Ebou Learning was originally founded in 1998 by Andrew Milne and Jarrett Laughlin. The journey started with AndyCamper – Andrew’s original brainchild, whose mission was to revolutionize the way children and their parents interact with the outdoors. AndyCamper developed an online community portal that provided a series of engaging educational activities that encourage outdoor learning and creativity. AndyCamper’s focus on experiential learning and innovations in mobile technology enabled student learning to extend beyond the classroom and into the homes and communities.
Jarrett began his journey in educational research and policy in 2004. While working with the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) as the national lead on Indigenous education, Jarrett was asked to write a chapter in CCL’s landmark report, the State of Learning in Canada: No Time for Complacency (2007). Jarrett’s conclusion was that “we don’t know the state of Indigenous learning in Canada, because we haven’t been asking the right questions. We need to shift the paradigm. ” This reflection launched CCL’s foundational work, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Metis educators across Canada, to develop new and holistic learning models that reflect what lifelong learning means from an Indigenous perspective. Since then, Jarrett has been developing and applying new and holistic approaches to measuring learning success through a series of socially innovative, community-based projects.
Jarrett and Andrew brought these two perspectives (innovation and holism) together and created Ebou's Holistic Learning Platform. Ebou Learning quickly realized that despite the rapid advancements in education technologies; despite the global focus on 21st century skills and education reform; and despite the obsessive growth in student assessment, schools and education systems across the world were not maximizing their potential.
The two main questions Jarrett and Andrew wanted to answer were:
- How could technology be used to improve the assessment process?
- How could assessment be redefined to truly inform student learning – in the school, home and community?
Andrew and Jarrett have come to understand that the most important ingredient in this process is to enable personalized learning experiences and material that reflects the culture and contexts of every student. Today, Ebou Learning is working with educators across North America to help schools, communities and students at a point that was unthinkable back in 1998.