Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre

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.

Contact: Edith Lando VLC info.elvlc@ubc.ca


Fundamentals of Coding

A week-long website development summer camp that teaches fundamental skills like HTML, CSS, & Javascript, while also introducing broader concepts and principles of the Internet. By the end of the workshop, participants will create personal websites on the topic of their choosing! Students will present their websites on the last day of class and will have the opportunity to receive feedback from UBC Faculty and Staff. This workshop was organized in partnership with Coding Pals – a non-profit organization run by high school students based in Vancouver, BC that offers computer programming lessons at zero cost to local youth.

Quick Info

Date(s): Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2023
Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm with a 45-minute break (lunch will be provided)
Format: In-Person
Audience: Students ages 13+
Cost: Free
Register by: Friday, June 30, 2023

Application Process:  Applicants will be asked to provide a description of a website they would like to create as their camp project, why they want to learn coding and the impact that knowing coding will have on them.  Additionally, applicants’ parents will be asked to describe their financial need by answering a few brief general questions.  Applications will be assess based on financial need and answers to our project and impact questions.

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Panda AAC Camp

PANDA (Promoting and Advancing) AAC Camp is designed specifically for children with exceptionalities whose primary mode of communication is AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). Presented in collaboration with BC Association for Advancing Communications (BCAAC) our goal is to improve AAC education, communication, and literacy. Our goal is to improve AAC education, communication, and literacy. Training will be provided for students, families, and educators, and will include hands-on application for speech-generating devices. Volunteer hours credit is available. While parents are working with professionals to learn about speech-generating devices and other ways of supporting their children, the campers will enjoy a wide variety of activities ranging from storytelling to art and craft to drama.

Quick Info

Date(s): Tuesday, July 25 – Saturday, July 29, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm (a light breakfast including tea and coffee will be provided)
Format: In-Person
Audience: Children with speech delays and their parents/caretakers
Cost: $150
Register by: Registration will remain open until all spaces have been filled

Application Process: Interested participants will apply directly to BCAAC who will assess their suitability to participate.  For more information on the application please email admin@bcaac.ca.


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Climate Camp for Preteens and Teens

In this week-long camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the current climate crisis, how it’s impacting the lives of youth and what they can do to make a difference in their communities.  Each camp day will include an educational portion with guest speakers and experts, time to connect with nature and team project work.  Art will be used as a medium throughout the camp to help participants express their climate fears and anxieties and find ways to work through them.  Participants will also be given “homework” assignments that will help them open up dialogue and conversation with their families around the topic of climate change and the emotions that go along with it.

Quick Info

Date(s): Monday, August 21 – Friday, August 25, 2023
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (light snacks will be provided throughout the day for in-person participants)
Format: In-Person and Online
Audience: Students entering grades 6-10
Cost: Free
Register by: Friday, July 7, 2023 at noon

Application Process: Applicants will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and submit a one-page document describing their interest in climate reform, their experience with climate action and/or their climate fear.  Applicants will be accepted into the program based on the level of interest and need demonstrated through their application.  Priority for online spots will be given to applicants living in rural and remote communities.