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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!

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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.”

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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.”

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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/
•     Early registration – Groups/Members only $325!

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October 2, 2017

CANeLearn Fall Updates

A newsletter for my Canadian colleagues.

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CANeLearn Fall PD Update

Prior to our October newsletter, this update announces a number of time-sensitive upcoming PD events, including:

  1. Keynote announced – BC April 18-20 Digital Learning Symposium;
  2. Ontario’s OeLC Oct.13 #BOLTT17 – registration almost full!;
  3. BC Teachers’ Oct.20-21 Super Conference – register now;
  4. Saskatchewan’s Oct.23-24 DE Conference – program launched;
  5. #blendEDAB Oct. 25-27 symposium – early bird registration closing Sept. 30; and
  6. #CANeLearn Leadership Summit – poll for dates, location, and topics.

Please scroll down for details and forward this on your own networks (you can use the tools at the bottom as well).

Featured Events

Events

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference

October 13, Downtown Toronto

BC Teachers’ Federation Super Conference

October 20/21, Vancouver

  • 2 days of interactive, inspirational professional learning
  • 30 remarkable keynotes on big ideas on subjects to digital literacy
  • https://www.psasuperconference.ca
  • Registration almost full!

Building Student Engagement in Distance & Blended Learning

October 23/24, N. Battleford

Events

#blendEDAB: 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

Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

BC Digital Learning Symposium

April 18-20, Richmond, BC

  • Keynote: Rod Allen, architect of new BC Education Plan & curriculum
  • Innovative learning models reflecting new curriculum
  • Brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning & #CANeLearn
  • http://canelearn.net/symposium/

CANeLearn Leadership Summit Poll

Stay connected

On behalf of Le Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario (CAVLFO), the Ontario Catholic eLearning Consortium (OCeLC), and the Ontario eLearning Consortium (OeLC) we are inviting your feedback on a short poll to gauge interest in hosting another CANeLearn Leadership Summit in Toronto.

On August 24 & 25 the first Ontario-based leadership gathering occurred in downtown Toronto.  Archives can be found at http://canelearn.net/summit17-summary/.  The feedback from the event was extremely positive and the desire to continue such a networking opportunity was expressed by many.

Our hosting organizations invite your feedback to help us plan and shape a follow-up event in 2018.  We ask that you take 5 minutes to provide us with some feedback on time, location, and possible topics.  Please complete this short Google form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/Je56gmdPSlRus6zF3

We look forward to your feedback and thank you in advance.

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
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

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

September 14, 2017

Welcome to the Fall from the Canadian eLearning Network

A newsletter from this Canadian organization.

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Hello Michael, welcome to the September CANeLearn News.

Welcome to September and the start of a new school year for many.  The summer is a dim smile in the rear view mirror already!

CANeLearn AGM – Sept. 19 – Online at 11:00 am Eastern

Our September news announces the CANeLearn online AGM with the elections of four directors and a new members-only section on our website.  We are looking to add your voice to our news, blog, and Twitter feed and 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.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Featured Events

Featured Events

2017 CANeLearn Leadership Summit Archives

Check out session presentations, curated documents & video recordings! 

Click here for the Schedule Archive  or the  Google Drive Folder

Events

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference

October 13, Downtown Toronto

BC Teachers’ Federation Super Conference

October 20/21, Vancouver

  • 2 days of interactive, inspirational professional learning created by 25 BC teacher specialist associations
  • 30 remarkable keynotes on big ideas on subjects to digital literacy
  • https://www.psasuperconference.ca

Building Student Engagement in Distance & Blended Learning

October 23 & 24, N. Battleford

Events

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

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 19-21, Richmond, BC

  • Annual Digital Learning Symposium, brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network
  • The focus is on flexible learning models, environments and instructional approaches. 
  • http://canelearn.net/symposium/

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

Photo by Fede Casanova on Unsplash

CANeLearn AGM – Sept. 19 – Online at 11:00 am Eastern

#openedMOOC begins Oct. 1

  • 6-week MOOC from David Wiley & George Siemens
  • Find out more via Jenny Mackness

Global Collaboration Day Sep. 21

2017 Horizon Report Released

  • NewMedia Consortium and CoSN announced the publication of this year’s Horizon Report
  • Click here for a copy!

Ken Spencer Innovation Awards

Avon Maitland’s LearningHUB – wins Premier’s Literacy Award

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.

 

Worth a look…

Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash

Reading

2017 CANeLearn Leadership Summit Archives

5 technology trends for the new school year

  • Education is reaching a tipping point when it comes to using tech in the classroom
  • Five tech trends via ISTE: Coding; Real-time learning feedback; Virtual Reality; Media literacy; and Redefining digital citizenship
  • Read more here

Five Key Questions About the State of Online Learning

  1. Growing or reached a plateau?
  2. Biggest gains since 2010 are?
  3. Issues with quality still?
  4. Where is technology taking online learning?
  5. One key feature of learning in the future is?

British Library’s albums now on Flickr

Instructional Design Competencies for Online High School Teachers Modifying their own Courses

Extract from page 431 of publication – Click here for download/reference

  1. Communicate effectively in visual, oral and written form.
  2. Information presented in learning object is accurate.
  3. The online teacher knows and understands the appropriate use of technologies to enhance learning.
  4. Candidates demonstrate ethical behavior within the applicable cultural context during all aspects of their work and with respect for the diversity of learners in each setting.
  5. The teacher models, guides and encourages legal, ethical, safe and healthy behavior related to technology use.
  6. The online teacher is able to arrange media and content to help transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.
  7. Content is presented in a logical sequence based on the learning outcomes.
  8. The teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, interaction, participation and collaboration in the online environment.
  9. The online teacher is able to create and modify engaging content and appropriate assessments in an online environment.
  10. Candidates demonstrate the ability to select and use technological re sources and processes to support student learning and to enhance their pedagogy.

BOLT – Athabasca U – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

  • Are you interested in blended and online learning and teaching? Would you like to explore the latest digital technologies and teaching philosophies for educating 21st century learners?
  • BOLT offers K-12 professionals the opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development and to explore opportunities and innovative approaches in flexible, sustainable education.
  • Registration is open!
  • Check out http://cde.athabascau.ca/bolt/

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
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