Welcome to the November CANeLearn News.
This newsletter provides event updates, links to several archives worth reviewing, news and announcements, along with a curated list of research and articles relevant to leaders and practitioners of blended and online learning.
Also, this month we welcome David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario to the CANeLearn Board of Directors. David brings years of experience from his work in post-secondary and K12 across Canada. David was the keynote at the CANeLearn August Leadership Summit. Welcome, David!
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Canada Moodle Moot 2018
February 21-24, Toronto YorkU
Program details & registration at moodlemoot.ca
BC Digital Learning Symposium
April 18-20, Richmond, BC
Annual Digital Learning Symposium brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network
Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments.
Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning
Adventures in Archives
2017 Leadership Summit
Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!
2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference
Presentation Padlet archives here:
blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium
Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:
Video Archive of Selected Presentations:
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In the News
Blended Learning School Directory
From Blended Learning Universe
- A searchable catalog of K–12 blended-learning programs worldwide.
- Search to learn how other schools are innovating.
- Join the BLU to feature your school on the directory.
2017 iiE Gathering Highlights
- Jeff Stewart, principal of Navigate/NIDES, opened with an inspiring keynote detailing the district’s history and story of innovation
- Six incredible storytellers told of when they learned from play – full recording is here.
- Participants joined together with others in a playful collaborative activity where they worked on a task to “create a prototype of a playful monument, or a monument to play.” Check out the results of the activity here.
- Photos & all highlights on Facebook and on Twitter under the hashtag #iiEPDX2017.
H5P Interactive video
The Global Education Conference – Archives & Recording
- The Global Education Conference is a world-wide community initiative involving students & educators.
- It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.
- Click here for a list of recordings from the 8th annual event…
Blended Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) Research Bank
- BOLDE contains details of books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of distance and online education, from publishers in Australia and overseas.
- Material is drawn from the Australian Education Index, produced by Cunningham Library, with additional material sourced from a variety of international organisations and publishers.
- There are currently 11,847 records in the research bank.
- Click here to find out more…
ICDE’s World Conference for Online Learning – Abstracts & Presentations
- The World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord, featured some 150 plenaries, concurrent sessions, concurrent workshops, panel discussions, special briefings and poster presentations over a 4-day period presented by some 500 presenters.
- For the benefit of the 1,400+ delegates attending the World Conference on Online Learning and the broader online learning community, Contact North | Contact Nord published a summary document of the presentations, including links to the Abstract submitted, as well as the PowerPoint presentations for each of the sessions.
- The summary document is available in an Adobe PDF format (English only) and is searchable using the Find option from the Edit menu or the Find icon in the toolbar.
- Click here to access the PDF summaries…
Bookmark for your holiday reading…
Personalizing Literacy Through Blended Learning
- Simply adding technology to the classroom will not instantly garner engagement between teachers and students or improve the quality of learning; it is all about how that technology is applied to your instructional goals.
- In this online guide, best practices for instructional leaders looking to personalize literacy instruction through blended learning are reviewed.
- Written by Eileen Murphy and Kavita Venkatesh, Ph.D
- Read more here…
How employers view an online education
- By Daina Lawrence, Special to The Globe and Mail
- “While employers are not balking at a candidate’s online education if it is from a recognizable source, they may question if the person has the interpersonal skills that many jobs require”…
- Link to the Globe and Mail article here…
‘Why does Canada have so much online learning?’
The Blended Learning Ecosystem: Taking Control And Orchestrating Learning Pathways
- Ebba Ossiannilsson, Vice President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education, Vice President of the Swedish Association for e-competence, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Focal Points of Quality, ICDE_ON_BOLDIC, EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow, EDEN SIG on TEL Quality Enhancement, Open Education Europa Fellow and Ambassador
- This ICDE Insight Paper on blended learning, state of the nation, targets a broad audience, especially practitioners, policy makers and leaders. It provides awareness, inspiration, insights, and dialogues into blended learning and the current debates.
- The report explains that blended learning is based on a pedagogical approach rather than on technology.
- Full paper (PDF) here…
Where is OER now and where is it going?
OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers
- Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
- Read more here…
From the MVLRI Library
- Statewide Blended Learning Implementation (PDF) – seven themes identified as crucial for meaningful blended learning implementation at the district level.
- K-12 Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 1-Instrument Development (PDF) – unique competencies for educator preparation programs
- Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2015-16 (PDF)
Findings presented are based on data reported to the state by Michigan public schools, including those from LEAs, PSAs and Intermediate School Districts.
- The Changing Roles of Educators Series: The Blended Teacher (PDF)
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.
- Student Pathways Through Online Algebra 1 Courses (PDF)
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 by Michigan Virtual School.
- Examining Credit Recovery Experience at a State Virtual School (PDF)
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.
- iEducator 21st century Digital Learning Corps: iEd Blog Network Analysis(PDF)
As discussed in Educator 21st Century Digital Learning Corps: Program Design and Reflection, (part one of the series) participants were asked to contribute regularly to publicly available blogs (the focus of part two of this series).
- Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2016 (PDF)
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.
- Games Used in K-12 Schools: A Research Perspective (PDF)
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.
- Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities (PDF)
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.
The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a mission to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning by providing members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.
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