Distance Learning

Web-Based Course Option

How it Works

Web-Based Course Development and Hosting

Manitoba Education supports web-based course development and delivery in a number of ways:

  • management of web-based course development
  • provision of a provincial Learning Management System (LMS) licence and maintenance of a course server
  • provision of access to the LMS for teachers for course delivery and development
  • management of requests for access to web-based courses
  • training in use of the LMS and online pedagogy for online teachers
  • support for existing teacher users of the LMS
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Learning Management System

Effective April 6, 2020, all new WBC courses will be delivered using the new learning management system, Brightspace by Desire 2 Learn (D2L). Blackboard Learn will continue to be available for delivery of existing courses until June 30, 2020. As of July 1, 2020, you will no longer have access to Blackboard Learn.


Teachers

To get started, teachers may request access to the new LMS by filling out the Brightspace Teacher Registration Form. Requests will be processed by Manitoba Education within 2 business days. Once processed, you will receive an email from Brightspace so you can log in and request WBC courses.

For more information, refer to our FAQs – How to Access the LMS and Request a Course ( 261 KB)

Training is available for new web-based course teachers

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Manitoba High School Students

Do not use the Brightspace Teacher Registration Form. Students must register for web-based courses through their school. Interested students are encouraged to contact their local school/school divisions directly to discuss web-based course options that may be available to them.

Do you have the skills necessary to be successful in an online course? Take the Student Readiness Quiz

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Adult Learners

Do not use the Brightspace Teacher Registration Form. Adult learners must register through Adult Learning Centres. For information on web-based course options for adults, please contact the Adult Learning and Literacy Branch at 204-945-8247, toll free 1-800-282-8069, extension 8247, or email all@gov.mb.ca.

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Schools/School Divisions

Schools may choose to provide WBC as a distance learning option according to school/division needs.

Schools/School Divisions may provide learners with opportunities for success in relevant and engaging on-line learning experiences by following recommended guidelines.

Guidelines for Supporting Learners in a Web-Based Course

  • acting in accordance with Manitoba Education's policies, including the procedures and guidelines for implementing WBCs
  • providing information and facilitating discussions that lead to informed decision-making by learners and parents considering a WBC
  • identifying an on-site facilitator(s) to support student learning
  • ensuring that any WBC not developed by Manitoba Education, but accessed by their learners, is congruent with Manitoba curriculum, and satisfies Manitoba Education's procedures and guidelines for recognizing and granting credits to meet graduation requirements in Manitoba
  • offering learners access to WBCs to enable them to meet graduation requirements, explore areas of interest, and meet specific learning needs
  • ensuring that the grades learners receive in WBCs are recorded and reported following established guidelines
  • developing local policies to support the operation of WBCs in their school/division, including how course fees, if any, will be handled
  • supervising educators involved in teaching WBCs to distance learners
  • providing opportunities for teachers of web-based courses to participate in professional learning about the pedagogy of distance learning and other skills needed for using the Learning Management System
  • ordering, administering, and marking required provincial standards tests for learners registered in WBCs.
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