Anyone with an interest in adult learning for students’ sake can attend a learning opportunity. Teachers, Education Assistants, Teachers Assistants, Student Teachers, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Administrative Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members can register for most learning opportunities. Please note that some opportunities will be for specific audiences and may have pre-requisites.
Please search and find the learning opportunity of interest online at www.arpdc.ab.ca. Click the Register button. You will then link to the host consortium website to complete your registration. Follow the prompts to log in or add personal information to proceed through the step-by-step process.
Upon successful completion of the online registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a summary of the registration details; and often a printable version of the confirmation invoice. This is also your registration invoice and/or receipt of payment.
Registration is required for all programs. This assists consortia in pre-planning meals, materials and space to increase the effectiveness of your learning opportunity. If you cannot attend, please send someone in your place and indicate that on the sign in sheet. Late registrations may be accepted. If in doubt, please call your regional consortium for details.
Check the details of the learning opportunity (printable or viewable pdf ad) for what materials and or equipment are needed. Any changes made to these requirements will be emailed to all registered individuals.
Yes, morning refreshments and lunch are typically provided with each learning opportunity, unless otherwise stated in the learning opportunity details. As you register you will need to indicate any known severe food allergies. We will work with the caterer to provide you the appropriate meal; and with the group to ensure exposure to severe food allergens are minimized. When in doubt, please come prepared with food and any medicine you may need.
Please contact Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia for details. We can always send your specific question to the presenter before the learning opportunity, as it may impact the entire group.
Blackboard Collaborate (previously known as Elluminate) is a web-based video and audio conferencing system. It is used by the Alberta Regional PD Consortia for professional development, and distance learning through virtual settings where learning opportunities are held online and participants are able to interact with each other in real time. For more information about BlackBoard Collaborate see:http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/collaborate/overview.aspx.
You can participate from any location as long as you have a computer with internet access and a headset with a mic (or computer audio). You will receive directions when you register telling you how to ensure that your computer satisfies minimum system requirements.
The Alberta Regional PD Consortia Learning Portal is used by professional learning facilitators to share learning opportunity resources and dialogue about learning issues between face-to-face or online conferences. It is based upon a Moodle platform. Resources are available through a Guest login, through a username and password supplied after registration in a Learning Opportunity or through a keyword provided by a Learning Opportunity presenter. For more information about the ARPDC Learning Portal see: http://learning.arpdc.ab.ca/
A webcast is held in one location and broadcast over the internet to other sites, and is most often used for a provincial learning opportunity. One-way delivery comes from the host site to the remote sites.
While creating a profile may not be necessary for all regional consortia, it is encouraged as you will have access to many features on the site – like “My Dashboard” where you can find a list of current, upcoming and past learning opportunities with your consortium.
My Dashboard is much like your account with many online shopping venues. You can control your employment information, access previous learning opportunities, view your upcoming learning opportunities and reprint receipts.
Yes, everyone is welcome to register in any learning opportunity from any of the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia. Travel expenses may be incurred so check with your district administrator
Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC)
The Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC) is the collective voice of the seven regional consortia mandated to support implementation of initiatives and goals of regional jurisdictions and Alberta Education. They partner to engage in strategic planning and designing professional learning opportunities that are coordinated, collaborative and comprehensive. Each regional consortium is governed by a board comprised of representatives from: CASS, ASBA, ASBOA, ASCA, Post-Secondary, ATA and Alberta Education. The board ensures that programs align with the goals of the consortium.
Professional Development Resources are “learning opportunities” available online and intended to support personalized or job embedded learning. They are available in a variety of formats: archived webinars, videos with learning guides, workshop support materials and links to external sites and resources. Professional Development resources are intended to support implementation of Alberta programs of studies and initiatives identified by Alberta Education.