Post-Conference Workshop Series
June 6th


 Join us for a day with an array of amazing workshops (half-day & full-day options) run by leading field of Active Learning research, practice and development



Full-day workshops

Workshop #1:  Peer and Group Assessment : Challenges and Rewards 
Workshop leader: Tamara Kelly (York University), Georg Rieger (University of British Columbia)

This workshop will explore the whys, ways and hows of  peer- and group assessment as applied to group activities, both in and outside the classroom group. Students can grade their peers and individual grades can be based on these assessments. The goal is to allow students to engage more and to improve students’ understanding of course materials through better meta-cognitive skills, such as self-regulation. Nevertheless, there are barriers and concerns with these models of assessment as it is sometimes difficult for teachers to access efficient tools and there is a concern that if students grade each other unfairly they can skew their grades.


Workshop #2:  Intro to Active Learning at the College Level
Workshop leader: Chris Whittaker (Dawson College)

This workshop is aimed at novice active learning practitioners as well as graduate students who are interested in knowing more about current active learning pedagogies at the college level. The full-day workshop will start with current research initiatives in active learning pedagogies, within the context of the cegep system, and including historical and philosophical aspects. A tour of active learning classrooms will review classroom design and stress how teaching practices must change in these spaces. Linked to this are the various technologies that can be used in these rooms. Finally, a discussion of future directions in education and how individuals can develop their resume.

 ** Great opportunity for graduate students who may be interested in teaching at the college level.

Half-day workshops

Workshop #3: Introduction to Open EdX: A platform to support Flipped Classroom activities (9h – 12h)
Workshop leader: Sameer Bhatnagar (Dawson College)

This workshop is a practical introduction to  Open EdX. The Open edX platform is a free and open source course management system (similar to Moodle, but entirely web based). The Open edX platform is used all over the world to host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as smaller classes and training modules. It is increasingly apparent that Open EdX has much to offer the postsecondary classroom because it can flexibly incorporate different learning tools. DALITE, an asynchronous peer instruction tool, is an example of a teacher-led initiative that has been successfully used within Open EdX.

In addition, Open EdX has sophisticated data and analytics features, which can open doors for research-practitioner partnerships.


Workshop #4: 13 Tips for Writing Assessments & Activities (9h – 12h)
Workshop leader:  Saul Carliner (Concordia University) 

One of the most challenging parts of designing instructional programs is writing questions and activities that assess learning and promote interaction. After exploring the various purposes of questions and interaction in instructional programs, this workshop explores 13 suggestions for preparing engaging and relevant assessments and activities for your instructional programs. It also provides an opportunity to practice the new skills with a current project of yours (or, if you don’t have one, a project provided by the instructor).


Workshop #5:  Leveraging Web-based Technologies to Enhance Collaborative Learning: Visual Classrooms (13h – 16h)
Workshop leader: Leslie Schneider (Visual Classrooms)

Visual Classrooms is an ideal platform for flipped classroom, reflective writing and supporting students’ deeper thinking. As a web-based learning environment, it is designed to support student engagement and collaborative learning. This interactive digital learning tool enables users to quickly capture thinking and share, analyze and discuss content together using their own computing devices – i.e., laptops, tablets even phones, at home or in the classroom, synchronously or asynchronously.

This workshop will provide participants with an unique opportunity to hear how VC has been used by instructors at the post-secondary level. Participants will learn how to use and build their own activity using these technology environments. Visual Classrooms has embedded analytics that can help instructors monitor students’ contributions and participation.



Workshop Fees

Half-day workshop – $35
2 – Half-day workshops – $60
Full-day workshop – $75 (includes lunch)
Full-day workshop – $60 (no lunch provided)


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