Updated March 2019
Distributed learning (DL) is a method of teaching students outside of traditional schools using online and other electronic-based delivery methods.
Act defines distributed learning as “a method of instruction that relies
primarily on indirect communication between students and teachers, including
internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing or correspondence.”1 With
prior agreement of the minister of education, a school board may provide all or
part of an educational program by distributed learning.2
Student enrolment in DL programs in public schools has dropped greatly, but student enrolment in DL programs in independent school has skyrocketed.
Since 2004–05, the percent of enrolment in DL
programs in public schools has remained steady at about 1.2% or total student
enrolment. But with overall declining enrolment in public schools, DL enrolment
has also declined by 2,500. In comparison, enrolment in DL programs in
independent schools has grown steadily until 2014–15 and is now greater than DL
enrolment in public schools. Starting in 2012–13, about 10% of student
enrolment in independent schools is in DL programs.3
of Education (2016). “Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1996.” School Act.
Victoria: Governance and Legislation Branch.
of Education. (2019). BC Schools - Student Enrolment and FTE by Grade.