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August 17, 2017

Reserve Your Room For #EIE17. Space Is Running Out!

Information about the annual neo-liberal/corporate privatizer lovefest.

Have you reserved your spot at the 10th annual National Summit on Education Reform?


Join national leaders, state policymakers, advocacy organizations and education stakeholders from across the country at #EIE17 to learn, network and share the latest strategies that are improving the quality of education for America’s children.

STAY ON SITE AT THE NATIONAL SUMMITBook your room today to stay at the Omni Nashville Hotel—official site of #EIE17—to receive the discounted group rate. (Rooms in ExcelinEd’s block at the Omni Nashville Hotel are nearly gone!)

Make your Omni Nashville Hotel reservation online or by phone at 1.800.843.6664.*

*You must say you are with ExcelinEd’s National Summit on Education Reform to receive the discounted group rate.

We’ve also identified other great hotel options to stay at while attending the National Summit. For more information and to register for the event, visit the official National Summit website.
ExcelinEd’s 10th Annual National Summit on Education Reform is the nation’s premier gathering of education reformers.

Together with a first-class lineup of notable keynote and general session speakers, strategy workshops cover a variety of topics that feature panels of policy experts, local education leaders and state legislative leaders. By learning what is working—and not working—in other states and school districts, attendees can return home better informed and prepared to implement policies that will advance the achievement of their students.

Follow @ExcelinEd on Twitter for the latest news and updates, and use #EIE17 to join the National Summit conversation.


To be a part of the nation’s premier education conference, contact or call 850.391.1306.
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REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 8/22: Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions

And from the neo-liberals…

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Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL andCompetencyWorks will be hosting a webinar to examine the state of the field of competency-based education.

Schools and districts across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed.

Join this webinar to hear CompetencyWorks co-founders and competency-based education experts Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis reflect on the current state of the field of K-12 competency-based education. Gain an understanding of developments happening across the field. The presenters will share reflections and highlights from the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, explore areas of growth for the field, identify emerging issues and provide insights to inform the future direction of competency-based education.

Susan Patrick said, “The field of competency-based education is expanding and evolving across the United States to redesign K-12 education for advancing achievement and dramatically increasing student success. It is important to reflect on developments and where the field is going to ensure quality and equity in the journey to transform K-12 education.”

This webinar is free to attend — register here for the webinar.

Webinar Title: Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions


Share this Webinar on Twitter: 

  • Join @nacol & @CompetencyWorks for #webinar on the state of #CompetencyEd w/ @susandpatrick & @sturgis_chris #CBE

About CompetencyWorks

CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. CompetencyWorks also offers a blog on competency education in higher education so that the sectors can learn from each other and begin to align systems across K-12, higher education and the workplace. Visit the website and follow CompetencyWorks on Twitter: @CompetencyWorks.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended, and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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Take Your Online Teaching Skills To The Next Level

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

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‑Want to teach online?‑
Online education certificates and mini‑course workshops from
UW–Madison’s professional development opportunities for online educators are convenient, flexible, and practical. Enhance your CV/resume and earn continuing education credits with:

•  Certificates: expert-facilitated online courses tailored to your level; new or experienced
•  Mini‑course workshops: bite‑size online learning opportunities to build skills

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Professional Certificate in Online Education
A guide to developing a complete online course

Engage in practical, interactive, and peer-to-peer learning activities as you learn how to develop the key components of an online course. Fine‑tune your online teaching skills by writing learning objectives, building assessment plans, and creating discussion activities. Demonstrate what you’ve learned in your final project: an ePortfolio.

Who it’s for: faculty and other instructors with experience teaching online
Timeframe: 20 weeks
Start date: Sep 19, 2017
Format: 100% online certificate
Fee: $1,295 if registered by Aug 31, $1,495 after
Continuing education units (CEUs): 7.0 (70 hours)

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Fundamentals of Online Teaching Certificate
An introduction to online teaching and learning

This certificate is for faculty and instructors who are new to online teaching. FoOT also perfect for someone who is simply curious about how teaching and learning happens in an online environment. You’ll complete a project that focuses on the design of an online learning activity. The FoOT will provide you with the foundational theory and knowledge you need to get started.

Who it’s for: educators without any online teaching experience, and professionals curious how teaching and learning happen in online environments
Timeframe: six weeks
Choose from two start dates: Sep 12, 2017, or Nov 7, 2017
Format: 100% online certificate
Fee: $595
Continuing education units (CEUs): 3.0 (30 hours)

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Creating Presence in Online Courses
Strategies for making the most of your instructor role

Online instructors face a unique challenge: keeping students’ attention while teaching from a distance. Join us for this online mini‑course workshop. Take a closer look at instructor presence and the important role it plays in an online course as experienced by both the teacher and the learner. You’ll also develop activities that foster a sense of presence as you discover how to engage your students and build an online community with them. Practical examples, evidence‑based principles, and a design framework for creating presence will help you build your skill set.

Who it’s for: instructors, instructional designers, and other educators who have some experience teaching online
Timeframe: four weeks
Start date: Oct 10, 2017
Format: 100% online mini‑course workshop
Fee: $395
Continuing education units (CEUs): 2.7 (27 hours)

Questions? • Contact Janet Staker Woerner • • 608‑890‑3038
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IRRODL Announcement

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IRRODL Issue 18(5)
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Hello Readers,

We may be into the dog days of summer in Alberta, but we are still working at IRRODL. Today, we are releasing with this announcement, the 5th edition of IRRODL for 2017 with articles on open learning, MOOCs, and other elearning related topics.



Vol 18, No 5 (2017)

Table of Contents


Editorial – Volume 18, Issue 5
Rory McGreal

Research Articles

Catherine Cronin
Gema Santos-Hermosa, Núria Ferran-Ferrer, Ernest Abadal
C. Edward Watson, Denise P. Domizi, Sherry A. Clouser
Joohi Lee, Leisa Martin
Jo Corlett, Linda Martindale
Ernest Mnkandla, Ansie Minnaar
Christopher Lange, Jamie Costley, Seung-Lock Han
Grace Clifton
Alexander Amigud, Joan Arnedo-Moreno, Thanasis Daradoumis, Ana-Elena Guerrero-Roldan
Elizabeth Archer, Glen Barnes
Aras Bozkurt, Ela Akgün-Özbek, Olaf Zawacki-Richter
Moon-Heum Cho, Moon-Kyoung Byun
Cathrine Edelhard Tømte, Arne Martin Fevolden, Siri Aanstad
Hsi-Hsun Yang, Chung-Ho Su

Field Notes

Allen Rao, John Hilton III, Sarah Harper
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CNIE-RCIÉ Invites You To Come And Shape Teaching And Learning In Toronto This Ooctober

From yesterday’s inbox…

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“The Canadian Network for Innovation in Education – Reseau canadien pour l’innovation en education (CNIE-RCIÉ) is looking forward to its members from across Canada joining 1,000+ delegates from 95 countries around the world to shape teaching and learning at the World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord.

As a collaborating host, CNIE-RCIÉ encourages everyone to consider the World Conference on Online Learning as a great opportunity to share your exciting work and research, and build professional relationships so we can all shape teaching and learning together.

The theme ‘Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-thinking Teaching & Learning’ aligns with CNIE-RCIÉ’s mandate and the educational philosophies of many, if not all, our members. CNIE-RCIÉ’s goal is to provide opportunities for like-minded professionals from various levels of educational expertise the opportunity to engage in meaningful, practical dialogue with the hopes of developing collaborative networks that lead to innovation in teaching and learning.”

Ruth B. Hickey, President, CNIE-RCIÉ


Updated Schedule at a Glance for the World Conference on Online Learning

The updated Schedule at a Glance for the World Conference on Online Learning is now available, providing delegates and prospective delegates with a more extensive outline of the activities starting on Monday, October 16 and wrapping on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Full story
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Group Discount Rate Available!
The World Conference on Online Learning is offering a group discount rate to institutions, organizations and companies who wish to register 10 delegates or more. Full story
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Book Your Accommodations Now!
We are expecting the World Conference to be a sellout. Book your hotel accommodations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
We have both sponsor positions and exhibitor booths still available for interested companies and organizations. Visit our website for full details on packages available or contact Chuck Nervick at 416-512-8186 x 227 for details. Full story
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« Le Canadian Network for Innovation in Education – Réseau canadien pour l’innovation en éducation (CNIE-RCIÉ) se réjouit à l’idée que ses membres à travers le Canada se joignent à plus de 1 000 déléguées et délégués de 95 pays à travers le monde afin de façonner l’enseignement et l’apprentissage à la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne, organisée et hébergée par Contact North | Contact Nord.

« À titre d’hôte collaborateur, nous encourageons toutes et tous à considérer la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne comme une excellente opportunité de partager votre recherche et vos travaux passionnants ainsi que de tisser des relations professionnelles afin que nous puissions façonner l’enseignement et l’apprentissage tous ensemble. »

« Le thème de la conférence, L’enseignement à l’ère numérique – Repenser l’enseignement et l’apprentissage, s’harmonise au mandat du CNIE-RCIÉ et aux philosophies éducatives de nombreux de nos membres et, peut-être même, tous. Or, l’objectif du CNIE-RCIÉ consiste à procurer des occasions de s’engager dans un dialogue significatif et pragmatique à des professionnels aux vues similaires, qui ont divers degrés de compétences en éducation, dans l’espoir de développer des réseaux de collaboration menant à l’innovation dans l’enseignement et l’apprentissage. » 

Ruth B. Hickey, President, CNIE-RCIÉ


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Calendrier en bref actualisé pour la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne

Le Calendrier en bref actualisé pour la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne est maintenant disponible. Il procure aux déléguées et délégués actuels et éventuels une description plus exhaustive des activités qui ont lieu à partir du lundi 16 octobre jusqu’à la clôture de la Conférence le jeudi 19 octobre 2017. Lire l’histoire complète
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Un tarif réduit de groupe est disponible!
La Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne offre un tarif réduit de groupe aux établissements d’enseignement, aux organisations et aux entreprises qui désirent inscrire 10 déléguées et délégués ou plus
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Réservez votre hébergement maintenant!
Nous prévoyons que la Conférence mondiale sera à guichet fermé. Il vaut donc mieux de faire votre réservation d’hôtel dès que possible pour ne pas être déçu. Lire l’histoire complète
Les possibilités de parrainage et d’exposition
Nous avons encore des postes de parrainage et des stands d’exposition disponibles pour les compagnies et les organisations intéressées. Pour connaître tous les détails des forfaits offerts, veuillez visiter notre site Web ou communiquer avec Chuck Nervick au 416-512-8186, poste 227. Lire l’histoire complète
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