October 17-20, 2017

Vancouver, BC

Pre-Conference Symposia & Workshops

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Monday, October 16th, 5:00PM (Free ZOOM Virtual Panel)


Tuesday, October 17th, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PST (Onsite)

What do the World Bank, UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Inter-American Development Bank, and numerous other organizations and institutions around the globe have in common? They are all engaged in fascinating experiments to take advantage of advances in digital technologies and e-learning design to provide education, training, and professional development opportunities to people in developing countries who previously could not partake of these opportunities. One such delivery mechanism has been the massive open online course (MOOC) as well as various MOOC-like derivatives. Another is the use of open educational resources (OER). These efforts are already benefitting millions of people, but much potential for expansion and improvement remains. For more information…


Workshop 1: 

iPortfolio and iAssessment for Sustainable Learning in Higher Education

Tuesday, October 17th, 1:30PM – 5PM


For more details on this Workshop, including Objectives, Outline & Instructor Bios, visit AcademicExperts.org 

Abstract: iPortfolio and iAssessment are the two essential attributed of a sustainable interactive digital learning environment. Integrating interactivity through the introduction of iportfolio and iassessment in higher education is an innovative approach to sustain learner engagement and assess learner progression using interactive assessment techniques such as timely feedback using available digital tools. Authors in this artcle discuss different thinking tools for creative thinking to come up with unique innovative solution(s) based on available resources, learners expectations, difficulty level of the learning materials, etc.


Madhumita Bhattacharya, New Paradigm Solutions Limited, New Zealand

Steven Coombs, Hamdan Bin Mohammed SMART University, United Arab Emirates










 Workshop 2: 


Innovation in E-Learning Curriculum – Using Podcasts for Course Content, Student Assignments and Program Development


Wednesday, October 18th, 1:30PM – 5PM

Abstract: In this workshop, the participants will learn about the podcasting process and how to use podcasts for course content, student assignments and program development. The participants will first understand the nature of the medium and some general theoretical and foundational frameworks for using podcasts in education. This will include practical examples of how podcasting is being used in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Next, the participants will learn how to develop a podcasting plan and all the necessary tools for podcasting and implementing podcasts into a learning environment. In this “bring your own device” session, participants will not only better understand podcasting but receive hands-on, practical training on how to make and publish their own podcast. Finally, there will be a time for questions and exploring of podcasting equipment.


Jason Johnston, University of Kentucky, USA


Blake Jones, University of Kentucky, USA