I’m still catching up on all the posts I meant to write during 2020 but have been too busy to do.
Contact North and the Association for Talent and Development have now made available video recordings of all the presentations at their virtual conference on December 8-9, and there are some jewels amongst them.
The unique selling point of this particular conference is that it brought together the often separate worlds of k-12, post-secondary education and corporate training. They each have something to learn from each other.
For time reasons, I have not viewed them all, at least not all the way through, so I am selecting those I personally found most interesting. Most of the presentations are fairly short, 20 minutes or so, sometimes with more than one speaker. The Q&A sessions are usually well worth waiting for.
The full list of presentations is at the bottom of this page. Note however the presentations for some reason are available only until March 19, 2021.
I really enjoyed this very clear and practical presentation on authentic assessment in online and blended learning. Every instructor who went online for the first time in the Spring should view this – as well as more experienced online instructors. A complete answer to technology-based online proctoring.
This is a presentation of the ways in which LinkedIn and more specifically its sub-unit, Lynda.com, is partnering with the public sector to provide online learning resources, particularly but not exclusively in the vocational and trades areas. This made me more aware that Lynda.com and other commercial providers are a real competitor to the idea of open educational resources, and raised in my mind in particular where Ministries of Education/Advanced Education should invest: in licensing commercial products, often of high quality; or in ‘home-grown’, locally produced open educational resources, which may not match as well the quality of the commercial products.
I have to say that this was not what I was expecting from Stephen. In this presentation he indicates the ways in which MOOCs can and are being automated. There is no way I am going to try to speak for Stephen, but as usual, a highly thought-provoking presentation.
Phil Hill provides an excellent overview of the situation regarding various types of learning platforms and in particular the likely next moves with regards to video-conferencing and LMS/VLEs. Lots of both hard data and practical insights about the future of online learning platforms.
This session complements nicely my own session with Stella Lee, but for the k-12 sector. Clare and Jim focus on three trends: developing computational skills; microlearning; and emerging technologies. Interestingly their choice of emerging technologies for the k-12 sector, especially VR/AR, mirrors my own for the post-secondary sector.
This presentation looks at the results of two ‘quick and dirty’ surveys of mainly faculty, but also some administrators, in Canadian post-secondary institutions during both the Spring and Fall semesters, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and suggests a number of necessary actions for instructors, administrators and institutions.
Dr. Tony Bates is the author of eleven books in the field of online learning and distance education. He has provided consulting services specializing in training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education, working with over 40 organizations in 25 countries. Tony is a Research Associate with Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network.