Vancouver Learning Network
The Vancouver Learning Network, part of the Vancouver School Board in British Columbia, is a public school programme which annually offers approximately 90 courses - the majority of which are online - and serves some 8,000 students.
Its website is http://vlns.ca/
Courses are tuition-free to students of any age who are Canadian citizens and residents of British Columbia. Students are able to register for a course at anytime and complete a course at any time - each student working at their own agreed pace.
VLNs wikipedia site says "Ongoing (12 months per year) teacher support and availability, numerous face-to-face requirements, and a variety of in-person activities have helped establish VLN as a legitimate and thriving school community. Elluminate sessions are provided as an alternative for students who are unable to attend."
VLN was a case study for the COL publication Perspectives on Distance Education: Open Schooling in the 21st Century, Dominique A.M.X. Abrioux and Frances Ferreira, Vancouver: Commonwealth of Learning, 2009, http://www.col.org/PublicationDocuments/pub_PS_OpenSchooling_web.pdf, August 2011.
- Vancouver Learning Network: wikipedia