This year’s edition, scheduled for October 14, will feature a keynote address by digital education expert Jen Ross from the University of Edinburgh. The co-author of the Manifesto for Teaching Online will deliver her talk using the Blue Jeans video conferencing software now available at Concordia.
The choice to have Ross present remotely was a conscious one, explains Catherine Bolton, vice-provost of Teaching and Learning. “We want to give professors end everyone else attending e.SCAPE a small taste of the online learning experience enjoyed by some of their students, because for a lot of us, it’s still very new.”
In her talk, Ross will discuss emerging challenges and opportunities in digital education. Her experience in the field is extensive: she ran the University of Edinburgh’s Masters of Science program in Digital Education for three years, and developed her own massively open online course (MOOC) called eLearning and Digital Cultures. Ross is also a member of the Digital Cultures and Education research group.