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OCULL 2023 Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Retreat

Creating Diverse Pathways Through Lifelong Learning

October 26 and 27, 2023
Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre

Ontario universities have been providing alternative and diverse pathways to traditional degrees for over a century. All the while, this space has become crowded with similar offerings from out-of-Ontario universities, colleges, private institutions, and more recently from private providers such as Coursera, Udemy, and Google. Creating multiple pathways through this expanding lifelong learning ecosystem is an increasingly popular approach to create new value for learners.

Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, October 26

  • Opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Fong  - Chief Research Officer and Director of the Center for Research and Strategy at UPCEA (the University Professional and Continuing Education Association).
  • Cracker barrel roundtables:
    • Generative Artificial Intelligence
    • Open Education Resources
    • Learning Design
    • Business Development
    • Today’s Lifelong Learner
  • Lunch and Honorary Membership Award
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • Employers Are Saying: Channel Your CE Learners Into Lucrative, Generative AI Careers
    • Harnessing Market Research to Tailor Continuing Education Programs for Tomorrow's Workforce
    • Starting the Journey: Indigenizing Teaching at the Post-Secondary Level
    • TBC
  • Opening Reception, with special welcome for newcomers.

Friday, October 27

  • Opening Keynote Speaker, Alex Usher - President of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA).
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • Embracing Multimodal Learning to Enhance Lifelong Learning in Online Courses
    • UX Research as an Approach to Learner-centred Course Design
  • Partner Updates from
    • eCampus Ontario
    • Contact North
    • Ministry of Colleges & Universities
  • Expert Panel - “The Three-sided Microcredential Marketplace: Educators, Learners and Employers".


Jim Fong is the founding director of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)’s Center for Research and Strategy.

Alex Usher is the President of Higher Education Strategy Associates. Alex is an internationally recognized expert on a range of fields within higher education, including student financial aid, quality measurement, rankings and public financing. He also has wide experience in strategic planning at both the institutional and system level. 

The OCULL Executive looks forward to meeting in person to learn from, and network with, colleagues and experts in online teaching and learning and continuing education.

2023 Retreat Pricing

Groups of 5 or more from one institution are eligible for a 10% discount.  Please email for details.

Ticket TypeMembersNon-Members
One Day$95$125
Two Days (full retreat)$165$200

OCULL reserves the right to make editorial changes if necessary.

The event will follow Public Health guidelines in place at the time of planning. OCULL reserves the right to modify all aspects of this offering, in the event of changes to Public Health guidelines.

Testimonials from Past Retreats

"Don't miss OCULL Retreat in 2023!!"

"Great value, always high quality, and a wonderful networking opportunity; highly recommend"
"This is one of the few events that have something to offer everyone in your unit. If you are new to this field, it's a must-attend"
"It was great to collaborate with colleagues from other institutions. It was insightful and there were a lot of great ideas discussed. I look forward to attending again next year."
"The OCULL conference is worth attending. This was my first OCULL experience and meeting colleagues from other universities, discussing common experiences, spending time together in a relaxed but professional environment was informative and enjoyable."

“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!"

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

“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!"