Learning in our Digital World in…

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Please note that both days of the workshop will take place at the Coast Kamloops Hotel at 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops.

Friday, May 13

  • 4:30 pm


  • 6:00 pm


  • 7:30 pm

    Donald Clark

    About Donald


    Donald Clark is an EdTech entrepreneur. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. As well as being the CEO of Wildfire Ltd. he also invests in, and advises, EdTech companies.

    Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is a board member of City & Guilds, Cogbooks, LearningPool, WildFire and Deputy Chair of Brighton Dome & Arts Festival. He is also a Visiting Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

    He has worked in schools, vocational, higher, corporate and adult learning, delivering real projects to real learners. These include change management, strategy, tool selection, content design and build.

    Donald has over 30 years experience in online learning, games, simulations, semantic, adaptive, social media, mobile learning, virtual reality and AI projects. He has designed, delivered and advised on online learning for many global, public and private organisations. He is an evangelist for the use of technology in learning and has won many awards, including the first ‘Outstanding Achievement in E-learning Award’ and ‘Best AIM Stock Market Company’.

    An award winning speaker at national and international conferences, he has delivered keynotes in Europe. US, Africa, Australia, Middle and Far East.

    …… also a regular (and controversial) blogger (10 years+) on learning technology, his iconoclastic pieces on learning theory, MOOCs, VR, AI, Robinson, Mitra and others, attracted lots of attention. His series on learning theorists is a valuable open resource. 





Saturday, May 14

  • 7:30 am

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 9:00 am

    Find your TRU!

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    After many months of hard work and intense collaboration, TRU’s new brand has set sail. With campaigns spanning BC, Alberta and Ontario, a stronger, more distinct reputation is being built with potential to attract not only future campus and OL students, but also donors, faculty and staff.

    In this session Jennifer Read, Director of Marketing and Communications for OL, will discuss the brand model strategy – the driving force behind the new FIND YOUR TRU campaign. The new TRU brand is a platform from which we call all learn and grow. It is meant to inform not only our external marketing and recruitment initiatives, but our actions, interactions and communications and collaborations with each other, our larger community and organizational partners. Things such as purposeful actions, open arms or respectful conversation, which are instilled in the new brand model, will benefit all of us who study and work at TRU and live in the communities we serve.
  • 9:30 am

    Welcome and Overview

  • 10:00 am


  • 10:25

    Session 1

    Donald Clark
    Virtual Reality and Learning
    Assessing Student Engagement and Improving Course Design using Course Data

    Iain Pardoe, William Little, Michelle Harrison, & Ken Monroe

    Would you like to know how your students really interact with the course activities?  What activities engage or disengage your students? How can we improve course design using different activities and resources? 

    Participants in this session will explore the different types of available data and what insight this might provide into how learners are interacting with course activities and tools. 

    1. What information do Blackboard and Moodle collect now?
    2. Is this sufficient to make informed decisions about what’s working in the course?Are we, ID’s and OLFM’s, satisfied that we know the course activities are effective ?
    3. What is the effect of well designed activities on student engagement and satisfaction?
    4. What other data is available to us?
    5. What are the benefits and drawbacks of using these tools. Could we frame a research project on implementing data collection tools within the course to study how student’s use of course activities can affect student satisfaction and course design?
    Geological Tour of TRU - This session is off-site and runs through session 1 and 2.
    David Huntley will be leading this tour beginning with an overview of his research, followed by a short chartered bus trip down to the TRU campus, where David will lead participants on a walking tour of TRU. The bus will be leaving from the hotel at 9:30 and returning shortly after 12:00, in time for lunch.

    Space is limited!

    Please dress for the weather!

    OL Course Development

    Kelly Warnock & Fränzi Ng

    In a learning management system far, far away exists a plethora of outstanding online courses. How did they come into existence? Who are the teams of untold heroes who seized the opportunity to create these courses and make them available to the world?

    In this workshop we will reveal the mystery of our Open Learning courses and share with you why we do the things we do. We will share the best practices in online teaching and learning, reveal the intricacies of our OL course development process, and highlight the resources and teams that make the course writer’s work easier and more rewarding.

    If you have ever contemplated writing a course for OL, or you wish to learn more about the process, this workshop is for you. If you have worked on a course development team already, we want to hear from you. How has this experience benefited you and your students? Share with us the challenges you faced, make suggestions for improvements, and provide tips for future writers.

    Discover how writing a course for Open Learning can reignite your passion for your field and your profession.

    Mindset Makes a Difference

    Panel  Discussion

    Moderated by Elizabeth Templeman (TRU Supplemental Learning)

    Student Panelists: Alysha Piva, Alexis Wilson, Jasica Munday, Luca Williamson, Rory McKerchar, and Tanna Lauriente

    What can students take away from set-backs—so common in the transition from high school to university? How should a student learn from failure? Answers are embedded in the concept “growth mindset,” most closely associated with educator Carol Dweck. Growth mindset, in short, is the notion that our abilities are malleable—and not fixed. Evidence suggests that mindset has considerable implications for post-secondary learners, and especially for first generation university students.
    Supplemental Learning (SL) SL leaders are capable students, from a range of disciplines, who have learned—as a part of their SL training—how to focus upon and to foster learning. They are, essentially, student experts on student learning. Participants will hear from a panel of TRU’s SL Leaders who will reflect on their own experiences and observations to provide insights into how a growth mindset differs from a fixed mindset, why that distinction matters, and how we might influence a positive mindset shift (in ourselves and our students).

  • 11:15 am

    Session 2

    Donald Clark

    Troy Welch, Ken Monroe, & Carolyn Teare

    Troy, Ken, and Carolyn will provide a general update on Moodle as it is being used in 3 OL courses.

    Effective Student Feedback

    Fränzi Ng

    Providing effective feedback is considered to be among the most potent influences on student achievement. Carefully crafted feedback can make the difference between student engagement and success, and learner apathy and withdrawal. But not all feedback is created equal. Learn to assess what kind of feedback is required and to craft appropriate and effective feedback for your learners.

    Reflective Teaching

    Kelly Warnock

    What are some common challenges teachers face – online and on campus?  Unmotivated students?  Course content that is overwhelming?  Student collaborations that don’t work due to class size, time constraints, or online modalities?  Technology barriers? 

    In this session, we’ll explore reflective teaching practices and discuss how we share our challenges and successes with fellow educators.  I’ll share about the teacher training sessions I facilitated in China and Vietnam, and highlight some common teaching challenges. We’ll also discuss ideas for building a community of practice, including the use of the TRU wiki for collaboration and resource sharing.

    Lastly, this session will challenge you to consider how you, as an OLFM, can connect with other TRU faculty, what advice you can share with other OLFMs, and how you can use wikis in online courses for student collaborations.

    Come ready to discuss your teaching practices and challenges, and see how you can share your insights at TRU and beyond.

    Web Conferencing Software

    Mark Butorac

    Mark will share ideas on connecting with students using light-weight, modern web-conferencing tools.

  • 11:40 am


  • 12:00 pm


  • 1:00 pm

    Academic Area Roundtables

  • 2:00 pm

    Session 3

    SPLOTs and Sandstorms

    Brian Lamb

    Brian has been working with technologists across the province and country to make it easier than ever for faculty to integrate technology into their teaching practice. Brian will be speaking about two projects that he has been working on.

    MOOCs - The Future in the Present

    John Prpiç

    In this talk I outline the history, evolution, and trajectory of the MOOC. In an effort to spur thought and conversation I illustrate more than a dozen developments in formal education which may radically inform the future of higher education.

    Further Reading:
    MOOCs and Crowdsourcing: Massive Courses and Massive Resources

    Academic Integrity and Other Cultures

    Anne Baker

    Anne will be leading a discussion on Academic Integrity from the perspective of the Academic Integrity Committee, including the unique challenges faced by international students and those who are unfamiliar with the conventions of scholarly writing. She will also discuss briefly software like Turnitin and other plagiarism-related internet sites.

    Bringing Home the Classroom: 3D Printing in Distance Education

    Jason Hogue

    This session will explore the potential of 3D Printing with the “Peachy Printer” in a distance education setting. The basics of 3D printing, 3D modeling software and various types of printable plastics will be covered as well.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

    Christine Wihak & Debora Marchant

    This workshop will introduce the activities of the PLAR Department and the role of the OLFMs. OLFMs will have the opportunity to raise questions about the PLAR process and how they might become involved.

  • 2:50


  • 3:00 pm

    Conversation Café: It's about possibilities!

    Questions for Conversation
    1. PINK Group:

      In your opinion, what are three of the most important, ongoing concerns about ethics within increasingly digital forms of knowledge dissemination?

    2. BLUE Group:

      As we increasingly rely on algorithms and computerized data analysis, what do we think about the role of this analysis in learning? Can it accurately replicate human analysis? Also, who is perhaps watching and learning our students, as they learn?

    3. RED Group:

      What will the world be like for our learners, 10 or 15 years from now? What trends to do you see in the evolution of online education?

    4. ORANGE Group:

      As technology becomes more capable of simulating reality, what concerns or issues do you see arising for learners or educators?

    5. GREEN Group:

      The internet has allowed online education to blossom, in recent years – what do you see as ways that we can all encourage students to consider OL as their primary choice, in this increasingly competitive world?