Shipping Delay: TS Materials

Shipment of Teacher Support (TS) consumable materials may take longer than usual due to a large volume of requests. We are working hard to process all orders as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. View full details

COVID-19: Accessing ADLC Resources

With the emergence of COVID-19, we would like to remind you that we provide free access to course resources to all schools in the province. View full details

Student Instruction (SI) Course Timelines for 2020-21

SI course timelines title on laptop image of ADLC SIS

Due to the demand for access to ADLC, it has been necessary for us to review Student Instruction (SI) course completion timelines to ensure equitable access for all schools and students.

Effective for the 2020-21 school year, we will be implementing strict timelines for senior high school SI courses that parallel timelines for course completion present in community schools. For instance, high school students registering in a 5-credit course are expected to complete the course in five months.

In the coming school year, a timeline for the submission of each assessment will accompany all student SI course registrations and includes a scheduled end date. Timeline End Date options are shown at the time of registration (options vary by course and are updated through the year – example below). A selection must be made to complete the registration. Students, registering schools, and ADLC teachers are expected to know these dates. Adherence to the timeline will result in higher student learning and achievement and course completion. Students not meeting the scheduled timeline will be addressed by their course teachers. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with the course teacher at the time of registration. 

Note: The Timeline End Date is for coursework purposes only and not a registration withdrawal date. The Timeline Start Date automatically defaults to the Registration Date. Timeline Start/End Dates can be modified in the Current Enrollments page, if required, by the ADLC teacher after registration is complete. 

Example:

snippet of options for timeline end date in ADLC SIS registration


Student Progression Flowchart

 

For more information about the Timeline Feature in the ADLC Student Information System (SIS), click here.

Updated September 14, 2020

EdTechTeam Canada Virtual Summit – September 24 & 25, 2020

EdTechCanada Summit Invitation

Teachers, administrators and facilitators!

Are you wondering how to engage your students online? How to better manage digital documents? How to effectively deliver content asynchronously or synchronously?

ADLC has partnered with EdTechTeam Canada to bring you timely and relevant professional development during this unique school year. On September 24 and 25, 2020, we will be hosting a virtual summit focused on online distance learning. EdTechTeam Canada has put together two days of workshops, at all levels, presented by experts in online learning. Whether you have been teaching online for years and want to know how to take it to the next level, or you are just starting out as an online educator, this summit is for you!

Don’t miss out on this exciting and valuable opportunity.

Click here to see the schedule and TO REGISTER!

Class Caps for 2020-21

class caps for 2020-21

ADLC is in a challenging situation with increased demands for course registrations and reduced budget from Alberta Education. As such, we are advising our partner schools that ensuring high quality service levels for registering students means setting appropriate limits on overall registrations. 

The ADLC Course Listing provides the most up-to-date information on available spaces for courses. However, note that hundreds of affiliations use ADLC and available spaces can fill quickly. 

We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. However, if you are unable to register a student in a course because it is full, you have the option to add the student to the “waiting list”. Once a spot opens up, ADLC Partner Support will contact the school to process the registration. For more details, see the Enrollment Caps & Restrictions document available on the SIS Training Resources webpage. 

If waiting for the preferred course is not possible, we remind you that online programming alternatives are available and found on Alberta Education’s Online Learning Directory. Pembina Hills School Division operates Vista Virtual School, and their online courses are very similar to ADLC courses. For more information on an Inter-Jurisdictional Agreement with PHSD, please contact Secretary-Treasurer Tracy Leigh at tracy.leigh@pembinahills.ca or phone 780-674-8504.

Please plan accordingly. We recognize this limit may adversely affect some schools. 

We appreciate your understanding, cooperation and flexibility as we seek to best serve schools and their students.

Registration Limits for 2020-21

Registration limits for 2020-21

In consultation with Alberta Education, it was agreed that ADLC does not serve primary students (i.e. provide the majority of educational programming.) Therefore, for the 2020-2021 school year, we will be limiting Student Instruction (SI) course registrations for grades 1-12 to ensure we do not overstep primary programming responsibilities.

Effective for the 2020-2021 school year,

  • students in grades 10-12 will be allowed to register at ADLC up to a total of 17 course credits.
  • students in grades 1-9 may register in a maximum of two ADLC courses.

Note: These caps include withdrawals (i.e. due to the automatic withdrawal policies) but not course deletions. 

CTS/Electives

At ADLC, we have often seen that when a student registers in two or more CTS/Elective courses at one time, they do not begin some of their course(s) until months after registration. To promote predictable class lists and equitable student access to CTS/Elective courses, within the credit maximum listed above, students will also be permitted registration in a maximum of two CTS/Elective courses at any one time. Once a student completes a course, they can register in another CTS/Elective course, as available. 

For specific details, see the Enrollment Caps & Restrictions document found on the SIS Training Resources webpage.

Please plan accordingly. We recognize this limit may adversely affect some schools. 

Online programming alternatives are available and found on Alberta Education’s Online Learning Directory. Pembina Hills School Division operates Vista Virtual School, and their online courses are very similar to ADLC courses. For more information on an Inter-Jurisdictional Agreement with PHSD, please contact Secretary-Treasurer Tracy Leigh at tracy.leigh@pembinahills.ca or phone 780-674-8504.

August 14 Reminder: Teacher Support (TS) Sections Deadline

August 14 Deadline for Teacher Support (TS) Sections

Teacher Support (TS) sections (courses) are reset each year in August in preparation for the new school year.

What does this mean?

  • If you had students in TS sections in 2019-20, August 14 is the last day to save/export your student’s grades into your own school’s student information (it is the primary school’s responsibility to report grades to PASI, if applicable, for TS students). 
  • These grades will not be available after August 14. 

What do I need to do?

  • If you have not yet saved or exported your student’s grades from TS Moodle, follow these instructions.
  • If you utilized TS sections as resources only (no students), no further action is required.

TS courses open for 2020-21 on August 17.

If you have any questions, contact ADLC Moodle Support at moodlesupport@adlc.ca or 1-866-774-5333, ext. 5256.

 

 

Important Dates: Summer Months, 2020-21 Calendar

Paper spiral wall calendar in laptop. Calendar flat icon. Schedule, appointment, organizer, timesheet, important date. Vector illustration in flat style

We have highlighted some important summer dates to keep in mind

June 26 – Last day of school, SI course expiry
June 29 – Granted summer extensions begin

July 1 – ADLC closed for Canada Day
July 31 – Course completion date for summer extensions

August 3 – ADLC closed for Heritage Day
August 14 – All TS courses close
August 17 – TS courses open for 2020-21 registration
August 24 – SI courses open for 2020-21 registration

2020-21 ADLC Calendar

While some dates have yet to be finalized, the basic 2020-21 ADLC calendar is available, in PDF format, here and on our website. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

All important date information can be found on the Calendar page.

Updated 2020-06-22

Open Letter Regarding ADLC

picture of ADLC Building in Barrhead

I hope this letter finds you well in these unique and trying times.

2019-2020 has been a year of triumphs and trials for ADLC. I am writing to you today to share some of these stories, as well as outline some key items for you to be aware of in the coming year and beyond.

Just this past September 2019, we embarked on a completely distinct operational model with changes supported by Alberta Education, and many of the changes were drastically different than past practice (transitioned during 2018-19). Recall that ADLC centralized in Barrhead, moved to a One-Teacher Instructional Model, adopted a 10-month school calendar, stopped accepting independent registrations including adults, and strongly focused on supporting school authorities and their students within Alberta. 

We expected that through concentrated services for schools and students, we would realize higher student success and course completion. We are well on that road and expect to see course completions improve this year. Our teachers, students and school partnerships expressed increased satisfaction in the quality of course experiences. 

We were pleased to partner in a provincial initiative that reviewed Distance Education and course resources. Over 100 participants from across Alberta joined us in December to look at the Role of the Teacher in distance education and essential items to be included in quality resources. It was clear at the time that these stakeholders held high regard for the resources they use in supporting their students.

At the start of 2020, based on feedback, we prepared ourselves to refine and improve ADLC and our resources, and continue to grow our relationship practices with schools, teachers, and their students taking courses with ADLC. However, on February 27, our Superintendent received public news that Alberta Education would be terminating the ADLC Service Agreement in two years. Additionally, a new funding model was presented for online schools. 

This news was unexpected and set in motion several things.

Firstly, we sought more information regarding the reasoning for Alberta Education’s decision to terminate the ADLC Service Agreement. As well, we gathered responses to the decision from our affiliation or partner schools. The information from Alberta Education called into question ADLC’s success rates with students, and there seemed to be a lack of appreciation of the relationship between registering schools and ADLC’s service to them, as they directly compared this rate to that of other Alberta online schools. In other words, despite our best efforts to communicate that ADLC worked with schools to provide programming for their students, it appeared that Alberta Education held us singularly responsible for unsuccessful student experiences. Additionally, with the growing number of online schools in Alberta, there would be more online schools able to support the distance and online educational needs of schools and students.

In early March, we reached out to affiliation schools and asked for feedback concerning ADLC services and reaction to Alberta Education’s recent decision about the ADLC Service Agreement. Within 10 days, we received over 700 responses from across Alberta where 94% of respondents indicated that they used ADLC services, and 77% indicated that ADLC services either completed or were critical to their school programming. We shared this information, along with other evidence, indicating support for ADLC with Alberta Education.

Because of conflicting information regarding the use of and support for ADLC, Alberta Education requested school authority superintendents to gather specific information from within their school authority regarding ADLC. In early May, this information was made available to the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Board of Directors. Subsequently, the CASS Board of Directors passed a motion indicating support for Alberta Education’s February decision concerning ADLC’s Service Agreement and funding for 2020-21 and 2021-22. The motion cited the fact that 60 of 67 superintendents responded in support of the government’s decision.

We are therefore resigned to the fact that Alberta Education’s decision to reduce funding for the 2020-2021 school year, and then reduce it further by 50% in 2021-2022, means that ADLC’s services must be adjusted.

Please note the following changes for the 2020-21 school year:

  1. Elimination of SuccessMaker enrichment program;
  2. Elimination of ADLC resource development;
  3. Delisting certain Teacher Support (TS) and Student Instruction (SI) courses;
  4. Capping course enrollments for ADLC Student Instruction;
  5. Transition to closure of ADLC at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Despite these changes, ADLC will be at its best in September for the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to provide the best educational experiences for your students, and service-oriented support for your teachers. Among other practices, we expect to implement in the coming year:

  • new registration practices (stringent onboarding/new student expectations);
  • enhanced communication strategies and tools (mobile or personal devices);
  • increased student support with strong relationships, increased individualization and communication, and follow through on pacing or timelines;
  • increased synchronous opportunities for students;
  • continue special course offerings (Second Languages, Workplace Safety, other 30-level no prerequisites, etc.).

The imminent closure of ADLC is a difficult reality but does not mean the end of online education for your students. As you may be aware, ADLC’s managing school authority is Pembina Hills School Division (PHSD). PHSD also operates the largest online school in the province: Vista Virtual School (VVS). While ADLC currently operates completely distinct from VVS, VVS has been designed to provide the same high-quality online learning experience as has been available through ADLC. With that in mind, I am reminding you that your online programming needs can be met or supplemented by VVS.

Because of the compatible infrastructures, transitioning your distance education needs to online schools like Vista Virtual School can be relatively seamless. 

We feel privileged and honored to have worked with you to support the variety of unique needs posed by your students. We look forward to working with you in the coming school year.

In terms of decisions that may affect your programming, we are committed to communicating all that we can as soon as possible. I recognize that this is especially important in these ever-changing times.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at steven.kaplan@adlc.ca

Sincerely,

Steven Kaplan
ADLC Principal

Programming Changes for 2020/21

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New Courses

Elementary/Junior High
Math 1, 2, 3 PR, 0106/0206/PAT0310 – SI & TS
Language Arts 3 PR, PAT0300 – SI & TS
Language Arts 8 PR, 8100  – SI & TS – Coming Fall 2020

Senior High
English 10-2 PR, ELA1104 – SI & TS
Science 10 PR, SCN1270 – SI & TS – Coming Fall 2020

Forestry
Regulating Alberta’s Forests OL, FOR2030 – SI & TS
Forestry Issues and Trends OL, FOR 3010 – SI & TS

Health Care Services and Human and Social Services
Mental Health and Wellness OL, HSS3020 – SI & TS
Chronic Conditions OL, HCS2130 – SI & TS

Courses with Significant Updates

Elementary
Social Studies 1, 2, 3, 0103/0203/0303 – PR updated – SI & TS
Science 1, 2, 3 PR updated, 0108/0208/0308 – SI & TS

Senior High
Math 10C, MAT1791 – Significant changes to the submission process for print materials
English 30-1, ELA3105 – PR workbooks –  SI, download only
Chemistry 30, SCN3796 – Module books, error corrections

Sport & Society, REC3140 – New assessments, updated to include current events/social justice issues in the sports world

Delisted Courses

French Immersion

Biologie 30, SCN3230 – TS
Chimie 30, SCN3796 – TS
Physique 30, SCN3797 – TS

Elementary and Junior High

Health 7 PR (incl. Christian), 7130 – SI & TS
Health 8  PR (incl. Christian), 8130 – SI & TS
Health 9 PR (incl. Christian), 9130 – SI & TS

SuccessMaker, 1004 

Bible A, 7660 – SI & TS
Bible B, 8660 – SI & TS
Bible C, 9660 – SI & TS

CTS

Service Rig Floorhand 15, LDC1239

AGR Project A, AGR1910 – SI & TS
AGR Project B, AGR2910 – SI & TS

ELT Project A, ELT1910 – SI & TS

FAS Project A, FAS1910 – SI & TS
FAS Project B, FAS2910 – SI & TS
FAS Project C, FAS2920 – SI & TS

FIN Project A, FIN1910 – SI & TS
FIN Project C, FIN2920 – SI & TS

FOD Project A, FOD1910 – SI & TS
FOD Project B, FOD2910 – SI & TS
FOD Project D OL, FOD3910 – SI & TS

Forest Imagery, FOR1050 – SI – added June 12, 2020
FOR Project A, FOR1910 – SI & TS
FOR Project B, FOR2910 – SI & TS

HSS Project B, HSS2910 – SI & TS
HSS Project C, HSS2920 – SI & TS

INF Project B, INF2910 – SI & TS

LGS Project B, LGS2910 – SI & TS

MAM Project D, MAM3910 – SI & TS

NET Project B, NET2910 – SI & TS
NET Project C, NET2920 – SI & TS

Outdoor Survival Skills, WLD 1130 – SI – added June 12, 2020

TOU Project B Career Exploration, TOU2910 – SI & TS

Wilderness Navigation, WLD1060 – SI – added June 12, 2020

Robotics

Senior High
Electro-Assembly 1, ELT1010 – SI & TS
Robotics Applications, ELT1140 – SI & TS
Control Systems 1, ELT 1080 – SI & TS
Robotics 1, ELT 1130 – SI & TS

Junior Highadded June 12, 2020
CTF Robotics 1, 7170 – TS
CTF Robotics 2, 8170 – TS
CTF Robotics 3, 9170 – TS

Retail Accounting 

Retail Accounting 1, FIN2020 – SI & TS
Retail Accounting 2, FIN2030 – SI & TS

Other

Music 10, FNA1424 – TS
Music A, 7410 – TS – added June 12, 2020

 

Updated September 3, 2020

Summer Extensions Finalized

Summer extensions finalized, laptop in grass

ADLC is pleased to announce that the vast majority of the 720 Summer Extension requests received by the deadline of May 15 will be fulfilled. In order to ensure that all of these students will have access to a teacher throughout July, there will be some delays in assessment turnaround in some courses due to part-time teacher contracts. However, through this, students will have access to their course teachers throughout July. The students in those courses will be notified of those particular part-time schedules in July.

Unfortunately, due to low requests and inability to find an appropriate teacher, we are not able to meet French Immersion mathématiques or les sciences. This affected three students. 

Thank you again for your support of ADLC. We look forward to continuing to work with you and support your students. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 1-866-774-5333, ext. 5378 or email info@adlc.ca.

ADLC Services Intact for 2020-21 School Year

ADLC’s Student Instruction (SI) and Teacher Support (TS) services will continue to be provided to Alberta schools in 2020-2021. Thereafter, distance education services will shift to online schools operated by school jurisdictions. Pembina Hills School Division will restructure its Vista Virtual School to support students enrolled in our schools and we invite partnerships with Alberta school divisions to efficiently support your students as well. We are confident that our experience and existing infrastructure can continue to fill the needs presented by students in rural, urban, small and large schools.  

On February 27, ADLC was informed by Deputy Minister Andre Corbould that the service agreement with Alberta Education will be renewed for two more school years; 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Next year’s funding will be $14 million, and in the year following, it will be $7 million.

Service Agreement will be Terminated after 2021-2022 School Year

In an effort to understand the decision and to ensure that the Ministry had all relevant information, the Pembina Hills board and system administration engaged in a dialogue with the Minister, her staff and with the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Board of Directors. Despite ADLC’s presence in the majority of schools across the province, the recommendation from CASS is to support the government’s decision to terminate ADLC’s Service Agreement. Pembina Hills will therefore plan to terminate the Service Agreement as per the timeline set by the Minister.

Distance Education Services Fill Programming Gaps

At this time of year, schools are preparing programs and schedules for the next school year. Principals are sometimes challenged to meet the demands of their students. For example, when timetables have competing singleton courses, when programming is not available at the school, (like Spanish or Forensics), when programming for low enrollments in a particular course (like Physics 30 or Math 31), and when students need to or want to repeat courses. Principals sometimes need to assign teachers to subjects that may be outside their expertise or to classes with multiple grades or courses. We know that many schools have relied on ADLC to fill these programming gaps for many years. ADLC will continue to fill those gaps in 2020-2021, but due to reduced funding, available spaces for student instruction will be capped. Based on existing demand, we anticipate reaching capacity early in the school year.  

New Funding Framework for Online Programs 

Like in many other divisions, schools in Pembina Hills rely on distance education services to fill the gaps described above. Alberta Education’s new funding model provides guidelines for divisions who choose to maintain or develop online programs. These guidelines place limits on funding for non-primary students (students whose primary registration is with a traditional community school in any given school division). While Pembina Hills has administered ADLC for the province since 1997, we have also maintained a separate distance education school; Vista Virtual School (VVS).  

Pembina Hills has operated Vista Virtual School since 1996, prior to divestiture of ADLC to Pembina Hills. Vista Virtual School has evolved to have the highest enrollment of any distance education school in Alberta. With decades of distance education experience, VVS staff and administration are well positioned to support students. 

Partnering to Provide Distance Education

As part of the discussion about ADLC’s termination, CASS queried Alberta School superintendents about ADLC. While the majority of the responses supported the decision to terminate ADLC’s service agreement, 7 of the 67 respondents expressed their support for continuity of distance education services through ADLC, based on their reliance on services provided to their students and schools. Some of these have subsequently reached out to Pembina Hills seeking possible collaborative partnerships going forward. It is evident that the 10,000+ students currently served by ADLC and the 10,000+ students enrolled with Vista Virtual School will continue to require some form of distance education.

We are inviting partnerships with any other Alberta school authority to work with us as we transition to a different way of supporting students and schools with distance education services. If this is something you wish to investigate, please have your division administration reach out directly to superintendent David Garbutt at david.garbutt@pembinahills.ca.