Getting Started

How to log in and get started

https://hdsb.elearningontario.ca

Your username and password is the same as what you would use to login to a school computer (HDSB email and password).

Once you log in, your courses are listed in the My Courses widget. Clicking a course will bring you to the course homepage.

On your course homepage, you’ll see a navigation bar with links to your course content, discussions, dropboxes, and more. You will also see a newsfeed or activity feed, where your teacher makes important announcements. It’s up to you to check this space regularly.

Your course content is organized into units and activities by your teacher. Some teachers will only release content for a certain amount of time, so be sure to check for new content. It helps to take notes while you read!

Completion of participation activities are mandatory for the first two weeks of school and then once a week thereafter for attendance purposes. Your teacher will post theses activities on your course homepage

How to be successful

eLearning is more independent than a face to face classroom. You will need to establish your own routines to make sure you stay up to date on your work.

You will need regular access to a computer with reliable internet access. The best approach is to set aside time every school day to work on your eLearning course. You can use the period in your timetable where the eLearning course is scheduled, or use another time that you are free during the day, but make a schedule for when you will work, and stick to it.

Your teacher will post outlines and due dates. It is your responsibility to get work in by these deadlines. You can expect to spend the same amount of time on your eLearning course(s) each day as you would with a regular face-to-face course.

Communication is the most important thing with an online course. If you get stuck or have a question, email your teacher as soon as possible. He/she is there to help you.

Assignments

Assignments will take on different forms depending on the course. Teachers use different methods depending on the course, and they will specify how they want to receive work.

D2L Dropboxes:

Dropboxes can accept popular formats like .doc .docx .ppt .pptx .pdf .odp .jpg .bmp and .png

You can also submit files directly from your Halton Google Drive. Make sure your Gdrive is connected to Brightspace when you log in.

Mac users will have to save their files as a PDF, as .pages files are not accepted.

Attendance

You are expected to log in and complete work every school day. Your teacher will take attendance daily for the first two weeks through participation activities. You must complete these activities to be marked present

If you’re away for longer than a couple of days, email your teacher to let him/her know. You should plan to either get ahead before you leave, or catch up quickly upon your return.

Support

If you can’t log in, see the student services department at your school or submit a ticket to brightspacesupport@hdsb.ca

If you have a question about content

Email your teacher.

If you have trouble submitting assignments

Email your teacher.

Reporting of Marks

You will receive mark updates online or via email regularly. Midterm and final report cards will be sent to your home school for pick up.

Welcome to the eLearning Campus! Please feel free to contact us at any time:
Andrew Bigham, VP eLearning Campus | IT School LiaisonLaura McKay, Instructional Program Leader - Global Competencies/Technology Enhanced Learning/eLearning Tanya Williamson, eLearning Contact and Brightspace support Hali Ruhl, eLearning Student Success LeadLinda Maric, eLearning Campus RegistrarJeanette Weatherill, Library Services Liaison | eLearning Campus website, Group, and Twitter administrator