Waterloo, at the centre of Ontario’s Technology Triangle, is an appropriate setting for the 2016 CAUCE-CNIE conference. Our theme (Target: Education 3.0 – Possibilities at the Nexus of Pedagogy, Technology, and Access) will examine the forces exerted by technological change, societal demands, and ground-breaking research on the educational landscape. These forces are reshaping the way we create, access, and even think about learning.


All sessions will reflect the overall conference theme, and be aligned with one of more of the following conference streams:

In a world of rapid technological advancements, it is easy to get caught up in the latest fads. How do we know what actually works for our learners? What emerging trends will really make a difference in the world of education? When does innovation truly equal effectiveness?

Possible Topics:

  • effective instructional design
  • course development strategies
  • innovative learning strategies
  • research on teaching and learning
  • sustainable innovation
  • overcoming barriers to innovation
New technologies are creating vast opportunities for change in both physical and virtual learning environments. Classrooms are becoming increasingly wired and digital, with students bringing a multitude of devices into the mix. The learning management system, LMS, forms the core environment for teaching and learning at many institutions – for better or worse. The Internet of Things will embed intelligence into devices all around us. What will the next generation learning environments look like? How do we make good choices about how to spend scarce budget dollars?

Possible Topics:

  • equipping learning spaces — lessons from the field
  • supporting bringing your own device (BYOD)
  • is the LMS dead?
  • student-generated content
  • sourcing critical learning systems: commercial vs. open source vs. build your own
  • disintermediation — undoing the traditional teacher-student model through technology
In today’s employment market, people need to continuously learn and grow in order to achieve their goals. We, as educators, cannot ignore the massive shift in who our learners are, and what they need to be successful. How do we design programs to meet their needs? How do we form appropriate partnerships with key stakeholders? How do we, our learners, partners and employers judge success? How do we bring modern professional education to the real world of commerce and enterprise? Get inspired by new projects and programs and take your institution beyond the humdrum.

Possible Topics:

  • innovative programs/delivery strategies
  • badges and credentialing
  • meeting employer needs
  • client service and customer satisfaction
  • using research to guide decision-making
  • community, youth, and international engagement
  • customer relationship management (CRM) and registration systems
  • metrics and evaluation
We need to embrace emerging trends and technology to remain vital, while integrating the right tools and techniques to achieve our goals. Demographics are changing, our learners are becoming more sophisticated, devices are always on and noise is persistent. How can we cut through the everyday clamour? How do we measure effectiveness? How do we stay on top of changing technology?

Possible Topics:

  • brand strategy
  • marketing on a budget
  • integration
  • digital strategy — targeting, social media, ROI, local, what’s next?
  • marketing intelligence — analytics, big data, research, testing, benchmarking
  • leading operations and organizations — contracting, collaboration, outsourcing, gaining consensus, and consumer satisfaction
  • driving enrolment and engagement
  • content is king



Professional Development Workshops