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January 16, 2019

MarketBeat Daily: Headlines and Analysts’ Updates for 1/15/2019

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January 15, 2019

Open Learning: The Journal Of Open, Distance And e-Learning, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2019 Is Now Available Online On Taylor & Francis Online

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning specific articles in this issue – but several articles that I know I will be reviewing personally.

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Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Innovations in STEM distance education

This new issue contains the following articles:

EditorialInnovations in STEM distance education
Clem Herman & Diane Butler
Pages: 1-5 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554477

ArticlesTouching creativity; a review and early pilot test of haptic tooling to support design practice, within a distance learning curriculum
Lisa Jane Bowers
Pages: 6-18 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1545637

Sonification of numerical data for education
Karen Vines, Chris Hughes, Laura Alexander, Carol Calvert, Chetz Colwell, Hilary Holmes, Claire Kotecki, Kaela Parks & Victoria Pearson
Pages: 19-39 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1553707

Using a blended learning approach to support women returning to STEM
Clem Herman, Rosaria Gracia, Lesley Macniven, Bernie Clark & Geraldine Doyle
Pages: 40-60 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554475

The impact of technology on the teaching and assessment of ‘systems’ diagrams in two online environmental management modules
Andy Lane
Pages: 61-77 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2017.1384377

Teaching web technologies: understanding the tutor’s perspective
Chris Douce
Pages: 78-88 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1483226

The perceptions of STEM tutors on the role of tutorials in distance learning
Anne Campbell, Anne-Marie Gallen, Mark H. Jones & Ann Walshe
Pages: 89-102 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1544488

Student feedback to improved retention: using a mixed-methods approach to extend specific feedback to a generalisable concept
Carol Calvert & Rachel Hilliam
Pages: 103-117 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1552580

How do tutors use data to support their students?
Steve Walker, Tom Olney, Carlton Wood, Anactoria Clarke & Moira Dunworth
Pages: 118-133 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554476

The American Journal of Distance EducationThe American Journal of Distance Education
Pages: 134-134 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2019.1563366

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Deadline Is Coming…

Note this up-coming deadline for AACE’s ED-Media.

Proposals Due: January 31, 2019
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Special Edition Top 10 Canadian EdTech Trends for 2019 by MindShare Learning Technology

Note this Canadian educational technology newsletter.

January 11, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy New Year and Happy Friday! I love this time of year as it represents a clean slate, new beginings and opportunities for success for 2019!

This marks our 11th Special Edition Top 10 Canadian EdTech Trends Report as I gaze into my crystal ball for 2019!

There is major shift happening where technology has become so pervasive in education, that it’s really not about the technology and more about the learning. It’s about people and making deeper connections. Learning happens best through human connections. To that end, it’s no surprise that blended learning has gained far more traction than pure online learning. The good news is that the role of the teacher as a facilitator is so vitally important and not replaceable in my estimation.

Character and digital citizenship will become more pervasive as part of the learning process for students to make sense of complex digital world.

I hope you enjoy this edition of our Top 10 trends and predictions for 2019! As always, we welcome your feedback. All the best for 2019!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn
1. Flexible Learning Environments and Makerspaces Are Coming of Age in 2019
Research shows that students learn best when their learning environments are inspiring, colourful, encompassing functional furniture, and flexible learning spaces. This in combination with makerspaces will see more schools invest in creating optimal conditions for student success in combination with EdTech tools.
2. AI (Artificial Intelligence) Will Gain Greater Momentum Providing Greater Teacher-Student Personalization and Efficiencies for Teachers
The streamlining of repetitive processes and data analytics that lends itself to greater efficiencies and personalized learning and gives teachers more time back in their day is here today. There are a number of solutions that can help achieve deeper learning and skills.

For greater insight, here’s an article fromMckinsey & Company to learn more.

3. Augmenting Digital Skills with STEM Will Gain More ST(E)AM in 2019; Thanks in Part to Federal Government CANCODE Funding!
We are predicting the $50 million infusion of  federal government funding for K12 STEM and Coding initiatives across schools this past year will continue into 2019. The CanCode program has had very good success in scaling STEM and Coding initiatives across Canada. This is one of the success stories for the Liberals and a BIG boost to their re-election efforts! Checkout the FREE CanCode resources and partners.
4. Home Grown Learning Platforms to Watch 2019
Traditionally, Canadians are known to be humble and low key. However, we should be proud of some of the “made in Canada” EdTech learning platform innovations, such as EdWinEdsby and D2L. Each offers best in class solutions to support student learning depending your school or district needs.
5. It’s about Igniting the Joy of Learning and NOT Just Student Engagement.

You can have the best EdTech tools in the world but it comes down to understanding your students and entertaining them beyond the cliche of student engagement. Students learn best when they’re in a positive frame of mind, having fun and feel their teacher truly cares about them.

A good read I recommend, Embracing the Culture of Joy by Dean Shareski, who is a friend and a well known Canadian educator who inspires teachers and students globally. Dean is super active on Twitter and is sometimes quite hilarious with his tweets. You can follow Dan @shareski

6. A Greater Focus of Global Competencies, Such as Character and Digital Citizenship are Becoming Vitally Important to Make Sense of the Complex World Students Face Today
Fake News. is a term that really gained traction over the last couple of years. Teaching students to be globally aware digital citizens, instilling resiliancy has become essential in today’s world given the pressures they face. We are well aware of the dark side of the web and the negative influences and the pressures that social media can bring.

A recommended read,  SociaLEADia by teacher librarian, Jennifer-Casa Todd, which elegantly tells the story about her daughters and how she came to understand the challenges of managing the complexities of students interfacing with tech for good.

7. It’s about Learning! EdTech finally makes it to mainstream acceptance in education

I’ve been immersed in EdTech for 20 plus years. It’s been said that it took SMART Technologies 20 years to be an overnight success in their heyday. The reality is that it also takes a generation or two, for educators and schools to catchup to the multitude of tech they face on a daily basis. In 2019 we no longer need to talk about tech as it’s become transparent where we use the right tool at the right time.

Checkout the FREE Spiral Playbook to nurture inquiry based learning courtesy of C21 Canada.

8. The Robots Are Coming!
On my recent trip to the China Education Innovation conference I had the opportunity to walk the show floor following my keynote. I was amazed to see the amount of robotics and the level of sophistication. Case in point, checkout the pic of the robot that is quite sizable and highly programmable. Stay tuned for more sophisticated robots to come make their way into Canadian schools!
9. EdTech Tools and Programs that Address Student Empathy and Well-being Will Gain More Importance to The Learning Process in 2019
Two notable Canadian solutions that come to mind are 21Toys, who won our first ever startup challenge and PeekaPak. Both award-winning made in Canada solutions!
10. Deeper Learning Achieved Through Collaborative Hands-On Student Projects Achieving More Balanced Screen time
Extensive research is now available through organizations such as the Alberta  Association of Optometrists offering teachers and parents strategies to achieve a more balanced use of computers and mobile devices for deeper learning.

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[AECT] January 14, 2019 – News & Notes

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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January 14, 2019

Members again have the opportunity to help define the direction and leadership of AECT. The election will be active through 11:59 PM February 22, 2019 (EST). AECT extends its appreciation to each nominating committee for its effort to find qualified leaders and to all candidates for their willingness to serve. As a member, we ask that you carefully consider the candidates statements by clicking on their name and then Cast your Vote!


The NAECT International Conference 2019 “The Future of Teaching: Learning and Educational Communications Technology in the 21 st Century: Issues, Challenges and Prospects,” May 22-24, 2019 at Brookville Hotel & Suites Conference Centre, Abuja FCT, Nigeria. Mark your calendars!


The AECT D&D board is in the process of planning a series of webinars for 2019 and we would like your input. If you could spare approximately 5 minutes to complete this short survey to provide your opinion/ideas for topics of interest and potential speakers, we would be grateful.  Please forward the link to other colleagues as you see fit.


AECT invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AECT International Convention brings together participants from around the world, offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of new technologies in teaching and learning. Proposals open on December 16, 2018 and close February 18, 2019. You can submit your proposal here.

SRS Pro-Action Cafe Video

Check out the latest video on the Summer Research Symposium, now on the AECT website.


The 2019 Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Summer Research Symposium is soliciting research-supported papers for a symposium on Interdisciplinarity and learning design. It will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, July 17-18, 2019 in conjunction with the regular AECT Summer Leadership Meetings. The resulting book will be published by Springer. This year, all AECT journals, including ETR&D and TechTrends will have editors or representatives participate, recruit future reviewers and solicit articles for possible publication. Deadline March 15, 2019. Additional information can be found here.


The Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET) is one of the AECT Affiliated Organizations. SICET provides international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings. Each year, SICET organizes two events – the AECT-SICET conference as part of AECT convention, and EITT convention held at a different country.

This year, SICET has scheduled the EITT convention immediately after the AECT convention in the USA. That is, EITT will take place on October 27-31, 2019 at Biloxi, Mississippi, immediately after the AECT convention on October 21-25, 2019 in Las Vegas. This is to encourage more international presentations and participations. We welcome all AECT members to submit proposals to SICET and EITT conferences. You can find more information at the SICET website .


Join technology experts, industry leaders, developers and educators from all stages of learning to examine the role artificial intelligence and emerging technologies play in the evolution of smart education. Dates for UCSEC 2019 are March 18-20 at the University of North Texas/Denton.Details are available here.


Papers published in this volume were presented at the annual AECT Convention in Kansas City, MO. Volumes 1 and 2 are available through the Educational Resources Clearinghouse (ERIC) System . The Proceedings of AECT’s Convention are published in two volumes. Volume #1contains papers dealing primarily with research and development topics. Papers dealing with the practice of instructional technology including instruction and training issues are contained inVolume #2.


Videos (Keynote and Presidential Sessions) from the 2018 AECT Convention in Kansas City are now available on Vimeo. Check them out!

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