October 2021 Newsletter

Photo credit: Ellen Kinsel

Welcome to the October CANeLearn News

Fall colours invite us to take time to reflect on transitions of seasons, time, and the changes surrounding us we have little influence over.  In education we serve the needs and interests of our students and their parents, we respond to the shifting world surrounding us and do our best to help make it better.  As the leaves and rains fall, we at CANeLearn hope you find strength and renewed purpose and find the hidden treasures in life’s simple changes…

This month we are pleased to announce our partnership with BlendEd BC and our partners in Western Canada to support the 19th Annual Digitial Learning Symposium – a return to in-person learning at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre!   We hope you can join us in Vancouver as we enjoy the west coast’s transition of seasons amidst spring blossoms.  Plan to stay longer in Vancouver as our preferred hotel rate has been extended both before and after our April 6-8 event dates.


2022 Digital Learning Symposium!

April 6-8, 2022 – Delta Burnaby Hotel for in-person learning!


Early bird registration still available!


Call for proposals – Share with others


Book your hotel room at the 2020 rate – $185!

Rate available before and after the event

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Begin Your Learning Journey

Start your learning journey here by exploring more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

Link to website here


Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

In March 2018, CBC News launched Beyond 94, a website that monitors progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. While the content is continually updated, in September 2021, CBC reviewed the progress status of each of the 94 calls to action. The site provides up-to-date status reports on each call to action, as well as extensive summaries explaining those status reports. It includes in-depth features and short video documentaries that tell some of the community stories behind the calls to action. It also features residential school survivors sharing their experiences.

Link to website here


Digital Badging for K12 is a badging system that starts from a custom community badge Passport perspective, rather than inside the LMS. It’s based on the same technology that same as CanCred. It will associate schools, teachers, and students and allow students to share badges publicly when they are old enough (age 16 in Canada). The initial implementation is for digital fluency (non-credit). See more about a test case that is being watched with interest.

Video and slides here


Data from the Christensen Institute reveals pandemic hybrid learning trends

Key findings:

  • Teachers’ experiences during the pandemic varied widely.
  • “Room and Zoom” was the most common hybrid arrangement.
  • “Room and Zoom” hybrid learning was not popular among teachers.
  • Despite—or perhaps because of—these experiences, a substantial number of leaders are implementing long-term online learning.

Read the full article here


EMSB proud to be part of the new Quebec Online Alliance

Quebec Online Alliance officially launched in the last week of September for teachers, students, and parents. The Quebec Online Alliance (QOA) is a remarkable achievement as it marks the first time seven English school boards (EMSB, CQSB, ETSB, NFSB, RSB, SWLSB, WQSB) of the province have come together to offer a unified online service to those students who have been granted a medical exemption for the 2021-22 school year. The QOA is being coordinated by LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network).

Read the full article here


Professional Learning for Ontario Educators

OECM, in collaboration with Dell Technologies and Advanced Learning Partnerships, is pleased to offer exclusive access to a portfolio of free, high-quality Professional Learning (PL) experiences. These virtual sessions have been specially curated and designed by and for Ontario’s K-12 and post-secondary educators (i.e. faculty members, principals, teachers, coaches, classroom educators, etc.)

Link to the website here (includes links to recordings of past sessions and schedule of future sessions)


A Cross-Institutional Study of Instructional Characteristics and Student Outcomes: Are Quality Indicators of Online Courses Able to Predict Student Success?

Design and organization, instructor interactions, and content design and delivery are important to students’ experiences in online courses, but not for all students – we must do more to consider and design for underrepresented students and students with disabilities’ needs in online learning spaces.

Read the full article here

Photo by @felipepelaquim on Unsplash 


Classroom Activities

Online or Face-to-Face


Photo by Zbyněk Skrčený on Unsplash

Child Friendly Calls to Action

PDF booklet is a youth-friendly guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action.


Resources for the Digital Classroom


Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

WEBSITES you didn’t know you NEEDED to know!!

A collection of video resources of websites you did not know you need!  From Jen Giffen’s BlendEd BC Demo Slam
Yes, Jen won the Demo Slam!

From previous newsletters…

Back to School 2021-2022: Create a plan that leverages tech effectively and supports students’ digital well-being

Identify the best teaching tools for your classroom. Engage students and families around positive tech use. Support students’ emotional development as they use media for learning and for life. Links to resources.

Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All
When we try to replicate classroom experiences in an online environment, it’s easy to think of video conferencing as our go-to tool for all sorts of learning objectives—and for good reason. Most of us have participated in a video conference at work or had a video chat with friends or family at some point. We like the idea of being able to see and hear our students while interacting with them in real time just like we do when teaching face to face. But there are two key factors that make this approach problematic.

Teaching Online Resources
The online teaching experience involves pedagogical methods that can be very different from those that many instructors are accustomed to using in a face-to-face environment. Fostering self-directed learning in a digital environment, conceptualizing the learning goals and methods of assessments, requires learner-centered practices and intentional instructional design.  Includes resources providing foundational support for teaching online.

Frameworks, Tools, Resources
A directory of links to resources compiled by BCcampus. Updated frequently.

Information Directory: Blogs and Opinions, Books and Videos, News, Research and Reports
An information directory created to fill the need for Canadian-based information, specifically British Columbia, on open education; however, content from many English-speaking countries is included. This is an ongoing resource that is updated as information becomes available.

Embracing Ways of Knowing
BCcampus supported the co-creation of the OER Pulling Together: A Guide for the Indigenization of Post-secondary Institutions. These resources are designed to

  • Engage with varying audiences, including administration and educational leadership, teaching faculty, student services personnel, researchers, and instructional designers;
  • Include resources and considerations on meaningful and authentic engagement;
  • Supplement rather than replace training currently offered.

Conferencing Tools for teaching & learning: Best practices
Included are considerations for general etiquette, hosting virtual office hours, facilitating group work and presentations, lecturing, showing videos, hosting external presenters, and managing the space. Additionally, theoretical frameworks to support best practices when teaching online are provided.

A UK program of professional learning by and for teachers to support the pedagogy of blended learning. BlendEd helps teachers, school leaders, and other educators design effective teaching and learning that makes the most of digital technologies – in the classroom and from home, live and self-paced, in-person and online.

Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment
Useful ideas for creating and using rubrics with guidelines for assessing a wide variety of activities, including e-portfolios, video and multimedia projects, teamwork, and research process.

Tips to Make Your LMS Content Accessible
While focused on Moodle, the information contained in this post can be applied to any LMS.

Designing for Accessibility (PDF posters) 
Includes tips for designing content for accessibility for special needs such as autism, dyslexia, users of screen readers, low vision, physical or motor disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing, and anxiety.


An Important Distance Learning Resource for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Wide Open School offers free learning activities for all grades. Students can browse activities related to various subjects including social studies, emotional wellbeing, reading and writing, math, arts, music, science, English language learning, digital citizenship, and more. Within each of these activities, you can search for materials by grade level or search label. You can for instance search for activities that include videos, worksheets, lessons, etc. Some of these activities offer free downloadable materials. You can also share them to Google Classroom.


Tools for Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning, or PBL, challenges students to design and engage in more authentic, extended, and complex learning. But while PBL is a trusted strategy for increasing student engagement and learning, it’s not easy to orchestrate. If you’re doing it right, students will be engaging in a variety of interest-driven projects all with various needs and on different schedules. So how do you manage it all? Tech can be a huge help. This list gathers some useful productivity and organization tools that can help both teachers and students keep track of, finish, and assess projects. There are also a few tools designed specifically for PBL, as well as plug-and-play PBL experiences. Learn about these tools here


Rough Guide for Spotting Bad Science

Being able to evaluate the evidence behind a scientific claim is important. Being able to recognize bad science reporting, or faults in scientific studies is equally important. Includes 12 points to help separate the science from the pseudoscience. Download the PDF here


ABC Learning Design 

Spreadsheet template to facilitate the collaborative design of learning scenarios. Check it out here


CANeLearn’s Emergency Remote Teaching Resources, Tools, Ideas 

  • CANeLearn has published a page with a collection of resources from other organizations, emerging tools, and ideas about pivoting to remote teaching
  • Check it out here


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Adventures in Archives


Check out links to past CANeLearn events

Featured Event

  • CANeLearn researched what K-12 school districts across Canada have offered in the way of programming and supports during the pandemic.  Check out the research project website for reports, recordings, and slide decks.

All archives here

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