Distance education for francophone college students in British Columbia: conclusive results




De Pauw, Françoise
Vachon, France

This article has two parts. The first section presents the effort put forth by Educacentre College in British Columbia to identify the most appropriate means and approach to use in order to meet the educational/training needs of francophones and francofiles. The authors provide a brief summary of the context surrounding the francophone community, its needs in French technical and professional training, as well as the college’s efforts to meet these needs via remote education. In the second part, they describe in detail the success factors involved in remote education, which were tested through the college’s virtual campus. This section deals with choosing an approach based on two pedagogical principles: 1) learning must be centered on the learner, and 2) it must be structured, flexible and promote communication with the instructor and among learners. These factors give rise to a mixed delivery mode, one that is both asynchronous and synchronous. The authors then analyze an experience in distance education, provide details on the virtual training and support for instructors as well as the notion of E-philosophy, and clarify the question of learner support and supervision.

Article available in French only.

The AQPC acknowledges the financial support, in 2014-2015, of the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, Canada Periodical Fund, Business Innovation component.

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