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Monday, April 20 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Teachers Talk About Cultivating Community

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This presentation will be in the form of a discussion 'round table' forum featuring teachers who have established collaborative and community-building practices in their DL programs. DL teachers will form the 'panel' to discuss how we each connect, engage and grow our online communities. (Picture 'The View" talk show as the model). I am hoping the discussion will flow out to the room, where teachers who attend will contribute their practice, as we tackle hard questions about how to build community in a DL world and push beyond the notion that DL instruction is simply the distribution of educational materials.

Social Learning & CBE – Competency Education is a Team Sport (http://www.competencyworks.org/reflections/social-learning-cbe-competency-education-is-a-team-sport/)
2014 iNACOL Symposium - Gene Wilhoit Keynote Address (http://youtu.be/3e4Q8c1EH60)
Community of inquiry as a theoretical framework to foster “epistemic engagement” and “cognitive presence” in online education (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131508001590)
Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1096751611000467)

Vision: Fostering community in DL education is  key to creating a well-rounded and meaning-shaping educational experience for students.

Hope:  Fostering community can be approached in a variety of ways and is not impossible to do even within the bounds of our current DL education mandate.

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Gord Holden

Immersive Technology Specialist, Heritage Christian Online School
Gord Holden is the director of the Immersive Technology Program at Heritage Christian Online School. His staff of 12 provide immersive learning in 3D virtual environments for academics in grades 5-8, language courses in French and Spanish, a variety of Art courses, and academics for... Read More →
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CJ MacKinnon-Scott

Humanities Lead/Innovations Online Coordinator, Traditional Learning Academy DL
CJ’s teaching experience straddles the spectrum of classroom and online learning models both here in British Columbia and abroad. Currently, CJ is the co-ordinator for Innovations Online and Head of Humanities at TLA online. Three years ago, CJ took on a pilot program based on project-based... Read More →
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Clint Surry

Teacher, SIDES
I am a DL teacher and developer at SIDES.I teach students Chemistry and Mathematics and am always looking for ways to utilize technology and social media more effectively in helping students to achieve their goals.I am many things - a father of 2, a filmmaker, a scuba diver, a hiker... Read More →

Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT

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