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

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Monday, April 8
 

10:30am PDT

Effective Moodle books with the help of Bootstrap
Why not take a fresh look at content authoring in Moodle? Teachers both love and hate building with Moodle books. Our presentation will show how a series of Apple iBook templates can be duplicated in specially formatted Moodle books using the bootstrap framework. We will use a little css and our prepared resources of code snippets to demonstrate how far we were able to go with the bootstrap framework. People with a lttle code editing experience should enjoy this session the most but everyone wanting to take a peak under the hood is welcome to join us as well.
Implications for Schools - Dr. Justina Law
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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1p1a_XDxcTXASvzL8cwEU4f4DVKgOd5AokdngeDz9zuE/edit?usp=sharing
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Speakers
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

NP4Mation
Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Maranello

10:30am PDT

ERAC Resources and the Diverse Classroom
Find out how the ERAC products your District already subscribes to can be accessed by you and your learners-- from anywhere!-- and how products like World Book Online, EBSCO and others can provide rich support for a variety of learning strategies and styles. Fast-paced and leveraging tools you already have, spend a half hour with ERAC--you'll be glad you did!

Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Carrera

10:30am PDT

Ministry of Education Update
Eleanor will share updates from the Ministry of Education's Learning Division.  More information to come closer to the date of the symposium.

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Liddy

Eleanor Liddy

aADM, Services and Technology Division, Ministry of Education
Eleanor Liddy is the aADM of the Services and Technology Division in the Ministry of Education, responsible for digital services in the K-12 sector, including Online Learning, Open School BC, MyEducation BC, Digital Transformation, Student Certification and the NextGeneration Network... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 3

10:30am PDT

Virtual STEM Labs : Design, Production & Pedagogy
Lab experimentation is crucial to maturing inquiry in the sciences. DL has a unique challenge in bringing the practical and serendipitous experience of the lab to students via the Internet. At SIDES, we moved past the idea of pantomiming real-world labs and embraced a structure and delivery that plays to the web’s strengths while delivering on the core value-proposition of laboratory experience.

This presentation will show our results and discuss the design thinking that informed them. It will pay specific attention to connecting best-practice theory with practical implementation, with a focus on technology selection and universal design principles.

The exemplar case will be the construction of a virtual fetal pig dissection for senior level biology classes.

Speakers
JV

Jeremy Vernon

Web Developer, South Island Distance Education School
I am a technology professional recently inducted into the education field. Previously, I consulted on technology strategy and management, communications and media. I have a background in cognitive science, law and politics with a specific focus on activism. I work as a graphic designer... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 2

10:30am PDT

WCLN Development Directions
In this session, we'll discuss our goals around resource development. As we come to the end of the curriculum updates (whew.....), it's time to discuss where we want to be in 5 years with online resources.

Attendees will discuss existing plans and help mold future strategies. We'll discuss general goals and hit specifics in each topic area (in break-out groups).

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Teacher, SD#23
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Villa 1

11:30am PDT

Increase Social Presence in Your Canvas Classroom
“Social presence is defined as the ability of participants in a community to project themselves, socially and emotionally, as real people through a medium of communication,” (Garrison and Anderson, 2003).  

How do we ensure that we are providing "teaching presence" and "social presence" in a way that increases engagement and ensures that learners feel connected and motivated?
- Ice Breakers
- Building Classroom Community
- Explore Tools and Media that will increase connection

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hamilton

Nicole Hamilton

Curriculum Support Teacher, Navigate
Nicole is a teacher at Navigate (NIDES), a K-12 distributed learning school in the Comox Valley and taught in the distributed learning program last year. Nicole is a graduate of UBC's BA program, SFU's BEd and PDP programs, and is currently enrolled with VIU's OLTD program and MEdL... Read More →
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Portico

11:30am PDT

Kumuni: A Product of Student Empowerment
Come and hear the story behind the Kumuni language courses. Session attendees will get a look at how the courses work in practice and information about them, along with what everyone can learn from the courses’ creation about student empowerment.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Krupp

Graham Krupp

CEO, Kumuni Learning Ltd.
Graham Krupp has worked with co-presenter Heather Leask, a certified BC teacher who has worked in distributed learning for 20+ years, to create a series of language courses. He is an English as a second language teacher, author, and Top Writer at Quora, where his articles on linguistics... Read More →
avatar for Heather Leask

Heather Leask

Education Liaison, Kumuni Learning Ltd. & Coilean Arts Inc.
I am a recently retired DL teacher with 20 years experience teaching on-line in School District #83 (North Okanagan - Shuswap). I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 12, within the bricks and mortar, DL, and adult-learning environments.I have recently partnered... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Venezia

11:30am PDT

The Imaginators
I like to think of educators as “Imaginators.” For the first time in history, we have the power to invite learners to use their personal stories and passions to help shape their learning experience. Learning how to share our personal narrative is a crucial skill available to anybody wanting to learn about themselves, build relationships, and make connections with your fellow human beings. Learn how to ask the kinds of questions that invite others to share their stories. Develop the habits of introspection that offer a gateway to deeper learning. Help your learners identify their skills, strengths and passions and unite them in a unique educational experience!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Rathwell

Steven Rathwell

SelfDesign & Heartwood Learning Community
Steven Rathwell is a writer, storyteller and educator who’s been working in alternative and online education for well over a decade. The past 3 years he's been focused on designing and implementing new programs and curriculum opportunities, including the ground-breaking SelfDesign... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Veranda

1:15pm PDT

Hate is the New Black - Social media, Fake News, and Combating Intolerance
The average teenager checks their phone 95 times a day to read news from social feeds, friends, and questionable sources. The ‘facts’ which we take in can be biased untruths exemplifying an intolerance for humanity and its differences. A democratic society, comprised of global citizens, includes forming opinions based on a healthy curiosity about other cultures. Yet, hate in BC is on the rise as white supremacist groups target young people online, increasing their numbers – compromising our democracy and human rights. In this workshop we’ll investigate the current trend toward hate and divisiveness and will use the online, free, humanities resource Voices into Action. Plus, we’ll investigate online trends, social media influences, fake news, and develop fact seeking research competencies. We’ll align with the new curriculum by facilitating disciplinary thinking skills through inquiry and research practices on highly topical issues influencing the Canadian cultural fabric.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Derkson

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 →


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

1:15pm PDT

MEdL @ VIU-Major Project Presentations
Students from VIU's Masters of Education (Leadership) program will present their recent research and Major Project design topics. Student design and development supporting blended and mobile delivery in K-12 and Post-Secondary environments will be shared.
1) How Can an Online Resource Toolkit Support International Students in the Successful Transition from Post-Secondary Studies to the BC Workplace?

The purpose of this Major Project was to connect international students to their BC communities and assist with providing relevant employment opportunities by providing an online toolkit as a resource to develop personal pathways to employment. Educators and prospective employers are also encouraged to use this toolkit to educate themselves and support international, Canadian-trained student in their intentions to remain in BC

Presenter: MEdL Graduate Corrine Hamel-Taylor
2) Applying the Community of Inquiry (COI) Framework to Support Non-Graduated Adults via a Blended Delivery Model.
The purpose of this applied research project was to create a blended delivery context in which to shift existing online-only programs for non-graduated adults in order to sustain learner motivation and engagement. This was accomplished by implementing the Community of Inquiry framework to increase cognitive, social and teaching presences to promote engagement both through connection to other learners as well as through connection to relevant learning and discourse by means of a bridging online resource- accessible to assist in online and face-to-face learning.
Presenter: MEdL Graduate Erin Borsoff
3) Increasing Student Engagement in Existing Online Learning Experiences through Incorporation of a Gamified Framework
This presentation showcases Leslie’s MEdL Major Project which has two components. First is a website designed to inform educators about Gamification and ways it can increase student engagement by increasing student autonomy. Second is a sample English 12 Gamified course, which puts theory into action by gamifying an existing online course.
Presenter: MEdL Graduate Candidate Leslie McCurrach

Speakers
avatar for Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

Coordinator, OLTD Graduate Diploma Program, Vancouver Island University
Mary has been with VIU's Education Faculty since 1991 and has seen the program advance in its integration of technology in all curriculum areas.She serves as Program Coordinator for the Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD) and instructs OLTD 501: Introduction to Online... Read More →


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

1:15pm PDT

Supporting Competency Based Assessment in MyEd BC
BC's curriculum in competency-based which means we need to rethink our assessment practices. This presentation will discuss the concepts behind competency-based assessment, provide some food-for-thought about redesigning learning opportunities to showcase competencies, and provide a look at the MyEd BC Standards Based Gradebook as a tool to track three-dimensional assessment.

This will be a present, question, discuss session.  Come prepared to talk with your table, speak out, and think hard about a change of assessment practice.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Smith

Judy Smith

School District Liaison, Ministry of Education
Judy Smith is the District Liaison for the MyEd BC project. Judy was responsible for early MyEd implementation in her own district and now works with all 60 districts as they move through their implementation of the application. Judy's focus on the MyEd project has been supporting... Read More →


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

2:45pm PDT

A Blended Elementary model for DL Schools.
The presentation will provide educators with a set of strategies for teachers to assist students and parents to navigate through the online world of educational courses and programs at the elementary level. "How do I do this?", is a common question from parents and educators looking at engaging in the educational model of online learning for elementary students.

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 →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Maranello

2:45pm PDT

Adventures in Gamified English
How can teachers disrupt traditional educational paradigms and increase student engagement by incorporating a gamification construct to enhance existing online learning experiences? I tried to answer this in both my online and blended classrooms, and this presentation will discuss what has worked, what hasn't, and what I would recommend to others considering this innovative approach. (*Note, I am a member of the WCLN and applied my gamified framework to the English 12 course they offer - with adaptations)

Speakers
avatar for Leslie McCurrach

Leslie McCurrach

Teacher, Bulkley Valley Education Connection
Leslie has been teaching online in the beautiful Bulkley Valley, since 2012 and since then has been looking for ways to improve student engagement, develop culture, foster relationships, and empower students to personalize their learning pathways in the asynchronous DL classroom... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Portico

2:45pm PDT

Five Tools that will encourage Engagement and Collaboration in the distance learning environment.
Pippa Davies (HCOS Learning Commons Director) and Cynthia Duncalfe (Curriculum Consultant) will share their story of how they developed their new website, and launched a new learning commons system. They will share aspects of creating a vibrant, inviting website, online book clubs, contests, workshops, and digital tools, that work to bridge the collaborative gap. We will make time for your thoughts and suggestions.

Speakers
avatar for Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies

Teacher Librarian, Heritage Christian Online School
Pippa Davies is the director of Heritage Christian Online School Learning Commons. She has worked as a teacher librarian in charge of a group of dedicated physical and digital library staff for the past 14 years. The learning commons is the hub of our blended campus and online school... Read More →


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

2:45pm PDT

Growing Relationships in Online Learning Environments
This presentation reflects the road traveled by Edward and his small team as they build Yukon's first, and only, online school. The discussion will highlight the challenges, risks, and successes experienced as the team builds from scratch a program that is centered on the relational aspects described by the Community of Inquiry Framework. Edward will describe trials and tribulations of creating a synchronous approach to meet the Frameworks goals and what the future holds for this fledgling school.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Frison

Edward Frison

Administrator, Aurora Virtual School
Edward has been an educator for 39 years. He has taught most subjects from Grade 3 - 10, been a vice-principal and principal, and is now proud to add virtual teacher to the list. He has dragged his family across Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, and now Yukon to pursue new challenges. His... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Veranda

2:45pm PDT

SMS and other WCLN Tools for Communicating
In this session, we'll look at how the SMS and other WCLN plugins can be used to improve communications within your district. Your students, parents, and local counselors can all have 24/7 access to their corresponding students. Better communication leads to better programs, better relationships with schools, and better audits.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Teacher, SD#23
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Villa 1

3:45pm PDT

Art & Technology in your classroom
Explore, hands on, how the learning platform FAME is used by everyone to learn about Art, Coding & Technology,  Rhyanon Logan-Goyette (Langley Schools/Uconnect) will demonstrate how it enables teachers to expand their offerings to students into fields they had never dreamed of. STEAM education for your classroom, from grade 4 to Post-Secondary Education.  FAME is education you can see.

Speakers
RL

Rhyanon Logan-Goyette

Secondary Art, French and Math teacher, U-Connect
I teach blended and online learning through Moodle. I am familiar with content connections math videos and the FAME program from Vancouver Animation School.
avatar for Mario Pochat

Mario Pochat

Vancouver Animation School
Mario Pochat’s hobby as a teenager led to a career that has taken him around the world while winning a national award for opening the first “cloud school” in Canada called Vancouver Animation School. Mario has been an integral part of the planning and design team in high profile... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Villa 2

3:45pm PDT

Case Study: Award winning Blended course design - Whats and Whys.
This session will explore the design and development of the course, "Achieving Integrated Marketing and Sales Plans" developed for Schulich Executive Education Center, and the recipient of 2018 IELA Award for Best Blended learning solution.

Speakers
avatar for Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Artha Learning Inc
Garima is the founder-director of Artha Learning Inc, a boutique learning design firm in Toronto, Canada.Garima brings over 15 years of experience in Learning & Development, training, digital marketing, content creation, education, and software engineering. Some of her clients include... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Portico

3:45pm PDT

Combating Conflict in the Home-School Relationship
In a sense, the educational process common throughout the last two centuries has been predicated on an adversarial role. The student must prove his understanding to someone empowered to assess that learning and deem it as acceptable or in need of revision. What can educators at all levels do to combat or alleviate this inherent conflict? Education is a service industry staffed by professionals - how do we combat conflict as professional service providers? How can we develop a healthy partnership between home and school?

The presentation will include what the presenter has done as well as leave time for discussions and participation in some role play activities. Educators at all levels should either find something worth considering or bring their own worthwhile thoughts to the discussion.

 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Borley

Steve Borley

Vice-Principal, Traditional Learning Academy
Steve has worked in the DL community since 2003 and in administration with TLA since 2012. He firmly believes that parents bear ultimate responsibility for children entrusted to them and as such need to be intimately involved in decision making. Parents didn't become parents so they... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Maranello

3:45pm PDT

Universal Learning: Connecting to the Circle of Courage through Blended Learning Programs @ Navigate/NIDES
Learning at Navigate: Two teachers and one administrator will share stories about their work at Navigate. This diverse and blended school offers a variety of educational programs for K-12 students across BC. The Fine Arts eCademy, The Heartwood Learning Community, Learning Through Inquiry and the Circle of Courage will be highlighted through this multimedia presentation.

iPhone. iTypos. iApologize.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Mann

Laura Mann

Navigate (NIDES)
I am a teacher with Navigate's Fine Arts eCademy in the Comox Valley and have recently completed a MEDL with a focus in online teaching and learning. I love how our flexible and personal fine arts program engages and motivates students to think and express themselves with creativity... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ferneyhough

Andrew Ferneyhough

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
I am a grade 6-8 teacher at the Fine Arts ecademy at Navigate in Courtenay BC. A graduate of the Masters in Educational leadership program at VIU, I am working with my FAe crew to facilitate 'learning through the arts'. We are a blended program meeting on campus three days a week... Read More →
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Villa 3
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

10:00am PDT

How robotics and AI will change the workforce... and what we need to do to prepare our students for it
The coming decade will be defined by the largest workforce transition in the history of mankind.  Millions of jobs will be lost to technology, while millions of new jobs will be created. 
 
Perhaps more importantly, all remaining jobs will change and graduates with strong tech skills and robotics literacy will have a significant advantage across all industries.
 
This session will help educators understand:
  • How Robotics and Artificial Intelligence will impact all sectors of the workforce
  • The Top-3 Critical Misconceptions that educators have about how technology will impact the future.
  • Steps that school leaders can take to ensure that your staff understands the changing workplace and needed skills.
  • Tangible takeaways and strategies to help increase STEM engagement across your entire education community.
NOTE: This session has been described as “Something all educators NEED to see”, and the information impacts all aspects of the education system.

Speakers
DK

Dennis Kambeitz

Robots.Education


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

11:30am PDT

Mastering Modularization of Content to Meet the Needs of All Classrooms
By modularizing content and cataloging it into specific learning objects, VHS has created a unique approach to the creation of online learning courses that assists organizations and individual teachers in planning and delivering engaging, targeted, and standards-aligned content to learners of all abilities. The modularity of the learning objects allows educators to easily adapt the content to meet the needs of any learner.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Owner, Principal, Virtual High School
Virtual High School (vhs.ca) currently has over 8000 students per year. We are an asynchronous private school in Ontario. As a school we just completed writing and developing 48 courses for the Florida Virtual School ( FLVS) which they market within the US and throughout their Global... Read More →


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

11:30am PDT

On-Line Performing and Athletic Arts Courses: A Collaboration
Coilean Arts Inc. has embraced the new performing arts curriculum and the Ministry's vision of students learning outside of traditional classrooms. The courses began as a collaboration between experts in the field (a performing artist, a dance studio owner, and a skating coach) and an expert in pedagogy and curriculum (a BC Certified teacher). Students across BC now have access to a suite of performing and athletic arts courses -- dance, drama and musical theatre -- which they can tailor to their particular styles and interests within their art form. Come and hear about the journey and the power of partnerships. Then take a peek at the structure, which is key to student engagement and choice.

Speakers
avatar for Will Cullen

Will Cullen

C.E.O., Coilean Arts Inc.
Will Cullen studied Musical Theatre with Randolph Academy of Performing Arts in Toronto and went on to complete his Masters of Arts in Classical and Contemporary Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, located in Glasgow. Will not only performs in plays, he writes them as... Read More →
avatar for Heather Leask

Heather Leask

Education Liaison, Kumuni Learning Ltd. & Coilean Arts Inc.
I am a recently retired DL teacher with 20 years experience teaching on-line in School District #83 (North Okanagan - Shuswap). I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 12, within the bricks and mortar, DL, and adult-learning environments.I have recently partnered... Read More →


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