NOIC Academy is uniquely positioned to offer seamless and continuous education every day, online, face to face for the full and complete required hours to fulfill a 110-hour Ontario Secondary School Diploma credit. We have been doing online education (eLearning) for 3 years and we successfully moved our entire school to this model for education as soon as the health emergency orders we put in place.
As the emergency measures were announced NOIC Academy immediately shifted from a face to face model in our school at 50 Featherstone Avenue to eLearning through our unique online software. Students are able to see each other, and our teachers and students engage with numerous online tools, very similar to a “real” classroom experience.
In June 2020 we had 137 graduates who experienced full time online education. For our July 2020 courses and into the September 2020 term we will continue to offer this very successful model. Students at the senior level will be able to achieve 10 credits over 11 months online and face to face.
Each week we conduct online virtual professional development sessions outside of our structured class time. Teachers have been trained in our online platform, the numerous tools available for teaching and instruction, and coaching and support to ensure the integrity of our assessments and evaluations.
As an example, for our tests and exams, we have implemented a lockdown browser to ensure the integrity of our tests, and our exams. Further, we have used the support of our online mentors to further monitor student tests and exams. Finally, NOIC Academy has implemented fun and dynamic weekly online games and activities for our students during this time of the health crisis for student interest and fun. NOIC Academy hosted an incredible Graduation ceremony for our students that has been shared widely with thousands of views. The video is available online for the graduates and their families and will be available for them in the years to come.