Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate
The Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate has been developed to support the 19 First Nations secondary schools in Manitoba which have been unable to provide either the variety of Grades 9-12 courses or the opportunity for Grade 12 students to repeat courses where desirable.
Its website is http://www.wapaskwa.ca/
In 2010 the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC) began a pilot programme (in partnership with Credenda Virtual High School in Saskatchewan and the Manitoba Department for Education) to offer a virtual high school service to Manitoba First Nations communities. WVC makes use of Elluminate for synchronous learning and Desire2Learn for asynchronous learning. Despite a steep learning curve - the iNACOL vignette notes the challenges of a novice e-learning institution playing the dual roles of course developer(s) and online teacher(s) - the WVC pilot has been extended and is about to embark on its third year with eight additional courses being developed this academic year.
- “State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada”, iNACOL November 2010