Innovations in Learning Design: Choose Your Own Learning

Event Date & Time

  • May 4, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Event Description

The Faculty of Education at UBC has had a presence in online learning for almost two decades. Our mission is to advance the role of education in the well-being of people and communities. We are committed to the development of innovative learning designs, and in the field of online learning there always new discoveries to be made. This session will focus on the following projects:

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education is a massive open online course we developed which has had five offerings since 2015. Bringing Mental Health to Schools is self-paced online course which began last October. The intended audiences are in-service teachers who seek knowledge, guidance, and strategies to deal with sensitive topics. The ability of the MOOC platform edX has been leveraged by our Faculty to contribute to the personal growth and development of thousands of teachers. Learn how these courses were designed and succeeded beyond our highest hopes.

Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced learner activities. Grouped by theme and presented in a playlist format, these activities are presented in a playlist format, offering total flexibility for students to choose and customize their own learning pathway. Completion of the playlists help students considering a career in the sciences earn real-world opportunities and make their dreams a reality.

Mattermost is an open source and UBC-hosted tool that supports team-based chat. Since its pilot launch in 2015, it has been used by over 1000 users who have collectively posted 100,000 messages. What is it that is so different about this communication tool versus so many others we have used? How has it be used to enhance learning? Come learn about surprising case studies, student experiences, and lessons learned.

These projects will be introduced to you in 15 minute talks, with just as much time to hold group discussions about implications and possibilities for your practice.


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.