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The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) is a research initiative of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and Centre for Distance Education (CDE), Canada's largest graduate and professional distance education programming provider, at Athabasca University, Canada's Open University.

CIDER sponsors a variety of professional development activities designed to increase the quantity and quality of distance education research. CIDER's professional development scope is broad, ranging from learning and teaching application, issues of finance and access, the strategic use of technology in distance education settings, and other factors that influence distance education in Canada.


The CIDER Sessions are an online, open and free seminar series through which researchers or research groups can present their work to a broad audience of fellow researchers, practitioners, and students from across Canada and around the world. Sessions are typically held monthly, on Wednesdays at 11am to noon Mountain time.

As our season develops, we invite researchers working in distance, distributed, online, or blended education. If you have recent research for our CIDER audience, contact Dan Wilton with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation. A number of spots may be available for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis. International presenters are welcome; all sessions are held in English.



Michael Barbour, Randy LaBonte
Presented March 1, 2023
Jeanne Kim
Presented December 7, 2022
Senior Lecturer, Arden University, United Kingdom
Joined November 8, 2022
D. Randy Garrison, Martha Cleveland-Innes, Norman Vaughan, Stefan Stenbom, Debra Dell, Dan Wilton
Presented October 19, 2022
Associate Professor and Coordinator Linguistics and Modern Languages, Institute of Distance Education, University of Eswatini, Swaziland
Joined October 17, 2022
George Brown College, Canada
Joined September 23, 2022
Athabasca University, Canada
Joined April 6, 2022
Jason Openo
Presented April 6, 2022
Faculty of Education Core Faculty; Research Manager, Vice Chair YU REB, Yorkville University, Canada
Joined January 21, 2022
Charlene A. VanLeeuwen, George Veletsianos
Presented September 15, 2021