Distance Learning

Independent Study Option


  • Students registering for ISO courses receive course materials, evaluation, and the granting of credits.
  • Deadlines for all ISO students registering May 2020 or later:

    • All assignments are due by May 7, 2021
    • Students are encouraged to upload assignments through Brightspace, the Learning Management System (LMS), where possible, reducing mailing costs, and delays.
    • Students earning less than 80% on an assignment will be permitted a second attempt. A maximum of two attempts on each assignment is allowed.
    • Each task must receive a status of Complete as well as a numeric (1-100) or alpha mark (CO).
    • Students are not permitted to exclude or opt-out of an assignment. Assignments marked as Redo Required or Incomplete or that have a mark of 0 are considered Incomplete and MUST be redone.
    • All second attempts and all exams must be written and returned to the Distance Learning Unit by May 21, 2021.
    • A minimum mark of 40% or higher must be obtained on all exams. Students earning less than 40% will be required to rewrite the exam. An exam rewrite fee will apply.
    • All exam rewrites must be written and returned to the Distance Learning Unit by June 4, 2021.
    • All marking will be completed on or before June 18, 2021, or a maximum of two weeks after the final assignments or exam submission.
    • An overall final mark of 50% or higher must be obtained.
    • The calculated mark to date displayed in the LMS is an unofficial mark.
    • The official signed and sealed Statement of Marks (transcript) will be mailed to the student and school (if applicable) by June 28, 2021 or earlier.
    • The Distance Learning Unit will report all final marks to Manitoba Student Records by June 30, 2021.

Change to Registration Information
  • A copy of the Change of Name Certificate is to be forwarded to the ISO office when a legal name change has occurred.
Modifications and Adaptations

ISO grades 9 - 12 courses support Manitoba curriculum based outcomes at grade appropriate literacy and numeracy levels.

Learners complete ISO courses independently and at their own pace while having some access to an ISO tutor/marker via email and phone.

ISO courses are designated as General (G), Specialized (S) or Foundation (F). These designations are noted in course titles seen on report cards or transcripts.

The Distance Learning Unit does not offer Modified (M) credit courses. Schools may grant Modified (M) credits for school attending students.

  • Modification is defined as changes in the number or the content of learning outcomes a student is expected to meet in the provincial curriculum.

The Distance Learning Unit may be able to accommodate requests for adaptations to course material, assignments, exams/progress tests. The adaptations or accommodations requested are to be discussed with a Distance Learning Consultant and approved prior to registering in an ISO course. Supporting documentation will be required (i.e Individualized Education Plan, Adapted Education Plan, etc)

  • Adaptation is defined as a change made in teaching process, materials, assignments or pupil products to help a pupil achieve the expected learning outcomes.
  • Examples of the types of adaptations that the Distance Learning Unit is able to support include additional time on supervised exams, the use of an approved scribe or reader during the exam, or the use of a private space during a supervised exam sitting. Independent Study Option students will be required to complete all assignments and exams in the course as written. See Course Completion for details.
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