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Child and Youth Care Diploma in a Blended, HyFlex, Project Based, Cross Campus, Authentic Assessment Format (E)

Track: Charting Teaching & Learning

Preparing Child and Youth Care (CYC) Practitioners in an educational environment is multifaceted and ultimately is about preparing individuals to practice in a very demanding, contextually complex environment. CYC practice is recognized as a unique way of helping children, youth and families (Gharabaghi, 2010; Jones, 2007). When COVID-19 presented an opportunity to offer our 2-year diploma program in a blended, HyFlex, project based, authentic assessment format and we rose to the challenge. As a faculty team we have been open and excited about navigating anew to offer a cross campus experience that has embraced technology, while still allowing learners to apply theory that is delivered parallel to the project as it unfolds. We view the learning as a process of relational engagement between learner and faculty and our Faculty Advising Model parallels the field where we Supervise students and offer authentic feedback the same way they would be supervised in the field of Child and Youth Care. Our relational practice has not been compromised in the virtual space, and we would argue that it’s actually inspired us to be more creative in our approaches to teaching and learning.

Session Speakers

Kelly Shaw

Professor/Program Coordinator

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

Shelly Currie

Professor/Program Coordinator

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

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