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E-Learning Ontario is the branch of the Ministry of Education that oversees the Provincial e-Learning Strategy. This strategy provides all Ontario school boards, schools and students with access to valuable digital learning opportunities and resources in four different areas: E-Learning, Blended Learning, Homework Help and Digital Resources.
Online learning is quickly becoming an important part of education in all pathways, including college, university and in the workplace. E-Learning courses may allow for more flexibility in a student's timetable and may allow students to access courses that will complement their timetables but that are not available in their school. All e-Learning courses can be used towards a student's graduation requirements.
E-Learning requires the same time commitment as a traditional day-school class. However, the method of delivery allows for flexibility in the schedule, and students may choose to complete the course work outside of the traditional school day or traditional school environment. It is not required that the students and teacher are working on the course at the same time. However, the course will follow the same semester start and end dates as a traditional face-to-face class, and there will be timelines for completing tasks, assignments and other assessments within the course.
The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) currently offers a variety of online courses taught by qualified teachers who provide innovative, relevant and engaging eLearning experiences. All e-Learning courses meet the same curriculum requirements of face-to-face classes, as set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
A summer eLearning opportunity is now available for students who wish to take full credit courses between July 4 and August 12, 2016. A wide variety of choices are available. Please click on this link for more information.
In addition, the RCDSB is a member of the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC). This organization is made up of a number of Ontario school boards who have agreed to open up their e-Learning courses to students from all member school boards. This provides even more opportunities for RCDSB students to access courses that best meet their needs and their interests. To learn more about the OeLC, or to see what courses are available, please visit the OeLC
Some of the other tools that eLearning Ontario offers include:
- Blended Learning - allows classroom teachers to combine face-to-face and online learning for all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 using the provincial Learning Management System.
- Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) - a password-protected website with teacher-shared resources for grades K to 12 including lesson plans, videos, activities, maps and interactive multimedia searchable by grade, course/ subject, overall expectations and keyword.
- E-Community Ontario- a password-protected website where Ontario teachers can communicate, share insights and effective practices with colleagues.
The RCDSB provides access to e-Learning and Blended Learning through its Digital Learning Homepage. Visit web resources for additional online tools such as Homework Help, Learn 360, TurnItIn and more.
E-Learning options are available to all students registered with the RCDSB in both secondary schools and Continuing Education. For more information on e-Learning opportunities, students should contact their school's guidance counsellor.
Ontario Ministry of Education e-Learning Strategy
E-Learning Ontario: The sky is the limit! Digital education - Kindergarten to Grade 12 (PDF, 2.76 MB)