The rapid development of ICT renders distance education a great service. However, it also brings challenges. This is what explores a new thesis published by REFAD, a portion of which focuses more specifically on the secondary level.
The Francophone Distance Education Network of Canada (REFAD) entrusted Mr. Jean Losier with the mandate to paint a portrait of the limits and challenges faced by distance education (DTE) in French-speaking Canada in 2013, at the secondary, college and university levels.
With the help of surveys carried out among FAD workers, the thesis presents a summary of the different methods of providing distance training, the administrative and / or geopolitical constraints that frame the services offered in FAD in the various Canadian provinces, the state of the current technological limits and opportunities with which the FAD must come to terms, as well as the pedagogical challenges which depend on them, then the challenges related to the very diverse clienteles, to which these distance training courses are addressed.
The report recalls that “at the secondary level, provincial legislative provisions do not allow distance education to be offered to school-age populations, with the exception of 18-year-olds who are returning to school, for the disabled or those with disabilities. long-term sick, or even for some high-level athletes called to travel for their training or for their competitions. "
However, the author reports research suggesting the positive contribution that FAD would have "in solving the problems of 'regular' secondary education in terms of training in specialized fields in remote regions, in small schools and underprivileged communities. . "
He reports on different institutions that are very successful with distance education. He cites for example cyber school of the French-language school board in British Columbia, in which 180 students are registered. “They usually take their lessons in their schools, online or sometimes by videoconference. "There is also the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises, where" students who do not have access to a Fransaskois school in their region can register with the Virtual Education and Innovation Center (CEVI) in order to take courses at distance in French.
For more information, consult the Thesis on the limits and challenges of distance education in French-speaking Canada.