Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Distributed Learning?
  2. Who can take Connected Learning Community courses?
  3. Are there any costs?
  4. Can International students take courses?
  5. Can Adult students take FREE courses through CLC?
  6. Can I just take one course through CLC and still be registered in another school?
  7. Can a student use DL/CLC courses to Graduate or earn a Dogwood Diploma?
  8. Can I transfer back to regular school from CLC?
  9. How do I register?
  10. What are the benefits of enrolling in an online course?
  11. What is a PEN?
  12. Are CLC courses easier than the courses in regular high school?
  13. What are the minimum technical requirements if I need on my computer?
  14. How Many Hours A Week Should I Expect To Spend On The Course?
  15. Do I Have To attend regularly?
  16. Do I have to be online at specific times?
  17. When can I start?
  18. How are parents involved?
  19. Do I need specific hardware or software?
1. What is Distributed Learning?
Distributed Learning is a method of instruction that relies primarily on communication at a distance between students and teachers, including internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing, or correspondence. (see Ministry of Education Policy). Students do not attend formal classes![ Back to top ]

2. Who can take Connected Learning Community courses?
We provide free courses to Grade 10 to 12 students regardless of what other school they may be enrolled in and we provide free courses for Adults![ Back to top ]

3. Are there any costs?
No. All courses are FREE for students who are residents in British Columbia or temporarily traveling out of the province. International students can take courses but are subject to a course fee. For some courses we require a $100 refundable textbook deposit.[ Back to top ]

4. Can International students take courses?
Yes, but there is a course fee.[ Back to top ]

5. Can Adult students take FREE courses through CLC?
Yes! Courses are FREE for Adult students except for International students.[ Back to top ]

6. Can I just take one course through CLC and still be registered in another school?
Yes, if you are in Grade 10 to 12 OR an Adult student you can be cross enrolled to CLC.[ Back to top ]

7. Can a student use DL/CLC courses to Graduate or earn a Dogwood Diploma?
Yes. We can help students earn a regular Dogwood or an Adult Dogwood. All of our courses are fully accredited with the Ministry of Education.[ Back to top ]

8. Can I transfer back to regular school from CLC?
You may transfer back to regular public school at any time. At year end, the transition is automatic upon completion of a grade or courses. During the year, students may transfer in or out of CLC, and the matching of curriculum will be determined by CLC teachers for incoming students. The match for students leaving CLC and entering regular schools will be the receiving school’s responsibility.[ Back to top ]

9. How do I register?
For Grade 10-12 ONLINE courses you must register through our online registration form (see the Registration Page for further details). For all of our other programs, parents and students should call us at (604) 466-6555 and set up a time to meet with us at either Riverside Centre or THSS.[ Back to top ]

10. What are the benefits of enrolling in an online course?
Our staff are well-trained to work with students to develop a learning plan suited to your needs.[ Back to top ]

11. What is a PEN?
PEN is short for Provincial Education Number. This number is provided to each student in British Columbia and is used to identify your student records with the Ministry of Education.[ Back to top ]

12. Are CLC courses easier than the courses in regular high school?
All CLC courses must meet the same Ministry of Education curriculum expectations as regular schools. You should expect the same time commitment as students in regular schools. Teachers follow the same curriculum and assessment practices. There is more flexibility in how you can take CLC courses and we may have some courses that students cannot get in their home school.[ Back to top ]

13. What are the minimum technical requirements if I need on my computer?
PC Users – Windows 2000 or better (Windows XP or Vista preferred). Computers should have at least 1GB of RAM and 30 GB of hard drive space. PCs require  a sound card.
Mac Users – Mac OSX 10.2 or better (MacOS 10.5 preferred). Computers should have at least 1GB of RAM and 30 GB of hard drive space.
High speed Internet connection is very useful for videos and live meetings (Elluminate).[ Back to top ]

14. How Many Hours A Week Should I Expect To Spend On The Course?
The actual amount will vary depending upon the course, and will be equivalent to the time you would spend in a face-to-face course plus additional time for studying and homework. However, not all of this time will be online. Your time will be spread between course reading, assignments, and discussion board participation. Your teacher will provide you with specific expectations of daily or weekly assignments that you must complete.[ Back to top ]

15. Do I Have To attend regularly?
Yes, but your attendance is different with CLC. Your attendance is evidenced by your regular contributions to online discussions or email reflections to your teacher and regular logging into MOODLE or Eluminate.[ Back to top ]

16. Do I have to be online at specific times?
This depends on your course style you choose and the requirements for the course. In our online classes, for example, teachers may hold online meetings but many self-paced courses do not have online meeting expectations.[ Back to top ]

17. When can I start?
Most online courses start at the beginning of each semester (Early September for Semester 1 and early February for Semester 2). We may be able to accept late entries. Self-paced courses may be started at any time. Course results are sent to students upon completion of a course in a Report Card. Regular progress reports are also issued for online teacher directed courses.[ Back to top ]

18. How are parents involved?
Students taking secondary school courses usually work independently on their courses in consultation with their teacher. However, home educated children in Kindergarten to Grade 9 often depend upon their parent(s) to structure day-to-day learning. Parents or guardians are expected to provide an email contact and should expect emails from teachers to inform them about how the student is progressing. Parents and guardians can assist students by monitoring time and work completed. Parental help may not be possible in some courses and may not be require but parents play huge role in helping their child be successful. Note that parental and student emails are only used for school purposes.[ Back to top ]

19. Do I need specific hardware or software?
You need a headset for online courses for Elluminate meetings. Elluminate is an internet-based software that allows participants to hold online meetings. Audio, video and whiteboard sharing makes it possible for a teacher and students to work in “real time” to solve problems and discuss course material. More information available at the Elluminate website.[ Back to top ]