Ethics in Learning Design: An Instructional Designer’s Conscience

This 45-minute interactive session will focus on ethics and communication within the field of learning design. Session activities include the following: online polls, discussions via chat, online debate, a Padlet activity, and problem-solving. By the end of the session, participants will be able to recommend ethical solutions to three learning design scenarios that reflect real-world problems.

Lauren Halcomb-Smith, Instructional Designer, CTET, RRU
Lauren started her career in education as a classroom teacher, supporting adult learners through a student-centred approach to experiential learning. While completing her PhD in Educational Studies at McGill University, Lauren designed and taught a number of synchronous and asynchronous online courses and was recognized with a Teaching Excellence Award from McGill’s Faculty of Education. Outside her work as an Instructional Designer, Lauren maintains an active academic service portfolio; she is a co-founder and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity (J-BILD) and has co-authored several chapters on themes related to innovation in online learning environments.

Ken Jeffery, Instructional Designer, CTET, RRU
Ken’s interest in building engaging, constructivist learning environments, and a desire to find new opportunities for student-centered learning brings him to Royal Roads as an instructional designer. Working in learning design and faculty development, Ken is eager to support active, constructivist learning. He keeps abreast of best practices for technology that enable rich collaboration and constructive environments. Most of all, he promotes the view that we are best able to learn through building relationships, not just with the material, but with each other.

The 2nd Annual Conference on Communication Ethics is brought to you by the School of Communication & Culture at Royal Roads University.

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