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Teacher F.A.Q.

1) What is eLearning?

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

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

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

5) I heard online courses are way [easier/harder] ... is that true?

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

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

8) Are devices available in schools for use at lunch times, before school, after school, etc.?




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)


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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.


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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 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.


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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.


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5) I heard online courses are way [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.


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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.


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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.


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8) Are devices available in schools for use at lunch times, before school, after school, etc.?


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.


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