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2017 Kesarwani Lecture

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This event was made possible by a fund established by the family of Dr. Roop Kesarwani that aims to promote excellence in university teaching. Read Mr. Roop Kesarwani's complete biography.

First Part – Professor Norman Vaughan (10:30)

Student Engagement and Blended Learning: What’s the Connection?

Over the past decade, there has been an increased focus on the topic of student engagement in light of rising tuition costs and concerns about student success and retention rates. In response to these issues, many educational institutions have adopted a blended approach to courses and programs by combining face-to-face and online opportunities for learning. Many academics wonder about the impact of blended learning on student engagement and success. This session will attempt to answer this question by presenting a series of case studies that will help faculty members and instructors identify strategies and tools that are appropriate for engaging students in their own teaching and learning context at the University of Ottawa.


Norman Vaughan

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Norman Vaughan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development.

Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals. Learn more about Dr. Vaughan by visiting his personal web site.