How can blended learning delivery be leveraged to facilitate implementation of BC’s new career education curriculum through integration of an advisory system?
The 2018/19 school year in British Columbia (BC) marked the start of implementing BC’s new curriculum for Grades 10 through 12. A key component of this transition was the introduction of a revamped, more rigorous Career and Life Education curricula. The newly introduced courses are a requirement of graduation from BC schools, and have to be assessed in order to provide a letter grade upon completion. For many schools, implementing a yearlong course meeting these requirements, given already busy timetables, could prove daunting in a traditional face to face classroom. The intent of this project was to research ways Blended Learning, reliable, contemporary, engaging online resources, and a once weekly face to face advisor meeting, could be leveraged to create an outstanding career-life education course. The instructional model developed would need to provide students with meaningful, personalized learning opportunities utilizing exceptional resources, while ensuring compliance with Ministry of Education curriculum and marking requirements. The project deliverable was an online resource website with pages detailing: the development of an appropriate, engaging, blended instructional model based on defined school constraints; examples of actual resources in use; draft activity timetables; and online resources categorized into pages by functional characteristics. In addition, lists of BC curriculum content extracted from Ministry documents and organized by content areas, are linked to appropriately themed resource pages.