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May 24, 2017

Blended Mastery Series: Stay on the Cutting Edge of Teaching Practices and Leverage in Your Classroom

From Monday’s inbox…

Stay on the Cutting Edge of Teaching Practices and Leverage in Your Classroom
Dear Michael,

“[OLC’s Blended Learning Mastery Series] helps to systematically create a learning program that provides a holistic view as well as in-depth aspects of developing effective online course(s),” said Arun Madapusi, a former educator and currently an educator-consultant.

“The ‘deep dive’ into practitioner and pedagogical knowledge and their practical application in the OLC Blended Learning Mastery Series enables one to stay on the cutting edge of teaching practices and leverage these in the classroom,” he added.

Learn more about his experience and the benefits he’s found from enrolling in the Blended Mastery Series. Join the next cohort, starting August 9.

Keep on Learning!


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Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium
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“The Blended Learning Mastery Series leverages theory and research, ties them effectively to practice, and opens up so many possibilities to create an effective teaching and learning environment.”

-Arun Madapusi, Educator-Consultant

Read more about Arun’s story.

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at

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What’s Trending in Online Education?

From the inbox yesterday or the day before…

The first CHLOE Survey Report is now available for download!
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Find Out in the First CHLOE Survey Report!

CHLOE Survey Report coverIt’s been 20 years since online learning was first introduced. So where does it stand today? We teamed up with Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm focused on higher education, to fill the gap in researching this important topic.

We started with a survey of Chief Online Officers to gauge, among other things, how their institutions are funding, developing programs, conducting quality assurance, making technology investments and managing innovation as online learning becomes mainstream. Results of the survey — The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) — are now publicly available in The 2017 CHLOE Report.

So what trends in the management of online learning did CHLOE find? You’ll want to download and share the full report to see how institutions similar to yours compare. Here are a few highlights from the 51-page study:

  • Course development. Nearly 40% of private nonprofit colleges require faculty to use instructional design support in building their online courses. In contrast, only about 11% of two- and four-year public institutions do so.
  • Pricing. Among public two-year and four-year schools, over 90% of respondents indicated that the price of their online programs is either in line with or higher than conventional programming. Such data suggests that most schools have not made it a priority to use online learning to lower costs.
  • Program Objectives. CHLOE found that the predominant impetus for investment in online learning today is enrollment growth, with other objectives, such as student completion gains and cost reduction, trailing far behind.
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The second iteration of CHLOE is scheduled for June and focuses on the motives behind choices made by leaders of online programs. If your institution would like to participate in that survey, please email QM’s Manager of Research & Development, Barbra Burch, or Eduventures Research Analyst, Mughees Khan.
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Re-Posting: CANeLearn May News

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

Canadian eLearning Network

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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!

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  • 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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Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

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.”


23 May 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ May 23, 2017
K12 (LRN) Receiving Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

K12 logo Media coverage about K12 (NYSE:LRN) has trended positive on Monday, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a …
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Investors Set Sail on Valuation For K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN)

The Current Ratio of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) is 3.90. The Current Ratio is used by investors to determine whether a company can pay short term and …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 23, 2017

Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Likely to Impact K12 (LRN) Share Price

K12 logo News coverage about K12 (NYSE:LRN) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. Alpha One, a division of …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 23, 2017

A Look at the Health of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN)

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) has a Price to Book ratio of 1.380600. This ratio has been calculated by dividing the current share price by the book value per …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 23, 2017
British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) and K12 Inc (LRN) Shares Moving The Tape in Session

Shares of British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) are moving on volatility today -1.03% or $-0.74 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent …
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May 23, 2017

Announcing K12 Summer School Programs for 2017

And from K12, Inc. themselves to finish off today…

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Dear K12 Family,

Just because the school year is coming to a close doesn’t mean learning has to end!

We are pleased to announce our summer school program options and schedule, giving your kids the opportunity to keep learning. This is their chance to continue with their education over the summer, catch up, get ahead, explore an elective, or learn a new language.

We are offering two options over the summer. You can choose from:

  • Three full-length summer terms (with NCAA-approved courses)
  • Four condensed summer terms

Our summer programs are available with a variety of start dates to give your family flexibility. See the full list of courses and term schedules.

Don’t miss out—the deadline to enroll in the condensed summer term is May 23. Call 866.529.0167 to enroll your child today, and keep that learning momentum going!

K12 Summer School Team

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