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September 21, 2017

Rose Colby, Paul Leather, Yvonne Armenta Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 25, 2017

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce that Rose Colby, Paul Leather and Yvonne Armenta will keynote the iNACOL Symposium on Wednesday, October 25.

             Rose Colby                                Yvonne Armenta

In this TED-talk style keynote, two experts leading the transformation to competency education will provide deep insights from their journeys — recognizing the “long-game” needs for change for education systems over two decades — as well as a student perspective on how a student-centered, competency-based approach provided her with personalized pathways to grow, exhibit her student work based on mastery, and what it has meant for realizing success.

Rose Colby, a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist, will share her work across multiple states, districts and schools to explore the central design elements of competency education systems to meet the needs of all students.

As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Education in New Hampshire, Paul Leather’s work has led the nation through a student-centered vision for systems to support local leaders in reimagining the future of education and understanding how New Hampshire is building capacity for professional educators to implement these transformations to personalized learning.

Yvonne Armenta, a former student of Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School, will share her student perspective on how performance assessments in personalized, competency-based systems led to deeper learning and preparedness for college, career and life.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed speakers, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. 

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL SymposiumThe iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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[AECT] Hyatt Regency Riverfront Will Be Fine For AECT2017

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September 20, 2017

Book your Hotel Now – World Conference on Online Learning

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Our two host hotels (Sheraton Centre Toronto and Strathcona Hotel) are sold out.
We arranged an additional accommodation option for our valued delegates and attendees and are happy to announce you can now book rooms at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel at an excellent rate of only $279 CDN per night. The Eaton Chelsea is a short walk or taxi ride to the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

Please click here to access the Eaton Chelsea Hotel online reservation system and book your accommodation.

By Telephone 
You may also call the Eaton Chelsea Hotel directly, toll free 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 1-416-595-1975. Delegates must identify themselves as part of the “World Conference on Online Learning” and call prior to the cut-off date of September 22, 2017 to take advantage of your discounted rate.

Registrations are coming in quickly for the World Conference on Online Learning and we expect to have to close registration earlier than planned. We are expecting 1,000+ delegates from 95 countries to attend. Register Now to avoid disappointment.
Your Firm Can Still be a Conference Exhibitor/Sponsor 
The World Conference on Online Learning is expecting 1,000+ delegates from around the world.

If your firm offers products and services to online learning professionals, the World Conference is an excellent opportunity for you to meet and speak with our delegates from 95 different countries.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact or 1-416-512-8186 x 227TODAY!

Click here to download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Kits.

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Nos deux hôtels hôtes pour la conférence (Sheraton Centre Toronto et Strathcona Hotel) sont complets.
Nous avons conclu une entente pour une autre option d’hébergement additionnel pour nos précieux délégué(e)s et participant(e)s. Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que vous pouvez réserver des chambres au Eaton Chelsea Hotel à un excellent tarif de 279 $ CAN par nuitée. L’hôtel Eaton Chelsea est situé à une courte distance du Sheraton Centre Toronto à pied ou en taxi.

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Vous pouvez aussi téléphoner directement à l’hôtel Eaton Chelsea au 1-800 CHELSEA (243-5732) sans frais ou, encore, au 1 416 595-1975. Chaque personne doit s’identifier comme participante ou participant à la « Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne » et téléphoner avant la date limite du 22 septembre 2017 pour bénéficier de ce tarif réduit.

Les inscriptions à la Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne s’amassent rapidement, et nous anticipons d’avoir à devancer la clôture des inscriptions plus tôt que prévu. Nous prédisons que plus de 1 000 déléguées et délégués de 95 pays vont assister à la conférence. Il vaut mieux donc s’inscrire dès maintenant pour ne pas être déçu.
Il est encore temps pour que votre établissement soit un exposant ou un parraineur de la Conférence
La Conférence mondiale sur l’apprentissage en ligne attend plus de 1 000 déléguées et délégués de partout dans le monde.

Si votre établissement offre des produits et des services pour les professionnels de l’apprentissage en ligne, la Conférence mondiale est une excellente occasion pour vous de rencontrer nos délégué(e)s de 95 pays différents et de leur parler.

Si cela vous intéresse et vous voulez avoir plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer à ou au 1-416-512-8186 x 227 AUJOURD’HUI!

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September 19, 2017

USDLA 2018 Conference: Call For Proposals Now Open!

From the inbox over the past couple of days…

USDLA 2018
Call for Proposals Now Open!
Submission Deadline:  Monday, November 13, 2017
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, “Going The Distance.”
We welcome proposals from all corporate, education (higher and K-12), telehealth, government, and military. In keeping with our theme and our Indianapolis location, the following tracks are intended to guide the general areas of presentations:
Setting The Pace – This is for current state of the field presentations (“look what we did”) focused on sharing success stories, new program development, program enhancements demonstrating historical shifts.
Taking The Lead – Near term future vision (CBE, Alt credentials, etc.).  These sessions will discuss the future direction distance education is heading, should head, success metrics that are currently in place or should be developed to show value.
Down The Road – Longer future vision (AR/VR environments, DIYU).  This track specifically focuses on extending learning spaces using modern technologies and techniques.  Promises of AR/VR/MR, 3-d printing, immersive learning and simulations.
Fast Lane – Operational presentations that can focus on the how-to’s, operational planning, faculty and institutional engagement, operational shifts.
Keeping On Track – Presentations on policies, regulations, etc.  This track will cover policy development, issues with developing robust policies, balancing needs for quality vs. faculty shared governance, federal policies (NC-SARA, ADA).
Proposal Options Available
Concurrent information sessions provide an opportunity for you to give an interactive presentation in one or more of the conference topic areas. Conference attendees expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. The committee seeks high quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged. Also, the USDLA Program Committee may select your proposal to be featured in a panel along with other like presenters. (60 minutes)
Poster sessions allow presenters to prepare a standing tabletop poster that describes a project, process, research or other activity. Presenting a poster session will give you an opportunity to meet and network with a majority of conference attendees and USDLA Award Winners as these posters are displayed during the Awards Dinner Reception. (60 minutes)
Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues in the field of distance learning (3-hour sessions on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-5pm (time subject to change.)
There will also be the potential to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means you will be viewed by face-to-face as well as remote attendees. You will be able to note your interest in doing this in the online proposal form and be advised if selected.
Preparing Your Proposal
The committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on issues, innovative working solutions, and should address the conference theme. All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.
All conference proposals should be submitted using the Online Proposal Form.
For your information, the automated proposal system will ask you for the following, so please gather this information prior to the time of submission:
1)     Contact Information: the name and full contact information for the lead presenter and any co-presenters
2)     Session Title: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words
3)     Format: concurrent, poster, or pre-conference workshop
4)     Abstract: 50-words (or less) – Please note: the session abstract will be used in the printed program. Make sure it accurately reflects your session, as it will be what draws people to your presentation.
5)     Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in no less than 300 words, not to exceed 500 words
6)     Conference Tracks(s): session can cover more than one track
7)     Audience Focus by Constituency: K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and telehealth – USDLA serves multiple constituencies, from the local, state, national, and global perspectives. Please tell us who will benefit from your session (may be more than one group; strongly encouraged.)
8)     Internet: standard setup of projector and screen provided – If Internet access is needed, you must include that information in your proposal. We cannot accommodate a request made during the conference. If you need sound please bring your own speakers.
9)     Virtual Session/Live Feed: indicate desire to be considered or not considered as a virtual presenter for virtual conference attendees
Review Criteria
Conference participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day professional lives. Members of the USDLA 2018 Conference Program Committee will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight will be given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be valuable to attendees.
Specifically, reviewers will look for the following:
  • Topic relevance to distance learning and the conference theme, Going The Distance
  • Quality of the presentation: substance, clarity and consistency between the title, abstract, and content within the proposal; proposal organization
  • Measurable outcomes of the presentation
  • Evidence of innovation and effective practice
  • Audience breadth, engagement, and likelihood of future application
The conference will provide a standard set up (LCD data/video projector and screen). You will need to provide your own laptop computer. If you require Internet access for your session, please indicate so in your proposal. Please note that we are unable to provide audio resources (house sound or speakers) for concurrent and/or poster sessions.
Status of Proposal and Notification
The 2018 Program Committee will review proposals and you will be contacted about the status of yours by January 31, 2018. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate even after the close of Early Bird registration.
We look forward to seeing you at USDLA 2018!
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. 

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September 18, 2017

Final Day for Early Bird Special! – 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit – Exclusive Network Opportunity

Also from the inbox late last week…

Special Early Bird VIP Single Ticket Discount Code –Exlusive to MSL Report Subscribers!

Use code MLS100 for $100.00 off single Education and Industry Leader Tickets

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit! Redefining Schools of the Future is our theme for this year’s summit. As we’re in the middle of a digital revolution, it’s never been a more critical time to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design and implement successful strategies for your institution to support students success.

We are honored to announced our keynote presenters; Lord Jim Knight – Former Minsiter of Education, UK Government, Randall Fielding – Founder & Editorial Director, Design Share, Sidneyeve Matrix – Associate Professor and Queen’s University National Scholar

Back by popular demand is our Cross Canada Checkup panel that gives deep insights on the national learning & technology landscape, moderated by Dr. Bill Hogarth.

Registration for the Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge is now open & Nominations for the2nd annual Canadian EdTech Awards – Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Canadian Education.

Watch for our bigger and better Makerspace Showcase to explore the latest EdTech innovations. Limited Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Please for all inquiries.

Whether you’re a education leader from post-secondary, K12 or a technology partner, our 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit promises to challenge your innovative spirit and design thinking.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have further questions about this year’s Summit! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Karen Grose

Vice President, Digital Learning TVO

Karen Grose leads the organization in the development of innovative, evidence-informed content, product and services to improve outcomes and well-being for all ages of learners across the province of Ontario. Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO

Keynote Speakers
Lord Jim Knight
Former Minister of Education, UK Government
Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.
Randall Fielding
Founder & Editorial Director, DesignShare/ Partner, Fielding Nair International
Randall champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, come first in FNI’s architecture.
Sidneyeve Matrix

Associate Professor,
Queen’s University

Sidneyeve Matrix is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar. Dr. Matrix teaches Creative EntrepreneurshipInnovation in Practice, and Design Thinking at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels for Smith School of Business, Dan School of Drama and Music, and Western University Continuing Education. Dr. Matrix also serves on the Executive for the Dunin Desphande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

Applications are now being accepted for the ‘Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge’ & Nominations for the ‘Canadian EdTech Awards’

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style

Rules & Guidelines here

This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 8th EdTech Leadership Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!

2nd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

Voting will take place in the following four categories:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

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