Textbooks may be obtained from the Independent Study Option (ISO) or the Manitoba Text Book Bureau (MTBB). Cost varies, depending on the subject and the number of texts required. Refer to each specific course description for a list of required resources. Contact the Manitoba Text Book Bureau to order or order online.
Manitoba Text Book Bureau
130 - 1st Avenue West
P.O. Box 910
Souris MB R0K 2C0
Toll free: 1-866-771-6822
Most courses consist of modules or sequences. The number of these varies from course to course. Each module covers a section of the course and contains several lessons. At the end of most lessons, there are assignments which ISO students are expected to complete and evaluate. The applicable answer keys are included in the course package.
In some cases, modules contain one or more tests which students must complete on a self-testing basis or which must be sent into the Independent Study Option for evaluation by the course Tutor/Marker. Test keys are included in the package for the self tests.
Students may be evaluated by a variety of different methods in an ISO course. These include projects, tests, assignments, essays and/or examinations. An explanation regarding the evaluation is found in the course introduction, as well as the descriptions in the course guide.
You have one year from the date of registration to complete a course.
In order to understand the time commitment needed to complete an Independent Study Option course, you should know that a one-credit course is designed to take approximately 110 hours of class time.
As a general guideline, you should also count on spending half as much time again for reading textbooks, completing assignments, and studying for tests and exams. Therefore, you may need to spend approximately 165 hours to complete a course. This time is a guideline and will vary according to course, study habits, etc. You should assume that a half-credit course will take half as much time as a one-credit course.
Courses are designed for students to be able to work independently. When assistance is required for assignments and/or subject content, consider the following options:
If you are attending school, seek help through the Independent Study Option (ISO) facilitator at your school. Frequently, additional expertise is available within the school.
If you are not attending school, you should try to find a study partner. A study partner can be a parent, teacher, another student, sibling, relative, or any member of the student's home or community who would be willing to spend time with them. Since a distance learning course does not involve a classroom teacher, a study partner may give a student some good ideas and provide valuable assistance and encouragement.
Upon registration you will be given the name, email address and toll free number of an ISO Tutor/Marker. This subject specialist will be available for periodic consultation should you require clarification on assignments. There is a time limit that the Tutor/Marker is able to spend with you therefore use this resource only as required.
Your assigned Tutor/Marker subject specialist will evaluate your work and mail it back to you with a mark. If you have questions about the mark you received, please contact your Tutur/Marker and/or ISO Consultant for further clarification. All work that requires marking can be redone once to improve the grade.
All students must write exams in a supervised setting.
Students attending school may write examinations at their respective schools during scheduled examination periods.
Students not attending school, should write their examinations at one of the following locations:
If none of these arrangements are feasible, the student may write under the supervision of an examination proctor. An examination proctor is an individual selected by the student and approved by the ISO Consultant to supervise the writing of the student's examination. This individual may be someone in a professional field (a teacher, retired teacher, university or college professor, pastor, commissioner of oaths, etc.)
A proctor may not be a member of the student's immediate family. Student's current/previous private tutor or ISO tutor/marker will not be approved to proctor ISO exams.
Statements of Standing for midterm and final marks for students attending school, will be mailed to the school ISO facilitator. Attending students must request their marks through that individual.
During the summer months, an attending student's Statement of Standing will be mailed to their home address. A duplicate statement will be mailed to the school ISO facilitator during the first week of September.
Statement of Standing for midterm and final marks for students not attending school, will be mailed to the student's home address.
Marks will not be given to students by telephone. Students may make a written request to receive their marks by fax, mail or email email@example.com