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February 24, 2017

Webinars Next Week | Assessment, Learning Spaces, Preschool Safety

No webinars specific to K-12 distance, online or blended learning – but not the description of the item at the edWeb blog.

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Cathie Gillner
You Gave a Formative Assessment, Now What?
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Cathie Gillner, Teacher at Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Jennifer Williams
Learning Spaces: Designing for a Computer Science-Infused Classroom
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Williams and Fran Siracusa, Co-Founders, Calliope Global
Hosted by Bryan L. Miller, Educator Community Manager, Wonder Workshop

Jody Martin
Preschool Health and Safety Matters: Best Practices for Protecting and Supporting Young Learners
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Jody Martin, Vice President of Education, Crème de la Crème

From the edWeb Blog

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Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 10:39 AM PST

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Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools
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Top Tech Tools

This newsletter features the favorite productivity Tech Tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.
“I use Beyond Compare to compare files/folders on my two computers and sync them for backing up internally.  Then when I get a new computer, I can easily transfer my data from the old to the new as well.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Beyond Compare is a fee-based utility that allows you to compare files and folders to help identify and fix differences in documents, images and folders, even when they are in ZIP archives or on FTP sites. This product is available for Windows and Linux.
“I use Carbonite for backing up to the cloud. It provides automatic and continuous backup of all my files.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Carbonite is a fee-based Cloud backup service that automatically backs up all of your data, and allows you access to it from anywhere, at any time. The basic plan is available for Windows and Mac, the Plus and Prime plans are available only for Windows 7 and above.
“I use Google Keep to help track my long To-do lists. I’m able to check off things I have accomplished, share my lists with others, and set reminders for very important tasks. The best part is that it travels with you, from computer to phone to tablet. The same lists in all places!”
~ Shannon Mersand
Google Keep is a free web based note-taking service that allows you to take notes, set reminders, make to-do lists and share notes with others. It is available as a web-based app, and also on tablets and smartphones for seamless task mongering. Google Keep works on all platforms.
“I use G Suite to collaborate with colleagues and students from around the world. There is nothing easier than sharing and editing documents that update in rea- time to ensure that everyone has the latest files for a project.”
~ Shannon Mersand
G Suite (known as Google Drive for personal use) is a free collection of tools from Google, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Forms and many other tools that allow for real-time collaboration online. Changes appear instantly in the documents, and save automatically. G Suite works on all platforms.
“Freemind is a must for mind mapping, brainstorming, and job task analyses. I encourage my students to use it for their Work Breakdown Structure and for their Job Task Analysis.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Freemind is a free downloadable Java program that allows you to create mind maps, outlines and other organizational documents on your computer. Freemind works on all platforms.
“I use Quicken for tracking home finances and QuickBooks Pro for my business.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Quicken/Quickbooks Pro are fee-based programs that allow users to track personal and business finances. Both offer the ability to track income and spending, as well as create budgets and track where your money is going. Quicken products work on Windows and Mac OS.
“I use Roboform as my password manager.  With hundreds of password-protected accounts to navigate, Roboform saves me time and frustration.  Includes lots of features. Complex to use but it more than returns the time you spend learning the system.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Roboform is a free or fee-based password management system that allows users to safely and securely store and manage passwords to all of their online accounts. It also helps users create unique strong passwords. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.
“Pocket is aptly named. The browser-based Pocket icon makes it easy to click on ‘stuff’ in websites I want to revisit. It’s quicker than making a bookmark. You can tag pages for later organization. Pocket is a social platform that sends you a daily update on pages you ‘might’ like based on your choices.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Pocket is a free app that allows the user to quickly and easily save videos, images and text they wish to visit later. It allows for tagging of content and offers suggestions of other sources users may be interested in. Available for all platforms.

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Online Learning News – February 22, 2017 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 22 février 2017

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February 22, 2017



Registration is now open for the World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning, being organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord from October 16 – 19, 2017, in Toronto, Canada.

The World Conference is the 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference.

  • 4 full days of activities on new developments, emerging trends, best practices, and breakthrough technologies
  • 300 plenaries, practical workshops, interactive panels, hands-on demonstrations, presentations, and innovation labs
  • 1,000+ colleagues from 95 countries, including faculty & instructors, practitioners, experts, instructional technology and media professionals, training providers, researchers, consultants, start-ups, policy makers, academic decision-makers and educational technology industry leaders
  • Opportunities for networking and collaboration galore!
  • Major exhibit of leading educational technology providers and online learning vendors

Click here for full details on registration fees, hotel and airline information and links to our online registration system that allows you to complete your registration and pay by credit card in minutes. Other registration options are available for those who cannot pay by credit card.

We encourage all prospective delegates from outside of Canada to review the Canadian Visa and Travel Requirements to ensure you have the appropriate documentation in place to travel to Canada. Visit the World Conference on Online Learning portal for full details on the Call for Proposals and how to submit your proposal.

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Creating Presence in an Online Doctoral Program at the University of Florida

Faculty members in the College of Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville developed an Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Technology to serve professionals already in the workforce. Linking theory, practice, and research, the program works to build an academic community of practice for learning and support throughout and even after the program.

Click here to read Creating Presence in an Online Doctoral Program at the University of Florida.

The International Pockets of Innovation series showcases a broad range of examples of best practices in online learning from faculty and instructors in higher education around the world.

To date, this growing series features stories from academic innovators from Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Norway, France, Iceland, Germany, and the United States, with more added each month.

Visit International Pockets of Innovation to read more of the selections.

This international series complements Contact North | Contact Nord’s Pockets of Innovation Series with over 135 examples of innovative educators in Ontario’s public colleges and public universities using online learning to benefit students.


8-10 March 2017 in South Africa

The Open Education Consortium and The University of Cape Town, South Africa, are hosting the Open Education Global Conference where the world meets to discuss, plan, reflect, collaborate, innovate and celebrate openness in education.

The Global Conference runs from 8-10 March 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Plan to attend this important global event in the Year of Open!

Click here for full details and to register.



For Faculty

Svihla, V. and Reeve, R. (2016) Design as Scholarship – Case Studies from the Learning Sciences. London: Routledge.

Design is a discipline. It is an important discipline for faculty members and instructors seeking to design memorable, engaging and effective blended or online learning programs. This book looks at cases of effective design and the lessons learned. While it has some theory components, it is full of examples of projects that worked – exactly what faculty members or instructors need to look at when they are struggling to create their course or to change a course from a classroom to an online environment.

For Instructional Designers

Kinshuk. (2016) Designing Adaptive and Personalized Learning Environments. London: Routledge

Adaptive technologies which use machine intelligence to support differentiated instruction and personalized learning are quickly becoming de rigueur. Using machine intelligence and artificial intelligence engines, adaptive systems can adjust what the student is learning and how they are learning based on self-assessments, patterns of activity and other analytics (including biomarkers). Such systems are built into most learning management systems but are also emerging as stand-alone systems. This book is a comprehensive look at these systems, from theory through practice. It is focused, comprehensive and clear.

For Administrators and Policy Makers

Muilenberg, L.Y. and Berge, Z.L (2016) Digital Badges in Education – Trends, Issues and Cases. London: Routledge

This book explores learning design, assessment, and concrete cases in various contexts (schools, colleges and universities) as they relate to badges. It looks at the necessary components of badging systems, their functions and value, and the possible problems they give rise to. Comprehensive in scope, it is a solid introduction to this rapidly developing practice and is ideal for administrators – it makes clear what works, hasn’t worked and could work.

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L’inscription est maintenant ouverte pour la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne : L’enseignement à l’ère numérique – Repenser l’enseignement et l’apprentissage, qui est organisée et présentée par Contact North | Contact Nord du 16 au 19 octobre 2017 à Toronto au Canada.

Cette conférence mondiale est la 27e Conférence mondiale de l’International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) (Conseil international pour l’éducation ouverte et à distance).

  • 4 jours entiers d’activités sur les nouveaux développements, les tendances émergentes, les pratiques exemplaires et les technologies novatrices
  • 300 plénières, ateliers pratiques, tables rondes interactives, démonstrations, séances de présentation par affiches, présentations d’articles de recherche et laboratoires.
  • Plus de 1 000 collègues de 95 pays, incluant des membres du personnel enseignant et de formation, praticiens, experts,   chercheurs, professionnels des médias et technologies d’apprentissage, fournisseurs de formation, consultants, entreprises en démarrage, responsables de politiques, décideurs d’établissements d’enseignement et chefs de file du secteur de la technologie éducative
  • Des occasions à profusion de réseautage et de collaboration!
  • Des expositions majeures par des fabricants de technologies éducatives et des fournisseurs d’apprentissage en ligne de premier plan

Cliquer ici pour obtenir tous les détails sur les frais d’inscription, des renseignements sur les hôtels et le transporteur aérien ainsi que les liens vers notre système d’inscription en ligne, qui vous permet d’effectuer votre inscription rapidement et de payer par carte de crédit. D’autres options d’inscription sont offertes pour les personnes qui ne peuvent pas payer par carte de crédit.

Nous encourageons tous les déléguées et délégués éventuels, provenant d’un autre pays que le Canada, à consulter lesexigences canadiennes en matière de visa et de voyage afin de s’assurer d’avoir en main les documents appropriés pour voyager au Canada. Nous vous invitons à visiter le portail de la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne pour obtenir tous les détails sur l’Appel de propositions et savoir comment soumettre votre proposition.

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Voulez-vous connaître les chercheurs chefs de file et leurs travaux dans l’apprentissage en ligne ou les fournisseurs spécialisés en produits et services en ligne, les récentes idées de logiciels et les options de soutien aux étudiantes et étudiants? Vous pouvez trouver tout cela et beaucoup plus dans les nouveaux répertoires de Contact North | Contact Nord.


Plus de 50 entreprises mondiales EdTech émergentes de pointe

Plus de 90 chercheuses et chercheurs canadiens en éducation en ligne et à distance

Plus de 2 500 fournisseurs mondiaux de produits et services d’apprentissage en ligne

Restez à l’écoute pour découvrir d’autres répertoires novateurs qui seront publiés bientôt!


La création de la présence dans un programme de doctorat en ligne à l’University of Florida

Les membres du personnel enseignant au College of Education de l’University of Florida à Gainesville ont élaboré un doctorat en éducation (D.Ed.) dans le curriculum et l’instruction, axé sur la technologie éducative en ligne pour les professionnels actifs. Reliant la théorie, la pratique et la recherche, ce programme vise à instaurer une communauté de pratique pour l’apprentissage et le soutien tout au long du programme et même après.

Cliquer ici pour lire le document intitulé « Creating Presence in an Online Doctoral Program at the University of Florida » (La création de la présence dans un programme de doctorat en ligne à l’University of Florida).

Les Poches d’innovation internationales mettent en vedette une large gamme d’exemples des pratiques exemplaires pour l’apprentissage en ligne par le personnel enseignant et de formation en éducation supérieure à travers le monde.

Jusqu’ici, cette série grandissante propose des comptes rendus d’innovateurs universitaires en Irlande, en Norvège, en France, en Islande et en Allemagne. Et chaque mois, la série ajoute une nouvelle publication.

En visitant la page International Pockets of Innovation (Poches d’innovation internationales), vous pouvez explorer aussi les autres publications offertes dans cette série.

Cette série internationale sur l’innovation complète la série Poches d’innovation de Contact North | Contact Nord, qui présente 135 exemples sur les façons dont les éducatrices et les éducateurs novateurs dans les collèges publics et les universités publiques de l’Ontario se servent de l’apprentissage en ligne pour procurer des expériences d’apprentissage stimulantes aux étudiantes et aux étudiants.


Du 8 au 10 mars 2017 en Afrique du Sud

L’Open Education Consortium et l’University of Cape Town en Afrique du Sud accueillent l’Open Education Global Conference (Conférence mondiale de l’éducation ouverte), où le monde se réunit pour discuter, planifier, réfléchir, collaborer, innover et célébrer l’ouverture dans l’éducation.

La Conférence mondiale de l’éducation ouverte a lieu du 8 au10 mars 2017 à Cape Town en Afrique du Sud.

Nous vous encourageons à assister à cet évènement important pendant cette année de l’ouverture!

Cliquer ici pour obtenir tous les détails et vous inscrire.



À l’intention du personnel enseignant

Svihla, V. et Reeve, R. (2016). Design as Scholarship – Case Studies from the Learning Sciences, Routledge, Londres.

Ce livre porte sur la conception en tant que bourse d’études et présente des études de cas provenant des sciences de l’apprentissage. Or, la conception est une discipline. Et cette discipline est importante pour les membres du personnel enseignant et de formation qui veulent concevoir des programmes d’apprentissage mixte ou en ligne, qui sont mémorables, stimulants et efficaces. Cet ouvrage examine des cas de conception efficace et les leçons apprises. Bien qu’il offre quelques composantes théoriques, il propose aussi une profusion d’exemples de projets très fonctionnels – c’est exactement ce dont les membres du personnel enseignant et de formation ont besoin de consulter lorsqu’ils se débattent afin de créer leur propre cours ou de modifier un cours en salle de classe pour l’adapter à un environnement en ligne.

À l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques

Kinshuk (2016). Designing Adaptive and Personalized Learning Environments, Routledge, Londres.

Le sujet de ce livre est la conception d’environnements d’apprentissage adaptatifs et personnalisés. Les technologies adaptatives, qui se servent l’intelligence machine pour soutenir l’instruction différenciée et l’apprentissage personnalisé, sont rapidement devenues de rigueur. Grâce à l’usage des engins d’intelligence machine et d’intelligence artificielle, les systèmes adaptatifs peuvent ajuster ce que l’étudiante ou étudiant apprend et aussi comment il le fait, et ce, en se basant sur les auto-évaluations, les schémas d’activité et d’autres analytiques (incluant les biomarqueurs). De tels systèmes sont intégrés dans la plupart des systèmes de gestion de l’apprentissage, mais ils émergent aussi en tant que systèmes autonomes. Ciblé, complet et clair, cet ouvrage offre un coup d’œil complet sur ces systèmes depuis la théorie jusqu’à la pratique.

À l’intention des cadres et des responsables des politiques

Muilenberg, L.Y. et Berge, Z.L. (2016). Digital Badges in Education – Trends, Issues and Cases, Routledge, Londres.

Ce livre aborde les tendances, les enjeux et des cas à l’égard des insignes numériques. Il explore la conception et l’évaluation de l’apprentissage ainsi que des cas concrets pertinents dans divers contextes (écoles, collèges et universités), relativement aux insignes numériques. Il examine aussi les composantes nécessaires des systèmes d’insignes, leurs fonctions et leur valeur, et les problèmes éventuels qu’ils peuvent entraîner. Complet dans sa portée et idéal pour les cadres, cet ouvrage propose une solide introduction à cette pratique en croissance rapide et il clarifie ce qui fonctionne, ce qui ne fonctionne pas et ce qui devrait fonctionner.

Pour voir les livres choisis précédemment dans la série « Lectures intéressantes », veuillez visiter la page Worth Reading


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