2020 Virtual Learning Outcomes Symposium

September 22, 2020

UPDATE: Registration for the 2020 Virtual Learning Outcomes Symposium is now live.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2020 Virtual Learning Outcomes Symposium is now live.  You may register for each event via the three links below. Please note that you are required to register separately for each event that you may wish to attend, as the links for each event are unique to that particular event.  There is no registration fee required for the events.

1. A Keynote Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Lorna Williams, Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria and Canada Research Chair in Education and Linguistics,  entitled: “Ti Wa7 Szwatenem: What We Know. Indigenous Knowledge And Learning In The Academy” on Thursday, October 8, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST).

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HoKwXEknQcutrUYpFJyq8w

2.  A Plenary Panel discussion on “Developing Adaptable and Resilient Lifelong Learners” led by the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST). The Hon. Beatty will be joined by:

  • Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education and Adjunct faculty member, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo
  • Valerie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)
  • Matt Rempel, Director, Career-Integrated Learning, Sheridan College, and President-Elect, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QuhFeoPXTGKfG8ppkkziSw

3.  A Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A led by Dr. Natasha Patrito Hannon, Associate Director, Educational Development, Centre for Academic Excellence, Niagara College on the topic of of  “Online/Virtual Learning Outcomes and Assessment in the Context of the COVID-19 Health Crisis” on Friday, October 16, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST). Dr. Patrito Hannon will be joined by:

  • Dr. Bonnie Stewart, Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education
  • Dr. James M. Skidmore, Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies and faculty member in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo
  • Mary WabanoDirector, Academic Operations and Business Development / Director, First Peoples’ Centre, Department of Indigenous and Liberal Studies, Canadore College

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1l6qH0VEQmC3BW4OiLTgqg

All sessions will be live and will include moderated chat and Q&A. As a reminder, for those who may not able to attend any given session, it is planned that the sessions will be recorded and then posted to the Quality Council’s website for later viewing.  Please also keep checking this website as further information about the panels will be posted here on an ongoing basis leading up to the events.

Please direct any questions regarding the symposium to Hillary Barron at hbarron@cou.ca.

Keynote Presentation Title: Ti Wa7 Szwatenem: What We Know. Indigenous Knowledge And Learning In The Academy

Dr. Lorna Williams

Thursday, October 8, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST)


The title is in the Líl̓wat language, Zwaten’ describes what a person knows. It is a struggle today to try to define Indigenous knowledge because of the disruption of the languages and lives of Indigenous peoples due to colonization and the need to discuss the term in another language and worldview. The knowledge of Indigenous peoples is of value today as Indigenous peoples rebuild their lives from near annihilation and furthermore all people can learn from the knowledge of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous knowledge is diverse; there is no “one definition”. Indigenous knowledge is connected to the land where it emerged; it comes with the people, animals, plants, water, earth, sky and trees. Indigenous knowledge is connected to the spirit and sacredness, it is both thinking and feeling, and reveals itself in the physical actions. This view of Indigenous knowledge is reflected in the languages of the land. Indigenous worldviews have developed over millennia and are expressed and shared in the vast web of stories, songs, dances, art designs, symbols and images. Bringing Indigenous knowledge into the world of the academy is both challenging and celebratory. We can learn from the story of the experience of bringing Indigenous knowledge into the academy.


Dr. Lorna Wanósts’a7 Williams is Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria and Canada Research Chair in Education and Linguistics. She built her career on the principle that quality education for Indigenous children must be characterized by strong cultural teachings alongside a Euro-Western education. At the University of Victoria, Dr. Williams initiated and led the development of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Indigenous Language Revitalization, and a Master’s in Counselling in Indigenous Communities. She designed and offered a course called Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World. She also initiated, designed, and implemented a mandatory course in Indigenous Education for all teacher education students, leading to the requirement that all teacher education programs in British Columbia include an Indigenous Education course.

BC Studies Ti wa7 szwatenem. What we know: Indigenous knowledge and learning 2019


Group paper that was presented on a panel for UNESCO on the topic of Open Science and Open Access.  The result of the panel was for UNESCO to host a global session on the topic with Indigenous peoples.

EN: https://en.ccunesco.ca/-/media/Files/Unesco/Resources/2020/07/OpenScienceDecolonizingKnowledge.pdf

FR: https://fr.ccunesco.ca/-/media/Files/Unesco/Resources/2020/07/ScienceOuverteDecolonisationSavoirs.pdf

Plenary Panel Presentation Title: Developing Adaptable and Resilient Lifelong Learners led by

The Honourable Perrin Beatty

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST)

Description: (coming soon)


The Honourable Perrin Beatty

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Before joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin held the same role at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, he grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971.

Perrin was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1972. During his 21 years in Parliament, he served as Minister in seven different portfolios, including Treasury Board, National Revenue, Solicitor General, Defence, National Health and Welfare, Communications and External Affairs.

In 1994, Perrin joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in communications. In addition, he was an Honorary Visiting Professor in Western University’s Department of Political Science. From 1995 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In keeping with his long-standing interest in education, Perrin served as Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2015. He has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Western University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Perrin is currently a member of the board of directors of Mitsui Canada and in 2018, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his lifetime of public service and for his devotion to the development of our nation as a community leader and corporate visionary. In 2020, the Government of Japan awarded Perrin the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in recognition of his many distinguished

Dr. Norah McRae

Norah McRae, PhD, is Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

In 2017, she was awarded the Donald McLaren Jr. Academic Award from the World Association for professional achievement in co-operative and work integrated education. In 2016, she was awarded the Albert S. Barber award from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for outstanding contributions to the field of co-operative education in Canada and was co-recipient for the BCCIE Award for Outstanding Program in International Education.

Her doctoral research examined conditions that enabled transformative learning during work-integrated education and led to the development of a preliminary theoretical model for learning during work-integrated education. Norah has been published in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, the Asia-Pacific Journal for Co-operative Education, CEIA Journal and The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education.

She is a faculty member for the WACE Planning Institute for Global and Experiential Education and the WACE Assessment Institute. Norah has served as President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and is an Executive member of the World Association for Co-operative and Work-integrated Education Board of Directors.

Valerie Walker

Val Walker leads the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). As CEO of this member-based not-for-profit organization, she sets BHER’s strategic direction and leads a strong team focused on building new opportunities in Canada’s skills and innovation ecosystem through collaboration. Beyond this, Val serves as co-chair of the Future Skills Council – a group established by the Government of Canada to advise on national and regional skills development and training priorities. She also speaks and advises regularly on innovation and talent. Prior to BHER, Val was the Vice President, Innovation and Skills, at the Business Council of Canada and Director of Policy at Mitacs. She holds a PhD from McGill University and is an alumna of the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program.

Matt Rempel

Matt’s passion for post-secondary education and student success. He’s interested in innovative methods and emerging theories for work-integrated and experiential learning that maximize the student experience, support students in reaching their full potential, and ready students for the future and the world of work.

Matt is a graduate of an Executive MBA program, a CivicAction Fellow, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Calgary. His dissertation and research interest is on the experiences of international students in Co-operative Education.

Matt joined Sheridan in 2014 and currently leads the Career-Integrated Learning department which includes Co-operative Education, Career Services, Community Employment Services, Work-Integrated/Experiential Learning Services, and Co-curricular Learning.

Matt currently serves as the President-Elect for CEWIL (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning) Canada and Treasurer for EWO (Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning Ontario), and on the Board of Directors for Links2Care.

Moderated Panel Discussion Title: Online/Virtual Learning Outcomes and Assessment in the Context of the COVID-19 Health Crisis led by:

Dr. Natasha Patrito Hannon

Friday, October 16, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST)

Description: (coming soon)


Dr. Natasha Patrito Hannon

A chemist by training, Natasha has had a 15 year career that spans both the college and university sectors. Currently the Associate Director, Educational Development at Niagara College, Natasha has worked in the areas of faculty and curriculum development, graduate student professional development, STEM education, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is a committed member of the educational development community in Canada having served as Co-Chair for the Council of Ontario Educational Developers (2016) and Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition for the Educational Developers Caucus (2017 – 2021). Natasha has assumed leadership roles in a number of collaborative initiatives including the Experiential Learning Toolkit and Work Integrated Learning Open Module projects, serving as a member of the College Educator Development Program steering and planning teams, and chairing the NSERC CREATE grant adjudication committee.

Dr. Bonnie Stewart

Bonnie Stewart is an educator and social media researcher interested in what digital networks mean for institutions and society. Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education, Bonnie was an early MOOC researcher and ethnographer of Twitter. Bonnie’s current research interests include the data literacies of educators, and what it means to know, to learn, and to be a citizen in our current information ecosystem.

Dr. James M. Skidmore

James M. Skidmore is Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies and a faculty member in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo. He teaches courses in literary, film, and cultural studies, and has been developing and teaching online courses since the early 2000s. His most recent online course is Waterloo’s first graduate seminar on teaching and learning online. He has served as a University of Waterloo Teaching Fellow and as an eCampusOntario Open Education Fellow. When the pandemic struck he put his sabbatical on hold in order to develop online resources for simple and effective online teaching (https://www.jamesmskidmore.com/teaching-online), and his summer professional development webinars attracted more than 700 attendees.

Mary Wabano

Picture and bio coming soon.