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[T.e.l.l. February] Blended by Design: How Inquiry-based Design is Engaging Faculty and Students

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Title: Blended by Design: How Inquiry-based Design is Engaging Faculty and Students
When: 11:00 AM (PDT), February 23, 2016
Who: Sandra Polushin and Maureen Mackey, Douglas College
Where: ETUG Room in BB Collaborate

Recording no longer available

Session Description

TellFebruary2016Blended/hybrid teaching and learning (think, Community of Inquiry, CoI) are the new buzz words at DC. So much so, we recently invited renowned educator Dr. Norman Vaughan, of Mount Royal University in Calgary, to come to DC to facilitate three workshops with senior management, faculty, and staff.
Sandra and Maureen, both advocates of CoI for their own courses, will summarize Vaughan’s visit, while discussing the advances, supports, and resources offered to DC faculty encouraging them to engage with this teaching and learning philosophy.


Sandra Polushin, BA, MEd (DE) has been teaching in the Disability and Community Studies Department for the past 20 years, with hybrid and online teaching being a focus in the past 10. While working in partnership with the community, she has been an active member in designing, developing and delivering two online programs under the auspices of the department in response to community need and the requirements for knowledge and skills required of practitioners throughout the province. Having experienced online learning through her graduate degree and supporting students in their own journeys with online learning, Sandra continues to pursue the challenge of providing equitable learning spaces that enhance collaboration, inclusion and accessibility for all learners while maintaining high levels of quality required of our academic programs.
Maureen Mackey, RPN, RN, BSN, MEd (DE) has taught psychiatric nursing at Douglas College since 1990, developing and teaching distance education programs/courses in mental health/psychiatric nursing since 1997. Maureen has presented on the topic of online mental health nursing education and program evaluation at several international conferences. Having completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees via distance education, Maureen has a first-hand appreciation for sound educational pedagogy, as well as for lifelong learning. Maureen’s current work involves coordination of Health Sciences learning strategy and quality initiatives within the Douglas College Faculty of Health Sciences.