Who we are:
The eLearning Consortium is a unique cooperative not-for-profit mandated to deliver quality online curriculum for the benefit of students in Independent member schools. These schools have worked together to formulate this model - a ground-breaking achievement for independent schools anywhere in North America. Our schools recognize that eLearning must be embedded in our learning environment to continue to maintain our innovative edge in teaching and learning, and to provide our students with the experience and skills they need today and in the future.
Online learning is now an integral part of the life-long learning landscape worldwide. Current and future students can expect to be offered the opportunity and challenge to learn online in K-12 as well as in post-secondary and professional learning environments.
The eLearning Consortium is developing exceptional eLearning experiences for students using the best teaching and learning practices that exist in our independent schools and 21st Century skills. Through our unique Consortium model, we are providing an enhanced online experience that exceeds current offerings across Canada in a development and delivery model that has consistently proven to be the most successful and sustainable.
eLearning Consortium Canada Model
- This model is based on current North American best practices and on the principle of sustainability. It has a voluntary membership structure funded by participating schools.
- The model is not-for-profit.
- Governance and overall vision and leadership are provided by an eLearning Consortium Board whose membership includes Heads, teachers as well as education and industry partners.
- A Director of eLearning administers, directs and develops programs for the Consortium.
- Member schools pay fees and provide teacher compensation.
- Schools identify and provide teachers who design and deliver online courses, and Site Administrators who provide student support and liaison between teachers and students.
- Professional development is recognized as critical for pedagogically and technologically sound curriculum development and delivery.
- A university partnership has been established with UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) to provide an Online Teaching and Learning AQ Continuing Education qualification for ELC teachers as they learn to design and deliver exemplary online courses.
- The first year focuses on professional and curriculum development for Teachers and Site Administrators, and development of operational policies and standards.
- Curriculum is delivered with ongoing professional and curriculum development.
- Courses have been available to students since September 2009 with registration in the Spring of each subsequent year.