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Members’ Guide to the BCTF 2017–2018, pages 159 –160; section E. Distributed Learning

E. Distributed Learning

51.E.01—That BCTF policy on distributed learning be:

  1. Distributed learning remains a positive offering within the BC public school system when fully supported by adequate staffing, funding and resources within provincial guidelines.
  2. Distributed learning should not be used in place of sufficient staffing or adequate facilities.
  3. a. Distributed learning and electronic delivery of public education programs should be delivered under the provision of the collective agreement.
    b. Distributed learning programs and courses in BC public schools should be equivalent to other programs and courses in curriculum, assessment and reporting.
  4. Policies on distributed learning should be adopted by any school district that intends to use distributed learning for any of its
    students, either in its own district, or in conjunction with another district that runs programs:
    a. the teacher local should be involved in the formulation of the policy;
    b. the policy should include criteria and processes for making a decision on whether distributed learning is an appropriate placement;
    c. the policy should consider the social purposes of education, as well as the educational development of individuals.
  5. The school district in which any public school student lives should receive funding for that student. Decisions on requests to place the student in a distributed learning program should be made by the school district according to established criteria and processes. If a school district believes that an out-of-district distributed learning placement is most appropriate, then it should make enrolment and financial arrangements with the other district.
  6. Development of learning resources for distributed learning should be directed by the Ministry of Education, and BCTF members, identified through the BCTF process, should be involved in the development of the resources and compensated according to their rate of pay under the collective agreement provisions that apply in their local.
  7. Distributed learning programs should not include marketing learning materials, courses and programs outside of BC.
  8. There should be no financial or other incentive for parents or school districts to enroll students in one program over another.
    (01 AGM, p. 42-43)
  9. 9. That locals should ensure that all distributed learning courses and programs are being offered by qualified teachers who are members of our bargaining unit.
    (03 AGM, p. 16)

51.E.03—That locals be encouraged to develop policies on distributed learning that include a statement of where distributed learning may be used appropriately, the appropriate conditions for the work of teachers using distributed learning and transparency in budgets for distributed learning and that locals use these policies in attempts to influence school district practices.
(Jan/Feb RA 03, p. 17)


  1. That the BCTF opposes allowing Grade 10–12 students in the public schools taking courses in the independent distributed learning programs.
  2. That the BCTF supports legislation and policies that ensure quality public school distributed education programs.
  3. That public education programs, such as distributed learning, should be carried out through public institutions, not private societies.
  4. That distributed learning programs not be promoted as better than classroom-based programs or be used to replace classroom-based programs in schools.
    That locals be made aware of the possible implications for staffing, transfers, and layoffs from some distributed learning programs not meeting the ministry conditions by May 31 and thus not able to offer distributed learning programs.
    (May 06 Ex, p. 12)

51.E.07—That the BCTF:

  1. oppose the practice of using Distance Learning (DL) courses as a way to solve class size issues at a brick and mortar school.
  2. lobby the provincial government to provide adequate funding to school districts to ensure that this practice does not continue.
    (15 AGM, p. 15)
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