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January 26, 2018

CANeLearn: January Newsletter

Note this newsletter from a Canadian K-12 distance, online, and blended learning organization.

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Hello Michael, welcome to January CANeLearn News.

Long gone are the thoughts for many of us of the warm waters of a vacation.  If you were lucky enough to be somewhere similar pinch yourself!

This newsletter, the first for 2018, highlights several events of interest, links to news and announcements, along with a curated list of research and articles relevant to leaders and practitioners of blended and online learning.

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Featured Events

Featured Events

K-12 Open Conference (online – free!)

Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network

Thursday, Jan. 25, hosted online by Athabasca University

Program details & registration at OpenCon2018

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Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

Program details & registration at moodlemoot.ca

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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. 

  • Tony Bates, Rod Allen, new models for online & blended learning

Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning

http://canelearn.net/symposium/

Stay Connected!

  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Check out our Members’ Site
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

In the News

Common Sense Education

  • Get resources for teaching in the digital age.
  • Expert-tested.  Teacher-approved.
  • Check it out here

Best EdTech of 2017

  • The editorial staff at Common Sense Education evaluated and rated approximately 180 tools for learning potential in 2017
  • Check out the 2017 list here
  • Check out the 2013-2016 archive listhere

State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada Updates

  • The 2017 edition of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study represents the tenth anniversary of the project
  • Provincial, Territorial and Federal Profiles Updates
  • New issue papers & vignettes
  • French version released also!
  • Check http://k12sotn.ca/

Steve Dotto’s Tech Toolkit

Searching Copyright – from @dougpete

  • A good overview in the use of the Council of Ministers of Education new ‘Decision Tool’ regarding copyright in Canada
  • See Doug’s post here…

Weekend reading…

Reading

Twitter EDU – The Twitter Guide

  • From David Truss (@datruss)
  • A free online book: Your One-Stop-All-You-Need-To-Know-Guide to Twitter.
  • “The hardest part of Twitter is that it does not have a friendly entry point. Until you develop a network, it actually takes a bit of work to make it meaningful and rewarding.”
  • Filled with ‘live’ links to help you Tweet and Retweet as you read the book, Twitter EDU makes learning to use Twitter an engaging experience!
  • Find downloadable versions here

Why I Left Silicon Valley, Ed Tech, and “Personalized” Learning

  • Not only were we a brand new school, encountering the issues that new independent schools generally do, but in addition to that, we were tasked with the never-before-done vision of individualizing every child’s education. The workload was immense and unsustainable, and even when I felt like I was doing what we set out to do–curate educational playlists of cards that were specifically chosen for them–I didn’t feel like it was entirely effective. It was isolating with every child working on something different; it was impersonal with kids learning basic math skills from Khan Academy; it was disembodied and disconnected, with a computer constantly being a mediator between my students and me.
  • Read more here…

Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning 

  • From the Christensen Institute
  • Proponents believe personalized learning offers the best way to prepare students for college and career success.
  • From educators who are hesitant to abandon a model that has worked for them, toedtech skeptics that fear computers will replace teachers, many question the benefits in an approach that has little research supporting its ability to improve most students’ outcomes.
  • Read the blog post here…

From Contact North: 2017 Top Online Learning Books Worth Reading

  • 2017 was a strong year for books and publications with respect to teaching and learning in the digital age, whether through online and blended learning, open education or technology-enhanced learning.
  • We selected ten books which help capture the ideas and best practices that emerged in 2017.
  • Click here for the full review…

That was 2017 in online learning

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

From the MVLRI Research Clearinghouse k12onlineresearch.org.

 

Happy reading!

Events

Adventures in Archives

2017 Leadership Summit

Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!

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2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference

Presentation Padlet archives here:

Events

See all CANeLearn archives here

blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium

Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:

Video Archive of Selected Presentations:

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.”

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January 18, 2018

[Lists] Upcoming Digital Learning (DL) Symposium Happening In April

Notice of an up-coming Canadian conference.

Here’s a quick reminder about the upcoming Digital Learning (DL) Symposium happening in April.

It’s a perfect time to get your staff registered and/or reserve a spot as space is limited to the first 320 registrants.

http://CANeLearn.net/symposium

The event is designed to attract 300-350 educators, technology coordinators, curriculum developers and administrators, largely from K-12 but also from post-secondary faculty, from across BC, Canada and the US.

Keynotes:   Tony Bates & Rod Allen

Sessions include models of blended learning & DL, technology-supported curriculum implementation initiatives and resources, robotics, and technology skill-building with many networking opportunities

Register at https://www.eply.com/2018DLsymposium/


Christopher Rozitis, PhD
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December 4, 2017

Canadian eLearning Network – November Newsletter

A newsletter from this pan-Canadian organization.

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Hello Michael, welcome to November CANeLearn News.

This newsletter provides event updates, links to several archives worth reviewing, news and announcements, along with a curated list of research and articles relevant to leaders and practitioners of blended and online learning.

Also, this month we welcome David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario to the CANeLearn Board of Directors.  David brings years of experience from his work in post-secondary and K12 across Canada.  David was the keynote at the CANeLearn August Leadership Summit.  Welcome, David!

Please forward this news on your own networks using the tools at the bottom.

Featured Events

Featured Events

Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

Program details & registration at moodlemoot.ca

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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

http://canelearn.net/symposium/

Events

Adventures in Archives

2017 Leadership Summit

Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!

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2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference

Presentation Padlet archives here:

Events

blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium

Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:

Video Archive of Selected Presentations:

Stay Connected!

Stay connected
  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow us on @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Check out our Members’ Site
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

In the News

Blended Learning School Directory

From Blended Learning Universe

  • A searchable catalog of K–12 blended-learning programs worldwide.
  • Search to learn how other schools are innovating.
  •  Join the BLU to feature your school on the directory.

2017 iiE Gathering Highlights

  • Jeff Stewart, principal of Navigate/NIDES, opened with an inspiring keynote detailing the district’s history and story of innovation
  • Six incredible storytellers told of when they learned from play – full recording is here.
  • Participants joined together with others in a playful collaborative activity where they worked on a task to “create a prototype of a playful monument, or a monument to play.” Check out the results of the activity here.
  • Photos & all highlights onFacebook and on Twitter under the hashtag #iiEPDX2017.

H5P Interactive video

  • H5P.org is an open source site that makes it easy to create interactive content offering a range of content types for various needs.
  • Preview and explore these content types on their website here.
  • You can create interactive content by adding the H5P plugin to yourWordPressMoodle or Drupal site, or you can create content directly on H5P.org and embed it on your website.

The Global Education Conference – Archives & Recording

  • The Global Education Conference is a world-wide community initiative involving students & educators.
  • It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.
  • Click here for a list of recordings from the 8th annual event…

 

Blended Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) Research Bank

  • BOLDE contains details of books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of distance and online education, from publishers in Australia and overseas.
  • Material is drawn from the Australian Education Index, produced by Cunningham Library, with additional material sourced from a variety of international organisations and publishers.
  • There are currently 11,847 records in the research bank.
  • Click here to find out more…

ICDE’s World Conference for Online Learning – Abstracts & Presentations

  • The World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord, featured some 150 plenaries, concurrent sessions, concurrent workshops, panel discussions, special briefings and poster presentations over a 4-day period presented by some 500 presenters.
  • For the benefit of the 1,400+ delegates attending the World Conference on Online Learning and the broader online learning community, Contact North | Contact Nord published a summary document of the presentations, including links to the Abstract submitted, as well as the PowerPoint presentations for each of the sessions.
  • The summary document is available in an Adobe PDF format (English only) and is searchable using the Find option from the Edit menu or the Find icon in the toolbar.
  • Click here to access the PDF summaries…

 

Bookmark for your holiday reading…

Reading

Personalizing Literacy Through Blended Learning

  • Simply adding technology to the classroom will not instantly garner engagement between teachers and students or improve the quality of learning; it is all about how that technology is applied to your instructional goals.
  • In this online guide, best practices for instructional leaders looking to personalize literacy instruction through blended learning are reviewed.
  • Written by Eileen Murphy and Kavita Venkatesh, Ph.D
  • Read more here…

How employers view an online education

  • By Daina Lawrence, Special to The Globe and Mail
  • “While employers are not balking at a candidate’s online education if it is from a recognizable source, they may question if the person has the interpersonal skills that many jobs require”…
  • Link to the Globe and Mail article here…

‘Why does Canada have so much online learning?’

The Blended Learning Ecosystem: Taking Control And Orchestrating Learning Pathways

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, Vice President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education, Vice President of the Swedish Association for e-competence, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Focal Points of Quality, ICDE_ON_BOLDIC, EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow, EDEN SIG on TEL Quality Enhancement, Open Education Europa Fellow and Ambassador
  • This ICDE Insight Paper on blended learning, state of the nation, targets a broad audience, especially practitioners, policy makers and leaders. It provides awareness, inspiration, insights, and dialogues into blended learning and the current debates.
  • The report explains that blended learning is based on a pedagogical approach rather than on technology.
  • Full paper (PDF) here…

Where is OER now and where is it going?

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

From the MVLRI Library

Happy reading!

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.”

eLearning

October 23, 2017

CANeLearn October Newsletter

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

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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.

http://summit17.mindsharelearning.ca/

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

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!
  • www.blendedalberta.ca
  • Focus on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces

8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

November 6, Toronto

Events

Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

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

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
  • http://canelearn.net/symposium/

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!

Announcements

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

publishthis.email

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…

Reading

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 – http://k12onlineresearch.org/

#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.”

eLearning

October 17, 2017

[L_OSBC_Announce] Spring Conference Notification

Notice of a Canadian conference.

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2018 Digital Learning Symposium
Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Environments

April 18 – 20, 2018 —Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport<http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/#local-area>
Richmond, British Columbia

Featuring:

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Rod Allen
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http://CANeLearn.net/symposium/
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