For Doug Ford, e-learning is all about the money - 2020-02-18
It is possible to do e-learning well. We've seen some of this at college level courses. But you need to have well-designed courses that feature group work, experiential learning, and multiple ways for students to interact with each other. This enables students to engage in the type of deep learning that they generally do in classrooms. You also need teachers who are willing to always be available to their students. One college e-learning professor I spoke to said she aspires to respond to student questions within two hours, making her on-call pretty much all of her waking hours. These courses don't cut costs.
This is not the e-learning that high school students in Ontario face now. To begin with, they face waiting lists for these courses that are hundreds of students long. Then once enrolled, they face courses that are little more than virtual textbooks with problem sheets attached. They face teachers who are so overloaded in delivering these courses that they can take days to respond to questions. They end up spending their time on other educational websites trying to get the instruction they so desperately need. Some of these sites are free, and others are not, further widening the gap between those who can afford to pay for a premium education and those who can't.
Which is really what all of this is about. Education Minister Stephen Lecce never attended public school, and clearly doesn't value that system at all. The Ford government has admitted in documents obtained by journalists that their intention in forcing students into e-learning was to create a strong selection of courses that could then be sold to other jurisdictions at a profit. It was never about education, it was always about money.
The Ford government wants to turn our kids into a profit centre.