Interdisciplinary Studies

Online interdisciplinary studies courses provide students with opportunities to understand the diverse perspectives of and the links among discrete subjects/disciplines and to develop their knowledge and skills beyond the scope of individual disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, and present new findings. Students will integrate general interdisciplinary concepts, skills, models, resources, technologies, and strategies with specific content and approaches from diverse areas of the curriculum, which can be adapted to reflect the context of the specific interdisciplinary studies courses in an independent learning environment. An important emphasis will be placed on developing information literacy, applying comprehensive research skills and knowledge, and synthesizing methodologies and insights from a variety of disciplines to develop critical- and creative-thinking skills

Students will apply the principles and processes of inquiry and research to effectively use a range of print, electronic, and mass media resources; to analyse historical innovations and exemplary research; and to investigate real-life situations and career opportunities in interdisciplinary endeavours. They will also assess their own cognitive and affective strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new contexts, create innovative products, and communicate new knowledge.

IDC3O DATA LITERACY

This course will help students combine the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research, students will analyze the connections among diverse subjects and disciplines; develop information literacy skills in analyzing, selecting, evaluating, and communicating information; and become aware of a variety of resources and viewpoints on contemporary issues. They will also examine their own learning styles, relate their inquiries and research to real-life situations, and investigate career opportunities in new disciplines.

 

IDC3O ATHLETICS

This course will provide students with an understanding of how to make connections among diverse subjects and disciplines. Students will leave the course with a deep understanding of research and inquiry as it applies to athletics in the past, present, and future. This course is meant to be highly applicable to the student’s current life as an athlete, and as such, contains assignments and projects that encourage them to apply the information in a personal and relevant context. Students will study athletics in terms of physiology, history, training strategies, and careers.

 

IDC4U THE ELITE ATHLETE

This course is designed for students who will pursue their athletic goals after secondary school, be it inter-collegiate sports, provincial, national, or international competition. Students will explore topics such as Managing Social Media, Sports Journalism & Strategic Athletic Marketing, Ethics for Elite Athletes, Leadership, Building and Maintaining Financial Security, and Time Management. Students will uncover and apply areas of interest to elite athletes in all of these areas.

 

IDC4U BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

In this course, students will learn about blockchain history, business models, use cases, and innovation for the next course of future global developments. Blockchain technology will help students combine the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research, students will analyze the connections among diverse subjects and disciplines; develop information literacy skills in analyzing, selecting, evaluating, and communicating information; and become aware of a variety of blockchain resources and viewpoints on technological issues. Students will also examine their own learning styles and lifestyles, relate their inquiries and research to global situations, and investigate career opportunities in blockchain technology.

 

IDC4U DATA SCIENCE

IBM logoBlyth Academy Online is proud to be working with IBM’s Big Data University to offer a Grade 12 course in Data Science.

As the amount of information available to us becomes greater and greater, the ability to effectively make use of that data is fast becoming one of the most important skills of the 21st century.

Starting with asking the right questions, looking at how to obtain the relevant data, and then how to process it and present a conclusion, this course will give students the data literacy that will provide them with great opportunities in the fastest growing job market in Canada. Students will use data in case studies involving recruitment, social media and e-commerce. They will gain experience with the field’s most commonly used computer language, R, and work with IBM’s Data Scientist Workbench.

 

IDC4U MUSEUM STUDIES

Museum Studies was developed in Partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario. The course will explore the history and role of museums, the practice of curating, analysis or works of art, careers in the museum industry, and graphic design. Students will explore real online museums, as well as the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario in person. This course is ideal for students with an interest in art and exploring museums.

 

IDC4U ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Blyth Academy Online has created the first high school credit Artificial Intelligence course in Canada, hoping to make this new field more accessible to students in Canada and around the world. In this course, students will look at AI from both a practical and philosophical standpoint. Students will learn some introductory computer programming skills using Python, a commonly used computer programming language, as well as look at the nature of AI and its implications as it moves forward and changes our society. Students will learn how to use industry-level tools to train their own AI and solve real-life problems.

We recommend that students have some background in computer studies, having taken either grade 10 or grade 11 computer studies.

IDC4U PASSION PROJECTS

IDC4U Passion Projects allows students to examine and develop skills that transfer to multiple subject areas and develop critical thinking skills. This course is completely student-driven, allowing them to tailor it to their specific learning goals and passions. Students have the freedom to focus on a particular interest using the vast library of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that exist through a number of reputable institutions. Students will work with their selected MOOC as well as Blyth Academy Online to earn a high school credit (IDC4U – Interdisciplinary Studies). Students will meet the expectations of the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum while simultaneously learning about a topic of personal interest, whether it be Financial Markets (offered by Yale University) or Machine Learning (offered by Stanford University).

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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