About the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre

The global pandemic put the world online, offering challenges and opportunities for education at all levels. At no other point in our collective histories, whether in school or out of school, young or old, have we had such a shared consciousness around how technologies can be used to bridge physical access to learning and work, not to mention our social lives.

The primary goal of the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre is to meet learners where they are — online and just-in-time, with innovative learning tools, resources, strategies and support. Our aim is to help remediate the profound educational inequalities COVID has laid bare. Our specific mandate is to design and make freely available leading edge learning tools to communities most overlooked and underserved by online education, including rural and remote, Indigenous, Early Childhood, immigrant and refugees, and learners with special needs.

What the Edith Lando Centre hopes to bring to this space are participatory, free, and just access to online tools and learning.


Mission Statement

To increase community focused, virtual, online, capacity building expertise of faculty, BEd students and graduate students to serve, and support instructors and community groups in the fields of early childhood education, Indigenous education, rural education, and refugee and immigrant education.

Goals

  • Re-configuring virtual and online education to meet the professional development needs of educators
  • Responsible, just-in-time and place-centred, remote professional development for educators in rural communities
  • Supporting ECE educators to focus on the socio-emotional wellness of children and families
  • Responding to needs of remote and Indigenous communities, by providing applicable and accessible resources, know-how and learning
  • Providing resources and understanding to learners, teachers and community members anywhere in British Columbia
  • Respecting intergenerational knowledge and supporting Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being
  • Creating online networks of support, including second language learning for immigrant and refugee students and parents

In Partnership With

Logos of Edith Lando partner organizations

UBC Early Childhood Education unit, BC Ministry of Education and Child Care, Science World, Vancouver Community College (VCC), BC Association of Advancing Communications (BCACC), Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI), Rural and Remote Teachers, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC), and Coding Pals Foundation.