Frequently Asked Questions
What is Peel eLearning?
As a member of the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC), Peel eLearning is a program that offers eLearning (online) courses to Peel and non-Peel students. Our Peel students may complete eLearning courses taught by either Peel teachers or teachers from across the province.
Is Peel eLearning the same as Peel Online?
No. As a partner board in the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC), our secondary students can access courses from boards across the province and students from other boards can access our courses through our eLearning Program. Students enrolled in an eLearning course may be taught by a Peel teacher or by a teacher from a different school board that is a member of the OeLC.
What is the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC)?
The Ontario eLearning Consortium is a grassroots partnership of District School Boards who, since 2001, have collaborated to develop and deliver learning in a virtual environment.
Which school boards are part of OeLC?
For a full list of participating school boards, visit https://prism.elearningstudents.ca/
How do I register?
Book an appointment with your guidance counsellor to determine if eLearning courses are right for you.
The guidance counsellor will consult with school administration.
If approved, the guidance counsellor will provide details regarding next steps.
When should I register?
Registration for eLearning courses for the upcoming school year becomes available in May. Registration for Semester 1 courses continues until the third week in September. Registration for Semester 2 courses continues until January.
Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible following the opening of registration, as space is limited.
Can anyone enrol in eLearning courses?
No. You must be registered at a Peel board secondary school and enrolled in at least two day courses. You cannot take Peel eLearning as a fifth course.
Can I register to be a full-time Peel eLearning student?
Peel eLearning is not available as a full-time option for students.
Do these courses cost any money?
No. Students who are registered at a Peel board secondary school are not required to pay fees.
What are the eLearning course options?
Peel students are able to enrol in a variety of courses. Please visit https://prism.elearningstudents.ca/ for a list of course offerings.
How many courses can I take at one time?
Students can only enrol in one course per semester.
Who delivers the courses?
When do courses begin and end?
Courses begin at the start of each semester and end at the conclusion of the semester similar to day school courses.
Summer courses are not available through Peel eLearning. Students interested in summer school online can access courses through Continuing Education.
Do I have to go to a classroom?
Course work will be completed using the online course content and resources. Students may be required to complete their final assessment in a supervised setting, and appropriate arrangements will be made.
Are the courses private and secure?
All student accounts are only accessible with a username and password. Courses are delivered through Brightspace/D2L.
How do students achieve success in the eLearning courses?
Students who are successful in an eLearning course are usually self-motivated and responsible, with good organization and time management skills and effective study habits. Regular participation and engagement in the course will contribute to student success.
Does the eLearning course take less time than a classroom course?
Generally, plan to spend the same amount of time working on the course materials in an online course as you do in a classroom course. Typically a student in a full-credit (110 hour) course will spend a minimum of 50 hours online directly engaged with the course content. The additional required time will be spent offline working on course assignments and activities.
Do eLearning credits count toward my diploma?
Yes. All eLearning courses will follow the curriculum described by the Ministry of Education and therefore count as eligible credits towards your diploma.
How do I contact the teacher if I have any questions?
You will communicate with your teacher using the email function in Brightspace.
What technology will I need for my online course?
eLearning courses require a computer or a tablet with internet access.
How will the teachers assess my performance in a course?
Students will be assessed and evaluated using a variety of assessment tools (assignments, projects, etc), including conversations and observations. Students may be required to complete their final evaluation(s) in a supervised setting.
Will curriculum expectations differ if I take a course from another school in the consortium?
No. All courses offered through Ontario schools will still meet curriculum standards described by the Ministry of Education.
How will final evaluations be conducted?
Final evaluations may be conducted online or supervised at the student’s home secondary school.
How will my final mark be communicated to me?
After the course has finished, your teacher will report the mark to you by email through the course email system and your report card will be mailed to you. If you are a student in the Peel board, your mark will be automatically entered into the Student Information System (SIS).
How do I arrange to have a transcript sent to me?
Through your home day school.
How can I learn more about eLearning?
For more information about eLearning, call 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2303, or email us at [email protected]