MTEL has been designed by experienced Ontario co-op educators who have years of experience working within the Ministry of Education guidelines to create and manage Cooperative Education programs in boards across Ontario, both as co-op teachers and as their board’s Co-op lead.
The application is carefully designed to help board leads manage their Cooperative Education program efficiently, including OYAP.
Save time: All processes, procedures, reports have been developed by experienced co-op teachers with the goal of minimizing administration time. Teachers and board leads can focus on what is most important: doing placement health & safety assessments, visiting students at their placement, finding employers, preparing board reports, etc.
Standardization of practices: Standardization and consistency of co-op management means everyone is working with common tools, including the electronic WEA, the student Learning Plan and many routine co-op forms and reports.
Ministry Compliant: The application and its tools will soon be aligned with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Document for Cooperative Education (2018). and also comply with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities guidelines for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
Quick Training: The intuitive nature of the application’s features and the wealth of resources that are included ease the learning curve for teachers who are new to co-op.
Integrated Student Database: Thanks to an automated student data extract process with the user-boards IT service, student info automatically populates into the student’s record, routine co-op forms and the student’s Learning Plan, eliminating hours of data re-entry.
Employer Database: Helps teachers locate student placements and add the employer information to a student’s record quickly.
Resource Databases: Quickly search the Ontario Curriculum Database, National Occupation Classification (NOC) database, and the Apprenticeship Trades Information database. These three databases are key to developing the student’s record and Learning Plan quickly and efficiently. All three databases are regularly updated, so that teachers have access to current information. The Apprenticeship Trades Information database is based on the information available on the Ontario College of Trades website; it is updated regularly.
Summary reports by teacher, school, and/or school board let you see the big picture – or focus on specifics.
Accessible: Available 24/7, anywhere, even on site with employers/supervisors
No load on IT staff: No special software to install on your computer or specialized system equipment to buy, install or maintain.
Instant, Automatic Upgrades: Upgrades implemented globally on the MTEL system and immediately available to users. No modifications necessary on user equipment or software.
Collaborative: Facilitates teacher-to-teacher and school-to-school collaboration and information sharing, while carefully controlling private and confidential information. Student records and Learning Plans can be instantly transferred between teachers.
Secure: Hosted in a Canadian data centre with multiple layers of physical and digital security. System backups are further encrypted and stored off-site at a second Canadian data centre. Access to student, teacher, school and board data requires secure login, encrypted by the same HTTPS security as used in online banking.
Fast: IBM dual hex-core servers, operating redundantly, process access requests in milliseconds. Throughput: thanks to a high-speed, oversize connection to the Internet backbone provided by Bell Canada, with redundant backup lines, MTEL delivers the lowest latency and fastest delivery available.
Reliable: : > 99.9% uptime, hosted on IBM servers with automatic fail-over, tested every 5 minutes, 24/7 by a world-class, third-party monitoring service.
Accurate Student Information: Student data is imported securely from your school board’s student information system (Trillium, PowerSchool, Maplewood, ESIS, etc.). Student data is updated on a daily or weekly basis, as decided by the school board’s Information Technology service.
Easy to Manage: Separate access levels for teachers and board coordinators.
Training Is Included: Subscription cost includes hands-on training for your school board’s experiential learning coordinator and for your board experiential learning teachers.
Handy User Guide: An electronic Teacher Manual as well as an electronic Board Coordinator Manual are included in the resources section of the application. Both manuals are regularly updated and kept current.
User Support: Quality user support is provided by MTEL support staff, either through the board coordinator or directly to teachers, following school board policy (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org). Support can also come from the community of school boards using the MTEL application.
Working together in the MTEL Provincial Committee, MTEL-user school boards from both the public and catholic school systems have helped design the way the application works and guide its evolution into an increasingly robust, easy-to-use and practical tool for teachers and coordinators.
Based on feedback solicited from teachers and coordinators, refinements and updates are implemented throughout the year, while major functional upgrades are deployed annually, usually over the summer.
Each user board sits on the MTEL Provincial Committee, where their input is sought in ongoing development. The committee also helps build networking amongst co-op educators working for the benefit of students and teachers.
MTEL is a HUGE time saver: everything is right at your fingertips and the support provided is excellent. I've got 9 years to go before I retire, and I'm hoping MTEL is a part of each and every one of those years!" Susan Van Horn, Co-op Teacher, Manitoulin Secondary School, Rainbow DSB, Sudbury
MTEL is an excellent system. It is user friendly and dramatically increases one's efficiency while working as a co-op teacher. I highly recommend the system!" Del Jones, Co-op Teacher, TR Leger Adult Learning Centre, Upper Canada DSB, Cornwall
MTEL is a powerful tool, even in a small school setting. It is a professional way to manage the many facets of cooperative education data. I continue to enjoy using the program with my students. It's professional and well organized."Ainslie Kuryliw, Co-op and Student Support Teacher, AFNorth International School, Netherlands
As a Co-op Coordinator, I can quickly generate my Ministry, OYAP and WSIB reports with a few clicks. The tech support is great and all of my questions get answered the same day. I highly recommend MTEL! " Warren Seton, Co-op / OYAP Coordinator, St. Clair Catholic DSB, Wallaceburg
This is exactly why we are a happy client. Your office is receptive to hearing the issues and taking corrective action immediately to make the program user friendly for the front line co-op teachers."Calvin McCabe, Co-op / OYAP Coordinator, Lambton Kent DSB, Chatham