The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation is a division of the Primary, Elementary and Secondary Branch (K-12 Branch) of the Department of Education and has been in existence since 2001. CDLI’s mandate includes the development and delivery of senior high school distance education programming to students attending high schools in rural, remote and isolated regions of the province, the development and delivery of online teacher professional development, and the oversight of K-12 technology integration initiatives. Our belief is that learners should have equitable access to educational opportunities in a manner that renders distance transparent. Our day-to-day operations reflect that belief.
CDLI has forty-five staff including a director, two programs specialists, an IT systems manager, twenty-nine eTeachers, and ten administration and support staff. The staff members are located in twenty-one communities around the province.
CDLI works closely with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and Conseil Francophone Scholaire Provincial (CSFP) to provide courses and programming to students where the programming may not be available at the local school. CDLI offers thirty-eight senior high school courses that cover a range of curriculum areas including advanced and academic mathematics, sciences, English and French languages, technology education, social studies, skilled trades, French first language, and fine arts. CDLI courses are delivered by educators using web-based technologies. CDLI delivers these courses to over one hundred rural and remote schools each year.
CDLI also offers educators and students in the province access to web-based resource content and multimedia learning objects that support the course curriculum outcomes. The organization provides free access to exam review materials in selected public exam course. CDLI also provides live tutoring to students throughout the school year using our freely accessible web-tools.