e-Channel is a web-based means of delivering Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) training that broadens delivery options and improves access for adult learners. They can follow one of the five goal paths (independence, employment, secondary school credit, apprenticeship and postsecondary) identified under the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) in any of the four streams, Anglophone, Francophone, Aboriginal and Deaf (coming soon).
e-Channel delivers self-directed and supported learning for people who may face barriers that restrict them from participating in face-to-face LBS programs. It can provide better access to service for persons with disabilities and people who live in rural and remote communities. And learners who are already enrolled in LBS programs can access e-Channel in order to supplement their learning online.
For learners to have the best chance of success with online learning, they must have some proficiency in using computers before they enroll in any courses. Designated LBS service providers deliver and administer e-Channel. They can help learners determine whether they have the skills necessary to benefit from e-Channel delivery.
The following is a brief overview including contact information for organizations offering e-Channel courses:
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities funds the following organizations to provide e-Channel services.
The LearningHUB (Anglophone)www.learninghub.ca
60 Mary Street, P.O Box 518
(519) 482-1700, ext. 206
The LearningHUB provides opportunities for learners to upgrade reading, writing, math, computer and other essential skills. They serve adult learners who want to:
- be ready to work towards/pursue a Grade 12 credit course or Grade 12 equivalency (GED)
- be better prepared to get a job, or perform better in an existing job
- enter a college, university, or apprenticeship program
- gain essential skills
- empower themselves to reach life goals
La F@D (Francophone)Coalition ontarienne de formation des adults (COFA)
235 route Montréal
Le service de formation à distance pour adultes de l’Ontario
Good Learning Anywhere (Aboriginal)Sioux Hudson Literacy Council
P.O. Box 829
103-73 King Street
Sioux Lookout, ON
Good Learning Anywhere provides learning online, at no cost, 24 hours a day. They serve adult learners who are:
- interested in returning to school and want to find out if they are ready for college reading, or need to tune up their math and writing
- working towards getting their Grade 12 or equivalency and want to try the Pre-GED or Pre-PLAR courses
- looking for a job and want to check out the Essential Skills or Ready for Work series
Deaf Learn Now
For Deaf learners
ACE Distance Delivery – Academic and Career Entrance/Access Carrières Etudeswww.collegeupgradingon.ca
ACE Distance offers many advantages:
- Provides ultimate flexibility – learners can study when and where they want in order to accommodate family obligations and work schedules
- Allows learners who live in areas where in-class programs are not available an opportunity to study
- Ensures no interruptions in training. Monthly start dates allow learners to start programs as quickly and conveniently as possible
- Gives learners 22 weeks to finish each course
- Meets requirements of Ontario Skills Development, Second Career and other sponsored clients
Contact North | Contact Nordwww.contactnorth.ca
Contact North provides bilingual technical support and services to some e-Channel delivery organizations.