Welcome to River East Transcona's Online Learning Website
Here you will find information about our division's online learning options. Students from our six high schools are able to take courses for credit that are delivered on the Internet. This website explains the most important aspects of online learning and how to proceed in order to take such a course.
What is online learning?
Online learning, as offered in River East Transcona School Division (RETSD), is a web-based course that requires access to the Internet at school and/or at home. These courses have been developed by Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth (MECY) and are delivered by teachers from RETSD as well as other school divisions in Manitoba.
The RETSD online courses are being taught by teachers from our six high schools. Students from Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, Kildonan East Collegiate, Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, River East Collegiate, and Transcona Collegiate are all able to access these courses through their schools' individual registration processes.
How does it work?
The course is delivered through a web interface called WebCT. Each course has a homepage, which allows you to access the course content, the communication center and tools to assist you in organizing your course activities.
Methods of delivery
A student taking a web-based course in RETSD may encounter three different methods of delivery.
1. Mostly face-to-face (F2F)
This method may be used when the enrolled students originate mostly from one school in RETSD. They will be registered to take the course at the same time (class) and will have the teacher present in the classroom most of the time. Student and teacher will communicate and participate in discussions orally as well as through e-mail and other online technologies available at their school.
2. On your own (OYO)
This method will be used when the enrolling student does not attend the school of the online teacher. They will be able to do all coursework online at the time that suits them. They may have to sign-up for lab time with their school in order to satisfy attendance requirements. Student and teacher will communicate and participate in discussions through online technologies.
3. A combination of F2F and OYO
This method allows for some units to be completely OYO and others F2F. Examples of this are:
A science course may require you to be present for certain hands-on activities (labs) yet most other course work is completed online.
A student may be asked to go on a field trip or participate in an activity in which he or she needs to observe an event that cannot be simulated online.
Who is it for?
An online learning course is an option for you when:
- your school does not or cannot offer a particular course.
- you have a timetabling conflict.
- you are short a credit.
- you are home schooling.
- you are away from school for an extended period of time.
- you believe that you can be more successful in the online environment.
Is it for me?
Before you decide to register for one of these courses, please consider each of the following questions.
- Do you feel that high quality learning can take place without having face-to-face interaction?
- Can you dedicate six to eight hours a week (anytime during the day or night) to log into an online course?
- Are you a self-motivated and self-disciplined person?
- Do you enjoy reading?
- Do you set goals for yourself?
- Can you effectively time manage to get your assignments completed on time and study for tests?
- Do you think increased learning will take place through sharing your work, life and educational experiences as part of the learning process?
- Are you comfortable with email, computers and new technologies?
- Do you have a reasonable typing speed?
- Do you have a strong need to take this course in an online environment?
If you answered yes to six or more of these questions, then there is a good chance that you will be successful in our online learning program.
Is there a cost?
RETSD students who are accepted for registration into an online course will be required to pay a $100 caution fee. If the student successfully completes the course the money will be refunded in full. This fee may be waived if the student attends the same school as the online instructor.
Which courses are offered online?
Manitoba, Education, Citizenship & Youth has developed many online courses over the last couple of years. Each year school divisions across Manitoba, in conjunction with input from students and administrators, determine the best course choices to meet their needs. You can view the current list of offered courses by following this link or selecting the course menu above.