CIDER Session January 22, 2020

On behalf of our friends at Athabasca University:

The first session for the 2020 CIDER Sessions series will happen on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte examining proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

Title: Sense of irony or perfect timing: Examining the research supporting proposed e-learning changes in Ontario

Only weeks before the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was held in Toronto, Ontario, the provincial government announced a major reform of education for that province entitled Education that Works for You—Modernizing Classrooms. From an e-learning perspective the proposal called for a centralization of e-learning, a graduation requirement of four e-learning courses, and increasing the class size limit for e-learning courses to 35 students. The AERA call for submissions for the 2020 meeting issued a challenge for scholars to ‘connect with organizational leaders to examine collaboratively continuing educational problems… [and] programmatically engaging with educational organizations.’ This presentation focuses on a recently published article in the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education by Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte, who accepted that challenge and described a collaboration between scholars and a pan-Canadian organization to examine the research behind each of the proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:

Please note that it is important to set up your system 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 application download or update to your Flash Player; allow time for this by joining the session a few minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

Open Call: If you have recent research for our CIDER audience and would like to present in this season’s series, please contact Dan Wilton at with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation.