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September 20, 2016

CANeLearn Announces New Project Website for “State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada”

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) undertook revisions to its organizational website following the Board of Directors retreat and meetings this summer.  As a part of this redesign, separate websites were created for members, the annual symposium, professional learning opportunities, and the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada research study.

Working with CANeLearn, the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada research team has created a new project website at:

http://k12sotn.ca/

The shift of this research from our main website will enable CANeLearn to highlight emerging research on its main website that links to specific initiatives.  Shifting the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada research to its own site enables simpler navigation and searching on the CANeLearn main site, and of the comprehensive set of dynamic documentation of online and blended learning in Canada on the new site.

The purpose of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study is to provide an overview of the state of K-12 distance, online and blended learning in Canada.  The goals of the study are to explore how K-12 distance, online and blended learning governed, as well as the level of activity occurring in each jurisdiction.

“A new, separate website for the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project is the latest development in the increase attention and profile that this annual study has attracted across the country,” stated Michael K. Barbour, an Associate Professor of Instructional Design at Touro University California and the lead researcher for the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project since its inception.  “It is our hope that this new website will allow for greater exposure of the study’s findings to practitioners and policymakers.”

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project began in 2008 as a publication of the North American Council for Online Learning (later renamed the International Association for K-12 Online Learning).  In 2014 CANeLearn determined that the annual study was central to the mission and work of the organization and adopted it as a core research project.  This association continues as the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada research team are poised to release the ninth annual report later this Fall.

“The State of the Nation: K –12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be a benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada,” according to the President of CANeLearn, Michael Canuel. “CANeLearn has become the key sponsor for this report and will continue to do so into the future.”

The move of the State of the Nation: K –12 E-Learning in Canada project to its own website is consistent with CANeLearn’s decision to create a separate members’ site, symposium site, and shared documents options via Google.  These separate sites will allow the organization to better serve its members and the larger K-12 e-learning community in Canada.

About the Canadian eLearning Network

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society. CANeLearn’s mission is to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning. CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.  For more information, please visit http://canelearn.net/

About the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada Project

The purpose of this comprehensive study is to examine the current state of all forms of K-12 e-learning (i.e., distance, online and blended learning) in Canada.  This ongoing research study, which began in 2008, documents the state of Canadian K-12 distance, online and blended learning and proposes an agenda for further improvement of e-learning in Canada.  The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada  study updates the provincial, territorial, and federal governance and activity of K-12 e-learning in each jurisdiction, along with providing vignettes to illustrate a variety of those individuals and programs providing these e-learning opportunities.  For more information, please visit http://k12sotn.ca/

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