We are pleased to announce the dates of the 2019 Adult Basic Education Association of BC conference. Planning is underway and we would be delighted to see you at the conference. Please save the dates for:

ABEABC Conference – Celebrating 40 years
April 25 & 26, 2019
at Harrison Hotsprings Resort

The primary activity of the ABEABC focuses on excellence in professional development by inviting people working in the ABE/ESL fields to share their best practices and research at our annual conference.  Adult basic education – whether delivered in secondary, post-secondary, First Nations, community, or Corrections programs is a growing and ever changing field in the use of technologies, course structures and program development.

INVITATION: Practitioners and researchers involved in the field of Adult Basic Education are invited to submit proposals for 90-minute presentations applicable to ABE and ESL learning and reflecting the 2019 Conference theme in the following areas:

  • Innovative teaching methods and program development
  • Student assessment and portfolio use for student evaluation
  • Inclusion in the classroom
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Open education resources and practices
  • Technology in the classroom online learning supports

Practical, innovative and interactive workshops are encouraged

2019 Conference Information


Access, Affordability,and Equity: Open Educational Practices in service of Adult Basic Education in BC

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is a Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A passionate advocate for open educational practices who has spoken at events and institutions around the world, Dr. Jhangiani is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. His most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or



Banquet Keynote Speaker: Amanda Coolidge

Keynote: Impacting a System through Open Education

Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus will share what has been accomplished to date to make an entire system change with open education.Amanda leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits, and other learning materials – in collaboration with the B.C. post-secondary system. The team also develops and delivers workshops to increase awareness, adoption, and adaptation of OER by instructors throughout the province and around the world. Amanda has as a background in Educational Technology and Instructional Design.

She will talk about what is need to make open sustainable, and share instructor stories of what we are hearing at all of the institutions, and how open education can help.

Amanda Coolidge is the Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus. Prior to working in the British Columbia Post-Secondary Sector, Amanda was the Senior Educational Technologist on the TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa) project, based in Nairobi, Kenya. TESSA is a bank of open educational resources (OER), linked to the school curriculum, and designed to support teachers and teacher educators in developing active approaches to learning. Amanda’s professional interests include open educational practices, open pedagogy, open policy, and best practices in universal design. In her personal time you can find her roaming Vancouver Island with her family in their RV (you can follow their adventures on Instagram (rvfamilyvancouverisland) and she can frequently be spotted at a Jazzercise class. You can follow Amanda on twitter@acoolidge.


Conference Registration Information


Link to Registration Site


Hotel booking rates – conference  Please contact Reservations at 800-663-2266 to book your room.

The primary activity of the Adult Basic Education Association of BC focuses on excellence in professional development. Each year a conference is held in the spring to bring together instructors from around the province.

In recent years we were at:

  • 2018 – Harrison Hot Springs – Wellness for Educators
  • 2017 – Harrison Hot Springs – Looking Around – Looking Forward, Exploring Possibilities and Bright Ideas
  • 2016 – Harrison Hot Springs – Building Bridges: Creating Structures for Success
  • 2015 – Harrison Hot Springs – The Kaleidoscope of Adult Learning: Our Shifting Perspective
  • 2014 – Harrison Hot Springs – Taking Back the Dream: Working Together to Support Adult Education In the Face of Change
  • 2013 – Harrison Hot Springs – The Education Jigsaw: Fitting Adults into the Puzzle
  • 2012 – Harrison Hot Springs – Life is a Highway: Connections and Crossroads
  • 2011 – Harrison Hot Springs – Transitions & Transformations: Embracing Change
  • 2010 – Harrison Hot Springs – Inspiring Skills for Success
  • 2009 – Prince George – Culturalizing the Curriculum
  • 2008 – Victoria
  • 2007 – Chilliwack
  • 2006 – Kamloops
  • 2005 – Merritt
  • 2004 – Castlegar
  • 2003 – Richmond
  • 2002 – Prince George
  • 2001 – Victoria
  • 2000 – University College of the Cariboo (Kamloops)