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July 8, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter: Canadians Deserve A Better Internet

This was an interesting item from a Canadian outlet that could have major implications for K-12 distance, online, and blended learning in Canada.

Member Newsletter

July 2020

Canadians deserve a better internet

New report: Canadians Deserve a Better Internet 2020

CIRA’s latest report details Canadians’ views on key digital and internet policy issues that will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum.

Overall, the report shows Canadians’ growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online. In 2019, 72 per cent of Canadians said they were willing to disclose some or a little personal information in exchange for valuable content or service. Only one year later, with the exception of online banking services, the vast majority of Canadians say they are unwilling to share their personal data in exchange for better online services. Read the full report here.

Contribute to the discussion by registering for the fully-virtual free event, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19. Registration will re-open in October—stay tuned!

CIRA’s Board of Directors Election: Help shape Canada’s digital future!

Earlier this summer, interested and qualified individuals had the opportunity to apply for the Nomination Committee slate in the Board of Directors election. Applications are currently being reviewed and the candidates who will appear on the final Nomination Committee slate will be posted on our election site on July 29.

This same day marks the launch of our next round of nominations where interested and qualified CIRA members will have another opportunity to apply to be a board director, through the exclusive Member slate. If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for in a board director, consider applying to join CIRA’s board.

Community Investment Program: This year’s grant recipients are announced!

One June 25, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced the latest recipients of its annual $1.25 million Community Investment Program granting initiative. The 20 funded projects will help improve internet infrastructure, digital literacy, and cybersecurity “street smarts” for students and Indigenous, rural, and Northern communities across the country.

To date, the Community Investment Program has awarded $7.95 million across 171 projects. Learn more about this year’s list of grant recipients.

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July 7, 2020

[AECT] July 6, 2020 – News & Notes


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July 6, 2020


During this very difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions are seeing their budgets cut severely. Both in the U.S. and around the world, these reductions have forced institutions to reduce salaries, to freeze research funding, and to do away with travel subsidies. This dire reality has made it difficult for some of our members to pay for the registration fee in order to attend this years convention. Therefore, we are asking those who are able to do so to donate to the “2020 AECT Scholarship Fund” that will enable those AECT members facing financial challenges to attend this years conference. This fund has been approved by the AECT Board of Directors.

Thank you in advance for your help. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated both by the recipients and by the entire AECT community.

Please Click Here to Make Your Donation .


Theme: Towards Culturally-situated Learning Design and Research
Submission Deadline: July 12, 2020

AECT 2020 Virtual Convention is putting out the last call for proposals that are aligned with the theme Towards culturally-situated learning design and research. This last call is based on the following considerations in response to the suggestions of some AECT members:

  • Since this years convention is going online, there may be members or non-members who had not planned to attend the in-person AECT convention due to various reasons but may have changed their mind and wanted to submit a proposal to attend the virtual conference;
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some timely and emerging research to address education in emergent situations; and
  • With the online conference, we are able to accept more proposals and offer more sessions.

Full details can be found here:

Dates for AECT 2020 Virtual Convention

October 29 (Thursday) and October 30 (Friday)
Pre-Conference (i.e., Workshops, and Early Career Seminars, etc.)

November 2 (Monday) through November 7 (Saturday)
Conference (i.e., presentations, members’ meetings, social events, etc.)

Learning: Design, Engagement and Definition

This year AECT will host the Annual Summer Research Symposium as a virtual conference on July 22-23, 2020. All AECT journals, including ETR&D and TechTrends, will have editors or representatives participate, recruit future reviewers and solicit articles for possible publication. Registration details can be found here.


The Leadership Development Committee call for presenters for a panel presentation on the uses of and experiences with social media for division leadership development and membership engagement at the 2020 AECT Virtual Summer Research Symposium. Each presenter will be allocated 10 minutes to present, followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. The possible topics for presentations include:

  • Uses of social media for leadership development and membership engagement, especially during the pandemic
  • Social media tools and tips for division leadership activities
  • Benefits and challenges of using social media during the pandemic
  • Experiences with using social media during the pandemic
  • Ethical considerations for social media use
  • Diverse audience considerations for social media
  • Other topics as appropriate and aligned with AECT social media use

Please submit a summary (150-200 words) of your proposed presentation to Fatih Ari . The deadline for submitting the presentation proposals is July 6, 2020.

The 2019 Intern Class is conducting a needs analysis of mentorship needs, experiences, and recommendations across the AECT membership for their Intern Class project.

May we request you to complete this 15-min. survey questionnaire . The information collected will be used to propose a sustainable mentoring framework within the association.

The International Division is hosting a Professional Development webinar on Friday, July 10th (3 PM US Eastern Time) . The webinar will focus on the career of instructional design and will feature a panel of distinguished instructional designers. Topics will include how to enter the field, the types of work involved, and the knowledge and skills required. The webinar is free and open to all. Please RSVP to attend. (Direct Link: ).

The Systems Thinking & Change (STC) division of AECT is accepting chapter proposals focused on providing case analysis of a complex problem from the systems thinking and change perspective. Proposed chapters will be considered for an upcoming edited volume entitled: Using Systems Thinking to Foster Continuous Improvement and Manage Change Efforts: Case Studies for the Everyday Practitioner .

Deadline to submit is July 12thDetails can be found here.


Designing Instruction for an Imperfect World

The Journal of Formative Design in Learning (JDFL) is pleased to announce the second annual Writers’ Workshop to be held in early November 2020. The theme for this year is based on the idea that we are living in the era of  Information Exasperation.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2020 .  Full details can be found here. 


Tech Trends Special Section – Failure and Creative Risk in Technology-Enhanced Learning
Notions of learning through failure have suddenly become incredibly popular, and this phenomenon of celebrating creativity through failure is frequently revered in the tech-center of the world, Silicon Valley. Yet, it is not failure that is being celebrated, but failure of a specific kind: failure that leads to creative solutions that lead to corporate, bottom-line success. These ideas of creative success emerging from failure have also spread into mainstream culture, and through that, into educational discourse.

The full call for proposals can be found here Proposals Due – July 30, 2020.

Special Issue—Shifting to digital: Informing the rapid development, deployment, and future of teaching and learning

Educational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D ) is seeking perspective authors for an upcoming Special Issue (SI): “Shifting to digital: Informing the rapid development, deployment and future of teaching and learning.” This SI is unique in that it will only include brief multiple-perspective responses on the implications of recent ETR&D publications for addressing challenges related to an increased focus of digital learning. The 500-1000-word responses are to be submitted to the Editorial Manager by July 31, 2020 . The SI is planned to be published by October 1, 2020.  For more details and to volunteer to be an perspective author, please see to the Google Form .


AECT has put together some educational resources for educators (e.g., K12 and higher education instructors and students) in response to the COVID-19 crisis . It can be accessed from the AECT main page with the tab “COVID-19 Resources”.  Particularly highlighted are the “Resources: Higher Education” and “Resources: K-12 Education” , curated by AECT members with special evaluation and commentaries from the AECT expert panels. On the Webinar page , you will also find webinars with educators and researchers from K-12 to higher education from around the world sharing their perspectives, experiences, preparedness, and strategies in response to the educational challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share these resources with your colleagues, students and anyone who may benefit from them.


Due to COVID-19 the AECT office is closed and personnel working remotely. We will continue to move AECT forward, making sure we are all prepared to deal with this situation. Please email us at . Provide your complete contact information and we’ll do our best to respond promptly. Have a great day and stay well.


University of West Florida now offers a fully online Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design and Technology. The project-based curriculum for this professional doctorate program is based on the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED) framework and is led by experienced and hands-on faculty. The program prepares graduates to fulfill leadership roles related to organizational development, performance improvement, technology integration, and workplace learning across sectors. For more information contact Dr. Nancy Hastings.

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July 5, 2020

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup Is Here!

Note the online professional learning opportunities below.

Here is the Lookstein Center mailing for the week of June 29, 2020. This is a free service to the global educational community supported by Lookstein membership. Continue reading for events and opportunities, jobs, resources for educators, and thoughtful conversations in Jewish education.
Job Board
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It’s Not Too Late! Sign up for Summer School Today!
Students need school credit over the summer? There is still time to enroll in Lookstein Virtual’s Summer School, with a large variety of course options for students in upper elementary through high school!
See more here or contact us at for more information!
The Latest from The Lookstein Center
Newly Expanded Blended Offerings for 2020-2021!
Lookstein Virtual is offering you even MORE ways to support your teachers, personalize student learning, and overcome logistic and curricular challenges!
The digital curriculum serves to support 4th-12th grade classroom teachers with excellent pedagogic materials that can be used to supplement and enhance their teaching, allow for easy differentiation and small group instruction, and provide teachers and schools with student data. Program fees include all instruction and assessment materials, teacher training, and options for additional mentorship.
Courses Include:
  • Big Ten: An Adventure in Jewish Values
  • Yehoshua
  • Shmuel Bet
  • Inspirational Figures
  • Who is Talmud?
  • Sage Advice
  • Shemot
Registration is now open for Fall 2020-2021! See the full course catalog here or contact us today!
Creating Memory
Creating Memory is an arts-based program intended to help young people encounter the Holocaust in a personal, emotional way. Its flexible approach can be used in formal and informal settings. Free training will be held August-September.
You can sign up here. In the meantime, you can begin planning by downloading the FREE educational booklet by filling out the form on the page with your name and email address.
Events and Opportunities
Many Jewish organizations around the world are offering helpful resources, webinars, and other services for free or at a reduced cost to keep the Jewish spirit alive, even in a time of crisis.
  • Heads of Schools, Principals or Assistant Principals of Orthodox Jewish Day Schools are wanted for a doctoral study by Rabbi Eitan Lipstein, a doctoral candidate at Azrieli Graduate School and Assistant Principal at The Moriah School. Please see here for more information.
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is hosting the webinar, “How Do We Move Forward During Turbulent Times?” on July 8 at 4:00 PM PST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive is hosting the Quarantine Book Club, Thursdays, at 8 p.m. EDT, starting July 9. Click here to register and fore more information.
  • Center for Jewish History is hosting the webinar, “Rescue and Resettlement: Researching Refugees from Nazi Europe,” on Wednesday, July 1 at 3:00 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is hosting the free online lecture, “Yiddish Children’s Literature and Jewish Modernity,” on Thursday, July 2 at 4:30 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is hosting a three-part online series, Judy Klitsner Live, “How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other: A ‘Subversive Sequels’ Retrospective,” beginning on Monday, July 6 at 12:30 PM EST. Click here to register and for more information.
Parsha Discussions for the 21st Century
Within Israel: Classroom Discussion Idea for Balak
In one of Bilam’s blessings he identifies the Jews as a nation which stands alone, not included amongst the others. The modern State of Israel often faces international criticism for its actions, which she believes to be morally and ethically correct. Is it enough to do the right thing, or should one be concerned that others perceive it as the right thing?
Outside of Israel: Classroom Discussion Idea for Hukat
Following the death of Miriam in the fortieth year the people experience a crisis, and heap blame on Moshe for dragging them on a journey to nowhere. Moshe, exasperated, loses patience with his impatient people, and eventually ends up banned from entry into the Promised Land as a result. It is often the case that one wrong sparks another, leading to an escalating cycle. When is it appropriate to stand on principle, and when is it appropriate to step up to end the cycle, even at the risk of the appearance of losing dignity?
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Anytime Learning | June 2020 Highlights

A newsletter from the folks at edWeb.

Now Available On-Demand
Accelerating Student Learning to Close the Gaps: Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide and Summer Learning Loss
In this webinar, Dr. Liz Brooke presents actionable and realistic strategies for accelerating skill development to help all students—not just those at-risk—make the critical gains they need to combat the effects of COVID and Summer Slide and close the gap.
Sponsored by Lexia Learning
Self-Care for Educators in the Time of COVID-19 (and Beyond)
By utilizing a research-based framework for self-care, Dr. Tina H. Boogren helps educators of all levels and backgrounds develop personalized self-care plans, tailored to this unique moment in history. Viewers will walk away feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and empowered.
Sponsored by Solution Tree
Solution Tree
Hands-on and Virtual: STEM Learning from a Distance
Right now, educators across the globe are working to reach their students and engage them in meaningful STEM learning. In this edWebinar, viewers will first gain an understanding of why hands-on activities bring meaning to STEM.
Combining Powers: How Educators and Families Can Prepare Students for Kindergarten
We invite you to discover engaging, virtual, and hands-on strategies for preparing preK students for kindergarten in a time of distance learning. Watch the edWebinar to discuss early learning guidelines for preK children and develop a solid understanding of effective ways to teach letter and number formation using digital teaching technology.
Learning Without Tears
Tier 1 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Supports to Restart Learning During a Crisis
When school resumes in the fall, young people will be struggling with fear, anxiety, and many other emotions that will affect their academic performance and behavior. This will make the need for social-emotional and behavioral (SEB) supports more critical than ever to ensure students are psychologically and emotionally able to learn.
Sponsored by FastBridge
Packaging Your Digital Assignments: Creating Efficient and Easy-to-Navigate Lessons for Learning at Home
In this edWebinar, examine good practices for at-home learning, discover why packaging digital assignments is important and a few tips for how to do it, and explore two tools for efficiently packaging digital assignments.
Common Sense
Visit the edWebinar Calendar and register for free edWebinars with CE certificates.
edWeb has an archive of all edWebinar recordings. Search for topics of interest and earn CE certificates for viewing recordings.
Search all edWebinars is a free professional learning network that encourages educators to connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning – anytime, anywhere
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July 4, 2020

Lounge & Learn Weekly News: HyFlex Model Webinar Next Week!

A newsletter from this Texas-based distance learning organization.

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Weekly News 7.1.20

HyFlex Model, Part 2 Panel & Discussion: TxDLA Lounge & Learn Webinar Series

TxDLA’s FREE weekly summer webinar series, “Lounge & Learn” continues this week through August. These interactive webinars will regularly meet on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Recordings will be available for two weeks for free on our website and indefinitely for TxDLA members.

Next week:

**Tuesday (note new day!), 7.7.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT
HyFlex Model: Part 2 Panel & Discussion  
Moderator: Charlene Stubblefield, Prairie View A&M University

Panelists from Texas A&M University System Council for Academic Technology and Innovative Education (CATIE):
Dr. Lisa Bunkowski, Texas A&M University Central Texas
Dr. Sunay Palsole, Texas A&M University College Station

Back by popular demand! Get your questions answered about HyFlex.  Follow-up question will be answered:

  • What benefits does the Hy-Flex model have over a blended model?
  • How to I teach with students online and in the classroom?
  • How do you address attendance for the remote colleagues *IF* they are not able to be in the live remote class? Do you allow them to watch the recording and then grant attendance, or they have to write a blurb, synopsis, etc.? or Do you not worry about attendance?
  • Do you feel you would need to be able to adapt for the remote students when wearing a mask? It’s hard to  connect at a distance, but with the face covered, how can you make that connection?
  • How was the camera and microphone setup in your rooms?
  • Which live streaming service did you use in class?
  • How did you get students engage with the students what where watching the stream?

And more…

More Details and Sign Up

Registration Open for the 2020 TxDLA Virtual Conference, September 29 – October 2

Don’t miss three full days of fireside chats, breakout sessions, virtual networking halls, exhibits, games, awards presentation and fun activities at TxDLA’s 2020 Virtual Conference, September 29 through October 2. Price is $235 and will include both live and on-demand access to recorded sessions after the live event. Topics will include:

  • Student Engagement
  • Open Education Resources
  • Gaming
  • Data/Learning Analytics
  • Accessibility
  • Quality Course Design
  • Video Best Practices
  • Blended & Hybrid Learning
  • Proctoring

Attendee registration is now open. An overall schedule is posted, with details on sessions coming very soon!

Learn More and Register

Featured Resource: How to Beat Summer Learning Loss (K-12)

TxDLA continues to add to its COVID-19 resources for “Keep Connecting”. The newest resource link added is “The Path to Clear Communication in Crisis Mode” written by TxDLA member Laresa Trusty with Texas A&M Central Texas.

See our Resource Page for a complete list of resources including:

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Share Your Expertise!

TxDLA continues to publish resource links on the “Keep Connecting” website and on the News section of the website. If you have helpful resources, tips, articles, or other timely information that you are willing to share with others, please submit it using the form below.
Submit Resource for TxDLA

Job Opportunities

TxDLA continues to publish job opportunities on the JOB BOARD page of the website. Visit often during this time for new opportunities. If you would like to submit a job listing, please complete the form below. Postings will only be advertised for TxDLA members.
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Renew Your TxDLA Membership

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA!
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