REFAD distance learning workshops in February and March 2019

For the start of 2019, REFAD is offering six distance education development workshops for secondary and post-secondary teachers, administrators and resource persons (tutors, counselors, technicians, etc.).

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For the start of 2019, the Francophone Distance Education Network of Canada (REFAD) offers six workshops distance education development. These workshops are intended for secondary and post-secondary teachers, administrators and resource persons (tutors, counselors, technicians, etc.).

The prices are 150 $ per site for members of the REFAD and 195 $ per site for non-members. For more information or to register: (514) 284-9109 or by email. If the number of registrations turns out to be insufficient for a workshop in particular, this workshop will be canceled. These workshops are made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Québec Secretariat for Canadian Relations.

Workshop 1: The pedagogy of empathy and its impact on online learning

By Mireille Hamel (Campus Saint-Jean; University of Alberta / Center collégial de l'Alberta / Collège Éducacentre)


Description: Teachers and tutors play a key role in building an empathetic culture during distance training. The impact of this empathetic culture in distance education is very favorable to increasing student engagement as well as to their success. The purpose of this workshop is to go further than offering an online presence, it proposes to develop an empathetic presence and presents the arguments in favor of this approach. In this workshop, you will see how to use the cognitive dimension of empathy to reduce feelings of isolation and stress; both students and teachers. You will discover concrete tools allowing the implementation of the practice of empathy, among others with the reflective approach, the collaborative approach and the educational conversation. Since empathic culture benefits all stakeholders, it is the institution as a whole that wins when it voluntarily decides to put it in place. At the end of this workshop, you will be made aware of the importance of the pedagogy of empathy and equipped with strategies and tools aimed at the dynamic construction of an empathic culture in distance training.


Workshop 2: Digital coaching as a learning support in self-supporting asynchronous training

By Marie-Michèle Rhéaume, Stéphanie Facchin, Sabrina Boisvert, Anne-Marie Mazé (Cégep à distance)


Description: Several players in distance learning advocate for changes in the supervision systems of learners in favor of a model based on interaction, collaboration and the commitment of tutors in the success and perseverance of learners. Thus, as part of a pilot project, a new student supervision model is being tested at Cégep à distance. This aims to offer learners improved supervision measures and to redefine the tutor's task and his role of accompanist. The job of tutor, if it is not new, is in full transformation and, through this project, we are witnessing its professionalization. It is among other things through the use of digital tools that his work is diversified the most. For example, audio and video feedback and virtual sessions in synchronous mode promote the helping relationship and academic support. The establishment of numerous interventions and support tools was accompanied by research to assess the effects of such measures on learners, their success and their perseverance. Thus, we wish to present the results obtained and the concrete examples of our improved supervision approaches. Since many organizations are increasingly engaging in distance or online training, participants will be invited to discuss the possibilities of transfer to their establishments according to the different training modes: regular, continuous, face-to-face, hybrid or online. .


Workshop 3: Considering the learning environment in distance education: uses and didactic functions of digital tools

By Marie Alexandre and Brigitte Morin (UQAR)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 (12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM / EASTERN TIME) 

Description: This workshop aims to strengthen the reflective practice of teachers when designing digital learning environments in distance education. This aspect of the teaching task includes the specification of the learning targeted, the inventory of usable resources, the definition of the structure of the activities proposed for learning as well as the determination of the evaluation instruments. The functioning of the key activities associated with each of the phases of interpretation, representation, design of learning environments and adaptation to the student characteristics of the didactic process will be discussed.


Workshop 4: Best Practices in Online Skills Assessment

By Pascale Bellier (College La Cité)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 (12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM / EASTERN TIME)

Description: Competency assessment has many challenges, but in the context of online training it is even more complex. For example, the development of authentic tasks, the complexity of developing evaluation grids and the challenges relating to logistics, security, fraud and plagiarism are some of the challenges of assessing these skills. . This workshop will present 32 best practices in online skills assessment, and will be structured around five main phases of the distance learning skills assessment process: analysis, planning, design, implementation and validation.


Workshop 5: Web accessibility

By Lise Haché and Serge Babineau (New Brunswick Community College)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 (12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM / EASTERN TIME)

Description: Despite the progress of the past two decades, people with disabilities still face significant barriers and students with disabilities constitute the largest and most disadvantaged minority in education. Nowadays, downloadable documents and learning resources are all in digital format and not always accessible to all students, let alone learners with limitations. When you add the factor of "distance" to the training, a handicap can appear even heavier. This workshop will therefore demonstrate how to provide people with special needs better access to information from websites and downloadable documents.


Workshop 6: Foster the presence and social interactions in distance learning

By Olivier Alfieri (Online learning consultant)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 (12:00 PM TO 1:30 PM / EASTERN TIME) 

Description: Online learning is often a subject of discussion regarding the loneliness of learners, their engagement and motivation in educational activities. In order to respond to these known and recognized concerns in distance learning, theworkshop aims to address the issue of social learning by proposing to provide an interactive and engaging learning experience based on BOLD models - Blended online learning and on the survey approach model. We will live during theworkshop interactive uses in the form ofworkshop groups and maximizing all the tools offered by virtual classroom solutions.

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