BIT 2015 – Blended @ Navigate: Our Journey in Disruptive Innovation

The fourth session that we are blogging at the Bring IT Together 2015 conference is:

Blended @ Navigate: Our Journey in Disruptive Innovation

by Jeff Stewart

For the past few years, Navigate – one of British Columbia’s largest distributed learning schools – has been implementing a series of innovative new blended learning programs that are blurring the distinction between online and traditional instruction and receiving international acclaim for their work (CANeLearn & iNACOL). The eCademy of New Technologies, Engineering and Robotics(ENTER and ENTER 2), the Fine Arts eCademy (FAE), Secondary iClass, and Independent Learning Centres all act as innovations that are disruptive and challenging to the accepted norms of learning and instructional delivery. In this interactive session, participants will discuss and share their insights and reflections on blended learning, and its future as educational mainstream in any K-12 jurisdiction.

Article/Video Links :
CANeLEARN iNACOL Announcement

BCPVPA Adminfo Article (Feb. 2015 Pages 4-8)…

Blended @ Navigate: Our Journey In Disruptive Innovation…

ENTER & E2: 21st Century Learning

FIne Arts eCademy: Fesitval of Colour
Festival of Colour Performance

Jeff began with a bit of an overview of the regulatory system in British Columbia to contextualize it for the primarily Ontario-based audience (and you can see this regulatory regime at

One of the interesting aspects of education today, particularly technology and innovation in education today, is that it seems that the main driver of change within the system these days are students.  And change is good, but within education we often want others to go first because of all of the possible risks associated with being the first over (or through) the wall.

Jeff then described some of the different programs that they run:

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One of the interesting statistics that Jeff shared (and Randy shared it in the previous session).  In 2013 within British Columbia, if a student has taken at least one course through distributed learning there is an 89.9% six year graduation rate (i.e., 8-12, plus one year).  Whereas, there is an 85.3% six year graduation rate for students that have not taken a distributed learning course.

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