Spring is near, including the K-12 traditional Spring Break, and thoughts turn to new pursuits that take flight in the energy of the spring.
This newsletter features events of interest, news, and announcements. We celebrate the release of the tenth anniversary of the K12 State of the Nation research document and offer some research and articles for your spring break reading pleasure.
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Open Education Week 2018
- Join a webinar, see projects from around the world, or attend a live event.
- You can tweet a question or comment (#openeducationwk)
April 18-20, Richmond, BC
Annual Digital Learning Symposium brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network
Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments.
Tony Bates, Rod Allen, new models for online & blended learning
Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning
Upcoming PD – Mark your calendars!
blendED2018: Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium
- October 10-12, Edmonton AB
CIDER Session: State of the Nation — K12 E-Learning in Canada
- The latest issue of the report marks its 10th year and the fifth year of CANeLearn’s support of this research
- Join Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte for this CIDER session overview
- Info and link to join found here: http://cider.athabascau.ca/
New Archives Worth a Look
- Stephen Downes, topical panel sessions, Moodle sessions, Martin Dougiamas…
- Recording links posted in plenary sessions and those listed in Rooms 003 and 005
- No login required: some pre-conference sessions not full recordings…
- Creating a new culture of teaching and learning
- Requires login: start at the 15-minute mark
- Adobe Connect recordings and resources from the Open Conference
- Requires Adobe Connect plugin to view
- Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
- Follow @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
- Check out our Members’ Site
- Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!
In the News
State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada Updates
- The 10th anniversary edition of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study released
- Provincial, Territorial and Federal Profiles Updates
- New issue papers & vignettes
- French version released also!
- Check http://k12sotn.ca/
McDowell Foundation Award
- John Paul II High School (North Battleford, SK) is the recipient of the McDowell Foundation Award for Outstanding Research
- Time, Pace, Place: Using Flexible Design and Delivery to Support Learners
- Read more here
- Ramona Stillar, Carlo Hansen, and Tracie Harty will be presenting their research at the BC Digital Learning Symposium (http://sched.co/DCvv for session)
Steve Dotto’s Tech Toolkit
To boldly go… – from @dougpete
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:
- Student Expectations and Requirements are Changing.
- Flexibility is Shaping New Ways of Delivering Programs and Courses.
- 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).
- Technology is Enabling New Approaches to teaching, learning, assessment andadministration.
- MOOCs are Offering Expanded Routes to the Delivery and Recognition of Learning, including for K-12 and college based students.
- Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning are Changing – using video, simulation, virtual reality, as well as new forms of paper- based assessment.
- Governments are Rethinking Quality and Accountability.
- Equity Remains a Challenge, Despite Massification.
- e-Portfolios Are Emerging as Critical Resources for Students.
- The Roles of Faculty are Changing.
From Stephen Downes: Top Articles Worth Reading
Is Learning to Learn from MOOCs a Teachable Skill?
- Blog post from Joshua Kim with five assertions about learning online
- Check it out here
The Web We Weave: Curation in Action
- How do teachers apply specific curation tools?
- How do educators make decisions about where to curate, how to build their collections and when to share with others?
- How do educators weave the web we want?
- Read more here…
Global Digital Citizen Foundation – Interesting Blogs…
Edsurge Blog Posts on Technology in Schools
Adventures in Archives
2017 Leadership Summit
Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!
2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference
Presentation Padlet archives here:
blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium
Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:
Video Archive of Selected Presentations:
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