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May 11, 2020

April 2020 Digital Learning Symposium Archives

A series of recordings from the recent Digital Learning Symposium organized by the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn).

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2020 Digital Learning Symposium

Archived sessions for delegates, speakers, & sponsors!

On behalf of all the BC Partners in Online Learning, Educators for Distributed Learning, CANeLearn, and all the symposium organizers, thank you for joining us at the 2020 Digital Learning Symposium – Innovative learning models supporting new curriculum in digital learning environments.

Thank you to all our sponsors, “virtual” exhibitorspresenters, and delegates for making our online event a success!  We had a much busier week than anticipated with 95 sessions and 400 delegates joining us over the four days!

Session Archives 

We have consolidated session recordings and resources shared at most of the online sessions held Monday to Thursday during the virtual symposium.   Our apologies for the delay in getting these compiled.  Unfortunately, the BigBlueButton sessions that Canvas was able to help us out with were not set up to record, but some of the presenters were able to use their own meeting platforms to record sessions that we have posted.

About the Archives

  • We are using our Microsoft 365 OneDrive account to host all the content, links to YouTube recordings and resources shared in the Canvas and Moodle platforms
  • There is no need to log into those platforms – Archives are now in one place!
  • Please note the archive site is for the use of presenters, sponsors, and paid delegates

Some links were not available, but the list of all 95 sessions are on Sched here.

Check out the Archives here:

https://bit.ly/DLsymp20Archive

Keep the learning going on the archive site! 

Watch recordings of the sessions you missed!!

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Stay Connected!

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

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.

eLearning

April 27, 2020

Welcome To The April 27-30th Digital Learning Symposium

Note this online conference from a pan-Canadian e-learning organization that begins later today.

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2020 Digital Learning Symposium

Connecting virtually – networking across Canada

Important information for all delegates, speakers, and sponsors!

On behalf of all the BC Partners in Online Learning, CANeLearn, sponsors, and all the symposium organizers we welcome you to the 2020 Digital Learning Symposium – Innovative learning models supporting new curriculum in digital learning environments.

Overview
Thanks for registering for one, two, or all four days of our online virtual symposium!  First, our apologies for the delay in getting this email and information to you.  We are still transitioning the program online while adding over 100 new registrations for close to 400 delegates joining us over the four days!

We have also combined our Monday event with the SD73 Kamloops-Thompson district PD day.  This provides Kamloops teachers with additional workshops Monday but also provides our symposium delegates with some new workshops as well.  We have also added in some last-minute workshops from new sponsors and others who wished to share.  We now have over 80 sessions listed in the online schedule!

Important information

We will not be posting all of the links for session access in Sched, one link is posted that takes you to an LMS where you will be required to login to find webinars, shared document links, help files, etc.

Your first invitation to create an account to log in will be sent later today.

  1. Monday and Tuesday is hosted in Canvas LMS (scroll down to see an overview);
  2. Wednesday and Thursday is hosted in Moodle LMS (overview to come Tuesday);
  3. Live sessions are in Zoom and Microsoft Teams web conferencing platforms;
  4. If you are prompted for a Zoom password use — DLsymp20 (case sensitive);
  5. Daily social drop-in sessions and Learning Commons document/discussions are available daily;
  6. New features and information will be shared in daily announcements; and
  7. All sessions will be recorded and archived for later review.

Just in case you miss the login notification from Canvas, our opening session will be in Zoom.  Please make note of the link below for the live session tomorrow at 8:30 am Pacific:

The Future of Digital Learning Panel (Zoom link live at 8:15)

Please invite others to join us – scroll down for information on joining.

Follow the action on Twitter: #DLsymp20

 

About Canvas

Canvas is “The Learning Platform that Helps Great Education Happen”.  Open, intuitive, and born in the cloud, Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience.

The Canvas Team has created a Participant Walkthrough Video that is posted on the Canvas welcome page when you click on the links in Sched, copied here as well-

Presenting or moderating?  Check out the Facilitator Walkthrough Video

Still need more?  Check out the sample course page-

Your invitation to log into Canvas will be sent later today

 

About Sched

Online Program Log in
You should have received an email earlier inviting you to log into the symposium program site. If not, you can always reset your login here to create or download a personal schedule: https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/password-reset

Online Symposium Profile
Some of you have profiles on the program site from past events. Please update or create your profile with a photo, bio, and title, etc. This will help others make connections with you during the event.

Program Schedules
Please note that all symposium program information is available on mobile, tablet, and computer at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/ (click on your profile). You can print or download your schedule to your calendar.

About the Virtual Conference

  • Click the video below for a 5-minute overview of the live online event!

Featured Speakers

Julia Hengstler – Privacy in Pandemic Era Education

Steve Dotto – Engaging Live Online

Rod Allen – The Future of DL

David Porter & Verena Roberts – Innovation Online

Alec Couros – Digital Online Pedagogies

Michael Barbour – Remote Teaching to e-Learning

 

______________________________________

New registration site and pricing:

https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

_______________________________________________________________

Check out the program at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/

  • Panel sessions will focus on what we are learning from the rapid implementation of emergency remote teaching.

  • We will share practices from other provinces and discuss implications for future digital learning initiatives and programs.

  • We have integrated virtual presentations with planned dialogue, discussion, collaborative document sharing, and in-depth networking.

  • Session activity will be archived for future use and reference.

Join us for all four days – $225

Or choose a combination of days for $75/day!

Register: https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

Check out the program at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/

_________________________________

Register today!  More information at

https://canelearn.net/symposium20/

Stay Connected!

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

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.

eLearning

April 23, 2020

2020 Digital Learning Symposium – Virtual Conference –

Note this up-coming online Canadian conference next week.

2020 Digital Learning Symposium – Virtual Conference
Good morning from the 2020 Digital Learning Symposium Planning Team.

First, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and settled into some type of routine as have your students.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop the new program. With the move to an online format and now scheduled April 27-30 (Monday to Thursday) between 8:30 to 3:00 Pacific time, we are opening the symposium to new delegates from across Canada.

The new format consists of a combination of live and recorded synchronous sessions followed by asynchronous discussion, collaborative posts, and sharing in online document spaces. We have added new plenary keynote sessions and speakers (please note, not all information has been finalized yet).

Key Information

  1. Updated sessions continue to be posted on the Sched calendar (https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/) which allows delegates to create their own schedule and import into a personal calendar.
  2. As Sched is openly accessible to all on the web, we are hosting each day in an LMS – Monday/Tuesday in Canvas and Wednesday/Thursday in Moodle.  Both will require an account and password for all delegates, presenters, moderators, and sponsors. We will be sending you that login information later this week.
  3. We are using Zoom Webinar for the plenary live keynote sessions and setting up Microsoft Teams Meeting rooms for each of the breakout sessions.
  4. In Canvas and Moodle you will find all of the information and links you will need for the online event, and we have embedded the online schedule (Sched) into the LMS so you have only one place to go each day.
  5. Please note the program is still changing with new sessions added.  Check https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/ regularly to be sure of all sessions offered in the breakout workshops.
  6. We will be archiving all materials and proceedings on a separate site later for your future continued access.

Moderators

  • It is critically important that we model effective online engagement.  Therefore we are assigning moderators to manage the text chat and questions from the live audience, in the ongoing collaborative forum discussions, and in shared documents.
  • If you are interested in being a moderator, please contact me or volunteer at the sessions you attend.

Live Launch

We will be sending everyone their login information for Canvas and Moodle hosting sites later this week. At that time you will have access to the live links for next week’s events. In the meantime, browse the schedule to check out what has changed and been added.

Questions?  Please email me directly or info@CANeLearn.net 
 
On behalf of CANeLearn and the BC Partners in Online Learning, thank you for your participation in this new opportunity and adventure.  We look forward to hosting you next week!

Regards,

Randy

On behalf of the BC Partners in Online Learning
rlabonte@CANeLearn.net
text/call: 250-701-7485

April 20, 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

A newsletter from a pan-Canadian e-learning organization.

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Hello Michael, welcome to April CANeLearn News.

We hope this newsletter finds you well and connecting with students and family, albeit virtually amidst the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  At times like these, it is vitally important to make time to step back and remember that everyone is challenged and struggling.  Our most important focus must be on our students and children.  George Couros posted a poignant reflection of his time when isolated as a child with chickenpox, and it caused me to reflect on the imprint the younger children in my life might carry forever.

It is encouraging to see how Canadians have come together and are following health authority advice.  Many are reaching out to help others in their own community.  On top of this, educators now find themselves caring not only for their own family but children in other families as well.  Goodbye Netflix and novel binging…

Despite all of this, we still need to prepare ourselves for what the future may bring.  As such, our hotel-based Digital Learning Symposium has now moved online starting Monday, April 27 and ending Thursday, April 30.  We invite you to register for one, two, or all four days – each with live/archived sessions, shared documents, and discussions.  Sessions will be hosted in learning management systems and will use the tools required for both emergency remote teaching and sustainable online learning.

As mentioned before and on Twitter, CANeLearn has also compiled several resources that speak to the challenges that many teachers are facing teaching remotely.

Check out the links/news below, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter #CANeLearn, Facebook, or YouTube.

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

Photos, unless otherwise noted, by @rlabonte or Unsplash

Featured Events

Featured Events

2020 Digital Learning Symposium

Connecting virtually – networking across Canada

 

Featuring keynote contributions from fellow Canadian educators:

  • CANeLearn Panel – Pan-Canadian remote teaching & online learning

  • Julia Hengstler – Privacy in pandemic era education

  • Trevor MacKenzie – Inquiry online

  • Steve Dotto – Engaging live online

  • Rod Allen – The future of online learning

  • David Porter & Verena Roberts – Community as digital fluency

  • Alec Couros – Emerging practice

  • Michael Barbour – Remote teaching to e-learning

______________________________________

New registration site and pricing:

https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

_______________________________________________________________

Check out the program at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/

  • Panel sessions will focus on what we are learning from the rapid implementation of remote teaching.

  • We will share practices from other provinces and discuss implications for future digital learning initiatives and programs.

  • We have integrated virtual presentations with planned dialogue, discussion, collaborative document sharing, and in-depth networking.

  • Session activity will be archived for future use and reference.

Join us for all four days – $225

Or choose a combination of days for $75/day!

Register: https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

______________________________________

Trevor MacKenzie #InquiryMindset

eLearning Lessons from Abroad – Panel Presentation

New Directions for Digital Learning ~ Implications for School Leaders

  • Senior leaders from government, post-sec, and K-12

  • Structured dialogue, networking, and discussion

  • Hands-on learning and cutting edge tech tool demos

  • Emergent practices – high energy closing Demo Slam

In the News

Online Learning in a Hurry: K12 Edition

A defining moment for online

7 Ways to Make Distance Learning More Equitable

Stephen’s Web ~ Zooming

  • Our fellow Canadian philosopher, Stephen Downes, comments on D’Arcy Norman’s analysis of uCalgary’s use of Zoom
  • Check out the post here

EdTechTeam Canada

US Survey Tracks Impact of Coronavirus on Schools

Resources for the Digital Classroom

Reading

Voices into action

  • Free online humanities resources and human rights teaching resources from Voices Into Action
  • Middle school teachers, find out more here, for secondary teachers here

Common Sense Education Resources

UNESCO Resources

  • School closures in a growing number of countries are occurring in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Closures are disrupting the education millions of students across the globe
  • UNESCO is sharing 10 recommendations to ensure that learning remains uninterrupted during this period and has provided a document on how to plan distance learning solutions during temporary schools closures
  • Check it out here

Quality Matters Emergency Remote Teaching Checklist

COVID-19 – The Watershed Moment for Digital Pedagogy?

  • With COVID-19 continuing to impact people around the world, institutions everywhere are moving to remote work and looking at how teaching can continue in the event of university closures
  • Read this discussion highlighting the barriers and drivers for online teaching

Adventures in Archives

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

Digital Learning Symposium April 2019

See all CANeLearn archives here   (members only)

Stay Connected!

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

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.

eLearning

April 8, 2020

DLsymp20 Virtual Conference Program & Remote Teaching Help

A notice from this pan-Canadian K-12 e-learning organization.

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Greetings, Michael

In this time of isolation, we continue to find new ways to connect not just with our loved ones, but also with our students.  At times like this, it can feel like we are behind a veil in a tangled virtual web we are now forced to navigate.   This special newsletter brings you two helpful suggestions to consider:

  1. A CANeLearn post of curated tips, ideas, and suggestions from a broad base of K-12 organizations and experts.  Check it out here.  This list is geared toward our network members of seasoned online educators.  Use it as a ‘go-to’ to consider how to help others, your own practice, and even your own children and family members.  The page is updated regularly so check back from time to time.
  2. The 17th Annual Digital Learning Symposium has shifted from a hotel-base to a virtual event.  Our program has been completely redesigned to take advantage of the virtual medium.  Additional keynote speakers have been added.  Online learning tools have been selected for active use and hands-on experience during presentations and discussions.  The focus includes an examination of the next transition facing us: From emergency remote teaching to expanded use of digital learning in blended and online learning classrooms.

Scroll down to learn more about our new keynote speakers and registration options that include a 4-day registration for current and new delegates or options for single-day registrations of choice.

Have a good Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi, and/or upcoming Ramadan, all.

2020 Digital Learning Symposium

Connecting virtually – networking across Canada

Featuring keynote contributions from fellow Canadian educators:

  • Steve Dotto – Engaging Live Online

  • Rod Allen – The Future of DL

  • David Porter & Verena Roberts – Innovation Online

  • Alec Couros – Digital Online Pedagogies

  • Michael Barbour – Remote Teaching to e-Learning

______________________________________

New registration site and pricing:

https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

_______________________________________________________________

Check out the program at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/

  • Panel sessions will focus on what we are learning from the rapid implementation of remote teaching.

  • We will share practices from other provinces and discuss implications for future digital learning initiatives and programs.

  • We have integrated virtual presentations with planned dialogue, discussion, collaborative document sharing, and in-depth networking.

  • Session activity will be archived for future use and reference.

Join us for all four days – $225

Or choose a combination of days for $75/day!

Register: https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

______________________________________

Trevor MacKenzie #InquiryMindset

eLearning Lessons from Abroad – Panel Presentation

New Directions for Digital Learning ~ Implications for School Leaders

  • Senior leaders from government, post-sec, and K-12

  • Structured dialogue, networking, and discussion

  • Hands-on learning and cutting edge tech tool demos

  • Emergent practices – high energy closing Demo Slam

______________________________________

New registration site and pricing:

https://bit.ly/DLsymp20

_______________________________________________________________

Check out the program at https://2020dlsymp.sched.com/

_________________________________

Register today!  More information at

https://canelearn.net/symposium20/

Events

Archives

Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) Symposium 2020

  • Check out the shift in the organization and its new focus keynotes posted here

Joe Sisco’s Keynote from blendED Alberta

Events

See all CANeLearn archives here (members only)

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

Archives of DLsymp19

Stay Connected!

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

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.

eLearning
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