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ETUG 25th Anniversary Conference 
June 20 & 21, 2019
Thompson Rivers University 
**Parking - It’s best to park in Lots J, K or N. Parking on campus is $5.00/day and free after 5:00pm.**
Keynote’s on Day 1 & 2 as well as Gasta Session are available on Livestream - Link to watch.
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Friday, June 21 • 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Teaching and Learning in WordPress - Panel with Q&A LIMITED

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Open learning in its myriad possible forms has been a theme for several years and stands as an aspirational goal for the future. One tool that is often paired with opportunities for open learning has been with us for over 15 years, but what can we say about its impact on teaching and learning? WordPress has been used as a student ePortfolio platform, as a place to share research projects as well as individual student and class blogs. Less common has been online teaching and learning that occurs within the WordPress environment. This panel will explore the experiences of instructors and students learning and teaching within WordPress. Participants from the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University, and the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning at Thompson Rivers University will discuss the experience, benefits and challenges of WordPress as a learning environment.


Questions to explore could include:


What is the learning/teaching experience within WordPress and how is it different from other online environments?
How is 'open' expressed or experienced through teaching and learning in WordPress?
How is 'open' designed by the choices of students and instructors and how is it imposed by the platform?
How does experience in teaching and learning in WordPress inform changes to how it is used and where other options are chosen?
How has teaching or learning in an open WordPress environment informed our social media and online practices outside the curriculum?


The session would include brief initial remarks from panel members followed by discussion generated by these remarks and by questions from the attendees.



Speakers
avatar for Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison

Learning Designer, Thompson Rivers University
Michelle Harrison is a senior instructional designer and assistant professor at TRU Open Learning. She is a past BCcampus Open Education Research Fellow and has been supporting openness at TRU through OER development and adoption and researching open educational practices.
avatar for Jo Axe

Jo Axe

Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University
avatar for Elizabeth Childs

Elizabeth Childs

Professor & Program Head, Royal Roads University
Elizabeth a Professor and Program Head in the School of Education and Technology and Royal Roads University. She is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology... Read More →
avatar for Keith Webster

Keith Webster

Associate Director - Learning Technologies, Royal Roads University
I have been an educator for several decades. As an instructor in the Canadian Forces, with a brief turn as a high school teacher, becoming an educational technologist and instructional designer at the University of Victoria in 2004. I became an instructional designer at Royal Roads... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm PDT
Terrace Room - Rm 250 Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada