Virtual School Meanderings

February 5, 2013

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 6 February 2013 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 6 février 2013

From Monday’s inbox…

Dear CNIE Member,

We invite you to the next presentation in our series of free online CIDER sessions. This session is the latest in our ongoing K-12 State of the Nation series with Michael Barbour of Wayne State University.

Title: State of the Nation 2012: K-12 online learning in Canada

Over the past two decades, there has been little government, foundation, or private funding for the development of or research into K-12 online learning in Canada. Moreover, there has been little activity in Canadian higher education towards the research of K-12 online learning. Both of which have limited the focus and scope of education research into K-12 online learning. As such, K-12 online learning has continued to develop across Canada quietly, and with little dissemination outside of the country and between individual provinces.

Over the past five years, the “State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada” study has attempted to address this gap by examining of the regulation and activity of K-12 distance education in Canada. In this ongoing series, Dr. Barbour returns to CIDER with this year’s State of the Nation. View the full study at:

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

*Local times for CIDER sessions are provided on our website:

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:


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.

Registration is not required; all are welcome.


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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