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May 24, 2017

What’s Trending in Online Education?

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The first CHLOE Survey Report is now available for download!
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Find Out in the First CHLOE Survey Report!

CHLOE Survey Report coverIt’s been 20 years since online learning was first introduced. So where does it stand today? We teamed up with Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm focused on higher education, to fill the gap in researching this important topic.

We started with a survey of Chief Online Officers to gauge, among other things, how their institutions are funding, developing programs, conducting quality assurance, making technology investments and managing innovation as online learning becomes mainstream. Results of the survey — The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) — are now publicly available in The 2017 CHLOE Report.

So what trends in the management of online learning did CHLOE find? You’ll want to download and share the full report to see how institutions similar to yours compare. Here are a few highlights from the 51-page study:

  • Course development. Nearly 40% of private nonprofit colleges require faculty to use instructional design support in building their online courses. In contrast, only about 11% of two- and four-year public institutions do so.
  • Pricing. Among public two-year and four-year schools, over 90% of respondents indicated that the price of their online programs is either in line with or higher than conventional programming. Such data suggests that most schools have not made it a priority to use online learning to lower costs.
  • Program Objectives. CHLOE found that the predominant impetus for investment in online learning today is enrollment growth, with other objectives, such as student completion gains and cost reduction, trailing far behind.
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The second iteration of CHLOE is scheduled for June and focuses on the motives behind choices made by leaders of online programs. If your institution would like to participate in that survey, please email QM’s Manager of Research & Development, Barbra Burch, or Eduventures Research Analyst, Mughees Khan.
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April 7, 2017

Report Notice – Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone

Please note this press release from Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD) announcing the publication of their “Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone” – a study of practices and issues in distance education in Canada from the francophone perspective.

Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone

** Ce document est disponible à partir de www.refad.ca/publications-et-rapports-de-recherche/rapports-de-recherche/panorama-des-pratiques-en-formation-a-distance-au-canada-francophone

Entreprise à l’automne 2016, l’étude Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone s’est déroulée durant une période de trois mois et culmine sur ce vaste portrait de la réalité courante dans trois ordres d’enseignement pour la formation initiale (aussi dite « créditée ») et continue. À notre connaissance, il s’agit là de la première étude en son genre, décrivant ce qu’est devenue la formation à distance (FAD) en 2017, dans les mots de ses principaux acteurs.

Plus de 40 intervenant(e)s représentant neuf provinces ont été interviewés pour une durée moyenne de 75 minutes chacun, suivant un modèle d’entrevue qualitative semi-structurée. Ces intervenants appartiennent pour la plupart à des institutions membres du Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD www.refad.ca), répondant ainsi à un appel à contribution émis par l’organisation. Quelques participants supplémentaires ont été sollicités afin que la FAD soit représentée au secondaire, au collégial et à l’université pour l’ensemble de la francophonie éducative canadienne.

Bien plus qu’un collage d’entrevues, l’étude assemble des perspectives diverses et complémentaires suivant un fil narratif d’une cohérence qui interpellera les acteurs de la FAD qui s’interrogent sur son devenir. Évoquant pour commencer les raisons de son adoption, l’étude entreprend de faire le point sur les modalités et le vocabulaire de la FAD afin d’établir un langage commun et d’en explorer les différents modèles à travers quelques-uns de ses principaux acteurs canadiens.

Il en ressort déjà un tableau d’ensemble dans lequel émerge l’abandon apparent de l’asynchrone autoportant à entrée continue en faveur de la bimodalité en distance synchrone et asynchrone suivant un calendrier campus. On y distingue également la prédominance de l’enseignement hybride à l’ordre secondaire, une volonté pancanadienne de partenariat à l’ordre collégial et une reconnaissance tardive mais résolue de l’importance stratégique de la FAD pour la vitalité des institutions d’enseignement universitaires.

L’auteur fait valoir, à travers les témoignages reçus, que l’absence de politiques gouvernementales claires en matière de FAD se traduit par le retard et l’inégalité de son adoption, nuisant probablement ainsi au développement économique et à l’innovation, partout au pays ou presque. L’auteur en profite également pour prendre le pouls des réalisateurs de formation en ligne et examiner plusieurs des défis auxquels ils sont confrontés en matière de développement de contenus répondant aux demandes toujours plus exigeantes du marché.

La seconde moitié de l’étude décrit la formation des maîtres et des apprenants aux méthodes de la FAD, ainsi que l’intégration des médias sociaux et de la ludification dans les activités d’apprentissage à distance, avant de se tourner vers une question d’actualité particulièrement interpellante, à savoir comment les technologies influencent la pédagogie. Quatre histoires de cas sont offertes en guise de conclusion, non sans toutefois effectuer un détour préalable sur les principales ressources en ligne, logiciels et plateformes de production qu’utilisent les institutions répondantes.

Dans son ensemble, l’étude trace un portrait d’actualité de la FAD au Canada francophone, de la perspective de ses acteurs, et le lecteur intéressé ne manquera pas d’y trouver des idées, des comparaisons, des pistes de solution ainsi que des partenaires potentiels avec qui collaborer pour faire progresser chez lui la FAD.

L’équipe du REFAD tient à remercier M. Robert Grégoire pour la mise en oeuvre du projet. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce à un financement du Ministère du Patrimoine canadien (www.pch.gc.ca). 

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– Colloque REFAD Moncton (N.-B.) 25 et 26 mai 2017 http://www.refad.ca/colloque_2017.html
– Guide CLOM – MOOC au Canada Francophone www.refad.ca/publications-et-rapports-de-recherche/rapports-de-recherche/guide-et-bilan-de-limpact-des-cours-en-ligne-ouverts-et-massifs-clom-au-canada-francophone/
– Webographie de la FAD http://webo.refad.ca
– Étude sur l’avenir du livre numérique au Canada francophone www.refad.ca/publications-et-rapports-de-recherche/rapports-de-recherche/etude-sur-lavenir-du-livre-numerique-et-des-ressources-documentaires-en-ligne-en-formation-a-distance-au-canada-francophone/

March 21, 2017

Moodle Hub Members Area: CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

A reminder of this event tomorrow.

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CIDER Session: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

by Daylene Lauman – Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 6:47 AM

Join Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte as they share updates from the latest State of the Nation Report. Alberta’s profile on the online and blended learning front in Canada is on an upward trend; input into the annual State of the Nation Report is critical in this regard.

This session will take place tomorrow, March 22nd at 11 am MST.

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

View the State of the Nation Report here: http://k12sotn.ca/

CIDER: The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research

 

 

 

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the March CIDER session. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour of Touro University Mare Island and Randy LaBonte of CANeLearn, presenting the annual State of the Nation for K-12 e-learning.

Title: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K-12 online and blended education in Canada.

Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations..

When: Wednesday, March 22, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research

1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada
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March 16, 2017

CIDER Session March 2017

Note this webinar focused on the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report that I co-author.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to the March CIDER session. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour of Touro University Mare Island and Randy LaBonte of CANeLearn, presenting the annual State of the Nation for K-12 e-learning.

Title: State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report continues to be Canada’s unique benchmark for the expanding use of technology-supported blended and online learning in Canada. This ninth edition of the annual report continues the strong tradition of incisive analysis of the state of K-12 online and blended education in Canada.

Canada continues to have one of the highest per capita student enrolment in online courses and programs of any jurisdiction in the world and was one of the first countries to use the Internet to deliver distance learning courses to students. In many ways Canada provides an interesting exemplar for the rest of the world, due in part to its division into 13 provinces and territories of widely varying population and geography, leading to a wealth of relevant comparisons with other countries/regions of similar population. Canada is also a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, leading naturally to comparisons with other English-speaking countries, but also with Quebec being linked to la Francophonie, leading to relevant role models for two major linguistic regions. And finally, Canada, through its offerings to indigenous communities, provides a role model for other countries for the provision of education to indigenes and minority populations..

When: Wednesday, March 22, 201711am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

*********************

CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2009 Athabasca University All rights reserved.

This email was sent to mkbarbour@gmail.com
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February 20, 2017

Top 10 MindShare Report Canadian EdTech New Stories February 2017

Note that there are two items in this newsletter that focus on the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report that I lead.

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Dear Thought Leader,

I hope you enjoy our stellar February Top 10 News Stories of the MindShare Report as crowd sourced by you our much valued readership.

Special thanks to our valued podcast and blog contributors who helped make our February Online Learning special edition one of our best ever! The explosion of online learning in Canada has many benefits and serious implications for teaching & learning. It creates demands on educators, infrastructure, technology and best practices. We welcome further dialogue and would be happy to provide insight and engage in deeper discussion with our readers and listeners. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note!

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us next month! I’m humbled and honoured to share that our March edition marks a HUGE milestone — our 10th Anniversary of publishing the MindShare Learning Report. I look forward to sharing a retrospective of the digital evolution that we’ve shared during our journey, thanks in part to your valued contributions as leaders and learners.

Watch for our new and improved MSL Report design! We’re also embarking on our annual reader survey to get a deeper pulse of what’s vitally important to you to garner insights in the EdTech space!

We look forward to charting our course with our valued MindShare community for the next 10 years; building on a foundation of innovative learning practices in support of student success across the Canadian landscape. Whether you believe we’re immersed in an evolutionary or revolutionary time, that is up for healthy debate. The great news is that Canada continues to be at the forefront of innovation and learning on a global scale.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Classroom of the Future Challenge!Qualify to WIN a MakerSpace for your school!

Robert Martellacci
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1. Exclusive Podcast with Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO Dr. Guy Tétrault Shares His District’s Journey to Successfully Transform Learning in the 21st Century through PeBL

Dr. Guy G. Tétrault started his career in education in 1976. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the U of Saskatchewan and his Ed.D. from the U of Toronto.

He taught French as a Second Language and French Immersion, was the principal of 5 different schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is now the Director of Education (CEO) for Sun West School Division No. 207. Guy is a member of the C21 Canada Board and Founding member of the CEO Academy.

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2. Exclusive podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report

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Michael’s research has focused on K-12 online teaching and learning. His research agenda is aimed at improving the design and delivery of these online learning opportunities to enable all students, particularly those in rural areas, the opportunity for success.

3. Trudeau joins campaign urging youth to study computer science

With potentially thousands of high-paying jobs going unfilled in Canada, Prime Minister Just Trudeau lent his voice Monday to a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to study computer science.

Trudeau joined the co-founders of Canada Learning Code and Code.org to mark the launch of Computer Science Education Week at an event called Hour of Code.

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4. Exclusive Podcast with Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB talks Edtech, FETC from a CTO Canadian perspective

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Peter brings 23+ years of K-12 sector technology know-how to his CTO portfolio. He has been at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies to the Toronto District School Board. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.

5. Last year’s Classroom of the Future Eastern winner Sadie Bradbury, Highland Park Junior High blogs her insights on creating a winning video & the positive impact the contest had on her students.

The impact was almost immediate, our students were thrilled and amazed and so very happy. Many had doubts when we said we were going to try the competition,and this really changed attitudes, that their small population competing against other larger schools in Canada could actually win a competition!

When the students asked what we had won, the belief in their abilities grew, as did their confidence and their joy. This was an amazing gift in itself, the school started with minimal technology and we now were moving into the future of technology!

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6. Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2016

9 out of 10 people (90%) in Canada aged 25 to 64 had completed at least high school, well above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 78%. Only the Czech Republic (93%), Estonia, the Slovak Republic and Poland (all at 91%) had higher proportions. The United States matched Canada at 90%.

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7. Approaches to E-Learning: Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada

“In contrast to the US where the idea is that we need to be proliferating this wave of the future in online learning,” explains Dr. Barbour, “Canada’s biggest question comes down to ‘Is this the best way for a child to learn at this time?’”

Both the US and Canada have seen similar levels of growth in the number students engaged in distance learning. But Canada primarily uses e-learning as a supplement to the classroom, while there is a much higher proportion of full-time e-learning in the US.

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8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 3: Personalized Learning

When you visualize educational transformation, what does success look like to you? How do you get there? One major component of transformation is the focus on Personalized Learning – a popular buzzword in the education space, and for good reason.

Education Transformation Framework

According to the OECD, Personalized Learning has the potential to overcome the socio-economic, time, and space limitations of traditional learning.1 So how have you and your school system been thinking about Personalized Learning?

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9. Canada’s University Libraries Are In Peril

Universities and colleges across Canada are having their budgets severely tightened for a host of reasons, some more rational than others. In this quest for slashing costs, libraries have found themselves on the chopping block. To many, this move represents an attack on the very idea of scholarship, and the undermining of the nation’s quest to be a leader in the knowledge economy.

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10. Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math.

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