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Episode 146 | Saturday April 1, 2023, 12:00 noon Eastern

In Episode #145 of Silver Lining for Learning, Sophia Mendoza, Paul Kim, Kiran Bit Sethi, and Shuangye Chen discuss what the future of education might look like with a three-year lens. In Episode #146 we welcome back prior SLL guests Maxim Jean-Louis President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North in Ontario, Canada. The pandemic “only” last three years and countless educational experiments and innovations arose to deal with it and potentially transform education as we know it; however, myriad educational challenges and obstacles remain. Of course, there are undoubtedly many periods of transformative change ahead of us. In this episode the guest and hosts will lend our education-related projections not just 1-3 years into the future, but 5-10 years or more. The impact of AI in education will undoubtedly be part of that conversation. We welcome you to attend this show and ask questions about the future of education that are relevant to your lives. It may be April Fool’s day, but there will be plenty of serious educational issues addressed.

More about our guest, after the video



Maxim Jean-Louis

Bio: Maxim Jean-Louis is President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Prior to arriving at Contact North | Contact Nord in 1996, Maxim worked in senior management roles for over 15 years at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada’s open university. At Contact North | Contact Nord, Maxim leads a team of 300 staff supporting the delivery of education and training opportunities from the province’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers to Ontarians in 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities through 112 online learning centres covering 1 million square kilometres. These local online learning centres are equipped with web conferencing, videoconferencing and audioconferencing distance delivery platforms, as well as computer workstations and high-speed internet for students to participate in their synchronous and asynchronous courses. Support services are available in English and French. Maxim is author and/or coordinator of major publications in the area of online learning and distance education and has been a participant / presenter at major conferences on distance education and alternative forms of delivery, such as the International Conference on Distance Education (ICDE) and the conferences led by the Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE). He is married with two adult sons and lives in Sudbury, Ontario.

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