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October 13, 2014

LearnNowBC Educator eBulletin – September / October 2014

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LearnNowBC Educator eBulletin - September / October 2014
September / October 2014

Welcome to the September / October LearnNowBC Educator eBulletin. Through these monthly newsletters, we try to provide relevant and timely information for Educators on how to use the tools and resources on LearnNowBC, upcoming events and other points of interest as they arise.

Without further ado, here’s the latest at LearnNowBC!

Blackboard Collaborate Refresher Training
For educators new to Collaborate or those who’d like a refresher, we recommend watching the Participant Orientation video. You’ll learn how to set up your computer and how to participate in an interactive Collaborate session.

For those hosting Collaborate sessions, the Overview for Moderators recorded session is a great place to get up to speed.

We hosted two more in-depth training sessions covering the Collaborate Essentials and Beyond the Basics. These are available on-demand via YouTube playlists. (the full listing is below)

Each 2-hour session has been broken down into bite-size segments so it’s easy to find just the instruction you need for Blackboard Collaborate Essential training, or Beyond the Basics.

Plus, you can watch from virtually anywhere on any device that supports YouTube playback, and can have the video open while you follow along in your own Collaborate session.

Blackboard Collaborate – The Essentials

  1. Essentials – 1 Intro
  2. Essentials – 2 Participant & Moderator Interface Overview
  3. Essentials – 3 Whiteboard Tools
  4. Essentials – 4 Audio Video Chat
  5. Essentials – 5 Permissions
  6. Essentials – 6 Status Indicators & Polling
  7. Essentials – 7 Loading & Saving Whiteboard Content
  8. Essentials – 8 Navigating & Managing Whiteboard Pages
  9. Essentials – 9 Recording & Reference Materials

Blackboard Collaborate – Beyond The Basics

  1. Beyond The Basics – 1 Intro & Review of the Basics
  2. Beyond The Basics – 2 Creating Interactive Whiteboard Files
  3. Beyond The Basics – 3 Application Sharing
  4. Beyond The Basics – 4 Web Tour
  5. Beyond The Basics – 5 Breakout Rooms
  6. Beyond The Basics – 6 File Transfer & Custom Clipart Collections
Daily Physical Activity
New and returning School DPA Administrators can get up to speed on using the LearnNowBC DPA Admin control panel by watching these brief 1-2 minute videos:

Expanded Tutoring
We have recently introduced Math 9 “Live Tutoring” for all students in BC, and so far it’s been a great success.

We’re doing all we can to get the word out about the broad range of FREE online tutoring, streaming video lessons and self-assessments available on LearnNowBC. Let your students know!

Live TUTOR
(live one-on-one tutoring with a real person, offered 6-10pm Sunday to Thursday)

  • Mathematics 9
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 10
  • Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10
  • Science 10
  • Writing 10-12
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 11
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 12
  • Biology 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Physics 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12

Charged UP for Math, Science & English
(complete streaming video lessons, available 24/7)

  • Mathematics 4
  • Mathematics 9
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 10
  • Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10
  • Science 10
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 12
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • English 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Physics 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12

Success Checker
(self-assessments & personalized study guides)

  • Mathematics 9
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 10
  • Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10
  • Science 10
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 11
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Science 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11
  • Physics 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
  • Social Studies 11
  • Apprenticeship And Workplace Math 12
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • History 12
  • Physics 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12
Sept. & Oct. Editions of Text2Reader
The Sept and October editions of Text2Reader are online and available to participating schools:

Sept 2014 – Intersecting Cultures

Intersecting Culture – To start off the fall we’ve got a pan-global roundup of reading selections that focus on different cultures. Students will experience the discomfort of being a stranger in a new place with our fiction selection from Manga Touch by Jacqueline Pearce.

Our nonfiction selection from Being Muslim by Haroon Siddiqui takes readers on an extensive learning journey as they examine how Muslims have been represented in the Western world in recent years. They’ll be challenged to break out key concepts in a note-taking exercise, then break down ideas in a paraphrasing exercise. And they’ll work on their empathy and connect with the text with an activity that addresses stereotyping and identity.

“Digital Nation” delves into the history and significance of both digital and old-fashioned pen pal relationships.

Our Readers Theater excerpt drops participants straight into a hot and dusty market in Ghana and challenges students to use dialogue to unlock a deeper understanding of relationships.

October 2013 – At Work

Work is the theme of the October issue. Our fiction excerpt from Cabin Girl by Kristin Butcher features a kid who is bullied by a coworker. Students will explore the power of verbs in the fiction exercise.

Our nonfiction selection brings students face to face with workplace discrimination. This excerpt from Fearless Female Journalists by Joy Crysdale features a hardworking woman who has recently been in the media herself. Students will get to work on paragraph structure in the accompanying exercise.

In our graphic novel selection, kids meet a clever doctor and are asked to analyze the same message via different media.

2014 BCCPAC Conference
LearnNowBC is excited to be presenting at the BCCPAC Fall Leadership Conference this November in Nanaimo, BC.

For more information, please visit the Conference Web site: HTTP://conference.bccpac.bc.ca/

2015 Digital Learning (DL) Conference
Save the date! The 2015 DL Spring Conference will be held April 19th to 21st, 2015 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre, Burnaby, BC. Details are still being worked on and more information will be posted on the Conference Page as it becomes available. Stay tuned!

Links:

The LearnNowBC Team

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October 9, 2014

[Lists] 2015 DL Conference launch

More from Tuesday’s inbox… And again for my British Columbian readers…

Announcing the 2015 Digital Learning Spring Conference!

Pre-conference Sunday, April 19th

Monday, April 20 & Tuesday, April 21, 2015

(Single day rates available)

Join us at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre in central Burnaby

Free parking!

 

The April 19 – 21, 2015 Digital Learning Conference features:

Keynote and panel presentations from thought leaders in BC and Canada, workshops on emerging trends in flexible and online learning!

Planned networking opportunities available throughout the event!

 

Registration is open! 

Call for presentation proposals available!

Check out the conference site (http://conference.learnnowbc.ca)

Questions?  Contact bcdlaa@gmail.com
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[CSSE-SCÉÉ]CSSE 2015 Conference-Call for Presentations | Invitations à soumettre une proposition de communication pour le congrès SCÉÉ 2015

Yet more from Tuesday’s inbox…

(La version française est à la suite de la version anglaise.)

Dear Member:

On behalf of the CSSE Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to invite faculty, staff and graduate students from your institution to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 CSSE Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario on 30 May – 3 June 2015 (pre-conferences on 30 May 2015). Held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, this bilingual conference provides an opportunity for discussion of educational issues among practitioners and educational scholars from across the nation.

We encourage participative sessions in various formats including themed, symposium/panel, small round table, multiple paper, single paper, and poster (featuring the use of graphic or other multimedia material). Presentation proposals can be submitted 7 October 2014 – 5 November 2014 by going to our website: http://www.csse-scee.ca/conference/. I have also attached a Call for Presentations flyer for your convenience.

We would appreciate you forwarding this invitation to other faculty, staff and graduate students, and look forward to your participation in this key event for education professionals – The 2015 CSSE Annual Conference.

Sincerely,

Don Klinger, PhD
President
Canadian Society for the Study of Education

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Bonjour,

Au nom du conseil d’administration de la SCÉÉ, je tiens à profiter de cette occasion pour inviter les membres du corps professoral, le personnel et les étudiants de votre établissement à soumettre une proposition de communication pour le congrès annuel 2015 de la SCÉÉ, qui aura lieu à Ottawa, en Ontario du 30 mai au 3 juin 2015 (précongrès au 30 mai 2015). Tenu dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines, notre congrès bilingue fournit, aux praticiens et aux chercheurs à l’œuvre un peu partout au pays, l’occasion de se réunir afin de débattre de questions touchant à l’éducation.

Nous encourageons le recours à des séances participatives de divers types : séances thématiques, colloques/discussions en groupe, groupement de plusieures communications libres, et présentations visuelles (à l’aide de matériel graphique ou multimédia, par exemple). Les propositions de communication peuvent être soumises entre le 7 octobre et le 5 novembre 2014 par le biais de notre site Web au http://www.csse-scee.ca/congres.  Vous trouverez également ci-joint un feuillet invitant éducateurs et chercheurs à soumettre un projet de communication.

Nous vous saurions gré de transmettre cette invitation aux membres du corps professoral, au personnel et aux étudiants de votre établissement et espérons que vous serez des nôtres à cet événement clé pour les spécialistes de l’éducation : le congrès annuel 2015 de la SCÉÉ.

Cordiales salutations.

Don Klinger, PhD
Président
Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation

 

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September 29, 2014

CIDER Session October 1

From the inbox this past week…

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the October CIDER session, the second session of special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature Madelaine Befus, a doctoral student at Athabasca University.

Title: Meta-analysis of the COI Framework

This presentation will focus on exploring the shape and scope of the corpus of CoI research literature. The Community of Inquiry Research Integration and Practice Alliance recently completed phase one of an applied meta-analysis of 73 quantitative and mixed-methods empirical studies using the CoI survey tool.

Preliminary results of this study confirm the CoI framework continues to resonate with post-secondary educational researchers. Separate and on-going doctoral dissertation research to explain and define the phenomena and influence of the CoI framework on education that brings further definition to this expansive and rapidly expanding body of literature will be shared.

An advance reading for this session is available at our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca/sessions

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series will include monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions will feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at http://coi.athabascau.ca will act as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our new website:
https://landing.athabascau.ca/groups/profile/289790/cider

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is extremely important to get your system set up prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research

1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada
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September 25, 2014

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 1 October 2014 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 1er octobre 2014

From today’s inbox…

Dear CNIE Member,

We invite you to the October CIDER session, the second session of special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature Madelaine Befus, a doctoral student at Athabasca University.

Title: Meta-analysis of the COI Framework

This presentation will focus on exploring the shape and scope of the corpus of CoI research literature. The Community of Inquiry Research Integration and Practice Alliance recently completed phase one of an applied meta-analysis of 73 quantitative and mixed-methods empirical studies using the CoI survey tool.

Preliminary results of this study confirm the CoI framework continues to resonate with post-secondary educational researchers. Separate and on-going doctoral dissertation research to explain and define the phenomena and influence of the CoI framework on education that brings further definition to this expansive and rapidly expanding body of literature will be shared.

An advance reading for this session is available at our website:

http://cider.athabascau.ca/sessions

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at http://coi.athabascau.ca is acting as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:

http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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