Summer Institute 2012

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[edit] Summer Institute 2012 will be held at the University of Ontario Institute for Technology (UOIT)

UOIT O, Thursday August 2, 2012
UOIT O, Thursday August 2, 2012


Dates: August 1-3, 2012

Location: UOIT North Campus 2000 Simcoe St N[1] ERC building, room 1058.

Registration: The cost of attendance at the OUCEL Summer Institute 2012 is $200.00 per person - this includes attendance at the full event and supper on the evening of the second day. To register, please download and fill out a registration form [2]. Mail the completed form and a cheque payable to UOIT to the address indicated on the form.

Accommodations: We have reserved 10 2-bedroom suites at the UOIT South Village residence. The nightly rate is $59.95 + tax. To book a room, please phone (905) 728-8700 ext 8000 and say you are with the Ontario University Council on E-Learning group. More more information about the residences at UOIT, visit their website: [3]

For detailed travel and area information, please visit this website: [4] If you have questions regarding registration, accommodation or travel information, please contact

[edit] Day 1: August 1, 1pm - 4pm

12-1pm: Lunch and registration

1-1:15pm: Welcome from Laurie Harrison

1:15-2pm: “Lightning round” institutional updates

As a warmup and icebreaker activity, participants will share a short institutional update - focusing on one triumph and one challenge over the past year.

2-2:30pm: Welcome from Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost, Academic and IT

Bill will be connecting with us via Adobe Connect from beautiful Victoria BC to welcome delegates to this year’s summer institute. We will follow up with an overview of the next few days.

2:30-4pm: BVirtual Remote Proctor Demo

Rick Beaudry will join us for a demonstration of the BVirtual Live Online Proctoring service. From the BVirtual website: “B Virtual provides a seamless remote proctoring experience for students to take exams online. Our combination of people, process and technology provide a level of integrity to the examination process that raises the bar for Proctored exams.”

The demo will follow with a discussion about the advantages and challenges of online proctoring. For more information about BVirtual’s Online Proctoring services, visit:

Evening: Dinner is not provided, but company will be - we can discuss options at the end of the day.

[edit] Day 2: August 2, 9am - 4pm

9:00-9:30: Breakfast and good mornings

9:30-10:30: AODA Roundtable: Accessible media strategies

In this roundtable discussion, we would like to focus specifically on how institutions across the province are approaching the development, conversion and administration of media, focusing primarily on videos (closed captioning and described video). The roundtable will produce a shared resource guide outlining tools, services and strategies. See AODA Information and Communication Legislation at

Reference Links:

10:00-10:30: Anciliary Fees

'10:30-11:15: Leveraging technology for strategic alignment and faculty development

11:15-12:00: emerging topic

This hands-on workshop will begin with a mini-panel with Laurie Harrison, Giulia Forsythe and Jaymie Koroluk, who will share their experiences with leveraging technology in several key areas (blended learning, social media and synchronous communication technology). Participants will then work in groups to brainstorm and develop ideas around several key questions: 1) What are the institutional priorities we need to align with? 2) What are our key faculty development goals and strategies? 3) How can we leverage technology to implement strategies and meet our goals? Record your ideas on a Leveraging technology for strategic alignment and faculty development - online doc at capturing all our ideas in one place.

12-1: Lunch

1-2:30: Terry Anderson on the “MOOC Phenomenon” (via Adobe Connect)

Dr. Terry Anderson, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University will be joining us via Adobe Connect for a lively discussion about the recent MOOC phenomenon. Terry will talk with us about the notion of “unbundling” the University, and the threats and opportunities presented by MOOCs.

Terry's slides are available on slideshare

@giuliaforsythe's visual notes of Terry's talk

2:30-4: Beyond the LMS: The new learning ecosystem

An extension on last year’s “Cloud and 2.0” discussion, this session will explore the new learning “ecosystem” from a institutional strategy, operational, and pedagogical perspective. As a recent Campus Technology article* commented: “progressive professors are making end runs around its [LMS’s] limitations by utilizing free web 2.0 and cloud-based tools -- tools that sit outside the walls of the LMS.”

The session will muse about the role of the university in supporting infrastructure, managing risk, and providing value-added services in the era of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), third-party tools and resources, and cloud computing. We will also discuss the way learning is enabled and shaped by these different systems. Beyond the LMS: The new learning ecosystem - online doc

  • Rebuilding the LMS for the 21st Century [5]
  • 7 things you should know about navigating the new learning ecosystem [6]

6pm: Dinner at Avanti Trattoria[7]

[edit] Day 3: August 3, 9am - 12pm

Day 3 picture
Day 3 picture

9-9:30: Breakfast and good mornings

9:30-11: Discussion Panel: Blended Learning

Panelists: ~ Brenda Ravenscroft - Associate Dean (Studies) Faculty of Arts and Science Associate Professor School of Music, at Queen’s ~ Jean Adams - Special Assistant Professor, Policy (Specialization) - Schulich School of Business Associate Co-Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technologies York University ~ Richard Gorrie - Associate Director, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph ~ Richard Pinet – Director, Centre for e-Learning, University of Ottawa

Themes: Defining Blended Learning; Administrative Challenges; Sustainability Issues; Blended Learning and Larger Cultural Context

11am-12pm: Showcase of Ontario University Initiatives (TBC)

Have you been working on something really great over the past year? Would you like to share with the group? Please submit ideas for a short presentation to Jaymie -[8]

- Dr. Christine Smith, Director of Open Learning at UWindsor will share developments related to their Open Learning initiatives and briefly describe their new FlatWorld eText project.Slides available

- Avi Hyman and Laurie Harrison - UofT: – Open resources include not-for-credit courses, educational resources and access to online scholarly works

- Aldo Caputo - Online TA training course

- Kim Holland - Western's take on an online version of Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), a peer-based worskhop based on microteaching

12pm: Lunch

Wrap up, discussion of next year’s event etc.

To wrap up, we will summarize key ideas discussed over the past few days, and look ahead to next year’s summer institute: Location, Timing, Hosts and Participants

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