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Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Location: K2100, CITE Building, Seneca Newnham Campus

Come to the cFLEX Conference 2019 to connect with your peers in the Seneca and Centre for Flexible Learning (cFLEX) community. We can’t wait to see you outside the virtual world of teaching, so that we can spend a day learning from one another, sharing experiences, and finding support to continue in this important role.

The cFLEX Conference gathers online and correspondence facilitators together for a one-day, in-person opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers. Enjoy Nina Spencer’s keynote address on Getting Passion Out of Your Profession: How to keep loving your living...come what may, and help your students do the same! The day will also include opportunities to network at breakfast and lunch, and participate in hands-on professional development workshops delivered by internal and external online learning experts.

Speaker, Presenters & Workshops

Nina Spencer - Keynote Speaker

Nina SpencerA popular Toronto-based, Canadian keynote motivational speaker, Nina Spencer presents as an international corporate motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, speaker’s coach and bestselling author. Dubbed by the National Post as, “One of Canada’s leading motivational speakers,” she is in demand with audiences from a diversity of associations, professions and industries, in both the public and private sectors.

Hailing originally from Corporate Learning and Organizational Development, Nina offers over 20 years of professional speaker experience and exudes that magical blend of information and inspiration, served up with high energy and a relaxed authenticity that appeals to all generations and the whole spectrum of the corporate landscape, from senior management to frontline staff.

For more about Nina, check out her website.

Emiliano Introcaso - Workshop Presenter

Emiliano Introcaso

Emiliano will present Workshop D: Tools of Engagement

Emiliano has close to a decade of experience in education management. He has been teaching in the online and classroom environment for several years. Emiliano has worked with instructional designers to bring ideal learning environments to both online and hybrid versions of his classroom courses. He has experience building online content with different Learning Management Systems including Blackboard, Desire2Learn (Brightspace) and Moodle. Emiliano has designed online courses for Seneca, George Brown and more recently Canadore College. His area of teaching includes International Business & Supply Chain Management.

Emiliano graduated from both Seneca College and Brock University’s Adult Education certificate programs. Besides teaching online on a part-time basis, Emiliano works full-time at Export Development Canada and is currently an online student himself at the University of Fredericton, where he is completing his Master of Business Administration.

Gabriella Lancia - Workshop Presenter

Gabriella Lancia Gabriella will present Workshop B: Emotions in Online Learning

Gabriella Lancia is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto (OISE). She has earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Integrated Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education from Brock University. Her research interests include: mental health in the helping professions (education, psychology) and how emotions and self-regulation impact instructional practices in post-secondary and elementary education.

Sherri Parkins - Workshop Presenter

Sherri Parkins Sherri will present Workshop E: Students with Accommodations

Sherri has a M.A. in Assistive Technology (Education), a certificate in ASL interpretation and she has additional educational certification in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She has presented both nationally and internationally at multiple conferences on assistive technology, learning strategies, UDL and disability. She is continuously involved in the training of professors, teachers and the public on issues related to UDL, assistive technology and learning strategies. She enjoys the challenge of finding unique solutions that incorporate strategies and assistive technology to support students with disabilities on a daily basis.

She is currently doing a part-time secondment to Teaching and Learning at Seneca. She also is involved in various transition programs for students with disabilities at Seneca.

Jennifer Peters - Workshop Presenter

Jennifer-Peters Jennifer will present Workshop C: Learning Portal PLUS

Jennifer is currently an eLearning and Digital Literacies Librarian at Seneca College Libraries and works with the Faculty Playground (digital media lab for teaching and learning). She is the Project Manager for The Learning Portal, the Chair of Seneca’s Open Educational Resources Committee, and the Chair of Seneca's Educational Technology Advisory Committee. She is also a co-founder of the eLearning in Libraries Collective.

In a day she might plan conferences, shoot and edit videos, build online tutorials, work on strategy for OERs or Ed Tech, consult with faculty who want to assign digital projects, and teach faculty how to create websites, instructional videos or digital stories. For more about Jennifer, check out her ePortfolio.

Timothy Wong - Workshop Presenter

Timothy WongTimothy will present Workshop F: Everyday Cyber Security

Timothy Wong earned a PhD in computer networking from the University of Manchester, UK. He has published many research papers in his field. He is the recipient of awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (US) and Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK).

Timothy has 30 years of experience in the IT industry. His holding company owns several businesses worldwide. His customers include government entities, large corporations, as well as small and medium enterprises. Timothy has a passion for teaching. He holds a teaching effectiveness certificate from Humber College and teaches cyber security courses part-time for Seneca College.

Workshop A

Burning Questions

This workshop is available at 10:15am or 1:15pm. It will be presented by the cFLEX staff.

Ever wondered about the most frequently asked questions received by the cFLEX Department? Wanted to know more about the inner workings of how we deliver upwards of 1200 online courses to 15,000 or more students annually? Come meet face-to-face with our cFLEX department team to get a glimpse from ‘the other side’ of things!

Workshop B

Emotions in Online Learning

This workshop is available at 11:30am only. It will be presented by Gabriella Lancia.

Instructors' emotions and the ability of instructors to self-regulate is essential in dealing with the uncertainty surrounding online instruction, since most of the student-instructor communication is done online or through email. Understanding educators’ emotions in traditional and online learning is not only important for their own well-being, but also to develop students’ understanding of their emotions and self-regulation processes. Encouraging educators to gain awareness and identify their emotions during instruction are essential in promoting mental health awareness and preventing emotional burn-out among educators.

Workshop C

Learning Portal PLUS

This workshop is available at 10:15am or 1:15pm. It will be presented by Jennifer Peters.

This workshop will introduce the Learning Portal, outline popular components, and suggest ways to integrate materials into your existing lessons to support common issues faced by students.

Workshop D

Tools of Engagement

This workshop is available at 10:15am or 11:30am. It will be presented by Emiliano Introcaso.

Regardless of how impressive and interactive the content in an online course may be, what is the one thing students are really looking for? Ever wondered how to get students to respond really well to what you’re doing and see that reflected in your course evaluations?

Workshop E

Students with Accommodations: Q&A

This workshop is available at 10:15am or 11:30am. It will be presented by Sherri Parkins.

When you receive an accommodation letter, do you have more questions than answers? Come to this session and experience through fun, hands-on activities how different disabilities/diagnoses can impact learning. Gain perspective on how technology and strategies can support students. Understand how students with accommodations can still be able to master your course!

Workshop F

Connecting: Everyday Cyber Security

This workshop is available at 1:15pm only. It will be presented by Timothy Wong.

Have you been seeing cyber security in the news lately and reflected on the importance of data security? Have you wondered about the use of your personal data or the vulnerabilities of your devices? Come to this session to learn about cyber security in our daily lives and takeaway some tips on better protecting yourself and your data.




8:00am Sign-in and breakfast
8:30am Welcome
8:45am Keynote address by Nina Spencer – Getting Passion Out of Your Profession: How to keep loving your living come what may, and help your students do the same
10:15am Workshop Session – Choose A, C, D or E
11:15am Break
11:30am Workshop Session – Choose B, D or E
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm Workshop Session – Choose A, C or F
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Networking Session – Learn. Share. Support.
3:00pm Prize Draw & Farewell


Facilitator Reference Group

The Facilitator Reference Group (FRG) was created to represent the "voice" and needs of online and correspondence facilitators. Based on facilitator feedback, cFLEX and the Facilitator Reference Group (FRG) are pleased to provide this, and future opportunities, for online and correspondence facilitators to gather, connect, and grow together. For more information, contact Kate Andrushenko, Manager, cFLEX.

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The 2019 cFLEX Conference will be held at the CITE Building (room K2100) on Newnham Campus.


Free parking will be provided for cFLEX Conference attendees. Please bring your parking ticket inside and present it at the sign-in desk. Do not park and pay in the short-term lot (P2).

Contact Us

Have questions about Seneca College cFLEX Conference 2019? Please contact cFLEX Manager Kate Andrushenko.