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Greenwood College School
Greenwood College School News
January 6, 2014

Blended Learning Panel Discussion for Parents

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON

Cost: Free

At Greenwood, blended learning allows students and teachers to use classroom time more flexibly by combining the best of face-to-face and tech-enabled experiences. Many postsecondary institutions, such as Queen's University and U of T, have recognized the value of blended learning for enhancing student learning and engagement. An increasing number are making this approach a part of their postsecondary program.

Join us on February 4 to hear from blended learning experts on what this approach looks like at the postsecondary level. Moderated by Principal Allan Hardy, the panel includes:

  • Brenda Ravenscroft, Ph.D. - Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen's University. Brenda is responsible for teaching and learning initiatives and quality enhancement across the Faculty of Arts and Science. Her current projects include a large-scale initiative totransform high-enrolment introductory courses into blended models and the expansion
    and improvement of online studies. She is engaged in a variety of research projects within
    her academic field of music theory and in the scholarly field of teaching and learning.
  • Paul Gries - Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Paul has taught in the Department of Computer Science for over 15 years. He has also coauthored two textbooks, has been a leader in departmental curriculum design and renewal, and has taught the Python programming language to tens of thousands of students in a MOOC (massive open online course). Most recently, he used MOOC materials to teach the Intro to Programming course at U of T using the blended learning approach.
  • Heather Thomas - Vice-Principal, Student Learning, Greenwood College School. Heather has developed blended learning courses in math and physics at Greenwood. She is responsible for the the development, implementation and evaluation of blended learning courses in these and other subject areas at the school. Her goal when working with teachers to develop these courses is to use technology to support personalized learning. Heather teaches Grade 12 physics and oversees academic programming at Greenwood.

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