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April 10, 2014

Online Learning News – April 9, 2014 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 9 avril 2014

From yesterday’s inbox…

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A weekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network

Now on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors:

The What, Why, Where, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)

Dr. Rory McGreal, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate and the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources answers these fundamental questions in Contact North I Contact Nord’s new series of 10 short, informative videos, Open Educational Resources (OER) – A Video Primer.

The second video in the series, Comparing Commercial and Open Educational Resources, looks at the differences between these two types of educational resources.

A new video will be introduced and posted with each issue of Online Learning News in April and May.

Open Educational Resources by Contact North | Contact Nord is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

How to Design an Innovative Course

There is a lot of pressure these days on faculty and instructors to be ‘innovative’ in their teaching. But exactly what does being innovative mean? How do you go about designing and implementing an innovative course? What is the problem you are trying to solve? Will technology help?

Learn a series of steps that can help you approach innovative teaching in a systematic way in How to Design an Innovative Course.

Greater Flexibility as the New Mantra

Many in post-secondary education speak of the students’ need for greater “flexibility” without defining either the meaning of this term or documenting its implications.

Examine five key ways that policy makers, senior administrators and faculty can define “flexibility” in Greater Flexibility as the New Mantra.

Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series

The first instalment of three webinars in Sharing Innovation – The Ontario Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series is complete and featured:

The recording of each webinar is available at www.contactnorth.ca/pockets.The Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series resumes in September 2014.

Lambton College Hosts Mobile Summit

Mobile learning is quickly integrating itself into the educational system and students are more tech savvy than ever before, with almost all of them having one or more handheld devices.

Lambton College is hosting the first ever Mobile Summit for colleges, universities and K-12 throughout Ontario on May 14-16, 2014 at the Lambton Inn, Sarnia, Ontario. This summit will be a learning and sharing platform for educators, administrators and support staff to learn about the value of mobile learning, integrating it into the classroom and achieving maximum results with student engagement.

Visit the Mobile Summit website for further details and registration information.

Pockets of Innovation

From Ontario’s public colleges and universities:

  • Learn how Centennial College introduced a new learning management system (LMS) and launched an Interdisciplinary Applied Aboriginal Studies Diploma Program for Aboriginal students using the LMS.
  • Read about the University of Windsor’s use of Twitter in the classroom for student engagement and exchange.

Last Week’s Most Popular Links on the Portal

Visit the Portal today and see why it gets over 14,000 visits per month from faculty and instructors, administrators, technology providers, policy makers across Ontario and around the world.

Do you have colleagues who might be interested in receiving the Online Learning News? Forward today’s issue and they can subscribe here!


Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne

Une mise à jour hebdomadaire offerte par Contact North | Contact Nord, le réseau d’éducation et de formation à distance de l’Ontario

Les hyperliens dans ce bulletin donnent accès à des documents disponibles en anglais seulement.

Les nouveautés sur le Portail d’apprentissage en ligne de l’Ontario à l’intention du personnel enseignant et de formation :

Les ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO) – Quoi, pourquoi, où et comment?

Rory McGreal Ph. D., associé de recherche chez Contact North | Contact Nord et titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning sur les ressources éducatives ouvertes aborde ces questions fondamentales dans une nouvelle série de Contact North I Contact Nord qui comprend dix courtes vidéos instructives, intitulée Open Educational Resources (OER) – A Video Primer (guide d’instruction vidéo sur les ressources éducatives ouvertes).

La deuxième vidéo de la série, Comparing Commercial and Open Educational Resources (comparaison des ressources éducatives commerciales et ouvertes), porte sur les différences entre ces deux types de ressources éducatives.

Une nouvelle vidéo sera introduite et publiée avec chaque numéro du Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne d’avril et de mai.

L’utilisation des ressources éducatives ouvertes qui sont offertes par Contact North | Contact Nord est autorisée en vertu d’une licence internationale Attribution 4.0 de Creative Commons.

Comment concevoir un cours novateur

Ces jours-ci, il y a beaucoup de pressions sur les membres du personnel enseignant et de formation pour qu’ils fassent preuve d’innovation dans leur enseignement. Mais que signifie donc exactement une « approche novatrice »? Quelle démarche doit-on privilégier pour concevoir et mettre en œuvre un cours novateur? Quel est le problème que vous essayez de régler? La technologie peut-elle vous aider?

En consultant la page Web portant sur la marche à suivre pour concevoir un cours innovateur, vous pouvez vous familiariser avec des étapes qui peuvent vous aider à aborder l’enseignement innovateur d’une manière systématique.

La souplesse accrue est le nouveau mantra

Dans le secteur de l’éducation postsecondaire, nombre de personnes disent que les étudiantes et étudiants ont besoin d’une « souplesse » accrue, mais sans toutefois définir la signification de ce terme et sans documenter ses implications.

Prenez connaissance des cinq moyens clés, permettant aux décideurs, aux cadres supérieurs et au personnel enseignant de définir la « souplesse », qui sont présentés dans le document Greater Flexibility as the New Mantra (la souplesse accrue est le nouveau mantra).

La série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation

Le premier volet de trois webinaires dans Partager l’innovation – La série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation de l’Ontario est maintenant complet. Il comprend :

L’enregistrement de chaque webinaire est disponible dans le site Web à www.contactnorth.ca/pockets.La série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation reprend en septembre 2014.

Lambton College accueille l’événement « Mobile Summit »

L’apprentissage mobile s’intègre rapidement dans le système d’éducation. De plus, les étudiantes et étudiants sont plus technophiles que jamais auparavant : presque tous parmi eux ont un ou plusieurs appareils portatifs.

Lambton College accueille le tout premier Mobile Summit, un sommet sur l’apprentissage à l’intention des collèges, des universités et des écoles élémentaires et primaires à travers l’Ontario, qui aura lieu du 14 au 16 mai 2014 au Lambton Inn à Sarnia en Ontario. Pour le personnel enseignant, administratif et de soutien, ce sommet sera une plateforme d’apprentissage et de partage afin de se documenter sur la valeur de l’apprentissage mobile, sur son intégration dans la salle de classe et sur l’atteinte de résultats optimaux grâce à l’engagement des étudiantes et étudiants.

Pour de plus amples renseignements et de l’information sur l’inscription, veuillez visiter le site Web du Mobile Summit.

Poches d’innovation

Offerts par des universités et collèges publics de l’Ontario

  • Découvrez comment Centennial College a mis en œuvre un nouveau système de gestion de l’apprentissage (SGA) et a lancé un programme de diplôme en études autochtones appliquées et interdisciplinaires pour les étudiantes et étudiants autochtones, utilisant le SGA.
  • Renseignez-vous sur l’usage de Twitter en salle de classe par University of Windsor afin de favoriser l’engagement et la communication chez les étudiantes et étudiants.

Les liens les plus populaires sur le Portail la semaine passée

Visiter le Portail dès aujourd’hui afin de constater vous-même pourquoi il attire chaque mois plus de 14 000 visites du personnel enseignant et de formation, des administrateurs, des fournisseurs de technologie et des décideurs de partout en Ontario et dans le monde.

Vos collègues aimeraient-ils recevoir le Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne? Acheminez-leur le bulletin de cette semaine, et ils pourront s’abonner ici!

April 7, 2014

[CNIE-L] MADLaT April 4th Update

From today’s inbox…

Hello Everyone,

Please have a look at this exciting conference update!

Attached you will find information regarding the Keynote Speaker, as well as workshop and session information.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity so register today.

 

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Attachment: MADLAT 2014 April 4

April 6, 2014

[CNIE-L] 2014 Conference Registration in Kamloops EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS 17 Apr 2014 | Inscription au Congrès 2014 à Kamloops TARIF D’INSCRIPTION HÂTIVE TERMINÉ LE 17 AVRIL 2014

Also from Friday’s inbox…

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Dear CNIE members:  Early registration closes on 17 April 2014 (EXTENDED DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES).

Early member conference registration rate $300.00

Member conference registration rate starting 8 April $350.00

Early non-member conference registration rate $425.00

Non-Member conference registration rate starting 8 April $475.00

Students conference registration rates are available.

Conference registration can be found at https://www.assocsrv.ca/cnie-rcie/login.asp?lang=e.

The Conference will take place at the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.

A great conference is planned!  To discover more information about the conference, please visit http://www.tru.ca/distance/cnie.html.

We are eager to know that you will be coming to Kamloops to join in three days of learning and networking!!  See you in Kamloops!

 

Chers membres du RCIÉ,  vous avez jusqu’au 17 avril 2014 pour profiter du tarif d’inscription hâtive (prolongée à cause des problèmes techniques).

Membre du RCIÉ inscription hâtive au congrès – 300 $

Membre du RCIÉ inscription régulière au congrès à compter du 1er avril – 350 $

Non-membre du RCIÉ inscription hâtive au congrès – 425 $

Non-membre du RCIÉ inscription régulière au congrès à compter du 1er avril – 475 $

Les frais d’inscription pour les étudiants sont disponibles.

Vous pouvez vous inscrire au congrès au https://www.assocsrv.ca/cnie-rcie/login.asp?lang=f.

Le Congrès aura lieu au Thompson Rivers University à Kamloops (Colombie-Britannique).

Un congrès fructueux est prévu !  Pour découvrir plus amples renseignements sur le congrès, veuillez consulter http://www.tru.ca/distance/cnie.html.

Au plaisir de vous voir à Kamloops !

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April 3, 2014

Re-Post: Too Successful? Really?

This is re-posted from The Director’s Cut on 21st Century Learning.

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Too successful? Really?

I really don’t want to be political, but I recognize the value of engaging politicians when an organization such as Credenda is in need of intervention when the bureaucrats fail to listen. To be fair to the bureaucrats, they are only implementing the directives that are passed down to them. However, the challenge we face are the many different interpretations that come out of one directive, resulting in varied decisions.

This has lead me to the conclusion that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is not an advocate of the First Peoples of our First Nations. Let me explain. Since 2005, Credenda has had an increase in the number of students that have registered with our school for supplementary classes, which they were unable to receive at their local schools. Many of our remote northern schools across Canada are challenged in finding specialized math, science, literacy, and humanities experts. Students from over 40 First Nations in Saskatchewan have attended our classes with 73% receiving high school credits. Compare that to the national average of 39% of our First Nation students getting a high school diploma, these numbers are fantastic.

My natural thought process leads me to believe that when something is successful, you back it, support it, fund it, because in the big picture, these students will go on to post-secondary education and training with success, and will rely less on the system for support. The cost savings are huge. But instead, agencies like AANDC see success as a threat. One AANDC individual made the comment that, “Credenda is too successful,” hence they needed to put a cap on the funding otherwise we might grow beyond their means. What an ironic statement. From a strategic planning perspective, as these students pass through a school like Credenda and get their education, a life is changed, transformed for success creating a legacy of hope for the rest of the students in the community to strive forward and learn with purpose. It might take 20 years to change the patterns or the self image that has been created among our youth that we First Peoples are failures, but it will change.

So a First Nation school is “too successful!” I guess we aren’t the failures we have been lead to believe we are.

Here are some of the specific challenges that we have been facing. Over the past years, AANDC has been changing the rules. We had a three year agreement which funded all classes. In the second year of our agreement, AANDC decided to develop the Virtual High School Management Regime, which would redesignate our status from a school to a service provider. We were funded as any other school based on nominal roll for the courses we taught, for the staff we hired to teach, and develop curriculum, and the supports we provided. Despite our objections to change the agreement, AANDC unilaterally changed our agreement.

What is important to note that during this time we found the rules changing for calculating our year end reconciliations. In 2011-12, they found reasons to deny us over $200,000. In 2012-13, they have looked at every way possible to deny us another $200,000 plus reconciliation. Already this totals over $400,000 being taken from our budget, putting additional strain on our organization to teach the increasing number of students registering with Credenda. Then this year, because of the newly imposed Virtual High School Management Regime, between September and February, we were disallowed 190 classes because they were classes such as Law, Communications, Journalism, Native Studies, Psychology, and more, because AANDC was only going to pay for math, sciences, and literacy. Every other region in Canada funds all courses, but Saskatchewan decided not to fund them. Those 190 classes translated into over $300,000 in lost funding. Add all those up and we are already at over $700,000 in lost revenues over the last two and a half years. And they have the audacity to tell us that they are concerned about our accumulated debt, when they were the ones to create it. I think we have done amazingly well to stay operational, but something needs to give. We can’t keep operating this way.

The people who will lose the most will be our students. It’s not fair. More than that it is not right. Not unlike the South African’s struggle against apartheid was a struggle for equality. Our First People in Canada are in struggle for equality. Our treaties position us nations, not within a nation, but equal to the nation of Canada. Further to that our students are in a struggle for equitable access to education afforded every other student has the right to access.

So we are engaging with our MP’s, MLA’s, and our Chief’s and Councils for support. I am outlining below our appeal. We are asking everyone who cares about First Nations education to tweet, like on Facebook, share on Linkedin what is happening with us and the four other First Nation online schools in Canada. We need your help, not your pity. We have hope that we can change things, but we can’t do it without you.

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WHEREAS: Credenda Virtual High School is a provincially accredited online First Nation educational institution with charitable organization status; 

AND WHEREAS: Credenda has received approximately $12M in funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) since 2005 as part of the New Paths for Education strategic plan for long term investment in education, which has been showing significant results;

AND WHEREAS: Credenda has offered over 4900 student classes to First Nation students across Saskatchewan since 2005 with an average success rate of 75% (low of 68%, high of 83%);

AND WHEREAS: The proposed First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, scheduled to be introduced into legislation September 2014, has been delayed until 2016;

AND WHEREAS: based upon the upcoming proposed First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, AANDC has unilaterally determined to terminate Credenda’s funding agreement as of June 2014 and is subsequently requiring First Nations to pay directly for classes; 

AND WHEREAS: No additional funds are being redirected to First Nations to accommodate such costs until after 2016, adding additional costs on top of the shortfall First Nations education is already currently experiencing;

AND WHEREAS: Academic achievement would be impacted negatively creating a wider gap from an already low national graduation rate of 39% among First Nation students (compared to 88% nationally for all students); 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Credenda receive continued funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada as per their prior Contribution Funding Agreements (CFA’s) of 2011 – 2013 in order to continue to operate.

AND FURTHER MORE:

WHEREAS: Credenda Virtual High School was first created in 2005 to address the shortage of math, science, and literacy subjects, with accredited, certified teachers able to deliver the necessary courses to northern Saskatchewan First Nations students;

AND WHEREAS: It is abundantly clear the shortfall does not only exist in the maths, sciences, and literacy areas, but in all areas, including the humanities and other core Saskatchewan courses;

AND WHEREAS: The 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Credenda Contribution Funding Agreements made provision to fund all classes at the Grade 7-12 levels due to the ever existing and increasing need;

AND WHEREAS: The Saskatchewan Regional Office of AANDC unilaterally developed and imposed the VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT REGIME for 2013-2014, changing how Credenda was funded and restricting funding to only the maths, sciences, and literacy;

AND WHEREAS: All First Nations students, regardless of where they are located, deserve equitable access to courses and resources to ensure their success as they move forward in life;

AND WHEREAS: AANDC, through various means, funds other virtual high schools across Canada (Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate in Manitoba, Kewaytinook Internet High School in Ontario, SC Cyber in Alberta);

AND WHEREAS: AANDC does not restrict the funding for other virtual high schools to only maths, sciences and literacy classes;

AND WHEREAS: Credenda Virtual High School is a provincially accredited online First Nation school with charitable organization status; 

AND WHEREAS: All courses offered by Provincial and First Nations accredited schools are funded without restrictions or exceptions; 

AND WHEREAS: To date in 2013-2014, Credenda has offered over 300 classes, without funding, to First Nation students in need of courses that fell outside of the AANDC approved subjects areas;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: we request that Credenda, as a First Nation school, be funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada for ALL classes provided as per prior Contribution Funding Agreements, as the other virtual high schools are funded and as other First Nation and Provincial schools are funded.

April 2, 2014

Online Learning News – April 2, 2014 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 2 avril 2014

From this morning’s inbox…

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A weekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network

Now on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors:

The What, Why, Where, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)

Dr. Rory McGreal, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate and the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources answers these fundamental questions in Contact North I Contact Nord’s new series of 10 short, informative videos, Open Educational Resources (OER) – A Video Primer.

The first video in the series answers the foundational question, What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

A new video will be introduced and posted with each issue of Online Learning News in April, May, and the first two weeks of June.

MOOCs at Fanshawe Webinar Attracts Participants from Across Ontario, Canada and Beyond

The third webinar in The Ontario Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series was held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

During the webinar, Wendy Wilson, MOOC Coordinator at Fanshawe College, discussed the process Fanshawe College used to develop, publicize, launch and run its first MOOC, what Fanshawe learned from this first experience and how it was applied to subsequent MOOCs.

Link to the recording of the MOOCs at Fanshawe webinar, along with a summary of the questions and answers, at www.contactnorth.ca/pockets.

The Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series resumes in September 2014.

Pockets of Innovation

From Ontario’s public colleges and universities:

  • Learn how faculty in the Mathematics Department at the University of Toronto developed Crowdmark, an online collaborative marking platform that is greatly reducing marking time, while improving timeliness and feedback for students.
  • Read about Cambrian College’s eDome (electronic delivery of modular education), a high-end facility for the production and delivery of enhanced online learning opportunities for students.

Last Week’s Most Popular Links on the Portal

Visit the Portal today and see why it gets over 14,000 visits per month from faculty and instructors, administrators, technology providers, policy makers across Ontario and around the world.

Do you have colleagues who might be interested in receiving the Online Learning News? Forward today’s issue and they can subscribe here!


 

Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne

Une mise à jour hebdomadaire offerte par Contact North | Contact Nord, le réseau d’éducation et de formation à distance de l’Ontario

Les hyperliens dans ce bulletin donnent accès à des documents disponibles en anglais seulement.

Les nouveautés sur le Portail d’apprentissage en ligne de l’Ontario à l’intention du personnel enseignant et de formation :

Les ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO) – Quoi, pourquoi, où et comment?

Rory McGreal Ph. D., associé de recherche chez Contact North | Contact Nord et titulaire de la Chaire UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning sur les ressources éducatives ouvertes aborde ces questions fondamentales dans une nouvelle série de Contact North I Contact Nord qui comprend dix courtes vidéos instructives, intitulée Open Educational Resources (OER) – A Video Primer (guide d’instruction vidéo sur les ressources éducatives ouvertes).

La première vidéo de cette série répond à cette question cruciale : Que sont les ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO)?

Une nouvelle vidéo sera introduite et publiée avec chaque numéro du Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne d’avril, de mai et des deux premières semaines de juin.

Le webinaire sur les MOOC au Fanshawe College attire une participation de gens de l’Ontario, du Canada et d’autres pays

Le troisième webinaire de la série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation de l’Ontario a eu lieu le mercredi 26 mars 2014.

Durant le webinaire, Wendy Wilson, coordonnatrice des MOOC au Fanshawe College, explique le processus qui a été utilisé afin d’élaborer, de publiciser, de lancer et de diriger le premier MOOC de ce collège. Elle communique aussi ce que cette première expérience a permis au Fanshawe College d’apprendre et comment cela a été appliqué pour l’élaboration des MOOC subséquents.

Connectez-vous à l’enregistrement du webinaire « MOOCs at Fanshawe » (les MOOC au Fanshawe College), ainsi qu’à un résumé des questions et réponses sur la page Web à www.contactnorth.ca/pockets.

La série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation reprend en septembre 2014.

Poches d’innovation

From Ontario’s public colleges and universities:

  • Apprenez comment le personnel enseignant du Département de mathématiques de la University of Toronto a élaboré Crowdmark : il s’agit d’une plateforme en ligne de marquage collaboratif qui réduit grandement le temps nécessaire pour effectuer cette activité, tout en améliorant la rapidité d’exécution et la rétroaction des étudiantes et étudiants.
  • Renseignez-vous sur le eDome du Cambrian College. Le nom « eDome » est l’acronyme de la définition en anglais de son mandat : « electronic delivery of modular education» (prestation électronique d’éducation modulaire). C’est une installation haut de gamme pour la production et la prestation d’occasions améliorées d’apprentissage en ligne à l’intention des étudiantes et étudiant.

Les liens les plus populaires sur le Portail la semaine passée

Visiter le Portail dès aujourd’hui afin de constater vous-même pourquoi il attire chaque mois plus de 14 000 visites du personnel enseignant et de formation, des administrateurs, des fournisseurs de technologie et des décideurs de partout en Ontario et dans le monde.

Vos collègues aimeraient-ils recevoir le Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne? Acheminez-leur le bulletin de cette semaine, et ils pourront s’abonner ici!

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