Welcome to the June CANeLearn news. This issue announces the program for the CANeLearn Leadership Summit – Toronto August 24/25 and the April 19-21 BC Digital Learning Conference (in partnership with CANeLearn. May webinar archives can be found here. We also include news, links, and articles of interest. Scroll down for more!
CANeLearn Leadership Summit
August 24 & 25 – downtown Toronto
- Leading K-12 & post-secondary practitioners from across Canada
- Award-winning Canadian e-learning program showcase
- Strategies for addressing critical e-learning leadership issues
David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario
- Rethinking learning resources
- Rethinking learning experiences
- Rethinking recognition of learning
eLearning Ontario (eLO) Team
- Updates & priorities
- Challenges & opportunities
- New directions for elearning
Consortium Partners & Practitioners
- OCeLC, OeLC, CAVLFO, CANeLearn
- Exemplary Practices;
- Cross-Canada Perspectives;
- Structured Dialogue;
Or email info@CANeLearn.net
Hotel and Venue
Guest room rates $209 for the event & weekend following – a $200 savings — limited availability!
2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Annual Conference – October 13
- Intercontinental hotel, downtown Toronto ON
- Call for presentations open
blendED: Alberta’s Blended & Online Symposium – October 25-27
- Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta
- The focus of the 3-day symposium is on applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces!
- York University, Toronto ON
BC Digital Learning Symposium – April 19-21, 2018
- Westin Wall Centre Richmond
- Mark your calendars! More details to follow
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CANeLearn YouTube Channel
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Canadian Copyright Decision Tool
Copyright Decision Tool from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada: http://copyrightdecisiontool.ca/
- Use the CC search to find open resources
- More information here
- Contact North | Contact Nord created a directory of online, blended and distance learning researchers from Canada’s post-secondary and national research institutions.
- Find out more here.
In the news…
À partir de REFAD
- Panorama des pratiques en formation à distance au Canada francophone
- L’équipe du REFAD tient à remercier M. Robert Grégoire pour la mise en oeuvre du projet.
Choose Your Voice is online!
- Choose Your Voice is a free, ERAC approved, curriculum-based, award-winning teaching resource for middle and secondary school
- Register: www.chooseyourvoice.ca
- Brought to you by FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together)
International Students and Online Learning
- A working group on International Students and online learning emerged from this year’s CANeLearn Symposium.
- The group, coordinated by Lee Blanding, is made up of educators from BC and Ontario, discussed common problems and potential solutions for dealing with this (rapidly growing) demographic.
- The working group will be meeting again in the near future, email email@example.com to join!
From CEA distance education
- Distance Education that Works: Enhancing educational opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador’s rural and remote high schools through eLearning
- With quality online distance education, the size and location of a school is irrelevant in determining its ability to offer rural students essential programs and courses.
- Read how Newfoundland and Labrador’s virtual high school (CDLI) makes the province’s high school curriculum available to rural and remote schools via eLearning.
Bookmark for your summer reading…
Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment | Enseigner les compétences pour l’environnement en ligne (PDF)
- Heather Marie Farmer, Jennifer Ramsdale
- A study of key competency areas for online educators
- The Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix includes five competency areas:
- Community & Netiquette,
- Active Teaching/Facilitating,
- Instructional Design,
- Tools & Technology, and
- Leadership & Instruction
- Read more here…
- Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF)
- Second report in a series from MVLRI focused on a state-wide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island
- A total of seven themes were identified from the interviews and focus groups as being crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level:
- Assessing Needs for Personalizing an Implementation Plan
- Stakeholders Balancing Their Roles and the Learning Process
- Breaking Down Silos to Cultivate Reciprocal Learning Opportunities for All Stakeholders
- Building Buy-in Through Constant and Transparent Communication
- Establishing Mini Pilots Within Schools
- Empowering Teachers Using a Train-the-Trainer, Sustainable Professional Development Model
- Letting Go of Perfection and Control, Embracing the Art of Failing Forward, and Cultivating a Safe Space for Change
- Each of these themes is described using participant data in the report found here
More from the MVLRI Library
Findings presented are based on data reported to the state by Michigan public schools, including those from LEAs, PSAs and Intermediate School Districts.
This study, the second in a series examining the shifts in the roles and responsibilities of K-12 educators as a result of evolving instructional models, focuses on teachers implementing elements of blended learning in their classrooms.
In 2016, the Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT) at Teachers College, Columbia University, received a fellowship from MVLRI to investigate learning pathways in Algebra 1A courses offered byMichigan Virtual School.
This report begins discussion on the topic of credit recovery by testifying to the concept that students who have different reasons for taking online courses perform differently.
As discussed iniEducator 21st Century Digital Learning Corps: Program Design and Reflection, (part one of the series) iEds were asked to contribute regularly to publicly available blogs (the focus of part two of this series).
From December 7 to 12, 2016, Public Sector Consultants Inc. (PSC) conducted a telephone poll with 800 adult residents of Michigan to obtain their opinions about online learning opportunities for public school students in the state.
This report provides an overview of the literature on the use of digital games in education with a focus on K-12 students and will provide practical recommendations on the use of specific games, game genres, and categories.
As online enrollments increase, there is a growing need to examine strategies with the potential to improve course outcomes, especially since students in online courses tend to have less success compared to their face-to-face counterparts (Freidhoff, 2016; Miron, G., Gulosino & Horvitz, 2014). One strategy that shows promise is to provide students with an on-site mentor in addition to their online teacher.