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January 14, 2020

CIDER Session January 22, 2020

Note this up-coming webinar from the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our first session for the 2020 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte examining proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

Title: Sense of irony or perfect timing: Examining the research supporting proposed e-learning changes in Ontario

Only weeks before the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was held in Toronto, Ontario, the provincial government announced a major reform of education for that province entitled Education that Works for You—Modernizing Classrooms. From an e-learning perspective the proposal called for a centralization of e-learning, a graduation requirement of four e-learning courses, and increasing the class size limit for e-learning courses to 35 students. The AERA call for submissions for the 2020 meeting issued a challenge for scholars to ‘connect with organizational leaders to examine collaboratively continuing educational problems… [and] programmatically engaging with educational organizations.’ This presentation focuses on a recently published article in the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education by Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte, who accepted that challenge and described a collaboration between scholars and a pan-Canadian organization to examine the research behind each of the proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

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

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:
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 application download or update to your Flash Player; allow time for this by joining the session a few minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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Open Call: If you have recent research for our CIDER audience and would like to present in this season’s series, please contact Dan Wilton at dwilton@athabascau.ca with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for 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, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 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

Add us to your address book

Athabasca University · Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research · 1200, 10011 – 109 Street · Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8 · Canada

Full Disclosure: I am one of the presenters in this webinar.

January 13, 2020

CIDER Session – Sense Of Irony Or Perfect Timing: Examining The Research Supporting Proposed e-Learning Changes In Ontario

Note this up-coming webinar.

Sense of irony or perfect timing: Examining the research supporting proposed e-learning changes in Ontario

January 22, 2020
11:00am (MT)

Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

Only weeks before the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was held in Toronto, Ontario, the provincial government announced a major reform of education for that province entitled Education that Works for You—Modernizing Classrooms. From an e-learning perspective the proposal called for a centralization of e-learning, a graduation requirement of four e-learning courses, and increasing the class size limit for e-learning courses to 35 students. The AERA call for submissions for the 2020 meeting issued a challenge for scholars to ‘connect with organizational leaders to examine collaboratively continuing educational problems… [and] programmatically engaging with educational organizations.’ This presentation focuses on a recently published article in the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education by Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte, who accepted that challenge and described a collaboration between scholars and a pan-Canadian organization to examine the research behind each of the proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

Full disclosure I am one of the presenters.

August 6, 2019

CIDER Session – Call for Presenters 2019-20

Note this call from an organization that has always been very friendly to K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning work.

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CIDER Sessions
Call for presenters

As we look ahead to our 2019-20 season of CIDER Sessions, we invite researchers working in distance, distributed, online, or blended education to present in our ongoing monthly seminar series.

The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) is a research initiative of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University and its largest graduate and professional distance education programming provider.

The CIDER Sessions are an online, open and free seminar series where researchers or research groups can present their work to a broad audience of fellow researchers, practitioners, and students from across Canada and around the world. Sessions are typically held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am-noon Mountain time, though some exceptions may be possible to accommodate the presenter’s time zone. Presented through Adobe Connect, they are one hour in length, including questions from the audience, and are recorded, archived, and distributed through the CIDER site:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

A small number of spots may be available for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis. International presenters are welcome; all presentations are held in English.

If you have recent research for our CIDER audience and would like to present in this season’s series, please contact Dan Wilton at dwilton@athabascau.ca with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation.

*Note: If you applied to present last season but we weren’t able to coordinate a session with you, please do send me a note and we will be sure to fit you into this season.

Dan Wilton
CIDER Sessions coordinator and host
Athabasca University
dwilton@athabascau.ca

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

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

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

Canada

Add us to your address book

Athabasca University · Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research · 1200, 10011 – 109 Street · Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8 · Canada

March 5, 2019

CIDER Session March 6 @ 11-12 MT

Note this CIDER session that is happening tomorrow morning.

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Dear IRRODL Member,

We invite you to an upcoming session in the 2018-19 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte with this year’s installment of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report.

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

The 2018 issue of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report marks its 11th year, and the sixth year of the Canadian eLearning Network’s (CANeLearn) support of this research. The report continues to be Canada’s own benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended, online, and distance learning in Canada. This report continues the traditional incisive analysis of the state of K-12 e-learning in Canada, as well as a description of several vignettes providing considerable insight about innovation and new approaches emerging in distance, online, and blended practices in K-12 programs across Canada.

Full results of the research and work undertaken in this study, including all annual reports and associated papers, are published on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project website (http://k12sotn.ca/). This session will provide a synopsis and overview of the latest version of this annual report.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

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

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:
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

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL)
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

Canada

February 28, 2019

CIDER Session March 6 @ 11-12 MT

I received this notice from the folks at CIDER today.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to an upcoming session in the 2018-19 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte with this year’s installment of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report.

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

The 2018 issue of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report marks its 11th year, and the sixth year of the Canadian eLearning Network’s (CANeLearn) support of this research. The report continues to be Canada’s own benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended, online, and distance learning in Canada. This report continues the traditional incisive analysis of the state of K-12 e-learning in Canada, as well as a description of several vignettes providing considerable insight about innovation and new approaches emerging in distance, online, and blended practices in K-12 programs across Canada.

Full results of the research and work undertaken in this study, including all annual reports and associated papers, are published on the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project website (http://k12sotn.ca/). This session will provide a synopsis and overview of the latest version of this annual report.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

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

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:
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.

*********************

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

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

Canada
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