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E-Learning is here to stay
- December 9, 2019
- Posted by: Principal
- Category: Uncategorized
From: “Minister (EDU)” <Minister.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2019-12-09 4:28 p.m. (GMT-05:00)
To: “Minister (EDU)” <Minister.email@example.com>
Subject: Online Learning in Ontario / L’apprentissage électronique en Ontario
I am pleased to share with you that the Ontario government is taking important steps to increase student access to high quality public education and turn Ontario into a global leader of modern and digital education.
The world is changing rapidly, and our students need the ability to learn and thrive in a world increasingly disrupted by technology. This is why I announced on November 21, 2019 that Ontario students will be required to take two online credits to graduate from secondary school.
In this day and age, it has become critically important we adopt more modernized learning for students across Ontario and help empower our publicly-funded teachers to better prepare students for the realities of today’s increasingly technology-enabled world.
These changes to our approach to online learning come from feedback and input from students, parents, and educators. Before the launch of the new online learning program, the province will be consulting with Ontarians to ensure our approach to online learning will meet the needs of students and educators. This will include seeking input on appropriate criteria and processes for supporting students who may be exempted from this new graduation requirement.
Our government believes that high quality, teacher-supported online learning can be transformational for students. It can provide them with new and exciting ways to learn, find the courses they want, and develop the skills they need for a successful future.
To ensure more students can have these powerful, engaging online learning experiences no matter where they live or go to school, our plan will provide more course offerings – including STEM courses. It will also explore innovative approaches to online learning, such as modular course designs, and standalone, not-for-credit mini-modules in topics like financial literacy and coding.
Broadband is also essential to support modernized digital learning in the classroom. That is why we will continue to work with you to ensure that all Ontario students and educators in publicly-funded schools will have access to reliable, fast, and secure internet services at school at a speed of one megabit per-second per-student in all regions of the province by 2021-22.
Students that graduate in the 2023-2024 school year will be the first cohort that are required to complete online courses. The online courses that they take can begin counting toward their graduation requirements beginning in September 2020.
Our plan is designed to better prepare students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in school and beyond. That’s because we are a government that listens – and we’re putting students and parents first, because that’s what they deserve.
Thank you for your continuing collaboration and support. Working together, I know that we can move forward with a plan that is reasonable, embraces modern learning, and that gives our young people the skills they need to succeed in all that they do. I look forward to working with you as we move towards this goal.
Hon. Stephen Lecce
Minister of Education