Greetings all.  This email is a quick update and mark your calendars for upcoming events sponsored by the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) as part of our Centre for Innovation, of which Verena is its CIO.  This message is being sent to all members and those who signed up for the CANeLearn newsletter.  Please forward this email as appropriate as our second webinar in our CANeLearn members series is again open to everyone.

CANeLearn members have been busy building the foundations for our organization and are pleased to announce the launch of our Centre for Innovation.  While we are early in finalizing functional website with database for research, our online community for members to share, network, and learn with each other will be launched in early January.  Today we are launching the online PD webinar series and shared PD calendar.
Mark your calendars for January 12 at 3:00 pm Eastern for our second member webinar series – again open to everyone.  Join members from Argyll Centre, Edmonton as they provide an overview of data-driven online and blended learning for at-risk students.  Register here:  https://CANeLearnWebinar1.eventbrite.com
Other sessions are planned for January 30 and in the spring.  We have an active public PD Google calendar posted on our website (http://canelearn.net/) that you can check out or sync to.  It lists events of specific interest to CANeLearn members and those active in blended and online learning.
CANeLearn Google PD Calendar:

Questions?  Please let me know.  If you have not signed up for the newsletter due out in January as yet, please click the link below to do so:
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On behalf of the CANeLearn Board of Directors and members, Verena and I wish you the best for a relaxing holiday break.  We are all looking forward to 2015 as we continue to grow our network and organization.
Yours in learning,

Randy

R. LaBonte
CEO
Canadian eLearning Network
http://CANeLearn.net

Cell: 250-701-7485
rlabonte@canelearn.net
rlabonte23
@rlabonte

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Online PD Session Monday, January 12: Using Data to Inform Teaching Practice with At-risk Students in Online and Blended Learning Environments – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • In this webinar you will be provided an overview of how data is used to shape teaching practices in blended and online learning at Argyll Centre, Edmonton.
  • This member webinar is sponsored by the Canadian E-Learning Network and is presented by a member organization – Argyll Centre.

Register here:  https://CANeLearnWebinar1.eventbrite.com

  • An email will be sent to you the day before the event with the link to the Blackboard Collaborate webinar room.
January 30, 2015, 2-3 pm EDT

Leadership Perspectives from Canada’s Online & Blended Learning Programs

  • Hosted by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
Upcoming Conferences
  • Check out the upcoming member-based provincial events
    • Digital Learning Conference April 19-21 in Vancouver, BC: Information at http://conference.learnnowbc.ca/
    • BlendED October 25-27 in Edmonton, AB: More information posted soon
 

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CANeLearn Centre for Innovation

  • A Pan-Canadian English 10 project is in the planning stages, starting with curriculum mapping and integrating materials provided by teachers from across Canada.  Target date for completion is June 2015.  Content and material will be available to teachers from within the Canvas platform (a supporting partner), or will be exportable from Canvas for use on another LMS.
  • If you are interested in contributing to the project, please email Verena at verenaroberts@CANeLearn.net
  • Doug Petersen has offered to support a team of teachers to meet and learn about blogging. Doug will share their blogs and information through CANeLearn’s network and blog site.  
  • If you are interested in this project, please sign up here: 
  • A proposal was submitted for doing research on building trust online.  The proposal was done in partnership with Michigan Virtual Research Institute and the University of Victoria, and it is hoped it will help support interest in CANeLearn and its work.
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Research & State of the Nation

  • CANeLearn is a partner in the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute/iNACOL Research Clearinghouse (http://k12onlineresearch.org/rmwp?&func=advSearch) and will be contributing to the database as well as building its own specific to Canadian research
  • CANeLearn has launched the next iteration of the State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (https://virtualschool.wikispaces.com/canada) and has sent out email requests for updated information from provincial contacts
  • A call will go out to specific individuals for “vignettes” to provide insight into innovative practices, and members or interested parties are welcome to contact us to contribute to the research
  • Materials will be compiled on the new WordPress website and tagged for searching.
  • Sponsorship has been solicited with the following sponsors confirmed: Desire2Learn Corporation, LEARN, Heritage Christian School, Virtual High School, and i-edit
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Meet your Board Members