Online learning information for administrators
Last updated: March 18, 2022
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Education in B.C. continues to grow and evolve to support student success by modernizing the delivery of online learning programs and courses to provide the best learning experience possible for students, no matter where they live.
Support parents and students during the change
- The most current information is posted on the online learning website
- Invite others to share thoughts or ideas about the online learning experience by email: EDUC.OLFeedback@gov.bc.ca
Enhance online learning at your school
All current online schools (public and independent) will continue to operate under the interim online learning agreements for the 2022/23 school year.
- In June 2022: school districts who submitted an expression of interest will be notified of next steps.
- In June 2022, all 16 independent online learning schools will be invited to submit an expression of interest to be designated a provincial online learning school.
- In July 2023, all provincial online learning schools will become operational.
Step 1: Submit an expression of interest
During the expression of interest period:
- School districts and independent school authorities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to become a provincial online learning school
- The selection panel reviews the submissions
- The ministry notifies school districts and independent school authorities of their status in the selection process
Step 2: Sign agreements
Successful candidates complete the process by:
- Signing a 3-year agreement with the minister to operate a provincial online learning school
- Committing to participate in the governance and operations committee and to provide input on future procedures, including the new accountability and quality assurance process
Step 3: Onboard and offer province-wide online learning
Successful candidates are invited to onboard to the provincial learning management system (LMS). Training and support is available to help with onboarding and course migration in the new LMS.
Once they have onboarded as a new provincial online learning school, they must be able to:
- Offer online learning courses in the provincial LMS
- Offer province-wide access and support services for learners needs
- Participate in the new accountability and quality assurance process
D2L Brightspace is the new provincial online learning platform (called a learning management system or LMS). It was chosen as part of a procurement process that included educators, administrative staff and other stakeholders.
Schools can use the LMS to:
- Collaborate with students online
- Upload and deliver course activities, lessons and assignments
- Access and share high-quality online learning resources
Onboard to the new LMS
- Spring 2022: The new provincial LMS is available for school districts and independent school authorities to onboard
- All provincial online learning schools (public and independent) will be required to use the new LMS. Other schools (standard or online) that are interested may also choose to opt in.
ShareEdBC is an online platform that educators can use to:
- Find or share ready-to-use resources for teaching, planning and professional learning
- Connect with other educators
- Engage, inspire and spark the imaginations of learners
Standards and guidance for responsibilities and program delivery during the 2022/23 school year
- Standards for K-12 Online Learning in B.C. (PDF, 429.2KB)
- Standards for Online Learning Content in B.C. (PDF, 451.3KB)
- Interim Online Learning Agreements for School Districts (PDF, 149.3KB)
- Interim Online Learning Agreements for Independent Schools (PDF, 189.7KB)
- Schedule A Sample - Standards for Delivery of K-12 Independent School Online Learning in British Columbia (PDF, 306.4KB)
- Third Party Services and Resources – Guidelines for Independent School Authorities Operating an Online Learning Program (PDF, 224.8KB)
Under the new online learning model, B.C. boards and independent schools will continue to be responsible for providing quality education through current accountability measures, including:
- Framework for Enhancing Student Learning
- District and school strategic plans
- Local Education Agreements
- Independent school inspection process
- Compliance audits
A new accountability and quality assurance process is being developed with Indigenous rightsholders and education sector partners. It will be ready to launch with provincial online learning schools in the 2023/24 school year.
The Standards for K-12 Online Learning in B.C. (PDF, 429.2KB) and Standards for Online Learning Content in B.C. (PDF, 451.3KB) will apply until the new accountability and quality assurance process is launched.
Interim online learning policies are in place until June 30, 2023
- Active participation
- B.C. residency
- Homeschooling options
- Independent schools
- Students with special needs
A new policy and a procedures manual are currently being developed
- New online learning policies for public and independent online learning schools are being co-developed with education sector partners and Indigenous rightsholders
- A new procedures manual will outline specific requirements for local and provincial online learning schools. The manual will be updated every year