ABEL connects researchers, educators, public and private sector organizations and other affiliated partners through the program’s services:
Delivering professional learning
Providing access to technological tools and support
Delivering and providing learning resources
Building effective partnerships
Driving innovation and mobilization through research
Offering technical and pedagogical consulting services
Available to LC members as well, ABEL’s Professional Learning Program (PLP) is job-embedded, timely and participant-driven. A wide array of professional learning offerings are available to participants providing support for, and expertise in, a variety of tools and approaches to the effective use of technology for teaching and learning.
Tools & Support
The ABEL and LC Programs provide members with access to a wide variety of technology tools and services. These are continuously updated to reflect the latest research and development, and include wikis, blogs, podcasting, SmartBoards, Second Life, ePortfolios, digital storytelling, videoconferencing and streamed videos. Members can browse through the Tools catalogue to learn about and access ABEL tools that will enrich the learning experience.
ABEL and LC offer access to a wide variety of learning resources and content, including multimedia content, curricular and training resources, training modules and courses, an online community, member-generated content, and a wide variety of content and services provided by our partners.
The Learning Connections program is made possible by a grant from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS), Ontario Ministry of Education.Beginning in 2005, the LNS provided funding to create the Learning Connections program building upon the research and learning acquired from the Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) program.
The ABEL program regularly conducts research and evaluation focused on technology-enhanced learning, collaboration and effective implementation strategies. As well, it participates as a partner in research projects with other agencies and institutions or private sector partners. This research informs the program's evaluation of current and leading-edge technological developments for learning. The ABEL program disseminates all evaluation findings and research to impact system change and to sustain innovation.
ABEL Consulting Services help members build capacity for technology-enhanced learning, collaboration, knowledge sharing and mobilization. Our expertise ensures quality support that leverages technologies and connects people regardless of geographical distance. These services and costs may be modified based on client or partner requirements. ABEL will meet the needs of their partners and collaborators by customizing service to meet specific goals of program delivery and access