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Greater Essex County District School Board
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E-Learning Course Offerings
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During the 2019-2020 School Year, the Greater Essex County District School Board is offering the following eLearning courses:

Semest‚Äčer 1‚Äč (September 2019 - January 2020)

CGG3O - Travel and Tourism: A ‚ÄčGeographic Perspective 
Grade 11 Open‚Äč‚Äč

Prerequisite:  Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Teacher: Soukaine Berri (Westview Freedom Academy)
Description: This course focuses on issues related to travel and tourism within and between various regions of the world. Students will investigate unique environmental, sociocultural, economic, and political characteristics of selected world regions. They will explore travel patterns and trends, as well as tensions related to tourism, and will predict future tourism destinations. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate the impact of the travel industry on natural environments and human communities.Prerequisities: 

‚Äč‚ÄčEWC4U - The Writer's Craft 

Grade 12 University Preparation

Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

Teacher: Paul Loncke (Essex District High School)
‚ÄčDescription:  ‚Äč‚ÄčThis course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčHSB4U - Challenge and Change in Society
Grade 12 University Preparation

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies‚Äč

TeacherStefania Ligori (General Amherst High School)‚Äč
Description: ‚ÄčThis course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.‚Äč

‚ÄčPPZ3C - Health for Life

Grade 11 College Preparation‚Äč

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies‚Äč

Teacher: Andy Hahn (Essex District High School)‚Äč
‚ÄčDescription: ‚ÄčThis course enables students to examine the factors that influence their own health practices and behaviours as well as those factors that contribute to the development of healthy communities. It emphasizes the concept of wellness, which addresses all aspects of well-being ‚Äď physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social ‚Äď and promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and building and maintaining a positive sense of self. Students will develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices and create a personal wellness plan. They will also design initiatives that encourage others to lead healthy, active lives. The course prepares students for college programs in health sciences, fitness, wellness, and health promotion.


‚ÄčSemest‚Äčer 2 (January 2020 - June 2020)

BBB4M - International Business Fundamentals‚Äč‚Äč 
Grade 12 University/College Preparation‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Prerequisite:  None

Teacher: Emily LiCausi (Tecumseh Vista Academy)
Description: This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively.This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

CHI4U - Canada: History, Identity, and Culture

Grade 12 University Preparation

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities‚Äč

Teacher: Dina Riccio (Leamington District Secondary Scho‚Äčol)
‚ÄčDescription:  This course traces the history of Canada, with a focus on the evolution of our national identity and culture as well as the identity and culture of various groups that make up Canada. Students will explore various developments and events, both national and international, from precontact to the present, and will examine various communities in Canada and how they have contributed to identity and heritage in Canada. Students will investigate the development of culture and identity, including national identity, in Canada and how and why they have changed throughout the country‚Äôs history. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate the people, events, and forces that have shaped Canada.

‚ÄčICS3U - Introduction to Computer Science

‚ÄčGrade 11 University Preparation

Prerequisite: None‚Äč

TeacherAngela Beiko (Vincent Massey Secondary School)‚Äč
Description: ‚ÄčThis course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields. 
MDM4U - Mathematics of Data Management‚Äč

Grade 12 University Preparation‚Äč

Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation‚Äč

Teacher: Peter Phinney (Essex District High School)‚Äč
‚ÄčDescription: ‚ÄčThis course broadens students‚Äô understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.
‚ÄčPSK4U - Introductory Kinesiology‚Äč

Grade 12 University Preparation‚Äč

Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in science, or any Grade 11 or 12 course in health and physical education‚Äč

Teacher: Stephen Gomes (Westview Freedom Academy)‚Äč
‚ÄčDescription: ‚ÄčThis course focuses on the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and principles involved in human development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the evolution of physical activity and sport, and the physiological, psychological, and social factors that influence an individual‚Äôs participation in physical activity and sport. The course prepares students for university programs in physical education and health, kinesiology, health sciences, health studies, recreation, and sports administration.‚Äč

Why These Courses?
‚ÄčThe Greater Essex County District School Board offers a variety of courses that students can opt to take online through eLearning.  The courses the GECDSB offers as eLearning may change from year to year, to reflect the anticipated needs of the board and local schools, all while taking into consideration student voice.  These course offerings span different grade levels, subject areas, and course types or pathways.


Other Available Courses

In the event that the Greater Essex County District School Board is not offering a desired course online, students can make use of other school board offerings around the province.  The GECDSB is a member of the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC), which is a group of 23 Ontario School Boards, who have agreed to accept students from other member boards into their eLearning courses.  This provides many more eLearning opportunities for students of the GECDSB.

The following list will display all course offerings available in OeLC School Boards:  2019-2020 OeLC Course Offerings‚Äč


‚ÄčFor more information on eLearning programs talk to your guidance counselor or call David Gomes, District eLearning Contact - 519-255-3200  ext. 10226.