Spring is finally here, oops I mean summer! We shift from flood damage to forest fires in our ever-changing, dynamic expression of weather patterns.
This issue focuses on some topical items for the spring and sets a stage for the end of the school year for many. Please remember to pay it forward.
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In the News
Online Learning Graduation Requirement: Lessons from Michigan
- CANeLearn invited Joe Freidhoff from Michigan Virtual to share some of his research on Michigan’s 2006 policy of online learning requirement for high school graduation.
- Joe shares some of the research, but provides some advice for provinces that may be headed down that path, or contemplating it.
- Check out Joe’s blog post here
CANeLearn on Ontario’s announcement for required eLearning courses for high school completion
- The March 15 announcement continues to spark considerable discussion and debate in both main-stream and social media channels.
- Unfortunately, a lot of the commentary included many discredited myths, misinformation, and pitted e-learning against classroom-based learning.
- If you missed it, check out our summary response.
- Read CANeLearn’s response here
Explore 24 Resources on Practices for Design & Delivery
- Check out a compilation of practices for design and delivery of online learning from around the world
- Brought to you by Contact North | Contact Nord (see more below)
- Check out the lists here
How software company D2L revolutionized the way classrooms function
- When five twentysomethings founded D2L, technology was everywhere—except the classroom
- So they decided to reboot the education system
- Read the Maclean’s article here
Publication du onzième rapport sur la situation nationale du e-learning en M-12 au Canada
- Cette édition du rapport sur la situation nationale du cyberapprentissage en M-12 au Canada en est à sa 11ème année, et c’est aussi la sixième fois que le Réseau canadien de cyberapprentissage (CANeLearn) nous soutient dans cette recherche.
- Ce rapport suit l’édition relativement longue du dixième anniversaire, et le rapport annuel a subi des changements importants.
- Cette 11ème édition décrit les changements survenus en lien avec la gouvernance et l’activité de cyberapprentissage au cours de l’année écoulée tant au niveau des provinces qu’à celui des territoires.
- Voir plus ici
blendED 2019: Alberta Blended & Online Learning
October 23-25 in Edmonton
Registration open, but call for proposals closes May 31!
The Future Of Education And Skills 2030
Dec 5-6 Centennial Secondary School, Coquitlam BC
April 2-3, 2020 in Toronto
Evening keynote address // Full day skill building event
More info at http://www.boltt.ca/toronto-fall-conference/
Archived keynote from BOLTT Ottawa 2019 available here
Save the date! February 24-26, 2020 – Austin TX
Missed the CANeLearn – BC Partners Symposium?
Worth a look…
Twitter EDU – The Twitter Guide
- From David Truss (@datruss)
- A free online book: Your One-Stop-All-You-Need-To-Know-Guide to Twitter.
- “The hardest part of Twitter is that it does not have a friendly entry point. Until you develop a network, it actually takes a bit of work to make it meaningful and rewarding.”
- Filled with ‘live’ links to help you Tweet and Retweet as you read the book, Twitter EDU makes learning to use Twitter an engaging experience!
- Find downloadable versions here
Must-Read Books on Online Learning from teachonline.ca
- A fascinating and powerful collection of books and articles of interest to those teaching online and at a distance, instructional designers, administrators and policymakers
- Sorted list available here
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, and administration.
- 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 the MVLRI Research Clearinghouse k12onlineresearch.org
- K-12 Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 1-Instrument Development
- Charles R. Graham, Jered Borup, Emily Pulham, Ross Larsen
- Delving Further into Blended Learning: Examining Professional Development Models, a Flipped Learning Approach, and Open Educational Resource
- Leanna Archambault, Jared Borup
- Conceptualising Online Knowledge Sharing: What Teachers’ Perceptions Can Tell Us
- Nina Hood
- The Effects of Instructor Participation and Class Size On Student Participation in an Online Class Discussion Forum
- Elizabeth J. Parks-Stamm, Maria Zafonte, Stephanie M. Palenque
Adventures in Archives
2018 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference
Links to Padlet curations here: http://www.boltt.ca/toronto-fall-conference/toronto-schedule/
Open Education Week 2019
Check out recordings from the March Open Education Week here
CCC Digital Learning Day
Links to archives from the February 2019 online event here