A Fortnight of Sharing

SharingAcademicPractices_Branding_SAP button2015 marks in inaugural year for the Sharing Academic Practices Fortnight being offered by ICT, University Library, and the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. The event has been planned in partnership with Faculty members from across campus. This year, the event is comprised of two weeks of workshops, talks, celebrations, as well as dedicated time for Instructors to progress teaching and learning projects all centred around enhancing teaching practice.


CAUCE Webinar: Quality Standards for Distance Education

I’ve been asked to speak on a panel on the topic of Quality Standards for Distance Education for a CAUCE Webinar Series, Valuing Continuing Education: Programs, Promotion and Processes.  I’ll be discussing some of the templates that have been developed by the ID team I work with at CCDE, U of S as well as some of the new considerations for what quality means to today’s students when looking at the web learning environments available.

Join us if you can.

Quality Standards for Distance Delivery

Description:  The session will focus on quality standards for the delivery of distance education courses. It will address: course design and delivery, rubrics for measuring quality in design and delivery, development models, intellectual property, faculty support and buy-in, other aspects of standards related to distance delivery.

Date:  November 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. EDT

Presented by Natalie Giesbrecht, Manager, Distance Education, Open Learning and Educational Support , University of Guelph, Lynette Phyfe, Interim Director/Instructional Designer, Distance and Online Education, University of Manitoba and Jordan Epp, Instructional Designer, Distance, Off-Campus and Certificate Programs, Centre for Continuing & Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan.

Register here

John Boyer talk at U of S

John Boyer came to the U of S and gave a pair of great talks a couple weeks ago. His teaching philosophy is simple: make it accessible, and make it relevant. Words to teach by. Here’s a great talk around course design strategies to increase interaction through innovative assessment ideas that also reduce cheating. John is a fantastically dynamic speaker and I’m sure you’ll enjoy his approach to student engagement. There’s some awesome ideas for assessment in here. Take a look.

DOC Instructors’ Network Wine and Cheese 2014

IMG_012Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the DOC Instructor’s Network Wine & Cheese. We had a great evening chatting with all of you passionate instructors and we can’t wait to do it again.  We hope that you will make use of the DOC Instructors’ Network Forum  throughout the year and continue the conversations around amazing distance teaching until we can meet in person again in the new year.


I’ve also posted the recording of the entire evening and put in some chapter markers to access the Pecha Kucha presentations easily without having to endure the video in it’s entirety. We hope to see you all online soon to continue the conversations and to increase the opportunities for networking with colleagues. Thanks again!







DOC Instructor’s Network: Social Wine & Cheese 2014

Pecha Kucha talks start at 50:03 or click here to jump right in.

DOC Instructor’s Network: Social Wine & Cheese

On Thursday, October the 2nd, DOC will host a Wine & Cheese social event for it’s incredible team of distance delivery instructors.

If you can’t make it in to CCDE to meet in person, please feel free to join us live and online at the Google Hangouts On Air! where we will be live streaming the event in an interactive two-way environment. Come ask questions and network with colleagues.

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