The Locally Developed Courses Online Management System (LDCOMS) is an online system designed to streamline the submission, review and authorization of senior high school locally developed course (LDC) offerings throughout Alberta. Through LDCOMS, school authorities submit courses they had developed or courses they want to acquire from another school authority. Additionally, LDCOMS allows school authorities to track their courses.
Access to LDCOMS
LDCOMS is designed to facilitate communication between school authorities and Alberta Education. The information is accessible on Extranet to identified school authority officials who are responsible for the administration of LDCs.
Procedures for Authorizing an LDC through LDCOMS
- School authorities submit an LDC for review and authorization.
- The course is reviewed by Alberta Education Education personnel. If the course meets the outlined requirements, a course code letter is generated.
- The school authority receives the course code letter through LDCOMS.
- Currently, the ministry does not require school authorities to provide evidence that a motion has been passed to approve LDCs. However, the Guide to Education outlines the expectation that school authority procedures include a board motion or resolution by the school authority or governing body to approve the locally developed course for the specified time period.
The motion must contain:
- the name of the course, levels and credits being offered;
- whether the course is developed or acquired;
- if acquired, from which school authority; and
- authorization period.