"Building Engagement" – Building Student Engagement in Distance and Blended Learning 2017

This past week we had several CANeLearn focused presentations at the Building Student Engagement in Distance and Blended Learning conference in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and the blendED 2017 conference in Edmonton, Alberta.  Today and tomorrow we’ll share some of the notes from those sessions beginning with this session that was led by CANeLearn Chief Executive Officer, Randy LaBonte at the Building Student Engagement in Distance and Blended Learning conference.

Building Engagement

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Session Description:
Join Randy LaBonte and Michael Barbour for an overview of strategies others across Canada are using to build engagement with students in blended and online learning environments. Reflect on your own practice and share how you will plan to deploy some of these strategies in your online interactions with students to more effectively engage them in their learning.
Target Audience:
Secondary Educators, & K-12 School Leaders
Randy LaBonte
CANeLearn – CEO
British Columbia, Canada
I have been lucky to serve as a senior level executive for over 30 years in the education sector: – lead consultant for seven years at the BC Ministry of Education involved in field work leading to the development of policy, agreements, and e-learning standards; – helped develop, pilot, and implement the Quality Review process for BC online K-12 schools; and- recently took on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian eLearning Network while continuing my other contract work and online teaching.I am passionate about online and technology-supported blended learning, still looking to change the system, now from without instead of within! I am here in a support role for the symposium and the partners who have planned the event.
Michael Barbour
Touro University, California – Associate Professor, Instructional Design
Vallejo, CA
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 administrator. Michael’s research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, as well as policy issues. He has testified before House and Senate education committees in several states, as well as consulting for Ministries of Education across Canada and in New Zealand. Dr. Barbour is currently a fellow for the National Education Policy Center and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.