The Locally Developed Courses Online Management System (LDCOMS) is an online system, designed to streamline the submission, review and approval of senior high school locally developed course (LDC) offerings throughout Alberta. School authorities submit, through the LDCOMS system, developed courses, courses they want to acquire from another school authority, or courses they want to acquire and adapt. 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 the Extranet for senior high school authority officials, who are responsible for the administration of LDCs.
Procedures for Authorizing a LDC through LDCOMS
- School authorities submit a LDC for review.
- The course is reviewed by 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.
- The ministry does not require school authorities to provide evidence that a motion has been passed authorizing LDCs. However, there is an expectation that school authority procedures include a resolution or a motion of the board of a school authority or governing body of a private school to offer the locally developed/acquired course.
The motion must contain:
- the name of the course, levels and credits being offered;
- the resources being used to teach the course;
- whether the course is developed, acquired or acquired/adapted and if acquired or acquired/adapted from whom; and
- authorization period.