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AGM & Professional Development Retreat

Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Retreat 2018

Opening the Doors to Education

Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018
Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre | Cambridge, Ontario

Registration is now CLOSED on

To receive the special OCULL room rate for your hotel booking, please call 1-866-622-1505 no later than Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

View the 2018 OCULL Retreat Agenda.

Call for Proposals for the Annual Retreat & AGM

The call for proposals is now closed.

The Ontario Council for University Lifelong Learning (OCULL) is committed to meeting the professional development needs of continuing education and online learning practitioners at Ontario universities.

Join us at the 2018 OCULL Professional Development Retreat, to explore the theme: Opening the Doors to Education.

Post-secondary institutions, in partnership with the Ministry, are placing more and more emphasis on attracting non-traditional students to enter PSE. Coupled with a growing demand among adult learners for credit and non-credit opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge to adapt to workplace demands, progress in their career or change careers, continuing education, lifelong learning and online learning units at our institutions are increasingly being asked to create programming and services to help attract more students. By focusing on market demands and learner’s needs, applying the research on adult learning, and developing innovative ways to use technology and open resources, academics, practitioners, educational support professionals and administrators are opening the doors to education. We see this trend as an opportunity to highlight the expertise that exists within our units to be both responsive and empowering.

The Retreat Committee invited proposals that highlight this theme in the following areas:

  • Inclusive Design (Indigenizing the curriculum/Accessibility/Universal Design for Learning)
  • Student Demographics
  • Workplace Learning and Professional Development
  • Embedding Research and Innovation in Online Courses
  • Course/Instructor Evaluations
  • Open Education Resources
  • Quality Assurances Processes and Systems
  • Engaging and Motivating Learning (Badging, Leaderboards, and Awards
  • Methods, Policies, and Academic Integrity Online Testing
  • The Future of Work in Continuing Education
  • Program Demand, Marketing and Promotional Strategies
  • Project Planning, Management and Implementation

Concurrent presentations will be 45 minutes in length, to be followed by 15 minutes of audience participation.

Testimonials from past Retreats

Here's what past attendees would say to someone who was considering attending the event...

"Always worth attending."

"Definitely go! It is a great opportunity to learn and network. It is worth your time."

“Go - it's a valuable opportunity to network, share, and learn with your continuing and online learning peers.”

“Very good opportunity to meet Ontario colleagues and develop connections with other institutions in a friendly supportive environment.”

“I highly recommend this conference to higher education professionals in Ontario. I would say 'You should go. This is a great group of colleagues who are willing to share and collaborate. Time well spent!"

“It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and share experiences with colleagues from different institutions. You'll find that we each share similar challenges.”

“Attend!! Informal and comfortable atmosphere. The diversity among attendees guarantees one can get good information/advice on almost any topic area.”

“Looking forward to future Retreats!"

“Come and make professional colleague connections and friendships for life! Find out the latest on what is happening on the ground at our sister university CE institutions from other attendees contributing fully like you do to adult learners all over the province. You are warmly welcomed at OCULL!"

“This is a highly worthwhile event that practitioners and administrators should make a priority to attend annually. go for it!”

“Interesting topics presented in groups, which are not huge so they allow for a lot of dialogue.”