Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments


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Thursday, April 19

11:00am PDT

* Fake News! Discerning Truth from Fiction in Media
Limited Capacity filling up

Bias and false news in the media shifts public perspective and has the power to alter events as they transpire. In this workshop, we'll investigate the role of the media in past events, and how to teach students to better understand events reported in the news today. With the new curriculum, each educator is responsible for educating youth about research strategies so that they widen their perspective on each news item. We'll delve into the topic by analyzing the media’s influence on the Bosnian War, using Voices into Action, an award-winning free online resource. We'll then move toward contemporary issues like Islamophobia, hate, and the spread of racist doctrine in our news feeds. We'll explore skills needed to question history, reflect on our own biases, and acquire a necessary, valuable lifelong skill - media literacy. Through a variety of lenses, we can learn to seek truth and become more responsible citizens.

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Jodi Derkson

BC Regional Director of Educational Programs, FAST
Jodi Derkson, MEd. is a BC Certified teacher, with over twenty years of professional teaching and facilitation experience. She has always broached topics of discrimination, racism, and bullying with her students and hasn’t lost her drive to really make a difference. Jodi is very... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
Lulu Island

11:00am PDT

* Meet Your Virtual Client - Developing a Fully Interactive Learning Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

The Capstone course for the Software Product Management specialization required a unique type of learner interaction. Onlea Corporation and the University of Alberta collaborated to bring to life a project simulation where the student started his first day as Product Manager interacting with a new client to gather requirements and formulate a project plan:
A brief sample section of the learner interaction can be found here: http://bit.ly/28Pvku6

The full specialization is hosted as a MOOC in Coursera (http://bit.ly/22afaFt) and it is composed of 6 courses where the student is given the theory to master Agile software management practices to lead a team of developers and interact with clients. In the final Capstone Project, the student is able to practice and apply management techniques to realistic scenarios that are faced as a Software Product Manager.

In this talk we will take you through the design process followed to develop the Software Product Management Capstone. We will also review the gamification techniques currently used to generate engagement and increase completion rates in Online Courses and Digital Learning Experiences.

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Adriana Lopez Forero

President, Onlea
As Onlea's President, Adriana believes in making life-long learning a fun experience. She studied Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence back in the 90s. Since then, her career has taken different turns requiring constant re-learning of new skills. From AI Programmer to Video... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
Gulf of Georgia

1:15pm PDT

* Building Relationships and Engagement in DL
Limited Capacity filling up

As a student, teacher, and administrator of distributed learning courses, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly! There must be a better way!
At Heritage, we aspire to implement the pedagogy of the BC Ed. Plan in an effective way that builds relationships and engagement in our online courses. Join me as we share successes and challenges in this process. The transition from isolated satellites where teachers may have served as mere "Marking Monkeys" and students may have experienced "boring" or "dry" courses can be a thing of the past.
Communication is key, and we all have resources and experiences to contribute.

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Alisha Hadley

Heritage Christian Online School
After twenty years of campus school teaching, I transitioned to a unique online teaching position in which I led live lessons of Core French in virtual worlds. Students attended classes as avatars and developed projects in this context. We experience great success with student engagement... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Ballroom A

2:45pm PDT

* Science Labs in DL: Supporting Competencies and Metacognition
Limited Capacity filling up

What is the biggest omission in online science classes? Labs! How can we teach lab and lab writing competencies if students aren’t able to perform labs? The deeper understanding and real world connections that commonly occur in science labs were missing. Online simulations are too controlled and clean to prepare students for post-secondary labs. We needed to do better for our students. Though our Inquiry Project we were able build a course that scaffolded lab and lab writing skills, included a hands-on home lab, collected critical data on students learning needs, and fostered metacognition in both the students and ourselves.

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Megan Boniface

Vice Principal, EBUS Academy
Megan Boniface has been teaching grades 8 through 12, as well as adult education since 2007. Her experience includes years of teaching in classroom, blended and DL environments and administration. She is passionate about supporting students and her professional learning interests... Read More →
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Stephanie Sedgwick

Senior Secondary Science Math Teacher, EBUS Academy
I completed both my BSc and my MSc in Astrophysics at UofC. I fell in love with teaching during Master’s program so I taught a few years at Mount Royal College. Later I caught the travel bug and I decided to work and travel. I completed my Bed at UBC, then had the pleasure of teaching... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Ballroom D

2:45pm PDT

StudyForge: Become more proactive in connecting with your students
Limited Capacity filling up

At StudyForge we believe that you the teacher are the key to your student’s success. Being proactive, and providing on-time encouragement and intervention, is absolutely crucial in virtual and blended environments. But that’s hard to do. This is why we create digital curriculum that leverages powerful tracking and learning analytics to provide you with an early warning system: suggesting which of your learners needs attention. Bring your device, and come take a test drive in the StudyForge digital math and science courses designed for the new BCEd plan!

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Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Steveston B
Friday, April 20

9:00am PDT

* Robots, Streaming, and Whiteboards: In Search of the Ultimate Blend
Limited Capacity seats available

In my pursuit of the ultimate blended learning computer class - wanting to open up the classroom learning experience to students who want to join at any time from anywhere - I've experimented with using everything from Moodle to Blackboard Collaborate to live-streaming to telepresence robots to whiteboards. Join me for a frank discussion of what has worked and what hasn't in my pursuit of the ultimate blend.

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Edward Hewlett

Tech Team Lead, Traditional Learning Academy DL
The joy of helping other students in his computer class in high-school convinced Edward that he might enjoy teaching – enjoying computers was a given.As TLA's Tech Team Lead, Edward has continually explored ways to use technology educationally, both in the classroom and without... Read More →

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