Day 3: Active Learning


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Choice, Process, Care, Inclusion: A Choose Your Own Adventure  

Months into a global pandemic, it feels as if everyone in higher education is exhausted. So, how do we design for choice and student agency without burning out ourselves or our students? How do we honour the messiness of deep learning when we’re all pressed for time? Arley Cruthers will draw on her experience as a Paralympian, wheelchair basketball coach, writer, and applied communications instructor to explore themes of choice, process, care, and inclusion. To demonstrate the power of choice and co-creation, the keynote will be in a Choose Your Own Adventure style. The audience will make a series of choices that will influence the outcome of the keynote and which stories get told.

Arley Cruthers

Arley (she/her) teaches applied communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she also serves as the open education teaching fellow. She’s passionate about open pedagogy and open education, and her pedagogy is rooted in her background as a Paralympian, wheelchair basketball coach, novelist, and communications and marketing manager. She recently authored the OER textbook Business Writing for Everyone: An Inclusive Guide to Writing in the Workplace. For her work in inclusive, process-based approaches to open, she received an Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus and has been a guest on several teaching podcasts. Arley has an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Junsong Zhang

Junsong Zhang

Junsong (he/him) is an instructional designer at the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Centre at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is passionate about transforming learning experiences with emerging technology, delivering learner-centred solutions, and fostering professional development for faculty and students. His recent projects include designing UDL workshops and guides for JIBC faculty (see the JIBC publication Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide [PDF]). Junsong holds an MEd from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media.

Seanna Takacs

Seanna Takacs

Seanna (she/her) is a faculty member in accessibility services and an educational consultant specializing in UDL for the Teaching and Learning Commons at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has taught, researched, and supported students and faculty in accessibility and inclusive practice for over 15 years. She is currently the co-chair of the Accessibility and Inclusion Community of Practice for CACUSS. She regularly consults and conducts workshops on Universal Design for Learning and accessible and inclusive practices, with a recent publication on UDL for the Justice Institute of British Columbia in partnership with BCcampus (see the JIBC publication Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide [PDF]). Seanna holds a PhD in educational psychology from Simon Fraser University.