Three years into the eCampusLive Program at College Heights, and we thought we'd hit our stride. There's immersive role play, scientific project-based learning, and inquiry initiatives. From the "Dr. Awesome Medical Scenarios" to "A Curious Case Indeed," the goal of the program remains to create engaging learning opportunities, provide a la carte instruction, and maximize in-class interactions & teacher access. As a flipped classroom, marrying project-based learning to blended learning has proven very successful.
As eCampusLive evolves, change is the greatest constant. And, change is exciting, creating a vital opportunity to grow in important new ways. Having the recent opportunity to visit the InnovateBC K-12 Symposium, discussions about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) led to examples in action at BC schools. Without specifically realizing it and as conversations unfolded, I came to realize the eCampusLive Program at College Heights Secondary had always been a STEM initiative. Interacting with UNBC in partnerships such as "DNA for a Day" and most recently, "Botany at UNBC" were natural interactions between post-secondary education and the K-12 system. Realizing this was an important step. The next was to understand the bevy of experience, advice, and potential mentorship in reaching out and working with industry.
With a single trip, my outlook evolved overnight. The resulting vision will undoubtedly take time and commitment. There are lessons learned, valuable experience, and resources to move forward. eCampusLive offers a digital course and materials with a full host of Biology 11 & 12 lessons on YouTube. Formative assessment for learning is cemented throughout the program providing insight and opportunities for learners to perform at their best. Project-Based-Learning and inquiry remain rich experiences students have responded very positively to. Yet, in this regard, through STEM, I'm convinced we can do even better. Creating real projects that address vital issues through science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and more is the natural course.
It's exciting to steer in a new, but similar fashion with inquiry and project-based learning. If it weren't a bit uncertain, it probably wouldn't be worth considering. Making a dent in the universe, however, is worth it...
Welcome to the eCampusLive blog. I'm Jerry Bleecker. I teach Biology, Science, Information Technology, Computer Arts, and more. It's an exciting year to share our experiences with our flipped classroom endeavour.