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DELTS offering teaching and learning workshops

by: MUN

By Courtenay Alcock

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Memorial community will have a chance to attend two workshops on hot topics in the teaching and learning industry: the use of mobile devices for learning, and the connection between student engagement and blended learning.

Mobile connectivity is transforming how we communicate and, ultimately, how we learn. Dr. Valerie Lopes, professor and researcher in the Centre for Academic Excellence at Seneca College in Toronto, Ont., will be presenting Mobile Devices for Learning: The Yin and the Yang. During the session Dr. Lopes will address how students are using smartphones, what students think about using smartphones for learning and some of the unique challenges of using these devices in the classroom.

Student engagement has also become a driving force that helps define the quality of the university experience for students. Dr. Norm Vaughan, professor in the Department of Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alta., will present Student Engagement and Blended Learning: What’s the Connection? During this session Dr. Vaughan will present a series of case studies to illustrate the impact of a blended approach on student engagement and success. Attendees of this session will come away with appropriate strategies and tools for engaging students in their own teaching and learning context.

Both sessions are free to attend, and are part of a two-day conference being hosted and attended by the Teaching with Technology Community, a provincial community that includes members of Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic and the provincial government’s Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI). Members of the community are responsible for training faculty, instructors and staff in their respective organizations on how to use various technologies in their teaching and daily work.

The workshops will be delivered as webinars; however, participants will have the option to attend either in-class or online. Please note that space is limited for the in-class sessions. To register, and for details on each of the events, visit and click the appropriate workshop title.

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