The Ontario Ministry of Education has introduced a new graduation requirement for secondary students to complete two e-Learning credits as part of the 30 credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It applies only to students who entered Grade 9 on or after September 1, 2020 which means that they are now in Grade 9 or Grade 10.
Students may withdraw/opt out of this new graduation requirement and graduate with an OSSD (details below).
Students working towards an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (CoA) are not required to complete this new graduation requirement. Students who are completing an OSSC or CoA may choose to enrol in e-Learning courses.
Online learning supports the development of digital literacy and other transferable skills that will help prepare students for success after graduation. Secondary schools will communicate directly with students and parents/caregivers (including incoming Grade 9 students) in the near future to provide information about which courses will be available through e-Learning for the 2022-23 school year and how to enrol.
e-Learning Credit Course
e-Learning credit courses are delivered using an asynchronous model, which includes digital content such as readings, videos, blogs, commentaries, and online discussion boards. Students complete the assigned work independently and teachers provide ongoing support for student learning through exemplars, rubrics, tutorials and individual conferences. Evaluation is continuous throughout the course with the teacher providing descriptive feedback.
Opting-Out of the New Online Learning Graduation Requirement
Students may withdraw from the online e-Learning requirement. A parent/caregiver/guardian or student (18 years of age or older or 16 or 17 years of age and withdrawn from parental control) may withdraw by submitting the opt out/withdrawal form, which will be sent via email in the next week.
No explanation or reason is needed to opt out/withdraw.
Please visit the online learning graduation requirement web page for more information. If you have questions, please contact the Principal at your child’s school.