Frequently Asked Questions About Regular Year eLearning
Is there a cost to register in a regular year eLearning course offered by member Boards of the OeLC?
There is no course fee for Ontario students to take 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 regular year eLearning course offered by Member Boards of the OeLC?
To register for an eLearning course offered by a Member Board of the OeLC, students must:
- be currently attending a Member Board of the OeLC.
- 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.
When will I know if I have been accepted into a course?
Acceptances are done throughout the previous and current school year. Most Boards stop accepting students into courses on the third Friday of the semester in which those courses are being hosted (except in special circumstances and with administrator approval). Acceptance emails are sent to the student, the student’s Guidance Counsellor and, if contained in the database, parent email(s).
When do courses run?
While nearly all courses follow the same semester and term schedule of the OeLC Board hosting the course, there may be some courses that allow for varied entry dates.
Do I need to be physically present at any time during the course?
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?
As with a regular face-to-face courses, you are expected to attend (log in) daily, actively participate in course activities and discussions, keep up with course work, and follow task deadlines.
Can I miss days during my course?
Planned absences must be discussed beforehand with the teacher. In instances of unforeseen absences, such as illness, contact must be made with the teacher as early as possible. Early communication in all instances of absence is essential that you may both collaborate on an appropriate plan of action.
Can I alter my start and finish dates?
This is very unlikely since, similar to regular face-to-face classes, much of the eLearning experience involves interaction and collaboration with classmates in the online environment. With that said, students may discuss with their teachers opportunities to work ahead to, for instance, accommodate planned absences.
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 later part of the week prior to the start of the semester (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: Regular Year eLearning Board Contacts