Distance Learning

  • The SWWC Distance Education Program allows students to participate in academic areas that their school might not normally be able to offer through the use of our ITV delivery system. 
    SWWC Service Cooperative Distance Learning courses are offered to over 100 school districts throughout Minnesota in the ECMECC and NWLinks ITV consortiums. 
    The Distance Learning Course Offerings catalog contains the courses that schools indicated that they are willing to offer. If you are in need of a course not listed in the Course Offerings catalog, please email helpdesk@swwc.org with your specific request and we will do our best to find a school offering the course you seek.

Distance Learning General Information

  • Early Registration Discounted Pricing
    Early enrollment is important to ensuring that courses have student demand before host school districts commit to teaching the course. For this reason, we will offer early registration discounted pricing to schools that submit enrollment numbers for ITV courses before May 20 of the preceding school year. At that time, enrollment numbers submitted for the early registration discount are final commitments; your school will be billed for the early registration numbers, even if fewer students attend the class. This will allow for the hosting district to make staffing determinations necessary to provide the course for schools participating in distance learning.
    Early registration enrollments will be communicated to the host school district for each of their courses and they will then have the opportunity to commit to teaching the course or cancel the course by the end of May.
    Early enrollment commitments are tied to courses. Your district’s commitments cannot be transferred to another class unless SWWC cancels a class you had early commitments to. In the event of a cancellation, you may move your early enrollments to other courses up to the number of enrollments in the cancelled classes. If a class is cancelled and you do not transfer your early commitments to another class, you will not be held responsible for the early enrollment numbers in the cancelled class.
    If your school does not meet the early enrollment deadline, enrollments may still be submitted at the Regular Registration rate, but they will be honored on a first-come first-serve basis until a course's maximum enrollment or maximum number of sites is reached.
    Schools must submit their enrollment numbers electronically to SWWC in order to receive this special pricing. Any enrollment submitted after the early enrollment deadline does not qualify for early enrollment discounted pricing.
    To receive the early registration discount, please fill out the “Early Registration Form” located at www.swwc.org/distancelearning with the number of students your school will be enrolling in each course.
    Course enrollments received after the start of a course shall be assessed at the late registration fee.
    Books for ITV courses are the responsibility of the enrolling school districts. If a book is required for a course that you are enrolling students in you will need to a.) purchase the books from the publisher or b.) arrange a borrowing or rental program with another school district that has the books. SWWC will make efforts to coordinate book availability when possible, but shall not incur any costs associated therein.
    ITV Common Bell Schedule
    A common bell schedule for ITV courses was developed in 2009 by superintendents and principals from our member districts. The bell schedule is used as a guideline for the planning of ITV classes and can be customized to meeting times that are mutually agreed upon by schools participating in each ITV class section.
    • Early Bird Session: 7:20am - 8:10am
    • First Period: 8:15am - 9:05am
    • Second Period: 9:10am - 10am
    • Third Period: 10:05am - 10:55am
    • Fourth Period: 11am - 11:50am
    • Fifth Period: 11:55am - 1:25pm
    • Sixth Period: 1:30pm - 2:20pm
    • Seventh Period: 2:25pm - 3:15pm
    *No ITV classes are planned for fifth period to avoid lunch conflicts. Fifth pPeriod courses may be added and scheduled if the meeting time is mutually agreed upon by all districts participating in a course section.
    Online Learning
    On August 27, 2014, the SWWC Board of Directors voted to close the SWWC Online Learning Community. The program operated for 6 years as a supplemental instruction provider approved by the MN Department of Education. At its peak, the Online Learning Community had nearly 200 students enrolled in online courses, but by the 2013 and 2014 academic years, enrollment slipped into the single digits, making the program unsustainable. SWWC continues to provide hosting and training on the Moodle and Schoology Learning Management Systems for the purposes of creating hybrid learning environments within your school district. SWWC also provides Moodle hosting services for Online Learning Programs and Schools.   

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ITV Course Costs

  • Registration: $330 per period per student per semester (Block Courses - 80 minutes or longer, normally 4 per day: $660 per student per semester)

    Late Registration: $360 per period per student per semester (Block Courses: $720 per student per semester)

    ITV Connection Fee:
    • SWWC-coordinated ITV Courses are not assessed connection fees.
    • Courses not provided through the SWWC Distance Learning Program and College Credit Courses are subject to a $475 per class per semester connection fee.
    • Charges may vary if courses are sought outside of SWWC's ITV offerings.

    ITV Course Instructing District Reimbursement
    : $300 per student per semester