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April 21, 2017

Online Learning News – April 19, 2017 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 19 avril 2017

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Big Data vs Small Data
How Both are Helping Improve Learning

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We are becoming accustomed to big data and analytics. Colleges and universities around the world are using big data analytics to help market their programs and services. Others are going further, using analytic models to predict when students are going to be in difficulty or are likely to drop out. Analytic and statistical models have been developed to predict students’ interest levels, travel and mobility ranges, likelihood for successfully passing courses, financial need levels, and likelihood of persisting to graduation. Big data has become big business. Full story
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Quality of MOOCs: We need YOU!
MOOQ, the European Alliance for the Quality of MOOCs is looking for your support to complete the first Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs, which is supported by all leading international associations and United Nations’ organizations. Complete the survey
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Delivering Learning to Students around the World through the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO in Italy 
The mission of the Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO (International Telematic University UNINETTUNO) in Italy is to make university available to everyone at affordable cost and to help professors and traditional institutions face the challenge of using new technologies for effective teaching and learning. The model for delivery focuses on the student, stressing engagement and interaction. There are currently 15,000 students from 160 countries registered with UNINETTUNO, earning vocational and professional certificates and three levels of degrees. Full story

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Help Identify Ground-Breaking EdTech Start-ups
Add to Contact North I Contact Nord’s searchable directory of 75 + EdTech Start-ups including companies developing communication/collaborative tools, learning management systems, and online tutoring, student assessment, and presentation/delivery tools. Submit now
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World Conference on Online Learning Extends Deadline for Call for Proposals
To accommodate the many presenters contributing to a high quality and engaging program for all World Conference delegates, the Call for Proposals deadline is extended to June 30, 2017. Already, more than 250 individuals from 24 countries around the world responded to the Call for Proposals to present at the World Conference on Online Learning. Full Story
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Available Now – Your Updated List of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences from Around the World for January to June 2017
Browse the updated list of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, compiled by Clayton R. Wright, providing a range of options in Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand, covering teaching, learning, and educational administration, as well as technology in education. Full story
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This Week’s Worth Reading selections
For Faculty & Instructors

For Instructional Designers

For Policy Makers and Administrators

Explore All Worth Reading selections

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  3. Tools and Trends
  4. Five Key Questions About the State of Online Learning
  5. About Us
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Données massives contre données limitées
Comment ces deux aspects favorisent l’amélioration de l’apprentissage
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Nous sommes dorénavant familiers avec les données massives et l’analytique. À travers le monde, les collèges et les universités recourent à l’analytique de données massives en vue de trouver des débouchés pour leurs programmes et services. Et d’autres acteurs du secteur vont encore plus loin en utilisant des modèles d’analytique afin de prédire quand les étudiantes et les étudiants éprouveront des difficultés ou seront probablement aptes à décrocher. Une analytique et des modèles statistiques ont aussi été mis au point aux fins de percevoir à l’avance les degrés d’intérêt, les gammes de mobilité et de déplacement, la possibilité de réussir les cours, les niveaux des besoins financiers et l’éventualité de persévérer jusqu’à la diplomation parmi la population étudiante. Les données massives sont devenues un secteur florissant. Lire l’histoire complète
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La qualité des MOOC : nous avons besoin de VOUS!
MOOQ, une alliance européenne pour la qualité des MOOC, nécessite votre soutien pour effectuer le premier sondage mondial sur la qualité des MOOC. Ce sondage est appuyé par toutes les principales associations internationales et organisations des Nations Unies. Répondre au sondage
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La prestation de l’apprentissage aux étudiantes et étudiants à travers le monde par le biais de l’Université Télématique Internationale UNINETTUNO en Italie
La mission de l’Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO (Université Télématique Internationale UNINETTUNO) en Italie consiste à mettre l’université à la disposition de toutes et de tous, et ce, pour un coût abordable. Et cette mission comprend aussi d’aider les établissements d’enseignement traditionnels et le personnel enseignant à relever le défi que pose l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies afin d’améliorer l’efficacité de l’enseignement et l’apprentissage. Axé sur l’étudiante et l’étudiant, le modèle de prestation met l’accent sur l’engagement et l’interaction. Actuellement, 15 000 étudiantes et étudiants de 160 pays sont inscrits à l’UNINETTUNO en vue de décrocher des certificats de formation professionnelle et des grades de trois cycles universitaires. Lire l’histoire complète
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Aidez-nous à identifier des entreprises EdTech émergentes de pointe
Vous pourriez ainsi enrichir le répertoire de recherche de Contact North I Contact Nord incluant déjà 75+ entreprises EdTech émergentes, dont des compagnies mettant au point des outils de communication ou de collaboration, des systèmes de gestion de l’apprentissage, ainsi que le tutorat en ligne, l’évaluation des étudiantes et étudiants et des outils de présentation et de prestation. Soumettre maintenant
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Prolongation de la période de l’Appel de propositions pour la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne
Afin d’accommoder nombre de présentatrices et présentateurs contribuant à un programme engageant de qualité supérieure pour l’ensemble des déléguées et délégués de la Conférence mondiale, la date d’échéance pour l’Appel de propositions a été reportée au 30 juin 2017. Déjà, plus de 250 individus de 24 pays de partout dans le monde ont répondu à l’Appel de propositions en vue de faire une présentation à la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne. Lire l’histoire complète
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Disponible dès maintenant – Votre liste mise à jour des conférences sur la technologie éducative et reliées à l’éducation
De janvier à juin 2017
Consulter la liste des conférences sur la technologie éducative et reliées à l’éducation, compilée par Clayton R. Wright. Elle présente une gamme d’options au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, qui couvrent l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et l’administration éducationnelle ainsi que la technologie en éducation. Lire l’histoire complète
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Les sélections de lectures intéressantes à signaler cette semaine
À l’intention du personnel enseignant

À l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques

À l’intention des cadres et des responsables des politiques

Explorer toutes les sélections des Publications à signaler

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Les liens les plus populaires dans le portail teachonline.ca
  1. Une nouvelle pédagogie émerge… et l’apprentissage en ligne en est un facteur contributif
  2. Revues remarquables sur l’apprentissage en ligne et à distance
  3. Les outils et les tendances 
  4. Cinq questions clés à l’égard de l’état de l’apprentissage en ligne
  5. À notre sujet 
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April 20, 2017

Announcing the CANeLearn YouTube Channel

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Over the past two weeks CANeLearn has been busy transferring our recorded content to their new YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVrsvfsX_QXLF7n5zCVrSA

In addition to recordings from the recent CANeLearn Symposium, recordings of previous CANeLearn webinars, and even a recording from their 2012 K-12 Online Leaders Summit.

Additionally,CANeLearn has been actively working with its partners at the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research, and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning to repost recordings of webinars they have hosted that have focused on K-12 distance, online, and blended learning in Canada or that have been delivered by prominent Canadian presenters.  This includes sessions from recent annual meetings of the Provincial-Territorial Distance Education Association, where CANeLearn has been an official partner.

Further, CANeLearn has worked with the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada research project to add recordings from previous conference presentations related to K-12 distance, online, and blended learning in Canada – which primarily include old Virtual School Symposium presentations.

Finally, along with videos that we have uploaded to the CANeLearn YouTube Channel, we have also created several playlists using videos related to K-12 distance, online, and blended learning in Canada that have been uploaded by others, including videos from Michael Barbour and Elizabeth Murphy.

April 19, 2017

CANeLearn April News

A newsletter from the Canadian eLearning Network.

Canadian eLearning Network

April 18, 2017

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Please forward this news on your own networks

Welcome to the April CANeLearn news. This issue announces the launch of our Facebook page and YouTube channel, offers you a glimpse of the archives from the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference, along with news, sites, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!


Featured Events

Global Leadership Week – April 24 – April 28
  • Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education.
  • GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.
  • The Global Education Conference Network is the primary organizer of Global Leadership Week.
ACE 2017 – Adult Centred Education Conference – May 18 & 19, 2017

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium – October 25-27, 2017

  • Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces!
  • 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Now Open!
Canada Moodle Moot 2018 – February 21-24, 2018

Stay Connected!


Announcements

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER that feature our projects or our members.
  • We also have some recordings from the CANeLearn Symposium, PTDEA 2016, and the Canadian K-12 Online Leaders Summit along with several other non-CANeLearn conferences, videos, and other playlists of interest.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVrsvfsX_QXLF7n5zCVrSA

2017 Symposium Curated Site

  • Check out links to documents, notes, and some recorded sessions from the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium and BC Digital Learning Conference
  • The Curated Content & Discussion Site will remain online and is free to access

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

MindShareLearning Podcast – State of the Nation Research

  • Exclusive podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report
  • Podcast link & info here

In the news…

Study challenges cost and price myths of online education

  • The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of distance education providers found.
  • Read more here

Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone

  • Entreprise à l’automne 2016, l’étude Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone s’est déroulée durant une période de trois mois et culmine sur ce vaste portrait de la réalité courante dans trois ordres d’enseignement pour la formation initiale (aussi dite « créditée ») et continue.
  • À notre connaissance, il s’agit là de la première étude en son genre, décrivant ce qu’est devenue la formation à distance (FAD) en 2017, dans les mots de ses principaux acteurs.
  • Read

The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks | University Affairs

  • Professor Arthur Gill Green traces his conversion to using open educational resources, or OER, back to a specific day in his introductory geography class in 2010.
  • It’s no coincidence that Dr. Green teaches in British Columbia – if OER has an origin story in Canada, it’s with an organization called BCcampus.

From Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute – Supporting New Learning Models

Games Used in K-12 Schools: A Research Perspective

  • One of the threads in research for technology integration literature is the need to create more authentic and engaging learning experiences in schools.

Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities

  • As online enrollments increase, there is a growing need to examine strategies with the potential to improve course outcomes, especially since students in online courses tend to have less success compared to their face-to-face counterparts.

Examining Teacher Education Programs and Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning Environments

  • The continued growth of online education, together with the fact that it is becoming an increasingly mainstream option for students, necessitates that teachers know how to teach in an online learning environment. Consequently, teacher education programs should prepare them to do so.

What if the internet stopped working for a day?? – From BBC


Worth a look…

Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD)

Are you interested in…

  • Rethinking your f2f delivery to engage a blended learning model
  • Integrating emerging technologies into your practice
  • Becoming a leader in distance learning design and delivery
  • A fully online graduate program with no residency requirements and summers off
    …then OLTD is for you!

For information visit oltd.viu.ca or email mary.oneill@viu.ca

BOLT – Athabasca University – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

  • Are you interested in digital learning? Would you like to explore the latest digital technologies and teaching philosophies for educating 21st century learners?
  • BOLT offers K-12 professionals the opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development and to explore opportunities and innovative approaches in flexible, sustainable education.
  • Check out http://cde.athabascau.ca/bolt/

April 16, 2017

CIDER Session April 19, 2017

And another from Thursday’s inbox…

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Athabasca University Social Software in Undergraduate Studies
Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our upcoming CIDER session on April 19, 2017. This free, online session will feature Dr. Gerald Ardito, Assistant Professor of STEM-D Education at Pace University School of Education.

Title: Building Student Networks: Towards a Connectivist Analysis of Classroom Learning Environments

This presentation will describe a pilot program that sought to apply key concepts and research in Distance Education to a blended secondary Science classroom. It involved a cohort of 8th grade Biology students who participated in a blended, self-directed Biology course. This course was designed so that students had the maximum amount of freedom and choice.

Various types of data analysis techniques were performed in order to investigate the students’ personal learning networks and how these were affected by this technology enhanced self-directed learning and a blended learning environment. Findings indicate that the students who performed better than expected in the class had the largest and most robust learning networks. The converse was also true; students who did less well than expected were shown to have small and less robust learning networks. This study develops a methodology for applying Connectivist learning theory to a blended learning environment. Most interestingly, these findings are consistent to those in similar studies involving Distance Education, which suggests these methods might be extensible to primary and secondary educational settings.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada

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April 14, 2017

BOLTT 2017 – Call for Presentations / Workshops

For my readers in the Ontario, Canada region…

Location
Intercontinental Toronto Centre

Categories

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) CONFERENCE

#BOLTT17

An annual faced-paced conference that focuses on the needs of Elementary/Intermediate/Secondary/Adult eTeachers/Hybrid Teachers/Blended Learning Teachers
eRegistrars/DeLCs/eLCs/TeLT-Cs, and Technology/Instructional Consultants/Coaches

2017 October 12th Evening (Optional Pre-Conference Events; No additional cost)
2017 October 13th (Conference)

Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel (in the Toronto Convention Centre, next to Union Station)

REGISTRATION

http://www.oelc.ca/boltt-registration/embed/#?secret=3qfvuTZWCj

  • Individuals may register themselves (with Board approval), or request that their Boards do so (e.g., through their Board’s DeLC – District eLearning Contact).
  • Attendees delivering a presentation / workshop receive FREE registration or 50% OFF of their registration (instructions below).
  • Boards will be invoiced by the OeLC’s Banking Board following the conference for the total of registration fees for all of their attendees.
  • Boards may request to be invoiced now for any number of registrations, then complete registrations as attendees are selected.
  • Capacity is 180 attendees so please reserve your spaces today.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS

http://www.oelc.ca/boltt-call-for-presentations-workshops/embed/#?secret=OC9jrlonQr

  • Attendees delivering a presentation / workshop receive FREE registration or 50% OFF of their registration.

ACCOMMODATIONS

http://www.oelc.ca/boltt-venue-and-accommodations/embed/#?secret=jGbA2F46DQ

Receive 50% OFF of your registration
by delivering a single session (i.e., a 50-minute presentation / workshop)

Receive your registration for FREE
by delivering a double session (i.e. a 100-minute presentation / workshop)

Your presentation / workshop should focus on one of the following:

  1. effective strategies or approaches in online course development, delivery, assessment, communication, or student tracking and reporting in an eLearning, hybrid learning, or blended learning environment for elementary, secondary, or adult learners, or for special program
  2. an effective tool(s) to enhance online course instruction or assessment.
  3. a unique online learning program(s), project(s), or initiative(s)

Note: Sessions are capped at 30 attendees and all rooms will be equipped with a projector/screen/sound and WiFi.

Note: Double sessions must involve an interactive or hands-on component.

To submit your proposal for a presentation / workshop, simply complete the following form:

http://goo.gl/forms/Og1q2ypQpQ

#BOLTT17

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