Alternatives to the Classroom
The Independent Learning Centre (Correspondence Courses): Secondary school credit courses are available through the ministry’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC). Information about eligibility, enrolment procedures, and course offerings may be found in the current edition of the Independent Learning Centre Student Guide and through the ILC website. (www.ilc.org).
Distance Education: Distance education courses are credit courses that are offered by schools through various technological means, such as teleconferencing, the Internet, and video-conferencing. By making distance education courses available to students, schools can provide them with a wider range of program choices. These courses are designed to enable students to participate actively in a course despite being at a distance from the school that is offering the course. Information on distance education courses is available through school boards.Please note that a student actively enrolled in a secondary school program may not register with ILC or Distance Education without the principal’s permission and only in extenuating circumstances.
The UGDSB is now involved in an exciting new Student Success Initiative from the Ministry of Education: e-Learning. e-Learning Ontario provides School Boards with online tools, courses and learning resources. In addition to the e-Learning Support for School Boards in the Provincial Partnership, the Province of Ontario has changed registration requirements for students who wish to enroll in online courses in other school boards. This change enables students to access courses online in other school boards. This option may be available for students in the event that the programming is not available to them through the UGDSB. Please see your guidance counselor to determine if this option is available to you. All decisions are based on the principal's discretion.
e-Learning in the Upper Grand District School Board 2013-2014
A successful on-line, e-Learner will be:
- a problem solver
- able to manage his/her time
- able to multitask
- flexible with a willingness to learn
- willing and able to provide a working computer
- computer literate
- a critical thinker
- an effective communicator
Time Commitment: As an online e-Learner, you will spend at least as much time with your online course as you would expect to spend in a regular classroom. Each course requires approximately 110 hours of “classroom” time (reading, learning, corresponding, doing experiments, etc.) and additional “homework” time (studying and completing assignments). Considering this time commitment, enrollment in e-Learning program outside Upper Grand, after Oct. 31 and March 31 in a given semester is not recommended and in many programs, not an option. Upper Grand e-Learning course registration will coincide with semester school time lines
Rights and Responsibilities of the e-Learning Student
The e-Learning student is responsible for:
- obtaining approval for an e-Learning course registration through his/her home school Guidance department
- participating in an e-Learning orientation
- following the policies outlined in the course syllabus with respect to acceptable use and student conduct
- meeting participation requirements as outlined in the course syllabus
Note: Suspension and expulsion rules, as outlined in provincial and school board policies apply to students participating in e-Learning
Guidelines for enrollment in e-Learning courses:
Students must be approved by the principal to take an e-Learning course. Criteria to be considered include:
- They are home-schooled students
- The course is not available in the home school, because of course conflicts, over enrollment or under enrollment
- Health issues that prevent full-time attendance
- Special Education needs (such as gifted)
- Students who fit the profile of a successful on-line learner as described in the School Course Handbook.
- A student may only enroll in a maximum of four courses per semester as this constitutes a full-time course load. This total of four includes all classes in the home school as well as online.
- Any decisions with respect to e-Learning enrollment are made by the student and his/her parent in consultation with the guidance department and the school principal. Notwithstanding, a principal may deny a student the opportunity to take an e-Learning course when the principal feels that the student will not be successful.
- Students cannot opt out of a course currently offered at the home school to take the same course on-line
Any courses at UGDSB Secondary Schools that are cancelled due to low enrollment in a given location may be available online. Students with these choices will be contacted about availability of courses online by the school guidance department.