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Research and Policy [clear filter]
Monday, October 24


Closing the Gap: BlendED Learning Basics
How do we support small shifts in practice to best support the thoughtful integration of technology for student-centred learning?

In K-12 education, the shift toward student-centred, blended and online learning will greatly impact teacher practice and instructional strategies.   This session will focus on the small steps we can take to begin to shift teaching and learning to leverage technology to it's fullest capacity:  connecting, collaborating, creating.  The exciting world of new literacies will be explored and time for collaborate planning will be provided!

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Laurel Beaton

Coordinator of Learning and Innovation, Grasslands School Division
Laurel Beaton is currently the Vice Principal of Brooks Composite High School.  Her previous work was a the Coordinator of Learning and Innovation for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.

Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Jubilee Ballroom


Online Learning: Paving the Way with Policy, Guidelines and Indicators
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about changes to the current Guide to Education and to contribute to clarification of language within the field of online and blended learning in Alberta. Status regarding follow up on challenges shared at May’s JTC will be shared (including upcoming exciting changes in PASI). There will also be opportunity for attendees to contribute suggestions for the development of standards, guidelines and quality indicators in online and blended learning. 

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Daylene Lauman

Online Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
Daylene Lauman is currently serving in the role of Online Learning Advisor with Alberta Education in Canada. In this role, she is responsible for the development of policy and and guidelines for 1-12 online learning in Alberta. Daylene leads practices and future directions for applying... Read More →

Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00


Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Program Spotlights and Research of Models of Online and Blended Learning from Across Canada
Join this discussion session to learn how schools are shifting practice to create flexible and personal learning. A brief overview of e-learning in Canada will provide the background for learning more about several successful programs from across Canada. A synthesis of successful principles from the programs will be the base for a discussion about how to improve your own program.

Outcomes include:
• Awareness of specific emerging online and blended models;
• Understanding policy and funding implications; and
• How re-characterizing the “Carnegie Unit” opens new opportunities.

Session Notes 

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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 →

Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Jubilee Ballroom


Curriculum Engagement Session
Session Description:  As Alberta Education works to develop future kindergarten to grade 12 provincial curriculum,  you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of the intent and process for this engagement project as you:
  • engage in the Alberta Curriculum Needs Assessment conversations
  • gain a deeper understanding of the curriculum development process
  • be a part of a collaborative discussion to share perceived strengths and gaps in current programs of study
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Michele Jones

Lead Consultant for Mental Health, ERLC
Michele Jones  is the lead consultant for Mental Health for the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. Prior to joining the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, she worked in the areas of teacher and student wellness, both at the district and school levels.  As a Health champion... Read More →

Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Terrace 6


BOLT Students' Learnings: Personal, Professional, and Practice Based
Through a partnership between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre(ADLC) nine professional learning modules were designed and delivered to a pilot group of ADLC teachers. The Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) modules discussed the theory and included experiences of applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces. The presenters, including the BOLT pilot students, will summarize the learning experienced in the professional learning modules and how it relates to personal, professional and evidence-based practices of using flexible learning strategies with K-12 learners. By experiencing flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces, these teachers are ready to share their own lived experiences of what it means to learn and teach with digital flexibility now part of their professional repertoire.

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Constance Blomgren

Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Assistant Professor at Athabasca Univeristy where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further digital pedagogy ( Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries regarding technology-enhanced... Read More →

Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Terrace 6
Tuesday, October 25


PASI – Providing Teacher Supports for Student Mobility
Did you think the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) system is just for school administrators? In the next few years, new capabilities will be introduced to provide teachers with information to support student mobility, student inclusion, student learning issues and specialized student assessments. PASI 2.0 will support student mobility, such as Alberta students in provincial care who are subject to frequent school moves. Access to real-time information enables the school to efficiently assess the student’s learning patterns, abilities and barriers in order to support the student’s learning success. Come learn more about this important initiative.

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Mike Emery

Director, PASI and Student Records, Alberta Education
Mike Emery, Director, PASI and Student Records at Alberta Education

Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Gallery 2


State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Current research in K-12 online learning in Canada has focused on defining distance learning and its current strengths and weaknesses. Yet the proliferation of technologies and digital learning spaces has led to the emergence of new instructional strategies and digital learning practices for teachers in many K-12 classrooms, both online and onsite. Traditional school-based classrooms are incorporating technology-supported open learning options, creating blended learning opportunities where at least part of instruction occurs in a classroom, part online at a distance, both combined with some element of choice in learning for students. For these emerging practices little is known empirically, only anecdotally, as research into these practices has been limited or nonexistent, particularly in Canada.

As you will hear in the authors’ discussion of the 2015 State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report, many provinces and territories in Canada have some reference to distance education in their Education Act or Schools Act; the reference is typically used to describe distance education or to enable the Ministry of Education to create, approve or regulate K-12 distance education. However, with some exceptions, few provinces and territories have any regulations describing online or blended learning. This presentation will describe and discuss this current state of e-learning in Canada and the need for further research and study in the emerging field of K-12 online and blended learning, with a particular focus on understanding the growth in blended learning and varying nature of development of individual programs.

Session Notes 

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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 and... Read More →

Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Jubilee Ballroom


One Blended Professional Learning Community’s Design and Evaluation: The LTPF Leadership Community of Practice
This session will share highlights from the Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) Leadership Community of Practice. In particular, the blended design of various learning spaces (in-person, on-line, synchronous, asynchronous, public, private) and evaluation of its impact on cross-jurisdictional partnerships that support innovative use of technology will be shared. Tools used by the both the CoP facilitators and the participants will be discussed.

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Belina Caissie

Senior Manager, Research Branch, Alberta Education
Mom, Educator, Project Manager & Research Coordinator (Research Branch), Online Sessional Instructor, Doctoral Candidate... I'm passionate about technology enhanced / enabled learning environments which is an intersection of educational technology, assistive technology, inclusion... Read More →
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Rhonda Jessen

Technology and Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
Rhonda Jessen is a Technology and Learning Advisor for Alberta Education. A media and computer teacher who has taught in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Rhonda is passionate about open and connected learning, community development and social innovation. Prior to joining... Read More →

Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Terrace 4