The OeLC is a grassroots partnership of Ontario School Boards who, since 2001, have worked together to deliver online secondary Ontario courses, develop resources, tools and procedures, perform quality assurance, support teachers, and increase learning opportunities for students.
The OeLC is comprised of a collective of Ontario School Boards, each of which has entered into mutual agreement to open their eLearning courses to all students within member boards, without a course fee. The Consortium shares a registration system, known as the Student Success eSolution (SSeS), to which all member boards and their respective staff involved in eLearning programming (e.g., Administrators and Consultants) and student registration (e.g., Registrars and Guidance Department Staff) have access. Currently, the Consortium supports 21 member boards, both Public and Catholic, representing students who reside in both metropolitan and rural areas throughout Ontario.
Upper Canada DSB Vignette Appears in State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada
The vignette provides a testimony to the effectiveness of the consortium as the UCDSB has tripled their e-learning offerings and expanded to offer a Continuing Education program as well. They did this while addressing geographical and technological challenges. By joining the consortium, the UCDSB not only expanded its course offerings, but improved networking, collaboration, and professional learning opportunities for teachers.