Frequently Asked Questions

What is Digital Human Library (dHL)?

Digital Human Library (dHL) is Canada’s premier digital experiential learning library. We are a not-for-profit educational organization connecting Canadian teachers and students with hundreds of industry leaders, experts, and organizations from around the world for learning. dHL Experts offer interactive curriculum-based programs, mentorships, career talks, Q&As, and virtual tours/ VR using multi-media, video conferencing and live streaming technologies. Choose from 3 experiential learning catalogues, and/ or get involved in one of our social innovation projects!


FAQs for Teachers (scroll down for FAQs for Experts)

VIDEO CONFERENCING CATALOGUE – FREE

How do I access and use the dHL Video Conferencing Catalogue?

Please read our 5 step instructions below, or you can watch this short video to get started!

1. Register with Digital Human Library. You will receive an email confirming your registration was received.

2. Within 24 hours you will receive a second email confirming your registration has been approved. If you don’t receive this email, please check your Spam.

3. Log in to the dHL website using the username and password you created.

4. After you log in you will have 2 options: Search Teachers or Search Experts.

5. Whether you choose Search Teachers or Search Experts, you will prompted to type your search terms into a search box. Search terms might include key words, curriculum content areas, geographic location of schools, languages spoken, video conferencing platform, etc. Since 95% of dHL Experts offer programs for free, there is no need to search for “FREE” programs. 

Remember, you must have your profile approved first before you will be given access to the video conferencing catalogue. New registrations are reviewed daily. 

What technology do I need to video conference with dHL Experts?

All you need is a computer with internet access, speakers, and a webcam with a microphone. We recommend that the computer is connected to a SMARTBoard or projector and screen so the program is displayed on a larger screen. If you don’t have a computer with a webcam and microphone, you can buy a quality webcam with built-in microphone for around $25.00.

The video conferencing platform you will use for your video conference depends on the dHL Expert’s preferred way to connect (Zoom, Skype, Google+ Hangouts… ). If the dHL Expert does not have a preferred way to connect, there are several free options.

Note: All Ontario school boards are licensed to use Adobe Connect.  Please contact your IT department to set up your free account if you are interested.

How much does it cost to video conference with dHL Experts?

Digital Human Library is free to use for Canadian teachers. More than 95% of dHL Experts offer their programs free of charge. However, there are a few dHL Experts who charge a fee for their programs and they have indicated their fees in their profiles. Fees can range from $25 – $250 depending on the program. Fees are paid directly to the Experts (content providers).

Who are the dHL Experts?

dHL Experts are registered content providers who offer educational content and programs to K-12 students in their classrooms using video conferencing technology. dHL Experts are dynamic, engaging, and professional, with comprehensive knowledge and skill sets in their field of work/ area of specialization based on years of experience and/or research. Experts lead with empathy and interact with students in ways that are professional and personable, positive, inclusive, and equitable. With a focus on empowering students as leaders in their own learning, experts create opportunities for students to ask questions, share ideas, make connections, collaborate, solve problems, think critically, create, and learn.

How are dHL Experts vetted?

dHL Experts belong to reputable organizations, businesses, colleges/universities, or are self-employed professionals. Prior to being approved, Experts are interviewed, qualifications are verified, references are checked, and social media sites are reviewed in detail. While dHL does not accept liability for the content provided by our Experts, or for the contents of external links they provide, over the structure of which we have no control, we are committed to providing schools with the highest quality educational experiences. If your experience with one of our Experts does not meet your expectations, please contact us.

Note: In specific fields of work, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not always necessary for dHL Experts to have academic qualifications.

How do I book a program with a dHL Expert?

Each dHL Expert specifies their preferred method of contact, program booking information, web links, and contact information on their profile page. Registered teachers may contact dHL Experts directly from their profile pages. Remember, to view complete dHL Expert profile pages you must be a registered dHL member. Already registered? Log in.

Note: Some dHL Experts offer a schedule of programs that you must sign-up for a month or more in advance. These programs often fill quickly on a first come first served basis so book early!

Where is my information stored at Digital Human Library?

Digital Human Library is hosted at Sibername. All of our data is stored on a secure Canadian server.

What are my responsibilities as a teacher using dHL?

First and foremost it is the classroom teacher’s responsibility to ensure that students have permission to appear on camera during a video conference. Although these sessions are not typically recorded, screenshots and video clips may be taken by the classroom teacher, and/or the expert to share and celebrate the experience with others online. Please refer to your School Board’s Administrative Procedures/ Policies with regards to social media use, photographing/ videotaping of students, etc. We do offer an information letter that you can adapt and send home to families explaining why and how students will be connecting with experts using Digital Human Library. Please note this is not a permission form. However, the letter invites parents to contact you if they have any questions or concerns.

Secondly, teachers have a responsibility to help prepare dHL Expert’s for the video conference. dHL Experts will require information like class size and age group, curriculum expectations, student learning needs and goals, time frame, and preferred program format. There are a number of questions that need to be answered by both teachers and experts before the video conference. Please visit the Tips for Teachers page for more information.

Student Safety

It is the classroom teachers responsibility to provide the Expert with information about whether or not students may be photographed or filmed during the video conference. Please refer to your Board/ District policy regarding photographing/ filming/ sharing student information online.

When you invite any guest into your classroom, whether in person or virtually (online), unforeseen things can happen. If you ever need to end a video conference abruptly, the video conference can be terminated quickly by simply closing the window in your browser. It will be up to you to use your professional judgement to determine what course of action is most appropriate.

Please contact us if you have any problems while connecting with one of our Experts.

Link dHL Experts to Your Lesson Plans and Resources

Each dHL Expert profile includes a link that can be added to lesson plans, book lists, digital notebooks, websites, library catalogues, resource pages… anywhere you want to link human resources with your digital and hard copy resource collections.

To access dHL Expert links, registered teachers simply log in to dHL and search by keyword for an Expert. Once you’ve found the Expert you’re looking for, open the Expert profile and locate the link icon at the top of the Expert profile page. Copy the link and paste it anywhere you like. Any user who clicks on that dHL Expert link will be redirected to dHL and prompted to log in. Once logged in the selected dHL Expert profile page will be visible.

Can I register with dHL if I am a teacher living outside of Canada?

Yes. dHL Experts offer a variety of educational programs that may fit with your curriculum or Common Core Standards.


LIVE STREAMING CATALOGUE – SUBSCRIPTION

What is Live Learning Canada (LLC)

Digital Human Library is pleased to announce that we are one of the founding partners* in Live Learning Canada (LLC). LLC has been designed to deliver hundreds of curriculum-based live streamed educational programs to support experiential learning in K-12 classrooms across Canada. Live Learning Canada is a subscription-based calendar and requires a separate account typically purchased by your school board/ district.
*Live Learning Canada Founding Partners: Streamable Learning, Royal Botanical Gardens, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Royal BC Museum

Where do I access LLC’s live streaming calendar of events?

Please visit the Live Learning Canada website to view our calendar of over 450 live streaming programs in all K-12 curriculum subject areas.

What technology do I need to participate in a live streaming event?

All you need is a computer with internet access and speakers. We recommend that the computer is connected to a SMARTBoard or projector and screen so the program is displayed on a larger screen.

How do I book a live streaming program with LLC?

Your school/ school board/district must purchase a subscription to Live Learning Canada. Once a subscription has been purchased, your school/ board/ district will provide you with your login credentials and information about how to book a program. For more information about subscribing to LLC please contact us!

How do my students and I attend a program with LLC?

A District must have a subscription to LLC before a teacher may register, book and attend a program. Once a District has subscribed to LLC, teachers:

1. Create an Account directly from our homepage (livelearning.ca). Once registered, teachers gain access to all of our live streaming events and archived programs. Browse and book an event in a few simple clicks! Registered teachers are also subscribed to our newsletter detailing upcoming programs and events.

2. Download the free Zoom App (one time) to attend our live streaming programs.

3. Visit our homepage to find sample recorded programs, our trailer, and our tutorial videos.

Pricing for Schools, School Boards, and Districts

As a subscription service, our streaming calendar is sold as an annual pass, not on an event basis. LLC is incredibly inexpensive on a per student/ event basis as schools and districts get significant per classroom/ student volume discounts. Purchased at a school or district level, every classroom gets access to every program all year long. We encourage schools and districts to start with a pilot, and we offer additional discounts for districts who purchase multi-year subscriptions. Contact us to learn more about how LLC is making distance learning a powerful educational experience for K-12 students.


VIRTUAL TOURS/ VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) CATALOGUE – FREE

What are multi-media virtual tours?

Multi-media virtual tours include collections of 360° panoramas, 3D images, live cameras, narrated tours, videos, augmented reality, virtual reality and more! dHL offers hundreds of virtual tours and virtual reality experiences in all K-12 curriculum subject areas. Visit famous landmarks, museums, and exhibits, or tour cities around the world. Watch animals living in the wild, or learn about how things are made. Experience a theme park or take a trip into space all from the convenience of your classroom.

Virtual tours/ VR compliment video conferencing and live streaming programs by providing students and their families with a chance to revisit the places they are learning about at school anytime, anywhere. These experiences also provide a greater context for conversations at home about classroom learning.

Who can access dHL Virtual Tours/ VR Catalogue?

The Virtual Tours/ VR Catalogue is hosted externally on the dHL site which means anyone who visits Digital Human Library can access and search this catalogue.

How do my students and I search the Virtual Tours/ VR Catalogue?

Visit the Virtual Tours/ VR Catalogue. Search by category using the dropdown menu, and/or by keyword(s) using the keyword search field.

Note: Virtual tour and virtual reality content is linked externally from our site. We update our links periodically throughout the year, however it is possible that you may find a broken link. If you do, please contact us so we can fix it!

Digital Human Library Disclaimer

The dHL does not accept liability for the content provided by our Experts, or for the contents of external links, over the structure of which we have no control. This statement is valid for all of the links on the website and for all contents of the pages to which the links or banners lead.


FAQs for dHL Experts (Content Providers)

VIDEO CONFERENCING CATALOGUE – FREE

Why should I register as a dHL Expert?

One of the greatest ways you will give back to the school community is to get involved in education.  Your contributions to this resource not only bring communities around the world together, but have a profound effect on the lives of our students.  By agreeing to be a dHL Expert, you are making a commitment to help educate our children, and strengthen the relationships between our communities and schools.

Who are dHL Experts?

dHL Experts are registered content providers who offer educational content and programs to K-12 students in their classrooms using video conferencing technology. dHL Experts are dynamic, engaging, and professional, with comprehensive knowledge and skill sets in their field of work/ area of specialization based on years of experience and/or research. Experts lead with empathy and interact with students in ways that are professional and personable, positive, inclusive, and equitable. With a focus on empowering students as leaders in their own learning, experts create opportunities for students to ask questions, share ideas, make connections, collaborate, solve problems, think critically, create and learn.

Note: In specific fields of work, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not always necessary for dHL Experts to have academic qualifications.

How much does it cost to be listed as a dHL Expert in the Video Conferencing Catalogue?

It’s free to list as an Expert with Digital Human Library provided you are willing to offer a minimum of one free program per school year.

What are my responsibilities as a dHL Expert?

dHL Experts connect with students in classrooms locally, provincially, and/or across Canada to support and further student learning. Registering for Digital Human Library involves creating a profile which includes information like your areas of expertise, program information, web links, and method(s) of contact. By registering, you are agreeing to receive and respond to requests from classroom teachers who are interested in connecting their students with you. It is always up to you to decide if, and when you would like to work with teachers who contact you. Teachers understand you may not always be available.

What information is provided to me when I’m contacted by a classroom teacher?

Teachers who contact you will provide you with all of the information you need, including the curriculum (subject area content), grade level, learning goals, learning needs, and any other relevant information to ensure the video conference is a success.  It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to help you prepare for the video conference.  The classroom teacher will work with you to decide on the format for the video conference, whether it’s an interview, demonstration, presentation, lesson, Q&A, as well as how to make the video conference as interactive and engaging as possible.  Since you are the Expert, you will decide how much preparation is required for the video conference.

How much time am I committing to the dHL if I agree to register as an Expert?

The amount of time you commit to the dHL is entirely up to you.  You decide how many sessions you are willing to offer each year. You can update your profile anytime to reflect your current offerings.

What technology do I need?

All you need is a computer with internet access, speakers, and a webcam with a microphone.  Since most computers are equipped with a webcam, microphone, and speakers, you probably already have everything you need!

The video conferencing platform you use for your video conference depends on your preferred way to connect (Zoom, Skype, Google+ Hangouts, …). If you don’t have a preferred way to connect, there are several free options. We also recommend asking the teacher you are working with if s/he prefers a specific platform.

How do I know if my occupation and/or expertise would be of interest to teachers and students?

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”  ~Bill Nye

EveryONE has something valuable to offer.  With such a broad range of topics explored in grades K-12 across the curriculum, teachers and students will find connections between your occupation and area(s) of expertise, and the inquiry happening in the classroom.

How do I develop an educational program for students?

Collaborating with the teacher is the best place to start. Teachers are full of creative ideas. Ask lots of questions and plan together. Remember, you are have the expertise and the teacher knows how to engage the students. Together you will design a program that meets the needs of all learners. If you find you need additional support, please contact us!

How do I modify my existing educational programs so they can be delivered using video conferencing technology? Will my program still be engaging?

In most cases the content in your program can be delivered in an engaging way just as it would if you were presenting in person. Consider how much time you spend talking, showing multi-media, allowing for questions and answering questions when you present. You can still lead activities, read books, show pictures, artifacts, play videos, music, conduct an experiment…  .  The only difference is, you aren’t standing directly in front of your audience. They won’t be able to touch or handle the artifacts for example, but your audience can see those artifacts up close – sometimes in greater detail than can be seen by the naked eye! And when you plan with the classroom teacher, maybe you plan for the students to have the same artifacts you’re using during your program. Students start off engaged because they get to see you on the BIG screen. Involve them in your session like you would in person, and you will have a captivated audience.

If you have any questions, please contact us!

I have registered as a dHL Expert, but I can’t view other Expert profiles.  Why?

In order to protect the privacy of our Experts, the only users that have access to complete dHL Expert profiles are registered teachers and librarians.


SOCIAL INNOVATION PROJECTS

What are social innovation projects?

Social Innovation projects supported by dHL are led by teams of educators and stakeholders who have a vested interest in creating meaningful educational opportunities for K-12 students. Social innovation projects provide students with experiences to recognize and act on the power they have for making a positive difference in the world. By creating opportunities for students to experience how positive change happens, and more importantly how they can be both designers and leaders in creating change, we raise students’ awareness through empathy, giving them choice and voice to affect positive change in the world right now.

How do my students and I get involved in dHL Social Innovation projects?

Please visit the Social Innovation Project page where you will find an overview of each project, links to the project websites, details about how get involved, and contact information for the project team if you have any questions or require further information.

How do I submit a proposal for a dHL Social Innovation project?

If you have an idea for a project you’d like to develop in collaboration with dHL and/or other partners, please contact us!


We hope you found the answers you were looking for. If you have further questions, or would like additional information about any of our services, please contact us anytime.

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