Population: 1,169,131
Number of K-12 Schools: 767
Number of K-12 Students: 184,004

Number of K-12 E-Learning Programs: 14
Number of K-12 E-Learning Students: 8,378

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

Governance and Regulation

At present, there is no reference to distance education, online learning, or blended education in the Education Act, 1995. In recent history, the delivery of distance education, online learning, and blended learning has been guided by the Saskatchewan Technology in Education Framework (TEF), which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the education sector with regards to the use of technology in education. It contains a number of outcomes and indicators, in particular that school divisions ensure distance and online learning opportunities are available to students, that intra- and inter-school division learning opportunities are available to students with local support provided, that distance learners have success rates that are equivalent to students in traditional classroom environments, and that assistive technology and technical support is available to students with intensive needs and/or school personnel supporting them.

The Ministry is developing a policy for in-province distance learning, including provincial definitions for distance education, online learning, and blended learning. The Ministry will seek input from sector partners before finalizing the policy.

Beyond the legislative and regulatory environment, the Ministry of Education does coordinate a centralized online course directory – the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Course Repository (see https://www.skdistancelearning.ca/webapps/moe-course_directory-BBLEARN/Home ). The Ministry also tracks distance education/online learning registrations for Grades 10 to 12 leading to Grade 12 graduation, but it does not track distance education/online learning registrations prior to Grade 10.

K-12 Distance and Online Learning Activity

There are currently 14 provincial school divisions, one independent school, and one First Nation educational authority that are active and recognized K-12 online schools. During the 2018-19 school year, there were 14,136 course enrolments involving 8,378 unique students in Grades 10 to 12.

K-12 Blended Learning Activity

Blended learning is a responsibility of school divisions, as such the Ministry does not monitor this activity.

Previous Provincial Profiles

History of K-12 E-Learning

A history of the Saskatchewan Government Correspondence School, which was established in 1925, can be found in the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan entry.  It is important to note that the copyright date of this publication is 2006, and the correspondence school no longer exists.

Since 2009, all distance online learning opportunities in both French and English in Saskatchewan have been delivered by school divisions and other accredited service providers such as independent schools and colleges. In that same year the Ministry closed the Technology Supported Learning Unit, which was responsible for the delivery of English distance education courses and the Ministry-run French Immersion Distance Education School, eCOLE.

Online distance education schools have been in operation in Saskatchewan since 1999 when the Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School first started offering classes online.  In Northern Saskatchewan, an online school was established by the Keewatin Career Development Corporation in 2001 as part of the “Headwaters Smart Communities Project.”  The Northern Lights School division also established an online school to provide learning service to remote students at approximately the same time.

The provincial online hub that lists distance education course options for Saskatchewan students is being redesigned by participating sector partners to better reflect the current status of online distance course options for students.

Vignettes

Individual Program Survey Responses

Program Most recent response  Medium  # of Students  # of Teachers  # of Courses 
Chinook Cyber School
www.chinooksd.ca/school/cyberschool/Pages/default.aspx
2016-17 Online
Correspondence
1010 5 full time
14 part time
58
Cyber Stone Virtual School
www.secpsd.ca/school/virtualschool/Pages/default.aspx
2018-19 Online 1019 4 full time
4 part time
46
Good Spirit School Division Distance Learning Centre
gssd.ca/pages/distancelearning.htm
2011-12 Online 316 11 part time 17
Horizon School Division Distance Education
distanceed.horizonsd.ca/Courses
2018-19 Online
Blended
384 online 1 full time
12 part time
44 online
LSSD Virtual Distance & Blended Learning
sask.blackboardclassroom.com​​
2018-19 Online
Blended
90 online
150 blended
5 part time 6 online
11 blended
NorthEast School Division
www.nesd.ca/Programs/onlineschool/Pages/default.aspx
2015-16 Online 628 13 part time 28
Northern Lights School Division
edcentre.ca/
2015-16 Online 481 5 full time 28
Prairie South Virtual School
virtualschool.prairiesouth.ca/
2018-19 Online
Blended
920 online
40 blended
1 full time
9 part time
2 blended
37 online
2 blended
Regina Catholic School Division Learning Online
www.rcsd.ca/learningonline
2018-19 Online 891 18 part time 54
Regina Public Schools ITI/Online
campbellcollegiate.rbe.sk.ca/
2011-12 Blended 200* 4 part time* 4*
Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School
www.scs.sk.ca/cyber
2018-19 Online
Blended
~2,000 online
~2000 blended
7 full time
8 part time
~200 blended
~100
Saskatoon Public Schools – Online Learning Centre
olc.spsd.sk.ca
2011-12 Online 823 2 full time
9 part time
28
Saskatchewan Rivers Public Schools Online Campus
moodle.srsd119.ca/
2014-15 Online
Blended
1020 online
105 blended
2 full time
3 part time
6 blended
34 online
6 blended
Sun West Distance Learning Centre
www.sunwestdlc.ca/
2018-19 Online
Correspondence
Blended
907 online 165

* This data is for a blended program only.  It does not include the online program.

To update this information, visit http://tinyurl.com/sotn-program-survey

Inter-provincial and International

Should a student in Saskatchewan enroll in an online course from another province or country the credits would be assessed for equivalency.  If there was an equivalency with a Saskatchewan course, the student would be given a Standing Granted credit on their Saskatchewan Transcript for the purpose of enabling completion of Grade 12, but no mark would be given. The specific content of the course is not examined as part of this process. The Standing Granted designation is only given for courses that have been completed and successfully passed. The Credit-Transfer-Guide outlines equivalencies that have been recognized for courses in other Canadian jurisdictions.

It is ministry policy that Saskatchewan schools are not permitted to offer distance courses to students outside the province except in specific situations. Those situations would include where the student has lived in Saskatchewan but is now temporarily out of the province; those students would be able to register for distance courses while they are away.