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May 18, 2017

CANeLearn Live! Webinar: Today at 4:30 pm Eastern

Another CANeLearn item (and note this first event begins later this hour).

Good morning!  Just a reminder of the CANeLearn Live! webinar online today at 4:30 pm Eastern.  Scroll down for upcoming webinars next week and in June.

3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Mario Pochat, Vancouver Animation School, and Jody Polowick, Sun West School Division, as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
This session will be a presentation and discussion about how a chance meeting led to a partnership between SunWest Distance Learning Centre and Vancouver Animation School. We will discuss ways in which partnerships benefit our students and our process in developing innovative technology and harnessing the power of ubiquitous learning for this Millennial generation at the cutting edge of Visual Arts.
Our goal: To establish a triangular partnership with a win-win-win situation, which includes administrators, teachers and students.
Upcoming CANeLearn Live! webinars

Tuesday, May 232:00 pm Eastern

Adventures in Deep Learning – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Robert Long and Stephanie Myers from the Ottawa Catholic School Board as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Join this session to 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?
Ottawa Catholic has 42k students in 85 schools and we are all on a journey to make Deep Learning happen. They will share their online 360/VR captures of our some of the changes and engage a classroom teacher and student to two to join in the conversation around exploring Deep Learning.


Thursday, May 252:00 pm Eastern

Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers? – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join François Guite, Education Consultant from Quebec, as he shares his CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Technology and artificial intelligence are advancing at a tremendous pace. Our education systems cannot escape the 4th industrial revolution, which is just starting. Although schools will not go the way of the dodo, at least in the near future, they will have to adapt rapidly.

And what will come of the teaching profession as automation threatens so many jobs?
Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence in school?
We already have robots and bots designed to teach and serve as personal assistants; could they someday replace teachers?
Some students have been doing without trained teachers for a long time, and now some schools are experimenting entirely without the latter.
This presentation looks at the technological and social forces that will forever change the structure of schools and the role of teachers, especially those that distance teaching and learning.


Tuesday, June 63:30 pm Eastern

Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Terri Reid, from Black Gold Regional School Divison, as she shares her well received CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Teachers and Administrators have so much to do in their day that sometimes making those connections back to curriculum seems overwhelming.

  • How can we use curriculum mapping to drive instruction and assessment in classrooms, whether in a face to face, blended or online learning environment?
Teachers who develop curriculum maps learn what and when to assess and the importance of being explicit in their instruction. Let’s talk about the process and the impact that it can have on student learning. Curriculum mapping provides a clear path to student assessment and instruction and gives everyone permission to know when to stop.  Join our conversation to learn more.

CANeLearn May News

From my Canadian colleagues…

Canadian eLearning Network

May 16, 2017

Click here to see this newsletter online

Please forward this news on your own networks

Welcome to the May CANeLearn news. This issue announces the return of CANeLearn Live! webinars – reprise of  some 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference sessions (see all archives here), along with news, sites, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!

Featured Events

Symposium Highlight Webinars: CANeLearn Live! series returns

  • Thursday, May 18 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    • 3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 2:00 pm Eastern
    • Adventures in Deep Learning
  • 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

Click here to find out more or on the PD Calendar.

4T Virtual Conference:  Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology – Free, online, May 20 – 22

CANeLearn Leadership Summit – August 24 & 25

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Details to be announced

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference – October 13

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!


Free MOOC: Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

  • This 4-week MOOC from edX & Microsoft Education started Monday
  • Register or find more information here

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 to our YouTube channel here

2017 Symposium Curated Site

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.
  • Read more here (PDF)
From eSchoolNews: 5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning
  1. More student choice and responsibility for learning
  2. Digitzation
  3. Personalized learning for every student
  4. New pedagogical models – yet unknown
  5. New technologies – yet unknown
 The new Creative Commons Search (beta)
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
  • Find out more here

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

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

More from the MVLRI Library

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Validated Online Course Design Standards

A few weeks ago I saw this news item scroll across my electronic desk – Edmentum Plato Courses Receive iNACOL Standards Approval. When you go to the news item, you get access to this summary:

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware’s iNACOL Standard Review –

A former doctoral student of mine actually completed his dissertation research focused on whether the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses could be validated based on research. Here are the results.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Building better courses: Examining the content validity of the iNACOL national standards for quality online courses. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(1), 41-73. Retrieved from

  • The first round focused on whether there was literature and, more importantly, the research literature support for the standards.  David was able to find something for just about every standard, but there was actually little in the way of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning research literature to support most standards as they were written.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2017). Improving the K-12 online course design review process: Experts weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 18(3). Retrieved from

  • The second round had two teams of experts review the standards to determine whether, based on their expert opinions, the standards were appropriate measures of the quality of online course design.  While there was some general support for most standards, many of them were revised or dropped based on this expert feedback.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Field testing a revised design rubric based of iNACOL quality course standards. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 31(2). Retrieved from

  • The third round had several teams of two reviewers that were responsible for applying the rubric associated with the standards to a variety of online courses to determine if inter-rater reliability could be achieved.  The results of this application were that the rubric could not be reliably applied.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Streamlining K-12 online course creation. MACUL Journal, 37(1), 20-21. Retrieved from

  • This final article was targeted to practitioners.  It was basically an attempt for David to translate what he learned from the three rounds of research that would be of interest and of use to a practitioner audience.

May 12, 2017

[L_OSBC_Announce] FW: Another Successful Collaboration!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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From: Leanne
Subject: Another successful collaboration!

Good afternoon,

I would like to tell everyone about another project completed!

After such a resounding success collaborating on Bamboo Shoots, OSBC joined forces yet again with the Royal BC Museum. Rumour has it that a year or two ago, someone from the Ministry of Education came up with the brilliant idea to develop educational resources for the RBCM’s upcoming exhibition: Family: Bonds and Belonging. A brilliant idea, indeed!

Shannon M. and I co-project managed as well as wrote the resources. Shannon tackled the Secondary module and, with help from a Kindergarten teacher,  I wrote the one for the Primary grades.

A big thanks to Farrah for the gorgeous design and layout of the resources. Since the first kick-off meeting for this project was over a year ago, and my memory isn’t what it used to be, thanks to anyone who was involved in this project I may have forgotten about.

Check out the modules at the following links and click on the ‘Teach’ icon.

Primary Module

Secondary Module

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May 4, 2017

Online Learning News – May 3, 2017 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 3 mai 2017 Inbox x

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As we explore open educational resources (OER) during the year of open, we ask “what is next for OER and who will lead the next stage of development?” 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. Full story
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How Do-It-Yourself Technology is Enhancing the Learning Experience for Music Students at Humber College in Toronto, Canada 
The School of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber College in Toronto offers its music students an array of face-to-face classroom courses, including one with a hybrid segment. A professor addressed the challenges faced by students learning the theoretical and practical elements of performance by crafting new instructional tools using technology and some common household items. Full story
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Lors de notre exploration des ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO) durant cette année de l’ouverture, la question que nous nous posons est la suivante : « Quelle est la suite pour les REO et qui guidera la prochaine étape de développement? » Or, beaucoup de gens se questionnent déjà au sujet de la qualité des ressources REO, de la pérennité des matériels et processus REO et de la mise en place de communautés associées aux REO comme la communauté qui soutient la mappemonde des REO (OER WORLD MAP). En outre, d’autres adoptent les REO ainsi que les produits et services ouverts reliés, et mettent au défi leurs collèges et leurs universités d’accepter la « source ouverte » en tant que principe de leur travail dans l’apprentissage en ligne et le soutien aux étudiantes et étudiants. Le moment est venu de réfléchir sur où nous en sommes et vers où nous nous dirigeons. Lire l’histoire complète
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L’University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) présente The Summit for Online Leadership (Le sommet du leadership en ligne) du 14 au 16 juin 2017 à San Diego en Californie.

Réunissant les élites des campus dont les présidentes et les présidents, les vice-rectrices et les vice-recteurs, les doyennes et les doyens ainsi que les membres d’équipes engagés directement dans la gestion et la prestation des programmes en ligne, ce sommet vise à définir et à mettre au point leur stratégie institutionnelle à l’égard de l’apprentissage en ligne. S’inscrire dès maintenant

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Au Humber College situé à Toronto au Canada, l’autoapplication technologique enrichit l’expérience d’apprentissage des étudiantes et étudiants en musique
La School of Creative and Performing Arts (École des arts créatifs et du spectacle) au Humber College à Toronto offre à ses étudiantes et étudiants en musique une gamme de cours en face-à-face donnés dans des salles de classe, y compris un cours incluant un segment hybride. Afin de relever les défis auxquels font face les groupes étudiants pour assimiler les éléments théorétiques et pratiques en matière de performance, un professeur de ce collège a mis au point de nouveaux outils didactiques en utilisant la technologie et quelques articles ménagers. Lire l’histoire complète
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