A bi-weekly update from Contact North ǀ Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network
Now on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors:
Sharing Innovation - The Ontario Pockets of Innovation Webinar Series
Stay on the cutting edge of online learning
Connect with other Ontario online learning innovators
Hear from Glenn MacDougall, the Director of Teaching and Learning Services, Algonquin College, about having 100% of your students having all of their textbooks all of the time:
- The process of introducing the e-texts, including the negotiations with publishers
- The benefits for, and response, from the students
- The benefits for, and response, from faculty
- How your students and institution might benefit
- What's next???
The webinar features a 25-minute presentation followed by 20-minute question and answer session.
Looking for Professional Development Opportunities on the Use of Technology in Educational Settings?
Check out the latest edition of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, compiled by Clayton R. Wright, providing a range of options in Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and New Zealand, covering teaching, learning, and educational administration, as well as technology in education.
Explore the list of available opportunities as you plan your professional development budgets for the balance of this year and for 2015-2016.
Register Today - Digital Learning Reimagined at the Chang School at Ryerson University
The Chang School Talks 2015; Digital Learning Reimagined is a professional development and networking event, bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, publishers, digital media experts, and decision-makers.
This professional development event offers an opportunity to hear North American leaders and entrepreneurs - such as Jeremy Friedberg, founder of Spongelab, Philipp Schmidt, co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, andStephen Downes, co-creator of the MOOC - discuss transformations in academia and workplaces, and the influence of digital learning.
The event will be held at Ryerson University on February 19, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register, visit ChangSchoolTalks.ryerson.ca.
Leading Edge Online Learning Products and Services
The latest story in this series on Ontario Start-Ups, featuring examples of Ontario educational entrepreneurs offering products and services to colleges and universities, focuses on ATutor, a free, open source learning management system that offers extensive interoperability and transferability of content, as well as accessibility and adaptability for students with disabilities. Students can define the content formats they prefer for learning, whether video, images, text, or audio, as well as preference settings such as colour, font, size, and background.
Visit the Ontario Start-Ups section on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors and discover numerous examples of how entrepreneurs are contributing to a quality educational experience.
Pockets of Innovation
Innovative online approaches to teaching and learning in Ontario's 24 Public Colleges and 22 Public Universities
Faculty and staff at Ontario's public colleges and universities excel in providing innovative online approaches to teaching and learning - whether through blended courses, technology-enhanced learning opportunities in the face-to-face classroom, or fully online programs and courses. The Pockets of Innovation Series highlights some of these developments, as examples of creative teaching that can serve as inspirations and models across the province.
A student-led agency, called Spark, provides professors at St. Lawrence College with technological advice and support for the development of hybrid courses. Students from a variety of programs work part-time to assist faculty with the choice of technology and the development of resources for learning in courses, such as politics and health and fitness.
With the expansion of online and blended learning at the University of Windsor, new platforms are being introduced and evaluated for their effectiveness in enhancing student engagement and learning. New technology to enable lecture capture and student participation, enhanced with real-time student analytics and faculty training, has been installed in 15 classrooms, ready for application and assessment.