2019 AULC: 2019 AU Learning Conference

Country: Canada

City: Edmonton

Abstr. due: 23.08.2019

Dates: 27.09.19 — 28.09.19

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: vivek AT athabascau.ca

Organizers: Athabasca University


The online learning environment is dynamic and always changing. Athabasca University wants to continue to set the bar for excellence in online distance education.

The AU Learning Conference aims to support quality learning, teaching and student service at Athabasca University by creating a forum to:

  • demonstrate AU’s ongoing commitment and support for quality online learning, teaching and student service
  • engage with academics, tutors, academic experts, markers and staff on learning, teaching and student service challenges and solutions
  • offer opportunities to share successful practices regarding learning, teaching and student service
  • share institutional direction and information regarding learning, teaching and student service
  • strengthen community and connection among AU academics, tutors, academic experts, markers and staff

List of Themes and Topics

The following themes target key areas of research, teaching, and service at Athabasca University:

    Theme 1: Modernized learning environment : Enables learners to create, plan, track, and share their unique learning pathways – topics include, learning analytics (with LMS and other datasets); peer-evaluation; self-regulation and grit; managing learner groups; learning-enhancing tools (sentiment measurements from student forum postings); learning pathways and instructional technologies (e.g., blockchains of learner interactions); learner privacy; ethics for research using student-oriented data; academic integrity; micro-credentialing; disruptive pedagogy; efficient and effective feedback on assignments; addressing students in crisis; promoting learner retention and persistence; procedures for appealing marks; and tutor service standards.
    Theme 2: Course Design Processes : Course and learning content design process in conjunction with a modernized production process to support an integrated, innovative digital learning experience responsive to Learning Framework principles and emergent pedagogical needs - topics include, immersive learning; competency-based learning; multi-modal instruction; designing for open-data, open-science, and open-research; open pedagogy (e.g., allow students to be a part of content creation, compilation of student annotations); learning design; competency-based learning; and industry alignment of learning outcomes.
    Theme 3: Learning Technologies : Technologies that improve the accuracy and timeliness of responses to learner queries and enhance student learning experience – topics include, learner feedback and remediation; student query analyses, automated query response, query response analysis, and query prediction; proactive competency targets (e.g., knowledge space theory); data analytics, data visualization and performance prediction; metacognition and online learning; blended online learning; virtual reality, augmented reality, synthetic learning environments; and auto-marking and MOOCs.
    Theme 4: Universal Design : Adoption of a proactive approach to design of content that is accessible to students with disabilities through adoption of standards and development of an enterprise-wide system to monitor, evaluate and remediate inaccessible courses, websites, procurement and face to face practices, as well as update information and training provided to AU staff and students – topics include,  inclusive content and inclusive study activities; universal design for learning; assistive technology; and inclusive assessment
    Theme 5: Learning Outcomes : Institutional Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan, including institutional-level program learning outcomes aligned with Learning Framework, mapped to program-level outcomes, and tied to annual program-level improvement plans – topics include, academic analytics; competency mapping; institutional assessment; data governance and data stewardship; professional development for tutors and coordinators; digital technology literacy; using new media/video/social media in distance education; future of online learning; scalability and sustainability of AU programs; and lean and agile methods for institutional deployment of technologies.


Conference Web-Site: http://learningconference.athabascau.ca/