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DLAC 2019 - Funding And Resourcing Of Digital Learning In Canada


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Barbour, M. K. (2019, April). Funding and resourcing of digital learning in Canada. A contributed talk presentation at the Digital Learning Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

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DLAC 2019 - Funding And Resourcing Of Digital Learning In Canada

  1. 1. Funding And Resourcing Of Digital Learning In Canada Michael K. Barbour Touro University California
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  3. 3. National Overview Single provincial program Primarily district-based programs Combination of provincial and district-based programs Use online learning programs from other provinces
  4. 4. Regulation
  5. 5. Activity: Distance & Online Learning
  6. 6. Activity: Distance & Online Learning
  7. 7. • in Fall 2017, BC began a review of its K-12 funding the model o “to find a better way to provide equitable and predictable funding to boards of education” • panel released a discussion paper that stated, o “an artificial division in the current model between ‘bricks-and-mortar’ and distributed learning, which should not exist” About the Study
  8. 8. 1. examine the nature of distributed learning funding in British Columbia 2. examine how distributed learning funding in British Columbia compares to other jurisdictions in Canada Purpose of the Study
  9. 9. • based on School Act and Independent School Act DL funding is based on: o continuous enrolment, rather than a single annual snapshot o actual attendance to initiate an enrolment claim, rather than simple enrolment o shift to course-based funding, beginning in grade 10 • FTE follows the student based on enrolment DL Funding in BC
  10. 10. • differing funding amounts o Brick-and-mortar: 100% o Public DL: 83.5% o Independent DL: 63% or 44.1% • “individual e-learning programs must allocate internal resources for the development of their own course content and pay license and/or service fees for a learning management system to support distribution of the courses” DL Funding in BC
  11. 11. 1. direct government funding and/or resourcing of distributed learning opportunities. 2. a fee structure for students who enroll on a per course basis. 3. direct funding through FTEs/CEUs DL Funding in ROC
  12. 12. • provincial government funded the administration, all teacher and staff salaries, course development activities, Internet/network connectivity costs for schools, K-12 technology integration for the provincial K-12 school system in support of the NSVS • the NSVS and its participating schools must meet requirements outlined in NSTU collective agreement DL Funding in Nova Scotia
  13. 13. • e-Learning Ontario provides o Digital course content for complete courses, as well as a learning management system to deliver that content to students on, for district-based e-learning programs for both Anglophone and Francophone students o funding for a TELTC in each school board to assist teachers, schools, and the school board in using these resources for both online and blended learning • school boards operate e-learning programs o fee for non-board students of $769/credit course DL Funding in Ontario
  14. 14. • use of three specific codes schools enter into the student information system o a student in an online program (code 620) • Certain areas of funding schools do not receive for 620 students o English as a Second Language Funding o Northern Allowance Funding o Equity of Opportunity Funding o Transportation Funding DL Funding in Alberta
  15. 15. Canadian eLearning Network
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  17. 17. Your Questions and Comments
  18. 18. Associate Professor of Instructional Design Touro University, California