This is the first in a series of member organization spotlights.  If you are interested in having your organization featured, or have any suggestions how to improve spotlights, please email  As part of this feature we highlight member contributions to CANeLearn and provide links to resources shared by members.

Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC, founded by the Alberta government in 1923 as the Correspondence School Branch of Alberta’s Department of Education, is an educational organization that provides distance and distributed learning services to over 40,000 primary and secondary students in over 700 communities, 60% of which are in rural Alberta.  ADLC has been a key contributor to our Canadian eLearning Network as a founding and large organization member, and has been active in supporting CANeLearn research and professional learning opportunities.  This short feature highlights some of ADLC’s contributions with links to supporting documentation, research and resources.  Scroll down for more information!

Recent ADLC contributions and accomplishments include:

  • A February 3rd webinar led by Lise Pethyridge of ADLC on “Blueprinting Your Course”. Lise shared process insights, links to several resources and templates for use by others.  See the webinar archives page ( or scroll down for links to some of these great resources shared.
  • Through a partnership with the Northern Lights School Division ADLC developed an education model that utilizes cutting edge computer simulations to support rural and Aboriginal youth. Read more about ADLC’s Energy Education 35 on the CANeLearn website.
  • ADLC was the recipient of the 2013 iNACOL Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award ( Read more about Open Learning and K-12 MOOCs in our CANeLearn research vignette.
  • Read about the student stories in this CANeLearn research vignette about ADLC called Students in a Southern Distance Education Program.

ADLC Webinar: Blueprinting Your Course

Links from the presentation

Templates provided and available for use:

ADLC by the numbers (from 2014/15 Annual Report):

  • Provides services to 140 Education Authorities and 618 schools in close to 739 communities
  • Four campuses: Barrhead, Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge
  • Over 40,000 students, 762 were award winners
  • Close to 60,000 course enrollments, nearly 60% in rural Alberta
  • Approximately 300 employees and contract staff
  • Offers over 250 courses in core, complementary and CTS

“ADLC exists to fill educational gaps for all learners, allowing them to complete requirements on their own terms, regardless of their ages, circumstances, or locations. We believe there is more than one way to accomplish a task, so we work with our students, teachers, and administrators on a one-on-one basis.”