2020 Virtual Learning Outcomes Symposium

October 15, 2020

The 2020 Virtual Learning Outcomes Symposium concluded on October 27, 2020 and was comprised of following three sessions  which were broadcasted live and included moderated chat and Q&A:

1.  A Plenary Panel discussion on “Developing Adaptable and Resilient Lifelong Learners” led by the Hon. Perrin BeattyPresident and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, took place on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The Hon. Beatty was joined by:

  • Matt Rempel, Director, Career-Integrated Learning, Sheridan College, and President-Elect, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada

Presentation: PP – 2020 Virtual Learng Outcomes Sypmposium – CEWIL Presentation – M. Rempel

  • Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education and Adjunct faculty member, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo

Presentation: Quality WIL and LLL presentation Oct 13 2020 – N. McRae

  • Valerie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)

Presentation: PP – 2020 Virtual Learng Outcomes Sypmposium – V. Walker

Zoom Recording: Developing Adaptable and Resilient Lifelong Learners

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

Presentation: N Hannon_Outcomes Symposium_TakeAwayMessages

  • Dr. Bonnie Stewart, Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education

Presentation: B. Stewart – Learning Outcomes Symposium

  • 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

Zoom Recording: Learning Outcomes and Assessment in the Context of the COVID-19 Health Crisis

3. Keynote presentation 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 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST).

Dr.  Williams was introduced  by Laurie Robinson, Chair and Executive Director, Indigenous Advanced Education & Skills Council (IAESC)

Presentation: L. Williams Presentation – Ontario University Council2020

Zoom Recording: Ti Wa7 Szwatenem: What We Know. Indigenous Knowledge And Learning In The Academy

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

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)


This will be a 90-minute plenary panel discussion on “Developing Adaptable and Resilient Life-long Learners” led by the Hon. Perrin Beatty (President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce) joined by other panelists. The session will include time for Q&A discussion and will touch on the intersections between Work Integrated Learning, Higher Education and business, as well as on the themes of lifelong learning, and quality assurance of co-op/WIL program elements.


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 achievements in international relations and advancements in Canada-Japan business relations.

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 is 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: 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)


During this 90-minute plenary session, panelists will reflect on the ways in which teaching, learning and assessment practices at Ontario post-secondary institutions have been impacted by the rapid shift to online learning in the COVID-19 era.  Drawing upon insights gained during this turbulent period, they will share their thoughts about the lessons that colleges and universities might carry forward as they both create and respond to a new educational landscape.  The session will include time for a moderated Q&A discussion.


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

Mary Wabano, a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, has worked in Aboriginal health, social policy and education as an advocate, analyst and director. At the First Peoples’ Centre at Canadore College she leads the college in the provision of culturally appropriate student services, Indigenous program design, community partnerships and institutional strategic direction in conjunction with the college’s Indigenous Circle on Education.

“Ti Wa7 Szwatenem: What We Know. Indigenous Knowledge And Learning In The Academy”

Tuesday, October 27, 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.

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


Group paper 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


Dr. Lorna Williams

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.

Laurie Robinson

Laurie Robinson is the Chair and Executive Director of the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, a newly recognized quality assurance organization for the Indigenous Institutes pillar within postsecondary education and training in Ontario. Along with her colleagues, Laurie is helping to put into place the framework for Indigenous Institutes in Ontario to offer their own postsecondary education and training programs and credentials.

Ms. Robinson has served as the Special Advisor on Indigenous Issues to the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced, Education & Skills Development (now known as the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities). She supported Indigenous Control of Indigenous Education in partnership with the province and Indigenous communities in Ontario as represented by their respective Indigenous Institutes.

In other roles, Ms. Robinson has been an advisor on education for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; supported Indigenous students in universities; and helped develop research protocols between a university and First Nation communities. In addition to these roles, she is often called upon to provide strategic and trusted advice between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

Ms. Robinson is passionate about helping on anything and for anyone who has the aim of making things better for Indigenous peoples of Ontario. Her goal is to continue to strengthen and develop new partnerships in education, and to support reconciliation in today’s contemporary world while honouring peoples past and present and our many traditional ways and teachings that offer the opportunity to make this planet a better place.

She credits the support of her parents for welcoming her into this world, for teaching her the important values needed to be good, for teaching her the importance of education and for modelling the strength of putting words into action. Ms. Robinson is a mother to four children and has two grandchildren. She is Algonquin and a member of the Wolf Lake First Nation.