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It is also important to note that CDLI's delivery system is very much in-line with the way today's adolescents interact with one another. Instant messaging, videoconference applications such as Skype™ and social networking tools such as Facebook™ are all part of the daily lives of our students. These tools are similar to the ones used by CDLI. The use of CDLI's teaching and learning tools is a seamless transition for students. The tools are very similar to the ones the students use in their own lives. It is easy to see that eLearning is not a stretch for the students. Rather, eLearning is very much in sync with the daily interactions of students online.

CDLI's online teachers, often referred to as 'eTeachers', provide one of its greatest strengths. eTeachers are highly trained specialists, both in their subject-matter area and in the field of eLearning. Students in CDLI courses can therefore feel assured that the instruction they receive is second to none. CDLI also provides the services of its own guidance counselor, similar to other schools in the province; the guidance counselor is available to all CDLI students and works in partnership with counselors at the schools.

Take a moment to browse the biographies of your child's potential eTeachers!

Post-secondary institutions are increasingly making use of the same technologies used by CDLI. In fact both the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University have standardized around the same eLearning platform as CDLI.

Additionally there is a general consensus that participating in a course through CDLI generates more of a sense of independence and more of a sense of ownership for one's own education. Students who complete courses through CDLI are thus better prepared for the transition to post-secondary education.

The CDLI student results, as measured by both research instruments and by provincial exams are very encouraging. Students taking courses through CDLI are demonstrably at no disadvantage.

What is CDLI?

The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) delivers over 30 different high school courses to students located in over 100 schools in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition it has a massive amount of learning content that students can access for free. It also offers tutorial services to students located throughout the province.

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Why should my child consider doing a CDLI course?

  • Does your child need a course to graduate that is not offered locally?
  • Does your child need a course for Post–Secondary admission that is not offered locally?
  • Does your child want to try their interest in another subject matter to determine interest in that content for future career options?
  • Does your child want to complete an advanced level course in a strength they may have?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, explore the option of doing a CDLI course!

What's it like to do an on-line course?

CDLI's delivery system is designed to bring teachers and learners together. This contrasts sharply with eLearning's predecessor—correspondence. Traditionally, when it has not been feasible to offer courses face-to-face, correspondence was the method of choice. While many students enjoyed good success with those types of courses, most statistics showed that many students who began correspondence courses did not complete them. Typically the students who did not complete correspondence courses noted that the lack of personal contact between them and the teacher and between them and other students as the single most important factor. This is not the case with CDLI. CDLI courses are in no way like correspondence courses. The synchronous and asynchronous tools result in frequent, sustained, contact between the participants and the eTeachers. As a result, both CDLI's completion rate and success rate tends to be the same as for those offered face to face.

Who usually takes these courses?

Most students who take CDLI courses are located in rural communities within this province. They attend schools in which the registration in various courses tends to be small in number. For these students, the classroom takes on a completely different form, one not limited by the physical confines of the school. CDLI's eLearning classrooms are linked via the Internet and enable students from several schools to work together to create online communities of learning.

What is the virtual classroom like?

CDLI's virtual classrooms are delivered in two formats: synchronous (sometimes referred to as 'online') and asynchronous (sometimes referred to as 'offline'). During the synchronous classes, students and teachers interact in real time. One way this is done is through web conferencing. Blackboard Collaborate™ (sometimes abbreviated as eLive) is the web conferencing tool used by CDLI. Depending upon the course, students can expect to spend anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of their class time using this tool.

When it is time for class, CDLI students go to the CDLI room at the school and sit at the computer provided for them and put on their headset microphones. Once they join the session they interact with their classmates and teacher just as they would in a face to face classroom. This system enables everyone to speak and to listen to others online. They participate in real-time learning activities using the online whiteboard. The participants can even collaborate in real time using learning software that the teacher can display on the whiteboard.

Videoconferencing is also used, as needed. Some courses, applied music for example, require better quality audio and video for the real-time interaction. Students participating in a videoconference session need only dial their instructor or wait for the class to begin automatically. Once the session starts students from one or many sites can interact with one another. Videoconference technology creates windows that join classrooms from locations all around the province. It enables students to see and interact with one another on the large-screen TV monitor.

Are all learning activities on-line?

Not all learning activities need take place in real time. Written assignments, for example, can be done by individuals or groups working separate from the larger group. These 'asynchronous' activities give the students a degree of flexibility to schedule the time in which the activity will occur. A class can, for example, break from the large-group Blackboard Collaborate™ session to give students the opportunity to work independently or in small groups. CDLI's learning management system, Desire2Learn, (sometimes abbreviated D2L) is provided to help manage these types of activities. In particular, students can use Desire2Learn to:

  • Email their classmates and instructors.
  • Post related comments and opinions to the discussion forum for the course.
  • Access and then submit written assignments.
  • Interact with learning content, both in the form of web pages and multimedia.
  • View grades.

How are they tested?

Two specific items are worth mentioning here—tests and written work. When necessary, CDLI students complete tests in a similar manner as they do for their face to face courses. Staff at the school is able to access and print off the tests provided by CDLI. These tests are completed at the school and supervised by the on-site teachers. Once completed they are scanned and the files are then submitted to the teachers electronically for grading. These are then returned electronically to the students and the grades are posted to the online grade book. Written work is handled in a similar manner. Work completed electronically—essays and art work, for example—is submitted directly and materials that are handwritten are scanned, similar to the tests and then submitted electronically.

What courses are offered?

Courses offered by CDLI are based on the provincial curriculum. This means that the course descriptions found in the program of studies also apply to CDLI. As far as course content is concerned there is no difference between a course offered through CDLI and one that is offered face to face. This means, for example, that a student could complete one part of a series of courses, say Physics 2204, face to face one year and then go on to do the other part, physics 3204 through CDLI the following year, or vice versa.

Click here to explore the program of studies.

A full list of courses currently offered by CDLI is shown in the table. This may change slightly from year to year. There may be additions, for example, due to popular demand.

Art & Design 3200
Art Technologies 1201

Career Education
Career Development 2201

English Language Arts
English 1201
English 2201
English 3201
Writing 2203

French 1200
French 2200
French 3200
French 3201

Mathematics 1201
Mathematiques 1231
Mathematics 2201
Mathematics 3201

Advanced Mathematics
Mathematics 2200
Mathematics 3200
Mathematics 3208
Experiencing Music 2200
Applied Music 2206 (guitar or piano)

Biology 2201
Biology 3201
Biologie 3231
Chemistry 2202
Chemistry 3202
Chimie 2239
Earth Systems 3209
Physics 2204
Physics 3204
Science 1206
Sciences 1236

Social Studies
Canadian History 1201
NL Studies 2205
World Geography 3202
World History 3201

Technology Education & Skilled Trades
Communications Technology 2104/3104
Design and Fabrication 2202
Integrated Systems 1205

How is the CDLI experience the same or different than regular classes in school?

It is especially important to note that nothing is lost when a course is delivered by distance through CDLI. Students in the Science courses do the same core labs they would do in a face-to face classroom. Students in Core French, for example, devote the same attention to speaking and listening skills as they would do to reading and writing skills. Music students practice and perform, just as they would in a face to face classroom.

Of course the actual methods by which these outcomes are achieved may differ somewhat from those used in the face to face classroom. Fortunately, modern communication and learning technology is such that suitable activities are now available that the students face no disadvantage owing to the distances. If you are interested in learning more about the specifics, further information regarding the courses, including descriptions, evaluation schemes and course-specific information can be found here.

What are the benefits of doing an online course?

What are the expectations of students?

CDLI is not radically different from the regular system. It is another component of the provincial education system, one that works cooperatively with the school districts. As such, its expectations of the students are very much in-line with those you have come to expect.

CDLI expects that students are prepared to grow in taking responsibility for their own learning. Make no mistake, though, CDLI will support the students in every way possible. It will provide consistently high-quality real-time instruction in conjunction with support for carefully-developed learning activities. It will also provide constant support and encouragement to ensure that the students are sufficiently motivated. It also ensures that the students have the necessary tools to do the job. Realizing, though, that a very important goal is to create individuals who are best equipped to live in a knowledge-rich society, CDLI will also work to ensure that students make important strides toward independence. Students should not enroll in courses through CDLI expecting to coast, un-noticed, through the school year. Every student's development is important and students can expect to have this made clear to them.

This means that students are expected to play an active part in their own learning. Attendance is expected in the synchronous classes. While students can have access to recorded classes it is expected that they attend the live classes and participate to the fullest extent. All students are expected to do the asynchronous activities and other assigned work. That may include completing written assignments, projects, interacting with online activities, preparing journals, quizzes and tests.

Missed classes are inevitable. Given the size of the province, and the climate, whenever there is a storm at least some of the schools we serve are closed. Likewise, for legitimate reasons, individual students sometimes have to miss classes. For CDLI students these are not much of a problem at all. On days when schools are closed due to weather, students with at-home connectivity can simply log in from home and join class just as if they were in school. For students who cannot join in this manner the classes are recorded and can be experienced once the student returns to school.

How are parents involved?

CDLI expects to work with the parents and guardians of our students, just as you would expect of any school. Of course our methods may differ somewhat, but the outcome will still be the same. Online parent-teacher nights will augment the ones you get from your school. Regular progress reports will be sent to your school. CDLI will endeavor to ensure that these coincide with the ones your child receives for the face to face courses. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your eTeacher to discuss the reports, but the meetings will likely take place by telephone or, if you wish, using Blackboard Collaborate™ or videoconference.

CDLI is a supplement to the regular school setting. Schools should only enroll students in CDLI when it is not feasible to offer particular courses onsite. Rest assured that CDLI will work with all involved in the education system to ensure the quality delivery of education services.