Virtual Summit - Pondering Possibilities: Perspectives on the Canadian Digital Campus

9:00AM to 12:00PM November 5, 2020 PST
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Being able to effectively respond to and plan for the unanticipated aftermath of a global pandemic is top of mind for leaders across the higher education sector.

All Canadian universities and colleges, even those like Royal Roads University who have been leaders in online academic program delivery, have had to rethink the how, why, when, and what of every aspect of their operations due to COVID 19. We know there is a new normal yet to be defined for higher education, and in anticipation of the continued learning and conversation to get there we have invited higher education scholars to share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges to be considered as digital campuses become a significant part of the new norm. 

Our virtual summit will kick-off with a panel discussion moderated by Dr.Tamara Leary, Director of the School of Education and Technology, and explore strategic enrolment management, organizational culture and leadership, technology, and internationalization as higher education moves into the digital landscape. Following the discussion, participants will be invited to delve deeper into each topic by joining breakout room conversations with our panelists.

We encourage you to register even if you are unable to attend as all registrants will receive a recording of our panel discussion.

  • Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Pacific)

 If you have any questions, contact Selena Kunar at

Meet the Panelists: 

Dr. Suzanne Flannigan has worked in education since 1988, most recently as Dean of the Faculty of Management at Vancouver Island University. She has been an Associate Faculty in the MAHEAL program at Royal Roads University since 2015. Dr. Flannigan has held a variety of leadership positions in higher education including Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Centre for Applied Management, Faculty Chair and fulltime Faculty. Her primary academic research interests include leadership, learning, organizational change, communication and culture, specifically the impact cultural congruency has on context, behaviours and dynamic interactions among stakeholders as they are learning and leading through change. 

Dr. George Veletsianos is a Professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University, in Victoria, BC, Canada. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Learning. His current research examines people’s experiences and practices surrounding online and flexible learning, networked participation, and the future of higher education. George has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his latest book is Learning Online: The student experience (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). Check out George’s blog to learn more about his work and research.

Dr. Sandra Schinnerl will share her expertise in internationalization in higher education.

Dr. Clayton Smith is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor after serving 12 years as Vice-Provost and Dean of Students. He also serves as Associate Faculty with Royal Roads University in the School of Education and Technology. Dr. Smith previously held senior enrollment management positions at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Tallahassee Community College in Florida and the University of Maine at Augusta. Over the course of his career, Dr. Smith has amassed significant knowledge and expertise in the areas of strategic enrollment management, internationalization, student affairs, and academic governance. He is currently engaged in research to explore the promising teaching practices for teaching linguistically and culturally diverse international students by identifying the teaching practices that have high levels of international student satisfaction and perceptions of student learning, the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and the application of the Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) model within the Canadian higher education context.