WINNIPEG, MB — The Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training (MADLaT) annual conference was held at Université de Saint Boniface from May 4-5. Educators from universities and colleges in Manitoba and beyond were brought together to discuss levelling the learning landscape in 2017. The 2017 MADLaT Conference offered opportunities to collaborate, learn, and network.
MADLaT is a voluntary, non-profit association made up of educators and corporate members interested in distributed learning and training in Manitoba. The organization aims to facilitate connections among educators interested in distributed learning and training and promote greater public awareness of distributed education. Sponsors included Campus Manitoba and our partner institutions: Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, Red River College, The University of Winnipeg, University College of the North, Université de Saint Boniface, and University of Manitoba.
Levelling the Learning Landscape at MADLaT 2017
The annual conference’s theme was about providing equal opportunities and expanding access to education. Online and blended learning offers new possibilities for delivery and development of education along with new challenges. Educators and those who support education are asked to respond to the challenges and opportunities of this new reality.
On Thursday, May 4 there was a panel discussion that included Deanna Rexe (VP Academic, ACC), Norm Vaughn (Mount Royal U), Colin Russell (Registrar, The University of Winnipeg), Carmen Roberge (Université de Saint-Boniface), and La Donna Ogungbemi-Jackson (Manitoba Construction Sector Council). May 4th also included workshops on blended learning, mobile learning app development, virtual reality, and educational uses for WordPress.
The keynote speaker to open Friday’s events was Norman Vaughn, who is a Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He spoke about blended learning as a means to complement teaching and learning in post-secondary education.
Friday included a number of sessions that featured some of the innovative work being done to incorporate technology and online experiences into post-secondary education.
The Manitoba Flexible Learning HUB
At MADLaT 2016, Campus Manitoba introduced the concept of a online and blended learning production hub. At MADLaT 2017, the pilot phase of the Flexible learning HUB is near completion.
The HUB will make high quality online and blended production resources available to the public colleges and universities in Manitoba. To meet this goal, Campus Manitoba partnered with the seven public post-secondary institutions in Manitoba to create the Manitoba Flexible Learning HUB. Its development is underway and the session at MADLaT shared the HUB’s progress, including the pilot projects. This innovative approach is built on collaboration and the shared purpose of making Manitoba current and competitive in educational technology.
MADLaT’s annual conference provided a valuable forum for the exchange of knowledge and innovative ideas for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Manitoba.
Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public post-secondary institutions. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba.