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The Future of Digital Education

A collection of podcasts and blog posts discussing the role of technology in education

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Accommodating for Large and Small Class Sizes – Jim and Matt (Part 1)

Dr. Matthew Demers joins Jim Cooper to discuss technology’s role in accommodating for large and small class sizes.

Dr. Matthew Demers is an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.  After completing his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2012, he was hired at the University of Guelph as a teaching-focused professor within the School of Engineering and received a grant with the goal of transforming the delivery of two major first-year calculus courses.  Currently under the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, he instructs many very large undergraduate classes centering on calculus and differential equations for physical science and engineering students.  Dr. Demers has received many accolades for his contributions to the university, being voted “Professor of the Year” by engineering students in five consecutive years, and being recognized with the prestigious “Innovation in Teaching” award by the University of Guelph Faculty Association in 2016. In the first installment of this 2-part podcast, Dr. Demers talks with Maplesoft CEO Jim Cooper about scaling instructional technology to work with different class sizes.

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Education & Industry, Working Together – Jim and Mark (Part 2)

Mark Schneider discusses how digital education can be used to prepare students for industry, in the second half of his discussion with host Jim Cooper.

At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mark Schneider is best known not only for his passion for delivering instruction but also for his ongoing commitment to educational technology research. Since 2011, Mark has delivered mathematics instruction geared toward Engineering Technologies as well as Academic Upgrading. Quite recently, he was seconded to a consulting role to lead a campus-wide initiative to phase out a legacy Learning Management System. As a polytechnic, NAIT provides career programs in diverse areas where Mark has become actively engaged by providing these areas with assistance in developing an online footprint and crafting computer-mediated assessments to improve both faculty and student experiences. Mark graduated with degrees in mathematics and education, with a strong interest in computation and assessment in each respective area. In part two of this podcast, Mark and Jim Cooper, President & CEO of Maplesoft, discuss how to use instructional technology to properly prepare students for industry.

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Digital Assessment – Jim and Mark (Part 1)

Mark Schneider explores the topic of digital assessment tools this week with Jim Cooper, in the first part of their discussion about digital education.

At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mark Schneider is best known not only for his passion for delivering instruction but also for his ongoing commitment to educational technology research.   Since 2011, Mark has delivered mathematics instruction geared toward Engineering Technologies as well as Academic Upgrading.  Quite recently, he was seconded to a consulting role to lead a campus-wide initiative to phase out a legacy Learning Management System.  As a polytechnic, NAIT provides career programs in diverse areas where Mark has become actively engaged by providing these areas with assistance in developing an online footprint and crafting computer-mediated assessments to improve both faculty and student experiences.  Mark graduated with degrees in mathematics and education, with a strong interest in computation and assessment in each respective area. In this two part podcast, Mark talks with Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, to discuss how and why to implement digital assessment tools.

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Looking Ahead – Jim and Greg (Part 2)

Greg Dick and Jim Cooper are looking ahead to the future of digital education in the second half of their discussion.

Gregory Allan Dick has 25+ years of experience leading and catalyzing change around the globe. He is a gifted educator, strategic thinker, communicator, and leadership expert. As the Director of Educational Outreach at the Perimeter Institute (PI), Greg has built a global education and advocacy network that spans more than 60 countries, driving STEM and scientific literacy around the globe. Greg and the Educational Outreach team at PI provide programs across Canada that share the power of theoretical physics with general audiences, develop high school age youth for the field, and support a network of educators with in-class resources. The Educational Outreach team also provides outreach expertise at major events around the world and through online resources. In this two part podcast, listen as Greg and Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, discuss the role of elearning in high school education and outreach.

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The Role of eLearning in High School Education and Outreach – Jim and Greg (Part 1)

Perimeter Institute’s Greg Dick breaks down the role of eLearning in high school education and outreach, in the first half of his discussion with host Jim Cooper.

Gregory Allan Dick has 25+ years of experience leading and catalyzing change around the globe. He is a gifted educator, strategic thinker, communicator, and leadership expert. As the Director of Educational Outreach at the Perimeter Institute (PI), Greg has built a global education and advocacy network that spans more than 60 countries, driving STEM and scientific literacy around the globe. Greg and the Educational Outreach team at PI provide programs across Canada that share the power of theoretical physics with general audiences, develop high school age youth for the field, and support a network of educators with in-class resources. The Educational Outreach team also provides outreach expertise at major events around the world and through online resources. In this two part podcast, listen as Greg and Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, discuss the role of elearning in high school education and outreach.

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Preparing For University with Online Courseware

This week, Alessandro Bogino discusses how secondary school students are preparing for university with online courseware, led by Dr. Steven Furino.

Alessandro Bogino holds a research grant at the University of Turin focused on the development of plugins needed for the automated management of thousands of users enrolled in and preparing for the TARM (Test for the Assessment of Minimum Requirements). In addition, he previously held a research grant at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Turin to collaborate on the realization of the project Orient@mente. The project involved the development of an open online platform focused on self-paced preparatory materials for use by secondary school students who intend to apply for scientific study at the University of Turin. In this podcast, led by Dr. Steve Furino, Assistant Dean of Online Studies at the University of Waterloo, he discusses his experiences creating preparatory materials using online courseware technology.