June Newsletter

Welcome to the June CANeLearn news. This issue announces the program for the CANeLearn Leadership Summit – Toronto August 24/25 and the April 19-21 BC Digital Learning Conference (in partnership with CANeLearn.  May webinar archives can be found here.  We also include news, links, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!

Featured Events

CANeLearn Leadership Summit

August 24 & 25 – downtown Toronto

  • Leading K-12 & post-secondary practitioners from across Canada
  • Award-winning Canadian e-learning program showcase
  • Strategies for addressing critical e-learning leadership issues

David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario

  • Rethinking learning resources
  • Rethinking learning experiences
  • Rethinking recognition of learning

eLearning Ontario (eLO) Team 

  • Updates & priorities
  • Challenges & opportunities
  • New directions for elearning

Consortium Partners & Practitioners

Or email
Hotel and Venue
Guest room rates $209 for the event & weekend following – a $200 savings — limited availability!

Book your room now!

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

BC Digital Learning Symposium – April 19-21, 2018

  • Westin Wall Centre Richmond
  • Mark your calendars!  More details to follow

Stay Connected!


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

Canadian Copyright Decision Tool

Creative Commons Search Tool
Directory of Canada online research
  • Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions.
  • Find out more here.

In the news…

À partir de REFAD

  • Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone
  • L’équipe du REFAD tient à remercier M. Robert Grégoire pour la mise en oeuvre du projet.
Choose Your Voice is online!

  • Choose Your Voice is a free, ERAC approved, curriculum-based, award-winning teaching resource for middle and secondary school
  • Register:
  • Brought to you by FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together)
International Students and Online Learning

  • A working group on International Students and online learning emerged from this year’s CANeLearn Symposium.
  • The group, coordinated by Lee Blanding, is made up of educators from BC and Ontario, discussed common problems and potential solutions for dealing with this (rapidly growing) demographic.
  • The working group will be meeting again in the near future, email to join!
From CEA distance education

  • Distance Education that Works: Enhancing educational opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador’s rural and remote high schools through eLearning
  • With quality online distance education, the size and location of a school is irrelevant in determining its ability to offer rural students essential programs and courses.
  • Read how Newfoundland and Labrador’s virtual high school (CDLI) makes the province’s high school curriculum available to rural and remote schools via eLearning.

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

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