Session III – 2:45 – 3:15 (30 minutes) – Day 1

A Fresh Approach to Education: Active Teaching and Learning.

Presented by: Nancy-Angel Doetzel

Room: Sinclair

Facilitated by:  Ana Colina

Active Teaching and Learning is becoming a fresh approach to education at Mount Royal University, since the introduction of the Active Learning Center. Applying student-centered instructional strategies, such as team-based learning pedagogy can transform a traditional educational experience Research suggests this approach to education shifts away from lecture-based pedagogies. Some key findings indicate that students in Active Learning Classrooms outperform their peers in traditional classrooms; exceed their own grade expectations; report having significant student learning gains over using a lecture-based approach; appreciate experiencing more face-to-face learning time in the class room. After having taught Mass Communications in the Mount Royal University Active Learning Center, the presenter will discuss her experiences with this approach to teaching and learning. It is hoped that a rich discussion on the pros and cons of this non-lecture-based pedagogy will take place.

“Social Media, Fake News and Financial Markets”

Presented by: Rafik Kurji & Tashfeen Hussain 

Room: Stewart

Facilitated by:  Christina Tortorelli

The presentation will focus on how social media and fake news are impacting financial markets, and how these attributes are adding new dimensions to financial markets and systems. Since early 2000, social media has revolutionized how information is transmitted and received. Social media has become of immense importance to individuals, corporations and financial market participants. To a “firm”, social media can be a low-cost, highly effective mechanism to communicate financial information to investors. Investors, can follow the financial discussions that occur in social media, and get the sense regarding the “wisdom of the crowd”. Considering all this, in April 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a new regulation permitting firms to use social media to communicate financial information to investors. This regulation has been regarded as one of the most influential regulations in terms of the role that information can play in moving markets. We will address two fundamental questions related to this regulation. First, does the stock price of a company respond to its own tweeting? Second, does tweeting by market participants (not the firm) impact stock prices? “Fake News” a recent phenomenon, is rocking the world. Facebook estimates that fake news stories about the 2016 U.S Presidential election reached over 126 million people. The financial world is not immune from this either. On April 2017, SEC cracked down several fake stock promotion news articles. These news articles provided a fake bullish picture about public companies. Promoters of these articles were compensated by companies to write fake news stories. Most of these fake stories appeared and distributed on the website called “Seeking Alpha”, one of the largest social media websites for financial markets. We will concentrate on whether fake news articles move the market and receive investors’ attention. Social media is here to stay. As the world moves towards faster methods of communication, social media is expected to play an increasingly bigger role in disseminating information. Therefore, how social media influences financial markets is a very timely and important topic of discussion. I this presentation we aim to develop a comprehensive understanding regarding this issue.

What’s Better When I Do? What Breaks if I Don’t?

Presented by: Katrin Becker

Room: Dawson

Facilitated by:  Yuhuan Wang

Some years ago I accepted a teaching assignment for a course I first taught in 1982. I hadn’t taught that course in years so I looked at the most recently used syllabus, and a sea-change began. That 2012 syllabus looked almost identical to the syllabus I had used 30 years ago – right down to the textbook*. It put the unquestioning sameness of our pedagogy into sharp focus for me, and prompted me to begin to reevaluate absolutely everything I was doing. It occurred to me that we don’t question our own methods and motives nearly often enough, or honestly enough. For example: What is the true purpose of and benefit for high-stakes, closed book final exams? What do our tests REALLY test? Is it what we have determined is most important? Are they really objective? What purpose do hard deadlines serve? Who do they benefit most? In what way does what I am doing facilitate learning or understanding? Which of my teaching strategies actually interfere with what I need my students to learn? Just because we have been doing something a certain way for decades does not mean it is the best way, or even a good way to do something. On the other hand, leaping onto every new bandwagon that comes along does not make you a better teacher. This session will attempt to prompt some serious self-reflection and lively discussion on what we do, why we do it, and what it’s good for. *Same author, new edition.