A conversation on flexible learning

November 20, 2018
By Jens Nielsen, Editor, Saskatchewan Bulletin

The next McDowell Salon Series, Dreaming Bigger: Personalizing Pace, Place & Time, is being hosted in North Battleford on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at John Paul II Collegiate. At the event, teachers will share their experience of introducing flexible learning opportunities to students.

The project, entitled Time, Pace, Place: Using Flexible Design and Delivery to Support Learners, was developed by a research team in North Battleford. The team wanted to explore how technology and shifting the teaching approach can help students struggling to acquire the credits needed to graduate.

Through their work, the team learned that adjusting the space, time or place of learning can make a world of difference for students who have to care for children or other family members during the day, newcomers, those living with physical, emotional or mental health challenges, and transient students.   
The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in flexible learning. Participants will hear how flexible learning helped one student to graduate. The Dreaming Bigger conversation will be moderated by Ramona Stillar (project coordinator) and will also include Lindell Gateley (English language arts teacher), Jean Fauchon (student services teacher), Carlo Hansen (principal), Ashuan Pusey (graduate) and Ian Krips (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation).

Salon Series events are hosted in Saskatchewan communities twice annually. These events allow research teams, funded by the McDowell Foundation, to share their experiences and to engage community stakeholders in conversations about next steps. To date, the Foundation has provided approximately $2 million to fund more than 283 teacher-led research projects for the benefit of Saskatchewan students.