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Research Webinar Series: Organizational change experienced by Canadian universities moving to online learning

Date and Time:
April 9, 2020 10:00 am - April 9, 2020 11:00 am
Location:
Online via Skype
Description:

Athabasca University has moved from a print-based, correspondence model of distance education to an online learning environment over the past couple of decades. Few would deny that the process has been challenging. Research about the adoption of online learning by higher education institutions in many countries shows evidence of related changes in academic and administrative structures, processes, and policies. While recent studies suggest that online learning has steadily increased in Canada, there are not many that address the main drivers of the transition to online, the challenges to adoption, the academic models that have emerged, or the role of educational leaders in facilitating the process. Our qualitative study is grounded in theories of organizational change and culture, distance education, leadership, and the disruptions of technological innovation. We are investigating the changes associated with the move to online education experienced during the period 2002-2017 by a selection of Canadian universities that were early providers of distance education. We have conducted in-depth interviews with participants who were involved in the design, planning or implementation of online learning. Our analytical process involves descriptive and interpretive coding. Preliminary findings include key themes and critical issues such as resistance to change, a growing focus on learning and teaching, and the importance of leadership throughout the organization.

Presented by:

Dr. Cindy Ives has a long history in the Canadian post-secondary world as an instructor, educational developer, researcher, distance educator and course developer, academic administrator and evaluation consultant. She began her university career at Laurentian University in 1988 and has since worked at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal for a number of years. Since joining Athabasca University in 2007, Dr. Ives has held the positions of Director – Educational Media Development and Learning Design and Development, Associate Vice President Academic and Vice President Academic (Interim). She now teaches Master’s and Doctoral courses in distance education at AU.

Cindy’s educational background includes a PhD in Educational Technology from Concordia University and other degrees from Carleton University. She is currently Vice-President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education and of the AMTEC Trust Foundation.

Dr. Pamela Walsh has worked in the Canadian post-secondary sector in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador since 1991. She has worked as an instructor, researcher, and academic and administrative leader in various roles including Director of Continuing Education, Vice-President Academic, Assistant Deputy Minister for Higher Education, and President in the college system in NL. Dr. Walsh joined Athabasca University in 2007 and has held positions as Director in the President’s office and Vice-President Advancement. She now teaches Master’s courses in distance education and supervises Doctoral students at AU.

Pamela’s educational background includes an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and other degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Add to Calendar April 9, 2020 10:00 am 2020-04-09 11:00:00 MDT Research Webinar Series: Organizational change experienced by Canadian universities moving to online learning

Athabasca University has moved from a print-based, correspondence model of distance education to an online learning environment over the past couple of decades. Few would deny that the process has been challenging. Research about the adoption of online learning by higher education institutions in many countries shows evidence of related changes in academic and administrative structures, processes, and policies. While recent studies suggest that online learning has steadily increased in Canada, there are not many that address the main drivers of the transition to online, the challenges to adoption, the academic models that have emerged, or the role of educational leaders in facilitating the process. Our qualitative study is grounded in theories of organizational change and culture, distance education, leadership, and the disruptions of technological innovation. We are investigating the changes associated with the move to online education experienced during the period 2002-2017 by a selection of Canadian universities that were early providers of distance education. We have conducted in-depth interviews with participants who were involved in the design, planning or implementation of online learning. Our analytical process involves descriptive and interpretive coding. Preliminary findings include key themes and critical issues such as resistance to change, a growing focus on learning and teaching, and the importance of leadership throughout the organization.

Presented by:

Dr. Cindy Ives has a long history in the Canadian post-secondary world as an instructor, educational developer, researcher, distance educator and course developer, academic administrator and evaluation consultant. She began her university career at Laurentian University in 1988 and has since worked at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal for a number of years. Since joining Athabasca University in 2007, Dr. Ives has held the positions of Director – Educational Media Development and Learning Design and Development, Associate Vice President Academic and Vice President Academic (Interim). She now teaches Master’s and Doctoral courses in distance education at AU.

Cindy’s educational background includes a PhD in Educational Technology from Concordia University and other degrees from Carleton University. She is currently Vice-President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education and of the AMTEC Trust Foundation.

Dr. Pamela Walsh has worked in the Canadian post-secondary sector in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador since 1991. She has worked as an instructor, researcher, and academic and administrative leader in various roles including Director of Continuing Education, Vice-President Academic, Assistant Deputy Minister for Higher Education, and President in the college system in NL. Dr. Walsh joined Athabasca University in 2007 and has held positions as Director in the President’s office and Vice-President Advancement. She now teaches Master’s courses in distance education and supervises Doctoral students at AU.

Pamela’s educational background includes an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and other degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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