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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:

Quadmester 1‚Äč (September 2020 - November 2020)

EMS3O - Media Studies (Period 2) 
Grade 11 Open‚Äč‚Äč

Prerequisite:  Grade 10 English, Academic or Applied

Teacher: Paul Loncke (Essex District High School)
Description: This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analysing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgement, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing‚Äč


Quadmester 2 (November‚Äč 2020 - January 2021)

EWC4U - The Writer's Craft (Period 4)

Grade 12 University Preparation

Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

Teacher: Melissa Leonardi (Vincent Massey Secondary School)
Description: ‚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‚Äč

HSB4U - Challenge and Change in Society (Period 3)
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
‚ÄčDescription:  ‚Äč‚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‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčICS3U - Introduction to Computer Science (Period 3)

‚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. 

‚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)
‚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‚Äč‚Äč


Quadmester 3 (February‚Äč 2021 - April 2021)

GWL3O - Designing Your Future

‚ÄčGrade 11 Open

Prerequisite: None‚Äč

TeacherDavid Stone (Kennedy Collegiate Institute)‚Äč
Description: ‚Äč‚Äč
This course prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary destinations as they investigate specific postsecondary options based on their skills, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Students will develop their portfolios with a focus on their targeted destination and develop an action plan for future success.‚Äč

PPZ3C - Health for Life

Grade 11 College Preparation‚Äč

Prerequisite: None

Teacher: Ryan Essery (Tecumseh Vista Academy)‚Äč
‚ÄčDescription: This 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. 

Quadmest‚Äčer 4 (February 2021 - June 2021)

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

Prerequisite:  None

Teacher: Heather St. Pierre (Belle River District High School)
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.

HHS4C - Families in Canada

Grade 12 College Preparation‚Äč

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

Teacher: Anthony Taouil (Essex District High School)‚Äč
This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada. 
HZT4U - Philosophy: Theories and Questions‚Äč

Grade 12 University Preparation‚Äč

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

Teacher: Daniel Milne (Sandwich Secondary School‚Äč)‚Äč
‚ÄčDescription: ‚ÄčThis course enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics).‚ąó Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy. 
‚ÄčMDM4U - 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: Soukaine Berri (Westview Freedom Academy)‚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.

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:  2020-2021 OeL‚ÄčC 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.