The Educational Development Centre is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Geist, a Law Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Stephen Downes, a Senior Researcher with the National Research Council of Canada, will be the guest speakers at this year’s EDC Annual End of Fall Teaching and Learning Event.

Michael Geist | Why Copyright? The Fight for Canada’s Digital Future

Wednesday, December 3, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2017 Dunton Tower

When the Canadian government introduced Bill C-61 in June 2008, new copyright legislation that closely followed the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the public response to the bill was both immediate and angry – tens of thousands of Canadians wrote to the Minister and their local Members of Parliament, leading to town hall meetings, negative press coverage, and the growing realization that copyright was fast becoming a mainstream political and policy issue.

In this session Dr. Geist will assess both the legislative proposals and the Canadian copyfight experience in an effort to answer the often asked question – how copyright had emerged as a contentious policy issue and why copyright matters?

Dr. Geist holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law and he is regularly quoted in the national and international media on Internet law issues. He has also appeared before numerous government committees on copyright, telecom, privacy, and e-commerce policy.

Stephen Downes | Engaging Students through Connectivism and Learning Networks

Wednesday, December 3, 2:00-3:30 pm.
2017 Dunton Tower

In his talk Stephen Downes will describe the theory of Connectivism, which embraces new technologies and learning in an open and diverse environment, where students are encouraged to take charge of their own learning activities. The session will explore practical experiences from the classroom and the development of supporting software applications.

Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Stephen Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy. Stephen Downes has many years of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie College.

To register for one or both sessions please visit

2 thoughts on “EDC’s Presents – Copyright & Connectivism”

  1. Keith says:

    Any chance that these sessions could go out via uStream or in an Elluminate session?


  2. Ryan Kuhne says:

    Hi Keith,
    We did not have time to clear a live stream with the presenters, but I will be posting the audio from the sessions along with the slides soon.
    Thanks for the good idea and the interest.

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