Note the items in the Canadian eLearning Network’s newsletter related to the “Call for Individual Program Data.”

Canadian eLearning Network

November 18, 2016

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Welcome to the November CANeLearn news. This issue provides information about the April 5-7 CANeLearn Symposium and DL Conference (early bird registration closes Nov. 30!). Explore some great resources and bookmark some interesting reading material as well. Scroll down to read on!

Featured Events

2017 CANeLearn Symposium (& BC DL Conference): April 5-7, Vancouver BC

CANeLearn Live! (online PD): Come and share!

  • Send us your ideas for a live discussion about professional learning for educators

iiE Gathering – VIU Nanaimo

7th Annual Global Education Conference

BC Open Badge Forum: February 17, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond BC
  • Help us hack Open Badges into eCredentials that work at a one day cross-sector event hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Come to learn and work; help us brainstorm new ways of recognizing learning and achievement in our organizations, institutions, and communities. Help build a better environment for lifelong learning and success by working with colleagues from education, public, nonprofit and private sectors. Help shape the new digital learning economy and network.

Stay Connected!

Research Update

Call for Individual Program Data

  • In association with the Canadian eLearning Network, the State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada (see research team is seeking involvement from individual K-12 distance, online and blended learning programs to assist us with the research for the annual report by completing the online individual program survey (11 questions about individual program offerings for the 2015-16 school year). The information provided will be used to augment information collected from provincial Ministries of Education.
  • We thank you in advance for your participation

Distance, Online and Blended Schools: Where Are We? What Do We Know?

  • In this session, Tom Clark and Michael Barbour provide an overview of trends for the future of K-12 distance, online and blended learning highlighted in their recent edited book, Online, Blended, and Distance Education in Schools: Building Successful Programs.

In the news…

From Contact North


  • By Dr. Terry Anderson
    Research Associate, Contact North | Contact Nord

    All post-secondary faculty and students use educational technology– whether for classroom-based, blended or fully online learning and teaching.

    In this three-part series, Three Pillars of Educational Technology: Learning Management Systems, Social Media, and Personal Learning Environments.

    The second instalment, How Social Media Support and Expand Teaching and Learning, a variety of social media and networking applications are explored to highlight their strengths and limitations.

    The third and final installment in this series will be released in the November 23, 2016, edition of Online Learning News.


    Interested in what works and what does not work in online learning?  Want to know the basics to save time and develop better courses from scratch?  Keen to ground your teaching in the latest research on online learning?

    These ten short guides are drawn from his 517-page bestseller, Teaching in a Digital Age, which has over 40,000 downloads as an open textbook and is available in seven languages.

Worth a look…

From our colleagues at the MVLRI…
Challenges for Teachers in a Blended Learning Curriculum
  • This session touches on findings from a qualitative analysis of challenges faced by teachers practicing blended learning, including concerns around curriculum orchestration, student self-management, and technology challenges, and explores ways that responsive online teacher professional development (ROPD) might be able to solicit useful feedback from blended teachers.
Online Teacher Job Satisfaction
  • This session highlights the findings of a study measuring and exploring the factors influencing K-12 online teachers’ job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intentions, including flexibility, meeting student needs, compensation, and workload.

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

  • BOLT graduate modules are delivered entirely online
    to create an immersive & sustained learning
    experience.  No prerequisite required.
  • Take one, some, or all nine modules to support your
    professional learning.
  • Registration is open. Modules start Jan. 30, 2017.

Why come to the 2017 symposium and BC digital learning conference?

  1. Theme – Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning
    1. Classroom practice using online spaces, Online practice using virtual, synchronous, and onsite spaces are the focus
    2. Strategies for engaging students through online learning environments through technology is the underlying purpose and outcome
    3. Networking, sharing, challenging, and learning is the purpose of the gathering
  2. Program
    1. Wednesday half-day pre-conference focus is on skill building (tech, design, coding, etc.)
    2. Thursday focus is on students – and networking
    3. Friday focus is on featured speakers – and putting IT together in your own practice and program
  3. Proposals
    1. 60 minute, 45 minute, and 5 minute Ignite sessions available along with structured open dialogue sessions
    2. We encourage everyone who has had success in engaging students to put in a proposal
    3. The committee will fashion the program to ensure sharing and dialogue
    4. Your proposal could be part of an Ignite session, a facilitated dialogue session, a 45-minute presentation, or a 60-minute dialogue
  4. Registration
    1. Close to half of the hotel block is booked – secure your rooms now
    2. Early bird registration closes November 30 – get your group registrations in next week if you can – names can be sent later (use a “TBD”)
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