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Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) Talks on Technology and Higher Education

This series will feature presentations on the various ways in which technology is utilized in teaching, learning and research in higher education today. Tech Talks will draw on the expertise and interests of people working in the various services and faculties at the University of Ottawa. The objective of the series is twofold:

  1. Share information, research and best practices across a range of educational technology applications and interests and, in so doing,
  2. Create an ongoing dialogue and discussion within the University of Ottawa community.

Presentation of AvayaLive™ Engage

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Vanier Hall, Room 1064

Presenter: Scott Farrell & Gino Brancatelli of AvayaLive™

AvayaLive™ Engage

AvayaLive™ Engage is an immersive Web collaboration tool that provides innovative new ways to meet, sell and learn. Radically different from other collaboration solutions, AvayaLive™ Engage connects participants from around the globe in collaboration sessions featuring 3D visuals, video and spatial audio. Multiple, free-flowing discussions can take place simultaneously, and participants can have access to and take full advantage of all materials related to the session.

Collaboration redefined

AvayaLive™ Engage is a personalized online meeting space where people can fluidly and intuitively move between individual, small team and large group conversations. Leveraging advanced, immersive collaboration tools, It knocks down the barriers associated with business travel; distance between headquarters, remote worker and client offices; and distance learning and online sales. Enabling effective and highly productive work teams, AvayaLive™ Engage is available to users around the world, giving them flexible access from their offices, home or any Internet connection.

This session will explore how AvayaLive™ Engage might be used in context of teaching and learning in higher education.

"Where is the search engine"?: Understanding computer-user behaviours in the digital world: Lessons from the Virtual Historian

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 10:00 to 12:00
Vanier Hall, Room 1064

Presenter: Stéphane Lévesque, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Stéphane Lévesque is Associate professor of history education and Director of the Virtual History Lab (VH Lab) at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. In the Fall of 2011, he was visiting professor of digital history at Umea University in Sweden. His research focuses on students' historical thinking and consciousness, Canadian history, citizenship education, and new media and technology in education. In the early Spring of 2011, Dr. Lévesque opened the Virtual Historian Laboratory (VH Lab). Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), this is the first research centre in Canada to study the on-line learning of history. Innovative approaches, such as eye-tracking analysis, are used to study the methods and quality of virtual learning, to clarify the needs of on-line learners, and to develop the models and contexts that lead to improving the design, presentation and evaluation of web sites, simulations and learning materials in history classrooms.

Through ongoing research and the development of partnerships with the Research Unit "Faire l'histoire: Making History: Narratives and Collective Memory in Education", the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française and Canadian museums, the VH lab uses cutting-edge technology to study user behaviour, to improve learning and evaluation and ultimately to enhance the teaching of history through information and communication technologies in education.

ePortfolios and competencies: What is the value in medical students' education?

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Hall, Room 1064

The Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) would like to invite you to its "Tech Talk" presentation entitled "ePortfolios and competencies: What is the value in medical students' education?".

In this presentation, Dr. Pipa Hall will describe the development of an electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio) program that enables uOttawa medical students to document their activities and to demonstrate their development of competence. The ePortfolio program supports reflective practice, an important component of professional competence, and provides a means for addressing the "hidden curriculum."

Dr. Hall will also reflect on the challenges she faced in the development and implementation of the ePortfolio program and will share the lessons she has learned along the way to a successful and sustainable program.

Your favorite apps and software you use in your teaching

Thursday, November 22, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Hall, Room 1064

The Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) would like to invite you to participate in its first ever "show-and-tell" session that will ask participants to present software and/or apps that they have discovered and use in their teaching or research. Presenters would have between 3 and 5 minutes to present each resource they wish to show. This is a unique opportunity to share information and knowledge about resources that your colleagues may find useful to adopt in their own practice. This invitation is also open for those who only wish to attend.

QR Codes at the Library

Thursday, October 18, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Building, Room 1064

Presenters: Ann Hemingway and Maryse Laflamme, University of Ottawa Library

The presenters will provide an overview of specific initiatives set up by the University of Ottawa Library to integrate QR codes to their services. The discussion will include a description of the resources required, as well a summary of the successes and lessons learned.

Attention Economics – Web challenges

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Building, Room 1064

Presenter: Adrian Ebsary, Online Community Strategist

The rapid proliferation of social networks and online media has propelled us forward to the point where the amount of information available exceeds the amount of attention available to consume it. As this trend continues, the price of attention should continue to rise, increasing our drive to commoditize it. Already, networks that reward user interaction are in the process of creating games (gamification) to capture user attention, how long before companies begin regularly paying us for our attention? We'll examine some of the current research and predictive literature regarding attention economics and discuss some models regarding how educational institutions should function within the attention economy.

An Interprofessional E-learning Template: Feasibility and Utility for Clinical Educators

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Building, Room 1064

Presenter: Pippa Hall, Associate Professor - Faculty of Medicine, and Emmanuel Cadet, Coordinator for Mediated Learning

"Total Pain" is an award-winning online module, developed on sound androgogical and social networking principles. The unique feature of this inter professional health care learning resource is that it allows inter-professional health care teams the ability to reflect on, and engage with each other in a real-life scenario. The module's structure has now been parsed out into a template, ready for others to populate with their own narrative based learning material - best suited for interprofessional/interdisciplinary learning. With the help of demonstrations and exercises, participants of this presentation will be invited to discuss the different perspectives and experiences, in order to use this template most effectively.

Denial to Hope: eLearning Experiences from the Trenches

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:00 - 11:30
Vanier Building, Room 1064

Presenter: Dr. Colla Jean MacDonald, Full Professor, Faculty of Education

Dr. Colla Jean MacDonald will use a metaphor of the seven stages of grief (shock, denial, guilt, anger, bargaining, acceptance and hope) to explore her experiences over the past decade making the transition from traditional face-to-face teaching to the adoption of eLearning pedagogy. Professor MacDonald will discuss her experiences with: creating eLearning cultures in traditional institutions; designing learning models and frameworks; soliciting support for professors in the form of time, recognition and training; creating and sustaining learning communities; developing social, cognitive and teaching presence; using social media to enhance learner engagement; the eLearning contradiction, weapon of mass collaboration, and designing and validating assessment tools to address eLearning accountability concerns. The story from the trenches of moving from the denial and bargaining stages of eLearning to the acceptance and hope stages is a long, sometimes frustrating, and often exhilarating journey. We continue to strive introducing innovative, engaging, authentic learning solutions to the limitations and frontiers of eLearning.