Webinar series on the latest innovations in online teaching to help faculty and
instructors at colleges and universities think outside the box
Bold ideas aim to make students’ investment in their education
pay the biggest dividends possible
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – An eight-part webinar series showcasing the latest innovations in
online teaching is expected to help Ontario faculty and instructors get the inspiration they
need to help students succeed.
Presented by Contact North | Contact Nord, the Pockets of Innovation Showcase Webinar
Series kicks off on Tuesday, November 24, and continues for the next four months.
Each week via Zoom webinar, Contact North | Contact Nord showcases an innovative
teaching practice used by at an Ontario college or university. Live sessions are led by a faculty
member or instructor experienced in best practices, tools and strategies for teaching online.
All one-hour sessions allow for a 20-minute Q&A. Here’s a taste of what’s planned:
- Tuesday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
McMaster University’s Michael Justason shares how the use of lightboards is helping
students in science, technology, engineering and math
- Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Seneca College’s Ken Wong and Margaret Osborne explain how the class response
system they’re developing promotes active online learning
- Tuesday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Laurentian University’s Aaron Langille shows how gamification can be used to motivate
first-year computer science students
Visit the Pockets of Innovation Showcase Webinar Series for full information and
As COVID-19 forces the global academic community to find new ways to teach online —
and come up with innovative ways to help students learn — higher education is at a
Paul Taillefer, Chair of the Board of Directors, Contact Nord | Contact Nord said it’s critical
to leverage the expertise of Ontario’s world-renowned institutions as educators and students adapt to a new reality.
“Ontario’s colleges and universities have bold ideas on how to adapt post-secondary
education and training to meet the needs of a rapidly changing job market and economy,
and to fuel the future prosperity of the province,” Taillefer said.
All presenters taking part in the Pockets of Innovation Showcase Webinar Series touch on
the opportunity that gave rise to their specific innovation, the technologies they used, how
the innovation is helping students and educators, the challenges they faced, and the
potential for others to benefit.