Course Start Date
Your default course start date will be the date you enrolled. However, if you do not intend to begin your course immediately, contact your school to have this date changed.
If you do not submit your first assessment (i.e. assignment; quiz; or other piece of coursework) and it is not graded within 40 days (for senior high courses) or 60 days (for elementary/junior high courses) of your course start date, you will be withdrawn from the course.
Please contact your teacher if you need clarification.
How to Start Your Course
If you are taking an online course:
- Log in to Moodle.
- Read the entire “Start Here” section to get specific information about beginning the course.
Each course you take may have different structures and designs which will affect how you complete the course.
If you are taking a print course:
- Once you have received your materials, look for an introduction booklet and follow the directions for completing your course.
- Print courses will also have an online component in Moodle. At a minimum, your online portion of the course will contain submission pages.
Please review the software recommendations for using ADLC systems. Technical requirements are listed near the bottom of the page.
Materials: From Textbooks to Calculators
To determine the materials that you need for your course, you can check the required materials section in the ADLC Course Listing or you can look for a materials page in your course in Moodle or within your print booklets. Examples of materials you may need are textbooks, novels for English courses, calculator specifications (Math or Science courses), and software programs for CTS courses.
“Required” materials are necessary to complete the course, and “optional” materials may be beneficial but are not mandatory. Materials do not have to be purchased from ADLC. Your school should support you with getting the required materials or they may direct you to borrow them from the library. If you are not sure whether or not you have all your course materials, contact your ADLC teacher immediately.
Some courses contain a checklist of items that need to be completed to successfully finish your course. Some checklists are located in the Table of Contents and others may have a page in the ‘Start Here’ section of the course.
Above is a screen capture of the Moodle navigation bar. This will serve as your primary navigational tool.
- Content: Represented by an open book icon, the content button is where you will find the ‘Table of Contents’ and access to your course ‘Home Page’. Sometimes it is easier to find where you left off by going to the ‘Table of Contents’.
- Resources: Resources is home to the ‘Help’ section and represented by an icon of a pencil crossed with a wrench. By clicking on this icon, you will find PDFs to help you with the navigation of your course. Please review the Quiz Navigation PDF before taking your first quiz and the Submit Assignments PDF prior to submitting your first assignment.
- Communication: Symbolized by two arrows pointing in opposite directions, the communication button allows you to access Forums. Not all courses have forums or discussions. You can also use this button to search for completed posts, or if you need to return to a post without going back into the ‘Content’.
- Grades: Your grades will live in this section. We recommend that you check here often, as it is your responsibility to ensure that your assignments have been marked. The icon for this button is a square box containing a list.
- My Teacher: This button is represented by an apple. This is where you can find teacher and marker contact information.
If you require more information about Moodle, we recommend you read the Help Resources for Moodle subsection on the Moodle Training Resources page.
Regular Submission of Work
To encourage the regular submission of work, the following automatic withdrawal policies apply:
For students in senior high courses
- 40-Day Non-Starter Policy – students who do not submit and have graded assignments in ADLC SIS within 40 days of their start date will be withdrawn
- 40-Day Stall Policy – students who have submitted work, but do not submit, and have graded, their next assignment within 40 days of date of their last submission will be withdrawn.
For students in elementary or junior high courses
- 60-Day Non-Starter Policy – students who do not submit and have graded assignments in ADLC SIS within 60 days of their start date will be withdrawn
- 60-Day Stall Policy – students who have submitted work, but do not submit, and have graded, their next assignment within 60 days of date of their last submission will be withdrawn.
If you are unable to access a portion of your online course, a course condition (known as a ‘restriction’ in Moodle) may be in place. A condition blocks you from continuing in your course until you complete a specific action. The type of action/condition will be visible in the Moodle Course Table of Contents. If you have a question about a condition in your course, contact the ADLC teacher.
Plagiarism is the practice of representing someone else’s work or ideas as your own; this practice is academically dishonest and is detrimental to your knowledge and skill development.
All incidents will be documented and are subject to specific consequences outlined in the Plagiarism Policy.
Sharing of ADLC Work
Students sharing their own work for personal benefit is not allowed. Sharing your work in order to enable another student’s plagiarism goes against the Alberta School Act’s expectation of students to respect school rules and co-operate with how schools offer education to their students.
All incidents will be documented and are subject to specific consequences outlined in the Sharing of Student Work Policy.