May Newsletter

Welcome to the May CANeLearn news. This issue announces the return of CANeLearn Live! webinars – reprise of some 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference sessions (see all archives here), along with news, sites, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!

Featured Events

Symposium Highlight Webinars: CANeLearn Live! series returns

  • Thursday, May 18 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    • 3D Animation for art & technology:  Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 2:00 pm Eastern
    • Adventures in Deep Learning
  • Thursday, May 25 – 2:00 pm Eastern
    • Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers?
  • Tuesday, June 6 – 3:30 pm Eastern
    • Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment

Click here to find out more or on the PD Calendar.

4T Virtual Conference: Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology – Free, online, May 20 – 22

CANeLearn Leadership Summit – August 24 & 25

  • Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
  • Details to be announced

2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference – October 13

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

  • 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

Stay Connected!


Free MOOC: Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

  • This 4-week MOOC from edX & Microsoft Education started Monday
  • Register or find more information here

CANeLearn YouTube Channel

  • Our new YouTube channel contains recordings from all of the CANeLearn webinars, as well as featured webinars from iNACOL, MVLRI, and CIDER: Subscribe to our YouTube channel here

2017 Symposium Curated Site

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

In the news…

From the Canadian Education Association (CEA)

  • To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media
  • This MediaSmarts study shows how teens carefully compose, select, and edit the photos they share on social media to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. Some of the unwritten rules the teens followed when making decisions about privacy and publicity on photo-sharing platforms include:
    • Posting only “safe” photos that steer away from controversial topics like politics, religion, sexuality, and race;
    • Not taking a screenshot of someone’s Snapchat photo;
    • Not connecting with strangers online (although they had a very narrow definition of what a “stranger” was);
    • “Looking good” in every photo, but being careful not to present themselves in a sexualized context.
  • Read more here (PDF)
From eSchoolNews: 5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning
  1. More student choice and responsibility for learning
  2. Digitzation
  3. Personalized learning for every student
  4. New pedagogical models – yet unknown
  5. New technologies – yet unknown
The new Creative Commons Search (beta)
From Contact North: A searchable directory of 90 Canadian researchers of online, blended and distance education
  • Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions.
  • It features the researcher’s interests and their top 3 cited publications in the past 5 years.
  • They are hoping to expand the list – please pass on to others.
  • Find out more here.

Bookmark for your summer reading…

Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment | Enseigner les compétences pour l’environnement en ligne (PDF)
  • Heather Marie Farmer, Jennifer Ramsdale
  • A study of key competency areas for online educators
  • The Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix includes five competency areas:
    • Community & Netiquette,
    • Active Teaching/Facilitating,
    • Instructional Design,
    • Tools & Technology, and
    • Leadership & Instruction
  • Read more here
OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF)

  • Second report in a series from MVLRI focused on a state-wide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island
  • A total of seven themes were identified from the interviews and focus groups as being crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level:
    1. Assessing Needs for Personalizing an Implementation Plan
    2. Stakeholders Balancing Their Roles and the Learning Process
    3. Breaking Down Silos to Cultivate Reciprocal Learning Opportunities for All Stakeholders
    4. Building Buy-in Through Constant and Transparent Communication
    5. Establishing Mini Pilots Within Schools
    6. Empowering Teachers Using a Train-the-Trainer, Sustainable Professional Development Model
    7. Letting Go of Perfection and Control, Embracing the Art of Failing Forward, and Cultivating a Safe Space for Change
  • Each of these themes is described using participant data in the report found here

More from the MVLRI Library