OLFM Workshop

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Learning in Our Digital World


Welcome to the information site for the 2014 OLFM Workshop, Learning in Our Digital World!

You will notice that this year's workshop will have a different structure from past years. Our focus in 2014 will be on harnessing our collective insights and wisdom in a few key areas and producing resources that will support your work as an OLFM. As such, it will be less of a conference, and much more of a workshop, where we will be researching ideas, generating strategies and knowledge related to our context, and presenting an overview of our findings.

Please take some time to reflect on the four tracks that are outlined below and consider where you would like to contribute. When you register, you will register for one track which will run all day Saturday.

Workshop Tracks

The four areas of focus for the workshop are:

  • The Theory and Practice of Feedback in Distance Learning
Facilitated by John O'Brien (OLFM), Kelly Warnock, and Ken Monroe (Instructional Designers), participants in this track will investigate and recommend strategies to ensure that OL students are adequately supported in their learning through the effective use of feedback in a distance learning environment.
  • Open Education Resources
Facilitated by Rajiv Jhangiani (OLFM), Ron McGivern (Associate Dean, Arts), and Terry Anderson (Keynote Speaker, AthabascaU), participants in this track will investigate and recommend strategies for finding, repurposing and using Open Education Resources in distance learning.
  • Encouraging Deeper Approaches to Learning
Facilitated by Loretta Teng (Instructional Designer) and Colin Madland (e-Learning Facilitator), participants in this track will investigate the idea of students' approaches to learning and will provide contextualized resources for the design and facilitation of structured learning activities that promote deeper approaches to learning.
  • Sound/Video Camp
Facilitated by the Open Learning Media Team (Bob Byrne, Jon Fulton and Rob Swanson) and the Innovation Lab (Brian Lamb), participants in this track will investigate and implement hands-on techniques and strategies for creating and implementing audio and video resources in distance learning environments.

Participants in each track will record their recommendations in the Distance Technologies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal of the wiki, which will remain open to the public as a resource, and will make a brief 10 minute presentation at the final plenary session of the workshop on Saturday afternoon.

Registration Info and Links

Keynote Speakers

We are very grateful to be able to host two keynote speakers for this year's workshop, both of whom are accomplished and well-regarded researchers and writers in the area of teaching and learning via distance technologies.

Dr. Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson, PhD, is currently a professor and researcher in the Centre for Distance Education and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Centre at Athabasca University - Canada’s Open University. Terry has been active in distance education development, delivery, education and research since 1985. He has published widely in the area of distance education and educational technology and has co-authored or edited nine books and numerous papers. His most recent works are published under Creative Commons licensing and these texts as well as works by other distance education authors are available in the Issues in Distance Education series from Athabasca University Press - in print and as free PDF downloads.

Terry has been the editor of the International Review of Research on Distance and Open Learning (IRRODL) for the past 11 years. IRRODL has emerged as the most widely read and cited scholarly journal in distance education and is proudly licensed under Creative Commons. IRRODL articles are all blind peer reviewed and after acceptance are published in HTML, PDF, MP3 (audio) and EPUB (mobile) formats.

Link to Terry's faculty bio at Athabasca University Link to Terry's Blog, Virtual Canuck

Dr. George Veletsianos

Link to George's faculty bio at Royal Roads University