Welcome to the April CANeLearn news. This issue announces the launch of our Facebook page and YouTube channel, offers you a glimpse of the archives from the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference, along with news, sites, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!


Featured Events

Global Leadership Week – April 24 – April 28
  • Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education.
  • GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.
  • The Global Education Conference Network is the primary organizer of Global Leadership Week.
ACE 2017 – Adult Centred Education Conference – May 18 & 19, 2017

blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium – October 25-27, 2017

  • Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces!
  • 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Now Open!
Canada Moodle Moot 2018 – February 21-24, 2018

Stay Connected!


Announcements

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER that feature our projects or our members.
  • We also have some recordings from the CANeLearn Symposium, PTDEA 2016, and the Canadian K-12 Online Leaders Summit along with several other non-CANeLearn conferences, videos, and other playlists of interest.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVrsvfsX_QXLF7n5zCVrSA

2017 Symposium Curated Site

  • Check out links to documents, notes, and some recorded sessions from the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium and BC Digital Learning Conference
  • The Curated Content & Discussion Site will remain online and is free to access

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

MindShareLearning Podcast – State of the Nation Research

  • Exclusive podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report
  • Podcast link & info here

In the news…

Study challenges cost and price myths of online education

  • The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of distance education providers found.
  • Read more here

Panorama des pratiques en formation à 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.
  • Read

The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks | University Affairs

  • Professor Arthur Gill Green traces his conversion to using open educational resources, or OER, back to a specific day in his introductory geography class in 2010.
  • It’s no coincidence that Dr. Green teaches in British Columbia – if OER has an origin story in Canada, it’s with an organization called BCcampus.

From Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute – Supporting New Learning Models

Games Used in K-12 Schools: A Research Perspective

  • One of the threads in research for technology integration literature is the need to create more authentic and engaging learning experiences in schools.

Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities

  • As online enrollments increase, there is a growing need to examine strategies with the potential to improve course outcomes, especially since students in online courses tend to have less success compared to their face-to-face counterparts.

Examining Teacher Education Programs and Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning Environments

  • The continued growth of online education, together with the fact that it is becoming an increasingly mainstream option for students, necessitates that teachers know how to teach in an online learning environment. Consequently, teacher education programs should prepare them to do so.

What if the internet stopped working for a day?? – From BBC


Worth a look…

Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD)

Are you interested in…

  • Rethinking your f2f delivery to engage a blended learning model
  • Integrating emerging technologies into your practice
  • Becoming a leader in distance learning design and delivery
  • A fully online graduate program with no residency requirements and summers off
    …then OLTD is for you!

For information visit oltd.viu.ca or email mary.oneill@viu.ca

BOLT – Athabasca University – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

  • Are you interested in digital learning? Would you like to explore the latest digital technologies and teaching philosophies for educating 21st century learners?
  • BOLT offers K-12 professionals the opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development and to explore opportunities and innovative approaches in flexible, sustainable education.
  • Check out http://cde.athabascau.ca/bolt/