The new online learning model

Last updated: November 23, 2021


Why the change to online learning

Education in B.C. continues to grow and evolve to support student success by introducing a new approach to K to 12 online learning. The goal is to provide the best learning experience possible for students, no matter where they live.

Local and independent online learning schools will continue to offer flexible education options and be responsible for providing quality education.

Regardless of whether they're in the classroom or learning remotely, all students will:

  • Have equitable and consistent access to curriculum
  • Have opportunities to form personal connections with educators
  • Use flexible timetable and course options to meet their needs
  • Learn in a way that best meets their personal learning needs

 Work on the new online learning model has been underway for years. Get an overview of work done so far.


How online learning will work

Online learning will gradually change over the next few years.

Read about changes to online learning



In 2022/23

Students will be able to sign up for online learning with their local public online learning school, an independent online learning school or a public provincial online learning school. Changes include:

  • A new online learning policy for public schools
  • A single provincial online learning platform (learning management system or LMS)
  • Course content for educators on ShareEdBC
  • Pilot of the new quality assurance process

In 2023/24

Students will be able to sign up for online learning with their local public online learning school, an independent online learning school, or a public or independent provincial online learning school. Changes include:


How decisions about online learning were made

Conversations about changes to online learning have been underway for the past few years. Here's an overview of how the new online learning model was developed.

The Public Education Funding Model Review recommended the ministry should develop a new policy and program delivery model for distributed learning to ensure consistent access to quality programming for all students in the province.

Read the Improving Equity and Accountability Report (PDF, 1.4MB)

The Online Learning Working Group (OLWG):

  • Made up of public education sector stakeholders
  • Assessed B.C.’s current online learning programs and courses
  • Reviewed online learning research and best practices globally
  • Reviewed data on course completion to find what's working well and identify areas for improvement
  • Considered 3 potential service models for online learning

They identified challenges in the current delivery model compared to in-person learning, including:

  • Inequity of access
  • Variability in service delivery
  • Quality and availability of infrastructure
  • Lack of clarity in enrollment and reporting requirements

Online Learning Working Group Report

Their evidence-based recommendations led to the development of a new online learning model. Read the online learning working group report (PDF, 693KB).

 

 


Your feedback matters

We've been working closely with parents, educators, B.C. education stakeholders, and rights holders to shape the future of online learning. This includes developing policies, processes and other details for the new online learning model.

Your thoughts and ideas continue to shape the future of online learning in B.C. Email our team: EDUC.OLFeedback@gov.bc.ca.

In October 2021, the ministry hosted parent forums to share updates and listen to feedback. Participants were selected by the following organizations:

A summary of what we heard will be available soon.

Consolidated online learning polices and procedures are being co-developed with education stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders, focusing on student needs and outcomes.

The public online learning policy for school districts will be available early in 2022 and will come into effect on July 1, 2022.

Collaborating with the Online Learning Sector Advisory Committee

The committee will provide feedback and advice on the new approach to online learning. It includes membership and representation from the following stakeholders and rights holders:

 

We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts or ideas about the online learning experience. This will help us continue to grow and shape the future of online learning. Get in touch by email: EDUC.OLFeedback@gov.bc.ca