The Beaufort-Delta Education Council (BDEC) is the most northerly school board in the Northwest territories with all school boards north of the arctic circle. In 2009 the BDEC began to offer virtual schooling to dispersed students. The text below is taken from the iNACOL 2011 report 'State of the Nation: K–12 Online Learning in Canada' in which there is a vignette focusing on BDEC.
Its website is http://www.bdec.nt.ca/
Integration Program Update
Taken from the Beaufort-Delta Education
Council Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 1 – March 2010
This past September, the E-Learning program started our fi rst online (Internet-based) course. Students in Aklavik and Fort McPherson can now take Science 10 from Samuel Hearne Secondary and still stay in their home community. The students join the class each day through the Internet. Students in the communities can hear and speak to the teacher as if they were standing next to the teacher. Students listen to the teacher, and they can see everything the teacher is writing on the whiteboard through a special software program called ElluminateLive.
In February, Biology 20 will be offered as the next online E-Learning course. A total of 19 students started the Science 10 course through the Internet using a program called Moodle to provide all handouts, videos, quizzes, and resources needed to be successful in the course. The students also traveled to Inuvik three times during the semester to complete hands-on lab assignments. Final exams are starting soon, and so far the midterm marks are looking very promising. Expansion of the E-Learning program to other BDEC schools will begin as soon as upgrades are completed to the Internet connections.
The material for this vignette was reprinted with permission from Andrew Samoil, IT Teacher Consultant from the Beaufort-Delta Educational Council.
- iNACOL 2011 State of the Nation: K–12 Online Learning in Canada
- BDEC website http://www.bdec.nt.ca/