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May 18, 2017

CANeLearn Live! Webinar: Today at 4:30 pm Eastern

Another CANeLearn item (and note this first event begins later this hour).

Good morning!  Just a reminder of the CANeLearn Live! webinar online today at 4:30 pm Eastern.  Scroll down for upcoming webinars next week and in June.

3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Mario Pochat, Vancouver Animation School, and Jody Polowick, Sun West School Division, as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
This session will be a presentation and discussion about how a chance meeting led to a partnership between SunWest Distance Learning Centre and Vancouver Animation School. We will discuss ways in which partnerships benefit our students and our process in developing innovative technology and harnessing the power of ubiquitous learning for this Millennial generation at the cutting edge of Visual Arts.
Our goal: To establish a triangular partnership with a win-win-win situation, which includes administrators, teachers and students.
Upcoming CANeLearn Live! webinars

Tuesday, May 232:00 pm Eastern

Adventures in Deep Learning – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Robert Long and Stephanie Myers from the Ottawa Catholic School Board as they share their CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Join this session to learn:

  • What makes learning meaningful to students?
  • How do you make an impact on students and engage them in authentic learning?
  • How do you take that across a school board?
Ottawa Catholic has 42k students in 85 schools and we are all on a journey to make Deep Learning happen. They will share their online 360/VR captures of our some of the changes and engage a classroom teacher and student to two to join in the conversation around exploring Deep Learning.


Thursday, May 252:00 pm Eastern

Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers? – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join François Guite, Education Consultant from Quebec, as he shares his CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Technology and artificial intelligence are advancing at a tremendous pace. Our education systems cannot escape the 4th industrial revolution, which is just starting. Although schools will not go the way of the dodo, at least in the near future, they will have to adapt rapidly.

And what will come of the teaching profession as automation threatens so many jobs?
Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence in school?
We already have robots and bots designed to teach and serve as personal assistants; could they someday replace teachers?
Some students have been doing without trained teachers for a long time, and now some schools are experimenting entirely without the latter.
This presentation looks at the technological and social forces that will forever change the structure of schools and the role of teachers, especially those that distance teaching and learning.


Tuesday, June 63:30 pm Eastern

Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment – Symposium Highlight Webinar

Join Terri Reid, from Black Gold Regional School Divison, as she shares her well received CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
Teachers and Administrators have so much to do in their day that sometimes making those connections back to curriculum seems overwhelming.

  • How can we use curriculum mapping to drive instruction and assessment in classrooms, whether in a face to face, blended or online learning environment?
Teachers who develop curriculum maps learn what and when to assess and the importance of being explicit in their instruction. Let’s talk about the process and the impact that it can have on student learning. Curriculum mapping provides a clear path to student assessment and instruction and gives everyone permission to know when to stop.  Join our conversation to learn more.

CANeLearn May News

From my Canadian colleagues…

Canadian eLearning Network

May 16, 2017

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Welcome to the May CANeLearn news. This issue announces the return of CANeLearn Live! webinars – reprise of  some 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference sessions (see all archives here), along with news, sites, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!

Featured Events

Symposium Highlight Webinars: CANeLearn Live! series returns

  • Thursday, May 18 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    • 3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 2:00 pm Eastern
    • Adventures in Deep Learning
  • Thursday, May 25 – 2:00 pm Eastern
    • Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers?
  • Tuesday, June 6 – 3:30 pm Eastern
    • Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment

Click here to find out more or on the PD Calendar.

4T Virtual Conference:  Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology – Free, online, May 20 – 22

CANeLearn Leadership Summit – August 24 & 25

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Details to be announced

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference – October 13

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium – October 25-27

  • Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces
Canada Moodle Moot 2018 – February 21-24, 2018

Stay Connected!


Free MOOC: Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

  • This 4-week MOOC from edX & Microsoft Education started Monday
  • Register or find more information here

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as featured webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER: Subscribe to our YouTube channel here

2017 Symposium Curated Site

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

In the news…

From the Canadian Education Association (CEA)

  • To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media
  •  This MediaSmarts study shows how teens carefully compose, select, and edit the photos they share on social media to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. Some of the unwritten rules the teens followed when making decisions about privacy and publicity on photo-sharing platforms include:
    • Posting only “safe” photos that steer away from controversial topics like politics, religion, sexuality, and race;
    • Not taking a screenshot of someone’s Snapchat photo;
    • Not connecting with strangers online (although they had a very narrow definition of what a “stranger” was);
    • “Looking good” in every photo, but being careful not to present themselves in a sexualized context.
  • Read more here (PDF)
From eSchoolNews: 5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning
  1. More student choice and responsibility for learning
  2. Digitzation
  3. Personalized learning for every student
  4. New pedagogical models – yet unknown
  5. New technologies – yet unknown
 The new Creative Commons Search (beta)
From Contact North: A searchable directory of 90 Canadian researchers of online, blended and distance education
  • Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions
  • It features the researcher’s interests and their top 3 cited publications in the past 5 years
  • They are hoping to expand the list – please pass on to others
  • Find out more here

Bookmark for your summer reading…

Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment | Enseigner les compétences pour l’environnement en ligne (PDF)

  • Heather Marie Farmer, Jennifer Ramsdale
  • A study of key competency areas for online educators
  • The Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix includes five competency areas:
    • Community & Netiquette,
    • Active Teaching/Facilitating,
    • Instructional Design,
    • Tools & Technology, and
    • Leadership & Instruction
  • Read more here
OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF)

  • Second report in a series from MVLRI focused on a state-wide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island
  • A total of seven themes were identified from the interviews and focus groups as being crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level:
    1. Assessing Needs for Personalizing an Implementation Plan
    2. Stakeholders Balancing Their Roles and the Learning Process
    3. Breaking Down Silos to Cultivate Reciprocal Learning Opportunities for All Stakeholders
    4. Building Buy-in Through Constant and Transparent Communication
    5. Establishing Mini Pilots Within Schools
    6. Empowering Teachers Using a Train-the-Trainer, Sustainable Professional Development Model
    7. Letting Go of Perfection and Control, Embracing the Art of Failing Forward, and Cultivating a Safe Space for Change
  • Each of these themes is described using participant data in the report  found here

More from the MVLRI Library

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May 17, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.17.17

And from the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is seeking a consultant (contractor) as a Research Project Manager for a national K-12 education personalized learning scan. The deadline to apply for this consulting position is Friday, May 19, 2017. Learn more about the position and apply here. Please consider sharing this on Twitter:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

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

Connecting the Dots: Aligning Efforts to Support Teachers and Students in New Hampshire
Jonathan Vander Els, CompetencyWorks

Time for a New Conversation in Education
Phyllis Lockett, Huffington Post

Opinion: We Won’t Break the Status Quo Until We Admit Our Own Biases
Kate Gerson, The Hechinger Report

What Happens When You Give a District the Freedom to Innovate?
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)
Vicki Davis, Edutopia

Bill to Revamp Career and Technical Education Law Introduced in House
Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week

On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This the Future You Want?
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

How to Rally Parents Around Personalized Learning
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks

Maine Compass: Proficiency-Based Education Key to Closing Maine’s Skills Gap
Steven Pound, Central Maine

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Teacher Talk Webinar | Teaching with a Growth Mindset
May 18, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Helpful Links:

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

We Have a Proficiency-Based Diploma. Now What?
The trust in the conventional education system has been undermined by the tradition of awarding diplomas to students who do not possess the skills needed for college and careers. It has been possible in many districts to receive a…

Putting the Pieces Together to Build a Competency-Based Statewide System
New England states have a variety of reasons for turning to competency-based education: higher expectations than ever before, the demand for skills that prepare students for an ever-changing world, and an understanding that the…

Seven Key Questions for States Looking to Transition to Competency Education
Competency-based education is expanding across the country under a variety of different terms, including mastery-based, proficiency-based, and performance-based. Educators turn to competency-based education when they realize the…

Continuous Improvement: Addressing the Needs of Struggling Students
After the first few years of transition, districts begin to have the bandwidth to look more deeply at where students are not advancing or are at a lower level academically than their age-based grade. Although not necessarily done in…

iNACOL in the News

Grants Roundup: Gates and Chan-Zuckerberg Back $12 Million Personalized-Learning Venture
Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
$12 million over four years to venture-philanthropy fund New Profit to create the Personalized Learning Initiative, which will provide grants and guidance to seven organizations working to advance personalized-learning technology…

Preparing Students for Global Success
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks
Kristin has a part of our family for as long as I can remember; she and my mom have been best friends since they met in ‘Up With People.’ After a Scandinavian summer with Kristin and her husband, along with my sister, I consider Kristin…

District Says 24 Credits and a D-minus Average Aren’t Good Enough
by Tara García Mathewson
When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer…

New Profit Launches Two Education Initiatives Aimed at Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship and Personalized Learning
New Profit
New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that helps bold problem solvers break through to transform lives, communities, and systems, has announced it will launch two capacity building initiatives: the Personalized Learning Initiative…

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OLC Today Newsletter: May 16, 2017

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May 16, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 7

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Collaborative for Quality Assurance in Alternative Learning (CQAL) Webinar
June 6, 2017 | 1:00pm ET

As the USDE EQUIP program extends student financial aid benefits to alternative providers, a national discussion about accepting alternative learning experiences and assessing quality in this emerging sector is paramount. Looking through multiple lenses – accreditation, institution, QAE and provider – this session will highlight the collaborative work being done by several key national organizations to address this critical need.

Scaling Digital & Open Educational Resources (OER)
May 17, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

This webinar will focus in on best practices for managing the complexities of digital materials and OER so that the digital and OER footprint within an institution can effectively grow.

Moderated by Dr. Jill Buban, OLC Sr. Director of Research & Innovation and including panelists Mike Hale, Vice President, VitalSource; Gerry Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services, California State University System; and Kate Freeborn, Manager, Content Strategy, Capella University; Noah B. Lamb, Director, Student Accounts & Auxiliary Services, Hodges University.

Webinar sponsored by:

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Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape: Headsets, HoloLens, and Higher Ed
5-Part Webinar Series Starts June 7

Join OLC for this webinar series as we explore the rapidly evolving field of virtual, augmented and mixed realities within the context of online, blended and digital learning. Designed to further your knowledge and provide you an understanding of emerging best practices, each webinar will feature a panel of experts on the given topic.

New! Listen in on EdSurge Podcasts

We’re pleased to add EdSurge On Air to our podcast lineup!  EdSurge On Air is a weekly podcast that features timely topics in the education field. Bookmark our podcast page to listen to EdSurge On Air, as well as TOPcast and Research in Action. Listen now.

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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Call for Submissions now open!

The 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award call for submissions is open to accredited U.S.-based applicants in two categories:

● Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
● Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

The submission portal is open until June 30, 2017. Learn more in an informational webinar on May 31 orJune 14.

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Looking for an Instructional Design Program?

The Institute for Professional Development is pleased to offer two different options for instructional designers and eLearning professionals looking to improve their competencies in online course design and development. Learn more about OLC’s upcoming Instructional Design Mastery Series and the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and register today.



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[AECT] News & Notes – May 15, 2017

A newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

May 15, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

JOURNAL OF FORMATIVE DESIGN IN LEARNING. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, a publication of AECT, has published its first paper.  All the papers in Volume 1 (2017) and Volume 2 (2018) are freely available to anyone during those two years.  Simply visit the homepage and click on Online First Articles to access the article.  The journal’s content will also be available to all AECT members via the AECT website soon.  We welcome you to submit your next paper to this journal to experience its fair, balanced, timely, and helpful peer review. Accepted papers are published quickly (within 2-3 weeks) and enjoy wide dissemination, including free availability in the journal’s first two years.  The homepage contains a link (Submit Online) to the journal’s Editorial Manager website, as well as instructions for authors, aims and scope, Editorial Board, and more.  Please contact Editor-in-Chief Robert Kenny with any general inquiries about the journal.

AECT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the Leadership Internship Program to coincide with the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, FL.  We need your help to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program.  Details and submission information can be found here. The deadline is June 5, 2017.

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION AVAILABLE. The 2017 AECT International Convention early-bird registration will remain available until May 31, 2017. Make plans to attend the convention, November 6-11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Member and nonmember registrations can save $150.  See the AECT website for registration and hotel information.

SUMMER JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM 2017. Registration is now available for the 2017 Summer Journal Symposium and Summer Board & Leadership Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-25. Details regarding registration and hotel reservations are available on the AECT website.

NEW CALL FOR ETS V2 PROPOSALS. Do you have a passion for a new technology or tech ‘toys’ with promise for learning? Do you want to have a little funwhile learning about the most novel new learning technologies exciting AECT members?  Planners have tweaked the design of the Emerging Technology Showcase so that AECT Jacksonville Convention participants can access their practitioner’s side to think about, meet and question over 60 hot-tech advocates hosting many roundtables in two large sessions!  Explore the possible! Click here to see the Call and Click here to find the submission portal to submit your individual (or team) ETS2 Proposals: Due, June 15, 2017. Fun!

NEW AECT/SPRINGER PUBLICATION. Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational Thinking, P. Rich and C. Hodges, (Eds.). This book reports on research and practice on computational thinking and the effect it is having on education worldwide, both inside and outside of formal schooling. With coding becoming a required skill in an increasing number of national curricula (e.g., the United Kingdom, Israel, Estonia, Finland), the ability to think computationally is quickly becoming a primary 21st century “basic” domain of knowledge. The authors of this book investigate how this skill can be taught and its resultant effects on learning throughout a student’s education, from elementary school to adult learning. You can find additional information here.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

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