Lightning Talks: Ideas and Conversations
Michelle Clement, Associate Faculty in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, will offer a talk and case study about how tackling homelessness isn’t a one disciplinary approach. The case study will show how sociology, marketing, mental health and nursing students worked together across disciplines and cultures to better understand homelessness in their community.
New Media and Pedagogy
Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, will offer a lightning talk as a provocation: to explore how new media forms (podcasts, social media feeds, etc.) allow pedagogy to take place beyond the university. What would happen if we thought of our role, as academics, to be pedagogy (not research) first? How do forms like the podcast allow us to enact a public-pedagogy-first praxis? How the heck will we convince universities to get on board?
Open Pop Ups
Verena Roberts, Learning Specialist at Rocky View Schools, will discuss open learning networks. From September 2017-June 2018 she will be connecting learning communities with open learning networks by facilitating serendipitous and planned “Open Pop Up” learning activities with a K-12 contextual lens. She will be completing a pilot version of the “Open Pop-ups”at her school district in the hopes of using the pilot to inform her doctorate research the following year.
Carolyn Steele, Career Development Coordinator at York University, will discuss Daagu. Daagu is an online platform that offers holistic and collaborative eLearning opportunities to students. Developed at York University in Toronto, Daagu is designed to promote student choice and engagement, community dialogue and meaningful application of conceptual content. It’s very much a self-directed way of learning. This session will introduce Daagu and provide information on how to learn more.
Overcoming Digital Obstacles
Christina Chavez-Reyes, Professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, will discuss digital obstacles to learning and teaching. In her teaching, she has discovered college students’ fear of the digital domain (distraction and breach of privacy) impedes their use of and ability at digital media, particularly social media, to become 21st-century college-educated citizens and professionals. This circumstance undermines the concept of students as “digital natives” and begs the question how colleges can better prepare students with the necessary digital skills and knowledge of the digital domain. An added element is college faculty’s resistance to develop their digital skills to incorporate tech appropriately in classrooms. These converging factors create an equity crisis for first gen college and low-income students (perhaps all students) who likely do not readily have available social and cultural capital in their homes and communities to supplement the lack of learning in college. Many will earn a degree without a model of professional and civic engagement for the digital age.
Brian Weston, Director of Distance and Accelerated Learning at College of the Canyons, will discuss strategies for keeping information accessible for online education.
Sean Michael Morris will moderate.