As organizations worldwide contemplate how the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected their work and their futures, many are now embracing new technologies and innovations that don’t require face-to-face interaction. Though some sport and physical activity environments across the country remain closed, Sport for Life has taken this opportunity to double-down on its digital deliveries, funneling content through its online Campus. Between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, over 2,400 eLearning courses were purchased.
“Dr. John Cairney reminded us in a recent webinar that we should all be considering this situation as an opportunity to innovate. During this uncertain time, we’re focusing on becoming nimble as an organization so that we can meet participants where they’re at and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of sport and physical activity in Canada,” said Sport for Life CEO Richard Way.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see our eLearning numbers rise as more people realize what we’re offering, and that they can complete these educational opportunities from the comfort of their own homes.”
And it’s not just Canadians who are getting involved — Sport for Life has attracted participants from countries such as the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Italy and Singapore. Most eLearning courses and workshops are offered in both French and English, with British Columbia and Ontario being the two most engaged provinces in Canada. Currently the most popular courses are Introduction to Physical Literacy, a pair of Movement Preparation courses, Effective Board Governance and Risk Management in Sport. These courses were all introduced in 2019, with some of the courses being developed with collaboration from Community Sport Councils Ontario (CSCO) and the Brock Centre for Sport Capacity.
“At Sport for Life we are continually looking for ways to bring physical literacy to everyone and we have been doing it by developing, adapting and implementing content digitally for people that are providing front-line services to keep every Canadian active,” said Sport for Life’s Senior Manager of Knowledge Mobilization Alex Wilson.
“We’ve noticed our most popular times are during the off-season and summer months, so we’re interested to see how the pandemic will affect our numbers. We’re committed to continuing to mobilize this knowledge in whatever form necessary, to ensure a healthy future for everyone living in Canada and beyond.”
To learn more about Sport for Life’s digital offerings, visit https://sportforlife-sportpourlavie.ca/.