Free UO Conference on October 8 & 9, 2014

Are you looking for tips, tricks, and tales about eLearning in adult education? You are invited to register for the fourth annual UO Conference on October 8 & 9, 2014 –  a free PD opportunity offered entirely online using Adobe Connect.

We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote speakers are two Canadian leaders in the field. Join us for Tony Bates’ session on Learning in the 21st Century and Alec Couros’ session on Digital Citizenship.

We also have a fascinating variety of presenters from colleges and universities all across Alberta for this two day event hosted by Bow Valley College. We’ll be chatting about everything from adaptable online learning environments and teaching with social media and educational technology to a new frame about academic dishonesty and providing learner-centred feedback.

Click here to access the online registration form to register

For more information and a complete list of conference sessions, see our website or connect with Lusine Harutyunyan for questions about registration.

We look forward to learning with you!

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Click here to access a poster about this event you can printout. 

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University  has some excellent resources up on their website at

Explore the links on the menu of the left to find faculty development resources about the following topics:

Some of the materials are special to the Carnegie Mellon University context but most of it is very applicable to any faculty teaching context.  I especially found the 7 principles of learning and 7 principles of effective teaching very useful. There are very few documented and researched based lists of principles available.

Video: Teaching Group Effectiveness

Faculty will often require students to work in groups on significant assignments that are high stakes but without taking the time to teach the students how to work effectively in a group.  And for that reason, groupwork will be quite frustrating.  Several years ago MRU developed the video to help faculty and students learn more about group effectiveness. It is still current, valuable and now available on YouTube.

I have also built a Ed.TED lesson wrapped around this video that you may also find useful. It can be accessed at 


Dee Fink is the Director of the Instructional Development Program at University of Oklahoma, or he was when he wrote a book called: “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses”

He also wrote short guide for instructors on how to design courses. It is called: ” A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning”  and it is available here: for download.

This is an excellent resource to help faculty who could use a guide on how to design their courses or just their assessments even. It is a quick read. We use it quite a bit.


Essay: In Defense of Cheating by Don Norman

Don Norman’s essay:  In Defense of Cheating describes some interesting things faculty can do to prevent cheating. Essentially his thesis is that we need to rethink and redesign our assessments so that cheating is not worthwhile.

I use this essay often to help faculty consider how poor traditional assessment strategies really are and to value some more progressive strategies.

It is an interesting essay and if you just Google “In Defense of Cheating”, you can always find it.