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Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments

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Twitter Stream -- #DLsymp18

Archived Recordings -- https://blendedbc.com/dlsymp18/
  • Selected keynote & workshop sessions
Click here for curated notes Google docs folder - or find links to Gdocs in session descriptions.

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

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Plenary Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 18
 

7:00pm PDT

Developing 21st century skills: Why blended and digital learning are so important
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Session description:

Join Tony as he provides an overview of blended and digital learning, setting a framework for the 2-day symposium following.   In his talk, Tony will:
  • identify core 21st Century skills and why they are important for today's teachers;
  • provide background research on what we know about skills development;
  • indicate how blended and open education can facilitate the development of such skills; and
  • demonstrate how this affects course and curriculum design.


During his presentation, Tony will touch on notions related to online design for indigenous learning, especially a need for new design and development models.  
Tony will leave us with three or four action items to take forward for our dialogue and deliberations during the next two days of the symposium.


Tony will draw on some of the work already published in his online book Teaching in a Digital Age.  
Check out his online book (free) here:
https://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KiK9_xaqD6VbRZzYRaQ-YbBpAoEij85OG4d2RgV_XqA/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Tony Bates

Tony Bates

President & CEO, Tony Bates & Associates
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Ballroom
 
Thursday, April 19
 

8:30am PDT

Conference Opening
Aboriginal Welcome
Welcome from Symposium Hosts
Opening Remarks from the Ministry of Education
Symposium Overview

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Guerin

Morgan Guerin

Councillor, Musqueam Indian Band
avatar for Paul Lachance

Paul Lachance

Direction adjointe / Membre du CA, CAVLFO / CANeLearn
avatar for Jennifer McCrea

Jennifer McCrea

ADM Learning Division, Ministry of Education
The Learning Division within the Ministry of Education is responsible for transforming education to ensure BC students remain among the best in the world. The Learning Division reflects the diversity of BC students and provides leadership and support to school districts in the areas... Read More →
avatar for Dave Truss

Dave Truss

President, BC Distributed Learning Administrators Association
David Truss works at Inquiry Hub Secondary, Suwa'lkh Learning Centre, and Coquitlam Open Learning (COL). He is also the President of the BCDLAA - The British Columbia Distributed Learning Administrator's Association. This is his 8th year with COL, he helped found Inquiry Hub 7 years... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am PDT
Ballroom

8:45am PDT

Keynote - Key Elements for Effective Learning Environments
How are we connecting students to their community?  To the land?  To each other?  Children entering Kindergarten today will live and work in a world profoundly different.  Students in our schools today need to learn in ways far different from the manner and environment we learned in.  Students are not recipients of learning, they are the actors for tomorrow.

The BC curriculum envisions this need to foster different ways for students to learn and share their knowledge, but how do we transform learning experiences at the school level?  How do we ensure that technology-supported online and distributed learning experiences are profoundly personalized, learner-centric, social and inclusive, highly structured and well designed?  How do we reorganize, reschedule, restructure, and rethink learning?

Join the Cowichan Team as they reflect their story and journey in pursuit of this change.  Learn how the Key Elements for Effective Learning Environments became a driver for their pursuit of inclusive, personal learning for students in the district.  Reflect on how their journey compares with your own as the Cowichan team shares their story.  

Add your curated comments here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EEh2-pCOzL139LikfMZNd6S6kkrchEXyupBXfIYahLk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Superintendent of Learning, Cowchan School District 79
Rod is the Superintendent of Learning for the Cowichan Valley School District 79.  Prior to this, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education and architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Rod's... Read More →
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:45am - 10:30am PDT
Ballroom
 
Friday, April 20
 

8:30am PDT

Conference Updates Over Breakfast
Join the delegates and planning committee over breakfast for a summary of Thursday's sessions and a preview of the day.  Who knows - maybe even a draw for one of the coveted prizes could happen!  Set your alarms!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Hutchinson

Brad Hutchinson

District Principal, Abbotsford Virtual School
Brad has been an educator for 33 years. From Science and Math teacher to DL Administrator, he has remained focused on the uses of technology in the classroom. He has built online courses from the ground up in Chemistry and Science starting in 1999 and moved onto the development of... Read More →
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

CEO, Canadian eLearning Network
Randy is CEO of the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn.net), an organization formed to be the leading voice for K-12 blended and online learning in Canada. He teaches online at Vancouver Island University and CANeLearn, helping K-12 teachers transition practices to online environments... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Ballroom

12:30pm PDT

Closing Panel Session
Join a number of our presenters and keynotes for a summary and closing session addressing symposium themes, discussions, and issues identified throughout the event (more names to be added!).

Ask your own questions of the panel.  Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j9apjE2JNmRzC3rp4a4Qlae2Myorwk78OfZELmCEqOk/edit?usp=sharing

As the discussion throughout the symposium unfolds we anticipate a number of questions to surface including:
  1. What directions are beginning to emerge for new learning approaches in BC in support of the implementation of new curriculum?
  2. What supports, including policy and funding, are required at the school, district, and provincial levels to implement these changes?
  3. What resources, training, and technologies are needed to support teachers to make the required changes for new curriculum and learning models?
  4. As changes progress, how can we be certain that we are meeting the needs of all students (special needs, aboriginal, adult learners, etc.)?
  5. Finally, what is the "Call to Action” required of teachers, administrators, and government?


Speakers
avatar for Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Superintendent of Learning, Cowchan School District 79
Rod is the Superintendent of Learning for the Cowichan Valley School District 79.  Prior to this, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education and architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Rod's... Read More →
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Danika Cottingham

Danika Cottingham

Teacher/Co-Founder, BlendEdBC
As a passionate learner, finding ways to engage, relate, build community, differentiate, and appeal to all students brought me to Blended Learning...
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Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
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avatar for Dave Truss

Dave Truss

President, BC Distributed Learning Administrators Association
David Truss works at Inquiry Hub Secondary, Suwa'lkh Learning Centre, and Coquitlam Open Learning (COL). He is also the President of the BCDLAA - The British Columbia Distributed Learning Administrator's Association. This is his 8th year with COL, he helped found Inquiry Hub 7 years... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 12:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Ballroom