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August 20, 2015

MVLRI Research Collaborative – 8/26 @ 2pm EDT

Note this event next week…

MVLRI welcomes you to join our quarterly research meeting!

MVLRI Summer Research Collaborative: 8/26 at 2pm EDT

Our quarterly research collaborative meeting will be held next week, 8/26 at 2pm EDT. These meetings are designed for researchers in the field of K-12 online and blended learning to come together, get feedback on their work, and share any collaboration opportunities on grants, research, publications, etc.

This meeting will include any information our attendees want to share, as well as highlight some ongoing initiatives of MVLI and the research community more broadly, such as the Journal for Online Learning Research and upcoming conference dates.

Attendees can login at the time of the meeting at

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect ( and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window. We also encourage attendees to chat on Twitter using #MVLRIchat.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars, visit our Webinars Page. If you’re interested in presenting at one of our webinars, let us know!

Our latest podcast episode has been posted, featuring our interview with Sarah Luchs of Next Generation Learning Challenges.

Listen here.

If you were unable to attend our most recent webinar, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel. We enjoyed a very informative session from Randy Labonte of CANeLearn Ian O’Byrne of the College of Charleston, who presented an overview of research on open learning, including MOOCs, digital literacy, and OER.

You can watch the recording here.

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August 19, 2015

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Just Uploaded A Video

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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute has uploadedMVLRI Webinar: Open Learning
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

This session explores the research on emerging practices like OER, digital literacy and MOOCs, and examines the implications of open learning in relation to policy and further research.

Randy Labonte, CANeLearn
Ian O’Byrne, College of Charleston

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August 17, 2015

Darren Sudlow Invited You To Career Pathways In The IT Industry: Presented by Datacom SI

An early in the day entry for my Kiwi reads…

Join us for a presentation and Q&A on Career Pathways in the IT industry. Hosted by Ian Harding, Software Development Manager at Datacom SI, this is a fantastic opportunity students or teachers who want to get an insight into what the industry offers.


Career Pathways in the IT Industry: Presented by Datacom SI

Mon, August 24, 9:00 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free

Darren Sudlow is going to watch

August 13, 2015

Darren Sudlow Invited You To NetNZ Teacher Case Studies: Building Community

One for my Kiwi readers…

Join us for a first in a series of sessions with NetNZ eTeachers. Online learning enables significant opportunity to connect students no matter where they happen to be. The roll out of ultra fast internet is now providing us the opportunity to take the distance out of distance education. This session will focus on three teachers who have worked on developing interaction, connection and collaboration between their students. Each has done something slightly different to ensure students do not work in isolation and benefit from connecting with their peers.

Garry Brittenden will take us through how he has encouraged interaction through the use of provocative discussion.

Marina Krijgsman will demonstrate a knowledge building approach that encourages learning as collaborative, exploratory and relevant.

Darren Sudlow will share his project based Crafting History community that utilizes an online space as hub for a group of learners.


NetNZ Teacher Case Studies: Building Community

Wed, August 19, 11:30 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free

iNACOL Webinar | 8/20 – Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom

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Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom

Thursday, August 20, 2015
6:00pm – 7:00pm ET (register)

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Teacher Talk Webinar that will explore how Minecraft, a game-based learning platform, is entering classrooms and being used as a tool to personalize learning.

Lee Graham of the University of Alaska will lead the presentation and share how Minecraft targets literacy standards and links to Common Core state standards. She will share tools to monitor and control gaming in the classroom. She will explore how new game-based methods inspire students to design their own personalized learning experiences.

Although personalized learning does not require implementing technology into the learning process, it is difficult to support personalized learning without technology. Thus, game-based learning such as Minecraft can be used to differentiate instruction, to support flexible pacing, to intervene immediately, and to foster anytime, anywhere learning.

“Personalization theory pushes educators to empower students to have agency and set their own goals for learning,” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “The intersection of learning sciences and game-based learning can foment changes in driving student engagement. In particular, game-based learning offers new applications for teachers to help students take ownership of their learning and increase motivation, while tapping into unique interests for augmenting meaningful and authentic learning experiences.”

This webinar is free to attend, but please register here for final details and login information.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit

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