Ten Features of the Future of Learning Beyond School: How Can We Build Back Better? - Contact North

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

The future is not a straight line from the past. As universities and colleges come to terms with some new realities – operational, financial, logistical, ethical – what does their future look like? What needs to change? What will change?

The Challenge

COVID-19 has been a game changer for governments, universities and colleges. They now need to imagine a different future – one with fewer international students, less money, more flexible and different approaches to learning, new competitors and new approaches to credentials, skills and competencies.

Governments and employers are also looking towards colleges and universities to respond to urgent needs to upskill and reskill the workforce, many of whom are deeply impacted by changes in the employment landscape. Whole sectors – hospitality and tourism, airlines, retail – have been massively impacted.

Already, some universities and colleges around the world have closed. Others are reducing programs and services and more changes are on the horizon. In Canada, some governments are investing in post-secondary education while others are making dramatic reductions in funding. All governments are exploring new approaches to apprenticeship and skills. What is on the horizon in terms of policy, funding and expectations?

This presentation will build on recent contributions to the work on strategic foresight related to post-secondary education and the place of technology in the future of learning.

Key Takeaways

As a result of this presentation, you will better understand:

  • The social, economic and political challenges facing colleges, universities and training organizations in Canada.
  • The five big challenges colleges and universities face as we begin to imaging a post-pandemic world.
  • The ten dominant change features of post-secondary education post-pandemic.
  • The three imperatives for a different future which are required from policy makers and institutional leaders.

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

How to Use Zoom in the New (Blended) Normal: Models for Student Inclusion and Engagement - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

As plans ramp up for students and faculty to gradually return to campus this fall and winter, educators will face a new normal.  

Some pre-pandemic, face-to-face classes will still be taught fully online. Some will offer students a mix of face-to-face and online study, while others will be largely face-to-face with an online component.

Zoom will have a significant role to play in all these scenarios, but remote students may feel alienated and disengaged from their in-class peers unless preventive steps are taken.

Key Takeaways

Tailored to instructors, instructional designers and academic administrators, this engaging webinar shares seven models for Zoom-supported teaching and learning. Host Dr. Ron Owston helps participants understand how to ensure all students are fully included and engaged in these models:

  1. Fully synchronous
  2. Blended synchronous and asynchronous
  3. Flex blend: Students alternate between attending face-to-face and online according to predetermined schedules
  4. HyFlex: Students freely choose whether to attend face-to-face or synchronously
  5. Traditional blend: Mainly face-to-face with an integrated online component
  6. Flipped: Content delivered online, students attend in small, in-person groups for guided/tutorial work
  7. Face-to-face with Zoom breakout discussion/work groups

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

The Future of Learning Platforms: LMS and Video to Share Top Billing - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Bocze
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

The Learning Management System (LMS) has long been the key underlying infrastructure for online, hybrid and even augmented face-to-face education.

With the global pandemic and rush to remote learning, the LMS became more important than ever, helping colleges and universities transition operations online without too many major breakdowns — a remarkable accomplishment for this long-maligned technology.

Yet at the same time, the experience and understanding of just what a “learning platform” is underwent another, parallel transformation with the rise of the synchronous video conferencing system. “Zoom U” may have been overdone with poor pedagogy, but the video platform is here to stay.

Key Takeaways

In this webinar, participants will explore:

  • Long-term and recent trends in learning management systems
  • Key changes over the past year and what they mean for the learning platforms of the future
  • Changing expectations and their likely impacts  

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

How to Create Active and Engaging Learning Experiences with Zoom Breakout Rooms - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

Zoom’s breakout rooms provide a unique opportunity to learn to create active and engaging learning experiences for students.

Join Contact North | Contact Nord’s Research Associate, Dr. Ron Owston, who describes how educators can:

  • Move beyond holding ineffective, unstructured breakout room discussions
  • Create distinctive breakout room roles for students to promote active participation
  • Employ a variety of tools and techniques to enhance breakout room experiences
  • Pre-assign students to breakout rooms or allow them to chose their own
  • Design creative ways for students to report breakout room outcomes to the whole class
  • Make use of breakout rooms in large enrolment courses
  • Participants have ample opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

NOTE: Registrants are expected to have a basic knowledge of how to use Zoom.

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

The Hybrid Campus: How COVID-19 and Technology are Reshaping Colleges and Universities - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Bocze
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

As higher education leaders, decision makers and governments look to the future of colleges and universities, the decisions they make now will have impacts on our higher education system for years to come.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our colleges and universities. But there is more to come. While many seek a return to “normal”, they will need to adjust to the new normal. What does this involve?

  • A Hybrid Campus: All services, not just teaching and learning, will need to be offered online – advising, careers guidance, counselling, registrar, finance.
  • Rethinking the Academic Portfolio: Teaching and learning will need to be provided in every case as both blended and online – we can no longer assume that social gatherings in large numbers will be possible. We can also better serve a more diverse population through a hybrid approach.
  • Refocus Learning and the Student Experience – focus on lifelong learning, engaged and authentic learning and collaborative learning experience. Intensify project-based learning and strengthen ties with alumni.

Becoming hybrid will encourage innovation, increase access, improve quality and lower costs. It will be a compelling new model for many colleges and universities, not just in the U.S. and Canada, but around the world. It requires a real rethinking and reimagining of all workflows, technology adoption and opportunities at colleges and universities.

There are several institutions already exemplifying some key features of this future – University of Central Florida, Georgia State University – which will be used to illustrate this thinking.

In this interactive webinar, Cole Clark, Managing Director of Higher Education at Deloitte will share his thinking and the findings from some recent explorations.

Key Takeaways

  • How the academic portfolio will be reshaped by a shift to the hybrid campus.
  • What the hybrid campus means for the college and university workforce.
  • What the hybrid campus needs in terms of technology supports, analytics and professional development.
  • What students will be able to experience in the hybrid campus.
  • What challenges will be faced in the shift to hybrid campus, especially in unionized environments.
  • What the medium to long term outcomes of this approach would represent.

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

Meeting the Moment: Bringing Forward Innovations in In-Person, Blended and Online Learning and Support - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time) (find your time zone here)

In a year that feels brutal and undeserved, many educators are exhausted. Some are angry. Others have suffered devastating personal consequences.

Yet it’s never been more important to meet the moment in higher education.

The time is now for educators to challenge themselves to serve their higher calling. They must take a beat and learn more about the inspiring work of the larger education community, which has collaborated on an array of in-person, blended and online tools in innovative ways for learning and student support.

Key Takeaways

This informative webinar takes a deep dive into a variety of topics, inviting participants to:

  • Confront the conflation of emergency remote learning with decades of digital-learning practice
  • Explore pandemic-inspired innovations from the professionals and those who are freshly embracing digital tools
  • Contemplate what educators want to bring forward  
  • Discuss how to better connect to the aspirations and needs of students
  • Figure out how educators can meet this moment together and make the road ahead far better than the one behind

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

 

mycourselink/D2L Essential Skills Workshop - Teaching Commons

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Event Location: 
Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

This session will provide an overview of the learning environment and how to use the various tools in mycourselink/D2L to effectively structure your online site to simplify class management and enrich course experiences for students.

 

 

"Third Thursday Talks” - Teaching Commons

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 

"Third Thursday Talks” 

Dates: (third Thursdays) Feb 18, Mar 18 & Apr 22 -  3:30 to 4:30. 

Sharing innovative teaching practices lets us benefit from each other’s successes, however big or small. Hosted by the Teaching Commons, these monthly informal gatherings provide an opportunity to discuss teaching as well as to support and learn from our colleagues.

Please register through Libcal

Zoom link will be sent out the day before the workshop

Workshop will be recorded

Faculty Hopes and Anxieties About the Near-Future of Higher Education in Canada - Contact North

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Thursday, April 22, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Host: Dr. George Veletsianos
 

Faculty across Canada have been sharing their hopes, aspirations, fears and anxieties about the future of higher education in this country — and what they have to say might surprise you.

What does the post-secondary landscape look like post-pandemic? What do faculty anticipate about the role of online learning? What are they most excited and fearful about?

Through surveys and interviews of faculty members across Canada, Dr. George Veletsianos, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, and his research team are uncovering some fascinating thoughts. They’ll share some of those emerging results in this webinar.

Key Takeaways

This one-hour, interactive webinar touches on numerous aspects of higher education in Canada from the perspective of faculty at our post-secondary institutions. Topics include:

•    Concerns about funding

•    Hopes around digital learning and equity

•    Questions around micro-credentials and collaboration

•    The optimist’s view of what higher education can be and how it can potentially serve Canadian society in broader ways

In the first 30 minutes, you’ll hear Dr. Veletsianos present his research findings and practical advice for faculty. The remainder of the webinar features a moderated question-and-answer session.

Contact North is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario to support Ontario's education and training providers.

 

How to Ensure Success in Online Learning Programs - Contact North

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Kathy Boczek
Event Contact E-mail: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Host: Dr. Darcy Hardy

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