Frequently Asked Questions About Summer School eLearning
Is there a cost to register in a Summer School eLearning course offered by member Boards of the OeLC?
Similar to other Summer School programs offered by publicly-funded Ontario School Boards, there is no course fee for Ontario students to take Summer School eLearning courses offered by Member Boards of the OeLC. Those students, however, defined as ‘Other Pupils‘ by the Ontario Ministry of Education and, as such, are fee-paying students who are not exempt from tuition costs (e.g., International Students), are subject to the rates set by the OeLC Board hosting the course into which they are accepted.
How do I register for a Summer School eLearning course offered by Member Boards of the OeLC?
To register for a Summer School eLearning course offered by a Member Board of the OeLC, students must:
- be currently attending a Member Board of the OeLC OR a publicly-funded Ontario School Board or School that has enrolled in the OeLC Summer School Registration Member program.
- be registered by a Guidance Counsellor in their school (or by another school or Board staff member). Please note that students and parents are not able to register directly under any circumstances.
Can I take more than one Summer School eLearning course offered by member Boards of the OeLC?
This is an extremely rare occurrence and can only happen under special circumstances and with the approval of your Principal.
When will I know if I have been accepted into a course?
Acceptances are done on the second Friday of May, then again from the fourth Friday in May and until the start of Summer School. Acceptance emails are sent to the student, the student’s Guidance Counsellor and, if contained in the database, parent email(s).
When do to courses run?
Courses typically run during one of two sessions – July and August. Precise dates are provided in acceptance emails that are sent to you and your Guidance Counsellor and, if contained in the database, parent email(s).
Do I need to be physically present at any time during the course?
In most instances, if not all instances, no… Your entire course is taken online. However, some Boards and courses require that you participate in a final evaluation (e.g., an exam) at a set time and under the supervision of a proctor. You will be informed of this process either when you are accepted or at the start of the course.
How long am I expected to work on my course each day?
Given that the entire course is being compressed into four weeks, expect to be working on your course an average of between 5 and 6 hours per day.
Can I miss days during my course or alter my start and finish dates?
Again, given that the entire course is being compressed into four weeks, it is extremely unlikely that alterations can be made. Also, missing one day of Summer School eLearning is equivalent to missing 5 days during the regular school year. Absence can be extremely problematic… With this said, it is understood that sometimes unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, such as illness, arise… In such instances, it is essential to communicate with your teacher and, where possible, collaborate on an appropriate plan of action.
What will I require to complete by course?
You will need consistent access to desktop, laptop, or tablet computer and consistently reliable Internet access with moderate to ample bandwidth (particularly important for courses that rely heavily on multi-media learning objects such as audio, video, simulations/manipulatives/interactives, etc.). It may also be beneficial to have access to a printer, scanner (often a camera is fine), and headphones… In some courses, you may also benefit from having a webcam and mic but your teacher will inform you of this.
When will I receive my course access information and log-in credentials?
Boards typically send out course information and log in credentials during the final week of June (as registrations are still occurring at that time). Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member at the Board that is hosting your course: Summer School eLearning Board Contacts