In 2009-10, with the support of HEQCO funding, colleges in Eastern Ontario were able to engage teachers participating in the regional Aligning and Building Curriculum (ABC) program in using a knowledge exchange network (ABC-KEN). ABC-KEN allowed them to develop and share curriculum knowledge and contribute to the expansion of a curriculum repository.
Curriculum information, tools, and links to curriculum cases and the ABC-KEN site can be found on the ABC Curriculum Resources website which is now part of The Exchange network.
The project undertaken in 2009-10 provided some insights into the use of a knowledge exchange network to mobilize, shape, extend and share knowledge and tools for aligning and building curriculum.
In 2010-11 HEQCO provided additional funding to develop a plan for a provincial curriculum knowledge exchange network. This plan was completed in spring 2011. The Exchange emerged from these early beginnings. Although ABC and CDAG were the founding communities, as The Exchange grows it welcomes a range of communities with interests based on curriculum, teaching and learning, and specific areas of discipline. Additional communities are always welcome at The Exchange.