Professional Development Workshops

Tour Google Waterloo

Monday, May 30, 2-2:30 PM | Location: Google

Conference attendees can take advantage of a rare opportunity to tour Google Canada’s new headquarters for it’s national development team, Google’s biggest R&D office in Canada.

More than 350 engineers will eventually work on Google products in the 85,000-square-foot office, located in the Breithaupt Block, a former rubber manufacturing facility.

Only 20 spots available. Please email to reserve your spot!

Bridging the Gap — An All Access Pass to Accessibility Best Practices in the Online World

Monday, May 30 at 2:00 PM | Location: Desire2Learn

With the deadline for Educational Materials compliance with the AODA passing it has never been more important to ensure that online learning is open and available to all. Covering the AODA and other standards (including WCAG 2.0), this session will enable attendees to match Accessibility requirements to practical and usable approaches when designing and building online courses.

The session will provide guidance for attendees to create their own ‘Roadmap to Accessible Courses’ and provide a practical demo of material before and after Accessibility best practices have been applied. Attendees will be provided a ‘toolkit’ of resources they can use in creating and testing their own online learning materials moving forward.

The session will also cover the current challenges faced when creating accessible material and what we can expect for future changes and developments.

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill, CPLP, CTDP, has over six years of experience creating engaging, accessible, and effective learning experiences. She works with a wide variety of clients to ensure learners can reach their potential and do their most meaningful work. She facilitates sessions and workshops on a number of learning and accessibility topics, and has presented for the Institute for Performance and Learning, the Brightspace Global Conference and The Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph. She has written for Learning Solutions Magazine, as well as other publications and blogs.

Contact her on LinkedIn: Jenny Hill, CPLP, CTDP.

Instructional Design and Development for the Online Classroom: The Possibilities, the Perils, and the Practice

Monday, May 30 at 2:00 PM | Location: Centre for Extended Learning

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Extended Learning has been designing and developing distance education courses and programs for almost 50 years. We support our instructors from initial design, through the development and production phases, during the offer of the course, and through the evaluation and improvement of their online courses, all with the aim that students receive a second-to-none online educational experience. Spend half a day with members of our instructional design team as we walk through our design, development, support and maintenance processes.

We will share with you some of the challenges and best practices for creating and developing engaging online courses and programs as we take you from instructional design (ID) theory to everyday practice. This workshop will be of benefit to instructional design teams and others interested in learning about ID techniques for online educational development.


Dina Meunier has been with the Centre for Extended Learning for just over 5 years, helping faculty transition from the on-campus to the online teaching environment as an Online Learning Consultant. She has worked both with University of Waterloo faculty to design and develop online credit courses and with external clients in creating fully online professional development learning opportunities. Active, student–centred learning is an important focus in of her work. She is currently the interim Associate Director, Online Learning with CEL.


Melanie Misanchuk is an Online Learning Consultant in the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo. She works with faculty members to design enriching and effective learning experiences in online courses. Melanie enjoys the challenges of adapting face-to-face strategies in the online environment.


Rudy Peariso is the Lead Online Learning Consultant in the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo. She provides pedagogical consultations for faculty members in the design of their online courses. She runs workshops for faculty, teaching assistants, and students in their own pursuit of online best practices.


Tonya Elliott is an Online Learning Consultant in the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo. She works with faculty members to design fully online courses or projects and manages the development work of such project. Tonya really enjoys simultaneously working on many different projects with faculty and staff from all areas of campus.