Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Online Homeschool Conference. Hopefully, we can help answer some of your questions below. If you still have questions, be sure to email Lisa Marie at [email protected]
When is the conference?
The 2017 Canadian Online Homeschool Conference was held on February 3 - 7th, 2017. We are looking into plans for 2018. Subscribe to get news about upcoming events.
Where is this conference being held?
Right here on this site. Just come here and join in the fun!
What time are the sessions?
All the live events and sessions are marked with a time in their title. These are the only ones that you should try to attend at a specific time during the day.
The rest of the sessions are all pre-recorded and will be available starting on the day they are listed for 48 hours. After that point, they will be locked and no longer available.
Will I need any special software or programs?
We are doing our best to make sure that everyone has access to this event. It will be as user-friendly as possible and will not require you to have anything special to participate - just a device of your choice and internet access. All you need to do is log into this website and enroll in the "class" so you can access the sessions.
How much does it cost?
While it was live, it is absolutely free to attend this conference. Everyone is welcome. After it is all over, you can buy a lifetime Complete Access Pass to all the sessions for $97.
Is this a religious conference?
This conference is intentionally neutral.
Since many of the events available for homeschoolers are decidedly Christian, the co-ordinators of this event felt that it was extremely important to have an event with no religious intent. The goal here is inclusion and we want everyone to be welcome.
That being said, please remember that every person involved in this event will have their own view on faith and life that drives them. Some will be Christian and some will not. As they do their presentations, keep in mind that they may reference their faith as part of their choices or their advice.
We ask that you respect their faiths - no matter what they are. Just filter out the stuff that doesn't apply to you and your family or your faith choices and glean the wisdom that you find useful from what they share.
Why are you having an online conference?
Great question. There are several reasons behind the purpose of doing an online conference for the Canadian homeschooling community. Some of these include:
1) Canada is a big country, with lots of remote areas and places. It isn't possible for everyone to get to an in-person conference. Being online gives us no travel requirements and allows anyone to join in - no matter where they are.
2) It works with the busy life schedules of a homeschooler. For most of the event, you can watch videos and do lessons at your own free time, and if you miss the live events, you can watch the replay later - something that is hard to do in a live event.
3) By running an event outside the confines of a specific homeschool support group or province, we are able to host an event that can include a wider range of speakers and vendors. For example, there are no travel costs for them to consider or time away from their families needed.
Who is hosting this conference?
The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference is hosted by Lisa Marie Fletcher from The Canadian Homeschooler. As a great event to co-ordinate with her mission of bringing learning resources to the Canadian community, she's been planning to hold this conference for a few years. It was finally time to take the jump and make it happen!