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Tuesday, June 21 • 13:30 - 15:45
PRE-CON.B.03 (long) - Incentivizing a digital community of practice for the eCampus Ontario Portal

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This workshop will explore the conditions that would incentivize users to build and sustain ‘the commons’—an online space where post-secondary educators share common concerns about online/blended/technology enhanced learning, and practice is negotiated in relation to these shared concerns. Such a space requires a high level of trust and consensus among users, a shared sense of “we’re in this together”, and a recognition that people are affected by others’ actions. Within the scope of this proposed community, users would come together to:

  • Share quality resources and processes relating to what works and doesn’t work in designing and teaching online courses.

  • Analyze the impact of specific design features and pedagogical innovations in technology enhanced teaching.

  • Conduct ongoing research that replicates design/teaching and learning interventions.

  • Disseminate scholarship of teaching and learning focused on online/blended/technology enhanced courses.

*Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their laptops to the workshop.

Session facilitators will begin by detailing their work related to the eCampus Ontario Portal, and some initial findings from a needs assessment, distributed to university staff and faculty across Ontario, Canada. Participants will then be asked to work in groups, generating discussion based on the following questions:

  1. How do we identify and collaborate with existing groups, communities of practice, and networks?

  2. How do we encourage faculty and designers to use online resources and share lessons learned?

  3. In what ways can we encourage the evaluation of technology enhanced course design and pedagogical impact?

  4. How can we encourage research on online/blended/technology enhanced designs, effective teaching practices, and students learning?

  5. How can we nurture and sustain an eCampus community of practice?

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Michael Agnew

Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University
Michael Agnew is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) at McMaster University. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University in 2015.
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Arshad Ahmad

Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning & Director, MIIETL, McMaster University
Dr. Arshad Ahmad is the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning and Director of Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) at McMaster University. He is the Past Coordinator of the 3MNTF program and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He is the Past... Read More →
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Janette Barrington

Associate Director, Educational Development, McMaster University
Janette Barrington is Manager, Strategic Initiatives, McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL). She holds a PhD in Educational Technology and is actively involved in research on interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning in higher... Read More →
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Irina Ghilic

Irina Ghilic is a PhD student in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, researching factors that affect student learning during lectures, such as note-taking modalities and beat gestures. Her hope is to work on bridging the gap between applied... Read More →
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Liam Stockdale

Liam Stockdale is a postdoctoral fellow at the McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL). He holds a Ph.D. in political science, and is actively involved in research and impact assessment initiatives relating to the redesign of undergraduate courses... Read More →
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Zafar Syed

AD Educational Technology, McMaster University
Zafar Syed has worked in education development within private and public institutions in Japan, Hawaii, the UAE, and Canada for the past 25 years. He currently serves as Associate Director, Education Technology at McMaster’s Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and... Read More →

Tuesday June 21, 2016 13:30 - 15:45 EDT
M3043 Fanshawe College