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October 30, 2018

MAGNA Publications 20-Minute Mentors

OLCThe Centre for Learning and Innovation is pleased to provide the ACC community with access to the 20-Minute Mentors from Magna Publications. This subscription gives faculty and staff access to approximately 200 short videos (all 20 minutes or less) that cover topics related to teaching methods (blended, flipped, online), classroom management, course design, grading and feedback, general issues related to faculty development and support, leadership, student engagement, teaching strategies, technology in the classroom, and working with specific student populations.

20-Minute Mentors are video-based programs created by educational experts that are designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy our schedules.

All ACC faculty and staff have access to these presentations. To register for the series, contact Chris Bell, Educational Technology Specialist

September 25, 2018

Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning

Teaching in higher education in 2015, and beyond, requires a new approach because of changes in the economy and changes in technology.

Faculty and instructors are continually facing questions such as how do I effectively teach an increasingly diverse student population, how do I engage and support my students as class sizes increase, how do I use multi-media and other resources to build a high quality course, and a host of other questions.

Drawing on his 40+ years of experience in higher education in Canada and around the world, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates has authored a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide that answers these questions and many, many more all in a single location.

Through 12 informative chapters, Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning answers your questions and provides helpful guidance and suggestions on a host of topics including:

  • How do I decide whether my courses should be campus-based, blended or fully online?
  • What strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment?
  • What methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes?
  • How do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject?
  • How do I maintain quality of teaching, learning, and resources in a rapidly changing learning environment?
  • What are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?

This book is available to read online, or as a digital download in a number of formats, and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial.

Teaching in a Digital Age

February 28, 2018

Towards 2028: Evolving Classrooms & Technology

Ken Steele interviews 12 university presidents and senior administrators about the innovations most likely to transform higher education over the coming decade, for a series called "Towards 2028."

In this episode, Ken discusses active learning pedagogies and classrooms, online and blended delivery, immersive telepresence, virtual reality and augmented reality, and the centrality of libraries to an institution-wide strategic approach to IT planning. We hear about pilot projects at the University of Waterloo testing Labster, a VR simulation of a chemistry lab, and Riipen, an online clearinghouse of work experience opportunities for students.

Eduvation.ca

October 3, 2017

OLC Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership

OLC Research CenterThe Online Learning Consortium (OLC) announced the launch of the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership. The new OLC Research Center aims to advance digital teaching and learning through timely delivery of research for use in the field.

Under the direction of Online Learning Consortium's Senior Director of Research and Innovation Jill Buban, Ph.D., the OLC Research Center will offer original, curated, commissioned, and sponsored research opportunities, and consulting and presentation services in areas related to digital learning and digital leadership research. It also features research publications, like OLC’s own peer-reviewed journal, Online Learning, podcasts, and infographics, offering researchers and practitioners resources they need to support their work in the field.

Research assets will be organized in key content areas, including: Teaching & Learning, Instructional Design/Learning Design, Leadership, Digital Learning and more.

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises.

OLC Research Center

September 19, 2017

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Ed Edition Annual explores the trends, challenges, and technology developments poised to disrupt higher education worldwide.

This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.

Download the report (2.7 MB PDF)