March 13, 2020 Update

At yesterday’s press conference, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s  Provincial Health Officer, directed that gatherings and events of 250 people or more not be held.  This measure is out of an abundance of concern and caution for the health and well-being of all BC residents.  Accordingly, CANeLearn and the BC Partners in Online Learning have collectively decided to move the April 19-21, 2020 Digital Learning Symposium online to be held as a virtual conference.

This decision was reached after assessing all options on how best to proceed in this rapidly changing world amidst the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  We are postponing gathering in Vancouver until April 2021.  We will be offering a partial registration credit for paid delegates of this year’s event to attend next year’s annual symposium.  That credit may be transferred to another BC educator should the 2020 delegate be unable to attend next year.

We will be working on details over the Spring Break for the transition to an online event, and we will be announcing plans as we reshape the program.  Speakers who have any reservations about presenting online should contact as soon as possible.

We are working with all our partners and sponsors to create an online learning experience that is far beyond “slides and talking heads”.  We are a network of online educators and leaders so our challenge, as Dr. Tony Bates has clearly articulated, is to “not be as good as face-to-face but better”.  Stay tuned for details to come.  Enjoy your Spring Break.


March 12, 2020 Update

CANeLearn and the BC Partners in Online Learning continue to examine daily the ongoing developments and posted precautions for the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Please know that the health and wellbeing of meeting attendees, venue staff, service personnel, and the people of Vancouver is our highest priority.  CANeLearn will follow directives provided by provincial health and education authorities.

We are actively assessing all options on how best to proceed.  We will provide updates directly to meeting attendees and post information on the Digital Learning Symposium 2020 program site ( and the CANeLearn symposium website page (

Thank you for your patience.



R. LaBonte
Canadian eLearning Network

On behalf of the BC Partners in Online Learning