"It’s just the right amount of challenge and workload to keep her busy, but not overwhelmed, with minimal help needed from me. She’s making new friends and learning skills to help her in the future." - Parent

Students enrolling in Prairie Land Online Academy will be part of an online learning group with an assigned online teacher. This learning format will include live online teacher instruction as well as directed activities and assignments that students will complete independently.

This live online teaching is known as synchronous learning–learning that happens at a specific time of the day when students and the teacher interact with each other. It’s similar to in-class instruction, but uses a virtual platform such as Google Meet.

Other learning activities that students complete independently are known as asynchronous learning–activities assigned by the teacher that students complete throughout the day, in addition to teacher instruction. This may include watching videos, writing on message boards or writing emails.

Online instruction will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum. Teaching will focus on the core subject areas, with a reduced focus on complementary courses.

WHAT IS ONLINE LEARNING?

In an online learning program, students engage with their teachers in a structured learning environment. Students learn course content online, but that information is just part of their online learning experience. Students also build relationships with their classmates and teachers. This kind of connection is extra important for Online Learning.

WHAT FAMILIES CAN EXPECT

Prairie Land Online Academy has an experienced and understanding staff. We believe that students need to be part of a caring community in order to thrive in the online environment. We really get to know the students, their interests, hopes and dreams. Through our Dream Project, we know our students’ dreams and aspirations. This not only strengthens our relationships with students, but also allows us opportunities to link meaningful connections to daily lesson plans. We have regular themes days, and student recognition events.

Students need to be available to connect with their teacher every day. They will also be expected to complete asynchronous learning activities during times they are not engaged with the teacher.

To support learning:

  • Online courses will be delivered using Google Meet and Google Classroom and other secure Division applications.

  • Teachers will provide engaging, curriculum-based lessons that require students to actively participate.

  • Teachers will assess assignments and progress to support students and determine a final grade.

  • Students will have access to individual or small group instruction—scheduled meetings between the teacher and small groups of students to check in on progress, complete assessments and provide feedback to students.

  • Teaching will follow provincial learning outcomes—statements about knowledge or skills that Alberta Education requires us to teach. Some outcomes relate to key concepts and big ideas that teachers want students to understand and remember long after they have forgotten the details. Specific learner outcomes can be grouped together, or chunked, in meaningful ways.

  • Students in Grades 6 and 9 who are participating in online learning will still take Provincial Achievement Tests. More information will be shared with families when it is available.

  • Diploma exams are scheduled for 30-level courses at the end of each semester. Students will need to attend the exam sessions in person to obtain a final grades for 30-level diploma courses. Note: diploma exams are administered in person and will adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

WHAT ONLINE LEARNING WILL LOOK LIKE

GRADES 1-3 (DIVISION I)

Minimum daily requirements for student learning

  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 31

  • Students should be available daily during their scheduled Synchronous (live) learning time online

  • Synchronous learning – students will meet with the entire class, led by the online teacher for approximately 80 minutes of instruction each day—additionally, students will have access to individual/small group instruction to support their learning.

  • Asynchronous learning – in time not spent with the teacher, students will engage in independent work throughout the day.

  • Specialist teachers (e.g., music, phys. ed) – may be assigned to classes of students and will work with the primary teacher to determine timing and the best way to integrate the subject.

GRADES 4-6 (DIVISION II)

Minimum daily requirements for student learning

  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 31

  • Students should be available daily during their scheduled Synchronous (live) learning time online

  • Synchronous learning – students will meet with the entire class, led by the online teacher for approximately 80 minutes of instruction each day—additionally, students will have access to individual/small group instruction to support their learning.

  • Asynchronous learning – in time not spent with the teacher, students will engage in independent work throughout the day.

  • Specialist teachers (e.g., music, phys. ed) – may be assigned to classes of students and will work with the primary teacher to determine timing and the best way to integrate the subject.

GRADES 7-9 (DIVISION III)

Minimum daily requirements for student learning

  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 31

  • Students should be available daily during their scheduled Synchronous (live) learning time online

  • Synchronous learning - students will meet with the entire class, led by the online teacher for approximately 80 minutes of instruction each day—additionally, students will have access to individual/small group instruction to support their learning.

  • Asynchronous learning - students will engage in learning activities similar to homework independently or with caregiver support.

  • Specialist teachers (e.g., CTF, Phys. Ed) – students will have the option to takes Phys. Ed and Career and Technology Foundations Courses

GRADES 10-12 (DIVISION IV)

Minimum daily requirements for student learning

  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 31

  • Students should be available daily during their scheduled Synchronous (live) learning time online

  • Synchronous learning - students will meet with the entire class, led by the online teacher for approximately 120 minutes of instruction each week, per course —additionally, students will have access to individual/small group instruction to support their learning.

  • Asynchronous learning - students will watch instructional videos daily and engage in learning activities and assignments.