The Canadian eLearning Network is committed to research and is currently engaged in two on-going research initiatives:

1. State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada

  • This annual study is the signature research initiative of CANeLearn. The purpose of this comprehensive study is to examine the current state of all forms K-12 distance, online and blended learning in Canada.

2. Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Online and Blended Learning

  • CANeLearn is a “Project Contributor” to this Clearinghouse, which is a collaborative effort led by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVRLI) 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.

CANeLearn also has several individual Research Projects that it has undertaken.

1. State of Evaluation and Digital Technology (research brief)

  • Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN), a non-profit organization that primarily serves the public and private Anglophone, Aboriginal, Youth and Adult Education sectors of Québec, requested a brief on the current practice in the use of digital technology in formative and summative evaluation. The brief focused on issues and challenges faced when implementing a program where digital technology replaces traditional pen and paper evaluation. This brief provided a synthesis of the research conducted for the review. Scope of the research included hardware, software and cloud-based assessment solutions, practices and policy related to evaluation and digital technology.

2. Étude de parité de services en FAD (Alberta) (research report)

  • Le Centre francophone d’éducation à distance (CFÉD) de l’Alberta a demandé une étude de parité ou d’équité entre les services d’éducation à distance offerts par fournisseurs dans les communautés de langue minoritaire en dehors de la province et ce, en considération des programmes, des ressources humaines, des modèles de financement et des services offerts et de l’appui gouvernemental fourni à chacune de ces entités.  L’information tirée de l’étude sera inclus dans l’état de la nation recherche.

3. Panorama des pratiques de diffusion de la formation à distance au Canada francophone (research report)

  • Le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD) entreprend une étude dressera un portrait global de la diversité des formules de cours en ligne au Canada francophone dans trois ordres d’enseignement (i.e., secondaire, collégial et universitaire).  L’objectif de la présente étude consiste à faire un bilan de cette diversité afin de mettre en commun les pratiques exemplaires autant que les défis et les exemples de cas susceptibles de faire progresser la réflexion et la démarche d’ensemble en francophone à distance au Canada français.

4. Working Conditions for K-12 Distance & Online Learning Teachers in Canada (research report)

  • The British Columbia Teachers Federation requested a report that explores written provisions for the working conditions of K-12 distance education and online learning teachers in Canada (i.e.,  generally referred to as distributed learning throughout the report).  The authors describe that there are actually few distributed learning regulations that go beyond what would be expected for traditional brick-and-mortar education.  Further, these unique aspects are reflective of stakeholders’ efforts to examine what constitutes the equivalent experiences for teaching in the distributed learning environment relative to traditional classroom teaching.

5. Funding and Resourcing of Distributed Learning in Canada

  • In addition to the annual reports, the State of the Nation research team also develop policy briefs on topics related to K-12 e-learning in Canada beyond the content contained in the annual reports.  The second of these additional reports examines the nature of distributed learning funding in British Columbia and how that compares to other jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.  The report was generated in response to funding review of distributed learning that was instigated by the Government of British Columbia.  This brief outlines how distributed learning funding models across Canada generally fall into one of three models.

Also, CANeLearn assumed ownership of one legacy research initiative:

1. Annotated Bibliography of Canadian K-12 Distance Education Research

Finally, for US trends check out the Horizon Report, the Keeping Pace reports, or search the iNACOL resources at