cFlex Annual Faculty Conference



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cFLEX Faculty Conference 2018: "Learning Together"
Gather. Connect. Grow.
September 29, 2018

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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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


Iain McPherson

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.

Sherri Parkins

Sherri Parkins

Sherri does not like to disclose how many years she has been working in Accessibility and Education! She 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 also is involved in various transition programs for students with disabilities at Seneca.


Jennifer Peters

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:


Susanna Trebuss

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

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.


Workshops will be held at 11:10 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:45 pm. Please choose one (1) workshop for each time slot option.


A. Principles of Adult Education

This workshop is available at 11:10 am or 1:45 pm.
What made your best adult learning experience the best? What can you do to enhance your students' experiences? 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.

B. The Learning Cycle: Path to Effective Learning

This workshop is available at 12:00 pm only.
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.

C. Tips and Tricks for Succeeding (and Surviving) Teaching Online

This workshop is available at 11:10 am or 1:45 pm.
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.

D. The Learning Portal

This workshop is available at 11:10 am or 12 pm.
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 to discover The Learning Portal online!

E. Supporting Students with Accommodations

This workshop is available at 11:10 am or 12 pm.
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!

F. Blackboard Demystified

This workshop is available at 12:00 pm or 1:45 pm.
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.

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 Kate Andrushenko, Manager, cFLEX at

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Program Contacts

Kate Andrushenko
Manager, cFLEX
416.491.5050 x24143

Rick Fortier
Sr. Manager, Data Systems and Centre for Flexible Learning
416.491.5050 x24142