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Tuesday, April 21 • 8:45am - 9:30am
Better than treading water... Now trending: Using a Blended Approach to Adult Learning

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Faced with declining enrolments and diminished Ministry funding, Adult and Continuing Education programs have been disappearing in BC.  Due to budgetary shortfalls, school districts are under pressure to cancel even more of their adult learning programs. With each course cancellation, teachers lose jobs and students lose pathways to graduation. 

The Burnaby School District is turning the tide on this downward spiral with a new blended approach for adult education.  By exploiting the wealth of quality online course content, teachers are able to deliver two distinct courses within a single time block.

Here’s how it works. In a three hour time block, a teacher will give direct instruction to half the class, while the other half works independently and in groups on an online course. Half-way through the class, the groups will switch, allowing the teacher to now give full attention to the new group while the others complete their online activities. This model means that two distinct courses can now be delivered by one instructor. Given the skills and experience of the teacher, the subjects might be as diverse as Social Studies and Mathematics.

In this session David Le Blanc will share how this blended model has stopped low enrolling courses from going down the drain in Burnaby’s Adult & Continuing Ed. Program.  

Here's a link to his presentation:  http://tinyurl.com/n2nvohm

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David Leblanc

Academic Advisor, Burnaby School District
I am a teacher in Burnaby, British Columbia, where I am a non-enrolling teacher for one of our district's alternate programs. I also work indepently as an e-consultant in instructional design and collaborative learning solutions. I have been using MOODLE since 2003 and administer... Read More →

Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
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