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. Can I get a refund?
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. Students do not attend formal classes![ Back to top ]
2. Who can take Connected Learning Community courses?
We provide free courses to high school students Grade 10 to 12 regardless of what other school they may currently be enrolled in.
BC Graduated Adults (19+) can register with CLC (some courses still require a course tuition fee for graduated adults) See your academic advisor for details.[ Back to top ]
3. Are there any costs?
Student Service Fee – $20
Optional Grad Fee – $30 
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4. Can International students take courses?
As of July 1, 2020, International students will pay a $900.00 course fee.
Note: Cancellation/Withdraw policy: International course fee refunds will be considered and reviewed on an individual basis. [ Back to top ]
5. Can Adult students take FREE courses through CLC?
Yes! Courses are FREE for BC Adult students 19+ (Graduates and Non-Graduates, however, some courses still require a course tuition fee for graduated adults. See your academic advisor for details (International Students refer to #4)[ 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.[ 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?
If you are currently registered in a high school, you can register using the “Registration” tab above.
If you are not currently registered with a high school or are an adult, please contact us to make an appointment with an Academic Advisor by email ce@nullsd42.ca.[ 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?
Everyone who has enrolled in the British Columbia education system at one time or another is issued a Personal Education Number (PEN). If you are currently registered in a high school, please contact your counselor. If you are not, and need to find your PEN, visit the BC Ministry of Education website or contact the last school you attended.[ 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 primary school.[ Back to top ]
13. What are the minimum technical requirements I need on my computer?
Almost any current device will work with our courses.[ 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 Zoom.[ Back to top ]
16. Do I have to be online at specific times?
This depends on the requirements of the course. In our online classes, some teachers may hold online meetings, but many self-paced courses do not have online meeting expectations.[ Back to top ]
17. When can I start?
Self-paced courses may be started at any time. Course results are sent to students in a Report Card. Regular progress reports are also issued for online teacher directed courses.[ Back to top ]
18. Can I get a refund?
After becoming active (first 5% of course) in a DL course, students do not qualify for a refund, but can transfer their fee (one time only) to another course.
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