Headline Assessing Skills and Competencies Online
Content This hands-on workshop showcases practical online approaches for companies and organizations seeking to assess skills and competencies of employees and candidates.

Strategies, benefits and limitations of video-based assessment and online competency-based assessment methodologies are explored, as well as how to ensure assessments of competence are legally defensible.

  1. Understand the differences between a competence that can be measured, a capability statement and a general statement of learning outcomes.
  2. Learn how use competency statements for assessment – some best practices.
  3. Learn how to do video-based competency assessment and validation.
Time 1 hour


Headline Better Online Courses in Half the Time
Content An online course does not need to take months to design, develop and deploy.

In this workshop, instructional designers and course development managers share approaches to course design and development that take significantly less time.

This rapid development approach often involves a shift from content-rich courses to more engaging, experiential learning, which place greater responsibility on learners for their own learning.

  1. Understand the process map and critical road blocks for better designs in half the time.
  2. Understand the ways in which technology can aid design and development.
  3. Explore case studies of unbundled design and development, including challenges and benefits.
Time 1.5 hours


Headline Building Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the Learner Experience
Content What does it take to make AI useful in online learning?

How do we design, develop and deploy tutor bots, chatbots and AI-enabled learner supports?

What software is available and how do we use it to build real-time interactivity into a course?

How do we ensure its effectiveness?

This workshop showcases what can be achieved and the work needed to ensure successful deployment of AI.

  1. Become familiar with AI-enabled software and systems to support learning, their costs and the requirements to integrate them into a course.
  2. Understand the evidence of AI success and likely points of failure.
  3. Appreciate what learners think of their AI enabled experience.
Time 2 hours


Headline Creating Effective Analytics Dashboards – Cases and Practices
Content How does a college, university or training organization use analytics to improve course design and learner performance?

What are the steps, cautions and tricks of the analytics trade developers need to know?

Once built, what are the best ways of securing effective learner understanding and action based on the dashboard data?

Examples of dashboards are demonstrated, together with evidence of the efficacy of learning analytics for learner retention and completion.

  1.   Understand what it takes to embed learning analytics into practice in a college, university or training organization.
  2.   Explore examples of analytics dashboards and how they are used to support learners.
  3.   Understand the limitations of analytics and risks associated with their use.
Time 2 hours


Headline Creating, Sharing and Using Open Educational Resources
Content What does it take to design, develop and share open educational resources (OER) for use across an industry sector, a skill domain or an academic course or discipline?

What are the pitfalls?

What helps increase use and adoption of OER?

This workshop features practical lessons from leading OER practitioners, sharing the what, when and how, in addition to frameworks for quality assurance for OER, such as those developed by the Commonwealth of Learning.

  1.   Understand a leading framework for quality assurance related to OER.
  2.   Awareness of opportunities, design principles and sustainability requirements for OER.
  3.   Understand the challenges of using OER.
Time 1 hour


Headline Developing and Recognizing Micro-Credentials
Content Micro-credentials are evolving to deliver and assess specific skills and competencies developed outside of formal education, with badges awarded as recognition in both the corporate and higher education sectors.

As micro-credentials grow, the use of badges increases.

This workshop helps participants understand the step-by-step approach to designing learning and assessment activities for micro-credentials that can be recognized with badges.

  1.   Learn strategies for developing micro-credentials and recognized badges.
  2.   Understand strategies for assessing competencies and awarding badges or assessing those from other providers.
  3.   Appreciate the benefits and challenges associated with the design, development and deployment of micro-credentials.
Time 1.5 hours


Headline Effective Online Mentoring and Coaching Programs for Corporations
Content Using case studies from the financial services sector, this session showcases the use of online mentoring and coaching platforms to support improved business outcomes and staff satisfaction.

Colleagues share their design, development and deployment journey and the lessons learned from the use of the same proprietary platform.

  1.   Understand the collaborative process of online mentoring and coaching, including its strengths and limitations.
  2.   Appreciate the potential of video capture, review, reflection and evaluation.
  3.   Understand online peer-to-peer coaching as a means for systematic performance improvement.
Time 1 hour


Headline How to Design Simulations
Content Simulations used to be expensive, complex and difficult to design but new tools and approaches make this much easier.

This workshop showcases both the design approach and some of the technologies available to make simulation building and use easier and quicker to deploy.

The most used software for developing simulations quickly and efficiently is explored to identify the strengths and limitations of each.

  1.   Understand the key design challenges for creating a simulation.
  2.   Explore software and tools which enable quick simulation building based on story boards and pathways.
  3.   Discover a step by step process for creating and deploying an engaging simulation.
Time 2 hours


Headline Integrating Augmented Reality (AR) into Skills Training
Content Augmented Reality (AR) is fast emerging as a way to develop capabilities, skills and competencies at work through simulation and action prompts.

This workshop explores how to use AR as a tool to enable faster mastery of skills and competencies and introduces specific examples of the deployment of AR in skills-based courses at the college level and the workplace.

Other examples of AR in use in classroom education, health and safety related programs and retail are also explored.

  1.   Awareness of software and hardware available to create and deploy AR.
  2.   Acquire a step-by-step guide to AR creation and deployment.
  3.   Understand the limitations of AR.
Time 1.5 hours


Headline Making Effective, Quick and Engaging Video
Content A practical approach to creating videos for courses using low-cost technology, smartphones and simple editing software for easy production and distribution.

By the end of the session, all participants can shoot, cut, connect and share video quickly and easily, as well as integrate video into courses and use video for mentoring and coaching.

This session  also shares examples of effective video use in a variety of learning settings.

  1.   Ability to create and use video for courses.
  2.   Understand uses and common mistakes with video in courses.
  3.   Identify benefits of video for achieving learning outcomes.
Time 1.5 hours


Headline Peer-to-Peer Co-Created Learning and Assessment
Content In developing learning designs beyond content sharing, how can we use peer activities to stimulate learners to co-create materials, build knowledge libraries, assess the work of peers, and engage in project work?

How do we expand this work and help students create powerful, memorable and effective personal learning journeys?

Using samples of courses, this workshop shares effective practice and creative designs.

  1.   Explore examples of peer-to-peer learning and assessment.
  2.   Understand how to facilitate, coach and mentor peer assessment, exchange and co-building.
  3.   Assess practical suggestions for incorporating, assessing and encouraging peer-to-peer learning into courses.
Time 1.5 hours.


Headline Simple Design Practices for Learner Engagement
Content An introduction to design principles and best practices for integrating learner engagement in course and resource designs for higher learner satisfaction and completion rates.

This workshop looks at 6-8 design ideas that significantly increase learner engagement, such as peer-to-peer activities, reflective and authentic learning, social media and other examples.

Evidence from the National Study of Student Engagement is used to show how learner engagement can be benchmarked for colleges and universities.

  1.   Understand the design principles for engaging learners.
  2.   Experience different engagement ideas for courses and learning activities.
  3.   Explore how others are engaging learners in both synchronous and asynchronous learning through case studies.
Time 1 hour


Headline Using OER For Flipped Classroom Design
Content Open Educational Resources (OER) are digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and independent learners to use for teaching, learning, and research.

This practical workshop looks at how the use of OER enables faculty members and instructors to combine effective online and in-class learning in a flipped design, increasing learner engagement, satisfaction and success.

In addition, the workshop looks at the challenges of finding and sustaining OER and leveraging design principles for effective flipped classroom practice.

  1.   Understand the framework and best practices of flipped classrooms incorporating OER.
  2.   Identify challenges of finding, adapting and using OER as well as ways of overcoming these challenges.
  3.   Awareness of research evidence on the effectiveness of flipped classrooms using OER.
Time 1 hour