The lead and partner model enables students to take online courses from any member college or technical institute while accessing the educational services, such as the library, academic counselling and exam supervision at the institution that is located closest to them. The most common service accessed by students is exam invigilation as exams are supervised.
The lead institution offers the course. For example, if an online course created by Medicine Hat College was offered through eCampusAlberta and a student in Fort McMurray wanted to take that course, Medicine Hat would provide the instruction and course materials while Keyano College (located in Fort McMurray) would be a student’s partner institution.
The partner institution provides educational support services to students. These may include assistance with library services, exam supervision and academic services, such as study skills enhancement instruction to name a few. The most commonly accessed service is exam invigilation as most exams are supervised.
Learners register with the lead institution and may select a partner institution at the time of course registration. Students should check with the institution offering the course or program.