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Frequently Asked Questions
Distributed Learning is a method of instruction that relies primarily on communication at a distance between students and teachers, including internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing, or correspondence. (see Ministry of Education Policy). Students do not attend formal classes!
Abbotsford Virtual School is a Distributed Learning school that provides collaborative educational programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students or Adults. We provide free courses to any BC resident wishing to meet their graduation requirements, and offer tuition-based courses for adult learners wishing to upgrade.
Our BC certified teachers actively support each student in the development of an educational plan, providing resources, regular tutoring and on-going assessment. All programs are fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of B.C.
We are located at 33952 Pine Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 2P3
Phone: (604) 859-9803
Fax: (604) 854-1463
We provide full programs to enrolled K-9 students at Abbotsford Virtual School. We provide free courses to Grade 10 to 12 students regardless of what other school they may be enrolled in and we provide tuition-based courses for Adult learners wishing to upgrade.
All courses are FREE for British Columbia non-graduated students who are residents in British Columbia or temporarily travelling/living out of the province. International students can take courses but are subject to a course fee. Courses for Graduated Adults are subject to a course fee of $550 per course. For some courses we do require a $100 refundable textbook deposit.
Yes, if you are in Grade 10,11, 12 or an adult.
Yes. We can help students earn a regular Dogwood or and Adult Dogwood. All of our courses are fully accredited with the MInistry of Education.
Our friendly and supportive staff are well trained to work with students to develop a learning plan suited to your needs! We provide many course styles and structures.
PEN is short for Provincial Education Number. This number is provided to each student in British Columbia and is used to identify your student records with the Ministry of Education.
- Elementary courses: these are offered both online and onsite, working collaboratively with families to promote individualized learning.
- Online Courses: these are semester based, class/teacher paced with online lessons and delivery. Teachers communicate with students and parents through email, messaging, phone, Elluminate, etc.
All AVS courses must meet the same Ministry of Education curriculum expectations as regular schools. You should expect the same time commitment as students in a regular high school. Teachers follow the same curriculum and assessment practices. The difference is in having more flexibility in how you can take AVS courses and we may have some courses that are not offered at all high schools. In BC, all 4 credit courses are designed to be about 100-120 hours of instructional time.
The actual amount will vary depending upon the course, and will be equivalent to the time you would spend in a face-to-face course plus additional time for studying and homework. However, not all of this time will be online. Your time will be spread between course reading, assignments, and discussion board participation. Your teacher will provide you with specific expectations of daily or weekly assignments that you must complete.
Yes, but your attendance commitment is different with AVS. Your attendance is evidenced by your regular contributions to online discussions or email reflections to your teacher and regular logging into our Learning Management System to complete and submit work. Or, in the case of paper-based courses, regularly turning in work and writing module tests.
This depends on your course style you choose and the requirements for the course. In our online classes, for example, teachers may hold online meetings but many self-pace courses do not have online meeting expectations.
Self-paced courses may be started at any time. Most online courses start at the beginning of each semester (early September for September 1 and early February for September 2). We may be able to accept late entries.
Course results are sent to students upon completion of a course in a Report Card. Regular progress resports are also issued for online teacher directed courses.
Students taking secondary school courses usually work independently on their courses in consultation with their teacher. However, home educated children in Kindergarten to Grade 9, often depend upon their parent(s) to structure day-to-day learning. Parents or guardians are expected to provide an email contact and should expect emails from teachers to inform them about how the student is progressing. Parents and guardians can assist students by monitoring time and work completed. Parental help may not be possible in some courses and may bot be required, but play a huge role in helping their child be successful. Note that parental and student emails are only used for school purposes.
Distributed learning is not for everyone. Courses require the same amount of work as traditional classes and meet the same course objectives. Some students may actually spend additional time working on a courses taken online because of the amount of reading required to complete assignments. It also takes more self-discipline and dedication to succeed in an online learning environment due to the absence of face-to-face interaction and mandatory physical attendance associated with classroom-based courses. Just like a traditional class, you have to be on top of your studies. You still have to read the textbook and/or other class reading materials; you still have to follow notes, hand in writing assignments on time, and do well on any quizzes or exams you may need to take. In short, virtual learning requires different attitudes, self-motivation, ability to set goals, a degree of experimentation/risk-taking, and time management skills. If you possess these skills, you will do well in a online class.
- They are self-motivated to learn and succeed.
- They are conscientious as the virtual environment put additional responsibility for learning on the shoulders of the student.
- They are happy not dominating class time. A virtual classroom is more democratic than a traditional classroom. The student who dominates a class from the front row is less happy here.
- They are students who enjoy learning, who like to figure things out, and who enjoy independence and reading.
- They need not be a star student. Someone who learns at a slower-than-average pace can also succeed in virtual classes.
- They are students who need scheduling flexibility so they can complete their work at times convenient for them.
- The student who doesn't like school for reasons that have to do with learning.
- The student who procrastinates will have difficulty meeting deadlines.
- The student who has a severe disability that hinders reading, for example.
- The student who is placed in an online classroom without wanting to be there will probably fail. In a online classroom, the student has to engage and have initiative.
- The student who take a full class load at a traditional school and participates in lots of extra-curricular activities may think a online class is an easy way to pick up extra credits. This is not the case.
You will need a headset for online courses in order to participate in the Elluminate meetings. Elluminate is an internet-based software that allows participants to hold online meetings. Audio, video and whiteboard sharing makes it possible for a teacher and students to work in 'real time' to solve problems and discuss course materials.
For more information, visit the Elluminate website.
- PC users require Windows XP (Windows 7 preferred). Computers should have at least 1 GB of RAM and 30 GB of hard drive space. PCs require a sound card.
- Mac users require MacOSX 10.4 or better (MacOS 10.5 is preferred). Computers should have at least 1 GB of RAM and 30 GM of hard drive space.
- High speed Internet connection is very useful for video streaming and live meetings (Elluminate).
- A built-in or plug in microphone or headset for live meetings (Elluminate).