About the Conference

Sure. We already lived in a period of digital disruption, which disturbs entire industries and long-standing organizations. You had probably experienced the disruptive influences of digital technologies in telecommunications, publishing, workplace learning, and higher education.

Then COVID-19 struck, and professionals in our field literally had one to two weeks to transfer teaching and other operations online. 

Never in history has education made such a comprehensive transition so quickly and professionals in our line of work played central roles in that effort.

At the 2021 Virtual Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference, we explore both types of innovation: the innovation demanded immediately by the COVID-19 pandemic and the broader systemic changes arising from digital disruption. We invite  professionals supporting the educational missions of post-secondary organizations, K-12 systems, continuing education, professional development, and workplace training to share reports about both types of innovation: in the here-and-now and for the long-run, both of which arethe essence of innovating every day.

About the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE): An organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada. Our inclusive culture welcomes all those interested in examining innovation in education from our K-12 systems, post-secondary organizations, private training and professional development and those involved in industry – our goal is to provide a space for dialogue, collaboration and innovation! Find more information about the CNIE at http://cnie-rcie.ca/.

About the Conference Host: The Educational Technology program at Concordia University is Canada’s longest-running program in the field. Through our PhD, two master’s programs (thesis or internship), and graduate diploma, we prepare students for careers in training, education, and related work, including work in instructional design, educational consulting, school technology specialists, and as managers and leaders. Our faculty has gained an international reputation for meta-analyses on various aspects of the effectiveness of technology for learning; research on e-learning and other forms of distance education in schools, higher education and the workplace; research on digital literacy and disruptive education; and leadership in the maker movement. For more information, visit:


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