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Upcoming Webinars

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Quality Network for Universities: Insights from the 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco

In February 2016, The Conference Board of Canada’s Quality Network for Universities (QNU), a platform for university leaders to explore issues critical to their institutional missions, conducted a study tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area. The goal was to learn about and build connections relating to research innovation, commercialization, and best practices in universities working with industry. Participants learned how Canadian universities can benefit from the opportunity for growth through collaboration, interdisciplinary research and teaching; strong interactions with industry beginning with basic research; and the need to embrace change, disruption, and failure.

Live Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Collaborative Campus Leadership: Inter-Institutional Solutions to Community Issues

The Edmonton region wants to diversify its economy while addressing the social complexities of a boom-and-bust economy and burgeoning immigration. In response, Edmonton's six post-secondary institutions have stepped forward in a collaborative way to work with the city and industry to address economic and social growth. By focusing on Edmonton as a learning city, these institutions endeavor to remove barriers to learning and engage more citizens in lifelong learning. This is the 3rd webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Live Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development: The Role of Cities and Educators in Building a Lasting Future

Education is a key lever for cities and regions to build a more sustainable future. Formal and informal learning opportunities are helping learners of all ages acquire the values, knowledge, and skills needed to support sustainable, healthy, vibrant, and peaceful societies. The UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is working to advance the vision of “a world where everybody has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation.” The learning city movement and lifelong learning initiatives are ways that some communities around the world are helping to realize sustainable development. This 60-minute webinar offers insights from international movements that are taking action to integrate sustainable development into education and lifelong learning. This is the 2nd webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Live Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Previous Webinars

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The Learning Performance Index Webinar: Building Strong Workplace Learning Environments

Learning in Canadian organizations is declining. Year over year, the amount of money spent per employee on learning and development decreases. Now, more than ever, it is important for organizations to understand where to focus their learning resources to obtain the greatest value for their investment. The Conference Board of Canada has developed The Learning Performance Index (LPI), a proprietary organizational assessment tool designed to help organizations identify strengths and opportunities for enhancing workplace learning environments. The LPI is comprised of four distinct areas or learning pillars—vision, knowledge management, organizational learning culture, and learning dynamics. Each pillar is instrumental in affecting an organization’s learning environment, and each can affect specific outcomes different from others.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Donna Burnett Vachon, Colin Hall | The Conference Board of Canada

Supporting Indigenous Students: Improving PSE Completion Rates for At Risk Youth

Indigenous students need more support. Post-secondary education completion rates among Canadian Indigenous students are among the lowest in the country, highlighting the need for focused support from government, communities and educational institutions. However, without a proper strategy and solid support structures in place, well-meaning initiatives run the risk of failing before they even begin. So where can we start? Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake, Alberta has spearheaded some necessary and innovative steps to support at-risk Indigenous students. Building a strategy on their values of Community, Respect, Accessibility, Collaboration, Excellence and Lifelong Learning, initiatives include employing several key support initiatives and connecting students to learning in their home communities. During this 60 minute presentation, Michelle Mitchell will discuss the strategies Northern Lakes College has taken to support at-risk Indigenous students. Michelle will explore how through extensive use of distance learning and wrap-around services for each community, as well as ongoing communication with Community Education Councils, Northern Lakes is able to provide the support necessary to enable at risk students to be successful in an increasingly competitive world.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Higher Education in the BRIC Countries: What Canada can Learn from Emerging Economies

Representing 40 per cent of the world's population and one quarter of the global economy, what happens in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is of consequence for everyone. In the past 20 years, these four countries have seen a staggering 26 million enrolment spaces, a major increase for their respective higher education systems.. These increases have unlocked a wave of innovation in higher education and a fresh reconceptualization of how the higher education system can be put to work for society as a whole. There is a wealth of opportunity for Canada to adopt leading practices from the BRICs and to incorporate lessons from their experience to inform the direction of future education policy. These lessons include: how to remain competitive in an increasingly internationalized world, the new roles being asked of the higher education system, and the pursuit of sustainability. But what lessons will be most important for Canada? And how could they be put into practice?

Recorded Webinar | July 2016 | Mark Robbins | The Conference Board of Canada

The Technological Revolution in Higher Education: What does this mean for policy, practitioners and progress?

With the communications and technological revolution bringing us into the information age, everything has changed. Well, almost everything. The higher education system has been remarkably resistant to many of the advantageous new technologies, practices, and ideas that the internet has facilitated. By consequence, the pedagogical and financial models of higher education have remained similar to those of centuries past, and unless things change, academia will become further isolated as the world around it changes rapidly. Luckily, there is a wealth of opportunity to adopt and incorporate emerging best practices in technology and digitally-enabled pedagogy. Innovative approaches to big data, communications technology and audio-visuals are permitting the reinvention of the learning space, both in-class and online, and are set to change the face of higher education forever. So what can the students of tomorrow expect to find in the classroom?

Recorded Webinar | June 2016 | Mark Robbins | The Conference Board of Canada

Re-engaging High School Drop-outs: New Pathways to Post-Secondary Education

Canadians have access to some of the highest quality education in the world, yet some students continue to fall through the cracks. Disengaged high school students who leave education early face the real possibility of joblessness and poverty in the future. OECD countries across the world are facing the very real challenge of how to lower drop-out rates while improving successful transitions to post-secondary education (PSE), training, and careers. How can school boards, industry, post-secondary institutions, and education policymakers work together to reengage struggling students and support successful transitions out of secondary education?

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Life Outside the Academy: Career Prospects and Outcomes for Canadian PhD Graduates

Each year, thousands of students across Canada begin their PhD studies, many with the goal of becoming a tenured university professor. However, less than 20 per cent of PhD graduates ultimately achieve that goal, with about another 20 per cent finding other careers within the post-secondary-education (PSE) sector. So where are the other 60 per cent of PhDs employed? What are the career prospects for those PhDs who work outside the academy? Join Dr. Michael Bloom and Dr. Jessica Edge from the Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education as they examine the employment opportunities and outcomes of PhD holders both inside and outside the academy. While PhD graduates possess numerous advanced skills that benefit Canada’s economy and society, many find the initial transition to careers outside of academia challenging. Michael and Jessica will explore this important issue, and outline innovative strategies and initiatives to ease career transitions for PhD graduates across the country. Student Rates Available—Contact Publications to order!

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | Michael Bloom, Jessica Edge | The Conference Board of Canada

A Global Education: Creating International Learning Opportunities for Canadian Students

When it comes to education, our post-secondary students tend to stay in Canada, opting out of opportunities to spend part of their education abroad. Canada lags behind fellow OECD countries where going abroad for part of one’s post-secondary education is almost a rite of passage. What is keeping Canadian students at home? And what can be done to encourage more students to become globally mobile?

Recorded Webinar | January 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Digital Higher Education: Navigating the Obstacles to Improve Quality and Productivity

Online and blended learning programs have become standard features in Canadian colleges and universities. And while these initiatives are increasingly accepted as a legitimate form of teaching and skill development, efforts at the vast majority of traditional institutions have barely scratched the potential of internet-enabled learning, and improvements in value appear to have already plateaued. Successfully leveraging the potential of educational technology depends, first, on a clear understanding of the obstacles that have limited progress to date. Beyond simplistic discussions of “best practices”, what are the specific instructional, organizational, and technological barriers that have inhibited our ability to use online and blended learning to bend the “iron triangle” of cost, quality and access? How can these issues be addressed effectively? And what are the key decisions that institutional leaders need to consider in order to dramatically improve the value of digital technology for Canadian students? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Keith Hampson draws on 17 years of experience in higher education, to present his findings about the institutional, technological and instructional factors that stand in the way of significant progress in digital education. Keith will offer examples and tactics employed by colleges and universities across the US and Canada that promise to improve the quality and productivity of digital higher education, and provide a high-level description of the general trends that are shaping the digital higher education market.

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Partnerships Between Post-Secondary Education and Canadian Business: Ensuring Future Prosperity

As the global competition for top talent heats up, Canadian post-secondary education institutions must do everything they can to ensure they are producing the next generation of highly skilled graduates. To put their best foot forward, many institutions are partnering directly with Canadian businesses to increase their reach to new students, and to ensure graduates have the skills needed to power future economic growth. There are many benefits to partnerships, but developing and maintaining these partnerships can be challenging, especially for those with little partnership experience. Join researchers from our Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education for this 60-minute webinar that explores the impact of PSE-business partnerships on education, business, and the economy as a whole. Don’t miss this chance to hear how to seek out and build partnerships with strong ethical guidelines, operating principles, and value assessment—our identified keys to success.

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education

Did you know that Canada has one of the highest rates of enrollment in post-secondary education in the world? The Federal and Provincial governments continue to make a sizeable financial investment in Canada's post-secondary institutions, but are these investments having a positive effect on the country as a whole? What are the impacts of Post-Secondary education on our national economy? Join us for this 60 minute recorded webinar that explores the economic impact of Post-Secondary investments for all Canadians.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

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