An Elluminate Center of Excellence. University of Alberta. The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. With over one million people Edmonton is dynamic and vibrant and best known as the “Festival City”.
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The vision for the University of Alberta has been articulated by our president Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera in two volumes:
Dare to Discover and Dare to Deliver.
The former provides our vision for the future while the latter delineates how to make that vision a reality.
Our implementations of Elluminate across the disciplines support these strategic initiatives by providing a mechanism through which we can enrich, integrate, and engage our students and faculty as we create collaborative learning environments at the University of Alberta.
The On-Line Program Support Group submits this presentation as our submission to become an Elluminate Center of Excellence.
OPSG is a grass roots Community of Practice (CoP) started at the university in 2004.
The group is interdisciplinary and consists of Instructional Technology practitioners from Faculties and Schools across campus.
The primary purpose of the group is to provide a forum for interaction and collaboration and the sharing of information and expertise. It’s about connecting people.
Members of OPSG have been instrumental in advancing the use of learning technologies within individual faculties and across the university as a whole.
Three key elements in building effective
PresenceThe sense of community
Integral to developing community is the ability to provide the sense of social and teaching presence. By increasing social and teaching presence and building on-line communities we increase our ability to make authentic connections between and with our learners.
Elluminate provides us with an array of tools that facilitate both social and teaching presence. This leads to a greater sense of community within the learning environment and ultimately provides us with a way to make authentic connections with our learners.
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Admission and recruitment
Enrich the Undergraduate experience
Enrich the Graduate experience
Achieving out Academic Plan