In this issue…

  • Member spotlight: Navigate program
  • 2017 CANeLearn Symposium update – April 5-7 Vancouver
  • BCtechquity Symposium archive
  • Alberta blendED 2016 – October 23-25 Edmonton
  • CANeLearn Board of Directors Retreat – July 6-8 Kelowna
  • Membership renewals
  • Worth a quick look…

Member Spotlight: Navigate (powered by NIDES)

In 2012, North Island Distance Education School (NIDES) migrated away from its correspondence school roots to embrace a student-centric blended learning model.  The new model, Navigate, launched several unique programs that required both online and classroom-based interactions between and among students, teachers, and even parents.  The school also established full time Independent Learning Centres at all three secondary schools in the Comox Valley with the goal of maximizing timetable/program flexibility.  Programs use flexible and personalized learning approaches available through distributed learning online and evolving curriculum and instructional practices, providing teachers the freedom to structure time differently, enabling a student-centred design to come to fruition.

Navigate has continued its history of innovation and was awarded the 2014 iNACOL Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award (, which recognizes learning practices, new research and individual achievements in the field of blended and online learning.

Read more about Navigate here

Featured Events

The 2017 CANeLearn Symposium (& BC DL Conference)

Vancouver Westin Bayshore Resort April 5-8, 2017

Gateway to downtown & Stanley Park

Watch for keynote and call for proposals announcement next week!

blendED 2016: October 23-25, 2016

blendED 2016 Symposium registration is now open at

BCtechquity Symposium

  • Leading change and supporting teachers to leverage technological advances and social assets in service of equitable learning for all students in British Columbia – event archives here

Stay Connected!

In the news…

  • CANeLearn is pleased to announce a partnership with, a new Canadian cloud service for awarding and sharing Open Badge eCredentials, also known as micro-credentials – more information can be found here (Open Badges and CanCred will be in focus at the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium)
  • CANeLearn Board of Directors Retreat – July 6-8 Kelowna – the board will be reviewing the strategic plan and mapping out new directions for our network – add your input and thoughts by emailing
  • Membership renewal invoices will be sent to registered members soon – interested in joining? – see
  • CANeLearn AGM will be held online in September – watch for announcements in August

Worth a read…

Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement at a Cyber High School: Jered Borup

  • Distance education has historically contained little or no learner–learner interactions.  Currently the Internet allows for unprecedented levels of learner–learner interaction and has the potential to transform how students learn online.
  • However, many courses offered online focus more on flexibility and independence than on interaction and collaboration.  Often it is up to the teacher to decide how much learner–learner interaction their courses contain.
  • Little research has examined how online high school teachers perceive, value, and facilitate learner–learner interactions.
  • Read about this case study that identified four student behaviors that positively impact student engagement and learning here