August 2020

Educators and industry experts explore ideas, innovations, and questions surrounding the shift from in-person to online education.

About this Event:
Are you wondering how you can add further value to your at-a-distance interactions with students in the fall? Are you curious how some educators and learning organizations are creating added value to online education? Do you wonder what ‘other’ tools and approaches may be out there to take online teaching and learning to a new level? A panel of educators and industry leaders will delve into these questions and any others that you might have.


Farhad Dastur | Director at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Virtual Reality Lab

Farhad Dastur teaches psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His educational philosophy is grounded in experiential learning, open education, and nature-based learning. His research interests span perception, evolutionary psychology, human/technology interfaces, and digital realities. He feels that swimming in the ocean is just about as close to a perfect activity as possible.

Renee Franzwa | Product Manager of Education at Unity Technologies

At Unity, Renee and her team build products to support creators at all levels in gaming, architecture, automotive, film and a multitude of other industries exploring real-time 3D development and design. Previously at EdSurge, General Assembly, Stanford and having co-founded an edtech startup, Renee leverages data and technology to support learners to maximize their economic opportunities.

Christine Evans | Instructor at University of British Columbia Theatre and Film Department

Christine Evans is Lecturer in Film Studies at The University of British Columbia, where her research and teaching focus primarily on classical and 1970s film theory and on scholarly approaches to film studies pedagogy. She holds a Ph.D in Film Studies from The University of Kent, Canterbury (UK). Her book, Slavoj Žižek: A Cinematic Ontology (Bloomsbury), is forthcoming in 2021

Lee Brighton | President of Virtro Entertainment Inc.

Lee is a futurist pioneering ways to deliver personalized, emerging competency-based learning that is both engaging and fun to accelerate learning. In HealthTech Virtro is using Digital Twin technology to pioneer new medical training for surgeons using Virtual Reality.

Colin Birge | Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Education

Colin Birge, Ph.D. is a senior program manager in Microsoft Education’s worldwide engagement team. He works with higher education institutions worldwide to support and drive adoption of Microsoft services for instruction, research, community-building and more.

Moderated by Dr. Patrick Pennefather

What to expect:

– 5-minute summaries from our speakers about delivering value at a distance
– Discussion moderated by Dr. Patrick Pennefather, UBC Theatre and Film/Master of Digital Media Program
– Your questions — from a pre-circulated questionnaire and live at the event