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May 24, 2017

Re-Posting: CANeLearn May News

Note the updated links from the earlier version that was posted.

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Hello Michael, welcome to May CANeLearn News.

This is an updated version of the last newsletter.  We experienced some issues with our previous mail service and enlisted our webmaster, Paul Mycroft, and his email marketing service – Market 2 All.  Thanks, Paul!  We love the new look.

CANeLearn Live! webinar today at 2 pm Eastern! – Another one on Thursday this week as well – please scroll down for details.

Please forward this news on your own networks using the tools at the bottom.

Featured Events

Featured Events

Symposium Highlight Webinars: CANeLearn Live! series returns

Tuesday, May 23 – 2:00 pm Eastern:  Today!!

Thursday, May 25 – 2:00 pm Eastern:

  • Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers?

Tuesday, June 6 – 3:30 pm Eastern:

  • Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment

Adventures in Deep Learning

Free, online, today at 2:00 pm EDT

  • Join Robert Long and Stephanie Myers from the Ottawa Catholic School Board as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session and learn:
  • What makes learning meaningful to students?  How do you make an impact on students and engage them in authentic learning? How do you take that across a school board?
  • Robert and Stephanie will share their online 360/VR captures of our some of our changes and engage a classroom teacher and student to two to join in the conversation around exploring Deep Learning.
  • Webinar link:​

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

August 24 & 25

  • Intercontinental hotel, Toronto ON
  • David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario
  • Cross Canada Leadership panel
  • Workshops, dialogue, networking
  • See:


2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference

October 13

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Call for presentations open

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium

October 25-27

  • Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces

Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, 2018

Stay Connected!

Stay connected
  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow us on @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Check out our Members’ Site
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!


Free MOOC: Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as featured webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER: Subscribe today!

2017 Symposium Curated Site

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

In the News

From the Canadian Education Association (CEA)

  • To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media
  • This MediaSmarts study shows how teens carefully compose, select, and edit the photos they share on social media to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. Some of the unwritten rules the teens followed when making decisions about privacy and publicity on photo-sharing platforms include:
  • Posting only “safe” photos that steer away from controversial topics like politics, religion, sexuality, and race;
  • Not taking a screenshot of someone’s Snapchat photo;
  • Not connecting with strangers online (although they had a very narrow definition of what a “stranger” was);
  • “Looking good” in every photo, but being careful not to present themselves in a sexualized context.

From eSchoolNews: 5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

  1. More student choice and responsibility for learning
  2. Digitization
  3. Personalized learning for every student
  4. New pedagogical models – yet unknown
  5. New technologies – yet unknown

The new Creative Commons Search (beta)

  • Use the CC search to find open resources

From Contact North: A searchable directory of 90 Canadian researchers of online, blended and distance education

  •  Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions
  • It features the researcher’s interests and their top 3 cited publications in the past 5 years
  • They are hoping to expand the list – please pass on to others

Bookmark for your summer reading…


Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment | Enseigner les compétences pour l’environnement en ligne (PDF)

  • Heather Marie Farmer, Jennifer Ramsdale
  • A study of key competency areas for online educators
  • The Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix includes five competency areas: Community & Netiquette, Active Teaching/Facilitating, Instructional Design, Tools & Technology, and Leadership & Instruction
  • Read more here…

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF)

  • Second report in a series from MVLRI focused on a state-wide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island
  • A total of seven themes were identified from the interviews and focus groups as being crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level:
  1. Assessing Needs for Personalizing an Implementation Plan
  2. Stakeholders Balancing Their Roles and the Learning Process
  3. Breaking Down Silos to Cultivate Reciprocal Learning Opportunities for All Stakeholders
  4. Building Buy-in Through Constant and Transparent Communication
  5. Establishing Mini Pilots Within Schools
  6. Empowering Teachers Using a Train-the-Trainer, Sustainable Professional Development Model
  7. Letting Go of Perfection and Control, Embracing the Art of Failing Forward, and Cultivating a Safe Space for Change
  • Each of these themes is described using participant data in the report found here (PDF)

More from the MVLRI Library

Happy reading!

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a mission to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning by providing members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.

“CANeLearn’s mission is to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning.”


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