Carol Paul, Executive Director of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council
Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor at Cape Breton University
Devon Clunis, Leadership/Management Consultant
10:30 – 12:00 AM Workshops
Workshop 1:Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor at Cape Breton University Towards a Sustainable institutional strategy for Open Education
In this workshop the experiences of two small post-secondary institutions will be shared: a polytechnic college (NorQuest College) in the west and a teaching intensive university (Cape Breton University) in the east. Their cyclical approaches to strategy development illustrates parallel pathways for instructors and administrators to use as a model in the development of their own open education strategies. Both of these institutions did not have the benefit of provincial funding or policy support for open initiatives, therefore they designed and implemented strategies based around their mission statements with and for the budget constraints of daily operations. The NorQuest example presents a three phase OER strategy which prepared for full institutional adoption of open resources for student benefit. In this case, OER objectives helped meet the needs of students facing significant financial challenges in the traditional Canadian education system. In the CBU case, the mission of relationship building and service to the community was the driving force behind OER development and how this could be achieved in the light of MIKM 2701, a course on Mi’kmaw knowledge that achieved viral status in 2015. Participants will be given opportunity to discuss their own individual and open educational practices and how these build toward an institutional strategy. In addition, participants will be given a framework for evaluating their OER practice as a tool to evaluating future strategy development.
Workshop 2: - Bonnie Stewart, University of Prince Edward Island Change Leadership: Professionalism and Presence
What do educational leaders need to know how to DO in the 21st century? Leading change in contemporary educational settings requires practices and concepts that merge workplace and academic knowledge, and that navigate complex digital communications environments. Discussions of digital learning - whether on LMS platforms like Moodle or in open offerings like MOOCs - often centres around content. Yet education is never as much about what we teach and model as how. This workshop overviews professional digital presence and practice for educational leaders, outlining how-tos for making a successful start using platforms like Twitter, Slack, and Google - and some of the risks, benefits, and data considerations to navigate in the process.
Workshop 3: - Lisa Snider, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant and Trainer - Access Changes Everything An Introduction to Word Document Accessibility
This workshop will focus on how to start making Word documents more accessible for people with different disabilities. Making Word documents more accessible also helps to make more accessible PDF documents. Participants will get hands on experience creating a Word document that is more accessible, working with Word in a computer lab. A few key areas of improved accessibility will be explored in this one and a half hour workshop. The workshop will also include an introduction to Manitoba and Canadian disability related laws that relate to document accessibility, and a very quick review of some technologies that viewers use to access your documents. Participants don’t need any technical expertise, just an interest in the subject and a basic knowledge of Word in Mac, PC or a mobile device. The information presented in this session will help with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act Customer Service Standard, and upcoming Information and Communications Standard.
Technology in Construction - Technology is becoming an important part of training in construction. For the past two years, Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) has been working with construction industry experts and BITSpace Development to develop interactive, virtual reality tools (i.e. apps that work with headsets, phones, iPads, and PCs) that teach industry and students about safety practices in construction and introduce new entrants/ youth to careers in the field. Come learn how we developed this technology and try out the various devices and apps at our activity stations. Some technology training topics include: Hazard Identification, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), RSTS – Roadbuilders Safety Training, Framer, and Trades Town.
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