Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments


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Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel - 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4K3

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Friday, April 20

9:00am PDT

* Project Based Learning in Online Courses
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ever wondered what Project Based Learning (PBL) can look like with some of the constraints that are inherent in the DL environment? Come learn the basics to Project Based Learning and how you can apply that to your online courses for an engaging experience for all students.
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Chelsea Bitgood

Curriculum Development Project Manager, Heritage Christian Online School
My drive and passion is to see curriculum built that students are highly engaged in, that’s interactive and drive student personal inquiry, while still meeting all the required provincial outcomes. I’ve been teaching and writing curriculum for over 10 years, with a focus on Mathematics... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Steveston A&B

9:00am PDT

Connections-based Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

"Connections-based learning should be the future of education" - hundrED.org

 “We need to take advantage of this connected world we live in. Connections-based learning gives my students real-world experience that cannot be recreated in any other way.” – Global Teacher Prize 2018 top 10 educator, Barbara Zielonka

 Do you long to break down classroom walls? Are you wanting your students to make a local or global difference but not sure how to start?  Come find out more about connections-based learning. CBL is leveraging connections with the community, experts, organizations, and classrooms around the world for learning. I will share why we connect our classes, platforms for connection, and how we leverage connection for learning. Come with a unit in mind with which you would like to play around.

More about CBL:
CBL on Amazon: Connections-based Learning

CBL on Wikipedia: Connections-based Learning

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Sean Robinson

educator, Coquitlam Open Learning
Sean Robinson is a Canadian educator with a passion for local and global connections. He is the creator of Connections-based Learning, an approach to teaching and learning that leverages the connected world. He is also co-founder of Connected Learning Partnerships, where educators... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Lulu Island

9:00am PDT

Direction of Distributed Learning in BC: A BCTF Perspective
The BCTF has appointed a Task Force on Distributed Learning headed by Larry Kuehn (who, unfortunately, is not able to be with us for the symposium). The Task Force is looking at issues around working conditions for DL teachers and other policies around DL education.  Joe will present the findings and then have discussions around where you believe the direction of Distributed Learning should be heading in B.C.  The views expressed will be reported back to the Task Force.

Michael Barbour, who has done research for the BCTF on labour issues related to K-12 online teaching (http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/Issues/Technology/VoraciousAppetite.pdf) and recently published a paper on working conditions for K-12 online teachers (click here to view the paper), will join Joe.

Ask your own questions for the presenters. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:

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Michael Barbour

Touro University California
Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for over two decades as a researcher, teacher, course designer... Read More →


Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
This is a test

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am PDT

10:45am PDT

Ok, Google! What's the Fuss?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do Google Drive and Google Docs have you scratching your head? This session will help explain Google's popularity in schools across Canada.  It will also show you a web-based world that you may not have known existed.   And what about the elephant in the room; the data storage and privacy issues?  We'll address those too.  Come join the conversation!!

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Michelle Armstrong

EdTechTeam Canada
EdTechTeam Canada envisions a future where students actively engage in their learning, collaborate to solve the world’s hardest problems and bring their passion into the classroom every day.  Our global network of educators is dedicated to helping schools integrate technology meaningfully... Read More →
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Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Steveston A