Virtual School Meanderings

November 16, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Also from late last week…

Canadian e-Learning Network

CANeLearn Newsletter

November 12, 2015

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In the news…

Mark your calendars – Webinar Wednesdays launches next week with a presentation on disruptive innovation from iNACOL 2014 Innovative Program of the Year Navigate. Scroll down for more information or check out our Online Webinars page here, or our Google PD Calendar here.

Website – We have migrated from our original Moodle site to WordPress.  On the site you will find numerous blog posts about activities and events (   Some are featured below, but all are searchable on the site.  See what activity you might have been missing!

Twitter – We have been using the hashtag #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members.  Join the conversation!


  • July 2015 Halifax Summer Symposium – The Canadian eLearning Network extended an open invitation to anyone interested in blended and online learning to attend a pan-Canadian discussion about increasing flexible learning through blended and online learning environments.

July 2015 Delegtes

The two-day event, hosted by Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Nova Scotia Virtual School, was designed to focus on networking, informing and sharing.  Read more here

  • blendED2015 Alberta – The first ever blended and online learning symposium was held in Edmonton October 25-27.  Over 200 educators from Alberta and across Canada spent two and a half days sharing and discussing strategies that engage learners online, whether they are based in classrooms or online at a distance.


Dr. Valerie Irvine, uVictoria, and a panel that included Dr. Phil McRae, ATA and Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh, Microsoft, set the stage for the Monday opening, and Dr. Irvine brought the discussion together with an excellent Storify compilation of the dialogue here.

Session details, notes and links to resources and files shared at the event can be found at  Also, see a blog post by Nicole Lakusta describing her experience at the event here.

  • Bring IT together (ON) – Randy LaBonte & Michael Barbour presented at #BIT15.  Boots-Computer

Check out their presentations on State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada and Flexible Learning Western Style on our blog site.

Online PD – Webinar Wednesdays

  • We are launching our online Webinar Wednesdays series next week with Jeff Stewart and Marieke Holtkamp presentating on disruptive innovation at Navigate, the iNACOL 2014 Innovative Program of the Year award winner.
  • Other webinar and PD events, including URL/locations, can be found on our Online Webinars page here or our Google PD Calendar here.

2015 iNACOL Award Nominees

  • Four outstanding programs and educators were recognized by the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) as nominees for one of four innovation awards presented by iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning The iNACOL Innovator Awards recognize learning practices, new research and individual achievements in the field of blended and online learning. CANeLearn nominees were: CJ MacKinnon-Scott from TLA Online, Elizabeth Murphy (researcher), Alison Slack (OeLC), and the Nova Scotia Virtual School.  Read more here

CANeLearn 2015-16 Board of Directors

  • The September 15 AGM welcomed the following new directors to the Canadian eLearning Board: Todd Pottle (ON), Allison MacDonald (MB), and Bruce Weitzel (BC).  Returning board members are Laurel Beaton (AB), Kevin Wttewaall (AB), Greg Bitgood (BC), Michael Canuel (QC), Terri Reid (AB), and Sue Taylor-Foley (NS).

Questions?  Email

Thanks for being a part of our network!

November 12, 2015

[CSSE-SCÉÉ]CSSE – Conference – SUBMISSION REMINDER – 1 week | SCÉÉ – Congrés – RAPPEL À SOUMETTRE – Une semaine

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Dear Colleagues:  The deadline for submissions of proposals for the 2016 CSSE conference is Tuesday, 17 November 2015.  You can find further information at Thank you for considering our conference. Tim

Chers collègues, la date limite pour soumettre des projets d’exposés pour le congrès annuel de la SCÉÉ de 2016 est le mardi 17 novembre 2015.  Vous trouverez plus amples renseignements au Nous vous remercions pour votre proposition. Tim


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November 9, 2015

[CNIE-L] [Aufa-discussions] Distance learning in Quebec

This is an interesting item that showed up in my inbox this past week.  It is focused on the higher education context, but it is quite interesting all the same.

La TELUQ menacée de fermeture

(you will have to translate the page to English from your search engine)


November 7, 2015

[CNIE-L] CJLT: New Issues Published | RCAT : nouveaux numéros

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Dear Readers:

The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology has just published its latest issue at .  We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our Web site to review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.  Kim Peacock (


Chers lectures,

Le numéro plus récent de la Revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie est maintenant disponible au .  Vous trouverez ci-dessous la table des matières.  Nous vous invitons à visiter le site Web pour lire les articles et les autres choses.

Nous vous remercions pour votre intérêt à notre revue.  Kim Peacock (


Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

Vol 41, No 3 (2015)

Table of Contents




Editorial / Éditorial

Heather Kanuka




Teen Culture, Technology and Literacy Instruction: Urban Adolescent Students’ Perspectives

Jia Li, Catherine Snow, Claire White


A review of models and frameworks for designing mobile learning experiences and environments

Yu-Chang Hsu, Yu-Hui Ching


Pre-Service Perspectives on E-Teaching: Assessing E-Teaching Using the EPEC Hierarchy of Conditions for E-Learning/Teaching Competence

Ashley Sisco, Stuart Woodcock, Michelle Eady


Exploring the Digital Divide: The Use of Digital Technologies in Ontario Public Schools

Bodong Chen


Outils numériques nomades : les effets sur l’attention des étudiants

Nicolas Guichon




Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

Special Issue: Online Learning from the Instructional Designer’s Perspective: Canadian and European French-language Case Studies

Vol 41, No 3.1 (2015)

Table of Contents




Editorial / Éditorial

Michael Power, Peggy A. Ertmer




Canadian Case Studies


Developing Tutorials for Several Institutional Partners: A Real Challenge! | Développer des tutoriels pour plusieurs institutions partenaires : un réel défi !

Brigitte Belzile


The Challenge of Designing Blended Courses: From Structured Design to Creative Faculty Support! | Les beaux défis du design de cours hybrides : du design structuré à l’accompagnement créatif !

Catherine Carré


Being an Instructional Designer: A Job requiring Innovation and Trust | Être conseiller ou conseillère pédagogique, un travail d’innovation et de confiance

Serge Gérin-Lajoie


Evolution of the Instructional Design in a Series of Online Workshops | L’évolution d’un design pédagogique dans le développement d’ateliers en ligne

Anne Patry, Elizabeth Campbell Brown, Rémi Rousseau, Jeanette Caron


From Telecourses to Online Courses: A Story of Redesign | Du cours télévisé au cours en ligne : une histoire de redesign

Claude Potvin


“And the walls came a-tumblin’ down…” | Comment recréer l’ambiance propre au séminaire dans un cours en ligne?

Thomas Michael Power


Implementing a Diversity-Orientated Online Graduate-Level Health Professions Education Program | Soutenir la mise en place d’un programme de maîtrise en pédagogie universitaire des sciences de la santé offert à distance par

et pour la diversité

Isabelle Savard


European Case Studies


An Online Training Course to Learn How to Teach Online | Former en ligne pour apprendre à former en ligne

Sylviane Bachy, Marcel Lebrun


Course Design and Delivery Specifications as a Tool for Ensuring Quality in an Online Training Program | Une charte pédagogique comme outil de qualité d’un programme en ligne

Françoise Docq


From Intent to Action: An Iterative Engineering Process | De l’intention à la maturité : une ingénierie itérative

Patrice Mouton, Jacques Rodet, Sylvain Vacaresse


Guiding Professional Life-long Learning Projects: The Case of an Immersive Blended Learning Certificate | Accompagner des projets professionnels en formation continue : le cas d’un certificat de formation hybride et immersive

Kalliopi Benetos, Daniel Peraya


A Learning Module for BA Students to Develop ICT Skills for their Learning Activities | Un module de formation visant le développement des compétences TICE chez les étudiants en baccalauréat

Hervé Platteaux, Sergio Hoein


How do you Implement a Digital Environment to Support a Training Group? | Comment organiser son environnement numérique pour soutenir le groupe en formation ?

Anne Ronchi



Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie




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November 6, 2015

BIT 2015 – Inquiry with Blended Learning

The tenth session – and final one – that I am blogging at the Bring IT Together 2015 conference is:

Inquiry with Blended Learning

by Olivia Skibinski

How can teachers use a digital platform to facilitate guided inquiry? Using D2L, google aps, twitter (or other digital platforms), teachers can investigate opportunities for beginning or continuing inquiry and being a co-learner with their students. What are some of the challenges and successes of inquiry based learning in the junior and intermediate years? What are some of the misconceptions around inquiry based learning? How can you provide assessment of learning for reporting? Participants can BYOD to this session to create tasks they will feel confident implementing in their classroom.

Prior to starting her presentation, Olivia indicated that her slides were available at:

Olivia began the session with an overview of several resources that she has either used or has found useful.

She then transitioned to defining blended learning, using several items from eLearning Ontario, including the official eLO definition for blended learning:

Blended learning combines the support of the classroom learning with the flexibility of e-learning.

As you can see from the slides, Olivia basically just provided a bunch of examples of inquiry-type activities that she has done with her students – mainly in science and social studies.

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