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May 20, 2014

[CSSE-SCÉÉ] CSSE Conference 2014 Bulletin – App, Programme and AGM | Bulletin du congrès 2014 de la SCÉÉ – Appli, programme et AGA

For my Canadian colleagues…

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Dear CSSE Delegates and Members :

The CSSE App is now functional.  The App can be accessible as follows:

For iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, please search your App Store for “CSSE 2014”;

For Blackberry and Windows Phone, please point mobile browser to

There is also a Web version available at

We have strived to be as accurate as possible with the information but errors will happen for which we apologize.

We wish you an enjoyable and productive conference!

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Chers délégués et membres,

Le nouvelle appli de la SCÉÉ est maintenant fonctionnelle.

Voici comment y avoir accès :

iPhone, iPad et appareils Android : veuillez chercher dans « CSSE 2014 » dans App Store;

Blackberry et Windows Phone, veuillez pointer le navigateur de votre téléphone à

Il y a aussi une version WEB que vous trouverez à

Nous nous sommes efforcés de vous fournir les informations les plus exacts possible, mais il se peut qu’il y ait des erreurs, pour lesquelles nous vous prions de nous excuser.

Bon congrès!

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USC News – Flaws Found In K-12 Online Education: Many School Districts Are Delving Into Digital Education Too Quickly, According To A New Book

A colleague sent me this last week…

Flaws found in K-12 online education
Many school districts are delving into digital education too quickly, according to a new book

by Barbara Goen
May 6, 2014

Digital education may be an innovative path forward for the American public schools system, but many of the existing virtual teaching programs have serious flaws, according to a new book by USC Rossier School of Education Professor Patricia Burch.

Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education, to be published this month by Harvard Education Press, looks at the pressures for public school districts across the country to buy digital services and products.

Private education contractors are providing more and more schools with digital education programs, leading to concerns about the quality of services, who is served and who is benefiting.

The signs of this surge are evident everywhere. This year $21 billion of the funds spent in K-12 schools will be for technology, 63 percent of districts report contracting with vendors to provide online courses and private investors are funding education companies at unprecedented rates.

The book, co-authored by Annalee Good of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, argues that digital learning has the power to create enormous opportunities for school districts to teach students in more effective and economical ways, if properly funded and effectively managed. However, the authors contend that many districts delving into digital education are moving too quickly into territory that is unfamiliar.

Quality, access and transparency

The authors cited the pressures on districts to adopt digital teaching and learning, even in the face of inadequate research on its effectiveness for all K-12 students.

Laws in several states now mandate that all public school students take at least one online course to graduate, and other national, state and local policies have created pressure for school districts to contract out digital education services. The authors investigated the impact of such policies on schools, teachers, students and their families.

The book is based on three years of inquiry into school districts across the United States that have begun to use private digital vendors for stand-alone courses, charter schools and tutoring. Burch and Good studied how digital education programs differed along three areas (curriculum, instruction, and data use and assessment) and how these elements can translate to key issues of quality, access and transparency.

In each case, the researchers discovered disparities in the quality of digital education programs, finding that students were better served when there was greater transparency in exactly what an instructional program would look like. In many cases, inadequate information on the role of the instructor, unrealistic requirements for Internet access and lack of clarity as to the role vendors play in program delivery proved to be obstacles.

As more public school districts move toward adoption of online, virtual or other forms of digital education, Burch and Good said that more research and greater transparency are necessary to prevent a considerable waste of resources and instructional opportunities.

The bottom line for school districts

According to Burch, disadvantaged communities face the biggest challenges when it comes to digital education, as they currently have limited access to learning technologies compared to wealthier communities, and the few programs that serve those communities have quality issues, she said.

“The digital education being sold to disadvantaged communities generally does not equate with expanded learning opportunities,” Burch said. “For example, a company may decide for reasons of cost not to have a live teacher, leaving children and their families without the supports they need to master content.”

The bottom line, Burch added, is that, despite the allure of digital education due to its potential for solving some of American public education’s most vexing problems, it would be best for the country to take a slower approach toward its adoption.

“Simply moving K-12 education online doesn’t alone solve enduring problems of unequal access and disparities within and across schools,” Burch said. “Going slower with digital education can mean moving smarter.”

May 19, 2014

E-Learn 2014 (New Orleans) Call For Presentations: May 30

From Friday’s inbox…

Call for Presentations: May 30
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 27-30, 2014
Now Accepting Submissions for E-Learn 2014!
Join us in the
‘Big Easy’ for
E-Learn 2014 – World Conference on E-Learning.
This international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for exchanging the latest research, developments, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning.
NEW!  Special Interest Groups at E-Learn!
* E-learning in Developing Countries
* E-Learning Trends & Innovations
* Designing, Developing, & Assessing E-Learning
Visit the E-Learn SIGs pageto learn more.  

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May 17, 2014

Only 5 Days Left to Submit for Annual Conference on Online Learning

Note that this is from Wednesday’s inbox, so there are only two days left now…

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Only Five Days Left Before CFP Deadline!

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The CFP deadline is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to present at this year’s conference. Proposals accepted until midnight ET May 19, 2014. Help us celebrate 20 years of online learning.

This conference is the perfect opportunity to explore a rich variety of models, trends and ideas for institutions, faculty, staff and administrators to expand and improve your online teaching and learning strategies. The key trends this year are strategic uses of online learning through program growth and innovations.

We are accepting proposals from skilled practitioners in the following tracks:

  • Faculty & Professional Development Support
  • Institutional Strategies & Innovations
  • Leadership, Values & Society
  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Open, Global, Mobile
  • Student Services & Learner Support
  • Technology & Emerging Learning Environments 

Best regards,


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Christine Hinkley | Director, Conferences

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

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“I have attended and presented at the Sloan-C conference for 3 years and it is a highlight of my year. The ability to share ideas and hear the successes and challenges of other institutions is priceless. The amount of information is fantastic…with topics and tracks for everyone in online learning. I have recommended the conference to everyone in our department. I look forward to attending next year’s conference.” – 2013 Conference Presenter

The Sloan Consortium, Inc. – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

May 7, 2014

Congress Is Less Than 3 Weeks Away: Register Today! | Le Congrès est à moins de trois semaines : Inscrivez-vous aujourd’hui !

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Congress is less than 3 weeks away!

Registrations for Congress 2014 have already surpassed 6,000! Connect with your Association and come and be part of this extraordinary gathering of scholars, policy-makers and stakeholders in the world-famous Niagara Region.

Accommodations and a convenient shuttle service during Congress

Brock University and the many hotels in the greater St. Catharines area are all looking forward to hosting you during Congress 2014 at one of the many on or off-campus accommodations.


Brock University will be providing a daily bus shuttle to and from campus and all the hotels affiliated with Congress in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The shuttle service costs $5 per trip and will run in 30 minute intervals.


For more details about planning your trip, including accommodations and the shuttle service, check out the Plan Your Trip section of our site.

A great line-up of special programming

Congress offers a range of academic, professional and cultural programming to enrich your experience. These events include those that are open to the public, as well as to all registered attendees.

Be sure to visit the online Calendar of Events for exciting programming brought to you by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, Associations and our Congress partners. Highlights include:



The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences works to promote the value of research and learning in the humanities and social sciences. Created in 1996, its membership comprises over 80 scholarly associations, 79 institutions and six affiliate organizations, representing 85,000 researchers, educators and students across Canada.


With seven faculties, 18,000 full-time students, 13 Canada Research Chairs and nearly 600 professors, Brock is buzzing with activity and welcoming visitors to the St. Catharines campus every day. The university, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of only a handful of Canadian universities located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Le Congrès est à moins de trois semaines ! 
Le nombre d’inscriptions au Congrès 2014 a déjà dépassé les
6 000 ! Nouez des liens avec votre association et joignez-vous à ce rassemblement extraordinaire de chercheurs, des responsables des politiques et des intervenants dans la région de Niagara de renommée mondiale.

Inscrivez-vous aujourd’hui !

L’hébergement et un service de navette pratique pendant le Congrès 

La Brock University et les nombreux hôtels de la grande région de St. Catharines attendent avec impatience de vous accueillir à l’un des nombreux hébergements sur le campus ou hors campus.

La Brock University mettra à la disposition une navette quotidienne d’aller et retour entre le campus et les hôtels affiliés au Congrès situés à St. Catharines et à Niagara Falls. Le service de navette coute 5 $ par trajet et s’arrêtera toutes les 30 minutes.

Pour plus de détails sur la planification de votre voyage, y compris l’hébergement et le service de navette, consultez la section Planifiez votre voyage sur notre site.

Un programme riche est diversifié 

Le Congrès propose une programmation universitaire, professionnelle et culturelle variée et des plus enrichissantes. Ces événements sont ouverts à tous les congressistes et quelques-uns le sont au grand public.

Visitez régulièrement le calendrier des événements pour découvrir un programme riche et diversifié présenté par la Fédération des sciences humaines, la Brock University, les Associations et nos partenaires du Congrès. Les événements spéciaux incluent :

Le Congrès des sciences humaines 2014 est une initiative de la Fédération des sciences humaines présentée par la Brock University.


La Fédération des sciences humaines œuvre à la mise en valeur de la recherche et de l’érudition dans ces disciplines. Créée en 1996, elle compte au nombre de ses adhérents plus que 80 associations savantes, 79 institutions et six sociétés affiliées représentant quelques 85 000 chercheurs, membres du corps enseignant et étudiants au Canada.

Comptant sept facultés, 18 000 étudiants à temps plein, 13 chaires de recherche du Canada et quelque 600 professeurs, la Brock University bourdonne d’activités et accueille tous les jours les visiteurs sur le campus de St. Catharines. L’université, qui célèbre son 50e anniversaire de la fondation en 2014, fait partie des quelques universités canadiennes désignées Réserve de biosphère par l’UNESCO.

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