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A pilot project was initiated in the 2010-2011 school year to determine the practicality of administering the OSSLC by using e-learning and hybrid learning models. Based on the overwhelming success of this initial pilot, all school boards are now able to offer the OSSLC via online or hybrid learning delivery. This guide provides some additional support to boards using the blended and e-learning delivery methods.

Relevant Policies

Policies concerning the OSSLT and OSSLC are contained in PPM 127 and they apply to the online course as well. In June 2004, the policy was modified to allow principal.s discretion for permitting students to enroll in the OSSLC before a second opportunity was offered to take the OSSLC, if the principal believes that is the student.s best interests. However, a student must still take and fail the OSSLT at least one time prior to eligibility for the OSSLC. The only exception to the policy is mature students; they may enroll in the OSSLC without taking the OSSLT first.

There are two criteria that need to be met when administering the OLC40 by online or hybrid blended delivery:

Protocols in place must underscore academic integrity of the student.s work submissions.

At least 30% of the student.s grade must be based on a proctored exam or final performance assessment.

Benefits of e-learning include flexibility, and administering the OSSLC beyond a school board.s boundaries may occur. Boards which intend to do so must submit to e-Learning Ontario (eLO) a basic outline of the board.s proposed process to ensure academic integrity of the credits potentially awarded to those students outside their jurisdictions.

Critical Infrastructures and Supports

Each of the district school boards that were involved in the pilot projects identified supports and infrastructures they deemed critical to successful implementation of the online OSSLC and they are outlined below.

Policies Promoting Academic Integrity

The OSSLC replaces or substitutes for the OSSLT, so academic integrity is vital.

  • The Ministry provides a webinar on the topic for understanding and implementation.

Assessing student work in the OSSLC is different from assessing other courses, including achievement charts, levels, and descriptions that outline the literacy standards in the OSSLC.

  • Access Growing Success:Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools. This report will give you additional information about plagiarism and assessment policies.

Recommendations of those pilot boards which initially offered the course for the OSSLC online in 2003, reporting principles were established.

  • Ministry of education mandated that a proctored final exam or performance assessment will make up 30% of the student.s grade.

Pilot school boards suggested that frequent conferences between teachers and students would aid comprehension, learning, and success, when done in real time over the Internet.

  • Adobe Connect has been instituted in all of the boards. It permits teacher-student conferences, audio sharing, whiteboard abilities, and file sharing.

Teacher Professional Support and Development

Similarly to students, the teachers should participate in orientation and receive technical and administrative help as needed. Teachers are encouraged to personalize their courses to meet individual and local student needs. OSSLC teachers can use the resources available to differentiate their classes.

In-person or virtual training is suggested for teachers new to online teaching.

  • Regional e-Learning contacts provide support and small group training.

Technology and Tech Support

Online courses and hybrid learning courses require reliable access to computers and the Internet during class and later for home assignments.

  • Technical assistance is available through the vendor at 1-877-325-7778.

Teachers and students alike benefit by having access to software products for word processing, concept mapping, and speech-to-text, as well as additional equipment like tablets, speakers, and microphones, plus support for these products.

Boards can buy or pay for access to a wide range of software applications and hardware to help with online learning.

(click on the module heading to reveal a lesson by lesson breakdown)


  • Course Overview
  • Acquiring a Language
  • Essay: Natural Language and Standard English
  • Learning a Standard
  • Levels of Usage
  • Essay: Levels of Standard English
  • Quiz 1: Why Standard English?
  • Making a Dictionary
  • Anatomy of a Dictionary
  • Project: Dictionary Comparison
  • Quiz 2: Dictionaries: Guardians of the Standard
  • Types of Written Standard English
  • Technical Texts
  • Informational Texts
  • Literary Texts
  • Essay: Writing Across Standard English
  • Quiz 3: Varieties of Written Standard English
  • Documentation
  • Works Cited
  • Parenthetical Citation
  • Documentation Review
  • Special Project
  • Test: Learning and Using Standard English
  • Alternate Test: Learning and Using Standard English
  • Reference


  • Verb Tenses
  • Subject-Verb Agreement; Confusing Verbs
  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Types of Pronouns; Antecedents
  • Modifiers: Adjectives/Adverbs
  • Modifiers: Prepositional Phrases
  • Sentences: Patterns and Types
  • Spelling Lessons One and Two
  • Quiz 1
  • Spelling Quiz 1
  • Capitalization Rules
  • Punctuation Rules: Apostrophes
  • Punctuation Rules: Quotation Marks/Parentheses
  • Punctuation Rules: Hyphens/Commas
  • Mechanics Review
  • Project: Punctuation Practice
  • Spelling Lessons Three and Four
  • Quiz 2
  • Spelling Quiz 2
  • Communication: Writing and Reading
  • Communication: Speaking and Listening
  • Project: Autobiography
  • Spelling Lessons Five and Six
  • Quiz 3
  • Spelling Quiz 3
  • Special Project
  • Test
  • Alternate Test
  • Reference


  • History of Language
  • Grammar: Parts of Speech
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Abbreviations and Hyphens
  • Words
  • Usage
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Letters
  • Compositions
  • Essay: What Makes a Good Politician?
  • Quiz 1
  • Spelling Lesson One and Two
  • Spelling Quiz 1
  • Communication: Unspoken Factors
  • Communication: Spoken Factors
  • Essay: Interview a Friend
  • Comprehending Communication
  • Quiz 2
  • Spelling Lessons Three and Four
  • Spelling Quiz 2
  • Reading: Word Parts
  • Reading: Context Clues and Sequence
  • Reading: Fact and Opinion
  • Reading: Essays and Autobiographies
  • Formal Essay
  • Report: Autobiography
  • Quiz 3
  • Spelling Lessons Five and Six
  • Essay: Short Story
  • Spelling Quiz 3
  • Special Project
  • Test
  • Alternate Test
  • Reference


  • Structure
  • Plural Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs and Adverbs
  • Pronouns, Prepositions, Phrases, and Clauses
  • Quiz 1: Structure
  • The Skills of Writing
  • The Skills of Speaking
  • Quiz 2: Communication
  • Library Skills and Visual Aids
  • Determining the Author's Message
  • Quiz 3: Reading and Research
  • Project: Visual Media
  • Special Project
  • Test
  • Alternate Test
  • Reference


  • Analyzing Written Words
  • Project: Prefixes and Roots
  • Analyzing Written Words: Dictionary Skills
  • Quiz 1
  • Writing Effective Sentences (1)
  • Writing Effective Sentences (2)
  • Project: Using Phrases in Sentences
  • Sentence Problems
  • Quiz 2
  • Writing Expository Prose
  • Project: Preparing Expository Theme
  • Essay: Expository Theme
  • Writing Expository Prose: Research Papers
  • Critical Analysis
  • Quiz 3
  • Genres of Literature: Drama
  • Genres of Literature: Poetry (1)
  • Genres of Literature: Poetry (2)
  • Genres of Literature: Novel (1)
  • Genres of Literature: Novel (2)
  • Essay: The Old Man and the Sea
  • Genres of Literature: Nonfiction
  • Quiz 4
  • Special Project
  • Test
  • Alternate Test
  • Reference


Student Selection, Preparation, Support

Students selected and prepared for the online OSSLC should have good study habits and likelihood of succeeding in the program.

  • Several short webinars were developed by e-Learning Ontario and are available for students to decide if this type of learning is for them.

The Ministry strongly recommends that potential e-Learning students are first given an orientation, including those who enter the course late.

  • A student orientation course is available.

Online courses for the OSSLC require reliable Internet access and a good computer. Instructional and technical support are available for teachers, guidance and student services.

  • A webinar about generation of student interest and community-building online is available.

Students might require access to modifications or additional accommodations that are provided for within their educational plans (text-to-speech software or speech-to-text software.)

WordQ and Dragon NaturallySpeaking are both available to students and teachers in the province.