Pre-Conference Workshops

May 21, 2019,  University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (Times and locations to be announced)

Registration is free and on a first come first serve basis.  Minimum and maximum number of registrants may apply. To register, visit Pre-Conference Workshops Registration

  • Best practices and innovations in educational media
    Presented by: Dr. Matthew Yedlin, Saeed Dyanatkar, Andrew Wang, University of British Columbia
    UBC Studios is invested in creating a new wave by bringing in new innovative technologies into classrooms, lecture halls and changing the way we learn. The Studios tour will mainly focus on our educational studios, namely the One Button and the Lightboard, while also briefly looking at the other services we offer within the educational context. After the tour, Dr. Yedlin/Saeed will hold a workshop on the best practices of preparing and using the Lightboard Studio. The lightboard studio is a tool that is growing in popularity, due to the innovative presentation style and the endless possibilities within the medium.
  • Enriching OER: Engaging in Open Dialogue with our Communities
    Presented by: Jenni Hayman and Christina Hendricks, Cambrian College and University of British Columbia
    Many discussions of OER in the literature on open education focus on its value and use in post-secondary education contexts. We hope to move towards transforming this dominant narrative by deliberately connecting post-secondary educators with educators working in libraries or other community adult education organizations, to discuss potential collaborations around creation and use of OER for the benefit of all adults in our communities.
  • Introduction to using Unity for Virtual Reality Development
    Presented by: Shane Nilsson, University of British Columbia
    The workshop relates to the theme of Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations since Virtual Reality is one of the latest disruptive technologies that has the potential of transforming the way course material is delivered.
  • Open as Default: How to integrate open education in your Institution
    Presented by: Amanda Coolidge, Lauri Aesoph, Tannis Morgan, BCcampus
    Open Education is thriving globally and in particular in British Columbia, with a recent announcement of saving students $10 million ( At the same time, open education does disrupt the status quo of an academic institution and challenges the systems in place within the institution. This pre conference workshop will examine the disruption and provide actionable ways forward to integrate open education into one’s institution.
  • Practical solutions for issues designing diverse courses
    Presented by: Namsook Jahng, Hailan Chen, Bosung Kim, University of British Columbia
    This pre-conference workshop is directly connected to the conference theme: Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations. As a group of Learning Designers working at Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC, we will contribute to developing participants’ capacity and competency in designing a high quality course by sharing authentic examples of course transformation. Also, we would like to have a learning opportunity from the participants while discussing their struggles and successes in designing and delivering their courses with diverse course settings.