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October 31, 2017

CIDER Session – November 1 2017

Note this CIDER session tomorrow.

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Athabasca University Social Software in Undergraduate Studies
Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the second session of the 2017-18 CIDER Sessions season on November 1, 2017. This free, online session will feature Dr. Kathlyn Bradshaw of Algonquin College.

Title: Conceptualizing Formal and Informal Learning in MOOCs as Activity Systems

This CIDER session considers formal and informal learning activities in massive open online courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are often broadly positioned as either cMOOCs (based on connectivistic pedagogies) or xMOOCs (based on cognitivistic/behaviouristic pedagogies). This presentation provides findings from an in situ case study – examining an emergent, hybrid MOOC design – focused on establishing the presence of both formal and informal learning activities in a network-based hybrid approach to MOOC design. The establishment of these two activity systems extended to include opportunities for boundary crossings between them. An outcome is a cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT)-informed model that extends commonly used and recognized MOOC typologies.

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:

Open call: There are still a few spots open for the 2017-18 season. Researchers who would like to share recent work with our CIDER audience can send a note of interest to

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.


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

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

Athabasca University · Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research · 1200, 10011 – 109 Street · Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8 · Canada

October 26, 2017

[L_OSBC_Announce] New Resource: Taking Making Into Classrooms

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

I invite you to share this with your colleagues either by forwarding the email or by printing it and posting it in your common area.

Thank you,

Michael Cochrane
Educational Services Support Manager
Open School BC
Education resources and services

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Hi Folks,

Yesterday’s Educator Update officially launched TAKING MAKING INTO CLASSROOMS, Open School’s latest online resource for teachers.

Are you a K-9 educator looking to better understand maker education and its relationship to the Applied Design, Skills and Technology (ADST) curriculum? The Taking Making Into Classrooms online resource was created to help educators explore key components of design thinking and making, and consider how they could be integrated into the classroom. Combining the intent of the maker movement with the ADST curriculum exposes students to hands-on skills and encourages them to make connections with the world of existing and future work in the trades and technologies.

This resource complements the Taking Making Into Classroom’s Toolkit<> developed by the Innovative Learning Centre at UBC Okanagan and can be accessed freely at any time through Open School BC’s Open Course Resource webpage<>.

With funding provided by the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Education, this online resource was developed in partnership with the Innovative Learning Centre at UBC Okanagan, Royal Roads University, and Open School BC.

I’d like thank everyone on the Open School team who contributed to the success of this project:

*   Thank you Leanne for creating a well-organized and well-written online resource for Educators.
*   Thank you Leanne and Christine for the creative inspiration behind “Roots of Maker Education”, Max for the amazing illustrations, and Aaron for your programming skills.

*   Sharon for editing the toolkit to reflect the needs of BC educators, fixing all of those broken links, and your incredible patience with the many, many change requests.
*   Christine for your strong visual design skills, the creation of the graphic interface, banners, and choosing just the right photos to make those pages come alive.
*   Brian for producing the course, dealing with multiple change requests, developing the custom certificates for the learners, and our discussions on how to use Moodle’s feedback tool.
*   Janet for helping me to realize my vision for the videos, your suggestions regarding the testimonial/interview questions, and for cataloging the raw video footage.
*   Farrah for creating the Fostering Intention Mindsets graphic, and for the layout of the three ADST Design Challenges.
*   Jeff for your technical advice on the survey and feedback tools and for making the launch nice and smooth.
A special thanks to Monique and Jennifer for all your support along the way!



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October 23, 2017

blendED 2017 – Last Minute Items

Some last minute updates for this Canadian conference.

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Hi, everyone!
We are putting the finishing touches on our preparations for blendED 2017 and are excited to see everyone in just two short days.  There is a fantastic line up of presentations with lots of opportunities to connect with colleagues. A few housekeeping items to note:
NEW SESSIONS: Log into to create your schedule. Four new sessions have just been added along with the session locations.
COLLABORATIVE NOTES:  We encourage attendees and presenters to use the collaborative note taking Google Docs. They are linked in the session descriptions
PARKING: The underground Parking Code is 50891#
​Please park in hotel guest parking only.  The hotel requires that you register your license plate once you have parked and we will have a sheet at the registration desk for you to do this.


password is Blend2017

SOCIALS: Don’t forget to join us at the social

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events​ on Wednesday and Thursday night. in the Ballroom C and Foyer.

See you soon at the blendED and Online Learning Conference!
All the best!
Michelle Khatib
On behalf of the blendED 2017 Conference Committee

CANeLearn October Newsletter

Note this Canadian newsletter that showed up in my inbox on Friday.

Canadian eLearning Network

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Hello Michael, welcome to the October CANeLearn News.

Welcome to October and its multitude of professional development opportunities.  This newsletter adds to your buffet!

8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit– Connect. Learn. Lead.

We continue to ask you to add your voice to our news, blog, Twitter feed, and Facebook page, and we invite you to share your stories with us.  As usual, this newsletter also includes updates, links, and items of interest. Scroll down for more!

Please forward this news to your networks by email or using the tools at the bottom.

Featured Events


Building Student Engagement in Distance & Blended Learning

October 23 & 24, N. Battleford

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium

October 25-27, Edmonton

  • Full day pre-conference on FNMI
  • Register by Sept.30 for early bird!
  • Focus on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces

8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

November 6, Toronto


Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

  • Early Bird Prices end Oct. 15!
  • Program details & registration at

BC Digital Learning Symposium

April 18-20, Richmond, BC

  • Annual Digital Learning Symposium, brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network
  • Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments. 
  • Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning

2017 Leadership Summit

Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!

Click here for Schedule Archive  or

Google Drive Folder

Stay Connected!

Stay connected
  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow us on Twitter @CANeLearn , “like” us on Facebook, check out video archives & subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Join CANeLearn – $50 for associate membership – access to member-only content!


The Ken Spencer Award

Apply for the EdCan Network’s ninth annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Seven cash awards of $15,000.

Bring IT Together 2017

OLC Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership

  • Research assets will be organized in key content areas, including: Teaching & Learning, Instructional Design/Learning Design, Leadership, Digital Learning​
  • Access the centre here

Review Your Experiences 

CANeLearn has offered networking events archived on our YouTube channel along with images on our Facebook page and featured past events on blog pages and future events on our calendar.  As an organization that is still relatively new, we want to know how we are doing – leave a review of your experiences with CANeLearn.


Tech Tips to Bookmark

Photos for Class

Beyond PowerPoint

  • User-friendly presentation tools beyond text-based slides integrating design techniques and creativity – easy and free
  • Posted on Inside Higher ED

Best 100 Education Hashtags

Recap 2.0


Google’s “Teachable Machine”

  • Google created Teachable Machine, a web tool to create simple programs using your webcam

iTunesU and OERu Tips

  • Courtesy of @mguhlin
  • Benefits of teaching students usingiTunes U
  • iTunes U for iOS can now add materials from iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, & more | 9to5Mac
  • How to Use iTunes U in the Classroom – Daily Genius 

iTunesU and OERu Research

Sites for Free Clipart and Photos


Worth a read…


A Distance Education Journey

Building on Open Educational Resources – What’s Next?

  • Many are already starting to ask questions about the quality of OER resources, the sustainability of OER materials and processes and the development of communities associated with OER, such as the community which sustains the World Map of OER.
  • Others are embracing OER and related open products and services and challenging their colleges and universities to embrace “open source” as a principle in their work in online learning and student support.
  • Now is the time to reflect on where we are and where we are going.
  • Read all about it here!

From Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

  • Mentoring online learners – Guide for parents, educators & students
  • A free, 30-minute online course on Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report. Learners in the course can explore and reflect on data from this year’s report, the most comprehensive analysis of K-12 virtual learning in Michigan. The course listing and enrollment information is on the Portal homepage!
  • Fall ’17 Research Clearinghouse Newsletter –

#QMConnect With Session Recordings

From Contact North | Contact Nord

  • A special series as advanced reading for delegates to the World Conference on Online Learning held in Toronto
  • Featuring Dr. Tony Bates & Stephen Downes
  • Check out the series of 10 papers here

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World


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.”


October 21, 2017

Don’t Miss ECOO’s Virtual Ed Camp!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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ECOO is hosting a Virtual Ed Camp on morning of Saturday October 21st.  The format will be as follows:

8:30 – 9:00  Welcome & networking

9:00 – 9:30  Panel discussion hosted by Stephen Hurley

Note:  this discussion will be broadcast on VoicEd Radio

9:30 – 10:30  Breakout session 1

10:30 – 11:30  Breakout session 2

11:30 – 12:30  Breakout session 3

12:30 Wrap up.


Note:  Some of the sessions will be recorded and/or live broadcast on VoicEd Radio.

Please register for participation and provide your input to the discussion topics at  Registrants will receive additional information regarding the day closer to the 21st.

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