Four online workshops for a fall of professional development

From November to December, the Francophone Distance Education Network of Canada (REFAD) will offer four distance education development workshops to secondary and post-secondary teachers.

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From November to December, the Francophone Distance Education Network of Canada (REFAD) will offer four distance education development workshops.

These workshops are intended for secondary and post-secondary teachers, administrators and resource persons (tutors, counselors, technicians, etc.).

Here are the four fall themes in summary:


1) Development of co-creative uses of ICTs throughout life
by Margarida Romero (Laval University), Thursday, November 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The educational uses of ICT allow learners to have very different levels of interaction. While certain uses place the learner in a passive mode of consumer of low-interaction applications, others have very significant potential for the co-creation of knowledge and the development of 21st century skills. The presentation will introduce the creative uses of ICT that can be deployed with learners, from primary school to lifelong learning.



2) Feedback in distance education: content, impact and technology
by Stéphanie Facchin (Cégep à distance), Wednesday, November 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

In distance learning, and particularly in asynchronous mode, the feedback that the tutor provides to his learners about their homework is one of the rare occasions for interaction. The objective of this workshop is to present the results of an exploratory study which aimed to analyze the content of feedback at Cégep à distance and to determine its impact on the success and perseverance of learners. Participants will be invited to share their feedback practices and discuss the possibilities that ICT offers to move towards technological feedback.



3) The use and creation of electronic books in an educational context
by François Dallaire (Documentation Center on Adult Education and the Status of Women / CDÉACF), Wednesday, December 2, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The electronic book is an indispensable tool for teaching and more and more widespread. In this workshop, we will present concrete examples of the use of electronic books in adult education and training contexts. We will also detail the different e-book formats and their main characteristics, in addition to addressing the resources necessary for the creation and distribution of educational e-books and digital rights management (GND or DRM in English).



4) The digital portfolio as an assessment tool
by Lise Niyuhire and Martine Pellerin (Campus Saint-Jean / University of Alberta), Wednesday, December 9, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Overview of the purpose and history of the use of the portfolio. Perspective of the facilitators on the current trends of post-secondary programs vis-à-vis the use of the digital portfolio as verification of the acquisition of the essential skills targeted by these said programs. Influence of technologies on the emergence of the digital portfolio (eporfolio) and emerging possibilities: make learning visible through artefacts (in multiple multimedia forms), tangibly assess the acquisition of targeted essential skills.



The prices are 150 $ per site for REFAD members and 195 $ per site for non-members (unlimited number of participants per “site”). For more information or to register, contact REFAD: telephone: (514) 284-9109, email:


Source: press release

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Miller
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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