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May 25, 2017

Make Plans Now to #QMConnect This Fall

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May 24, 2017

May Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers…

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May Update 2017
VLN Primary snap shot of new web page
VLN Primary snap shot of new web page, by Helen Goldsworthy
VLN Primary School launches new website by Helen Goldsworthy
We are excited to launch our new website that better reflects our school and how we operate.   Read more
Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

It has been a very eventful month in education with the appointment of Minister Nikki Kaye as the new Minister of Education and the passing of legislation that will pave the way for many changes in education. Of particular importance to us is Communities of Online Learning. This potentially has huge implications for the VLN Primary in providing the recognition and resources it needs to be able to sustain and develop online learning for NZ learners. We have been very active in our advocacy of online learning across the political and community spectrum and intend to be active in the consultation process leading in to the development of CoOLs guidelines.  We encourage you all to engage with this consultation process as well.

This month I had the privilege of joining our Rural & Remote Project kids and their Principals on camp in Wellington. This is our 3rd biennial  camp and we now have met several sets of siblings through the years. We had an amazing time, you can see some of our activities here. Look out for our students article in next month’s newsletter.

In this newsletter:

Our eteachers get the professional recognition they deserve from the Education Council, and can now be attested for renewal of their registration through our VLN Primary appraisal system.

We welcome our newest team member Matetu Herewini who will be working alongside Koka Jules as a kaiako of te reo Māori. Thanks to Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi who have been very supportive of us in working with Matetu.

Check out our Korean programmes with Sunny Yang. The best time is NOW to get your children involved in learning Korean, as this year while we are part of the ALLiS project there are no tuition costs.

For a cultural infusion in your school we encourage you to host a visiting teacher through AFS Educational Advantage. This opportunity is coming up very soon, so get in quick and consider sharing this opportunity with your local school cluster.

Thanks to all those who have contributed their viewpoints in our strategic planning consultation. There is still a couple of days to provide formal feedback (though of course you can tell us what you think anytime).

Finally we want to draw your attention to the World Rescue Game developed by UNESCO and designed to develop global citizenship skills, and knowledge of peace & sustainability issues.

Kia pai tō ra

Ngā mihi nui



Nicki, Olivia, Ginette - eteachers VLNP
VLN Primary approved to renew eteachers registrations

The VLN Primary is really pleased to announce that we have recently become an approved institution through the Education Council to attest for our eteachers renewal of registration. Read more

Matetu Herewini and tamāhine
Haere mai to our new kaiako Matetu Herewini

Matetu has recently joined our team to teach Te reo Māori. Read more

Sunny Yang - Korean VLN primary school teacher
Learn Korean Online with Sunny Yang

Sunny, our new Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. Read more

Visiting AFS teacher Yaju, with Halfmoon Bay Students
Immerse Yourself in a Cultural Experience

Host a Chinese teacher with AFS, and provide a valuable cultural experience for the whole school.Read more

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Strategic Review – Community Consultation

The VLN Primary Governance team are seeking to consult with our community on our 2018-2020 Charter & Strategic Plan. All views are invited, from schools, whānau, & the wider community. Read more

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World Rescue Game

World Rescue Game fosters global citizenship and educates on peace and sustainable development. Read more

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USDLA Newsletter 2017 (05-22-2017)

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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education Predictive analytics–using massive amounts of historical data to predict future events–is a practice that’s making it easier and faster for colleges to decide which students to enroll and how to get them to graduation. But using data in this way may make decision-making processes harder, […]

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A Comparison of Learning Outcomes for Adult Students in On-Site and Online Service-Learning

As noted by Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory, adults learn best through experiences. Typically delivered in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting, service-learning integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world experience and community service. E-service-learning, service-learning delivered in part or entirely online, is uniquely positioned to provide adult students in online programs with access […]

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Does Online Learning Deliver? A Comparison of Student Teacher Outcomes from Candidates in Face-to-Face and Online Program Pathways

Although a growing number of students are accessing online learning programs, there are concerns about the quality of these programs. Multiple reports examined online program quality, but many of those studies had methodology and design issues that make it difficult to interpret the findings conclusively. This study attempted to address the methodological concerns by comparing […]

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Talent Management Implementation at an Open Distance E-Learning Higher Educational Institution: The Views of Senior Line Managers

The war for talent remains a challenge that many organisations face but more so for distance education institutions to deliver on its mandate to provide effective online academic offerings. The question that remains is: How can intellectual capital be managed effectively in order to recruit and retain talent that is necessary for success? This study […]

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Improving the K-12 Online Course Design Review Process: Experts Weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Within the K-12 online learning environment there are a variety of standards that designers can utilize when creating online courses. To date, the only research-based standards available are proprietary in manner. As such, many jurisdictions have begun adopting online course design standards from the leading advocacy organization, which that have yet to be validated from […]

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Modernizing Document Recordation

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the recordation of transfers of copyright ownership and other documents pertaining to a copyright under 17 U.S.C. § 205, and notices of termination under sections 203, 304(c), and 304(d). The current recordation process is a time-consuming and labor-intensive paper-based one, requiring remitters to submit […]

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Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility

Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years. Inside Higher Ed

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Student Success Handbook for Higher Education

With higher education enrollment rates steadily declining, it’s more important than ever for institutions to invest in student success. Higher education is an increasingly crowded, competitive landscape, one in which retention and graduation rates are an ever-increasing blip on any institution’s radar, particularly tuition-dependent institutions. Putting solid support behind student success can be a key […]

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft Battle for K-12 Market, and Loyalties of Educators

If there’s a common thread that unites the rival technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the education market, it’s this: They’re big. The three major tech companies”along with Amazon, a relatively new player on the scene”go head-to-head in vying for big chunks of school business, most notably in sales of devices and operating systems, […]

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Re-Posting: CANeLearn May News

Note the updated links from the earlier version that was posted.

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Hello Michael, welcome to May CANeLearn News.

This is an updated version of the last newsletter.  We experienced some issues with our previous mail service and enlisted our webmaster, Paul Mycroft, and his email marketing service – Market 2 All.  Thanks, Paul!  We love the new look.

CANeLearn Live! webinar today at 2 pm Eastern! – Another one on Thursday this week as well – please scroll down for details.

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

Featured Events

Featured Events

Symposium Highlight Webinars: CANeLearn Live! series returns

Tuesday, May 23 – 2:00 pm Eastern:  Today!!

Thursday, May 25 – 2:00 pm Eastern:

  • Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers?

Tuesday, June 6 – 3:30 pm Eastern:

  • Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment

Adventures in Deep Learning

Free, online, today at 2:00 pm EDT

  • Join Robert Long and Stephanie Myers from the Ottawa Catholic School Board as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session and learn:
  • What makes learning meaningful to students?  How do you make an impact on students and engage them in authentic learning? How do you take that across a school board?
  • Robert and Stephanie will share their online 360/VR captures of our some of our changes and engage a classroom teacher and student to two to join in the conversation around exploring Deep Learning.
  • Webinar link:​

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

August 24 & 25

  • Intercontinental hotel, Toronto ON
  • David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario
  • Cross Canada Leadership panel
  • Workshops, dialogue, networking
  • See:


2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference

October 13

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Call for presentations open

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium

October 25-27

  • Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces

Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, 2018

Stay Connected!

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


Free MOOC: Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as featured webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER: Subscribe today!

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In the News

From the Canadian Education Association (CEA)

  • To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media
  • This MediaSmarts study shows how teens carefully compose, select, and edit the photos they share on social media to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. Some of the unwritten rules the teens followed when making decisions about privacy and publicity on photo-sharing platforms include:
  • Posting only “safe” photos that steer away from controversial topics like politics, religion, sexuality, and race;
  • Not taking a screenshot of someone’s Snapchat photo;
  • Not connecting with strangers online (although they had a very narrow definition of what a “stranger” was);
  • “Looking good” in every photo, but being careful not to present themselves in a sexualized context.

From eSchoolNews: 5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

  1. More student choice and responsibility for learning
  2. Digitization
  3. Personalized learning for every student
  4. New pedagogical models – yet unknown
  5. New technologies – yet unknown

The new Creative Commons Search (beta)

  • Use the CC search to find open resources

From Contact North: A searchable directory of 90 Canadian researchers of online, blended and distance education

  •  Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions
  • It features the researcher’s interests and their top 3 cited publications in the past 5 years
  • They are hoping to expand the list – please pass on to others

Bookmark for your summer reading…


Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment | Enseigner les compétences pour l’environnement en ligne (PDF)

  • Heather Marie Farmer, Jennifer Ramsdale
  • A study of key competency areas for online educators
  • The Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix includes five competency areas: Community & Netiquette, Active Teaching/Facilitating, Instructional Design, Tools & Technology, and Leadership & Instruction
  • Read more here…

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF)

  • Second report in a series from MVLRI focused on a state-wide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island
  • A total of seven themes were identified from the interviews and focus groups as being crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level:
  1. Assessing Needs for Personalizing an Implementation Plan
  2. Stakeholders Balancing Their Roles and the Learning Process
  3. Breaking Down Silos to Cultivate Reciprocal Learning Opportunities for All Stakeholders
  4. Building Buy-in Through Constant and Transparent Communication
  5. Establishing Mini Pilots Within Schools
  6. Empowering Teachers Using a Train-the-Trainer, Sustainable Professional Development Model
  7. Letting Go of Perfection and Control, Embracing the Art of Failing Forward, and Cultivating a Safe Space for Change
  • Each of these themes is described using participant data in the report found here (PDF)

More from the MVLRI Library

Happy reading!

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a mission to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning by providing members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.

“CANeLearn’s mission is to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning.”


May 23, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes -May 22, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday.

May 22, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

REGISTER TODAY! The 2017 AECT International Convention early-bird registration will remain available until May 31, 2017. Make plans to attend the convention,November 6-11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. See the AECT website for registration and hotel information.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium and Summer Board & Leadership Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-25. Details regarding registration and hotel reservations are available on the AECT website.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP but were afraid to ask. The AECT Leadership Development Committee knows that a mentoring relationship can play a key role in developing leaders and professional scholars, but what exactly does it mean to have an effective mentoring relationship? Add this full day workshop to your AECT17 convention registration for only $15 to learn about the components and dynamics of effective and productive mentoring relationships! Contact Tonia Dousay with questions.

NOMINATIONS NEEDED! The AECT Division of Distance Learning needs more nominations for the 2017 DDL Awards sponsored by the division. More information about each of the awards, including award coordinators, evaluation criteria, and how to submit nominations, can be found on the DDL website. Nominations and accompanying materials must be received by June 1, 2017. Winners will be recognized at the DDL Membership Meeting during AECT International Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on November 6–11, 2017.

AECT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the Leadership Internship Program to coincide with the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, FL.  We need your help to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program.  Details and submission information can be found here. The deadline is June 5, 2017.

NEW CALL FOR ETS V2 PROPOSALS. Do you have a passion for a new technology or tech ‘toys’ with promise for learning? Do you want to have a little funwhile learning about the most novel new learning technologies exciting AECT members?  Planners have tweaked the design of the Emerging Technology Showcase so that AECT Jacksonville Convention participants can access their practitioner’s side to think about, meet and question over 60 hot-tech advocates hosting many roundtables in two large sessions!  Explore the possible! Click here to see the Call and Click here to find the submission portal to submit your individual (or team) ETS2 Proposals: Due, June 15, 2017. Fun!

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, has published its first paper.  All the papers in Volume 1 (2017) and Volume 2 (2018) are freely available to anyone during those two years.  Simply visit the homepage and click on Online First Articles to access the article.  The journal’s content will also be available to all AECT members via the AECT website soon.  We welcome you to submit your next paper to this journal to experience its fair, balanced, timely, and helpful peer review. Accepted papers are published quickly (within 2-3 weeks) and enjoy wide dissemination, including free availability in the journal’s first two years.  The homepage contains a link (Submit Online) to the journal’s Editorial Manager website, as well as instructions for authors, aims and scope, Editorial Board, and more.  Please contact Editor-in-Chief Robert Kenny with any general inquiries about the journal.

U.S. DOL O*NET DATA COLLECTION. The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET Data Collection Program, through Research Triangle Institute (RTI), has reached out to AECT seeking members who might be willing to provide expertise on the occupation of Distance Learning Coordinators. If you have at least 5 years of experience with the occupation, have been active within the last 6 months, are based in the U.S. and are interested in filling out 5 questionnaires (90 mins time total) and receiving $40.00 and a Certificate of Appreciation from DOL, please email Please submit your name, mailing address, daytime phone, email address, # of years of experience (as a practitioner, supervisor, trainer or teacher) in the occupation in order to be considered. A random sample of individuals will be selected for participation.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

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