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Wednesday, June 22 • 15:45 - 16:35
CON04.01 - Empowering Emerging HR Professionals to Create Innovative e-Learning Modules: Challenges, Opportunities and Learning Transfer

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In the past decade, the use of technology to facilitate learning is arguably one of the most significant trends impacting educational institutions and workplaces in Canada. Post secondary institutions and organizations are increasingly taking greater advantage of new technologies to deliver better education and improve workplace training. Research demonstrates that over 77 percent of organizations believe that e-learning is becoming more important strategically to the learning strategy within their organizations (Saks & Haccoun, 2016). Students who study human resources are increasingly being called upon to expand their focus on the technologies that drive change within organizations through effective training and development strategies (Card & Sivak, 2014).

Students in a graduate certificate Human Resources program were given the opportunity to develop the digital competencies that are required in the modern workplace by designing an asynchronous online learning module. In this session we will share our approach to preparing students to facilitate change within organizations by successfully creating online learning modules. Students were able to expand their digital competencies and apply these skills to new contexts, going on to create online modules for another training project working with not-for-profit industry partners. We will share the results of surveys that were completed before and after the semester-long learning experience to explore the students’ self-assessment regarding their motivation to learn new digital competencies, self-efficacy towards achieving their learning goals, and their self-confidence in applying their learning as they move into the workplace.

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences of integrating technologies that support technical competency, explore examples of online learning modules via their mobile devices, and contribute to the development of a collaborative list of resources used to facilitate the creation of online modules.


Holly Catalfamo

Holly Catalfamo is a Coordinator and Professor of the Human Resources Management Programs in the School of Business and Management at Niagara College.
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Barbara Smith

Educator, Niagara College
Barbara Smith is a Professor in the School of Business and Management at Niagara College. She also facilitates online courses for Ontario Learn.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 15:45 - 16:35 EDT
UCC 37

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