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As part of the joint response planning for Grades 9 to 12 learning during the COVID-19 suspension of classes, three streams of teacher-directed learning options have been identified that teachers are encouraged to use:

  • Existing strategies implemented by schools/teachers, including print-based learning, online learning, or a blend of the two
  • Print-based credit recovery modules from the Distance Learning Unit, which allow teachers to support and assess students who do not have access to technology
  • InformNet and Department of Education web-based courses within teachers’ online classrooms

To augment the existing strategies implemented by schools and to assist teachers in selecting the option(s) that will support them in providing teacher-directed remote learning to students, a summary of the services available from Manitoba Education is provided below, including information on how each service can be accessed.



Independent Study Option (ISO) Program

New Services

Audience: Manitoba teachers

  • Grade level: 9 to 12
  • ISO course modules can be used as reference material to support credit recovery/credit continuation.
  • These courses support learners who have limited or no access to technology.
Credit Recovery/Credit Continuation Modules
  • A selection of Grades 9 to 12 ISO courses are available to support credit recovery/credit continuation.
  • ISO courses are separated into individual modules. Each module includes lessons, formative assessments that students can use to self-assess learning, and assignments. They are available as print resources only.
  • Teachers may order the credit recovery/credit continuation modules online.
  • Teachers may select only the modules that they require. Descriptions of each module are posted on the registration page.
  • Click the “Add Reference Request to Cart” button below each course module that you wish to order. Adjust the quantity required.
  • If a class set is required, one copy must be ordered for each student. Photocopying and distributing copies is a copyright violation.
  • Courses are copyrighted material and may not be duplicated.
  • Tutor/marker services are not provided with reference material, and the ISO office does not provide technical or content support.
  • The fees are being waived until June 30, 2020.

Existing Services

Audience: Manitoba teachers

  • Grade level: 9 to 12
  • ISO courses can be used as reference and teaching materials.
  • There are two formats to choose from (print and PDF).
  • These courses provide Manitoba curriculum–aligned resources and examples.
Reference Materials
  • Teachers may order the complete ISO course package in either print or PDF format. Registration is completed online (English courses) and (French courses). Click the “Add Reference Request to Cart” button below each course that you wish to order.
  • Payment can be made online or with a school division purchase order.
Print Orders
  • Grades 9 to 12 courses may be purchased as reference material from the ISO office.
  • These courses include course material only and not resource packages (if applicable). Exams and answer keys will not be included.
  • Tutor/marker services are not provided with reference material, and the ISO office does not provide technical or content support.
  • If a class set is required, one copy of the print material must be ordered for each student.
  • Courses are copyrighted material and may not be duplicated.
  • The cost is $90.00 per course plus shipping, handling, and taxes.
PDF materials accessed through the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Grades 9 to 12 courses are available by accessing the Distance Learning Unit’s LMS Brightspace.
  • These courses include course material only and not resource packages (if applicable). Exams and answer keys will not be included.
  • Tutor/marker services are not provided with reference material, and the ISO office does not provide technical or content support.
  • If a class set is required, then one copy must be ordered for each student.
  • Courses are copyrighted material and may not be duplicated.
  • There is no cost to access the PDF content through Brightspace.
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Web-Based Courses (WBCs)

WBCs are developed by Manitoba Education and are congruent with the current Manitoba Grades 9 to 12 curriculum. WBCs are available for all teachers to use as a resource or for online teaching. They can be accessed through the new provincial online LMS Brightspace. WBCs do not include assessments. Teachers may modify content and add assessments to meet the needs of their students. A variety of Grades 9 to 12 compulsory and optional courses are available. See English courses and French courses.

Audience: Manitoba teachers

  • Grade level: 9 to 12
  • Manitoba teachers may use the department-developed courses as reference material to inform their own teacher-directed learning.
  • Manitoba teachers may request a copy of the department-developed course and enroll students to provide an online teaching and learning environment.

New Services

  • The Brightspace LMS is available to teachers who can register their students in department-developed WBCs or create their own courses in the LMS. In addition, the WBCs are available for preview and download by teachers, and they can be shared with students via school or school division online platforms or as print materials.
  • Access to the LMS and WBCs is available by completing the Brightspace Teacher Registration Form.
  • Once your Brightspace account is created, you can log into the LMS and request a WBC.
  • Manitoba Education is providing Brightspace training for teachers and will support a Help Desk function for Brightspace users.
  • There is online training available to learn the tools and features of Brightspace, as well as training in best practices for online/distance learning. Teachers can sign up via the Workshop Registration System.
  • For more information and instructions see how to request a WBC.
  • For more information on WBCs, visit English courses and French courses.
  • PDF versions of all WBCs are also available for preview and download. Downloaded files can be used by teachers in their own school or divisional suites (e.g., Microsoft, Google, etc.). Content can also be shared with students within the limits of copyright restrictions and fair dealing guidelines. See Web Based Courses – Available for Preview .
  • There are no fees to access these courses or to use the Brightspace LMS.
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InformNet (INET) Courses (available in English only)

InformNet is an online high school operated by the Pembina Trails and St. James-Assiniboia school divisions. InformNet uses the provincial LMS Brightspace to deliver its online courses.

Audience: Manitoba teachers

  • Grade level: 11 to 12
  • Manitoba teachers may use the department-developed courses as reference material to inform their own teacher-directed learning.
  • Manitoba teachers may request a copy of the department-developed course and enroll students to provide an online teaching and learning environment.

New Services

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, InformNet (INET) has made 17 Grades 11 and 12 courses available to support Manitoba teachers. The INET courses are based on the Manitoba Education web-based courses and have been revised to include assessments.
  • For more information and instructions see how to request an INET course.
  • To request an INET course, you must first complete the Brightspace Teacher Registration Form
  • Once your Brightspace account is created, you can log into the LMS and request an INET course.
  • There are no fees to access these courses or to use the Brightspace LMS.
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Existing ISO Services for Students

Audience: Students

  • Grade level: 9 to 12
  • Students attending a Manitoba school require approval from their school prior to registering.
  • Registration is open to attending students, homeschooling students, and adult learners.

ISO Course Registration

  • Register for a variety of compulsory and optional Grades 9 to 12 Independent Study Option courses. There are a number of compulsory and optional courses offered.
  • Registration is online 24/7, 365 days a year, English courses and French courses.
  • Online payment options are available.
  • The ISO offers Manitoba-developed, curriculum-aligned courses.
  • Students can pace their own learning. Registration is for 12 months, and the Distance Learning Unit is open 12 months of the year. Time extensions may be purchased if required.
  • ISO courses are available to students attending a Manitoba school, as well as homeschooling students and adult learners.
  • ISO courses provide assessment and tutoring services by Manitoba-certified teachers.
  • Monthly progress reports are sent to the registered student, parents/caregiver, and school.
  • Printed course materials are mailed to the student; the student is enrolled in the corresponding course in Brightspace. Students may submit assignments electronically or by mail.
  • Credits are issued by the Distance Learning Unit and reported to Manitoba Student Records.
  • For attending students, marks are reported to the school so they may be recorded on school-issued transcripts.
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Teacher-Mediated Option (TMO)

The Teacher-Mediated Option (TMO) is a unique way of delivering high school courses via audio teleconference classes. Students dial into the teleconferencing system and join the teacher on-air for the class. All compulsory courses and a few elective courses are offered.

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