ETUG explores online learning quality issues

RRU Staff

On Nov. 15, Royal Roads University rolled out the red carpet to welcome BC Campus’ Educational Technology Users’ Group (ETUG), a grassroots group of BC educators interested in teaching, learning and ed tech in higher ed.

This year’s fall workshop theme “Royal Crossroads: Avenues for Quality” explored what quality means and its relationships with key values in education such as diversity, engagement, creativity and flexibility. Attendees shared their practices in quality assurance and continuous improvement within their classroom, discipline, or institution, as well as, plans, projects and predictions for the future.

Royal Roads had strong representation at the Fall ETUG event:

  • Keynote speaker, George Veletsianos (Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and Associate Professor) gave a compelling talk titled “Beyond effectiveness & efficiency: Learning that’s good for the soul”. He reminded us to include narratives and storylines in our design considerations of a course, and to promote sharing of materials through open educational resources and cross-course development.
  • Presentations by the Royal Roads community, included:
    • Derek Masselink, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability: Cultivating a Community of Praxis: Affecting Change through Ambiguity, Fidelity and Possibility
    • Dr. Eva Malisius, Assistant Professor in the School for Humanitarian Studies and Amanda Coolidge, Instructional Designer: Are you ready for Conflict Analysis and management Practice? Assessing quality, academic rigor, and innovation.
    • Graphic Recording of the keynote was captured by Tracy Kelly, Manager of Learning Technologies.

For further information on the Fall ETUG workshop go to: