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2019 Digital Learning Symposium
Fostering Inquiry: Personal Learning in Digital Environments_____________________________________

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Monday, April 8

1:15pm PDT

Renewing Distributed Learning: Proposals for policy challenges
After a quarter century of DL programs evolving in BC, it’s time to look at the policy framework for Distributed Learning.  Alternative policy proposals will be presented for discussion and debate: funding in the context of the new funding formula, accountability beyond counting, district or provincially-open enrolment, blended programs, satellite DL schools, public and private programs, special needs inclusion and isolation, and working conditions boundaries and conditions.


Larry Kuehn

Director of Research, BC Teachers Federation

Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Villa 3

2:45pm PDT

Myth busters
A conversation about common myths in distributed learning in British Columbia and beyond. I will share some statistics/facts about DL in BC, we will unravel some common myths and share some best practices in DL. I look forward to our conversations and hope we can all learn from each other.

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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 →

Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Villa 3
Tuesday, April 9

10:00am PDT

BCDLAA General Meeting
BC Distributed Learning Administrators, please join us for our association's General Meeting. 

Topics to include:
  • Funding
See our response: 
BCDLAA Response to Improving Equity and Accountability – 02-22-2019
To the proposed Recommendations: 
Improving Equity and Accountability – Report of the Funding Model Review (December 2018).
  • The future of DL and Blended Learning
  • Audits
...and other topics or concerns you may have. 
~ BCDLAA Executive
President – Institutional Liaison – David Truss  – Coquitlam, SD43, Coquitlam Open Learning
Past President – Kai Taylor – Campbell River, SD72, 72 Ways 2 Learn
Director – Communications – Will Eaton – Okanagan Similkameen, SD53, YouLearn.ca
Director – Communications – Karen Flello  – Saanich SD63, SIDES
Director -Treasurer/Membership – Kerry Hanscomb – Vancouver, SD39, Vancouver Learning Network
Director – Secretary – Heather Lait  – Sooke, SD62, Westshore Learning Centre
Director – Pro-D – Colleen Mullin – Cowichan Valley, SD79, Cowichan DL
Director – Pro-D/Membership – Brian Naka  – Nechako Lakes, SD91, Ebus Academy

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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 →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 2

10:00am PDT

Funding Model Debrief: Implications for Teachers (EDL Team)
Join the EDL and BlendEdBC leaders in an open discussion about Monday's Ministry Update and new directions for distributed learning affecting BC teachers.

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Thomas Diesch

BlendEd BC
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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 →

Larry Kuehn

Director of Research, BC Teachers Federation

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 3

10:00am PDT

The "Thought-full" Side of DL: Implementing Inquiry in the New Curriculum
SIDES has spent the last three years developing new courses in response to the requirements of the new BC Curriculum. One focus has been on implementing inquiry across grade levels and subject areas. Join some of our staff for a look at how SIDES is using inquiry to encourage students to engage more deeply and "thought-fully" with course material. Part of the session will involve the group sharing ideas

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Holly Mair

Teacher, SIDES
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Clint Surry

Teacher, SIDES (South Island Distance Education School) - SD63
Clint currently teaches students Chem 11/12 & Science 9 at SIDES as well as tutorial support for Science/Math at SIDES. Over his career, he has taught senior/junior science, math and computer tech programs in the online environment as well as traditional classrooms, career education... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 1

11:30am PDT

From Sea to Sea for BC: e-Learning Trends and Impacts Across Canada
This session is for teachers and administrators from both public and independent schools.

Join Randy for some sharing and a facilitated discussion about trends and impacts in e-learning programs across Canada.
  • Share in the discussion about how funding shifts impact practice. 
  • Find out how policy announcements such as the Ontario government's announcement (that 4 e-learning courses must be part of the 30 required credits to graduate) impact teachers and online programs. 
  • Take a peek at what might be around the corner for BC's distribute learning schools...

Don those rose-coloured glasses, grab your half-full glasses, come and join us in the garden of growth and get topped up (we hope!).

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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 →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Villa 3

11:30am PDT

True Confessions: A Design Thinking Tell-All!
Please join me for a fast-paced, full-on, no-holds-barred discussion about the tips, traps and moments of pure joy that are made possible when you embrace Design Thinking as a strategy for problem solving and collaboration.  This session is designed for facilitators with a working knowledge of the Design Thinking process, but all are welcome, and will come away with some top-tips for facilitating and incorporating this rich strategy into their learning environments. Bring your questions and your stories to share, leave with some handy materials and ideas from the field that will enrich your practice.

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT