Seminars 2006

Title: Managing Change as a Professional Learner: Challenges and Issues
February 27, 2006

Panel Discussion with: 

  • Terri Schindel, Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education; 
  • Helen M. Madill, Graduate Programs Coordinator, Centre for Health Promotion Studies; and 
  • Katy Campbell, Associate Dean, Faculty of Extension. 

Whether undertaken as personal continuing education or required as part of formal accreditation and/or re-licensure, professionals are increasingly seeking formal and informal learning opportunities. Many of these learners hold full-time jobs and face unique challenges as they struggle to integrate learning with their working and home/family roles. Learning providers, including institutions, associations, professional development units and programs need to be aware of these challenges as they develop new pedagogical models. Key issues:

  • The role of social support in achieving learning goals
  • Dilemmas faced by professional women learners
  • The importance of informal learning in practice contexts 

Title: The role of Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and vocational learning in boosting post -16 education rates among young people.
Reflections on current policy making in Britain
September 27, 2006 

Presenters: Dr. Susan Maguire and Dr. Prue Huddleston, Centre for Education and Industry, University of Warwick. 

Their paper explores the role of vocational learning in boosting post-16 education participation rates among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Britain.

The role of Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and vocational learning in boosting post-16 education rates in Britain PDF Document

Paying young people to stay on at school – does it work? PDF Document

The Magic Roundabout: work-related learning within the 14–19 curriculum PDF Document

Title: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bank: Beginning from Disability to Explore Corporate Culture
October 24, 2006

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Church, Associate Professor, School of Disability, Ryerson University. 

Her research explores the work-learning relations that shape and are shaped by disabled employees in the financial sector. 

Doing Disability at the Bank PDF Document

Title: Corporate Perspectives on Workplace Learning
November 15, 2006


  • Ann Wilson, Senior Manager, Workplace Learning and Communication, Energy Services EPCOR, 
  • David McPhail, Director Performance Culture, Learning and Development TELUS in Edmonton. 

Learning is an integral part of the corporate world. This is where business and learning needs merge. Two corporate-based workplace learning leaders from TELUS and EPCOR shared insights into corporate learning and gave their thoughts on how learning contributes to the success of their organization. 

PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document