West Vancouver Online Blended Learning
At West Vancouver Schools, we are continuing to explore creative uses of technology and time in the classroom. Many of our classes have added a digital component, and this embracing of new technologies is only increasing each year.
In 2008, our three secondary schools began to offer courses that blend face-to-face classes with an online component. In these courses, students are able to complete courses within a guided, yet flexible framework, often outside of traditional school hours.
There are two different blended learning options:
- Courses that are offered at a school outside the timetable. These courses allow students to increase their timetable flexibility and take additional courses beyond the traditional 8 course program.
- Courses that are offered at one of the other two secondary schools, outside the timetable. These courses allow students to access courses and programs that are not offered in their “home” school.
Blended learning scheduling:
Blended learning courses meet face-to-face between 25 – 50% of the time of a typical course. These face-to-face sessions may be scheduled before school, after school, or during a scheduled block. Efforts are made to work around students’ other commitments.
What makes a successful online student?
This type of learning environment isn’t for everyone, but it is for students who are self-motivated, independent learners, computer literate, good time managers with effective written communication skills, and are personally committed to this type of learning opportunity.