What could a student's timetable look like?
|1||Traditional Face-to-Face Class||English (ENG3U)||Room 106|
|2||Traditional Face-to-Face Class||Marketing (BMI3C)||Room 301|
|3||eLearning Course||Travel and Tourism (CGG3O)||Computer Workstation|
|4||Traditional Face-to-Face Class||Mathematics (MBF3C)||Room 221|
Am I on a spare during my eLearning period?
NO! Your eLearning course is like any other course on your schedule. You’re expected to be at a computer workstation completing course work for the duration of your eLearning period. Expectations with regards to attendance, assignments, and deadlines are the same as any other course.
Where do I work during my eLearning period?
To enable you to work on your eLearning course, you’ll have access to a computer at your home school during your eLearning period. Individual schools will identify a dedicated computer workstation for you. Schools may vary according to how students will report to the eLearning workstation (e.g., “sign in” with an individual at the beginning and “sign out” at the end of your eLearning period).
Your Vice Principal will inform you of the location of the computer workstation and expectations at your school.
In addition to time spent at the school’s workstation during your eLearning period, many schools open their libraries, guidance offices, or computer labs before school, after school, or at lunch. You may also access your eLearning course from your home computer or some community-based location, like a public library.
Regardless of the time and location, you’ll work independently on your eLearning course, relying on instruction from your eLearning teacher.
When is my eLearning teacher online?
Your eLearning course is only one of your teacher’s assigned classes. The rest of his/her classes are traditional, face-to-face classes. Your teacher will be on-line during his/her eLearning period, just as you are on-line at your school during your eLearning period … but you and your teacher are not necessarily online at the same time.
In an asynchronous model, it doesn’t matter that students and teachers are not on-line at the same time – various communication tools (e.g. e-mail, discussion boards, drop-boxes) allow students and teachers to stay connected. There will always be a way for you to contact your teacher … it’s just that the reply may not be immediate.
Is there a limit on the number of courses (and eLearning courses) I can take in one semester?
Yes. Under normal circumstances, students can enroll in a total of four courses in each semester. No more than one of these can be an eLearning course.
Do eLearning courses have the same credit value as traditional, face-to-face classroom courses?
Yes. An eLearning course is a full, complete course with the same credit value as its face-to-face version. You’ll have to complete the entire course and write a face-to-face final exam in order to earn the credit. In addition, eLearning courses appear on a your report card and transcript in the same way as all other day-school courses.
Do I transfer to a virtual school in order to take an eLearning course?
No. You remain a student of your home school, even if the eLearning course is delivered by a teacher in another school. You are free to participate in the life of your home school – before, during and after classes.
Can I still take night school courses if I'm taking an eLearning course during the day?
Yes, you may still enroll in night school courses.
Do I have to pay a fee to take an eLearning course?
No. Schools receive funding to offer all day-school courses.
What if I want to drop my eLearning course later on?
eLearning Courses are like any other day-school course. The same timeline and criteria for full disclosure apply to dropping eLearning courses and traditional face-to-face courses.
How Many eLearning Courses Can I Take?
Students can enroll in one eLearning course per semester as part of their regular day school program.
Who Can Enrol in an eLearning Course?
Our eLearning courses are open to students from every YCDSB high school. To enroll, students must receive permission from their principal and parent/guardian and work with their home school’s guidance department to complete the registration.
How long does it take to complete an eLearning course?
Successful eLearning learners know they will spend as much time working on their eLearning course as they expect to spend in a traditional classroom. Each high school course, whether traditional face-to-face or e-course, is organized around 75 minute periods totalling 110 hours for the entire course (except for Civics and Careers, which is half of that). As is the case in all courses, students will require time over-and-above classroom time to complete assignments and homework.
What are the instructional practices most commonly found in eLearning courses?
There are no textbooks for most eLearning courses. All eLearning course resources are available on-line, and all activities, assignments and course work are completed on-line. One course (Studies in Literature-ETS4U) requires hard copy readers. Regardless of the course, you will engage in lots of reading and writing, but you also do lots of listening and viewing of non-print resources. You will apply new understandings and develop the learning skills and work habits necessary for success. Activities and assignments include, but are not limited to, quizzes, projects, and participation in chats and threaded discussions.
While logged-in, you may work on assignments or communicate with your teacher or classmates. You may also submit assignments into the drop-box. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) also keeps track of all electronic interactions so your teacher has a continuous record for evaluation purposes.
When are teachers available to provide instruction and support?
Teachers are available during their scheduled eLearning period. You may access your teacher through scheduled chats and e-mails throughout the week. In order to be successful in an eLearning course, you must stay “up-to-date” on assignments and be involved in discussions. Your teacher may schedule chats, assignments and provide threaded discussion opportunities in which your participation and attendance is mandatory.
How often do I have to log on?
Commit to logging-in regularly so you don’t fall behind. Your teacher will have a record of all your log-ins. If you won’t be logging-in because you’re sick, notify your teacher by using the communication tools within the course. If there’s no communication between you and your eLearning teacher for three (3) consecutive school days, your eLearning teacher will attempt to contact you and your parents and you will be considered “absent due to non-communication” for all three days. If you are absent for five (5) consecutive days, your home school administrator will be contacted.
Is assessment, evaluation and reporting different for eLearning courses?
Teachers of eLearning courses abide by the same assessment, evaluation and reporting policies and schedules as apply to all day school courses. The final mark is broken down into 70% for term work and 30% for a final, summative evaluation. Tests may be written either at your home school under supervision or may be completed on-line at a specific time, again, under supervision. Final exams are supervised and will be written at Jean Vanier CHS. You will be provided with all important dates, including assessment dates, in the course syllabus.