Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Will emerging technologies — AI, blockchain and immersive learning — have an impact on what micro-credentials look like? Will assessment on demand and assessment-only credentials make an appearance in Canada?
New approaches to assessment make use of simulation, games, video-based assessment, challenge-based assessments, oral presentations and other approaches. Rarely do they use multiple choice or short-form essays. The focus of these assessments is on the authentic assessment of a learner’s knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies.
This webinar will explore:
• Whether technologies like AI, immersive learning and blockchain will have an impact on skills-based learning and assessment
• Whether assessment on demand is possible
• If new approaches to assessment make a difference to employer and learner confidence in the value of micro-credentials
• If assessment through technology will lead to changes in how we look at the skills agenda
• The challenges of introducing new ways of approaching assessment
• When assessment-only credentials and assessment on demand will become part of the post-secondary landscape in Canada
Laura Jo Gunter became NAIT’s seventh President and CEO on August 24, 2020. An innovative leader, she brings extensive post-secondary knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit to her role.
Prior to joining NAIT, Ms. Gunter was President and CEO of Bow Valley College in Calgary. During her tenure she led the creation of a new strategic plan, Open Doors – Open Minds. She expanded Bow Valley College’s brand locally, nationally and internationally through significant partnerships with global companies. She also initiated Pivot-Ed, a platform that re-imagines adult education to help those needing to pivot in their careers. Pivot-Ed incorporates AI-driven assessments based on workplace simulations and micro-credentialing using blockchain technology.
Before coming to Alberta, Laura Jo spent several years in Ontario. She was the Senior Vice-President Academic for George Brown College. Her portfolio included all academic divisions, the office of applied and institutional research, international, academic services and student affairs, and registration. Prior to joining George Brown College, Laura Jo was Dean of the Faculty of Information Arts and Technology at Toronto’s Seneca College, where she was later Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design.
A community builder, she has also given her time to advancing skills development and post-secondary education and to improving the communities in which she has lived in. She is a member of the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education’s Skills for Jobs Task Force and a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta. She was also a supporting contributor to the Skilled by Design: A Blueprint for Alberta’s Future Workforce report by the Business Council of Alberta.
Misheck has a broad professional background in progressively responsible roles that engage academic leadership, instructional and curriculum design, applied research, and cross-functional engineering team leadership.
Prior to joining Bow Valley College, Misheck was the Dean of Media, Trades, and Technology at Niagara College in Ontario. There, Misheck provided oversight to more than 40 academic programs that made up more than a third of total student enrolment at that college. He oversaw the development and launch of new programs and worked collaboratively across the college to establish the entrepreneurship hub, which supported his vision for infusing entrepreneurial skills development into both programming and broader college experience. He also led initiatives that resulted in the awarding of funds for equipment renewal as well as a significant provincial investment to construct and equip a laboratory for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Misheck was previously the Chair of Electronics and Electro-Mechanical Studies at Algonquin College in Ontario before assuming an appointment as Chair of Mechanical and Transportation Technology also at Algonquin.
His professional experiences include designing experimental facilities and managing research and development projects at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and teaching at several post-secondary institutions, including University of Zambia, Eindhoven University of Technology, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College.He is passionate about facilitating cohesive environments that enable collaboration and success in the workplace and is guided by a conviction to promote student persistence and achievement.