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Dear CIDER Member,We invite you to the April CIDER session of our 2013-14 season. This free, online session will continue our ongoing annual K-12 series by Dr. Michael Barbour from Isabelle Farrington College of Education, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut.

Title: State of the Nation 2013: K-12 online learning in Canada

This presentation will highlight the details of the sixth annual State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada report, highlighting the latest enrolment numbers and continuity and change in regional regulatory regimes.

A new feature in the sixth edition of the study: K-12 distance education programmes that fall under federal jurisdiction are accurately represented. All First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) education falls under the jurisdiction of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). During the 2011-12 school year, there were five FNMI K-12 distance education programmes that operate under agreements signed between the education authorities that manage these programmes and AANDC, as well as provincial Ministries of Education in some instances. Further highlights are available at

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our new website:

Please note that it is extremely important to get your system set up prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


We are looking for potential speakers to fill the remaining slots in our 2014 season of CIDER Sessions. Do you have recent research into distance or online education of interest to our CIDER community? Please send a note, with an abstract describing your study and research methodology, to Dr. Terry Anderson at:


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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April CIDER Session

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