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cFLEX Faculty Conference 2017: "Learning Together"
Gather. Connect. Grow.
October 28 th, 2017

Step outside the virtual world of teaching and connect with your Seneca and Centre for Flexible Learning (cFLEX) colleagues. The cFLEX Faculty Conference gathers online and correspondence instructors together for a one-day, in-person opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers. Enjoy keynote speaker Duncan Stewart's address on Tech, Media & Telecom Predictions for Continuing Education: 2018 and Beyond, network at breakfast and lunch, and participate in hands-on professional development workshops delivered by internal and external online learning experts.

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Conference Registration

Includes Breakfast, Keynote and Lunch

cFLEX Annual Faculty Conference

The cFLEX Faculty Conference gathers online and correspondence instructors together for a one-day, in-person opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers. Enjoy keynote speaker, networking at breakfast and lunch, and participate in hands-on professional development workshops delivered by internal and external online learning experts.

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Workshop Registration

Choose one 10:30, one 11:25 and one 13:15 option

Principles of Adult Education

What made your best adult learning experience the best? What can you do to enhance your students' experiences? Come find out what appeals to adult learners and what turns them off! Gain an understanding of the characteristics and expectations of adult learners and how these principles apply in an online learning environment.

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The Learning Cycle: Path to Effective Learning

What are the stages of the learning cycle? Why are they important and how can we ensure students are moving through the cycle? Effective learning requires more than consuming and repeating large amounts of material. Learning is most effective where participants have the opportunity to engage in a process that encourages them to integrate theory with action and to apply new learning to their experience. This session will provide a model for facilitators to help maximize the learning in their courses.

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Tips and Tricks for Succeeding (and Surviving) Teaching Online

What communications strategies and techniques are best online? What is a Community of Inquiry and how can you build one? Come to achieve your goal of fostering student engagement, encouraging participation and, ultimately, robust discourse.

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The Learning Portal

What kinds of library resources and supports are available to your online students? Where can students access tutorials about study skills, research, writing, digital literacy and much more? How can you use these components in your course? Come discover The Learning Portal online!

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I am Differently Abled

This workshop will focus on helping participants to understand learning difficulties (i.e. learning disabilities, ASD) and how to work with these students within an online teaching environment. Particular focus will be on these students' abilities and working from a strength-based perspective. The workshop will provide:

  1. a basic understanding of the various learning challenges students have
  2. how these learning challenges affect their learning; and
  3. strategies and techniques that can be useful in the online classroom setting.

Various interactive activities will also be utilized to support the learning. Time will be provided for participants to share their own experiences and difficulties in teaching students with learning challenges, as well as for a question and answer period.

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Blackboard Demystified

What Blackboard functions or settings could make your job easier? Which tools can you use to reduce workload or enhance the experience? Come to get an expert's review of Blackboard tips and tricks and to have your most pressing Blackboard questions answered.

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Keynote Speaker


Duncan Stewart

Duncan is the Director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada, and is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media & telecommunications trends. He presents regularly at conferences and to companies on marketing, technology, consumer trends, and the longer term TMT outlook. He also works with individual clients (across all industries) in assessing the impact of technological, demographic, and regulatory changes on their business strategies.
He is a member of Deloitte's national TMT executive team, and co-author of Deloitte Research's annual Predictions report on trends in TMT. He is also conducting cross industry research for Deloitte in Latin America, as well as the Nordics (Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway) in 2017/18.
Duncan has over 25 years of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, he has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector, and won the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in its inaugural year. In his time as an investor he deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into global TMT markets.
Duncan has a high profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on technology, media and telecommunications issues. He has been a technology columnist for the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and the National Post.
He is a CFA® charterholder and also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Workshop Presenters


Marina Heifetz (PDT055)

Marina Heifetz holds a PhD in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. She currently conducts psycho-educational and developmental assessments with children and adolescents, and intervention and consultation with children, youth, and families at the Richmond Hill Psychology Centre and at the Boomerang Health Clinic. She also serves as the Clinical Director at the Special Olympics Ontario: Strong Minds. Dr. Heifetz's previous clinical and research experiences include work with the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Surrey Place Centre, York University Clinic, and Markham Stouffville Hospital. Dr. Heifetz has a special interest in learning and developmental disabilities and mental health. She is a frequent presenter at international and local conferences and symposia. Her most recent research project on the mental health of mothers with developmental disabilities was featured at the Women's XChange Conference sponsored by the Women's College Hospital and presented at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Research to Policy Dialogue (R2P).


Iain McPherson (PDT053)

Iain McPherson has a Master of Education (Specialization: Distance Education, Instructional Design) from Athabasca University where he was nominated for the Governor General's Gold Medal award. He has taught in both college and university settings (Durham, Humber, UOIT / Athabasca). Currently a member of George Brown College's eLTI, Iain served as instructional designer and faculty development specialist in the Teaching and Learning Department at Seneca College and was a member of Durham College's Centre for Academic Excellence (C.A.F.E). In a previous life, Iain spent 25 years in the music industry working with artists U2, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Watchmen, Rankin Family, etc. Family life includes time at the cottage with his Associate Dean wife, walking their two rather smelly dogs, or getting in 'just 100 more kilometers' on his road bike.


Jennifer Peters (PDT054)

Jennifer is currently an eLearning and Digital Literacies Librarian at Seneca College Libraries, and seconded to Seneca's Centre for Teaching and Learning for part of her time. She is a co-coordinator of the Seneca Sandbox (a digital media/maker lab), the Project Manager for the Ontario College Libraries' Learning Portal, the Chair of Seneca's Open Educational Resources Committee, and a co-founder of the eLearning in Libraries Collective.
In a day she might plan conferences and professional development events, shoot and edit videos for the library's instruction program, build online tutorials for students or employees, assist faculty with finding open textbooks or using library resources in Blackboard, consult with faculty who want to assign digital projects, and teach students and faculty how to create Wordpress sites, instructional videos or digital stories.
For more about Jennifer, check out her ePortfolio: jenniferpeters.wordpress.com


Susanna Trebuss (PDT051 & PDT052)

Susanna Trebuss became involved in facilitating adult learning after a 25-year business career, holding executive positions in marketing, customer service, strategic planning and general management in both Canada and the United States. In this second career, Susanna is engaged in coaching and training in both organizational and educational contexts. Susanna's educational background includes a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and Certificate in Adult Education/Staff Training from Seneca College. She is MBTI and FIRO qualified and has published in the fields of marketing, strategic planning and adult learning. Clients have included Toronto Rehab Hospital, Humber River Regional Hospital, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Canadian Payroll Association, Ontario Association of School Business Officials, and City of Toronto Water Department. Susanna also teaches a variety of courses related to adult learning at Centennial and Seneca colleges, including instructional design, testing and evaluation, presentation and facilitation skills, and managing diversity. She has been honoured with Excellence in Teaching Awards from both colleges. Internationally, she has developed and facilitated programs in adult learning and the evaluation of training in Dubai and Egypt. Beyond her work, Susanna has been involved with a number of volunteer activities, including the United Way of Toronto, Carousel Players, and Elizabeth Fry Society, as well as local cat rescue organizations. She is an active member of Toastmasters.


Courtney Trott (PDT056)

Courtney Trott BSc. MA Ed is currently the Project Manager in the Centre for Flexible Learning at Seneca College, where she oversees the creation of more than 40 online courses annually. She also teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition online for Seneca. She was previously a faculty member in health sciences at Georgian College for 7 years, has taught extensively for the Armed Forces, and has led the delivery of many corporate training contracts. She completed her Master's in Education through Central Michigan University with a focus on instructional design and early alert initiatives to support student retention. Courtney has a passion for enhancing the student experience with a focus on student engagement in all its different forms.

Faculty Reference Group

The Faculty Reference Group (FRG) was created to represent the "voice" and needs of online and correspondence faculty. Based on faculty feedback, cFLEX and the Faculty Reference Group (FRG) are pleased to provide this, and future opportunities, for online and correspondence faculty to gather, connect, and grow together. For more information, contact Shelley Kitchen, Interim Manager, cFLEX at Shelley.Kitchen@senecacollege.ca.

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Program Contacts

Shelley Kitchen
Interim Manager, cFLEX
416.491.5050 x24143

Rick Fortier
Sr. Manager, Data Systems and Centre for Flexible Learning
416-491-5050 ext.24142