Are you involved in e-learning programs?

We are looking for instructors, program administrators, supervisors, coordinators, managers, and other e-learning staff and newcomers who have taken or are currently taking an online or blended class to participate in the NICO research study. The Newcomer Introduction To Classes Online (NICO) research study will identify the challenges, obstacles, and instruction methods for e-learning.

This research will be used to adapt Norquest College’s Preparation for Online Learning (CLB 4-8) course to address learning obstacles and expand the program to CLB 3 learners. With the results of the research study, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) will be creating an orientation introducing newcomers to classes online to help them create a foundation in digital literacy online. The orientation will be open source software shared with immigrant-serving agencies to help build their capacity.

If you have difficulty completing the research study online, have questions about the research study or to book an appointment if you prefer to complete the research study in-person or by phone, please contact the researcher, Christine Do.

Christine Do
Newcomer Introduction To Classes Online (NICO) Coordinator/Researcher
Phone: 403-291-0002 Ext 312   Email:

Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) is a non-profit organization. The NICO research study is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Please access the survey via the links below if you have a moment to complete this short 15-20 minute survey.

Staff Link to Survey                           Student Link to Survey

Marie-Elyse Gauthier