LLI TVO Student handbook High School

Student 2019/20 Handbook Facilitated Independent Learning Model (FILM) V. 170620

Student Handbook Table of contents

Welcome to TVO ILC Achieve your goals Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) International students Student support just for you Plan your educational pathway Get started About ILC courses How to read ILC course codes

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How to register What's next? Your My ILC account How to complete course units About your final marks Appendices Appendix 1: Common requests Appendix 2: Unit completion strategies Appendix 3: Study strategies Appendix 4: Test-taking strategies Appendix 5: How to choose reliable internet resources Appendix 6: Academic honesty, plagiarism and citing module Appendix 7: OSSD requirements – terms explained Appendix 8: OSSD requirements for international students Appendix 9: ILC policies Appendix 10: ILC Student Handbook acknowledgment

Welcome to your future

On behalf of TVO ILC, I am delighted to welcome you to your future. This journey promises to be an exciting pursuit of discovery and success, and I am honoured that you chose our program to help you prepare for your future. TVO ILC is Ontario’s largest online high school, and the Ontario Ministry of Education's designated provider of distance education. We serve over 20,000 students in 95 countries; so you are now a part of a vibrant and talented global student community that respects ideas and values, diversity of thought, and experience. At ILC, we are deeply committed to academic achievement. Our courses are designed to prepare you for success as you work to achieve your personal, educational and career goals. Through our Facilitated Independent Learning Model (FILM), ILC provides: an academic program that promotes educational rigour, academic integrity and student success; and a management program that promotes independence, responsibility and student success.

Together, the ILC program and your Facilitator will provide you with an educational experience that enhances your learning and readiness to move into a college/university or workplace upon graduation. We are here to assist you in any way we can to ensure your experience is personally and educationally fulfilling. This handbook will serve as a resource to help you understand the various components of the ILC’s educational program. Contained in the following pages is information that will guide you through your ILC journey, and help you understand the support services available to students, as well as our rules governing academic integrity and our Code of Conduct. I ask that you review these rules and the code and abide by them. Once again, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our program!

Gabriela Kurzydlowski TVO ILC Principal

Achieve your goals



Self-directed learning designed for you

ILC gets you on a path to gaining:

At ILC, we believe that “independent" does not have to mean alone, and as such, we developed the Facilitated Independent Learning Model (FILM) to support you. The FILM model promotes student independence and supports self-directed learning, achievement and success. You are actively engaged in your own learning and you can customize your course selections to achieve your personal, educational and career goals. You are responsible for your learning and for arranging the learning supports you need. While working independently, you can receive student initiated educational support from your Facilitator for course management and organization, and can access ILC academic support from Ontario Certified Teachers.

Ontario Secondary School Credits

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Prerequisites and preparation for admission to university or college (in Ontario and worldwide)

Learning skills necessary for success in post-secondary, careers and the workplace

Valuable digital and independent learning experience


TVO ILC offers the keys to your future Develop the skills needed for a rapidly changing, technology driven, globally connected world, including 21st century learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, self-directed learning and communication.

Recognized and recommended by post-secondary institutions and employers

Track record of success and experience in distance learning for over 90 years

Accredited program

where your work is reviewed and marked by Ontario Certified Teachers

Canadian Visa is not required to take ILC courses while living internationally

Convenience and flexibility to study anytime, anywhere and at your own pace

Academic and guidance support through Ontario Certified Teachers and qualified staff

Independent learning model needed for post-secondary success

Variety of formats to cater to a diverse set of learning needs


OSSD TVO ILC provides a full range of Grade 9-12 courses with credits counting towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), preparing you for post-secondary destinations.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements

Compulsory credits 18

Required courses (15 of 18 credits)

• English (4 credits, 1 credit per grade) 2 • Mathematics (3 credits, 1 credit must be in Grade 11 or 12) • Science (2 credits) • Canadian History (1 credit) • Canadian Geography (1 credit) • The Arts (1 credit)

• Health and Physical Education (1 credit) • French as a Second Language (1 credit) • Career Studies (½ credit) • Civics (½ credit)

Plus one credit from each of the following groups (3 of 18 credits)

GROUP 1 (choose one) • English or French as a Second Language 3 • Native languages • Classical or International languages • Social Sciences and Humanities • Canadian and World Studies • Guidance and Career Education • Cooperative Education 4

GROUP 2 (choose one) • Health and Physical Education • The Arts • Business Studies • French as a Second Language 3 • Cooperative Education 4

GROUP 3 (choose one) • Science (from Grade 11 or 12) • Technological Education • French as a Second Languagee 3 • Computer Studies • Cooperative education 4

Other requirements

+ 12 optional credits + 40 hours of community involvement activities + Provincial literacy requirement

LEARN MORE See Appendix 7 on page 37 for OSSD requirements - terms explained.

NOTES 1 Compulsory credits: To meet individual students’ needs, principals may replace up to 3 of the 18 compulsory credits from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory credit requirements (called "substitutions"). 2 English as a Second Language and English Literary Development: Maximum of 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for English compulsory credits. 3 French as a Second Language: Maximum of 2 credits may count as additional compulsory credits (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3). 4 Cooperative Education : Maximum of 2 credits may count as additional compulsory credits from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3.


International Students TVO ILC follows all Ontario Ministry of Education legislation and policy on OSSD requirements and the granting of diplomas for international students.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements for international students

Assessment for Placement If you are transferring from a school outside of Ontario, you can have your prior learning assessed and recognized. If you want to earn your OSSD, you will have your prior learning assessed at the time of registration for placement and course selection purposes, and to develop a pathway to the diploma. This formal process is called Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). 1

Have you gone to high school outside of Ontario?

Compulsory credits Courses you MUST take 1 18

Optional credits Courses you can CHOOSE 1 12

What courses are needed to make up your 30 credits?

Literacy requirement You must pass the Ontario

In addition to credits, you also need:

40 hours of community involvement activities A minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities is required. Through the Assessment for Placement, the Principal will determine the number of hours required for students who have completed 2 or more years in a high school. To find out more about your status, check your Assessment for Placement, and talk to your Facilitator. Substitutions To meet individual needs, principals may substitute up to three compulsory credits with courses from other subject areas that meet the compulsory credit requirements. Each substitution will be noted on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) within two opportunities or take the Literacy Course (OLC4O). To find out more about your status, check your Assessment for Placement. If you wish to write the Literacy Test, notify your Facilitator. Prerequisites Prerequisites are courses required for the successful understanding and completion of a subsequent course. If a course has a prerequisite, ILC will list it in the Course Catalogue.

Other things to consider:

LEARN MORE See Appendix 8 on page 38 for complete details on OSSD requirements for international students.

NOTES 1 Assessment for Placement: Through the Assessment for Placement process, the number of compulsory or optional credits you still need to earn will be determined.


Student support just for you TVO ILC offers a range of services to meet your needs, whether it’s teacher support or additional advice on course selection.


Student support


Ontario Certified Teachers

If you need help or have questions about any component of the ILC program, start by talking to your Facilitator. Your Facilitator can support and assist you with: • understanding each section of this handbook • completing ILC registration and enrollment • developing a course completion plan with timelines • academic support using ILC unit material (clarifying, reinforcing, reiterating) • ongoing support regarding the organization and management of courses • submitting course units in a timely manner for assessment and evaluation • accessing ILC course material and learning support resources • updating your personal information and making administrative or document requests *

If you need help with academics or your course work, Ontario Certified Teachers , who are subject specialists, can support and assist you with: • understanding course content or concepts • specific unit work and Key Questions or Tasks Contact: teacher@tvo.org (please include your name, ILC student number, the course code, unit, and Key Question number)

LEARN MORE See Appendix 1 on pages 29 and 30 for complete details on Common requests.


Plan your educational pathway

Begin with an end inmind Determine your career goal and then work backwards to make sure your plan will get you there. A successful plan prepares you with the required knowledge, skills and learning experiences and also ensures that you earn the credits required for the career or post- secondary program of your choice. Use the following research model and strategies to develop an educational pathway plan from high school through to post-secondary study and on to your career goal. The chart provided at the end of this section can be used to record your research results.

Research the careers that interest you and the types of post-secondary preparation required. 1 Research career options

ONLINE RESOURCES • noc.esdc.gc.ca

2 College or university?

Research post-secondary programs you are interested in and find out about their admission requirements. List course codes required for admission. Complete thorough research of all admission requirements and any prerequisites. Post-secondary institutions and programs clearly identify their admission requirements on their websites, in published literature, and directly through their admission officers.

ONLINE RESOURCES • www.ouac.on.ca (for university info) • www.ontariocolleges.ca (for college info) • www.electronicinfo.ca

Additional services for post-secondary planning are available for a fee after you enroll. See your Facilitator.

All prerequisite courses for admission into any program at an Ontario college or university are offered at TVO ILC.

3 Start with the required and recommended Grade 12 courses and then work backwards to plan out the Grade 11, 10 and 9 prerequisite courses needed. Enter your search results in the Educational Pathway Plan on the opposite page. Develop an educational plan and timeline


Educational Pathway Plan for

Print your name

Research and identify a career of interest and its required type of post-secondary preparation. 1

Career Teacher, Office Administrator, Doctor

Required Post-Secondary Preparation College, University, Apprenticeship

Research and identify a post-secondary program, institution and the courses (list course codes) required for admission.


Post-Secondary Program Science

Post-Secondary Institution University of Toronto

Required Courses ENG4U, SBI4U,SCH3U, MHF4U plus 2 other Grade 12 U courses

List all required and recommended courses by course code, place them under the corresponding grade level. Be sure to also plan prerequisite courses. Start with an end in mind: Grade 12.


Recommended and Required Courses

Grade 9 Courses

Grade 10 Courses

Grade 11 Courses

Grade 12 Courses

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Get started All ILC courses consist of 110 hours of work divided into units with a Final Test. Units divide the curriculum into sections to assist with learning the course content.


About ILC courses ILC courses are delivered in three different formats to accommodate varying technology access and different learning styles.

Interactive Online courses

• Learn online with interactive course materials • Course organization: • 7 units per course • 4 units evaluated and 3 units assessed • 1 Midterm and 1 Final Test • All course work submitted online • Half-courses contain 4 units:

• 2 units evaluated • 2 units assessed • 1 Final Test

PDF online courses

• Learn online with PDF documents • Course organization: • 4 or 5 units per course • All units are evaluated • 1 Final Test • All course work submitted online

Print courses

• Learn with print materials • Course organization:

• 4 or 5 units per course • All units are evaluated • 1 Final Test • All course work submitted online

LEARN MORE See How to complete your course units on pages 22 and 23.


How to read ILC course codes Knowing how to read course codes will help you select ILC courses from the course catalogue which will prepare you for the post-secondary destination of your choice. The first 5 characters of the code are standard and recognized across Ontario and the 6th character is always school specific.

E N G 4 U C

Course title and subject area

Grade level

Course type

ILC Course version

Course title and subject area

Course types

The first letter in the course code refers to the subject area: A The Arts B Business Studies C Canadian and World Studies E English F French G Guidance and Career H Social Sciences and Humanities I Computer Studies

In Grades 9 and 10 D Academic Courses : emphasize theory; preparation for university courses P Applied Courses : focus on practical examples; preparation for college courses O Open Courses : preparation for further study in certain subjects In Grades 11 and 12 U University preparation : knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs D University/college preparation : knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for specific programs offered at universities and colleges C College preparation : knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for most college programs or apprenticeships and other training programs E Workplace preparation : knowledge and skills you need for the workplace O Open courses : broaden your knowledge and skills in a subject. Open courses may not be designed for specific requirements of universities, colleges, or the workplace

M Mathematics N Native Studies S Science T Tech Grade level 1 Grade 9 2 Grade 10 3 Grade 11 4 Grade 12


How to register Your Facilitator can assist you with completing and submitting the registration information, your course selections, and the required documentation.

Assessment for Placement For International Affiliate students, an Assessment for Placement and course selection purposes will be completed at the time of registration. If you are pursuing, and eligible, to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), the ILC will review your educational documentation, determine the credit equivalencies for your previous learning, the number of credits and any other OSSD requirements needed, and a proposed pathway to the diploma. * Course enrollment Your Facilitator will work with you to review the assessment summary report and finalize your course selections based on the ILC recommendations. The ILC will then process your enrollment into the courses. Once completed, you will be enrolled in ILC courses. Important: • You can enroll in up to 4 courses at one time • Additional courses may be added up to a maximum of 8 courses

Need help? Contact your Facilitator

* LEARN MORE See Appendix 8 on page 38 for more information on the Assessment for Placement process.


What's next? You are now enrolled in TVO ILC courses and on your way to achieving your goals. You will receive a welcome email confirming your enrollment in your courses with all the instructions needed for you to begin.


Your My ILC account My ILC will be your online student account throughout your time at ILC. This is your personal and secure electronic online account where you can view your student records, access digital course materials, submit your course work online, and receive marks and teacher feedback.

Register your account Your welcome email will contain your 8-digit ILC student number and a 4-digit ILC Personal Identification Number (PIN). To register your My ILC account, you will need these two numbers.

Follow the steps below: 1 Visit: www.ilc.org/secure/register_ilc.php 2 Enter your ILC student number 3 Enter your ILC PIN 4 Enter your email address (use the same email you provided at the time of registration) 5 Create your personal username and password 6 Check the box “I agree to the terms and conditions” 7 Click on Register button 8 You now have access to your My ILC account and courses

Access your account Once you have created your My ILC account, you can use your personal username and password to access your My ILC account for all current and future course work. You will receive a confirmation email each time you enroll in a new course but you do not need to register a new account. You simply use your existing ILC username and password to access your My ILC account and to access your courses.

Updating your profile Email is the primary method of communication between you and the ILC. It is critical that your email address is active and that you check your email often. If your email address changes, please update your profile in your My ILC account and see your Facilitator for more information on how to Change Personal Information.


How to complete your course units

Complete and submit your own work We take plagiarism very seriously and expect all students to read and sign the Code of Conduct in the Policies section of this handbook. An Academic Honesty, Plagiarism, and Citing Module has been provided to help you with citing your resources properly and avoiding plagiarism.


Interactive Online courses: mark breakdown

Each ILC course is designed to meet the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines and provide students with 110 hours of course work and study (half-courses provide 55 hours of course work). Your Facilitator will provide you with the timeline that you will follow for each course and will assist you with devel- oping a Course Completion Plan. If you complete the course within the timeline provided, you will be able to gain the necessary knowledge and skills and to prepare yourself for success on the Final Test. You have a maximum of 10 months from the enrollment date to complete a course including the Final Test.




Feedback Provided

Unit 1

• Complete and submit Unit 1 Tasks


Unit 2

• Complete and submit Unit 2 Tasks

Feedback Provided

Unit 3

• Complete and submit Unit 3 Tasks

Unit 4 Midterm

• Complete and submit Unit 4 Tasks • Write Midterm Test



Unit 5

• Complete and submit Unit 5 Tasks

Feedback Provided

Unit 6

• Complete and submit Unit 6 Tasks


Unit 7

• Complete and submit Unit 7 Tasks

• Write Practice Test • Check suggested answers • Write Final Test



NOTE: Half-credit courses contain 4 units (Unit 2 and 4 are evaluated and worth 25% and 45% of the final mark respectively).


Supplementary materials

Print and PDF courses: mark breakdown

A few ILC courses have additional learning resources such as text- books and novels which are lent to you to support the course curriculum. These items must be returned when you successfully complete a course or when you withdraw or transfer from a course. About accessing and submitting units The welcome email will provide you with specific course instructions. Once you are enrolled and log in to your My ILC account, you will have access to the PDF and Interactive Online course materials. If you enrolled in a Print course, the print materials will be delivered within 10-15 business days. Important: • Units must be submitted online, one unit at a time, according to the course completion plan. • You can submit the next unit only after you received a passing mark on the previous unit. You are able to work on the next unit while your previous unit is being marked.





• Answer Unit 1 Key Questions and submit



Unit 1

• Answer Unit 2 Key Questions and submit



Unit 2

• Answer Unit 3 Key Questions and submit



Unit 3

• Answer Unit 4 Key Questions and submit



Unit 4

• Answer Unit 5 Key Questions and submit



Unit 5

• Write Practice Test • Check suggested answers • Write Final Test




NOTE: Half-credit courses contain 2 units and both are evaluated.


How to complete your course units (continued...)

How to prepare your unit work Follow all specific instructions found within your course units. Your answers to unit Key Questions/Tasks must be submitted in the same order as in the lessons. For Grade 11 and 12 Math and Science courses, you must use Microsoft Equation Editor for the correct mathematical notation. Please follow the steps below to prepare your submission: 1 Ensure you have a working word processor and/or a PDF maker. Complete the Key Questions/Tasks in a word processor (the file name typically ends with “.doc” or “.docx”). 2 Add any images you need for the assignment into your word processor file. 3 Your answer file may contain scanned diagrams and graphs but must not contain scanned text (e.g. scans of handwritten answers). Scanned text will be returned unmarked. 4 Save the file with the course code, unit number and your name in the How to upload your unit work To submit a PDF answer file, you need to convert your word processor file to a PDF document now. You should have any additional files (e.g. Excel) ready to upload with your answer file. Follow the steps below: 1 Log into your My ILC Account. 2 Go to your Course Homepage and click on the course. 3 Select the ‘Send Online’ button for the unit you are submitting. Check that you are in the correct unit. 4 You will see a ‘Find and Upload Key Questions/Tasks’ or a ‘Upload file’ button, depending on your course format. Click the button. 5 Using the Browse File option, find the correct and complete PDF file or word processor file on your computer and click on Open to upload it. 6 Continue to upload any other file(s) required to be submitted for the unit. 7 You may communicate with the teacher by posting comments in the Reflection section of the Online Submission Tool for PDF courses. 8 All uploaded files will remain saved until you click submit them. file name, to a location you will remember. For example: SPH4UA_Unit2_BSmith.doc. Important: All your unit work should be submitted in one file (maximum 14MB) unless instructed differently in your course materials.

How to submit your work

Follow the steps below: 1 Review your uploaded files to ensure they are the files you wish to submit. Make sure you have completed all the Key Questions/Tasks in the unit. 2 Depending on your course, you will see a ‘Send for Evaluation’ or a ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the screen. Click on the button to send your uploaded work for marking. 3 Only unit work saved and uploaded as a PDF or Word document is allowed unless it says otherwise in the specific key question or task. After you have submitted your work, you will have the opportunity to recall your submission. This provides you with an opportunity to add or amend your submission before it is assigned for marking. However, once the teacher “locks” your assignment for marking you will no longer be able to use the Recall Submission function and your unit will be marked as submitted. How to recall your submission


About your final marks

In order to receive your credit, you must pass each evaluated unit of the course with a mark of 50% or more, and write and pass the Final Test with a mark of 50% or more.


Course work The unit evaluations account for 70% of the final mark for the course. You must pass each unit before you can continue to the next unit and all units of the course must be successfully completed before you are eligible to write the Final Test. Units will be evaluated within 5 business days after the unit has been assigned to an ILC teacher for marking. • In Print and PDF Courses , unit Key Questions are submitted online and all units are evaluated with marks counting toward the final grade. • In Interactive Online Courses , unit Tasks are submitted online. In 7-unit courses, three units (Units 2, 5 and 7) and the Midterm Test (Unit 4, see below) are evaluated with those marks counting toward the final grade. The other three units (Units 1, 3 and 6) are assessed and do not count toward the final mark but assist with learning. The Midterm Test in Interactive Online courses At the end of Unit 4 in all 7-unit Interactive Online courses, you will write an online computer-marked test to evaluate the knowledge and skills you have learned in the first half of the course. You have only 2 hours to complete the test, so it’s best to prepare before taking the test. Review all of the lessons, as well as your notes, important terms and processes you followed to complete the activities and tasks. When you are finished the test, the computer checks your answers and will give you a mark instantly. If you fail the test on your first try, you can retake it one more time after 24 hours.


Mark breakdown for all ILC courses

Course work Final Test

70% 30%


About your final marks (continued...)

How did you do on your unit evaluations?

Get prepared To prepare for the Final Test, you are encouraged to set up a Study Schedule, review all course content, submitted assignments and teacher comments, and write the Practice Test. Make sure you understand the concepts and skills in each lesson. More Study Strategies can be found in the Resource section of this handbook. After you have studied, take time to do the Practice Test found in your My ILC Course page. The Practice Test is two hours long, the same duration as the Final Test and it is organized in the same way, so you know what to expect. It also gives you practice with questions similar to those on the Final Test. Read carefully the instructions on the first page of the Practice Test so that there are no surprises when you write the Final Test. Time yourself on the Practice Test to see if you can complete the test in two hours. When you have completed the Practice Test, check the Practice Test Suggested Answers to see how well you have done. If you had trouble with: • answering any of the questions on the Practice Test, go back to the lesson/unit and review the material carefully • completing the test in two hours, review the course material thoroughly so that you are more familiar with the material Do not send the Practice Test to the ILC for marking. It is for you to use as practice for the real test. Write the Practice Test

You have two opportunities to pass a unit with a mark of 50% or more. If you get a passing grade on your unit, you will receive your mark and feedback from the ILC teacher marker and you can proceed with the next unit. If you did not get a passing mark, the unit will be returned with feedback from the teacher marker and one of the following messages: • REPEAT (REP) which is assigned if you receive a failing mark (less than 50%) on the first submission of any unit. You will have one final opportunity to re-submit the unit to earn a passing mark. • UNSUCCESSFUL COURSE ATTEMPT - WITHDRAWAL which is assigned if you receive a failing mark (less than 50%) on the second sub- mission of any unit. You will be withdrawn from the course. See your Facilitator to discuss next steps. If the course is a Grade 11 or 12 course, and you have submitted Unit 2 or beyond of a 4 or 5 unit course, or Unit 4 or beyond of a 7-unit course, the withdrawal, “W”, and your mark at the time of the withdrawal will be recorded on your Ontario Student Transcript. If the course is a Grade 9 or 10 course, the withdrawal will not be recorded on your Ontario Student Transcript. If you get a passing grade on your unit, you will receive your mark and feedback from the ILC teacher marker. It’s time to write the Final Test All courses have a Final Test which is worth 30% of the final mark for the course. You must write and pass the Final Test with a mark of 50% or more to earn the credit. After receiving a passing mark in the final evaluated unit of your course, you will be eligible to write the Final Test and have access to a Practice Test.


Write the Final Test Your test will be supervised by an Affiliate Nominated Test Supervisor who is approved by the ILC. The Final Test will be evaluated within 5 business days after the test has been assigned to an ILC Teacher for marking. Your Final Test mark and the teacher’s comments will be sent to your My ILC account. You have two opportunities to pass the Final Test. If you are unsuccessful the first time you write the test, you will have a second and final opportunity to write a different version of the test. If you are unsuccessful on the second attempt, you will not earn the credit and you can talk to your Facilitator about re-enrollment or other options. When you pass the Final Test, you will have earned the credit and may not write the test again to improve your mark.

Need help? Contact your Facilitator

Mark appeals

A mark appeal process has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to appeal a mark received on a course unit or on a Final Test.

Appeal requests may not always be granted. The ILC Principal will review the appeal request and determine whether or not the appeal will be granted. The appeal may result in the mark being the same, or higher or lower than the original mark. The mark resulting from the appeal will be recorded as the final mark for the unit or test. There is no further appeal permitted.

If you are considering an appeal request, please see your Facilitator to discuss it further.

Accommodations and special considerations Accommodations and Special Considerations are for Final Tests only. The ILC may provide accommodations for students who have special learning or medical needs. Please see your Facilitator for more information.




Appendix 1: Common requests

Enrollment and administrative requests

Your Facilitator can assist you with the following enrollment and administrative requests.

Change of personal information Please notify your Facilitator if your name, email, address, or telephone number changes. We want to make sure that packages sent to you, such as course materials or important notices, can reach you without delay. If your email changes, please update your personal profile on My ILC .

Request or change Release of Information Please see your Facilitator if you need to change the Release of Information. The ILC will only release information about you or your course work to you and your parent/guardian (if you are under the age of 18). The ILC requires your written consent if you are an adult (18 years of age or older) or the consent of your parent/ guardian (if you are under the age of 18) to release any information about you to others. Please Note: Your Facilitator will have access to information since you registered through an ILC Affiliate.

Request an additional course To enroll in additional courses, see your Facilitator.

Re-enroll in a course If you have withdrawn from a course or have completed a course and wish to retake the course to improve a course mark, see your Facilitator for more information.

Request course withdrawal or transfers If you are considering withdrawing from a course or transfering to another cource, please see your Facilitator promptly for information about the requirements, timelines and process. if you are withdrawing for a Grade 11 or 12 course and you have submitted Unit 2 of a 4 or 5-unit coures or Unit 4 of a 7-unit course, the withdrawal and your rmark at the time of withdrawal will be recorded on your Ontario Student Transcript.


Appendix 1: Common requests ( continued... )

Educational document requests The ILC will provide upon request three types of education documents. See your Facilitator for more information about these requests and the associated fees. The chart below identifies which units must be completed and marked with a passing grade in order for you to request a particular education document.

Listing of educational documents you can request






Confirmation of Enrollment

Requires completion of the first unit used in the final mark calculation

Unit 1 has to be successfully completed

Unit 2 has to be successfully completed

3 business days

Progress Report (Midterm mark)

Requires completion of the second unit used in the final mark calculation

Unit 2 has to be successfully completed

Unit 4 has to be successfully completed

3 business days

Transcript (Final course mark)

Requires completion of the entire course including the Final Test

Final course mark

Final course mark

3 business days

Request a Written Diploma Assessment If you have completed all the requirements for your diploma and want the ILC to issue your diploma, see your Facilitator about requesting a Written Diploma Assessment. This assessment will review all your educational documentation including the credits earned at the ILC to determine if all requirements for an OSSD have been completed. If the Written Diploma Assessment confirms that you have earned your diploma, the ILC will issue your Ontario Student Transcript (OST). This is the official record of your secondary school academic achievement and will show the diploma issue date. The transcript lists the courses completed, the final marks, the credit value of each course and the equivalent credits granted through the PLAR process.

The ILC will prepare and send to you an official Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) issued by the Ontario Ministry of Education and signed by the ILC Principal.


Appendix 2: Unit completion strategies

The following are recommended strategies to assist you in completing and submitting unit work.

Start with

Read the course information

Important information can be found in the introduction to the course.

All the resources you require to be successful are contained in the course unit resources.

Review all the course content

Plan your course timelines

Plan how you will complete the course using the Course Completion Timeline.

For each unit

Create a time management plan that will enable you to meet the timeline you have set for the unit.

Plan your unit work time

Review all lessons in a unit

Each unit of the course contains a number of lessons.

Each unit contains practice questions and other Key Questions/Tasks that need to be submitted for evaluation. Make sure you are clear as to what needs to be submitted for the unit.

Highlight what’s required


Complete all the practice and support questions contained in the unit.

Complete all the required Key Questions/Tasks to be submitted for each lesson of the unit. Read the Mathematics and Science Communication Requirements. Ensure you use Equation Editor to complete math and science work when required.

Key Questions and Tasks

Math and science

Use proper format

Ensure you save your work as a Word document or a PDF file

Save your work

As you complete work to be submitted for the unit, ensure you save your work.

Ensure you upload the required course work for all the lessons of the unit in 1 or 2 files.

Upload all the work

Review your uploaded file(s) to make sure they are complete and they are the ones you wish to submit.

Submit unit work


Appendix 3: Study strategies

Study strategies The following are recommended study strategies to assist you in preparing for the Final Test.

Pick a good study spot Choose a quiet place free of interruptions or distractions.

Make study notes Create your own study notes as you review including an outline of the key concepts, important terms, definitions, etc.

Set up a study schedule Set aside enough study time and schedule your studying over several days or a week. Try to avoid having to rush at the last minute. Several short study sessions are better than one long session. Review Review each lesson including the examples and practice questions. Read and reread. Try to summarize and explain without looking. First things first Concentrate on the most important information and study those concepts you found most challenging. Review Review and study your submitted Key Questions/ Tasks and teacher comments.

Take breaks Take short breaks frequently.

Take the Practice Test Take the ILC Practice Test under real-life test conditions to give you practice answering potential test questions within the allowed time. Rest before the test Get a good night’s sleep before the test. Do not stay up all night cramming for the test. A good night’s sleep is important to learning and recalling information.


Appendix 4: Test-taking strategies

Twelve test-taking tips When writing the Final Test, these strategies can assist you.

Get ready Make sure you bring what you need to write the test.

Be strategic Answer the questions with the most value next.

Relax Get comfortable and prepare all your materials when you sit down. You’ve studied; you’re prepared.

Answer everything If you get stuck on a question, put a mark beside it and come back to it later. Master multiple choice Consider all answer choices and select the best answer. If unsure, eliminate any choices that cannot be correct. If all else has been tried and you are still unsure take a guess.

Brainstorm Write down any key facts or formulae that you studied but find hard to remember.

Scan the test Look over the entire test before you start and notice the marks/recommended timing for each section. Budget your time Consider the total time you have and the marks for each section to determine how long you will spend on each question. Read everything Read carefully the instructions provided, and the questions and answer choices. Highlight key words to help you answer correctly. If something on the test is unclear ask for clarification.

Pace yourself Check time regularly and monitor your pace throughout the test.

Review Review your answers and make any necessary corrections only if you are absolutely sure.

Build confidence Answer the questions you know first.


Appendix 5: How to choose reliable internet resources

The Internet contains some extremely valuable sources of information for research and it also contains some very unreliable and biased sources. It is important for you to evaluate each source before choosing it for your research.

This checklist can be used to decide whether an internet resource is reliable and should be used as a source for research purposes.

Choosing reliable internet questionnaire



1 Does the website identify its author/sponsor? Is there contact information, such as email or postal address provided?




Is the website’s author reliable? Is the author qualified to write on the topic?





Is the website itself published by, or attached to, a reliable institution?









Is the website regularly updated?





Does the website cite its sources?

Does the website have an obvious bias? Is it attempting to promote a specific product?





Adapted from ILC's Science Course Communication Requirements, 2016.

You need to consider all these questions before deciding to use an online source. If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, the website might not be reliable. Websites like Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, or About.com are not considered reliable sources of information. However, these websites can serve as a good starting point for research.

Need help? Contact your Facilitator


Appendix 6: Academic honesty, plagiarism and citing module

It is your responsibility to be honest in all aspects of your school work at the ILC. To assist you in becoming informed on issues of academic honesty, including plagiarism, you are required to read the Academic Honesty, Plagiarism, Citing Sources Module included in the next section of this document. The Academic Honesty, Plagiarism, Citing Sources Module will also be included with every Interactive Online course and must be reviewed before starting the course. It means that you are required to complete and submit your own work and that cheating of any kind is not acceptable. It also means that you must acknowledge when the ideas, answers, work that you are submitting in an assignment belong to someone else. 1. What does academic honesty mean?

• using direct quotations or large sections of paraphrased material without acknowledgement • submitting an essay written in whole or in part by someone else as one’s own • submitting an essay copied in whole or in part from the internet and submitted as one’s own • preparing an essay or assignment on behalf of another student • copying an essay or assignment, or allowing one’s essay or assignment to be copied by someone else • the buying or selling of assignments • submitting work from one course as work in another course • copying of course content into unit submissions All instances of plagiarism will be handled in a similar manner. The ILC teachers are trained to recognize where students go to find material for their assignments. Remember teachers are seeing many of the same assignments and can recognize language and ideas that don’t seem to be those of a typical student. Assessment Tasks often ask you to submit your rough notes and planning drafts too. For some assignments, teachers won’t mark final good copies if no rough work is provided when asked for. If you plagiarize your work you will be removed from the course with no refund. You may be prevented from enrolling again for an extended period of time. No. Common knowledge doesn’t need to be cited. Common knowledge is information that is widely and commonly known such as: • Ottawa is the capital city of Canada • Toronto’s Major League Baseball team is called the Blue Jays • Plants grow through a process of photosynthesis • World War II happened from 1939-1945. 3. What happens at ILC if I plagiarize? 4. Does every single thing need to be cited?

2. What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you present another person’s ideas, literary or artistic work as your own.

This can happen in an accidental or careless way such as forgetting to cite your sources or forgetting to write down the place where you got your work from. Plagiarism can also be intentional where you copy and paste work from the internet including “ask a question” type sites without citing the source or you submit an assignment where all or some of it was done by someone else

Whether it is accidental or intentional, all of these are examples of plagiarism!

Plagiarism is a violation of Academic Honesty and includes, but is not limited to, the following forms: • copying from another student, or making informa- tion available to other students, knowing that this is to be submitted as the borrower’s own work • use of unauthorized material


Appendix 6: Academic honesty, plagiarism and citing module ( continued... )

5. For my Bibliography or Works Cited page, how do I cite my sources? May I use an online citation site (e.g. Citation Machine) to create the format of my sources ? Yes. Certain sites work better than others. If you choose to use an online citation site, be sure to select the proper format (APA, MLA or Chicago Style) and the type of the item that you are citing (Web page, Web document, journal article, essay, book, newspaper article, etc.). For example, if you used a website or online article you will cite that differently from a book. You must format citations according to the specific course you are taking. The guidelines below outline the type of citation required for certain subject areas: • History, Geography, Social Science, Business, Science, Technology, Art courses use APA format • English courses use MLA format 7. For in-text citation, how do I reference the source of the information I use? Should I use endnotes, footnotes or parenthetical references? You can use any of these methods to cite your sources unless the lesson says something else. But, if you do have a choice, use parenthetical references. They are the easiest to do. 6. How do I know which format to use?

The first word in parentheses following the quotation is the last name of the author. You put the rest of the author’s name, and the name of the book, article, website, etc. in the Works Cited List or Bibliography, in alphabetical order. Some sources don’t have an author. If this is the case, use the first word or two of the title of the item. (History of the John Doe Theory) 8. If I use parenthetical references, do I still need a Bibliography or Works Cited List at the end of my assignment? Yes. Parenthetical References only tell the reader some of the information about your source. You must include the rest of the information in your Bibliography or Works Cited List. • take good notes while you are researching • use quotation marks, even in your rough notes • cite points, images or anything taken from an online source • write down the source first and include all the information about that source so you don’t have to go back later to complete a works cited list or bibliography • summarize and paraphrase in your own words 10. A paraphrase is a re-statement of the ideas in your own words. Practice proper paraphrasing. Some good techniques for paraphrasing include: • Combine two or three sentences into one • Take a technical term and explain it in everyday language • Write down point form jot notes instead of copying whole sections word for word 9. What are some good practices for avoiding plagiarism?

Use the following as a guide to cite sources using the parenthetical method:

List the author’s name, the year of publication and the page number right after the quotation. Place them in brackets or parentheses.

Example: The theory was first introduced by John Doe in 1825. (Hern, 2010 p.118)


Appendix 7: OSSD requirements – terms explained

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Awarded to students who have met the following requirements: • a minimum of 30 credits • 18 compulsory and 12 optional • the literacy graduation requirement • 40 hours of community involvement activities Credit Earned for successful completion of a full course with a minimum mark of 50%. Courses are selected from the Course Catalogue of available courses.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC40) If a student has had two opportunities to take the OSSLT and has failed it at least once, the student is eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O). Students who pass this course are considered to have met the literacy graduation requirement. A minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities must be completed as part of the OSSD requirements. Substitutions To meet individual students’ needs, principals may replace up to three of the compulsory credits from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory credit requirements. The decision to make a substitution for a student should be made only if the student’s educational interests are best served by such substitution. Each substitution will be noted on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript. Community involvement requirement

Compulsory credits

Credits earned for completing courses that are requirements for the OSSD.

Optional credits

Credits earned for completing optional courses which students select from all available courses.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Students are expected to write and successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) usually written in grade 10, to meet the secondary school literacy graduation requirement. The test is scheduled by and administered through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) once a year.


A credit course designated by the Ministry of Education to be completed prior to taking another course. If a course has a prerequisite, the ILC will list the prerequisite course in the Course Catalogue.

Ontario Student Transcript (OST)

An official record of the Ontario secondary school Grade 9 and 10 credit courses successfully com- pleted by a student, and all Grade 11 and 12 credit courses completed or attempted by a student. The OST also includes confirmation of completion of other graduation requirements.


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