Ontario Offers New Online Course Preview Sites to Modernize Education

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Toronto/CMEDIA: The Ontario government is partnering with TVO, TFO, and school boards to expand access to high-quality online learning courses for secondary school students, a news release reported today.

As a public agency and a registered charity, TVO has been changing lives and changing the world for close to 50 years by sparking powerful, life-changing moments of learning, big and small.  Based on digital technology, TVO supports citizen engagement through in-depth current affairs journalism from an Ontario perspective.

Groupe Média TFO is the Franco-Ontarian public media that offers an interconnected discovery experience of its educational, cultural, and current content in French. Being at the forefront of digital learning, it reflects the vitality and diversity of the community it serves and prepares the next generation for the world of tomorrow.

Secondary school students will have access, starting today to the preview online course content at www.ontariocoursepreview.ca.

The focus of government remains on expanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities, including in secondary schools that do not include diverse STEM course offerings.

Parents and guardians will be given a chance to determine whether online learning is appropriate for their children and will have the choice to opt out of the mandatory online learning credits.

A new online learning graduation requirement has been implemented by the Ontario government to prepare students for success in the digital world and in the global economy.

As first announced in 2019 and starting with the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year, students must earn two online learning credits to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Examples of the courses available to secondary students on the new online course preview sites that emphasize real-world application and skills development include the following:

Grade 11 Financial Accounting Fundamentals (BAF3M) introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting, they would learn to develop financial analysis and decision-making skills to assist them in future studies and/or career opportunities in business.

Grade 11 Physics (SPH3U) develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics by exploring kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism.

Grade 11 Environmental Science (SVN3M) explores a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; waste management; and energy conservation.

Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) facilitates students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry; the structure and properties of matter; energy changes and rates of reaction; equilibrium in chemical systems; and electrochemistry.

Grade 12 Earth and Space Science (SES4U) develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. After investigating the properties of forces in the universe and solar system, the students would analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them.

New courses will continue to be added on an ongoing basis. For the latest list, parents/guardians and students are encouraged to visit: www.ontariocoursepreview.ca. School boards may offer courses in addition to those currently available on the preview sites.