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May 27, 2017

iNACOL Symposium 2017 | Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

From the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now available for the iNACOL Symposium, held onOctober 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

The iNACOL Symposium will convene more than 3,000 key experts and educational leaders who are personalizing learning for equity, access and quality. This is your opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges from leaders and practitioners designing and implementing new school models–driving personalized teaching and learning–through competency-based, blended and online learning.

iNACOL attendees include key decision makers in state and district programs including school administrators, program leaders, teachers and technology providers.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the iNACOL Symposium provides powerful networking opportunities, unprecedented access to top decision makers and broad recognition to your organization both on-site and online. Register as a sponsor here.

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Exhibitor Opportunities

Becoming an iNACOL Symposium exhibitor provides access to the field’s key decision makers looking to identify new content, tools, platforms and strategies. Register as an exhibitor here.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please view:

Don’t forget to reserve hotel rooms for your team. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

About the iNACOL Symposium

The 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 website, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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May 26, 2017

[AECT] Early-Bird Convention Registration ends May 31st

A third AECT item to get out of the inbox.  Note that while AECT does not generally have a lot of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning sessions; there are generally a few.

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CANeLearn Leadership Summit 2017

My Canadian colleagues should note this August event.

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CANeLearn Leadership Summit 2017

Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 6:30 PM – Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 2:00 PM EDT

$175 – $195

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Join us August 24 & 25, 2017, in downtown Toronto, at the Intercontinental Hotel for the annual Canadian eLearning Symposium Leadership Summit.

The focus of the 2-day event is on new learning models, practices, technologies, and learning environments. Learn from Ontario leaders and others from across Canada through presentations, workshops, and structured dialogue and networking.


  • David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario

  • Cross Canada Leadership panel

  • Workshops, dialogue, networking


Register today!

$195 ($175 members) includes Thursday social/keynote, Friday breakfast/lunch & sessions



Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 6:30 PM –

Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 2:00 PM EDT


Intercontinental Hotel Toronto

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Organizer:Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

Organizer of CANeLearn Leadership Summit 2017

The Canadian e-Learning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society.

CANeLearn’s mission is to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning.

CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.

Click here to find out more about membership!

May 25, 2017

Advance Your Online Education Skills July 25-27

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Online and distance educators:
Register now for the 2017 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
July 25‑27Madison, WI
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin‑Madison, a leader in online education, the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is the premier place to grow your knowledge, network with others, and share your own expertise. This three-day event features multiple sessions on these important topics and more:

  • Personalized and adaptive learning
  • New tools and strategies for learning design
  • Emerging technologies for immersive learning
  • Universal design and accessibility
  • eLearning research and evaluation
  • Interactive and social media
Register now, receive an early-bird discount
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Options to Extend Your Learning
Maximize your professional development at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference by registering for one of our extended learning opportunities.

Can’t come to Madison? Attend the virtual conference!
Reserve your hotel ASAP
Most of the conference hotels require you to reserve a room by June 23. Receive a discount by mentioning the conference or use their online booking code.
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Distance Education Professional Development online certificate:Fundamentals of Online Teaching

This fully online program runs June 6 through July 17.

Learn more >

Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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May 24, 2017

Last call for uLearn17 abstracts! Submissions close 31 May

Another one for my Kiwi readers…

Earlybird closes 31 May. Register & save!
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Do you have an inspiring idea or experience to share with your fellow educators? Submit an abstract for uLearn17 and plan to be part of the conference’s 200+ breakout programme!

Abstract submissions close 31 May 2017 so don’t delay!

This year’s uLearn conference will be held 11-13 October 2017 at the Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. More details…

Present at uLearn17

Submit your abstract to present at uLearn17 in one of the following breakout formats:

  • Makerspace Playground pop-up
  • BYOD hands-on workshop (60, 75 and 90 minute options)
  • Interactive presentation (60 and 75 minute options)
  • Spotlight session (75 minutes)
  • Taster session (25 minutes)
  • Tech tools taster (25 minutes)
  • Research and Inquiry Symposium paper presentation (20 minutes)
  • Half-day workshop (2 hours)

Whether you have a research project or inquiry to share, can demonstrate a new skill or programme, or wish to delve deeper into a topic affecting the future of New Zealand education, we have an option for you.

All abstracts should also align with this year’s conference strands.

Present at uLearn17

Why present at uLearn17?

  • Save with the presenter discount rate of $690 +GST
  • Receive a gift as recognition of your contribution
  • Develop your presentation skills
  • Transform teaching and learning by sharing your knowledge/ research with fellow educators
If you have any queries about submitting an abstract, check out our helpful tips or email
Final chance to receive the uLearn17 earlybird discount!
Register and pay by 31 May 2017 to receive $50 off your registration fee.

Have a question?

For any uLearn17 queries, contact the team at

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