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1 May 2018 - 9th Technological & Pedagogical Innovation in Education Forum (TPIE) at RMC

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The forum will take place at RMC, Currie Hall starting at 08:00

Register online (before Tuesday, 24 April 2018)


Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 (Currie Hall)

  • 7:30 – Registration  
  • 8:00 – Welcome (Cmdt, Principal, Dean of Continuing Studies)
  • 8:15 – Introduction of keynote speaker, Dr. Tony Bates, by Dr. E. Maria Skordaki (moderator)
  • 8:45 – Q & A

Panel 1: Pedagogical Strategies & Practices

  • 9:00 – The Importance of Retrieval-Practice for Learning
    • Dr. Mathieu Gagnon, RMC
  • 9:20 – Will this Course Fly? – Radical multi-disciplinary challenges at RMC
    • Dr. Billy Alan, RMC
    • Dr. Steve Lukits, RMC
  • 9:40 – Q & A 
  • 9:55 – Health Break (Baronial Hall)
    • Canadian Defence Academy Press Book Display

Panel 2: Technological Innovation

  • 10:25 – What do 51.7M articles, 687% increase, EDS, R-92, RDM, and journal archives have in common?
    • Ms. Sarah Toomey, RMC
  • 10:45 – WIFI on school buses: The implications of keeping students online while travelling
    • Mr. Sawyer Hogenkamp, Queen’s
  • 11:05 – Q & A

Panel 3: Learner Centric Approaches

  • 11:20 – Enabling a Successful Learner-Centred Approach
    • Maj Vickie Woodside-Duggins , Military Personnel Generation HQ
    • Dr. Bernadette Dechecci, Military Personnel Generation HQ
    • Lt Glen Whitaker, Military Personnel Generation HQ
  • 11:40 – “I lived it here”: New Instructors Crossing a Teaching and Learning Threshold in Active Learning Classrooms
    • Dr. Andrea Philipson, Queen’s
    • Mrs. Annie Riel, Queen’s & RMC
  • 11:55 – Q & A
  • 12:10 – Concluding remarks
  • 12:20 – Lunch (Available at your own cost at the Royal Military College Senior Staff Mess)
  • 13:45 – Workshop in Sawyer building, room S-4000 & S-4201 (40 spots available)
    • Engaging Students with Active Learning
    • Dr. Holly Ann Garnett, RMC

*Please note that presenters will present in the official language of their choice.

15 - 16 May 2018 - NDHQ Ottawa Education Fair

The RMC Online Distance Education Team will be pleased to greet you at its display booth located in the NDHQ Main Concourse, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa from 08:30 - 14:30 (both days).

15 May 2018 - Education Visit at CFB Halifax Stadacona

The RMC Online Distance Education Team will be pleased to greet you at its display booth from 09:00 - 15:00 in the Administration Building (S90, 2nd Floor).

16 May 2018 - Education Visit at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia

The RMC Online Distance Education Team will be pleased to greet you at its display booth from 09:00 - 15:00 in Birchall Building (Classroom 9 & 10).

17 May 2018 - Education Visit at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia

The RMC Online Distance Education Team will be pleased to greet you at its diplay booth from 10:00 - 15:00 at the Sea King Club.


20 Years Later, distance education continues at the Royal Military College of Canada

Dr. Jim Barrett and LCdr (Ret’d) Robert Charest

Right from the start, Royal Military College Continuing Studies was built with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) students in mind. “Sir”, the CWO said, “The civilian university had been as good as gold to me. Then one day I came to work thinking I’d have supper with my wife, but before lunch I’d had my shot and by suppertime I’d be on the Herc. I called the university to say I’d miss the mid-term. They were sorry, but there was nothing they could do for me. I had to drop the course and forfeit the fees - those were the rules.”

So RMC designed a program with different rules. It’s a university program for working adults, whose jobs can make unexpected demands. Any CAF member is eligible to enroll, academic credit can be given for military training, and professors can accommodate students who have to interrupt a course for operational reasons.

With the blessing of the ADM(PER) and a little funding from the Officer Professional Development Working Group, RMC launched its pilot program in Continuing Studies in 1996, with 120 students. At the 1997 spring convocation, the program had its first two graduates. Just three years later there were more than 800 undergraduate registrations. Roughly half were NCMs. Today, enrolment exceeds 1100 in a broad spectrum of programs at the certificate, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Some twenty years later, that early success still surprises. It was expected to be a small side activity for the College, but the wave of enthusiasm from the CAF was tremendous. Younger members- captains and corporals- were looking for educational opportunities, reflecting a growing demand for lifelong learning in the wider world. Within the Department of National Defence, the fallout from the Somalia enquiry drove a push for a more educated CAF. At the same time, new developments in learning technologies and methods presented exciting new possibilities for educational outreach. The Minister, the senior leadership of the CAF, and individual Forces members all sensed the significance of these trends and were eager to benefit from them.

In 1996, the Royal Military College reached out to the entire Canadian Armed Forces. That decision changed RMC’s perspective from that of a small military university to one of the educational arm of a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Over the past twenty years, Continuing Studies has built on RMC’s recognized academic excellence and the organizational strengths of the CAF to become an important strategic focus for the College and a responsive, sympathetic educational engine for the CAF.

Biographical notes:  LCdr (Ret’d) Robert Charest was the Officer in Charge of the RMC Office of Continuing Studies from 1996 to 2002. Dr Jim Barrett was the Chair of the RMC Continuing Studies Committee in 1996 and RMC Dean of Continuing Studies 1997 to 2002.

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