The Connected Learning Community is a Distributed Learning school and is part of School District 42. CLC is an innovative online school that offers a variety of online courses primarily to students within School District #42. One of the strengths of our program is the built in teacher interaction time. We are constantly working to create a strong online school community. We pride ourselves on the high level of communication between students, parents and staff. All of our instructors are members of the British Columbia College of Teachers who work hard to create a positive and flexible approach to learning. All courses cover the BC Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO). Students come to us come from a variety of different backgrounds including home-schooled, athletes who need flexibility for training and competing, gifted learners, students who may be traveling overseas, students recovering from illness, or students with a disability. The majority of our students are looking to either add courses to their transcript or who are working to upgrade a mark to eventually enter post-secondary. Our success can be linked to our program integrity and the quality of our course offerings. We deliver our courses in a structured time frame with timelines to help focus students towards successful course completion. Again on behalf of our hard-working and caring staff, I would like to welcome you to the CLC and wish you every success.
School Vision for the Connected Learning Community (CLC)
We value the diversity and individuality of all members of our school community. We recognize that people learn in a variety of different ways, they learn at different rates, and are comfortable learning in a variety of different environments. We are a DL school that works towards meeting the individual needs of each learner, making their time at CLC not only informative but attempting to prepare them for their future. Our instructors work to make our lessons applicable and enjoyable.
To work at creating students who will become well-rounded, productive members of our society by providing them with the knowledge, skills, tools, and a positive work ethic needed for success.
Our School Goals are to:
- Register you quickly and easily. Make it easy for you to write tests, submit assignments, and complete courses
- Provide you with teacher support and tutoring help when you need it. There are a variety of ways that you can get help if you need it.
- Make your learning experience relevant, engaging, informative, and help you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to be successful.
Distributed learning is not for everyone. Courses require the same amount of work as traditional classes and meet the same course objectives. Some students may actually spend additional time working on a courses taken online because of the amount of reading required to complete assignments. It also takes more self-discipline and dedication to succeed in an online learning environment due to the absence of face-to-face interaction and mandatory physical attendance associated with classroom-based courses. Just like a traditional class, you have to be on top of your studies. You may still have to read the textbook and/or other class reading materials; you still have to follow notes, hand in writing assignments on time, and do well on any quizzes or exams you may need to take. In short, virtual learning requires different attitudes, self-motivation, ability to set goals, a degree of experimentation/risk-taking, and time management skills. If you possess these skills, you will do well in an online class.
Students Typically Suited To Online Learning
- They are self-motivated to learn and succeed.
- They are conscientious as the virtual environment puts additional responsibility for learning on the shoulders of the student.
- They are happy not dominating class time. A virtual classroom is more democratic than a traditional classroom. The student who dominates a class from the front row is less happy here.
- They are students who enjoy learning, who like to figure things out, and who enjoy independence and reading.
- They need not be a star student. Someone who learns at a slower-than-average pace can also succeed in virtual classes.
- They are students who need scheduling flexibility so they can complete their work at times convenient for them.
Students Typically Not Suited To Online Learning
- The student who doesn’t like school for reasons that have to do with learning.
- The student who procrastinates will have difficulty meeting deadlines.
- The student who is placed in an online classroom without wanting to be there will probably fail. In an online classroom, the student has to engage and have initiative.
- The student who takes a full class load at a traditional school and participates in lots of extra-curricular activities may think a online class is an easy way to pick up extra credits. This is not the case.