February 2019 Newsletter


As winter drags through the end of February and well into March, here is hoping that many of you will be “dipping your toes” in a pool somewhere or “popping in” to see what is going on outside your school/office window during the upcoming Spring Break.

This month we feature spring PD events with upcoming registrations deadlines, as well as new reports and research of interest to digital learning educators.

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Featured Events

Featured Events

CANeLearn – BC Partners Digital Learning Symposium

April 7-9 in Vancouver

Fostering Inquiry: Personal Learning in Digital Environments

  • Sunday Pre-Summit Google, O365, AR/VR, Coding & More…

  • Only $95 for hands-on, engaging digital learning – includes opening keynote and social! — A separate event of its own — Join us Sunday only, or for all 3 days!!

Info/Registration at

DLAC Inaugural Conference: Austin TX

April 1-3: Visit to register

Saskatchewan IT Summit 

May 6/7 in Saskatoon

2019 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together)

May 9-10 in Ottawa

Optional evening keynote address // Full day skill building event

More info at

CNIE Conference 2019 – Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations

May 21-24, 2019 | Vancouver, British Columbia

More information here

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In the News

CIDER Online Session March 6

A MindShare Learning Moment

  • Podcast of a conversation with Michael Barbour, Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California.
  • Michael has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator.
  • Click here to listen…

2019 Open Education Week

  • March 4-8 Virtual/Online – Free
  • A celebration of the global Open Education Movement designed to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide, the free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.
  • Find out more here

blendED 2019: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium

April 23-25

Video Archive of 2017 Presentations:


Connected reading during the break…


Horizon Report Preview 2019

  • Trends, challenges, and important developments in edtech
  • HigherEd edition
  • Check it out here

Top 3 Models of Blended Learning: Pros and Cons

  • Blended Learning is emerging as a dominant instructional strategy for implementation of new curriculum
  • Check out this short summary of three general models and their pros and cons
  • PDF document here

Universal Design for Learning: Three Aces Up Our IT Sleeves

  • By implementing UDL, higher education IT leaders can have a profound, quiet, positive (dare we say, sneaky?) impact on learner persistence, retention, and satisfaction—all while fostering best practices and reducing the number of unplanned urgent IT requests.
  • Read more here

Should schools ban spiral notebooks?

  • Given the numerous ways students can use their notebooks to derail learning, it’s a wonder that most schools still permit them in class, right? … Hold on a sec…
  • Read more here

IT4K12 Conference Highlights

  • Recorded presentations from the November ERAC annual conference
  • Sit back, relax, and listen to sessions on cybersecurity, VR, the latest tools from Google and Microsoft, and skillsets for future learners
  • Archives here

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications

  • A fascinating and powerful collection of papers exploring the foundations of online technology-enabled learning and the applications of these developments in practice
  • Several Canadian authors make contributions
  • Free PDF eBook available here

Happy reading!


Adventures in Archives

2018 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference

Check out links to Padlet’s used to curate all the resources and presentatons:


OpenCon2019: K-12 Open Educational Resources PD

Check out recordings from the January OpenCon2019 posted at 


See all CANeLearn archives here (members only)