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November 21, 2015

Mark Your Calendars – Speak Up America 2015 Is Almost Here!

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Speak Up America 2015 is almost here!

December 7th-11th, 2015

Mark your calendars! Speak Up America is just around the corner, taking place fromDecember 7th through 11th! In honor of this year’s superb survey period, we’re holding a celebration just for you – our Speak Up participants and supporters. During this week long event, we’re bringing back our Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, opportunities to win free conference registrations, and our photo and video challenges with chances to receive classroom or school grants. Now’s the time to kick your survey promotion into high gear – visit our Speak Up America promotional materials page for ideas on how you can spread the word before December 7th.

Check out what we have planned for Speak Up America:

National Speak Up DayWednesday, December 9th

Classroom/School Grant Photo and Video Challenge – with 5 chances to win!

Free National Conference Registrations – multiple chances to win throughout the week!

Free Regional Conference Registrations to CUE, NCCE, NETA, and TCEA.

Speak Up 2015 Preliminary Data Snapshots – released daily!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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National Speak Up Day

Wednesday, December 9th

The highlight of the Speak Up America 2015 Campaign will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak Up Day is the day to encourage your community to participate. We would like everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our nation’s schools, so please share this link with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizations, members, affiliates or anyone who has a passion for improving education and ask them to take the Speak Up survey.

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Photo and Video Challenge

Educators, win a grant for your classroom or school just by having your students participate in Speak Up!

Planning to have your class or school participate in Speak Up this week? Already had your class or school participate? Need a little incentive to get your class or school to participate? Get your photos and videos ready for our Speak Up for America Photo and Video Challenge – we’ve already had a few entries submitted, so start brainstorming!

Photo Challenge

Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot

To celebrate technology and all our wonderful Speak Up participants, we will be offering $225 grants to three lucky Speak Up participating classroom or school during the week of December 7th. All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up for America 2015 Badge (above) highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload to one of our social media sites or the photo challenge page. Contest is open now, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!

For contest rules please visit our photo challenge page here.

Video Challenge

Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp

Last year, we heard you loud and clear with multiple #speakupsnapshots submitted to the 2nd annual Speak Up America photo challenge. Now in our third year of Speak Up America, we want to see you and your class “Speaking Up” in action! In our social media video challenge, Project Tomorrow wants to know:

“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”

All you need to do is create a short 15-30 second video answering the question above. Use this opportunity to get your class involved by making this into a class project. Submissions can come in the form of videos, animations (PowToon), slideshows, voice snippets and more! The more creative the better!

In this challenge, there will be 2 grant opportunities to win $225!
Never has your chance of earning a classroom grant been easier. Enter your#VoicesofSpeakUp video into the Speak Up America video challenge today!
Learn more about the video challenge contest rules here.


Free National Conference Registrations

We are excited to announce chances to win free conference registrations to BbWorld 2016, the 2016 Annual CoSN Conference, the 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, and the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference and Expo! One lucky district will be chosen for each free registration, andtwo will be chosen for ISTE 2016. Winning is easy – just follow the instructions below to enter your district into our competition:

1. Get in any last minute surveys! Any survey that comes in during Speak Up America 2015 campaign beginning Monday December 7, 2015 through Friday December 11, 2015 (in addition to surveys already submitted earlier in the survey period) will be entered into the competition. Increase your chances to win!
2. Encourage participation in National Speak Up Day (12-9-15)! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a separate drawing for a free ISTE 2016 Conference & Expo registration.


Free Regional Conference Registrations to CUE, NCCE, NETA and TCEA.

Are you a California, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas or Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) district?

You’re in luck – the awesome folks at CUE, NCCE, NETA, and TCEA are also offering free conference registrations! Winning is as easy as speaking up! All you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and the local community to participate in Speak Up. Every participant from your district will enter you in to the drawing to win – the more surveys you have in the more chances you have to win!One winner will be selected for the NETA, NCCE, and TCEA conferences, and three for the CUE conference. We will randomly select a survey from your state and announce the winners on Friday, December 11th at 5PM PT/7PM CT/8PM ET.


Daily Speak Up 2015 Preliminary data snapshots

During Speak Up America Week, we’ll pull a special snapshot of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Each day we will release a special video infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Check below to see when we will be releasing each snapshot of data:

Monday, December 7, 2015 —Teachers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 —Parents

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 —Students

Thursday, December 10, 2015 —Librarians

Friday, December 11, 2015 — Principals

We will also be releasing preliminary data reports to all participating schools and districts during Speak Up America week! Stay tuned for more details.


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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November 20, 2015

iNACOL Plugged In | 11.20.15

Another item from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives and Senate ESEA Conference Committee voted overwhelmingly (39-1) in favor of advancing an agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which would replace No Child Left Behind. iNACOL issued a statement applauding Congress’s bipartisan effort to move ESEA forward. For more information, follow @nacol and#ESEA on twitter.

Learn more about iNACOL’s recommendations for ESEA reauthorization in the recently released iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015, which was released alongside The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education to kick off this year’s iNACOL Symposium. Together, these policy briefs present federal and state policy frameworks for sustainable, systemic policy change toward personalized learning.

To learn more about the 2015 iNACOL Symposium, browse the 2015 Symposium highlights and keynote presentations, access the featured resources, and continue the conversation on twitter using #inacol15.

Below are grant opportunities and the latest news and trends across the field of competency-based, blended and online learning.

Grant Opportunities

The Center for Innovation in Education and NGLC invite grant applications for theAssessment for Learning Project. The grants will support educators to fundamentally rethink the core role(s) that assessment can play to support student attainment of deeper learning. Nearly $2 million is available for 12-15 grants. Applications are due December 10, 2015. Learn more and apply here.

NewSchools Venture Fund announced NewSchools Catapult to propel successive waves of education entrepreneurs to launch new schools, with a focus on underserved pre-K-12 grade students for either early-stage charters and/or district-operated schools. Learn more and view the application here.

XQ Super School Project has $50 million to fund teams that come up with great ideas about what school could look like. Learn more about forming teams and reimagining education.There are some excellent videos to walk through planning for next generation school models and resources on the website beyond the grant application information.

iNACOL in the News

Personalized Learning, Competency Education Need Policy Support, Group Says
Michele Molnar, Education Week
Realigning assessments around student-centered learning, making personalized learning a grant priority across programs, and building more outcomes-based performance metrics into agreements with full-time and supplemental online…

Hold on Tight: Innovation in Education Requires Support and Connections if it is to Survive
Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report
Digital learning acolytes met this week in the land of Disney, at a hotel adorned with gigantic swans and dolphinfish, to discover more about how creativity and big dreams can transform teaching and learning. These teachers, principals…

How Should We Define ‘Success’ in the Blended Classroom?
Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge
It’s one thing to set goals for student achievement. It’s entirely another to define what success looks like for blended learning programs. That very challenge, however, evolved as a prevalent theme at the November 8-11, 2015 iNACOL…

Inspiration and the Right People at iNACOL 2015
Dalia Hochman, Next Generation Learning Challenges
As our colleague Adam Rubin at 2Revolutions tweeted out, iNACOL 2015 has been all about “inspiration and the right people.” I couldn’t agree more. This year’s annual event was the best ever for NGLC. We welcomed nearly 100 of…

PhotoBlog | iNACOL Symposium 2015
Tyler Nakatsu, Getting Smart
iNACOL’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium is the best opportunity to connect with fellow education leaders and to learn the many ways that personalized learning is playing out in the field. It’s where you get to meet…

At iNACOL Symposium, Dialogue About Achievement Metrics for Blended Classrooms
Erin McIntyre, Education Dive
Three thousand educators, edtech entrepreneurs, nonprofit representatives, and thought leaders attended this week’s iNACOL Symposium in Orlando, FL. A main question raised by various participants and panels focused on success metrics…

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Student Agency Is Not Something You Give or Take
Andrew Rikard, CompetencyWorks

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions
Eduardo Briceño, KQED Mind/Shift

How New Schools, Tools and Policies Will Bring an End to the Big Test
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Disentangle Time from Testing
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

5 Signs That a Competency-Based Program Could Help Your Career
Ian Quillen, U.S. News & World Report

Do Custom-Fit Lessons Help Students Succeed?
Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report

Ensuring Open Education Quality
Philip Bonanno, The Times of Malta

At the Movies: Films Focused on Education Reform
Amy Erin Borovoy, Ashley Cronin, Keyana Stevens, Edutopia

Student-Centered Classrooms Foster Civic & Career Readiness
Students at the Center Hub Team, Students at the Center

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

iNACOL Applauds U.S. Congress ESEA Conference Committee Vote to Reauthorize Federal K-12 Education Law
Today, the United States House of Representatives and Senate Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee voted overwhelmingly (39-1) in favor of advancing an agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and…

Brown v. Board After 60 Years-Examining Equal Educational Opportunity
American Enterprises Institute’s (AEI) recently hosted ‘With all deliberate speed: Brown v. Board of Education || 60 years later’ where leaders gathered to examine equal educational opportunity. Gerard Robinson, AEI Resident Fellow…

Modernizing Educator and Leader Development for Student-Centered Learning
States can catalyze educational innovation by building educator and leader capacity to create student-centered, personalized learning models. Personalized, competency-based learning environments will require…

Federal Government Takes Steps to Advance OER Development
Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials licensed in such a way as to permit educators to share, access, and collaborate in order to personalize instruction. By sharing publicly funded learning materials as OER, we can…

Broadband, Data Privacy, and OER: Building New Learning Models Infrastructure
The shift towards highly personalized, mastery-based learning models will be enabled by blended and online learning pathways that will allow each student to customize learning trajectories toward college and career readiness. To drive…

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NCVPS E-lert for November 19, 2015 – Fall Edition X

From yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert for November 19, 2015 – Fall Edition X

Calendar Check
Nov. 12:  Progress reports posted in the registration system.
Nov. 25:  Last day to transfer into fall traditional calendar courses.
Nov. 26 – 27: State Holiday
Dec. 3: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
Dec. 11: End of early calendar courses.
Dec. 15: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
Dec. 17: Final grades for early calendar courses posted in the registration system.

Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

Connect with us on Twitter!Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name toour list here.

Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out the updates in this week’s e-lert:
New This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

SpringRegSpring Registration Is Still Open
NCVPS is still enrolling for Spring 2016 classes.  We have a number of courses that can help expand a school’s course catalogue. See if the following options can help your students for spring:
Visual Arts – We have a number of unique, challenging, and hard-to-find-elsewhere visual arts courses. See those courses at this link.
Middle School Courses – We have some great middle school electives. These courses are for middle school credit, and they are a terrific way to introduce middle school students to online learning. See those courses at this link.

Health and Physical Education – We now have a ½ credit health course, a ½ credit physical education course, and a full-credit health and physical education course.  These courses have already helped schools with students who have moved in from out-of-state and are missing some combination of health and PE. Early college campuses are also using these courses to meet their needs for health and PE.  Learn more about our health and PE courses at this link.

Please note that we have a number of closed early calendar courses for Spring 2016. We are converting those courses to Canvas (from Blackboard and Moodle), and they will not be ready for the early calendar opening. Early calendar students affected by this can be enrolled in our traditional calendar courses. Have the students notify their instructors that they are at an early calendar school and need to finish the course early. Our spring-semester traditional calendar courses end on May 20, 2016, so this is not a problem.

MSWordMicrosoft Word 2013 Issue for Students

Students using MS Office 2013 should submit their assignments using the messages feature in Blackboard.
Currently, assignments submitted using MS Office 2013 populates as ‘0’ megabytes and if downloaded the files has ‘0″ megabytes, so the content of the file is not coming through.
This is only an issue for students in Blackboard courses who are using Word from MS Office 2013. Our teachers are aware of the issue, and they are also helping their students with this issue.
We will continue to review system updates and communicate the fix as quickly as possible.  We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
We have a new report posted in the registration system:
Nov. 12 – Progress Report
Look for the report with this title:  “Fall 2015 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due Nov. 10, 2015.”
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

Do you have NCVPS students who are working in a facilitated lab at your school?
We have a lab facilitator’s guide that is designed to provide an understanding of the basic processes and procedures that successful online facilitators use to support students.
We reached out to North Carolina public schools and our partner schools in the Virtual Schools Leadership Alliance to pull together the most fundamental elements of facilitating online learning.
Each time we visit a facilitated lab in North Carolina, we see a new process, a new innovation, a or just a new way of thinking in supporting lab students, and we add that to our evolving guide.

VisualArtsVisual Arts with NCVPS

Do you have arts students who need a wider selection of courses?  NCVPS has a great visual arts program that can expand a school’s arts catalogue.

InterventionsStudent Intervention Time

Now that you have seen your students’ progress, is there anything that you can do to help struggling students?
The answer is YES!
If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. See if one or more of these interventions will work for your struggling students:


1. Check for progress reports and report cards in the registration system regularly. Updates are made every two weeks.  You may contact teachers directly between updates to check on student progress.


2. Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.


3. Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.


4. Have student sign up for NCVPS Peer Tutoring, which is available for certain courses. There is a “Peer Tutoring” link in each course. Visit this link for additional details.  Peer Tutoring offers the following services:

  • Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.
  • Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.
  • Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.

5. Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).


6. Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.


7. See our list of assistive technologies.  Go to this link to learn more:


8. Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).


9. Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).


10. If the student is taking the course off campus, consider moving the student to a lab setting, especially if the student is not logging into the course.


11. If you have students in EOC courses, be sure that they take part in our EOC Reviews that are in each EOC course.  Have them contact their teachers for more information.


12. Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.


13. Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work.  Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.


14. Be sure students are aware of our basic support structure:

  • Teachers help with course questions and course content.
  • The Virtual Support Center helps with technology issues in the course and login issues.
  • The school ELAs help students with enrolling and withdrawing from a course and with transcript and report card questions about their NCVPS classes.

Tech Updates

OpeningTicketOpening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – including specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Spring15.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
Password Resets
If students have their correct email addresses in the registration system (this is important for a number of reasons), then they can use the password-reset feature on the Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas login pages.
javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 65.Head to and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
In Moodle:
  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
  • Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
  • Click on setting
  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and Submit 
Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages
Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Virtual Support Center:
Tech Requirements
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor
English 9 – Connections Education
English 10 – Accelerate Ed
English 10 – Connections Education
English 11 – Connections Education
English 12 – Connections Education
Physical Science – Accelerate Ed
World History – Accelerate Ed
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OLC Innovate 2016 CFP Deadline Extended, New MERLOT Portals, and More!

From Tuesday’s inbox…

MERLOT MERLOT on facebook MERLOT on twitter MERLOT on LinkedIn MERLOT Blog

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 2Due to the busy fall conference schedule, a number of people have requested additional time to submit a proposal. We hope this extension will provide you the time needed to submit. Don’t miss your chance to present at this ground-breaking event!Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission. Please align your submission to the session type as shown on the session detail page. SUBMIT NOW!
REGISTRATION NOW OPENEarly Bird registration is now open for OLC Innovate 2016!


MERLOT RELEASES ALL NEW ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE COMMUNITY PORTALSMERLOT has reimagined our academic discipline portals. With an entirely new design, our 23 portals now feature live social media and web news feeds, links to the newest materials and members in that community, professional organizations and publications, and much more!



November 19, 2015

Online Learning News – November 18, 2015 / Bulletin d’apprentissage en ligne – le 18 novembre 2015

From yesterday’s inbox…

A bi-weekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord
Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network


Why Faculty and Instructors Use Open Educational Resources

In the first of a three-part series on Open Educational Resources, Contact North | Contact Nord introduces the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning comprehensive guide to open educational resources, outlines five reasons why faculty and instructors use OER and looks to a future where OER is a critical part of all program and course development in colleges and universities.

Read Why Faculty and Instructors Use Open Educational Resources.



Register today for a free 45-minute webinar on Making the Choice – How to Choose between Online, Blended or Campus-Based Delivery for Effective Learning on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Hear from Dr. Tony Bates, international expert in online learning and Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate, offering advice and guidelines on:

  • What is the continuum of technology-based learning?
  • Which key factors can you use to make choices for the best teaching method?
  • Which forms of teaching can be used to develop the conceptual, practical, personal and social skills essential for today’s students?

The webinar focuses on Chapters 9 and 10 of Teaching in a Digital Age and features a presentation by Dr. Bates during which he asks for questions and comments throughout on the topics being discussed.

The webinar is recorded, including all questions and answers, and is available for viewing upon completion.

Click here to read Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.

Register now to avoid disappointment.

Visit Teaching in a Digital Age Webinar Series for information on past and upcoming webinars.

The recording of the second webinar in this series, Choosing Media – How They Differ and How to Make the Best Choices for My Teaching, is available by visiting Teaching in a Digital Age Webinars.


Education is a lifelong endeavour – from early childhood to postsecondary education and beyond – and there are transitions at every turn.

Register now for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s 6th annual conference Transitions: Learning across borders, sectors and silos, March 23-24, 2016 in Toronto.

Join us as we cross borders, sectors and silos for the best thinking on how to improve educational access, enhance quality and ensure that Canadians have the knowledge and skills they need for success. More than 25 sessions and 60 speakers include New York Times bestselling authors Paul Tough and Jane McGonigal, and education leader Avis Glaze. It’s time for a K-20 national conversation.

Register now!


Ontario’s 24 public colleges and 22 public universities are a hotbed of innovation in emerging technologies and online tools focused expanding and improving learning opportunities for students through online and blended learning innovations.

From 2011 through 2014, Contact North | Contact Nord visited innovators at public colleges and universities across Ontario to learn about their initiatives in online, blended, and technology-enabled learning as part of the Pockets of InnovationSeries.

In reviewing all 125 Pockets of Innovation, a series of 7 themes emerged showing where the colleges and universities are focusing their efforts at innovating in online learning including:

  • Creating and Adapting Educational Resources
  • Making the Most of Blended Learning
  • Online Learning Focused on Student Engagement and Flexibility
  • Enhancing Learning through Online Assessment
  • Planning for Online Learning
  • Faculty Development and Support
  • Innovative Online Support Services for Students

Read 125 Online Learning Innovations, including an introduction by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


For Faculty and Instructors

Major, C.H., Harris, M.S, Zakrajsek, T. (2015) Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities To Put Students On The Path To Success. New York: Taylor and Francis.

A practical, helpful resource book for those looking for ideas about how to help students build confident and practical approaches to critical thinking, analysis, research and sound learning. Covering classroom and online activities and many proven methods, new faculty members and instructors will find the book incredibly helpful including a great many ideas for creative work all grounded in evidence of efficacy.

For Instructional Designers

King, E. and Alperstein, E. (2014) Best Practices in Online Program Development: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Routledge, New York

While there are many “how tos” for instructional designer, the aim of this book is more strategic. It encourages a systematic look at program design and intentions and relates the design questions to the simple question: “who is this program for and what are they supposed to do with this learning?”

A critical evaluative set of ideas are presented which instructional designers and those responsible for programs should explore before a course is designed, developed, deployed and delivered. Well written and a good read.

For Academic Policy Makers and Administrators

Harrison, L.M. and Mather, P.C. (2015) Alternative Solutions to Higher Education’s Challenges – An Appreciative Approach to Reform. New York: Routledge.

This book uses an appreciative approach to highlight what is working in colleges and universities and offers an examination of how institutions can improve practice. It offers a solution-focused framework that challenges the negative assumptions that have plagued higher education. Chapters explore how current narratives have perpetuated and maintained systematic flaws in our education system and have hindered reform. This invaluable resource breaks from the substantial literature that only highlights the many problems facing higher education today, and instead provides alternative strategies and essential recommendations for moving higher education institutions forward. It is a manifesto for a new pedagogy and reinforces the purposes of a liberal education.


The 27th edition of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference is coming to Toronto from October 17 to 19, 2017.

Hosted and organized by Contact North | Contact Nord, an estimated 1,000 faculty members/instructors from colleges and universities, practitioners, experts, policy-makers, academic decision-makers and technology providers involved in the field of online and distance education from Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean will converge in Toronto for this bi-annual summit.

Mark your calendar and sign-up today at to receive updates and information on the ICDE 2017 World Conference.


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Pourquoi le personnel enseignant et de formation utilise les ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO)

Dans le premier volet de la série sur les ressources éducatives ouvertes,Contact North | Contact Nord introduit le guide complet UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning à l’égard des ressources éducatives ouvertes, souligne cinq raisons pour lesquelles le personnel enseignant et de formation recourt aux REO et, enfin, envisage un avenir où les REO constitueront une partie cruciale de toute élaboration des programmes et des cours dans les collèges et les universités.

Nous vous invitons à lire le document « Why Faculty and Instructors Use Open Educational Resources » (Pourquoi le personnel enseignant et de formation utilise les ressources éducatives ouvertes).



Inscrivez-vous sans tarder au webinaire de 45 minutes gratuit, portant sur Making the Choice – How to Choose between Online, Blended or Campus-Based Delivery for Effective Learning (Faire un choix – Comment choisir entre la prestation en ligne, mixte ou sur le campus pour un apprentissage efficace), qui est présenté le lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 13 h HE.

Vous pourrez entendre à cette occasion Tony Bates Ph. D., expert international de l’apprentissage en ligne et associé de recherche de Contact North | Contact Nord, qui offrira des conseils et des lignes directrices sur :

  • Quel est le continuum de l’apprentissage basé sur la technologie?
  • Quels facteurs clés pouvez-vous utiliser pour faire des choix en ce qui a trait à la meilleure méthode d’enseignement?
  • Quelles formes d’enseignement peut-on utiliser pour développer chez les étudiantes et étudiants les habiletés conceptuelles, pratiques, personnelles et sociales qui sont essentielles pour eux de nos jours?

Ce webinaire se concentre sur les chapitres 9 et 10 du livre Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning (L’enseignement à l’ère numérique : Des balises pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage) et comprend une présentation faite par Tony Bates, au cours de laquelle il demande des questions et des commentaires sur les sujets dont il est discuté.

Le webinaire, incluant toutes les questions et réponses, sera enregistré. Ensuite, il sera mis à la disposition des individus qui désirent le visionner.

Cliquez ici pour consulter le livre L’enseignement à l’ère numérique : Des balises pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.

Enregistrez-vous maintenant pour ne pas le manquer.

L’enregistrement du deuxième webinaire de cette série, Choosing Media – How They Differ and How to Make the Best Choices for My Teaching (Choisir les médias – Comment ils diffèrent et comment faire les meilleurs choix pour mon enseignement), est disponible en visitant Teaching in a Digital Age Webinars(Webinaires sur l’enseignement à l’ère numérique).


L’éducation est une activité permanente, qui s’étend de la petite enfance jusqu’aux études postsecondaires et au-delà, et elle comporte des transitions à tout bout de champ.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant à la 6e conférence annuelle du Conseil ontarien de la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur qui aura lieu les 23 et 24 mars 2016 à Toronto, sous le thème « Transitions : L’apprentissage par-delà les frontières, les secteurs et les cloisonnements » (Transitions: Learning across borders, sectors and silos).

Joignez-vous lors de notre traversée des frontières, des secteurs et des cloisonnements pour mettre à profit la meilleure réflexion possible sur les manières d’améliorer l’accès à l’éducation, de rehausser la qualité et de garantir que les Canadiennes et Canadiens acquièrent les connaissances et les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réussir. Cet évènement propose plus de 25 sessions et de 60 conférenciers – incluant Paul Tough et Jane McGonigal, auteurs de best-sellers sur la liste du New York Times, ainsi que la chef de file en éducation Avis Glaze. Le temps est venu pour amorcer une conversation à l’échelle nationale sur K-20.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant!


En Ontario, 24 collèges et 22 universités publics sont des incubateurs d’innovation en technologies émergentes et en outils en ligne, qui sont axés sur le développement et l’amélioration des occasions d’apprentissage pour les étudiantes et étudiants au moyen d’innovations dans l’apprentissage en ligne et l’apprentissage mixte.

Au cours des années 2011 à 2014, Contact North | Contact Nord a visité des innovateurs dans les collèges et les universités publics à travers l’Ontario afin de se renseigner sur leurs initiatives d’apprentissage en ligne, mixte, et techno-habilité en marge de la série Poches d’innovation.

En examinant ces 125 poches d’innovation, il en émerge une gamme de 7 thèmes montrant où les collèges et les universités publics déploient leurs efforts d’innovation à l’égard de l’apprentissage en ligne :

  • La création et l’adaptation des ressources éducatives
  • L’optimisation de l’apprentissage mixte
  • L’apprentissage en ligne axé sur la flexibilité et l’engagement étudiant
  • L’amélioration de l’apprentissage grâce à l’évaluation en ligne
  • La planification de l’apprentissage en ligne
  • Le perfectionnement professionnel et le soutien du personnel enseignant
  • Des services de soutien en ligne innovateurs pour les étudiantes et étudiants

Nous vous invitons à consulter ces 125 innovations de l’apprentissage en ligneaccompagnées d’une introduction de l’honorable Reza Moridi, Ministre de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités de l’Ontario.


Pour le personnel enseignant et de formation

Major, C.H., Harris, M.S, et Zakrajsek, T. (2015) Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities To Put Students On The Path To Success. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Cette publication sur l’enseignement pour l’apprentissage présente 101 activités éducatives spécialement conçues en vue d’aiguiller les étudiantes et étudiants sur la voie de la réussite. Cette ressource pratique sera utile à ceux qui cherchent des idées pour aider les étudiantes et étudiants à construire des approches efficaces éprouvées pour la pensée critique, l’analyse, la recherche, ainsi qu’un solide apprentissage. Ce livre aborde des activités en salle de classe ou en ligne et, aussi, plusieurs méthodes éprouvées. Les nouveaux membres du personnel enseignant et de formation apprécieront beaucoup ses précieuses suggestions, y compris un grand nombre d’idées à l’égard du travail créatif qui se fondent sur des preuves d’efficacité.

Pour la conception pédagogique et didactique …

King, E. et Alperstein, E. (2014) Best Practices in Online Program Development: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Routledge, New York

Ce livre porte sur les pratiques exemplaires pour l’élaboration des programmes en ligne aux fins de l’enseignement et l’apprentissage dans l’éducation supérieure. Quoiqu’il existe de nombreux ouvrages pratico-pratiques à l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques, celui-ci vise une approche plus stratégique. Il encourage un regard systématique sur les intentions et la conception des programmes, et il relie les enjeux de la conception à cette simple question : « À quelles personnes ce programme s’adresse-t-il et comment celles-ci sont-elles censées d’appliquer cet apprentissage? »

En outre, le livre propose un ensemble d’idées d’évaluation critique, que les concepteurs pédagogiques et les responsables des programmes devraient explorer avant toute conception, élaboration, déploiement ou prestation d’un nouveau cours. Cette publication bien écrite procure une lecture passionnante.

Pour ceux qui s’intéressent à la stratégie de l’éducation postsecondaire

Harrison, L.M. et Mather, P.C. (2015) Alternative Solutions to Higher Education’s Challenges – An Appreciative Approach to Reform. New York: Routledge.

Les auteurs de cet ouvrage présentent des solutions de rechange pour les défis de l’éducation supérieure. Dans ce livre, ils utilisent une approche appréciative envers la réforme afin de souligner ce qui fonctionne bien dans les collèges et les universités, et ils offrent aussi un examen sur des façons dont les établissements d’enseignement peuvent améliorer la pratique. De plus, ils proposent un cadre axé sur des solutions, qui conteste les hypothèses négatives auxquelles l’éducation supérieure a été inféodée pendant longtemps. Les chapitres explorent comment les narrations courantes ont perpétué et maintenu des failles systématiques dans notre système d’éducation et entravé la réforme. Cette précieuse ressource se démarque de l’abondante littérature, qui ne met l’accent que sur les nombreux problèmes auxquels l’éducation supérieure est confrontée de nos jours. Au contraire, ce livre fournit plutôt des stratégies de rechange et des recommandations essentielles pour propulser les établissements d’enseignement supérieur vers l’avenir. C’est un véritable manifeste de la nouvelle pédagogie, qui renforce les buts de l’éducation en culture générale.


La 27e édition de la Conférence mondiale de l’International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) (Conseil international pour l’éducation ouverte et à distance) se déroulera à Toronto du 17 au 19 octobre 2017.

Lors de cet évènement organisé par Contact North | Contact Nord, environ 1 000 membres du personnel enseignant et de formation de collèges et d’universités, des praticiennes et praticiens, des experts, des responsables des politiques, des décideurs universitaires et collégiaux et des fournisseurs de technologie impliqués dans le champ de l’éducation en ligne et à distance de l’Afrique, des États arabes, de l’Asie et du Pacifique, de l’Europe, de l’Amérique du Nord, de l’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes se rassembleront à Toronto pour ce sommet bisannuel.

Notez ceci dans votre agenda et, pour recevoir des mises à jour et de l’information sur la Conférence mondiale 2017 de l’ICDE, inscrivez-vous aujourd’hui à


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