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FAQs

Sometimes. Although regardless of which format they teach, all of our instructors are certified and knowledgeable in their subject area. Their focus in all cases is the same: to help you learn, grow, and achieve your individual potential.

Our policy is that a full credit course should be completed in no fewer than ten weeks (independent study) and no more than a calendar year. Extensions to courses beyond a year are available.

Yes. Feel free to mix online and correspondence courses in whatever combination works best for you. Our innovative, flexible, and student-focused program allows you to earn an education that fits your own learning style and interests. By managing your own education program and working at your own pace, we believe that you’ll develop valuable time management and organizational skills.

Yes, many of our students take just one or two classes with the WVC while concurrently attending their home school for other classes.

Students enroll in a single WVC course for a number of reasons:

  • To take one of our innovative online courses that enhance the learning experience through many interactive and visual games;
  • To take courses that aren’t available in their regular school curriculum;
  • To get ahead in their studies;

Yes. WVC helps you to reach your individual potential by encouraging you to study on your own time and at your own pace. Keep in mind, however, that WVC policy states that you may not complete a course in fewer than ten weeks from the date of enrollment (this policy is based on a belief that a course of any material value takes a minimum amount of time for the student to properly absorb, apply and be assessed on the content).

You don’t have to, but many subjects are covered through a sequence of courses. Let’s use math as an example. Students will start with Grade 9 Math 10F, move on to Introduction to Applied and Precalculus Math 20S, then on to Precalculus 30S, then on to Precalculus 40S, etc. Students move through courses at their own speed, and then go on to the next level when they’re ready.

Yes, our teachers are a fundamental part of our school. Parents can have confidence that Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate teachers will help their children achieve their potential.

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate faculty members are all certified Manitoba teachers.

There are many ways for students to contact their teachers. All students can connect with their teachers by phone, fax, email (for online courses only), or in traditional correspondence. Students that take online courses can also connect through class online bulletin boards, virtual classrooms, two-way chat, and two-way voice IP connections.

Some of our online courses include additional print copies of Manitoba approved curricular resources such as textbooks and / or novels. These materials are loaned to schools and students and must be returned at the end of the semester.

Many of the WVC online courses, however, do not require a textbook as all course materials are provided online. As a student, you will have access to print out the course pages / units and keep them organized in your notebook. For online courses, all of the supplementary information is contained in the online lessons. Online courses also enhance your learning experience with games, animated visuals, and live chats with teachers and students.

The WVC courses are meant for high school aged students that have not previously attained a high school diploma.

WVC uses several types of assessments. Assessments as you are learning may include practice quizzes, written assignments, journal entries, blog postings, short answer and essay questions, objective multiple choice exams, and presentions (when appropriate). Assessments of your learning usually take the form of end of unit tests, quizzes and / or exams. This mix provides both the student and teacher with checkpoints to monitor his or her progress through the learning outcomes of each course. Students are also required to practice various styles of writing to help ensure learning and develop communication abilities that they’ll need after high school.

If you are looking to supplement your current education with one or more WVC courses, you can enroll in a number of ways, whichever is most convenient for you:

  1. Call our office — 204-594-1290
  2. Online Enrolment System — go to our website (www.wapaskwa.ca) and click on the Register Now tab in the navigation bar and click online enrolment

Students are given up to a full calendar year to complete a full credit course.

Your books should arrive 7-10 business days after you enroll, but if you enroll in online courses, you can begin your work in a couple of days after receiving a password and access to your courses.

Each full-credit course is scheduled on the WVC timetable to be completed in one semester (5 months or 20 weeks). Courses are designed for approximately 110 hours of instructional time (just over one hour a day, 5 days a week as a rough guide). But remember, there’s tremendous flexibility around how quickly or slowly you proceed through that course. Half credit courses are scheduled for 10 weeks and are often paired with another half-credit course for the second half of the semester.

WVC student population has averaged between 300-600 students per year.

There is no limit to the number of times you can contact your teacher. It will ultimately be determined by your needs as you manage and organize your studies.

We encourage you to communicate daily and build a working relationship with your teacher that includes instructional support and advice when and if you need it.

The price for a full-credit online course is $579.

Yes! Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate received its provincial accreditation in January 2014. If you are have an attending school, the WVC will continue to partner with your community school to provide you an enhanced curriculum. Your course will be taught by WVC’s accredited teaching staff and your course credit will be granted by your home school upon successful completion of the course. If you are a home-schooled student, you must be registered with Manitoba Homeschooling Office in order to attend the WVC. There is a $579 registration fee per class for all home-schooled students.

There are many! Online courses:

  • Include animated graphics to make learning more interesting, to make the lesson come to life, and to present concepts in a visual way;
  • Include games and other interactive activities that reinforce concepts in a fun and interesting manner;
  • Offer proactive online teacher support through email and a bulletin board;
  • Provide online testing with instantaneous scoring of objective questions and a 72-hour turnaround time on subjective questions so that your course progression is as quick as your pace allows; and
  • Include links to outstanding course-related web sites, access to the online library, and connection with online tutorials so that your learning continues beyond the course content.

WVC’s online students receive the same high-quality textbooks used in our correspondence program. (Note: some courses do not require a textbook.)

Possibly. If you need to temporarily stop your studies for emergencies or medical situations, it may be possible to continue. These decisions are made on an individual basis.

Tuition varies depending on the number of courses a student takes and the method in which those courses are delivered — online or correspondence. As such, a full school year — considered to be five one-credit courses — varies between $ 2500 – $3200.

Online courses, which are $579 each (for a full year), enhance the student’s learning experience with games and other interactive activities, proactive online teacher support, a 72-hour turnaround time on student assessments and links to outstanding course-related web sites.

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate fits students’ lives by allowing them to study on their own time and at their own pace. This extends to the choice of format that is offered to them — correspondence or online. Most of our courses are supported by high-quality industry-leading textbooks, a provincially-recognized curriculum, and certified teacher instruction.

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate’s online courses offer students more interaction with teachers and 72-hour turnaround on assessments. Online courses include engaging interactive activities, supporting graphics and flash demonstrations to enhance the learning experience. Online courses use the internet to send and receive work and communicate with other students and faculty. To see a demonstration of our online courses, click here.

Provincial correspondence courses are paper-based courses delivered primarily by postal mail. They are available for students who require or prefer a more traditional distance learning experience. For example, correspondence courses may better meet the educational needs of students who are living in remote locations where internet access may be unreliable.

Either format will provide the student with a sound, accredited, self-directed program of study that helps them achieve their potential.

You can take our online classes using either a PC or a Mac. For a list of the minimum technical requirements on the computer hardware is:

PC Users Minimum Requirements:

  • Intel Dual Core Processor or higher or AMD Equivalent
  • 2 GB Ram
  • 50 GB of Disk Space
  • Windows XP SP2, Windows 7/Vista/8 (For W8, use Desktop Mode not Tile Mode)
  • Microsoft Office Starter Edition (2010) or Microsoft Office 2003 or higher;
  • Alternatives: Open Office or Google Docs
  • Mozilla Firefox must be used as Internet browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Shockwave Player Version 11.0
  • Real Player Version 15 or higher
  • Apple QuickTime Version 7.0 or higher
  • Latest Java 2 Runtime Environment
  • Windows Media Player Version 10
  • Enable Active X controls and JavaScript
  • Internet Connection
  • Allow pop-up on browser for WVC online Adobe Connect rooms (session.jnlp)

There is a system check available for you at the following link:

https://www.courses.wapaskwa.ca

Microsoft Office Suite or similar OpenOffice and Acrobat or FoxIt pdf reader is required.  Many of the WVC classes do not require the installation of any other specific course software on your machine but there are some exceptions that will be identified as a prerequisite in the registration form such as Windows Movie Maker, Gimp or Geogebra.

If you are taking online courses, you may begin exploring your course as soon as you receive your password from us — normally 3-5 days from when you enroll!