Distance Learning

Independent Study Option

Getting Started – Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register?

Home Schoolers – Contact the Distance Learning Unit prior to completing your Admission/Registration Form for course selection assistance. School Transcripts/report cards will be required to facilitate academic planning support. Notification from the Home School office is required each academic year before registrations will be processed.

Adult Learners seeking Mature Student or High School Diploma – Enclose a copy of your transcript that will be reviewed with your Admission/Registration Form to facilitate academic planning support. Manitoba Transcripts (Statement of Marks) can be obtained from Manitoba Student Records.

Adult Learners seeking post-secondary acceptance/employment requirements – Complete the Adult Learner ISO Admission/Registration Form. A copy of your transcript is not required.

Attending School – Consult your school guidance counsellor to assist with course selection.

*The Distance Learning Unit does not provide post-secondary counselling. Please contact the institution you will be registering with for course selection support.

Students may submit their application by:

  • Email to distance.learning@gov.mb.ca, or
  • Fax to 204-325-1719, or
  • Mailing applications to Distance Learning Unit Box 2020 Winkler, MB R6W 4B8, or
  • In person at 500-555 Main Street, Winkler, MB.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted for additional or missing information. Applications submitted with a cheque or Purchase Order will be processed once the application form is deemed complete. If an application is received without payment the student will be notified by email of their options for making payment. Once the payment is received, the application will be processed.

Upon registration:

  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation and be granted access to Blackboard Learn which contains the PDF version of the course materials.
  • Printed course materials, if requested, will be mailed to the applicant's mailing address as provided on the registration form.
    • Alternately, applicants may request to pick-up the printed course materials at 500-555 Main Street, Winkler, MB. Pick-ups will be allowed only once the applicant has been notified that their application is complete and payment has been processed.
When can I register?

Students can register any time as the Distance Learning Unit accepts registrations on a continuous basis. Students have 12 months from the date of registration to complete a course. There are deadline dates for students who are graduating in June.

How long does it take to complete a course?

You have one year from the date of registration to complete a course. Students are responsible for pacing themselves to meet their own self-imposed deadline dates.

As a general guideline that will vary according to course and study habits, you need to spend approximately 165 hours (approximately four months or the equivalent of one school semester) per course credit to complete including assignments and writing exams. Exam requests are to be received three weeks in advance of your desired exam sitting. Exam sittings will be confirmed once all assignments have been received by the Distance Learning Unit.

Where do I get textbooks and how much do they cost?

Textbooks may be obtained from Manitoba Learning Resource Centre at 1-866-771-6822 (toll-free) or by fax 204-483-5041.

Cost varies, depending on the subject and the number of texts required. Refer to each specific course description for a list of required resources.

How will I be evaluated?

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. 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 on the website.

What do I do if I am having difficulty with my course(s)?

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) School 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 your home or community who would be willing to assist you. Since a distance learning course does not involve a classroom teacher, a study partner may give you 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.

Who marks my work?

Upon registration in an ISO course, each student is assigned to a Tutor/Marker.

Where do I write my exams?

All students must write exams in a supervised setting.

SCHOOL ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • Students attending school should write examinations at their respective schools.
  • Exams will automatically be mailed to the school once all assignments up to the point of the exam have been received by the DLU.
  • Students should arrange a date and time with their School Facilitator to write their exam under the supervision of the school.
  • During extended school breaks, students may write at the Winnipeg or Winkler locations. With school approval, students may write under the supervision of a proctor.

HOMESCHOOL AND ADULT LEARNING STUDENTS

Students not attending school should write their examinations at one of the following settings:

  • Winnipeg: 1567 Dublin Avenue. Examination sittings take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1pm and 7pm.
  • Winkler: 500-555 Main Street. Exam sitting availability is dependent on facility and staff availability at either 9am or 1pm.
  • 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 or extended family. Student's current/previous private tutor or ISO Tutor/Marker will not be approved to proctor ISO exams.
How do I receive my final marks?

Final marks for students attending school are mailed to the student's home address and to the ISO school facilitator. During the summer months, the duplicate statement(s) will be mailed to the school ISO facilitator during the first week of September.

Statement of Standing for final marks for students not attending school, will be mailed to the student's home address.

Students may obtain their marks via Blackboard Learn.

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