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Education Renewal

Northern Distance Learning

Since the 1990s, many small NWT community schools have expanded to become high schools. However, offering a wide-range of academic classes has been difficult. The trend has been to teach multiple courses in a single high school classroom (eg. ELA 10-1 and ELA 10-2) or offer some courses on a rotating schedule.

Blended and online learning is a solution used in many jurisdictions in Canada to provide a greater variety of courses to small high schools. From East Three Secondary School in Inuvik, NWT, NDL is using videoconferencing and a learning management system with online classes of up to 20 students in small communities. An NDL student’s school day is a blend of online classes and regular high school classes.

From 2014-2018, the Department of Education, Culture & Employment (ECE) and the Beaufort Delta Education Council (BDEC) partnered to pilot and expand NDL in regions outside the Beaufort Delta Region.

During this time, the Department entered into a comprehensive renewal process, initiating a number of new programs and services. In March 2016, ECE was mandated by the 18th Legislative Assembly to expand NDL over the 2018-2021 school years:

  • 2017-2018 – 7 schools
  • 2018-2019 - 11 schools
  • 2019-2020 – 15 schools
  • 2020-2021 – 20 schools

NDL is not meant for all small community high school students. It is intended for students who have post-secondary plans.

The Factsheet describes NDL in more detail:

The following guides provide NDL information relevant to various stakeholders in the program:

Our Facebook site is called Northern Distance Learning - NDL.

Video – Distance Learning in the NWT

Northern Distance Learning Resources:






Video - Distance Learning in the NWT