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August 16, 2017

[AECT] Rise to Your Potential: Leading Learning for Change

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August 15, 2017

Michael: Still Time To Register For CANeLearn’s Leadership Summit!

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Canadian eLearning Network

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CANeLearn Summer Leadership Summit

August 24 & 25

Intercontinental Hotel downtown Toronto


  • Leading K-12 & post-secondary practitioners from across Canada
  • Award-winning Canadian e-learning program showcase
  • Strategies for addressing critical e-learning leadership issues

David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario

  • Rethinking learning resources, experiences & recognition of learning

TELO & AATO Ontario Ministries

  • Updates, priorities, successes, and challenges – New directions for elearning

Consortium Partners  OCeLCOeLCCAVLFOCANeLearn

  • Exemplary Practices; Cross-Canada Perspectives; Structured Dialogue



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Upcoming Events


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2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference

October 13

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Call for presentations open

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium

October 25-27

  • Registration Now Open!
  • 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

  • York University, Toronto ON
  • Early Bird Prices end Oct. 15!

Digital Learning Symposium

April 18-20, 2018

State of the Nation Program Survey

Stay connected
  • The annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study examines the current state of all forms of K-12 e-learning in Canada.  You can visit the full project website at to view or download materials or the report.
  • We are asking individual programs to contribute to the research by including their own program data.  Please visit and click on the province or territory for your K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning program.
  • Look at the “Individual Program Survey Responses” to see if the information for your school or program is up to date and accurate for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Please go to  to update or correct any information, or to add your program’s data to the research compilation.
  • Click here for more information and background on the survey and our request.

Stay Connected!

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  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
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  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a mission to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning by providing members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.

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


[AECT] News & Notes – August 14, 2017

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August 14, 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.


AECT AWARDS. Do you know someone who has made a lasting impact on the field of educational communications & technology? Someone who’s innovative and creative. Someone who is an outstanding leader in the field. Someone who has dedicated his or her career to AECT and furthering the field. Recognize their achievement by nominating them for an AECT organization award! Nominations are due by August 15, 2017. Visit to learn more about the awards and to submit a nomination.

RICHARD B. LEWIS MEMORIAL AWARD. Do you know a school or system, public or private, you’d like to recognize for outstanding technology integration and media utilization programs? We’re seeking nominations for the Richard B. Lewis Memorial Award for Outstanding School Media and Technology. Nominations are due August 15, 2017. For more information, please visit AECT’s website or contact Leslie Blatt.  And you can follow SMT on Facebook.

CELEBRATING 65 YEARS!  We are delighted to announce that Educational Technology Research and Development is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017. To mark this occasion, we are sharing the five most downloaded articles. We invite you to freely read, download and share these articles until August 30th.  Open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis. All other articles have been made available until August 30th.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions, John Hilton III, August 2016, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 573-590.

Animated pedagogical agents effects on enhancing student motivation and learning in a science inquiry learning environment, Hans van der Meij, Jan van der Meij, Ruth Harmsen, June 2015, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 381-403.

A design framework for enhancing engagement in student-centered learning: own it, learn it, and share it, Eunbae Lee, Michael J. Hannafin, August 2016, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 707-734.

Development of an instructional design model for flipped learning in higher education, Jihyun Lee, Cheolil Lim, Hyeonsu Kim, April 2017, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 427-453.

Teacher pedagogical beliefs: The final frontier in our quest for technology integration? Peggy A. Ertmer, December 2005, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 25-39.

All Open Access articles from this journal

SEEKING MENTORS FOR AECT LEADERSHIP INTERNS. The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is looking to create a Mentor pool for our emerging leaders identified through the AECT Leadership Internship Program. We invite you to apply to be a Mentor by filling out this short questionnaire. We anticipate being a mentor will take 1-3 hours per month.  The following resource will provide you with an introduction to what being a mentor for AECT is all about. AECT Intern Mentoring Guidelines. In addition, the LDC is sponsoring a workshop at the 2017 International Convention in Jacksonville titled Everything You Wanted to Know About the Mentoring Relationship* (*but were afraid to ask). This workshop is being offered onTuesday, November 7 from 9am – 4pm. We suggest all those interested in being a mentor attend the workshop. Please send any questions about the mentoring program to the AECT Leadership Intern Coordinator Megan Murtaugh.

AECT PRIVACY POSITION STATEMENT. The AECT Leadership has approved a new position statement. This new statement is available on AECT’s website. Check it out and send it out to leaders in your area!

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!

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
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August 12, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Teach Online – Launch your career in 2017

Posted: 11 Aug 2017 12:37 PM PDT

(Blended Teaching and Online Training)

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators
Instructor: Maggie Rouman
(Blended Teaching and Online Training)
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Learn to:

  • Add online power to traditional instruction/training.
  • Convert a course or workshop for online delivery.
  • Create and facilitate discussion forums.
  • Design online surveys and quizzes.
  • Build a career advancing e-portfolio.

You will:

  • Analyze research on using learning management systems for online and blended settings.
  • Create prompts and facilitate discussion forums.
  • Create technology-based assessment.
  • Critically analyze universal design and accessibility research.
  • Create closed caption video.
  • Research, evaluate and curate digital information.
  • Design and publish an electronic portfolio of course artifacts.
Check out our Syllabus!
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