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:

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:

CANeLearn has been featured in several media items related to this announcement.

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:

https://k12sotn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/e-learning-class-size.pdf

If you have any questions about these, or any other issues, please contact CANeLearn CEO – Randy LaBonte at rlabonte@canelearn.net.

For more information about the data about e-learning in Ontario, visit https://k12sotn.ca/on/