Success Story

Technology Transfer Partnerships: Essay-Zone (OPIC)


With support from the Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization (OPIC), Brock University’s online interactive writing tutorial Essay-Zone™ has become an international commercialization success story. Essay-Zone™ was recently developed by Brock’s Learning Skills Services to cost-effectively teach university students how to write original, organized, well-researched essays. The tutorial offers individualized writing instruction through game-like, self-directed online modules and activities. More than 8,000 Brock students have used the tutorial since its inception in 2008. Essay-Zone™ is not only a hit at Brock, in just three short years, 12 post-secondary institutions both in Canada and internationally, licensed the resource.

Return on Innovation

  • Two to four new positions to be created over the next five years

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