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February 25, 2015

Online PD February 26 – Upcoming CANeLearn Events – CANeLearn February News

From Monday’s inbox…

February 2015 Edition

Greetings all.  This message is being sent to all members and those who signed up for the he Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) newsletter.  Please forward this email as appropriate as this week’s webinar in our CANeLearn members series is again open to everyone.

February news highlights include:

  2. Blending Future Forward – CANeLearn nominated iNACOL award winning program article
    • Call for vignettes for State of the Nation: K-12 Blended and Online Learning in Canada
    • Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report
    • iNACOL Blended Learning Competency Framework
    • VIU Online Learning and Teaching Diploma program sign-up

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Questions?  Please let me know.  If you have not signed up for the newsletter, please click the link below to do so:
Yours in learning,

R. LaBonte
Canadian eLearning Network

Cell: 250-701-7485



WEBINAR: Thursday, February 26 from 3-4:00 pm Eastern (noon Pacific)

Literacy Across Subject Areas:  How can teachers effectively address the literacy needs of learners in online environments? 

Click here to register

What can we do to foster literacy in online and blended learning?  Dr. Lee Graham from the University of Alaska will share some ideas based on research and invite you to share ideas that work for you in your practice.  Join us in this information and sharing session.

Check out other online PD events on our Google Calendar (sync to it!):


blendED 2015: Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium

October 25-27, 2015 West Edmonton


2015 Digital Learning Conference

April 19-21, 2015 Vancouver


EdTech Open Workshops

Feb.27-Mar.4, 2015 Online

  • Engaging parents in their child’s increasingly digital education
  • Other sessions upcoming
  • More info at


2. Blending Future Forward

  • CANeLearn nominated iNACOL award winning Navigate program article published
  • Learn about a number of unique programs taking advantage of blended and online options powered by technology
  • Click here to read the article here (PDF)



Call for vignettes for State of the Nation: K-12 Blended and Online Learning in Canada

  • The Canadian eLearning Network is compiling data on blended and online learning programs across Canada
  • If you have a story or unique program you would like to profile (like the Navigate program featured above), email us at

Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report 

  • Findings from this US report on the state of K-12 learning in Michigan include an apparent growth in the number of students and schools participating in virtual courses, with the majority of virtual enrollments coming in the core subject areas.
  • Students taking virtual courses in a supplemental capacity appear to be more successful when they take only a few virtual enrollments a year.
  • Report calls for the development of practices to better support students who take higher amounts of virtual enrollments.
  • Click here to read the report (PDF)


iNACOL and The Learning Accelerator Release a Teacher Competency Framework for Blended Learning

  • As schools and districts transition to new learning models using online and blended environments, they are asking for assistance in understanding teachers’ new roles and effectively supporting them in transitioning to new models of teaching and learning.
  • To respond to this need, The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and The Learning Accelerator (TLA)  released the iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework .
  • Click here to view the Framework (PDF)



Applications for OLTD now being accepted for September 2015.

  • VIU (Vancouver Island University) Graduate Diploma in Online Learning and Teaching (OLTD) Distance learning is one of BC’s educational growth areas and teachers with expertise in this rewarding field are in popular demand.
  • This innovative, two-year part-time, fully-online, 30 credit program, develops confident educators competent in the use of existing and emergent technologies to optimize online learning and teaching opportunities for diverse learners in equally diverse environments.
  • Students will explore theory and its practical applications based on research, as well as current and emergent practices.
  • Applications for September 2015 are now being accepted.
  • Program information: 
  • Apply Online:

February 23, 2015

[L_OSBC_Announce] FW: Scholarships Review

One for my British Columbian readers…

Make yourself heard…

The Ministry of Education wants to hear your views on the Scholarships & Awards program.

Take the survey and provide your comments by March 10th at:

You can also provide feedback to<>  or phone 250-356-7561, toll-free1-800-663-7867.
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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

250 356-9456 FAX:250 356-6036
Toll Free 1-888-883-4766
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February 20, 2015

[L_OSBC_Announce] Another K-12 Module

One for my British Columbian readers…

We are very pleased to announce that we have released another module for the K-12 education community. Adulthood is the final module for our Family Studies 10-12 course.
It will be available to our Online Consortium partners in Blackboard and there is a print based version for correspondence programs. We will also be making a Moodle version available for our Open Course Resources.

Read more about this new module here:

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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

250 356-9456 FAX:250 356-6036
Toll Free 1-888-883-4766
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February 11, 2015

Online Learning News – February 11, 2015 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 11 février 2015

Also from today’s inbox…

A bi-weekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord
Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network

Sharing Innovation – The Ontario Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series

Stay on the cutting edge of online learning
Connect with other Ontario online learning innovators

Register today for a 45-minute free webinar featuring e-Textbooks at Algonquin College onThursday, March 12, 2015, at 10.00 a.m. EST.

Hear from Glenn MacDougall, the Director of Teaching and Learning Services, Algonquin College, about having 100% of your students having all of their textbooks all of the time:

  • The process of introducing the e-texts, including the negotiations with publishers
  • The benefits for, and response, from the students
  • The benefits for, and response, from faculty
  • How your students and institution might benefit
  • What’s next???

The webinar features a 25-minute presentation followed by 20-minute question and answer session.

Looking for Professional Development Opportunities on the Use of Technology in Educational Settings?

Check out the latest edition of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, compiled byClayton R. Wright, providing a range of options in Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and New Zealand, covering teaching, learning, and educational administration, as well as technology in education.

Explore the list of available opportunities as you plan your professional development budgets for the balance of this year and for 2015-2016.

Register Today – Digital Learning Reimagined at the Chang School at Ryerson University

The Chang School Talks 2015; Digital Learning Reimagined is a professional development and networking event, bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, publishers, digital media experts, and decision-makers.

This professional development event offers an opportunity to hear North American leaders and entrepreneurs – such as Jeremy Friedberg, founder of Spongelab, Philipp Schmidt, co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, andStephen Downes, co-creator of the MOOC – discuss transformations in academia and workplaces, and the influence of digital learning.

The event will be held at Ryerson University on February 19, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

Ontario Start-Ups

Leading Edge Online Learning Products and Services

The latest story in this series on Ontario Start-Ups, featuring examples of Ontario educational entrepreneurs offering products and services to colleges and universities, focuses on ATutor, a free, open source learning management system that offers extensive interoperability and transferability of content, as well as accessibility and adaptability for students with disabilities. Students can define the content formats they prefer for learning, whether video, images, text, or audio, as well as preference settings such as colour, font, size, and background.

Visit the Ontario Start-Ups section on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors and discover numerous examples of how entrepreneurs are contributing to a quality educational experience.

Pockets of Innovation

Innovative online approaches to teaching and learning in Ontario’s 24 Public Colleges and 22 Public Universities

Faculty and staff at Ontario’s public colleges and universities excel in providing innovative online approaches to teaching and learning – whether through blended courses, technology-enhanced learning opportunities in the face-to-face classroom, or fully online programs and courses. The Pockets of Innovation Series highlights some of these developments, as examples of creative teaching that can serve as inspirations and models across the province.

A student-led agency, called Spark, provides professors at St. Lawrence College with technological advice and support for the development of hybrid courses. Students from a variety of programs work part-time to assist faculty with the choice of technology and the development of resources for learning in courses, such as politics and health and fitness.

With the expansion of online and blended learning at the University of Windsor, new platforms are being introduced and evaluated for their effectiveness in enhancing student engagement and learning. New technology to enable lecture capture and student participation, enhanced with real-time student analytics and faculty training, has been installed in 15 classrooms, ready for application and assessment.

Most Popular Links on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors

Visit the Portal today and see why it gets over 14,000 visits per month from faculty and instructors, administrators, technology providers, policy makers across Ontario and around the world.

Do you have colleagues who might be interested in receiving the Online Learning News?


Une mise à jour hebdomadaire offerte par Contact North | Contact Nord
le réseau d’éducation et de formation à distance de l’Ontario

Les hyperliens dans ce bulletin donnent accès à des documents disponibles en anglais seulement.

Partager l’innovation – La série de webinaires des Poches d’innovation de l’Ontario

Rester à la fine pointe de l’apprentissage en ligne
Se connecter aux autres innovateurs en apprentissage en ligne de l’Ontario

Inscrivez-vous dès aujourd’hui à un webinaire gratuit de 45 minutes, qui présente les e-Textbooks at Algonquin College (les manuels électroniques chez Algonquin College) le jeudi 12 mars 2015 à 10 h HNE.

Glenn MacDougall, directeur des Services d’enseignement et d’apprentissage au Algonquin College, explique dans ce webinaire comment 100 % de vos étudiantes et étudiants peuvent avoir tous leurs manuels électroniques en tout temps :

  • le processus d’introduction des manuels électroniques, incluant les négociations avec les maisons d’édition;
  • les avantages pour les étudiantes et étudiants, ainsi que leurs réactions;
  • les avantages pour les membres du personnel enseignant, ainsi que leurs réactions;
  • les façons dont vos étudiantes et étudiants, ainsi que votre établissement d’enseignement, peuvent en profiter;
  • qu’est-ce qui s’en vient?

Le webinaire comprend une présentation de 25 minutes, suivie d’une période questions et réponses de 20 minutes.

Vous cherchez des offres de perfectionnement professionnel sur l’utilisation de la technologie en milieu éducatif?

Pour cela, vous pouvez consulter la plus récente édition de la liste des conférences sur la technologie éducative reliées à l’éducation, qui est compilée par Clayton R. Wright. Cette liste propose une gamme d’options au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient et en Nouvelle-Zélande dans les domaines de l’enseignement, de l’apprentissage, de l’administration scolaire et de la technologie dans l’éducation.

Nous vous invitons à explorer la liste des possibilités offertes lorsque vous planifiez vos budgets de perfectionnement professionnel pour le reste de l’année et pour 2015-2016.

Inscrivez-vous dès aujourd’hui – L’apprentissage numérique ré-imaginé à la Chang School de Ryerson University

L’évènement Chang School Talks 2015 – Digital Learning Reimagined (l’apprentissage numérique ré-imaginé) est à la fois un perfectionnement professionnel et une initiative de réseautage qui réunit des éducateurs, des entrepreneurs, des éditeurs, des spécialistes des médias numériques, ainsi que des décideurs.

C’est un évènement de perfectionnement professionnel qui offre l’occasion d’entendre les propos de chefs de file et d’entrepreneurs nord-américains – comme Jeremy Friedberg, fondateur de Spongelab, Philipp Schmidt, cofondateur de Peer 2 Peer University, et Stephen Downes, cocréateur du MOOC. Il permet aussi la possibilité de discuter des transformations dans les milieux d’enseignement et de travail, ainsi que de l’influence de l’apprentissage numérique.

Cet évènement aura lieu à Ryerson University le 19 février 2015, entre 15 h et 19 h. Pour obtenir plus d’information et pour vous inscrire, veuillez visiter le site Web à

Les entreprises en démarrage de l’Ontario

Les produits et services d’avant-garde pour l’apprentissage en ligne

La nouvelle publication dans cette série sur les entreprises en démarrage de l’Ontario, se concentre sur ATutor, un système gratuit de gestion de l’apprentissage à source ouverte qui offre une vaste interopérabilité et la transférabilité du contenu; il procure aussi une accessibilité et une adaptabilité à l’intention des étudiantes et étudiants ayant des incapacités. Les apprenantes et apprenants peuvent définir les formats de contenu qu’ils préfèrent pour leur apprentissage (vidéo, images, texte ou audio) ainsi que leurs paramètres préférés, notamment pour la couleur, la police de caractère, la taille et l’image de fond.

Nous vous invitons à visiter la section sur les entreprises en démarrage de l’Ontario dans le Portail d’apprentissage en ligne de l’Ontario à l’intention du personnel enseignant et de formation. Vous y découvrirez de nombreux exemples de la façon dont les entrepreneurs contribuent à développer une expérience éducative de qualité.

Poches d’innovation

Les approches innovatrices en ligne envers l’enseignement et l’apprentissage dans 24 collèges publics et 22 universités publiques de l’Ontario

Le personnel et les enseignantes et enseignants des collèges publics et des universités publiques de l’Ontario excellent à fournir des approches innovatrices en ligne pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage au moyen de cours mixtes, d’occasions d’apprentissage améliorées par la technologie dans la classe en face-à-face ou de programmes et cours entièrement en ligne. La série Poches d’innovation souligne certains de ces développements, en tant qu’exemples d’enseignement créatif qui peuvent servir d’inspiration et de modèles dans toute la province.

Un organisme appelé Spark, qui est dirigé par des étudiantes et étudiants, fournit au personnel enseignant duSt. Lawrence College un soutien et des conseils technologiques en vue de l’élaboration de cours hybrides. Des étudiantes et étudiants provenant de divers programmes travaillent à temps partiel afin d’aider le personnel enseignant dans le choix de technologies et dans la création de ressources d’apprentissage pour des cours, entre autres, de sciences politiques ou de santé et condition physique.

Au fil du développement de l’apprentissage en ligne et mixte à l’University of Windsor, de nouvelles plateformes ont été introduites et évaluées quant à leur efficacité à rehausser l’engagement et l’apprentissage des étudiantes et étudiants. Une nouvelle technologie, habilitant la capture de cours magistraux et la participation des étudiantes et étudiants améliorée par l’analytique étudiante en temps réel et la formation du personnel enseignant, a été mise en œuvre dans 15 salles de classe. Elle est prête à être appliquée et évaluée.

Les liens les plus populaires dans le Portail d’apprentissage en ligne de l’Ontario à l’intention du personnel enseignant et de formation :

Visiter le Portail dès aujourd’hui afin de constater vous-même pourquoi il attire chaque mois plus de 14 000 visites du personnel enseignant et de formation, des administrateurs, des fournisseurs de technologie et des décideurs de partout en Ontario et dans le monde.

Vos collègues aimeraient-ils recevoir le Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne?


February 5, 2015

LearnNowBC Collaborate Recordings Clean-up: June 30th, 2015

One for my BC readers…

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LearnNowBC Collaborate Recordings Clean-up: June 30th, 2015
February 2015Last year LearnNowBC hosted 25,464 Collaborate sessions serving 161,569 participants and stored 5,261 hours of recordings. Every year we need to tidy things up a little to make room for the next year’s recordings. So, this June we’ll be doing just that.

On June 30th, 2015 we will begin removing all Collaborate recordings made on or before June 30th, 2014.

This means that all recordings made as of July 1st, 2014 will not be affected.

There’s a little while yet before this happens, and we’ll be sending out regular reminders up until the date.

Below are some things you should know in preparation for the clean-up:

Annual Collaborate Recording Cleanup
To find your recordings on LearnNowBC:

  • Log in with your username and password
  • Navigate to the My Calendar page
  • Click on the My Recordings tab
    When you’re on the Recordings tab, you can choose to view the type of Meeting (Single or Long-Term), and so on.

To save your recordings, use: Blackboard Publish.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help.
You can contact the LearnNowBC Support Desk by phone (1-888-412-5622, ext 1) or email (

The LearnNowBC Team

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