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What distance and online learning programs does Manitoba Education offer?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Manitoba Education offers a variety of distance and online learning programs to support teachers in providing teacher-directed services to students.

The Independent Study Option (ISO) offers course modules that can be used by teachers as reference material for those learners who are continuing courses or who have limited or no access to technology. The content of each course is aligned with the Manitoba curriculum and may provide additional resources and examples for teachers.

Web-based courses (WBCs) provide schools and teachers with access to online courses using a learning management system (LMS). Manitoba Education uses the online LMS Brightspace. Learners participate in WBCs in a variety of ways: face-to-face in a classroom, at a distance, or a combination of the two. The most common distance-learning model involves a teacher structuring the course so that learners complete the work independently and at their own pace, but within timelines established by the teacher.

InformNet, Manitoba’s online high school, also uses Manitoba Education’s LMS. Most InformNet (INET) courses are based on the department-developed WBCs and have been configured and adapted by the facilitating teacher. They provide students with daily instruction, assignments, and evaluation through regular email and web-based interaction from a certified high school teacher. The student’s home school provides the course credit when subject requirements are met.

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, INET has partnered with Manitoba Education to offer teachers across the province access to 17 of their adapted online courses (Grades 11 and 12). INET teachers and administration (with experience teaching online) are acting as coaches for our colleagues. Contact information has been sent out to provincial high school principals. Teachers may request to use these courses as reference material or enroll their students in the courses to be taught within Manitoba Education’s Brightspace.

Teacher-mediated option (TMO) courses are designed for high school students. Students join the teacher for an on-air class delivered via audio teleconference.

More information on any of these distance and online learning programs can be found in the Distance Learning Supports Document and on the InformNet website.

How do web-based courses (WBCs) differ from InformNet?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

InformNet (INET) courses are WBCs that have been used and configured by a teacher working with students. The differences between the two options include changes to quizzes, assignments (including how many students are to complete), learning activities, course content, and the course outline documents/syllabus.

Web-based and INET courses are curriculum-congruent and have been developed by the Department of Education to be used by any Manitoba certified teacher. WBCs may require some editing by the facilitating teacher to make them their own and more relatable for their students. INET courses have already had these edits completed by the facilitating teacher, but further edits may be required, such as updating the teacher’s name and contact information in the course outline or syllabus.

More information on WBCs and on InformNet can found in the Distance Learning Supports Document and on the InformNet website.

What is the impact of remote learning on individual education plan (IEP) timelines and processes?

Answer current as of May 7, 2020

Educators who are delivering specialized programming will continue to follow the provincial standards for student services and school division policy. Parents and teachers are encouraged to discuss the impact of remote learning on student-specific learning plans and develop collaborative ways to support students during this time. They are also encouraged to adjust goals, strategies, and timelines to meet students’ current needs and home contexts. School teams can support remote learning by prioritizing IEP goals based on parent expectations, providing baseline achievement levels and documenting parent-reported progress. The classroom teacher, with support from other team members, will continue to link the student-specific plan to ongoing instruction.

In the context of remote learning, how are schools supporting students who are Blind or have low vision or who are Deaf or hard of hearing?

Answer current as of May 7, 2020

Access to augmentative/alternative communication devices and alternate format materials are critical for some students who rely on specialized equipment and supports to learn. Manitoba Education has created specific support documents for teachers that provide information on how to address these needs during this period of remote learning.

What additional resources are available for students to learn at home?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Everyday learning activities and online learning resources for a wide range of grades and subjects are posted for students on the My Learning at Home portal.

What is the role of parents and caregivers to support learning?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

The role of parents and caregivers is to support their child’s teacher to ensure that learning continues at home. Teachers can support learning at home by encouraging students to continue with their school learning plans and to look for opportunities to promote learning within the context of daily life. This provides students with authentic educational experiences.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to maintain ongoing communication with teachers. They should consult with their child’s teacher to see what resources and tools they recommend to support student learning at home.

Supplemental online resources are available to assist families in enhancing their child’s learning at all ages. This collection of resources, which is updated regularly, supports student learning and well-being, and encourages family-centred learning. Visit the My Learning at Home portal. This site offers information for all three school programs: English, Français, and French Immersion.

Are parents and caregivers able to contact their child’s teacher, school administrators or superintendent while classroom learning is suspended?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes, teachers, school administrators and superintendents remain available if parents and caregivers have any questions or concerns. Parents and caregivers may connect with teachers about their child’s progress. This may look different for each student and teacher.

How can students who have limited or no access to technology, or who have limited or no Internet connectivity, access learning resources?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

School divisions, schools and teachers are responsible for supporting students with limited or no access to technology, as well as those experiencing connectivity issues. Contact your child’s teacher to discuss how best to support their learning at this time.

What supports are available for French Immersion and Français Program students, and for French courses for English Program students?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Activities and online learning resources are posted for French Immersion Program students on the My Learning at Home (Immersion) portal.

Français Program students can access activities and online learning resources on the Mon apprentissage chez moi portal.

The Direction des ressources éducatives françaises (DREF) has many resources for French Immersion and Français Program students. These resources can be found at their website. For French courses for English Program students, resources can be found at their French (English Program) Site.

Additional French-language supports and resources continue to be developed.

What supports are available for English as an additional language (EAL) learners?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

School divisions, schools and teachers are responsible for supporting EAL learners. Your child’s teacher will be able to help with how best to support their learning at this time.

What supports are available for students with special needs?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

School divisions, school leaders and teachers are responsible for supporting students with special needs. Contact your child’s teacher and assigned case manager (where applicable) to discuss how best to support their learning at this time.