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Benefits of Membership

Annual Professional Development Retreat and General Meeting

Held every October, the Professional Development Retreat offers members an opportunity to discuss and present on practice and research, discuss OCULL policy and business, and network with colleagues.

A major benefit of the institutional membership is that as many staff from that institution may attend the annual Retreat and AGM.

Distance and Online Learning Community of Practice

The community of practice meets online via the Big Blue Button every other month with the exception of summer months (January, March, May, September, November). The goal of meetings is share information and support each other in a spirit of continuous learning and development. Member institutions and guests present best practices in distance and online learning and research findings.


Keep up to date on developments in the field of university lifelong learning and engage in discussions and debates and information sharing via the OCULL listserv. The listserv is only accessible to members. If you are member and would like to be added to the listserv, contact


As a member of OCULL you have the opportunity to serve on a number committees. Committees provide an opportunity to contribute your skills and knowledge to the membership and advancement of OCULL and to build new competencies. The following committees support the mission of OCULL: Communications Committee, Research Committee, Retreat/AGM Planning Committee and the Distance and Online Learning Community of Practice Committee.

OCULL Website

The website serves to provide members with information on the activities OCULL and links to valuable resources related to the fields of continuing education and distance and online learning.

OCULL Research Fund

OCULL administers a small research fund that supports projects which build knowledge of our constituency and enhance the quality of university lifelong learning.

Government Relations

OCULL is actively involved in promoting the role of Ontario's universities in adult training and labour force development. Since its creation, OCULL has made many submissions to government on behalf of adult students and in response to government position papers and policies.

External Liaison

OCULL maintains relationship with parallel professional associations, including the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), the Heads of Continuing Education of the Ontario college system, and regional associations in Canada and the US. From time to time, joint meetings and other collaborative events are organized with one or more partners.