CIDER Session, Dec. 1: 2010 State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada

This presentation will focus on the 2010 State of the Nation – the third annual survey of K-12 distance education in Canada. This year’s report documents similar trends in the regulation of K-12 distance education from previous years (e.g., British Columbia continues to have the most extensive regulatory regime). Additionally, Canadian teachers’ unions continue their cautious support of the use of distance education in the K-12 environment. All thirteen provinces and territories continue to use distance education within their K-12 systems, although in many instances the method of delivery is still using print-based materials. At present K-12 distance education enrolment is estimated to be between 150,000 and 175,000 students. This presentation will unpack some of these trends and expand upon each of the provincial and territorial profiles.

When:  Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 11am-12pm Mountain Time (Canada)
*Local times for the CIDER sessions are provided on our website:

Where:  Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

Clayton R. Wright’s Mega List of Ed Conferences

Once again, we are grateful to receive the list of Educational Technology Conferences and Related Education Conferences for January to June 2011 from Dr. Clayton R. Wright.. As usual, the list contains an updated listing of events in December 2010 as well as listings after June 2011. Only listings from December 2010 to June 2011 are complete as information for a number of events after July 2011 were not available at the time this list was prepared.

Educational Technology and Related Education Conference for January to June 2011

Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77[at], November 11, 2010

If you attend the same conferences each year, you don’t need to scan this list. This list is your opportunity to “push the envelope” by trying something new. There are hundreds of professional development events that may give you a different perspective or help you learn a new skill. Rather than attend the same event you always do, scan this list and investigate conferences, symposiums, or workshops you have never attended. The list below covers selected events focused primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Only listings until June 2011 are complete as dates, locations, or URLs are not available for a number of events held after June 2011.

A Word 2003 format is used to enable people who do not have access to Word 2007 or higher version and those with limited or high-cost Internet access to find a conference that is congruent with their interests or obtain conference proceedings. (If you are seeking a more interactive listing, refer to online conference sites.) Consider using the “Find” tool under Microsoft Word’s “Edit” tab or similar tab in OpenOffice to locate the name of a particular conference, association, city, or country. If you enter the country “United Kingdom” in the “Find” tool, all conferences that occur in the United Kingdom will be highlighted. Then, “cut and paste” a list of suitable events for yourself and your colleagues.

Please note that events, dates, titles, and locations may change; thus, CHECK the specific conference website. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date. All Internet addresses were verified at the time of publication. No liability is assumed for any errors that may have been introduced inadvertently during the assembly of this conference list. If possible, please do not remove the contact information when you re-distribute the list as that is how I receive updates and corrections. If you publish the list on the web, please note its source.

If you are mounting your own conference, please ensure that the following information is clearly visible on your web page and/or poster: the name of the event, location (including country), date of the event, the FULL name of the sponsoring organization, and an e-mail contact address. Often conference organizers forget to provide the full name of the organization and an e-mail contact address. crw

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Research Ethics Drop-ins at the GSA Commons

A special opportunity for graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan:

GSA Commons: Emmanuel & St. Chad 1337 College Dr., University of Saskatchewan

Ethics facilitators from the Research Ethics Office will be available to answer Graduate Student and Faculty questions about writing ethics applications or ethical issues in their research projects on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12-1p.m. between now and June 14, 2011.

The scheduled drop-ins are as follows:

November 9, 2010, 12-1p.m

December 14, 2010, 12-1p.m

January 11, 2011, 12-1p.m

February 8, 2011, 12-1p.m

March 8, 2011, 12-1p.m

April 12, 2011, 12-1p.m

May 10, 2011, 12-1p.m

June 14, 2011, 12-1p.m