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October 22, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

A newsletter from a Canadian-based K-12 distance, online, and blended learning organization.

Canadian eLearning Network

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Hello Michael, welcome to October CANeLearn News.

Good morning, welcome to a new day and the conclusion of the federal election campaign.

Now that we are well into October with the abundance of professional responsibilities surrounding us, this month also brings many professional learning opportunities over the next two months and early in the new calendar year.  October is a time to think about exploring new horizons to nurture our own learning.

Check out blendED Alberta (Oct.23-25 – not too late to register!), EdTech Summit in Vancouver/Coquitlam (Dec.5-6), DLAC in Austin (Feb.24-26), and the DL Symposium 2020 in Vancouver/Burnaby (Apr. 19-21) to name just a few.

CANeLearn continues to bring research-based information to online and blended learning conversations across Canada, including:

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Featured Events

Featured Events


blendED 2019: Alberta Blended & Online Learning

October 23-25 in Edmonton

Still not too late to register!


10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

The Future Of Education And Skills 2030

Dec 5-6 Centennial Secondary School, Coquitlam BC


Digital Learning Collaborative Annual Conference

February 24-26, 2020 – Austin TX

Click here for the DLAC 2020 Call for Proposals


2020 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together)

April 2-3, 2020 in Toronto

Evening keynote address // Full day skill building event

More info at


2020 Digital Learning Symposium

April 19-21 in Vancouver

​Can’t make it all 3 days?  One day registration for Sunday only…

Early bird group/member rates – $395/person!

Call for proposals closes soon!

Tools for the Digital Classroom


Parent Guide (oh, and educators too!) to Using Minecraft

  • With 112 million logins per month, Minecraft is more than playing a game
  • Children are occupied in a deeply engaging educational experience that encourages problem solving, creativity, planning and execution
  • Minecraft can even teach older children coding and electrical engineering
  • Click here to use children’s Minecraft obsession for educational gain
  • Minecraft will be at the April 19-21st Vancouver 2020 Digital Learning Symposium

The 2019-20 Practical Ed Tech Handbook

  • The Practical Ed Tech Handbook is published by Richard Byrne
  • The book covers edtech tools and how to use them in a classroom
  • The nine sections of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook include communication with students and parents, assessment, programming, augmented/virtual reality, digital portfolios, audio/video creation, digital citizenship, and web searching
  • Find a link to Richard’s free eBook here

50 Favourite Tools for Learning

In the News

CoSN releases interoperability toolkit for K-12 districts

  • The ability of computer systems to seamlessly integrate capabilities is key to operating effective and cost-efficient K-12 learning institutions
  • The nonprofit Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released an interoperability toolkit that contains a self-assessment, a calculator to estimate costs, documentation on interoperability standards, case studies, procurement info, and communication tools

Global Education Conference – Nov. 18-20 – free & online

  • 8th annual Global Education Conference, a free online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world
  • Held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform
  • Click here to register

K-12 Blended Teaching: A free guidebook for teachers

State of the Nation Report: Individual Program Survey – We need your help! 

  • The annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-learning in Canada report reflects the most recent data collected by provincial and territorial Ministries of Education, but from indvidual programs as well.
  • For e-learning programs that have not already submitted data, or are wishing to update their individual program survey responses, please visit at your earliest convenience:

Teaching in a Digital Age – Second Edition released

Guidelines for designing teaching and learning from A.W. (Tony) Bates

Social Media and Technology – Related But Different

  • An interesting discussion of social media and technology by Chris Kennedy
  • Read it here 

Catch up on CANeLearn Presentations

Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC

Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Cross-Canada Program Spotlight on Models of Online and Blended Learning

Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Leadership Perspectives from Canada’s Online and Blended Learning Programs

Blending Assessment: Shifting Pen & Paper to the Digital World

State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada

Funding and Resourcing of Digital Learning in Canada

Canadian Union Contract Language Related to Teacher Working Conditions in Digital Learning

  • “Teacher unions in Canada have had concerns about developments in online learning, but have generally been supportive if they have felt conditions were appropriate.” This session described a study exploring written provisions for the working conditions of K-12 digital learning teachers in Canada.


K-12 Distance and Online Learning Services Provided to Minority Language Students in Canada

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The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.  CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities..

CANeLearn promotes effective practice in online and blended learning; fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators; and connects educators to online and blended learning organizations.


October 17, 2019

Online Learning News – October 16, 2019 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – Le 16 octobre 2019

A newsletter from this Canadian-based online learning organization.

October 16, 2019 | View Online | Archive | Subscribe | Contact Us La version française suit





  • A quarter of million downloads
  • Translation into 10 languages
  • Adopted as a required text in over 100 programs
  • Five-star review from the American Teachers Association

Core Content

  • Review of main teaching methods
  • Use of technology for skills development for a digital age
  • Media affordances and selection
  • Modes of delivery
  • Quality design of digital learning

Eight New Sections on:

  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Serious games
  • Open pedagogy
  • The SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) model
  • Latest relevant research and publications since 2015 on digital learning 
  • Activities for almost every section, including built in, qualitative feedback through short podcasts



Student and Faculty Responses to Mobile Learning at the University of Hong Kong

Learn about student and faculty adoption, use and assessment of mobile access to all course materials at the Open University of Hong Kong, with students reporting more use and higher satisfaction than faculty. Mobile learning was introduced at OUHK in response to requests from students and to offer anywhere, anytime learning and encourage student engagement. 


Read Dr. Tony Bates’ Latest Blog Post

Read Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates’ latest blog post:

Chapter 11.4 Open pedagogy


Ontario Needs to Tackle Five Major Social and Pedagogical Challenges in Online Learning

To support faculty and instructors delivering online programs and courses, Contact North | Contact Nord identified five major social and pedagogical challenges and offers resources and suggestions to effectively tackle the challenges.

The five challenges include:

  • Improving Completion Rates for Indigenous Learners
  • Creating Highly Engaging Online Learning Experiences
  • Thinking Differently About How Learning Is Assessed
  • Developing and Deploying More e-Apprenticeship Resources
  • Improving Literacy for Those Entering Colleges and Universities and Beyond

Read Ontario Needs to Tackle Five Major Social and Pedagogical Challenges in Online Learning


Check Contact North I Contact Nord’s Picks of 125+ Must-Read Books on Online Learning!

Must-Read Books on Online Learning features 125+ reviews and links to a selection of books and articles about teaching and learning, blended learning, open education and technology enabled learning in the digital age.

These books can be explored under three headings:

  • Of interest to faculty members and instructors; 
  • Of interest to instructional designers; and 
  • Of interest to policy-makers and administrators. 

Browse all Must-Read Books

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  • Un quart de million de téléchargements
  • Traduction en 10 langues
  • Adopté comme texte obligatoire dans plus de 100 programmes
  • Critique cinq étoiles de l’American Teachers Association (Association des enseignantes et enseignants américains

Contenu de base

  • Revue des principales méthodes d’enseignement
  • Utilisation de la technologie pour le développement des compétences à l’ère numérique
  • Affordance et sélection des médias
  • Modes de livraison
  • Conception de qualité de l’apprentissage numérique

Huit nouveaux chapitres sur :

  • Réalité virtuelle et augmentée
  • Intelligence artificielle
  • Jeux sérieux
  • Pédagogie ouverte
  • Le modèle SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification et redéfinition)
  • Dernières recherches et publications pertinentes sur l’apprentissage numérique depuis 2015
  • Des activités pour presque chaque chapitre, y compris une rétroaction qualitative intégrée via de courtes baladodiffusions



Réponses des étudiantes et étudiants et du corps professoral à l’apprentissage mobile à l’University of Hong Kong

Veuillez vous renseigner sur l’adoption, l’utilisation et l’évaluation de l’accès mobile du matériel pédagogique par les étudiantes et étudiants et le corps professoral de l’Open University of Hong Kong. Les étudiantes et étudiants signalent une plus grande utilisation et une meilleure satisfaction que le corps professoral. L’apprentissage mobile a été introduit à l’OUHK pour répondre à la demande étudiante, offrir un apprentissage en tout lieu et à tout moment, et favoriser l’engagement des étudiantes et étudiants.


Nouveauté !
Lire les derniers billets du blogue de monsieur Tony Bates

Veuillez lire la série de billets du blogue de monsieur Tony Bates, associé de recherche à Contact North I Contact Nord, intitulée :

Chapter 11.4 Open pedagogy (Chapitre 11.4 Pédagogie ouverte)


L’Ontario doit relever cinq grands défis sociaux et pédagogiques pour l’apprentissage en ligne

Afin d’aider les membres de corps professoral et le personnel enseignant à donner des programmes et des cours en ligne, Contact North | Contact Nord a identifié cinq défis sociaux et pédagogiques majeurs. Il propose des ressources et des suggestions pour les relever ces défis de façon efficace.

Voici les cinq défis :

  • améliorer les taux d’achèvement pour les apprenantes et apprenants autochtones;
  • créer des expériences d’apprentissage en ligne de grande richesse;
  • porter un regard différent quant à l’évaluation de l’apprentissage;
  • développer et déployer davantage de ressources de cyberapprentissage;
  • améliorer l’alphabétisation des personnes inscrites au collège, à l’université et au-delà.

Veuillez lire « Ontario Needs to Tackle Five Major Social and Pedagogical Challenges in Online Learning » (L’Ontario doit relever cinq grands défis sociaux et pédagogiques pour l’apprentissage en ligne)


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Vous pouvez découvrir ces ouvrages d’après trois rubriques :

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  3. How Communities of Inquiry Drive Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age (Comment les communautés d’enquête propulsent l’enseignement et l’apprentissage à l’ère numérique)
  4. Training Opportunities (Les ressources et les occasions de formation)
  5. Searchable Directory of 110+ EdTech Start-Ups (Un répertoire de recherche incluant plus de 110 entreprises EdTech émergentes)
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October 10, 2019

October 2019 Communiqué

An item from a pan-Canadian educational research organization.

October 2019


Federation welcomes three new scholarly association members: The Federation is pleased to welcome three new scholarly association members into our community! The Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS), the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC / SCEBD) and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) were voted in at our annual meeting in May, pushing our scholarly association membership count to 81!

Congress 2020 planning & new theme – Western University hosted the Congress 2020 Planning Meeting last month. With the logistical planning well underway, it’s time to start thinking about programming, and a great place to start would be to check out the new Congress 2020 theme description, designed to help conceptualize your submissions. Read more about Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.
Big Thinking on refugee health, Sept. 18: James Orbinski gave a prescient and sobering lecture to a full house of CAHS Scholars about the role that health science researchers have to play in promoting health for refugee communities. Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page. Interested in knowing about future Big Thinking events? Sign up for the newsletter!
Federation and Genome BC collaborate on CSPC panel: The Canadian Science Policy Conference is taking place in Ottawa from November 13-15, and the Federation is proud to present, along with Genome BC, a panel entitled The Influence of Indigenous Knowledge on Policy and Practice, featuring six panelists from various disciplines and institutions. Read about the panelists and program.

7 university leaders contemplate the future of higher education in Canada: University Affairs asked seven leaders representing different regions and levels of the university world how they think Canadian universities will change in the next 20 years, what challenges they will face and what opportunities lie ahead. Read their answers.
Measuring cognitive skills in post-secondary education: the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is working on building a method of measuring the cognitive skills of post-secondary students and showing a comparison between first- and fourth-year students. The report aims to measure the value of a university education beyond simple GPA.
How teachers should be allies in reconciliation: Two professors in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University discuss how settler professors can incorporate an awareness of the legacy of colonialism into their teaching, and the importance of deep listening as the first step in reconciliation.
Franco-Ontarian professors protest budget cuts with poetry: Ontario-based publisher Prise de Parole is publishing a volume of poetry by academics and writers from the Franco-Ontarian community as a form of resistance against recent cuts to French-language services by the government of Ontario. Even if the plans for the creation of a French university in Ontario have been revived, the publisher says the collection will go down as a snapshot of the Franco-Ontarian community’s indignation and creativity.


New Equity Matters blog post: The latest blog in our Equity Matters series is by Brock University Associate Professor Tamari Kitossa and is an examination of the phenomenology of an African Canadian professor – and of how the real-life world of such a professor is “fraught with ambivalence, contradiction, risks and paradox.” Read

Polytechnique awarded Parity Certification: Polytechnique Montréal, also a new Federation member, has recently been recognized by the Women in Governance organization for its commitment to working towards gender parity in its staff and student body. It is the first time that a university has been awarded Parity Certification, as the award usually goes to companies. Polytechnique’s Board formally declared the institution’s commitment to support and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in 2017, and this award confirms that they are on the right track.
Concordia teams up with Princeton to study bilingualism: A team of researchers from Concordia University in Montreal and Princeton in New Jersey have received $2M in funding for a longitudinal study about the effects of bilingualism on development in children. Unlike previous studies that have compared bilingual children with monolingual children, this study will follow children from both French-English households in Montreal and Spanish-English households in New Jersey.


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🍃🍁 Happy Fall! 🍁🍃

Interesting to note the 2018-2019 MFNERC Annual and Finance Report below, as the MFNERC manages the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate.


1st Annual First Nations Cross-Country Meet

Students from all over Manitoba participate in the first annual First Nations Cross-Country Meet.

MFNERC and Yellowquill College Merge

MFNERC and Yellowquill College, have formally amalgamated, creating a First Nations Post-Secondary Institution.

Celebration Held in Honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day

AMC and MFNERC host two-day Manitoba First Nations Languages Land-Based Gathering.

2018-2019 MFNERC Annual Report

The 2018-2019 MFNERC Annual and Finance Report is now available online for review.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date

Lighting the Fire Conference 2020 will be held on May 6-8.
Stay tuned for more information.

Call for Youth Writers

Now accepting submissions for Volume 4 of Voices of the Future.


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October 9, 2019

[CJLT / RCAT] New Notification From Canadian Journal Of Learning And Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

No K-12 distance, online, and or blended learning items in this issue.

You have a new notification from Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie:

An issue has been published.


CJLT Managing Editors

However, this article may be of interest to some:

Chantal Labonté, Veronica R. Smith
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