Calgary Board of Education CBe-learn
2336 53 Ave. S.W., Calgary AB  T3E 1L2 | Grades 7-9, 10-12 Online
t | 403-777-7971  e | cbelearn@cbe.ab.ca

 

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students | code of conduct
  • digital citizenship
  • attendance
  • academic honesty
  • engagement guidelines
  • conduct

The use of technology is an integral part of learning at all CBE schools, as required by the information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program of Studies. The purpose of this acceptable use policy is to ensure that all school owned technology and wireless devices are used responsibility and appropriately by students.

Students are encouraged to use technology to:

  • Access, critically assess, and communicate information and understanding.
  • Seek alternative viewpoints.
  • Create personal knowledge and meaning.
  • Demonstrate understandings.
  • Organize and manipulate data.
  • Collaborate with others.

Our Acceptable Use Policy describes the ways in which we support CBe-learn students using digital devices and social media for learning. In addition it describes inappropriate uses of digital devices on the network within CBe-learn. Misuse of electronic devices and/or the community school local area wireless network (LAWN) will result in a temporary or permanent loss of privileges.  Electronic devices are only to be used under the supervision of staff knowledgeable with the school’s Digital Citizenship Plan. Students are responsible for ensuring that their personal electronic devices are kept at home or stored safely in their lockers. Personal electronic devices should only be used under the teacher’s direction during school hours.  The school does not provide technical support for personal devices and is not responsible for personal devices that are lost, stolen or damaged.

Students will use devices and /or the CBE network:

  • To demonstrate their understandings of learning outcomes in creative and thoughtful ways.
  • To learn how to communicate effectively using a digital device.
  • To share their achievements and excitement about learning with their parents and peers.
  • To demonstrate their learning in variety of ways.
  • To support personalized learning.
  • To think critically and build information literacy skills.
  • To explore deep questions they have in relation to learning and life.
  • To find rich and reliable sources of information that they will learn how to cite and share with others.
  • To learn and practice digital etiquette in a compassionate manner.
  • To have fair access to an electronic society:
    • In a manner that will support them constantly growing in their understanding of new digital technologies.
    • In a manner that protects their own and other’s privacy, safety and freedom of thought while supporting health and wellness.

The following activities are examples of inappropriate for students or staff in CBE schools using CBE technology and network:

  • Sending or displaying content with offensive messages or pictures.
  • Using obscene language.
  • Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
  • Intentionally damaging computer equipment or the network.
  • Violating copyright laws.
  • Using other people’s folders, work, or files, or enabling others to do so.
  • Allowing others to use your account.
  • Trespassing into other people’s folders, work or flies.
  • Intentionally destroying other people’s work.
  • Employing the CBE network for commercial purposes.
  • Using electronic media for plagiarizing.
  • Storing and using information for cheating.
  • Running and application/program from a “jump” or drive or other memory device.
  • Posting, publishing, circulating, or distributing personal information about oneself or others without the supervision and consent of a staff member.
  • Intentionally using system technology for non-teacher-approved activities such as:
    • Playing games.
    • Participating in non-teacher-directed-chat.
    • Participating in online gambling or other gaming activities.
    • Downloading software or restricted files (e.g. Exe, Zip, mp3)
    • Installing software on any school computer.
    • Excessive or inappropriate printing.

    If clarification is required, please contact the school Administration Team.

CBe-learn Junior High

overview

Online learning provides a unique opportunity for individualized and independent learning. Students are expected to log in to their courses every school day.  The CBe-learn Junior High program is in alignment with the Calgary Board of Education’s traditional school year calendar. In general, the school is open weekdays except statutory holidays, Teacher’s Convention and professional development days. Organizational days and professional development days are advertised in the Junior High Homeroom D2L course.

live room sessions

Students are required to participate in every Live Room session (the online synchronous communication tool) that is scheduled by teachers. This schedule is housed on the homepage of the Junior High Homeroom course and is static. That is, the scheduled class sessions will remain on the same day at the same time for the duration of the year. Live Room sessions are a component of each term mark. If a student cannot attend a scheduled session, in order for the student to be excused, an email message from the parent to the Teacher Advisor (TA) teacher is required.

submitted work

Submission of school work is expected on the due date for each assignment. Teachers have discretion about how late assignments are handled in each class, and for individual students. However, chronically overdue assignment submission is an attendance issue.

participation

Students are expected to participate in the program. Indicators of participation include responding to email/private discussion postings in a timely fashion, contributing to online and Live Room discussions, submitting course work, making presentations or reports and attending mandatory planned functions or events. Attendance at voluntary functions or events is at the discretion of the family.

questions?

Please contact the CBe-learn Assistant Principal if you have any questions or concerns with these guidelines.

CBe-learn Senior High

expectations

Students in the Sr. High online program are expected to maintain a regular presence within their online course. Daily work is not mandatory, but is recommended for students to be successful in their work. Students are required to participate in class discussions, group work,

submitted work

Submission of school work is expected on the due date for each assignment. Teachers have discretion about how late assignments are handled in each class, and for individual students.

absence / illness

If a student will be away from their course for any period of time, they must communicate directly with each teacher via private discussions in the specific D2L course. If a student is too sick to complete any online work for an extended period of time, a message can be sent to CBe-learn via email: cbelearn@cbe.ab.ca. Please include the students name, course(s) and reason for extended absence.

questions?

Please contact the CBe-learn Assistant Principal if you have any questions or concerns with these guidelines.

Academic honesty is expected of all students.  Work submitted for assessment as your own work must be your own, and materials taken from any other sources must be clearly identified and referenced. Intentional falsification of data, plagiarism, copying from others in class, obtaining information about exams and other violations of academic honesty are not acceptable.

Students cannot and will not be assessed on work that is not their own, original work.

Plagiarism, which is the practice of taking the writings or ideas of another and presenting them as your own, is the most common violation of academic honesty.

Students should be aware of the forms that plagiarism can take.  Any of the following, without reference or acknowledgement of the original source, can be considered as plagiarism violations:

  • direct duplication, by copying (or allowing to be copied) another person's work, from a book, article, web site, another student's assignment etc.
  • paraphrasing of another person's work closely, making only minor changes to the wording but with the essential meaning, form or progression of ideas maintained
  • piecing together sections of the others' work into a new whole
  • submitting your own work which has already been submitted for assessment in another subject or course
  • producing assignments with other people (eg. another student, a tutor) which is being assessed as your own independent work.
  • sharing your work with another student

1. The CBe-learn consequences for academic dishonesty the first time are:

  • discussion with the student via phone or private discussion, ensuring the student has a clear understanding of the following:
    • what constitutes academic dishonesty
    • the consequences and conditions of submitting work that is not the students' original work
  • students are provided with one opportunity to resubmit the assignment for reassessment

2. If it occurs a second time, the CBe-learn consequence are:

  • face-to-face meeting with the teacher, student and parent/guardian
  • contact with guidance counsellor and or/assistant principal if the student attends another CBE high school

3. In a rare third case of academic dishonesty, the final CBe-learn consequences are:

  • face-to-face meeting with the CBe-learn school administrator, teacher, student and parent
  • comprehensive review of all the students' work
  • detailed plan of next steps, including natural consequences of original work not submitted

The circumstances and evidence in each case are reviewed by the instructor, student, parents and CBe-learn administrators. Consequences in each case are at the discretion of the school administration.

Please note: Students must agree to this policy before a registration is processed.

Note | Student work may be screened electronically to identify plagiarism from all internet sources and other student work previously submitted to CBe-learn.

CBe-learn students must demonstrate an active commitment to their online courses, and are required to log into their courses on a regular basis, and complete the assignments and activities. If a student fails to do so, and fails to communicate with their teachers, they risk becoming Inactive in the course.

When a student’s registration is complete, and the course start date is identified, the student will have 10 school days to demonstrate that they have been active within their course. Similarly, students who start the course but do not continue to log in regularly will also be inactivated, according to the criteria below.

If the student has not met the criteria of an active student within 10 school days, their user role in the associated course will be switched (by their instructor) from “Student – CBe-learn” to “Inactive”.

Once assigned the Inactive role, students will not have access to any course material, including content, discussions, assignments or quizzes. Students will not be permitted to continue in the course. All they will see is the teacher's email contact information and a message explaining that the registration has been cancelled. This message will also indicate the procedures for completing a formal withdrawal, and the option to register again with their counsellor.

After the Inactive role has been assigned, students have the option of registering again for the next intake at the end of the month. This will provide everyone (teachers / administrators / counsellors / parents) an indication of the student’s commitment and intent to complete online courses. Students are welcome to repeat the registration process, and try again for a fresh start within 2 weeks. Repeating this process more than twice should trigger an indication that online learning is not a good fit for the particular student.

An student is deemed "Inactive" if after 10 instructional days the student has NOT:

  • logged into the specific course
  • viewed any course content beyond introductory material
  • submitted any course work for assessment
  • participated in an introductory online or face-to-face session
  • responded to the teacher's request for contact via email, private discussions and/or a phone call on at least 3 occasions

This criteria is applied at the discretion of the CBe-learn teacher and administrators.

School Expectations

Just as traditional schools have a code of conduct, there are similar expectations in our online school. Two way communication, between you and the teacher(s) is one of the expectations, and is essential for success in all online courses!

Communication

Always consider that you are in an academic environment. Avoid using slang and language that would be inappropriate in a live setting. Avoid using abbreviations that you might use when talking with friends, or chatting online. You need to ensure your language is always appropriate to the school environment. Before you send any form of communication to your teacher or classmates, via email or the discussion board, be sure to take the time to proofread your message. If you find yourself frustrated, it's important to cool down before sending an email or posting a message. Your teachers will be happy to help solve the problem if you address it in a calm and polite manner.

Relationships

It is important to establish a positive working relationship with your instructor and peers. This can be accomplished by following the basic principles of "netiquette", and ensuring you always approach others in a respectful and conscientious manner.

Although you might never meet your classmates face-to-face, it’s possible to have a strong working relationship with them. You might be paired up with a partner for a project, and it’s important to understand how you can work productively in an online environment.