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.
  • Check here for a compilation of the research specific to the Ontario e-learning announcement of March 15, 2019.

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. Documenting Triage: Detailing the Response of Provinces and Territories to Emergency Remote Teaching

  • This report highlights what each Canadian jurisdiction did to continue to promote learning throughout the Spring 2020 pandemic.
  • Information was gathered for each province and territory and the report was designed to delineate how each jurisdiction managed their emergency remote teaching during the spring of 2020.
  • The goal was to report on what occurred, and it is not intended to assess the quality of what occurred.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5.  Funding and Resourcing of Distributed Learning in Canada (October 2018)

  • The purpose of this brief is to examine the nature of distributed learning funding in British Columbia and how that compares to other jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. The brief begins with an overview of the existing funding model in British Columbia with respect to distributed learning. That is followed by a description of how distributed learning is funded and resourced in other Canadian jurisdictions. The brief concludes with an exploration of the research literature related to funding distributed learning, most of which focuses on contexts in the United States.

6.  Working Conditions for K-12 Distance and Online Learning Teachers in Canada (September 2017)

  • This report describes a study conducted to explore written provisions for the working conditions of K-12 distributed learning teachers in Canada (i.e., distance education and online learning are generally referred to as distributed learning throughout the report). At present, there is one provincial jurisdiction that includes language in their collective agreement with teachers related to distributed learning. There are also two provinces where there is language in one or more local contracts focused on distributed learning. Finally, there was one province where the provincial teacher union had a significant policy related to distributed learning.

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