May 2019 Newsletter

Spring is finally here, oops I mean summer!  We shift from flood damage to forest fires in our ever-changing, dynamic expression of weather patterns.

This issue focuses on some topical items for the spring and sets a stage for the end of the school year for many.  Please remember to pay it forward.

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In the News

Online Learning Graduation Requirement: Lessons from Michigan

  • CANeLearn invited Joe Freidhoff from Michigan Virtual to share some of his research on Michigan’s 2006 policy of online learning requirement for high school graduation.
  • Joe shares some of the research, but provides some advice for provinces that may be headed down that path, or contemplating it.
  • Check out Joe’s blog post here

CANeLearn on Ontario’s announcement for required eLearning courses for high school completion

  • The March 15 announcement continues to spark considerable discussion and debate in both main-stream and social media channels.
  • Unfortunately, a lot of the commentary included many discredited myths, misinformation, and pitted e-learning against classroom-based learning.
  • If you missed it, check out our summary response.
  • Read CANeLearn’s response here

Explore 24 Resources on Practices for Design & Delivery

  • Check out a compilation of practices for design and delivery of online learning from around the world
  • Brought to you by Contact North | Contact Nord (see more below)
  • Check out the lists here

How software company D2L revolutionized the way classrooms function 

  • When five twentysomethings founded D2L, technology was everywhere—except the classroom
  • So they decided to reboot the education system
  • Read the Maclean’s article here

Publication du onzième rapport sur la situation nationale du e-learning en M-12 au Canada

  • Cette édition du rapport sur la situation nationale du cyberapprentissage en M-12 au Canada en est à sa 11ème année, et c’est aussi la sixième fois que le Réseau canadien de cyberapprentissage (CANeLearn) nous soutient dans cette recherche.
  • Ce rapport suit l’édition relativement longue du dixième anniversaire, et le rapport annuel a subi des changements importants.
  • Cette 11ème édition décrit les changements survenus en lien avec la gouvernance et l’activité de cyberapprentissage au cours de l’année écoulée tant au niveau des provinces qu’à celui des territoires.
  • Voir plus ici

Featured Events

Featured Events

blendED 2019: Alberta Blended & Online Learning

October 23-25 in Edmonton

Registration open, but call for proposals closes May 31!


10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

The Future Of Education And Skills 2030

Dec 5-6 Centennial Secondary School, Coquitlam BC


2020 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together)

April 2-3, 2020 in Toronto

Evening keynote address // Full day skill building event

More info at

Archived keynote from BOLTT Ottawa 2019 available here


Digital Learning Collaborative Annual Conference

Save the date!  February 24-26, 2020 – Austin TX

Watch a 4-minute video summary of the first annual event here


Missed the CANeLearn – BC Partners Symposium?

Mark the dates for April 19-21, 2020 in Vancouver BC

Click here to see pictures, presentations, recorded sessions

Worth a look…


Twitter EDU – The Twitter Guide

  • From David Truss (@datruss)
  • A free online book: Your One-Stop-All-You-Need-To-Know-Guide to Twitter.
  • “The hardest part of Twitter is that it does not have a friendly entry point. Until you develop a network, it actually takes a bit of work to make it meaningful and rewarding.”
  • Filled with ‘live’ links to help you Tweet and Retweet as you read the book, Twitter EDU makes learning to use Twitter an engaging experience!
  • Find downloadable versions here

Must-Read Books on Online Learning from

  • A fascinating and powerful collection of books and articles of interest to those teaching online and at a distance, instructional designers, administrators and policymakers
  • Sorted list available here

From Signals to Seas of Change

  • Michael Fullan
  • A free article (5 free articles available) posted on the EdCan Network site
  • “deep system change in public education is inevitable over the next decade, and Canada is in a position to help lead the way ”
  • “It changes outcomes (namely toward global competencies); it changes pedagogy (by focusing on personally and collectively meaningful matters); and it alters context (where people pursue learning, and with whom)”
  • Fullan reports on advances in Ontario and Quebec as part of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning initiative
  • Read more here…

Blended Learning – Design, Delivery, and Engagement

  • “Combining online learning with a face-to-face experience dedicated to active learning has been found to be a very successful model for teaching effectiveness and student engagement and achievement.”
  • Practical advice and resources for successful blended learning courses
  • Read more here…

Rethinking Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age

Ten key developments changing the dynamics of universities and colleges:

  1. Student Expectations and Requirements are Changing.
  2. Flexibility is Shaping New Ways of Delivering Programs and Courses.
  3. Competency-based and Outcome-based Learning are Growing Quickly – expanding into fields which long resisted this move, especially for universities (colleges are already engaged in competency-based education (CBE) for a considerable time).
  4. Technology is Enabling New Approaches to teaching, learning, assessment, and administration.
  5. MOOCs are Offering Expanded Routes to the Delivery and Recognition of Learning, including for K-12 and college-based students.
  6. Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning are Changing – using video, simulation, virtual reality, as well as new forms of paper-based assessment.
  7. Governments are Rethinking Quality and Accountability.
  8. Equity Remains a Challenge, Despite Massification.
  9. e-Portfolios Are Emerging as Critical Resources for Students.
  10. The Roles of Faculty are Changing.

From the MVLRI Research Clearinghouse

Happy reading!


Adventures in Archives

2018 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference

Links to Padlet curations here:

Open Education Week 2019

Check out recordings from the March Open Education Week here

CCC Digital Learning Day

Links to archives from the February 2019 online event here


IT4K12 Conference Highlights

  • Recorded presentations from the November ERAC annual conference
  • Archives here

Archives of DLsymp19

  • Pictures, presentations, video recordings, and other items of interest from the April 7-9 event
  • Links to all here

See all CANeLearn archives here   (members only)