CETABC Virtual Forum 2020: Sticking Together While Keeping Apart

As previously anounced, CETABC is responding to the COVID19 pandemic by taking Forum 2020 online. Instead of gathering at Thompson Rivers University this year we’ll stage a virtual Forum using Zoom video conferencing. Not only has the medium changed, the programme has been updated to include the most relevant material we can assemble for CE professionals dealing with today’s challenging circumstances. In addition to an online keynote, video-based workshops, and other resources, we’ll still provide a chance to meet and share best practices online! The draft programme is listed below but please check back for regular updates and to register for these free events.

Keynote Presentation

Amrit Ahluwalia

The CETABC Forum Committee is incredibly excited to announce that this year’s keynote presenter is Amrit Ahluwalia, founder of The Evolllution, one of the leading online journals publishing in the continuing education field. He will speak on CE’s vital role in leading institutions into the new reality post COVID19. Our institutions will have to deal with changing demographics, constrained budgets, and learners’ demands for more flexibility and relevance. These are all factors CE has dealt with for years, and going forward there is an incredible opportunity for our institutions as a whole to benefit from our experience


Thursday, 21 May 2020

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Keynote – Amrit Ahluwalia – CE’s Critical Role Adapting Institutions to Serve Todays Learner 

We did record the Zoom session: https://youtu.be/pTZnQ_Yn0Sw

10:45 – 11:30 AM: Keynote follow up discussion (facilitated by Amrit)

12:00 – 2:00 PM:Lunchtime and Virtual Poster Session Drop-In presentations

We did record the Zoom sessions: https://youtu.be/FN32pFIbvc4

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Workshop 1 – Managing Change in The Time of COVID 19 - Dennis Silvestrone 

We did get most of the Zoom session recorded: https://youtu.be/Et5Dy-u8sH4

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Networking Happy Hour

Friday, 22 May 2020

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Transforming for Tomorrow: Opportunities for Continuing Education in a Changing Post Secondary System – Colin Ewart 

11:00 – 12:00 PM: Workshop 2 – Experiential Learning: Paddles to Pedagogy–KellySwain, CMC 

We did record the Zoom session:

  • https://youtu.be/cMY0ZRyDIoA
    • Presentation ends at about 32:01 and then there is blank screen during breakout sessions.
    • Starts again around 49:33

Lunchtime Virtual Poster Session Drop in presentations

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Workshop 3 – Re-Inventing Your Team for the New Normal - Deborah Connors 

We did record the Zoom session: https://youtu.be/zfCwuPnk3T4

the above session includes the following session as well

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Closing Remarks – Amrit Ahluwalia (60 year curriculum

Refunds for the Face-to-face Forum

As there is no charge for CETABC Virtual Forum 2020, all registration fees collected to date have been refunded. If you haven’t received your refund by yet, you can call the Langara CS Registration Desk at 604.323.5322 to enquire (quote course number 60457). If you had booked accommodation at Thompson Rivers University, you’ll have to cancel that yourself.

Looking Forward

All of your colleagues at CETABC would like to express their support and best wishes to all our fellow continuing education professionals as you work to support your students and provide classes in this difficult time. If there is anything CETABC can do to help, or which should be included in CETABC Virtual Forum 2020, please email the Forum Committee at:

Claire Sauvé, csauve@vcc.ca, or

Nannette Plant, plant@camosun.ca.

24 April 2020