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Focus on Engagement Day 2024 is here!

Are you ready to cultivate connections and fuel engagement in your teaching practice? Join us for CTL’s next event, Focus on Engagement Day. This event will showcase innovative and effective ways to engage your students, whether you teach in person, online, hybrid, or GC Flex.

About Focus on Engagement Day

Focus on Engagement Day will be offered completely online via MS Teams (technical support for both presenters and participants available!) on June 11, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

  • learn from a keynote speaker who is an expert in student engagement and motivation,
  • participate in interactive sessions led by your colleagues from different disciplines and programs,
  • hear from your peers in GED (Georgian Engagement Day) talks, and
  • connect with other faculty and staff who are passionate about enhancing student learning and success.

There are two ways for you to engage in this event:

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Share your experiences

Now accepting proposals!

We are now accepting proposals and would love to hear from you. Please use this form: Call for Proposals Focus on Engagement Day 2024. 

We would be thrilled to have you join us to share some knowledge, information, and/or an inspiring story about your teaching and learning journey related to your approach to engagement in the classroom. 

We firmly believe that engagement is the cornerstone of effective education. By actively involving students in their learning journey, educators can inspire remarkable growth and development. Therefore, we’re excited to explore a range of engagement-oriented topics and strategies tailored specifically for the college environment.

In our sessions, we aim to facilitate meaningful interactions and exchanges among participants. We are offering two formats to accommodate various preferences and objectives:

  • GED Talks (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) - Georgian Engagement Talks are modeled after TEDtalks and invite folks to share information, knowledge, or an inspiring story about engagement in their classes or educational experiences. (5-10 minutes per presenter)
  • Micro Workshop (2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.) – The Micro Workshops aim to create space for brief, personal, interactions and information sharing and/or discussion as well as the opportunity for application of concepts and ideas shared with a hands-on learning component.  (10-15 minutes per presenter)
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Register as an attendee

Registration is now open for folks who would like to attend Focus on Engagement Day.  

Georgian faculty and staff – please register through SumTotal, Georgian’s employee learning management system:

Participants from Base Borden and other colleges – please register here:

If you require assistance with registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email.

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Keynote session

Small bites = BIG GAINS: Leveraging evidence-informed Microlearning to enhance your instruction, with Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva.

About Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva

Nidhi Sachdeva is an evidence-informed learning designer, post-secondary educator, researcher, and an educational technology specialist. She is interested in designing and integrating evidence-informed instructional practices using a wide range of educational technology tools including GenAI. Recently, she has been researching this through the notion of microlearning and cognitive science.

Nidhi is the co-author of a newsletter called the Science of Learning, which aims to reduce existing gaps between educational research and instructional practice. She is also the chair for the upcoming ResearchEd Toronto conference titled ‘Discovering the Science of Learning’. 

With almost 20 years of experience developing and facilitating learning content for both face-to-face and online courses within formal higher education, Nidhi is extremely passionate about integrating the Science of Learning in her pedagogical practice. She is currently teaching in the Teacher Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva


XR & AI Enabled Experiential Learning with Rob Theriault

There are two technological tsunami events that have hit the shorelines of education and are merging in a manner that will transform how students learn, and how learning is assessed. These two waves are XR (virtual, mixed and augmented reality) and AI. Rob Theriault will explore how these media will transform how students learn and how learning is assessed.

Rob Theriault

Adventure challenge

This virtual game is specifically designed to add another layer of engagement and depth to the Focus on Engagement Day events. As attendees explore the conference sessions, they’ll encounter puzzles, clues, and questions—all while racing against the clock.

The goal? To complete the adventure challenge, and feel reminded of the joy of friendly competition, the value and importance of collaboration, and the excitement of gamified experiences. Not to mention, a chance at a prize for those who complete the challenge.

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Schedule of the day

Time Activity 
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Soft start, music, connecting 
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening remarks 
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote – Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva Small Bites = BIG WINS: Leveraging evidence-informed MicroLearning to enhance your instruction 
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break 
11:00 – 12:00 noon GED (Georgian Engagement Day) Talks 
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break 
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. XR & AI Enabled Experiential Learning with Rob Theriault.
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break 
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Micro Workshops 
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks