The opening panel was amazing.

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Building resilience in students is important. Also in ourselves. It is okay if everything does not go okay. Robyne did a great job summarizing so many important points for us to remember (I couldn’t type fast enough).

We need to be using tech for a reason – not just for tech’s sake.

Embrace uncertainty. Fail forward. I agree, but also appreciate the tip that letting students know what you are doing and why is important.

Sidney Shapiro

Sidney talked about the real nature of imposer syndrome. Critical reflection on what we do in the classroom is important. As teachers we need to make learning relatable to our learners. Sidney is a great teacher. Even when teaching about technology the focus does not need to be on the tech. I absolutely loved his class.

Bill Ju

Thinking about how we design inclusive experiences for students is important. How can we inspire our colleagues in an inviting way to try technology. It does not always work. As Bill says, expect it not to work out the way you planned in your head and hopefully do not get too discouraged by that. We start from a place of discomfort and move to one where we are more comfortable.

Greg Rodrigo

Time to explore – Time is our most important resource. We do not have enough of it. Building skills and taking time to experiment is helpful. The big question is how can we collaborate to accelerate our experimenter experience? Today is about experimenting in a community.

How do we prepare administrators for experimentation?

Being clear with students and administrators. Robyne says to start small. Make it small stakes then scale up. Build rapport and build from that. Greg says to make sure administrators are part of that community. Include them in the planning phase. Bill says information sharing is important. Maybe administrators can take the lead on promoting collaboration.

Any advice for experimenting when there is not much freedom?

Contract faculty feel particularly uncomfortable being experimenters. Creative thinking may be needed to work within the limitations you have. Sidney talked about thinking about value-add ways to change the course design. Bill talked about the need for mentorship needed to be successful in experimentation.

It is not just equity for students – it should be equity for everyone.

Bill Ju

Support Students in Failure

Our students need coaching on how to fail. Find people who share their failures to collaborate with. Scaffolding is important. Give them chances for success.


How do we reach the people who are disengaged? We need to come from a place of understanding is what Sidney recommends.

When you are experimenting.

  • Help students understand
  • Use low stakes
  • Use literature
  • Think about what grades represent?


There will be a recording. That is good because I need more time to process.


Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit


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