Education’s Online Education Resource Bank, as part of the Province’s e-learning strategy.
“As OISE’s Director of Information Technology, Laurie has made the Education Commons more responsive to clients’ needs and increased its visibility at the University and externally,” said Ruth Childs, associate dean, Innovations and Opportunities. “In her new role, Laurie will lead the development and implementation of the University’s online learning strategy and identify, recommend and support the provision of online learning solutions, services and processes to support the academic and administrative needs of the University. This promotion is a very well-deserved recognition of her talents.”
Laurie’s achievements in the University IT community include, among other initiatives, advocacy in the area of accessible and inclusive design.  In 2008 she was selected to attend the Frye Leadership Institute, North America’s premier program for developing tomorrow's leaders in Higher Education Information Technology. Most recently, she was seconded to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs to support development of online learning strategies and the university’s participation in the Ontario Online Institute initiative.