Below are a series of entries that have been posted by the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) or their research partners at the State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada in relation to the Education that Works for You – Modernizing Classrooms proposed policy. From an e-learning perspective, the proposal calls for:
The government is committed to modernizing education and supporting students and families in innovative ways that enhance their success. A link to e-learning courses can be found here: www.edu.gov.on.ca/elearning/courses.html.
Starting in 2020-21, the government will centralize the delivery of all e-learning courses to allow students greater access to programming and educational opportunities, no matter where they live in Ontario.
Secondary students will take a minimum of four e-learning credits out of the 30 credits needed to fulfill the requirements for achieving an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. That is equivalent to one credit per year, with exemptions for some students on an individualized basis. These changes will be phased in, starting in 2020-21.
With these additional modernizations, the secondary program enhancement grant will no longer be required.
As you might imagine, we have received a lot of questions about these issues. Below are some of the questions that we have had the opportunity to prepare research-based responses. Click on the links to read each of the responses:
- What does this announcement mean in the context of e-learning in Ontario, and e-learning in general?
- What does e-learning or online learning really look like?
- Are e-learning programs in Ontario decentralized at present?
- Which is more effective – centralized or decentralized?
- What is the scalability of requiring four e-learning courses?
- Can all students succeed in an e-learning environment?
- What are some of the common myths about learning online?
- What does the research tell us? Lessons from Michigan by Joe Freidhoff
We have also prepared a backgrounder to discuss the issues raised by the e-learning portions of the Ontario announcement, which can be accessed at:
CANeLearn has been featured in several media items related to this announcement. wan interview with
- The Ottawa Citizen: “Ontario is poised to require every high school student take four online courses. What does it mean?“
- The Agenda with Steve Paikin: “How to Learn Online”
- In Conversation with Stephen Hurley: “Online Learning in Ontario“
- The London Free Press: “Doug Ford’s Classroom, Part 1: Digital jolt looms large in big changes“
Finally, the State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada project team, in response to the Ontario class size consultation process, has released a new special report focused on the topic of class sizes in the e-learning environment that can be accessed at:
If you have any questions about these, or any other issues, please contact CANeLearn CEO – Randy LaBonte at email@example.com.
For more information about the data about e-learning in Ontario, visit https://k12sotn.ca/on/