About the Keynote Seminar and the Workshops




Keynote Seminar – Technological Innovations and Student Experiences: Thoughts and Reflections on Pedagogies in Vocational and Skills Training


How should we teach students vocational skills in an era with rapid technological innovations and changing demands from the workplace? What learning experiences do we provide to students through different pedagogical approaches? How does technological innovations enhance students’ learning? Faculty who teach in vocational and skills training programmes often wonder how our pedagogical approaches positively or negatively impact students’ learning experiences while trying to meet the deliverables and objectives of a course or programmes. Reflecting on more than 15 years of teaching experience in Canadian colleges, Dr Gorica will examine different pedagogical approaches through a lens of students’ learning experience, classroom engagement and skill development.

Dr Yalin GORICA

Professor
School of Education,
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
 
With a passion for teaching and learning, Dr Gorica is highly motivated by student success. Having worked with students from as young as toddlers to mature students at various colleges and institutes in Canada, Dr Gorica not only understands broad issues regarding learners’ developmental abilities and programme expectations, but has also designed, implemented and mentored many projects to help students succeed in their programmes. A strong advocate of inquiry-based experiential learning, Dr Gorica was instrumental in initiating and implementing an international placement for Sheridan ECE and HBECL students to explore curriculum and pedagogical perspectives when working with young children in different social and cultural contexts.

Dr Gorica’s research interests focus on internationalisation in higher education, social policy and organisational management in education, programme evaluation in both domestic and international contexts, curriculum development and bilingual education in young children.

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Workshop 1 – Imagine, Envision, Predict, What Teaching in your Classroom of the Future could Look Like


With a world of knowledge at students fingertips and in a time when we are certain that the workforce of the future is going to look completely different to that of today, it is time to reject the status quo of how we design learning opportunities for our students. Now we are firmly into the 21st century it is time to put an end to 20th century models of the teacher as the keeper of knowledge and students as passive consumers of information. This workshop looks to suggest ways in which you can provide nonlinear, student driven learning where learners are empowered to pursue the meanings of things that matter to them.

Dr Joanne TRAUNTER

Head of Subject for Education, Childhood and Youth Studies,
University of Hull, UK

Dr Joanne Traunter is Head of Childhood, Education and Youth Studies at the University of Hull in the UK. The School of Education sits within the Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education and runs successful international partnerships in Hong Kong and around the world. The School of Education prides itself on innovative and engaging programme designs which truly empower students for the future of teaching and learning. Dr Traunter proposes a multimodal approach to programme design, one where students access human and digital resources to drive their own learning beyond the classroom walls, where students exchange ideas, discuss, question, reflect and make connections anywhere, anytime.

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Workshop 2 – Learning Stories: Developing a Mobile Application Tool to Enhance Student Learning


Emerged from the need to observe and document children’s learning using mobile technology, a mobile application tool Learning Stories was created and implemented to better support students’ learning both in classrooms and in the work field. Dr Gorica will share the development of the mobile application tool through the collaboration between the faculty members and the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Sheridan. The participants will have the opportunity to use their mobiles (e.g. smart phones or iPad) to learn how to use the Learning Stories in the seminar. The implications of developing a mobile application tool for teaching and learning in other programmes will be discussed.

Dr Yalin GORICA

Professor
School of Education,
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

 
With a passion for teaching and learning, Dr Gorica is highly motivated by student success. Having worked with students from as young as toddlers to mature students at various colleges and institutes in Canada, Dr Gorica not only understands broad issues regarding learners’ developmental abilities and programme expectations, but has also designed, implemented and mentored many projects to help students succeed in their programmes. A strong advocate of inquiry-based experiential learning, Dr Gorica was instrumental in initiating and implementing an international placement for Sheridan ECE and HBECL students to explore curriculum and pedagogical perspectives when working with young children in different social and cultural contexts.

Dr Gorica’s research interests focus on internationalisation in higher education, social policy and organisational management in education, programmes evaluation in both domestic and international contexts, curriculum development and bilingual education in young children.
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