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Important News

Exam Proctoring Policy Change

In light of COVID-19 we have reviewed our exam proctoring policy.

Based on current social distancing guidelines we have decided to move from in person proctoring to a web based service called Proctorio. Our exams will still be scheduled and information will be posted on the homepage of each course by November 3rd.   This software will permit students to complete their exams in the same location they typically complete their course work. When students start their exam they will have to complete a security screening where they authorize their computer to share their webcam and screen with us, then they will experience the same exam/test process they are used to seeing.  This will eliminate the need for families to submit proctor forms or secure their own proctors.

We will be providing information in the Student Guide on how to access Proctorio. We will post an announcement when we have added this information.

Students will need to use a windows, mac or chrome OS computer with a chrome browser installed. They will also be required to have a webcam and microphone in order to take their final exams.  Ipads and tablets cannot be used for final exams.

Teachers will be providing students with an opportunity to complete a test or quiz prior to the exam using this new software. This will allow students to ensure they are comfortable with the software before writing their final exam.

FAQ

What if I have trouble with the screening process?
There will be a chat function on the screen that students can click on to receive live support with getting the exam started. 

Is someone watching me while I take my exam?
No. If your institution requires video, audio, or screen capture, Proctorio will store that data and provide an automated suspicion report to your instructor. No Proctorio employee has access to this data.

Who can view my exam recordings?
Only authorized school officials can unlock and view the exam recordings, not Proctorio. Additionally, our state-of-the-art, double-encryption technology ensures that all of your exam data is safe from hackers.

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Terry Fox

Once again, our school will be participating in the Terry Fox School challenge!  We have taken part in this fundraiser for the last four years and we have raised over $7600! The Marathon of Hope is celebrating its 40th year in 2020 and this year, the Run’s theme is “One Day. Your Way.”  Due to public health concerns, the organization is requesting that no large groups of people get together.

We are challenging students to get out and walk/run/bike/skate/hike/wheel in support of the Terry Fox Foundation and help raise money to support cancer.

On October 9th at 12 pm we would like all participating students to get outside and walk/run/bike/skate/hike/wheel for the challenge.

If you would like to register or donate on behalf of the school please visit our school's fundraising page.

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Login Issues

Attention all returning and new students: 

If you are experiencing login issues at our site, please review the following instructions: Accessing the Virtual Learning Centre

All students including new and returning students were emailed the above  instructions when they were added to each of  their courses.

Returning students should be using their username@virtuallearning.ca account.

username@virtuallearningapps.ca accounts are no longer valid.

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Renowned Program

The Virtual Learning Centre has been offering Ontario Secondary School students a wide range of flexible, and well-designed high school courses since 1997. It is a renowned program that is unlike any other eLearning initiative in Ontario.

The VLC offers students a full range of learning opportunities powered by the latest online technologies available.

We are committed to setting very high standards for distance learning and know that the student-teacher interaction is key to student success. For this reason, we encourage all of our students to attend web meetings, and to adhere to the course schedule and all due dates. This level of rigor builds a strong work ethic and forges a classroom and school community thereby preparing our students for post-secondary studies.

For more information please review the FAQ section on our website.

If you need further help feel free to drop us a line:
vlcadmin@virtuallearning.ca
or call us at 705-328-2925 (Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 EST)

 

Open School Ontario

Do you require a single senior-level math or science course with the flexibility to match your busy lifestyle? Our companion program features intakes every three weeks and offers the ability to accelerate through the course at your own pace. Visit Open School Ontario for program details and to see what we have on offer.

 

Open School Ontario

 

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Recent News

Registration is now closed for Semester 1

Registration for Semester 2 - 2020-2021 will open mid to late October. An announcement will be posted on the main website.

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New Student Orientation Meetings During First Week

There will be several meetings held throughout the first week of school by our Student Services teacher, Mrs. Kuypers, welcoming new students and helping them navigate their way through our program.  
Meetings are scheduled on:

Tuesday, September 8th at 2 pm
Wednesday, September 9th at 10:40 am 
Wednesday, September 9th at 2 pm

Students only need to attend one meeting - these are optional but recommended.  If they cannot make a meeting they can watch the recording.

There will also be a drop-in session on Friday, September 11th at 12 pm where students can ask general questions about the program.

Students can find out more details in the Student Guide announcement: "Welcome! From Student Services" when they are placed into the Student Guide course. 

Students will be added throughout the week of September 8th into the Student Guide and their course(s) and they will receive an email letting them know when they have been added.  Be sure to check your junk mail.  Please do not contact the office for details.

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Semester 1 Start-Up Information

Based on the information provided by the Ministry of Education, students will be starting school on September 8th with the VLC running normally. Each course will run for 75 minutes from Monday to Friday and students will be expected to participate fully in their courses. This means that if a student is taking four courses with us they would be completing 300 minutes of work per day. 

Students will begin to have access to courses starting Tuesday, September 8th. Courses will continue to be opened throughout the week of September 8th.  As each course is loaded, it will appear on the student’s dashboard. Please do not contact the office via telephone or email for your login credentials or timetables. Login credentials will be emailed when your courses begin and timetable information will be provided in each of your courses.  
If students would like to review their course selections, they may log in to their profiles on our website.

Timetables and teaching assignments will not be available until courses begin throughout the week of September 8, 2020.

Please monitor emails and this website for more information. 

 

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"I took one English course with VLC and I was hooked..."

Our Courses

All of our courses are taught by highly qualified Ontario teachers who understand how to blend the power of synchronous, streamed communication with the flexibility of static, anywhere-anytime course content. Students succeed in our program and our attrition rates (under 20%) demonstrate that our program works for most learners.

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How are online courses taught?

When you register for an online course within the Virtual Learning Centre, you will be provided with login information such as a username and id. You will also receive an Internet address (URL) to your course. When you login for the first time, an introductory message from your teacher will greet you. This message will outline the course content and describe how the course will be delivered and what is required of you. Although all of the Virtual Learning Centre’s online courses look the same, your teacher is ultimately in charge of how the course will run.

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Who teaches the online courses?

Certified teachers who are employed within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board deliver online course material for the Virtual Learning Centre. Each teacher receives training and support so that they are comfortable with the online approach to both teaching and learning.

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Will I benefit from online courses?

In most cases, this form of course delivery works well. Obvious prerequisites include motivation, computer familiarity, and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Remember, though, that although there is daily contact with others in the class, there may not be any face to face meetings. For students with some learning styles, taking online courses may not be an appropriate choice.