Connect with the VLS Community of Practice in eCampusOntario’s webinar series 

Have you been curious about how others will be contributing to the Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS)? What they are creating? How they are approaching the work? Now is your chance to come together with the community, meet colleagues, collaborate, share new ideas and learn from each other. 

In keeping with VLS principles of being collaborative, learner-driven, and digital by design, eCampusOntario is hosting a webinar series between July and September, open to everyone. The series is in response to input from VLS project leads that an interactive forum would be a fitting way to connect with peers across the sector to learn more about what others are creating, and how.

Webinar speakers will bring specialized expertise in areas that will be helpful to you as you develop your project. They will facilitate discussions on key topics such as accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion, humanizing learning, building community, creation platform and more.   

Connect with colleagues and learn by registering for the webinars! 

Please see the Webinars section below for confirmed dates, times, topics, and presenters for upcoming events.
If you’d like to mark your calendars, future webinars are tentatively scheduled for 12-1pm EST or 1-2pm EST on August 12th, August 26th, September 9th, and September 30th 2021. As presenters, topics, and times are confirmed, the chart below will be updated.


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Webinar 1: Co-Designing with Student Partners

Jul 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presenters: Terry Greene, Senior eLearning Designer, Trent University, with student panelists.
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The Liberated Learner Micro-Credential aims to create a set of modules that will enhance a learner’s ability to get their learning done, regardless of the learning environment that they face. As such, we have invited student co-designers in to every level of development of the project, especially as subject matter experts. We recently held a design sprint, led by our student co-designers, in which approximately 80 students crafted 110+ stories about the “wicked problems” that they have faced in their learning journeys. These stories will now serve to inform the content of the modules to be built. Join us for a panel discussion with the student co-designers as we discuss the process and the products of our design sprint.

Webinar 2: Lessons from integrated knowledge translation to support cross disciplinary collaboration and the delivery of online curriculum.

August 12, 2021, 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Presenters: Brenda Gamble, Ontario Tech University 

Description: The implementation phase of collaborative curriculum design is key, but is often an over looked component in the process of designing curricula. Failure to acknowledge the importance of this phase can impact the success of the delivery of online curriculum. Integrated knowledge translation (iKT) is an approach that supports cross-disciplinary collaboration and the implementation of new innovations. This webinar will apply lessons from iKT to inform the implementation phase of curriculum design for online delivery. 

Webinar 3: Creating Asynchronous Online Learning Modules: Exploring Opportunities & Limitations  

August 26, 2021, 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Presenters: Cristina D’Amico, Faculty Liaison Coordinator, University of Toronto
Samantha Chang, Project Coordinator, University of Toronto
Michal Kasprzak, Assistant Director, University of Toronto; with project partners.  

Description: The series of four OER asynchronous modules (to be shared through common cartridge and Pressbooks), developed in a learning management ecosystem (LME) and relying on H5P for high degree of engagement, is designed to offer graduate students a 3-hour program on teaching dossiers. This project comprises 5 institutional partners, 12 SMEs (including graduate student consultants), with a robust process to storyboard and develop content. We will share our reflections on both the opportunities and limitations of our onboarding and training approach, templates and resources, design and storyboarding process, and development decisions.  

Webinar 4: Virtual Learning Strategy: Update and Q&A  

September 9, 2021, 12:00PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This webinaris an opportunity toconnect withcolleagues, share experiences, andbring yourVirtual Learning Strategy questionsto the table. Members fromeCampusOntariowillprovideupdates on VLS project highlights and statistics from the first round of reports. Following this brief overview, we will open the floor for discussion. 

Webinar 5: Evolution of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Certificate 

September 30th (12-1pm) 

Presenters: Joanna Friend, Jessica Paterson and Ravinder Brar, George Brown College 

This webinar will introduce participants to the UDL virtual learning certificate course, looking at the evolution from its origins in three main areas:   

1)     lateral leadership for UDL Implementation  

2)     Anti-racism and anti-oppressive integration,   

3)     the structure and content of the certificate.  

As we explore these three areas of evolution, we will invite participants to engage in interactive and reflective activities to consider the evolution of a project or strategic initiative of their choosing. Facilitators will break down key terms and invite questions and sharing throughout. 

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