The Canadian e-Learning Network (CANeLearn) whose mission is “to provide leadership that champions student success by supporting organizations and educators involved in online and blended learning through networking, collaboration, and research opportunities,” is now a project contributor for the Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning.  The Research Clearinghouse is the largest initiative of its kind in the U.S. with more than 650 research-based studies and documents.

The Research Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) to provide a repository of references to research articles and other publications from the field of K-12 online and blended learning. This project has been made possible by generous financial support from Next Generation Learning Challenges and in-kind support from iNACOL and MVU.

“The clearinghouse is attracting researchers and educational practitioners from around the globe who are examining lessons learned and published best practices in online and blended learning.  This new collaborative will help to strengthen our ability to identify trends and improve online programs based on results,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of MVU.

“CANeLearn is delighted to sign as a Projected Contributor,” said Randy LaBonte, Executive Director for the organization. “As a new organization focused specifically upon K-12 online and blended learning in Canada, partnering with the MVLRI on this initiative was a logical move as it aligns quite well with the research portion of our mission.”

As a project contributor, CANeLearn will regularly submit references to keep the Research Clearinghouse up-to-date with the latest in research in the field.

For more information about your organization becoming a Project Contributor, see the Project Contributor Guidelines [http://k12onlineresearch.org/templates/PDF/contributorguide.pdf] and/or contact Kathryn Kennedy, MVLRI, Senior Research, at kkennedy@mivu.org.