November News

November 26, 2015

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Mark your calendars

  • Webinar Wednesday next week (1 pm Eastern) is a presentation on Simulators and CTS programming. Learn how ADLC teaches introductory welding with no danger, no consumables and no welding experience!
  • Scroll down for more information or check out our Online Webinars page here, or our Google PD Calendar here.

Award winners announced

  • Alison Slack (OeLC), iNACOL Award; Sun West SD, CEA Award, details below

New research (see below)


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Webinar Wednesday: Simulators and CTS programming – December 2nd at 1 pm Eastern

Join Jacalyn Watson, Alberta Distance Learning Centre, to learn how ADLC teaches introductory welding with no danger, no consumables and no welding experience!

  • Learn how ADLC introduces students to working on a service rig using a computer based simulator designed for new employees in the industry? Or maybe using million dollar Forestry simulators that create a realistic but safe environment?
  • See what your school or classroom could look like through the use of welding, rig service and forestry simulators delivered in partnership with the Alberta Distance Learning Centre!
  • Information and video on their Forestry simulator can be found here:

Where?  Online in Collaborate:

2016 Digital Learning Conference: Transforming Learning: Innovation and Opportunities in DL and Beyond

Other webinar and PD events, including URL/locations, can be found on our Online Webinars page here or our Google PD Calendar here.

2015 iNACOL Award Winner – Alison Slack, OeLC

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) 2015 Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award winner is Alison Slack from the Ontario eLearning Consortium.  The annual iNACOL Innovator Awards distinguish individuals for exceptional research, innovative learning practices, and outstanding contributions in blended and online learning.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL’s President and CEO, said, “It is my great honor to recognize the recipients of the 2015 iNACOL Innovator Awards, as these individuals are shaping the future of education through the creation of learning systems that expand access, catalyze change, and yield greater equity. Nominated by colleagues and peers, this year’s award winners represent the astonishing international paradigm shift toward personalized learning.”

Alison was recognized for her outstanding efforts with the grassroots organization which is a partnership of Ontario School Boards.  Since 2001 the OeLC and Alison have worked to support its partners to deliver online secondary Ontario courses, develop resources, tools and procedures, perform quality assurance, support teachers, and increase learning opportunities for students.  Find out more here.

Canadian Innovators in Education Award Winner

Canadian Education Association (CEA) and Reader’s Digest Canada recognized three award-winning school districts that are leading lasting and system-changing K-12 initiatives.  Second prize was awarded to the Sun West School Division of Rosetown, SK for their district-wide blended learning system.  Congratulations to those involved in this leading blended learning approach!
Find out more about the CEA award here.  More about Sun West innovations can be found here.

Of interest…

Check out these research articles

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