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eLearning Resources for KPDSB Families

What is KPDSB eLearning?

KPDSB eLearning is asynchronous. This means that the learning does not take place at the same place or time for all participants. A student in an eLearning course can work on the course whenever their schedule permits. It is very important that students exercise time management, responsibility, and independence for success. Students access the course on Brightspace (a cloud-based learning platform). eLearning courses at KPDSB have the 6th character ‘E’ in their course code. School-based support will be available for students who require extra help.

The eLearning Graduation Requirement

Beginning with every student who entered Grade 9 in the 2020/2021 school year, students are required to earn two online learning (eLearning) credits to graduate from secondary school. This graduation requirement is intended to support students in developing familiarity and comfort with learning and working in a fully online environment, as well as developing digital literacy and other important transferable skills that they will need for success after secondary school, including in post-secondary education and the workplace.

The exception to this is for students who were in Grade 9 during the province-wide school closures (from April 2021 to June 2021). Up to one secondary school credit that was completed at this time may be counted towards the graduation requirement, in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. This cohort of students will only require one additional eLearning credit.

‘Opting Out’ from (and ‘Opting In’ if already Opted Out to) eLearning

Parents who wish to opt out or exempt their child from the online graduation requirement must complete the KPDSB eLearning Student Opt-Out Form. Exemption from the online learning graduation requirements may be requested by:

  • the parent or guardian of the secondary student

  • students who are 18 years of age or older

  • students who are 16 or 17 years of age and have withdrawn from parental control

Please contact the school for a copy of the KPDSB eLearning Student Opt-Out Form or for further information on eLearning or the opt-out process. You may also visit the Ontario Ministry of Education’s website for more information on secondary school graduation requirements.  

Students and parents/guardians can opt back into the online learning graduation requirement should their decision change (and they had already submitted an opt-out form). The KPDSB eLearning Student Opt-In Form can also be obtained from the school.

If you have any questions about eLearning, the eLearning graduation requirement, or the opt-out or opt-in processes, please contact your school Guidance Counsellor. 

KPDSB is a proud member of the Ontario eLearning Consortium

The Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC) is a grassroots partnership of Ontario school boards that began in 2005. They are a collective of boards, each of which has entered into mutual agreement to open their eLearning courses to all students throughout member boards without a course fee. This means that KPDSB students could be taking a course here in the KP area, but their teacher may be anywhere else in the province.  This opens up opportunities for our students by offering greater choice in course selection.

Students may work with their Guidance Counsellor to source eLearning courses offered in their own school, other KPDSB schools, and other Ontario schools. Seats in both KPDSB and OeLC programs are limited.  Students will receive an email to confirm registration, removal, and waitlist status, as applicable.  

What is KPDSB ConnectEd?

ConnectEd is synchronous. This means that the teacher and students connect via Google Meet for class. Students in the same school join from a common location so they can collaborate. ConnectEd courses at KPDSB have the 6th character ‘T’ in their course code. ConnectEd courses DO NOT count toward the eLearning graduation requirement.

Links for more information 

Course descriptions and prerequisites

Ontario Graduation Requirements

D2L Brightspace: Ontario’s VLE (Access your courses here)