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COHERE 2015: October 22 & 23

Posted by Centre for Learning and Teaching on October 8, 2015 in General Announcements

Dalhousie University is jointly hosting the COHERE 2015 Conference with the University of Victoria. COHERE is the national Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research ( The conference theme is: Flexible Learning Designs: Building Community Through Blended, Online, and Multi-Access Learning in the Post Secondary Classroom.

Through panel discussions and presentations presenters will explore the implications of this theme in the following streams:
•Building Community: Practice that leads to increased sense of trust, respect, and collaboration in blended and multi-access learning environments.
•Social Justice: Policy and successful practice that recognizes that face-to-face education promotes privilege in participation, and research that provides evidence that flexible learning designs promote participation from non-traditional student groups.
•Evidence-based research for multi-access and blended learning designs: From tracing learner interactions to configuration of room and interface designs for collaboration
•Open: The adoption of open learning practices to enhance post-secondary education through an increased global community of learners and leaders.

It features a keynote in Halifax by Caroline Haythornthwaite from UBC on "From learning networks to learning communities: Theory informing practice for community outcomes”. There will also be a keynote delivered virtually from Victoria by John Bell from Michigan State University on "From “Seeing There” to “Being There”” related to multi-access learning. There will also be two virtual keynotes by distance by Richard Schwier from USask on "Access and Connections to Online Learning Communities” and Matt Bower from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia on "Uniting remote and face-to-face learners in real-time learning experiences – a coherent framework for design”.

More information on the keynotes:

The Halifax schedule for the COHERE 2015 conference is listed below. All sessions in Halifax are taking place in The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites in Halifax, NS.

Register for COHERE (

Early Bird Registration until October 9, 2015:
COHERE Institutional Members: $225.00 & GST
COHERE Non-members: $295.00 & GST
COHERE Graduate Students: $150.00 & GST

Registration after October 9, 2015:
COHERE Institutional Members: $275.00 & GST
COHERE Non-members: $385.00 & GST
COHERE Graduate Students: $175.00 & GST