Not all graduate students arrive ready to learn in an online environment; supportive preparatory programs are warranted. Through interactive discussion, this session will highlight a current two-year Design-Based Research study focused on designing an online preparation program to support graduate students learning in online environments. Design-specific conversations arising from the data and samples from the current iteration will be used to initiate discussion.



Carol Johnson

Dr. Carol Johnson (Teaching and Learning Facilitator in the Werklund School of Education) Carol’s work focuses on the support and development of teaching and learning for faculty. Her research focus includes post-secondary online learning with studies in online


Jennifer Lock

Dr. Jennifer Lock (Professor and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Werklund School of Education) Dr. Lock’s area of specialization is in the Learning Sciences.  Her current research interests are in e-learning, change and innovation in education, scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, and makerspaces.


Yang (Flora) Liu

Yang (Flora) Liu (Learning and Instructional Design Specialist in the Faculty of Social Work): Flora’s work is to provide support to online teaching activity and course/module design and development for faculty. Currently Flora is also a PhD Candidate of Learning Sciences. Her research interest involves teacher-designed games.


Jane Hanson

Jane Hanson (Teacher with the Calgary Board of Education) Jane has been involved with online teaching and learning for 15 years. She is passionate about teaching and learning online and online course development. She is currently working with the University of Calgary developing and implementing the Online Success Program.


Alicia Adlington

Alicia Adlington, M.Ed. (Distance Programs Coordinator, Werklund School of Education) Alicia has worked in post-secondary education for over 10 years in a number of student engagement roles. Recent successes include developing and delivering sessions to help new graduate students acclimate themselves to the online learning environment.