Preconference Workshops

Mary Burgess from BCcampus and Alec Couros from the University of Regina will deliver the pre-conference workshops on May 2, 2016.


Dipping Our Toes in the Waters of Open Pedagogy

Mary Burgess, BCcampus

8:45 am – 10:00 am | May 2, 2016 | Regina/Wascana Rooms (LY 107.32/107.33)

In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the principles of Open Pedagogy and will have a chance to explore how their own instructional contexts can benefit from the application of those principles.


Designing for Online & Blended Courses

Alec Couros, University of Regina

10:15 am – 11:30 am | May 2, 2016 | Regina/Wascana Rooms (LY 107.32/107.33)

While learning managements systems like Moodle and Blackboard are still popular choices for facilitating online and augmented courses, these systems are being challenged by ‘small-tools-loosely-joined’ approaches to instructional design. This workshop will outline various pedagogical approaches used to construct learning environments based on freely available or low-cost tools. Participants will learn the ins and outs of some of the most common and powerful tools while coming to understand the pedagogical frameworks afforded by distributed learning environment design. Both closed and open models of learning will be explored throughout the workshop.