State of the Nation

The signature research project of the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study undertaken by lead researcher Michael Barbour.  The purpose of this comprehensive study is to examine the current state of all forms of K-12 e-learning (i.e., distance, online and blended learning) in Canada.  This ongoing research study, which began in 2008, documents the state of Canadian K-12 distance, online and blended learning and proposes an agenda for further improvement of e-learning in Canada.  The study updates the provincial, territorial, and federal governance and activity of K-12 e-learning in each jurisdiction, along with providing vignettes to illustrate a variety of those individuals and programs providing these e-learning opportunities.

The print publication provides a comprehensive guide for those involved in the field of education who are interested in or involved with K-12 online learning.  In addition to the printed report, the research study also maintains a project website, available at:

In addition to the annual reports, the State of the Nation research team also develop policy briefs.  These reports represent research on topics related to K-12 e-learning in Canada beyond the content contained in the annual reports, and are released as separate documents.  Check them out here.

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