1) What is eLearning?

eLearning provides opportunities for students to:
•       Earn the same credits in a different way
•       Learn at a flexible time (no scheduled classes), place and pace (within semester limits)
•       Access engaging, unique programs unavailable in some high schools
•       Interact with like-minded students from across Halton
•       Flex timetables and accelerate learning (e.g., reaching ahead)



2) What is expected of me when I take an online course?

Online courses require you to log in on a regular basis to keep up with course material, assignments, and deadlines. 
You need to be able to work independently and manage your time wisely.



3) How do I get started (e.g. pick a course, register, log on, etc.)?

Visit your school guidance office. Online courses are chosen the same way you would pick any of your other courses. 
During course selection time, log in to myBlueprint and pick your courses. If course selection has already occurred 
and you want to pick up an online class, you need to make an appointment with a guidance counselor at your home school.

To log on once you are registered for your course(s), open the d2l platform and enter your username and password to access your course, 
instructor and materials.  

To drop an online course, you will not be officially dropped until we receive notification from your home school that you have met with a counselor 
and signed an official drop request form.



4) If I take an online course, do I have to drop one class at school?

No, the question of how many courses to take in total should be discussed with the guidance counselor in conjunction with you and
your parents or guardians. Taking an online course is not a 'spare' and you are responsible for managing your time wisely.


5) I have heard that online are (easier/harder) ... is that true?

The difficulty you will encounter learning online depends on your learning skills more than anything else. The courses themselves are no more or 
less difficult in content or approach than an in-school class. These are definitely not 'bird' courses, nor are they 'killer' courses, they merely reflect the
Ontario curriculum for each course.



6) How much time can students expect to spend in an online course?

As online students are expected to invest the same time as in-school students, this can result in 7-12+ hours per week of time, 
depending on the course and the student. Major assignments may add time on top of that. The advantage of learning online is that 
there is a great deal of flexibility as to when you can learn, however you are expected to log in on a regular basis so as to not miss 
important news items or deadlines.



7) How does eLearning support a student who misses school due to sports, trips, etc.?

Students have some flexibility of pace, within a class schedule. Of course, learning online means one can participate wherever 
an Internet connection is available as well. Many students who are unable to attend school for various reasons have taken online courses successfully.



8) Are devices available in schools for use at lunchtimes, before, and after school?

Computers are generally available in school libraries or in computer labs throughout the school for student work, but this should be confirmed 
on a school-by-school basis particularly if the student intends to do the majority of their online work using school computers after hours. 
Chromebooks may be available for loan/sign out from your Library. Please consult your Teacher-Librarian. 



9) Are there examinations?

There are examinations for most eLearning courses. The process and delivery of these exams is currently under review.



10) Can I take just Civics or Careers alone, or do I have to take both together?

Either or both is fine.



11) Are there French (Immersion) courses offered online?

The eLearning campus currently offers Grade 12 Core French (FSF4UO), and some French Immersion courses are offered in summer school.