Population: 35,591
Number of K-12 Schools: 42
Number of K-12 Students: 9,728

Number of K-12 E-Learning Programs: 0
Number of K-12 E-Learning Students: ~50

Note that these profiles are taken from the most recent edition of the report, please review additional annual profiles below.

Governance and Regulation

The Education Act, 1999 allows various educational bodies to “authorize, supervise and evaluate the use of distance learning programs in the provision of the education program” (p. 75). The Department of Education defines distance learning as involving the use of appropriate technologies to provide learning experiences for students who are physically separated from their instructor for the majority of the learning process. Distance learning can be used to provide access to courses or programs that:

  • cannot be offered locally because of a lack of teacher expertise or sufficient student numbers;
  • do not fit into a student’s timetable;
  • enhance or enrich regular classroom instruction; and/or
  • can be accessed as a part of a home-schooling program or by students with prolonged illnesses.

There are also territorial agreements between Nunavut and various distance learning providers, for example the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC).

Distance education and/or online learning is not funded differently than traditional brick-and-mortar education. However, territorial students who are officially registered as part of a homeschooling program are eligible to receive up to $1000 of expense reimbursement for distance education programs to cover the costs of registration fees, books, and equipment.

Finally, the development of a Ministerial Directive regarding access to and delivery of distance education has been underway since 2012.

K-12 Distance and Online Learning Activity

The Department of Education tracks student enrolment information through its agreements with distance learning providers. For example, the ADLC grants the Department access to their online tracking site to verify students’ final marks. During the 2016-17 school year there were 32 students enrolled in courses offered by the ADLC.

Additionally, an unknown number of students attending six schools in five communities access some programming delivered through Connected North (i.e., an Ontario-based program that offers academic and trade-based courses).

Finally, a Nunavut-based distance education program is currently under review by the Department of Education. The Department is examining how to best facilitate online distance education in classrooms across the territory and the costs associated with this delivery. The Department’s ability to deliver distance education is restricted by the lack of bandwidth capacity, the inconsistencies of availability and infrastructure across the territory.

K-12 Blended Learning Activity

At present, the Department of Education is not involved in any blended learning initiatives.

Previous Provincial Profiles

History of K-12 E-Learning

When Nunavut was first created in 1999, it continued to utilize the Education Act, 1996 – a piece of legacy legislation from the Northwest Territories.  In this legislature there was a provision that allowed various educational bodies to “authorize, supervise and evaluate the use of distance learning programs in the provision of the education program” (p. 58). This legislation was updated with the Nunavut Education Act, 2008, which only referenced  distance education in  a statement that a university providing “distance learning programs by mail or by electronic means from outside Nunavut to persons in Nunavut” was not considered to be operating in the territory (p. 95).

Since the inception of this study, Nunavut has not had any active K-12 distance education programs.  While the Ministry of Education has stated that there have been pilot programs in the past, there has been no information found or provided about these pilot projects.  Around 2012, the Ministry indicated it was developing a ministerial directive regarding access to and delivery of distance education.

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study has always reported that students from Nunavut have only enrolled in distance education offered through the Alberta Distance Education Centre.

Vignettes

Individual Program Survey Responses

Program Most recent response  Medium  # of Students  # of Teachers  # of Courses 
N/A

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Inter-provincial and International

If a student in Nunavut wished to receive credit for a course taken from an online program in another province or territory the process varies depending on where the online program is located. If the online program is located in Alberta, the list of specific transfer credits is available in advance and specific equivalencies are automatically granted (i.e., due to the fact that the Nunavut senior secondary core program is linked to the Alberta course curriculum). If the online program is located in another province or territory the school principal would request the curricular information from the jurisdiction from which the course originates. Where the online course can be shown to be equivalent to an existing credit course contained in the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Student Transfer Guide, the guide outlines the steps for credit transfer. Finally, using online programs from a jurisdiction other than Alberta would require Ministerial approval. The same process would occur if the online program was located in another country.

As Nunavut does not offer any distance education programs of its own, students from other jurisdictions are unable to enroll in their courses to receive credit.