Thursday, May 15 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Making Space for Intellectual Estuaries

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In nature, estuaries are meeting places. Fresh water, salt water and land come together, enabling productivity and biodiversity that is greater than the sum of its parts. Similarly, university faculty members and learning and development professionals may be able to create—or enable the creation of—what I refer to as “intellectual estuaries.” These spaces bring together often-unlikely groups of people for learning that can be greater than the sum of the knowledge they bring. The presenter has developed this concept over several years of research and practice. Design of these spaces involves boundary spanning or blurring, openness to possibility, productive tensions and inherent ambiguities. Intellectual estuary design is to traditional instructional design what the un-conference is to the conference. Examples will be shared from experience at Fielding Graduate University, where Malcolm Knowles was a founding faculty member, from Royal Roads University and from consulting practice. After introducing the concepts and examples, there will be round table sessions in which individuals can begin to apply the ideas to their own contexts.


Of Interest to: Post-secondary education, Instructional designers, Researchers, Educational technologists

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Sylvia Currie

Learning and Teaching, BCcampus
I'm part of the professional learning team at BCcampus. Talk to me about facilitating learning online, social learning, learning communities, facilitating in the open, communities of practice, and dogs :)
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Alice MacGillivray

Alice MacGillivray, Consultant and Associate Faculty Member, Royal Roads University
I am an independent consultant and faculty member, based on Gabriola Island in B.C. Some of my most durable interests include leadership, formal and informal learning, and work in complex systems. Much of my work is informed by principles from natural systems. I have designed several... Read More →
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Nancy White

Learner, Practitioner, Grandmother, Full Circle Associates
Learner, gramma, chocoholic, visual practitioner, facilitator/process geek, consultant, learner… did I say learner yet?

Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Campus Activity Centre, Mountain Room 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 0C8

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