Virtual School Meanderings

March 28, 2017

CIDER Session Recording: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

Note the recording of the CIDER session on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada from last week.

March 22, 2017
State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Michael Barbour, Touro University Mare Island
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K–12 online and blended education in Canada. Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations.All annual reports and associated papers have been published on a new project website, a shift from publication on the Canadian eLearning Network’s website due to the extensive volume of the collection.

March 27, 2017

blendED2017 Call for Proposals

Something from my inbox for folks in the Alberta region.

Hi everyone!

Announcing blendED 2017:  Alberta’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium.  Mark Your Calendars for October 25- 27, 2017!

The full day Pre- Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

The Symposium –Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27, 2017.

Join us at the  Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta

The October 25-27 blendED 2017 Symposium features:

  • Discussion sessions with Albertan and Canadian leaders and practitioners

  • Workshops on emerging trends in flexible, student-centered learning

  • Planned networking opportunities available throughout the event

We are excited to let you know that the blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium Call for Proposals is now open.  The blendEd Symposium is organized by a volunteer group of Alberta teachers and administrators who believe in fostering blended and online learning throughout the education system.  We believe in the power of structured dialogue and sharing of best practices.   If you are interested in presenting, or would like to know more, see Call for Proposals.

Registration and Symposium information will be opening soon!

Check out our previous blendED Symposiums at (http://www.blendedalberta.ca)

On Twitter: @blendEDAB

Questions?  Contact albertablended@gmail.com

Thank you

On behalf of the blendEd Program Committee

March 24, 2017

CIDER Session March 29, 2017

Note this webinar next week.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our upcoming CIDER session on March 29, 2017. This free, online session will feature Connie Blomgren of Athabasca University, Verena Roberts of Rocky View, and additional project contributors, in the launch of a new series of podcasts and videos on open educational resources in K-12 education.

Title: Multiply K-12 OER

For various reasons including costs, it is expected that the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) within K-12 is likely to take hold rapidly. Educating in-service teachers through the Multiply K-12 OER podcasts and video series thereby addresses an identified need of higher educational institutions and of the teaching profession.

The thirteen podcasts and three videos from the Multiply K-12 OER project include interviews with TJ Bliss, Michael Canuel, Beatriz de los Arcos, Bill Fitzgerald, Bronwyn Hegarty, Royce Kimmons, Randy LaBonte, Rory McGreal, David Porter, James Swanson, and Sarah Weston.

This session will be the official launch of these podcasts and videos, providing an opportunity to hear the design team describe their process in creating these media and discuss key aspects of the project such as accessibility and Universal Design. It is anticipated that a number of project contributors will be in attendance.

When: Wednesday, March 29, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system 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 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada

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Contact North/Contact Nord: Searchable Directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning

A colleague sent this along earlier in the week.

Contact North/Contact Nord: Searchable Directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning

Journals play an essential role in online and distance learning, crucial tools for sharing the latest in research, innovation, theory, practices, and events. Educators find ideas and connections, building a collective academic knowledge base that advances teaching, learning, management – and student success.

As information expands, so does the number of journals. Contact North | Contact Nord developed this list of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning as a central access point to journals that:

  • Offer their readers the quality research, practical knowledge, and up-to-date information essential to successful teaching and learning in a digital age.
  • Focus on higher education, offering pedagogy, technology, media and management practices that make a difference.
  • May be open access, available through subscription or membership, or offer a mix of open and restricted articles.
  • Are published in English.

March 21, 2017

Moodle Hub Members Area: CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder of this event tomorrow.

Moodle Hub Members Area » Forums » Announcements » CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

by Daylene Lauman – Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 6:47 AM

Join Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte as they share updates from the latest State of the Nation Report. Alberta’s profile on the online and blended learning front in Canada is on an upward trend; input into the annual State of the Nation Report is critical in this regard.

This session will take place tomorrow, March 22nd at 11 am MST.

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

View the State of the Nation Report here: http://k12sotn.ca/

CIDER: The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research

 

 

 

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the March CIDER session. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour of Touro University Mare Island and Randy LaBonte of CANeLearn, presenting the annual State of the Nation for K-12 e-learning.

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

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K-12 online and blended education in Canada.

Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations..

When: Wednesday, March 22, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system 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 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research

1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada
Add us to your address book
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