e-Learning in the Upper Grand District School Board

eLearning Courses are credit courses authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Education through e-Learning Ontario. They are for eligible students and they are delivered by qualified, Upper Grand DSB teachers. Students and teachers use the Provincial Virtual Learning Environment to communicate the majority of the course work. Students must contact a Guidance Counsellor at their school to enrol in an eLearning course offering.

The Upper Grand District School Board is also a member of the Ontario e-Learning Consortium.  With the other member school boards, we work together to optimize e-Learning programs and enhance student learning through emerging technologies and innovative practices. Through this partnership students in the UGDSB have access to a broader range of courses taught by Ontario Certified Teachers in other Boards.  Potential course offerings from the Upper Grand DSB and other member boards can be found on the OeLC registration site.

A successful on-line, e-Learner will be:

A problem solver Computer literate
Organized Self-Motivated
Self-directed Responsible
Able to manage his/her time Flexible with a willngness to learn
A critical thinker Able to multi-task
Honest An effective communicator


Time Commitment

As an e-Learning student, you will spend at least as much time with your online course as you would expect to spend in a regular classroom. 

Rights & Responsibilities of e-learning Students

An e-Learning student is responsible for:  

  1. Obtaining approval for an e-Learning course registration through his/her home school guidance department
  2. Participating in an e-Learning orientation
  3. Following the policies outlined in the course syllabus with respect to acceptable use and student conduct
  4. Meeting participation requirements as outlined in the course syllabus 

Approval for Enrolment in e-Learning Courses

Our e-Learning courses are intended to provide another opportunity to students who are unable to get a course they want or need from their own school.  As such enrolment in an e-learning course is subject to approval by the Principal of a student’s home school.  Criteria to be considered include:

  • The course is not available in the home school - for reasons such as course conflicts, over-enrolment etc.
  • Health issues or other exceptional circumstances, which prevent regular attendance at school and which may prevent successful achievement of a credit
  • A student was previously home-schooled
  • Special education needs (such as giftedness)

In addition:

  • A student may only enrol in a maximum of 4 courses per semester as this constitutes a full-time course load. This total of 4 includes all classes in the home school as well as online.
  • Any decisions with respect to e-learning enrolment are made by the student and his/her parent in consultation with the guidance department and the school Principal. Notwithstanding, a Principal may deny a student the opportunity to take an e-learning course when the principal feels that the student will not be successful.
  • Students cannot opt out of a course currently offered at the home school to take the same course online.
  • Any courses at UGDSB Secondary Schools that are cancelled due to low enrolment in a given location may be available online. Students with these choices will be contacted about availability of courses online by the home school’s guidance department.

Enrolment in e-Learning courses provided outside of the Upper Grand or OeLC Boards is subject to approval by the Principal in consultation with the Administrator in charge of e-Learning (Vice-Principal of Continuing Education).  Criteria to be considered include:

  • The course is not available through other means available to the student (e.g. in home school, eLearning through the OeLC, Continuing Education - Night or Summer School etc.)
  • An immediate need for post-secondary plans
  • Likelihood of success in an independent, online environment (ie. demonstrated previous success)