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June 16, 2017

CANeLearn June News

A newsletter from this Canadian organization in yesterday’s inbox.

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Hello Michael, welcome to the June CANeLearn News.

As we start to look past the end of school year and the start of summer session, our thoughts anticipate toes in the sand and much deserved down time.  Our June news announces the program for the CANeLearn Leadership Summit – Toronto August 24/25 and the dates for the BC Digital Learning Conference (in partnership with CANeLearn) – April 19-21 in Richmond, BC.  May CANeLearn Live! webinar archives can be found here.  This newsletter also includes updates, links, and items of interest. Scroll down for more!

Please forward this news to your networks by email or using the tools at the bottom.

Featured Events

Featured Events

2017 CANeLearn Leadership Summit

Leading Digital Learning Spaces and Places

August 24 and 25 – Intercontinental Hotel, downtown Toronto


CANeLearn Leadership Summit

August 24 & 25

Join us in downtown Toronto for the Leadership Summit.

  • Leading K-12 & post-secondary practitioners from across Canada
  • Award-winning Canadian e-learning program showcase
  • Strategies for addressing critical e-learning leadership issues

David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario

  • Rethinking learning resources
  • Rethinking learning experiences
  • Rethinking recognition of learning

eLearning Ontario (eLO) Team 

  • Updates & priorities
  • Challenges & opportunities
  • New directions for elearning

Consortium Partners & Practitioners


Or email

Hotel and Venue

Guest room rates $209 for the event & weekend following – a $200 savings — limited availability!

Book your room now!


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

  • York University, Toronto ON
  • Early Bird Prices end June 30!

BC Digital Learning Symposium

April 19-21, 2018

  • Westin Wall Centre Richmond
  • Mark your calendars!
  • More information to follow

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!


CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Subscribe to our new YouTube channel containing recordings from CANeLearn & featured webinars

Canadian Copyright Tool

Creative Commons Search

Directory of Canadian research of online, blended & distance ed


In the News

À partir de REFAD

  • Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone
  • L’équipe du REFAD tient à remercier M. Robert Grégoire pour la mise en oeuvre du projet.

Choose Your Voice is online!

  • Choose Your Voice is a free, ERAC approved, curriculum-based, award-winning teaching resource for middle and secondary school
  • Register:
  • Brought to you by FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together)

International Students and Online Learning

  • A working group on International Students and online learning emerged from this year’s CANeLearn Symposium.
  • The group, coordinated by Lee Blanding, is made up of educators from BC and Ontario, discussed common problems and potential solutions for dealing with this (rapidly growing) demographic.
  • The working group will be meeting again in the near future, email to join!

From CEA distance education

  • Distance Education that Works: Enhancing educational opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador’s rural and remote high schools through eLearning
  • With quality online distance education, the size and location of a school is irrelevant in determining its ability to offer rural students essential programs and courses.
  • Read how Newfoundland and Labrador’s virtual high school (CDLI) makes the province’s high school curriculum available to rural and remote schools via eLearning.

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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