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Ministry of Education Update for eLearning
On February 1, 2022 the Ministry of Education issued the Policy and Procedures Memorandum (PPM 167) regarding the Online learning graduation requirement.
Beginning with the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year, all students must earn a minimum of two online learning credits as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma unless they have been opted out or exempted in accordance with the processes described in the memorandum (PPM167).
Adult learners entering the Ontario secondary school system in 2023-24 or later will also be required to meet this graduation requirement unless they opt themselves out of the requirement in accordance with the processes described in this memorandum.
The complete memorandum can be accessed in the link provided herein, for your perusal. Policy/Program Memorandum 167
Parents/Guardians can opt their child out of mandatory online learning credits requirements. Contact the students home school for further information.
What is eLearning (online learning graduation requirement) and how does it differ from other course types?
Online learning courses, also known as “e-learning” courses or credits, are Grades 9 to 12 credit courses that are delivered entirely using the internet and do not require students to be physically present with one another or with their educator in the school, except where they may be needed for:
- examinations and other final evaluations
- access to internet connectivity, learning devices, or other school-based supports (for example, academic, guidance, special education, mental health and well-being supports, and required initial assessment and in-person learning for English language learners and students of Actualisation linguistique en français (ALF) or Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA) at their early stages of language acquisition)
- In online learning courses delivered by schools in the publicly funded education system, coursework is teacher-led
- Students from the same online class may follow different timetables and be from different schools or school boards
- Students in publicly funded schools complete their online coursework with the support of a certified Ontario educator with whom they communicate, and who provides instruction, ongoing feedback, assessment, evaluation, and reporting as needed, including implementing any accommodations and/or modifications identified in the student’s Individual Education Plan
Benefits of Online/eLearning
Ontario students have been using online learning to earn high school credits towards their diploma since 2004. Expanding access to high-quality, Ontario teacher-led online learning will enable students to:
- access a wider variety of courses no matter where they live or go to school, allowing them to shape their education based on their individual needs and goals
- learn in engaging new ways, such as through hands-on, interactive features, simulations and collaboration with peers across the province
- increase their digital fluency and gain transferable skills to support lifelong learning and employment opportunities
We live in an increasingly digital world and students require the skills necessary to operate in both the physical and digital space. By expanding and modernizing online learning, students will have greater flexibility, more choice, and will graduate with skills needed in all aspects of their lives, including to enter the workforce. Online learning is one important way that students can develop these skills and become lifelong learners.
Programs or course deliveries that are NOT eLearning/online learning
- in-person learning, in which students are physically present with other students in the same course and their educator in the school environment
- blended learning, in which digital learning resources are used in an in-person learning setting, or in which students are taught part of the time in person in the school environment and part of the time online
- flipped classrooms, a type of blended learning in which students are introduced to content online and practice working through it in person with their educator in the school environment
- remote learning, characterized by minimum synchronous learning requirements, among other requirements as defined in Policy/Program Memorandum 164
Please click on the tabs to the left to learn more about eLearning programming in Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.