What is the DLC?
Sun West Distance Learning Centre (DLC) is an online school that delivers distance education to learners of all ages, living anywhere in Saskatchewan. We offer the full spectrum of Kindergarten to Grade 12 core courses as well as a diverse selection of interest-based high school electives. Each course has been developed and is delivered by certified, professional teachers and meets the learning outcomes and criteria set out by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
Moodle, what? And what about the teacher?
Our online information management system - Moode - hosts each of our online courses including all necessary learning materials, course notes, detailed instructions, assessment tools and instructional videos. Content is available 24 hours a day, 12 months a year. Because all materials are online, students can work through their courses any time, at their pace and and in their place.
When additional support is needed, our teachers are readily accessible. Each course is delivered by subject matter experts, passionate about the content and passionate about teaching. They are ready to answer your questions, coach you through the sections where you need support and provide meaningful feedback to enhance your learning. They can be reached via email, Skype, or phone (during regular school hours).
Why would I take online classes?
Online learning offers flexibility in place, time and place. Depending on your learning preferences and your lifestyle, distance learning might be a fit for you... either as your primary learning environment or as a supplemental opportunity that works around your traditional school schedule. For families choosing to homes school, we provide substantial support both in terms of educational resources and guidance.
For learners who cannot work around a traditional school schedule - perhaps because they are training for an elite sport or taking an extended trip abroad - distance learning provides the flexibility to continue their education while pursuing those other interests.
And for students enrolled in a traditional school that may not offer a course of interest, the DLC can provide options and access. With over 70 interest-based high school electives at the DLC, learners can access a wide and challenging array of classes regardless of the size of their community or their school. If you are an adult learner, you can also earn credits you did not complete in high school and even earn your Saskatchewan high school diploma.
Take this brief online quiz to help you decide if you are ready for an online learning environment....
What does it cost?
In many circumstances, DLC courses are free. If you are:
a) registered with the Sun West School Division in a traditional school
b) registered with Sun West as a full-time online learner or
c) an adult learner under 22 years of age.
If none of those apply, fees may be incurred. Consult your local School Division office to learn more about their policies around distance education.