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April 22, 2018

USDLA 2018 Is Right Around The Corner! Register Today!

Another USDLA conference update.

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Don’t Miss Conference Luncheon Panel
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Media’s View of Online Learning
An insightful panel of professional journalists discuss the national and local perspective on distance/online programs. As the media can be instrumental in interpreting the agenda for all constituencies, what are the “hot” topics? Where are we now and where are we headed?

Panelists:  

Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, Education Reporter

Katie Gallagher, Director, Product Marketing, Global Teaching & Learning Portfolio, Blackboard

Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed
Moderator:
Dean Hoke, Managing Partner, Edu Alliance Group
   
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

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Can’t Join Us In Indianapolis For USDLA 2018? Join Us Virtually!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Can’t Join Us In Indianapolis?  
Join Us Virtually!
Register for our Virtual Conference being held 

April 30 – May 2, 2018!

 

Registration for the USDLA 2018 Virtual Conference will give you live access to our Opening & Closing Keynote Speakers, Luncheon Panel presentation, 17 concurrent sessions, and our prestigious Awards Banquet.  
 
Recordings of each session will also be provided after the conclusion of the event.  
 
Registration is now open!
USDLA Member Rate – $200
USDLA Non-Member Rate – $250

Thank You to USDLA 2018 Virtual Conference Sponsor

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

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April 20, 2018

BC DL Conference – Closing Panel Session

The tenth and final session that I am blogging from the 2018 BC Digital Learning Conference is:

 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

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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 Ro… Read More →

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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 wi… Read More →

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Danika Cottingham

Teacher/Co-Founder, BlendEdBC

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair (COTA), BCTF
Joe Jamison is a Distributed Learning teacher in School District No. 23. He has taught for thirty seven years with twenty three of those in the distributed learning environment. He developed the Distance Learning program in SD#23, the online program in SD#23, the ESTEEM program i… Read More →

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David Truss

Principal, Coquitlam Open Learning
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 6 y… Read More →

I had to go to the airport to catch my flight (and it was a good thing I did go a little early, as it took over an hour from the Delta computer system to communicate with the WestJet computer system to confirm my flight and let me check in – even though both are code share airlines).

Anyway, I am disappointed to miss this one, as I did enjoy the first panel.  What I can recommend is that folks take a look at the hashtags for the conference that have some of the gems that these folks did provide.

BC DL Conference – New Directions for Teacher PD: BlendEd BC – Supporting New Curriculum

The ninth session that I am blogging from the 2018 BC Digital Learning Conference is:

New Directions for Teacher PD: BlendEd BC – Supporting New Curriculum

Experience and learn how an integrated “asking” or “Solution-Focused Coach Approach” can help you to adapt and transform your face2face and online course design and delivery!  Join the BlendEd BC team and Barry Switnicki to learn about and experience cutting-edge strategies to support teachers implementing new and current curriculum through innovative teacher PD support strategies. Learn how blending learning in online spaces is much more than ‘flipped’ or ‘distributed’ learning.  Join this interactive experience and conversation to help shape new provincial initiatives to support teachers who are teaching in both classrooms and online learning spaces.
Be prepared to be active, stretching your mind, and having FUN!Please “Click” on this link to GET MORE OUT OF THIS SESSION (Pre-session component)https://classroomcoachingcultures.weebly.com/welcome-to-the-session.htmlUnderstand more about how I will help you!
Watch the 4 minute video

https://youtu.be/FNgNkGdZipA

Bring your own device! Do you have questions for the presenter? Here is a Google+ link to share your questions and comments.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oj8gmB

Link to the Resources for the Session
https://classroomcoachingcultures.weebly.com/resources—new-directions-for-teachers.html


Speakers

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Danika Cottingham

Teacher/Co-Founder, BlendEdBC
Danika is (and has been) a teacher in a face-to-face, blended learning, and distributed learning capacity since beginning her teaching career almost ten years ago in both SD#71 and 72. She is a co-founder of BlendEdBC, and a member of the EDLPSA, and is passionate about the exci… Read More →

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Thomas Diesch

BlendEd BC

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Barry Switnicki

Engaged Communities, Pacific Change Mentors
Supporting, Challenging and Provoking people to become more engaged and passionate! | This essentially is what my personal and professional life is all about. For example, think of an educational environment bursting with highly engaged, excited learners, teachers and stakeholde… Read More →

So I went to this session because I wanted to learn more about BlendED BC.  Unfortunately, the session was Barry providing all of these feel good platitudes that he kept saying were based on research that he discovered during his Master’s degree (most of which I thought ran contrary to the research that I knew about).  It had little to do with blended learning and nothing to do with BlendED BC as an organization.  Tony Robbins meets largely uninformed teacher, rolled into one.

Basically, it was 75 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back!

BC DL Conference – Direction of Distributed Learning in BC: A BCTF Perspective

The eighth session that I am blogging from the 2018 BC Digital Learning Conference is:

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.
https://bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=16456Michael 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:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-qy1YaLXlK6zREXCnHapbcs3BnOOpCHf3ew7Rk6E8Pc/edit?usp=sharing


Moderators

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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 two decades as a researcher, teacher, course designer a… Read More →


Speakers

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair (COTA), BCTF
Joe Jamison is a Distributed Learning teacher in School District No. 23. He has taught for thirty seven years with twenty three of those in the distributed learning environment. He developed the Distance Learning program in SD#23, the online program in SD#23, the ESTEEM program i… Read More →

As I was one of the moderator in this session, let me just add a reminder that there are open notes for this session (and all sessions for that matter).  The open notes from this session are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-qy1YaLXlK6zREXCnHapbcs3BnOOpCHf3ew7Rk6E8Pc/edit?usp=sharing

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