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Professional Development Day 2016

The annual Business School Professional Development Day was held on June 20, 2016 at the Lakeshore Campus and it was a great success.

The morning sessions included:

Morning Breakout Sessions 1 (9:30 am - 10:45 am)

Session Name Description

The UBER Effect of the Customer-Centric View of Teaching and Learning
Youssef Youssef

The Internet of Things (IoT) has played a useful role in education as teaching and learning have shifted from the teacher-
centric to the student-centric view. This evolution was supposed to put students in the driver's seat as far as knowledge is
concerned but it is still unclear whether they are there yet. Facing a variety of pressures, many colleges and universities are
engaged in a desperate search of a new model. The aim of this session is to explore the issue and present alternatives and
strategies for reaching the needed transformation with academic rigour and quality in teaching and learning.

VEBTA Success Story: Websites for Five Small Businesses in Ontario
Hanadi Alnawab

In this session, Hanadi Alnawab will share her experience as a Project Lead for the Voucher for E-Business and Technology
Adoption (VEBTA) program. It was supported by a grant received from the Ontario Centres of Excellence through Humber’s
Applied Research and Innovation. The grant provided funding for five e-business solutions for small businesses. Students
were hired from BComm programs in The Business School and several programs in The School of Media Studies &Information Technology
to develop five websites for industry partners. For more, see

Promoting Academic Integrity: Are We Doing Enough?
Bernie Aron
This session will examine the issue of Academic Integrity at Humber and, in particular, the need for honesty and integrity
among students in Humber’s business programs. Participants will first identify barriers to achieving academic integrity. This 
will be followed by the participants’ exploration of measures that will foster a culture of trustworthiness and the steps that
can be taken to prevent dishonesty in preparing assignments and writing examinations.

Morning Breakout Sessions 2 (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)

Session Name Description

Group Work and Its Pitfalls
John Lewis and Susan MacGregor

The session will explore a number of issues with group work, including:
the implications for Humber of potentially large numbers of graduates who have Humber credentials based on the work of their groupmates;
fairness for students who pull the weight of their less engaged groupmates; fair and equitable ways to do group self-evaluations or peer-evaluations;
and balancing the experiential learning value of working in a group, fairness in evaluations, and the realities of life.

Teaching Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis Using a Case Study
Mike Dover

This session will demonstrate how to use a case study to teach students how to evaluate customer satisfaction and present
findings to management. The protagonist of the case believes that she/he has produced an excellent client deliverable but
receives feedback from her/his boss' boss that the client feedback was unacceptable. Participants will work in small
groups to evaluate the feedback and determine what, if any, of the will develop their communication plan to their management team.

Augmented Reality: Is the New Marketing Tool Working?
Amanpreet Chhina Bajwa, Owen Parker and Marcos Cavenaghi

The research project was undertaken by a team of Business School professors who studied Augmented Reality (AR) and its
usefulness as a marketing tool. AR interfaces are being used in advertising and marketing materials, thereby allowing
messages, videos, animations and website links to be accessed by consumers using their mobile devices. The research question of the project was:
“How effective is AR technology as a marketing and advertising tool in the retail sector?” The team will present its research findings and share experiences with the project.

The afternoon sessions included:

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 1 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Session Name Description

Devising Effective Solutions to Support All Post- Secondary Students
Audel Cunningham

Disability accommodations granted to students at Humber College may be inadequate to support their learning and may 
fall short of the level of academic support that the student was granted at the elementary and secondary levels to address
the specific cognitive or other learning impairments. This session will explore how effective strategies can be implemented
in a post-secondary environment in order to ensure that students who are entitled to accommodations are truly able to grasp and implement
higher-order learning outcomes.

How Do We Teach Students Creativity Skills?
Michelle Davis 

Dr. Shimi Kang, an award-winning physician and author, discusses the four core 21st century skills that faculty need to 
teach students: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. As educators, we often focus on the first three skills.
How do we teach creativity skills, particularly in programs that are not arts-based? In this workshop, we will explore together how best to teach these skills to students
and how to support students to practice their creativity skills. Participants are asked to bring a lesson plan and/or course outline to work through during the session.

Faculty Conferences and Exchanges, Spring 2016
Amanpreet Chhina Bajwa, Ted Glenn, Brad Herd, Linda Jin-Troendle, and Bruce Sinclair

This session will include a panel discussion which will expand on the following topics in relation to conferences and faculty exchanges:
the application process; conference themes and topics, activities, interactions with students and faculty host institutions, professional learning and development from conferences and exchanges, and much more.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2 (3:15 pm - 4:15 pm)

Session Name Description

Taking Care of Business
The Placement Team

This session will examine the integral role The Placement Centre (The Business School) plays with regard to student work
term preparation and success. In addition, faculty will enhance their knowledge of the work term process and thus learn
how to contribute to providing advice and job leads to students through strategic networking and outreach.

Working Through Disruption: Polytechnic Conference 2016
Lisa Bering, Shiyamala Devan-Ramdas, Maria Racanelli, and Al Seaman 

The 2-day Learning that Works Conference hosted by Polytechnic Canada and Humber was an opportunity to learn about
the effectiveness of work experiences integrated into student learning. Attendees focused on the effect of disruptions
which cause changes, especially innovation, in an employer's operations. As a result, students choose training that includes
hands-on learning and working. Customers seek new ways to meet their needs, and employers hire for balanced skills, both
broad and deep. The session will follow an open panel discussion format.

Scholarly Pups: Why Is That Dog at School?
Melanie Shulman

Dogs have been attending Humber for some time in a variety of jobs designed to help students and staff alike. Learn about
the role of therapy dogs from Business School faculty member Melanie Shulman and her St. John Ambulance therapy dog
Percy. Learn about the role of service dogs from student Shelby Travers and her service dog Frances. Both dogs have been
trained and assessed for the different functions that they fulfill at Humber. Note that both dogs will be present at this session.

Achieve Holistic Success
Andrea Wilson 

Do you have dreams and aspirations that year after year go unrealized? Well, you are not alone. For more than 50 percent
of Canadians who make resolutions each year, only eight percent follow through on the commitments they made. Andrea
Wilson, a faculty member and business partner and educator with AchieveTM, has worked with progressive leaders to
identify gaps to achieving success with goal setting, action planning and accountability strategies.