Below are a series of items 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 Government of Ontario’s e-learning announcements of 15 March 2019 and 21 November 2019. From an e-learning perspective, these announcements call for:
- “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.” (15 March)
- “Ontario students will be required to take two online credits to graduate from secondary school. Students that graduate in the 2023-2024 school year will be the first cohort that are required to complete online courses. Online courses can begin counting toward students’ graduation requirements beginning in September 2020.” (21 November)
- “While online courses will be a mandatory graduation requirement, exemptions will be made for some students on an individual basis.” (21 November)
- “…all Ontario students and educators will have access to reliable, fast, secure and affordable internet services at school at a speed of one megabit per-second for every student in all regions of the province.” (15 March)
- “All Ontario students and educators in all publicly funded secondary schools will have access to reliable, fast, secure and affordable internet services at school, in all regions of the province by September 2020.” (21 November)
- “With these additional modernizations, the secondary program enhancement grant will no longer be required.” (15 March)
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
- How does e-learning research factor into the Expenditure Estimates 2019-20: Ministry of Education?
- How does e-learning research factor into the “Board-by-Board Impact of Larger Class Sizes and Mandatory e-Learning” analysis?
- What do we know about online learning requirements in other jurisdictions?
- What does the research say about the 21 November announcement?
- What does the research say about e-Learning in Ontario?
We have also prepared the following items to discuss the issues raised by the e-learning portions of the Ontario announcements, which can be accessed at:
- Ontario e-Learning Backgrounder – https://canelearn.net/onelearning-backgrounder/
- e-Learning Research Overview – https://canelearn.net/elearning-overview/
CANeLearn has been featured in several media items related to this announcement.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the data about e-learning in Ontario, visit https://k12sotn.ca/on/