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1 In-School Distance Education Facilitator Workshop Alberta Distance Learning Centre Cycle 4 AISI Project Fanning the Spark: Getting Distributed Learners Started

2 ADLC Theatre Network Distant Learning in La-La Land Distant Learning in La-La Land Cast of characters Cast of characters Mr. Principal In-Demand – Jason Wiks Mr. Principal In-Demand – Jason Wiks Student 1 – Slade Sekulich Student 1 – Slade Sekulich Student 2 – Alanna Crawford Student 2 – Alanna Crawford Student 3 – Shay Christianson Student 3 – Shay Christianson Librarian – Judy Lesko Librarian – Judy Lesko Mrs. Parent – Pat Jackson Mrs. Parent – Pat Jackson

3 The Distance Education Facilitator  experienced DE teacher or teaching assistant with positive encouraging attitude toward DE  familiar with course offerings and formats (OL, Pr, CS, etc.)  responsible for school’s DE program and classroom  facilitates delivery of DE courses using approved resources with rigorous expectations  co-ordinates and encourages contact among the school, the student, and teachers … is central to success!

4 Administrative Support of DE Programs Public support as a visible, equal educational alternative Public support as a visible, equal educational alternative School’s attitude of DE is positive and encouraging School’s attitude of DE is positive and encouraging Specific classroom for students taking DE courses Specific classroom for students taking DE courses Timetabled class supervised consistently by a teacher or teaching assistant experienced in DE Timetabled class supervised consistently by a teacher or teaching assistant experienced in DE Student accountability for attendance, conduct, and coursework Student accountability for attendance, conduct, and coursework Current editions of course materials Current editions of course materials … just like any other class at the school …

5 Importance of a DE Facilitator: Students Students rely on a DE facilitator to Students rely on a DE facilitator to Help them succeed by Help them succeed by Pacing instruction and monitoring progress Pacing instruction and monitoring progress Scheduling submission of exam and DE coursework Scheduling submission of exam and DE coursework Liaising with ADLC staff, parents, CS Admin Liaising with ADLC staff, parents, CS Admin Solving issues affecting student success Solving issues affecting student success Support their growth as independent learners Support their growth as independent learners Structured learning environment Structured learning environment

6 Importance of a DE Facilitator: Schools Schools rely on a DE facilitator to Schools rely on a DE facilitator to Help students work toward successful course completion Help students work toward successful course completion Successful completions of DE courses increases school revenue (full CEU funding) Successful completions of DE courses increases school revenue (full CEU funding)

7 Key Traits of DE Facilitators: Professional Highly organized Highly organized Excellent skills in record-keeping Excellent skills in record-keeping Independent worker Independent worker Excellent communication skills Excellent communication skills Experienced with technology Experienced with technology Familiar with distance education courses Familiar with distance education courses Familiar with distance education courses Familiar with distance education courses Addresses challenges of facilitating student learning Addresses challenges of facilitating student learning

8 Key Traits of DE Facilitators: Emotional Confident and assertive Confident and assertive Genuinely caring, concerned, and empathetic Genuinely caring, concerned, and empathetic Respectful of student circumstances and privacy Respectful of student circumstances and privacy Collaborative, collegial, and cooperative Collaborative, collegial, and cooperative Resourceful and adaptive Resourceful and adaptive Respectful of ADLC, ADLC staff, and resources Respectful of ADLC, ADLC staff, and resources

9 Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities: Classroom Layout Effective spaces that support learning Effective spaces that support learning Safe work environment Safe work environment Easily supervised area facilitating supervision of students and student materials Easily supervised area facilitating supervision of students and student materials Private area for student phone conversations with ADLC teachers Private area for student phone conversations with ADLC teachers Equipped with resources to support learning Equipped with resources to support learning Computers with ready Internet access Computers with ready Internet access

10 Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities: Clerical Responsibilities Organize and manage learning materials and submissions Organize and manage learning materials and submissions Secure learning materials and exams Secure learning materials and exams Consult and maintain accurate records Consult and maintain accurate records Consult Register students Register students Before they begin working in a course Before they begin working in a course Accurate contact information: phone, mailing address, address Accurate contact information: phone, mailing address, address Targeted start and end dates Targeted start and end dates

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12 Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities: Student Support Orient students in print and online courses Orient students in print and online courses Check student progress using “Check Your Marks” Check student progress using “Check Your Marks” Set and communicate appropriate timelines for completion Set and communicate appropriate timelines for completion Assist and motivate students Assist and motivate students

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14 Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities: Student Support Monitor and supervise student learning and submissions Monitor and supervise student learning and submissions Follow-up communication related to ADLC’s Student Monitoring Process Follow-up communication related to ADLC’s Student Monitoring Process Encourage and support independent learning Encourage and support independent learning Address individual learning needs Address individual learning needs

15 Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities: Communication Attend an annual regional ADLC Partnership Update Session Attend an annual regional ADLC Partnership Update Session Inform students, parents, and school administration regularly about student progress Inform students, parents, and school administration regularly about student progress Communicate relevant student information to ADLC staff Communicate relevant student information to ADLC staff Facilitate student contact with ADLC staff Facilitate student contact with ADLC staff Encourage contact with ADLC teachers for connections to subject expertise Encourage contact with ADLC teachers for connections to subject expertise Provide current student addresses during registration Provide current student addresses during registration

16 Guest Facilitator Presentation Donna Chanasyk, DE facilitator, Paul Kane High School, St. Albert Donna Chanasyk, DE facilitator, Paul Kane High School, St. Albert Topics discussed Topics discussed Registration form and process Registration form and process Monitoring student progress Monitoring student progress Submission of assignments and tests Submission of assignments and tests Course completed Course completed Student recognition Student recognition Other Other

17 Provincial DE Facilitator Network ADLC AISI Team will collect and share addresses of DE facilitators in attendance ADLC AISI Team will collect and share addresses of DE facilitators in attendance

18 ADLC AISI Team For more information about DE facilitation and ADLC AISI project initiatives, go to For more information about DE facilitation and ADLC AISI project initiatives, go to AISI Team Contact Information Alanna Crawford , ext Pat Jackson , ext ADLC Senior High School Principal Pat von Loewenstein , ext. 5151


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