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AGM & Professional Development Retreat

Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Retreat 2019

Concrete bridge over stormy seas.

Bridging Troubled Waters: CE and Future Skills

Friday Keynote: Dr. Liette Vasseur, UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability: from local to global, Brock University
Closing Keynote: Dr. Alex Ferworn, The Chang School, Ryerson University

Thursday Panel Session: Sarah Doyle, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Riyad Hussein, Chang School, Ryerson University

Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019
Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre | Cambridge, Ontario

Registration is now open at! (as of September 9, 2019)

2019 Fees

Full Retreat: $135
Thursday only: $83
Friday only: $62

To receive the special OCULL room rate for your hotel booking, please call 1-866-622-1505 and use the code OCULL, or reserve online no later than Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The hotel is holding only 20 rooms at this rate, so make your reservation early!

Download and view the 2019 OCULL Retreat Agenda (MS Word). [updated 2019-10-21]

2019 AGM Reports Package (Word)

Call for Proposals for the Annual Retreat & AGM

The 2019 call for proposals is now CLOSED.

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2019

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 2019 OCULL Professional Development Retreat, to explore the theme: Bridging Troubled Waters: CE and Future Skills

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

  • The Future of Work and Continuing Education
  • Future Skills and CE
  • Market and Program Demand
  • Student Demographics
  • Workplace Learning and Professional Development
  • Embedding Research and Innovation in CE Courses
  • Inclusive Design (Indigenizing the curriculum/Accessibility/Universal Design for Learning)
  • 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
  • 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.”