Second Keynote Presentation

The Power & Promise of Open/Connected Learning

Alec Couros, University of Regina

8:45 am – 9:45 am | May 3, 2016 | RIC 119

In recent years, we have seen massive advances in technology that have brought enormous changes to the tools we use and the content we can now access instantly. In turn, these changes have shaped and shifted every aspect our lives: today’s world is truly a digital and networked global culture, far different from anything we have previously known. This new reality has profound implications for teaching and learning; indeed, the pedagogical possibilities of Web 2.0 tools seem limitless, yet our education systems have been reluctant to adapt to the connected world. In this presentation, Dr. Couros describes our changed (and changing) world and explores the ways that educators might take up the tremendous affordances of technologies to transform their practice, prepare students for a rapidly changing future, and create open and connected educational spaces that embody the best of our digital reality.