Designing and Delivering Successful STEM Courses Online

Live Webinar | University of Waterloo


  • June 3, 2020
  • 2:00PM - 2:45PM EST


Recently we have seen universities and colleges step up to the challenge of moving quickly and putting elements of a course online to provide an emergency alternative to teaching face-to-face or testing. However, moving instruction online and creating a compelling and engaging course takes time, planning, and resources. This is the challenge that many academic institutions are now facing and will face in the months ahead.

The University of Waterloo, Mathematics department has been delivering online courses to its students for over 15 years while maintaining academic standards, meeting the expectations of their students, and continuing to improve their course offerings and delivery.

Join this online discussion to learn how the University of Waterloo has developed strategies to resolve issues related to students, instructors and administration and taken a lead role in using online learning tools to develop and administer customized STEM courses to students around the world.

Attend this online discussion and learn:

  • How new technologies are revolutionizing the way educators and students address challenges to improve student comprehension, retention and success
  • Ways the University of Waterloo creates custom STEM content to facilitate active learning
  • How the school has gone beyond higher-ed to extend its online offerings to help prepare high-school students for post-secondary STEM courses

Whether you are a veteran of creating online courses or if you are now being mandated to do so, join us for this panel discussion with one of the pioneers of online education, and gain some insights on the challenges and opportunities of truly going online.


Dr. Steve Furino

Assistant Dean for Online Studies, Faculty of Mathematics

Dr. Steven Furino is the Assistant Dean for Online Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He has been at the University of Waterloo for almost forty years as both student and faculty member. He was the inaugural author in the Faculty’s extremely successful Masters of Mathematics for Teachers. He is also the winner of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been involved in online education in a number of capacities: author, teacher, encourager, funder, administrator and champion. The Faculty of Mathematics now offers more than 60-degree credit mathematics courses online, a graduate degree online and has courseware that has served more than 10,000,000 pages.

Dr. Peter Wood

Director of Mathematics Business and Accounting Programs, University of Waterloo

Peter Wood has a BMath, MMath, and Ph.D. (Pure Mathematics) from the University of Waterloo. He received his PRM designation in 2008 and was a finalist for the PRM Candidate of the Year. Peter was the Director of the Math and Business Programs from 2001 to 2013 and will be reprising this role for the 2019/2020 academic year. Currently, Peter teaches mainly finance courses to the Financial Analysis and Risk Management undergraduate students in the Faculty of Mathematics. In his spare time, Peter likes sailing, biking, chauffeuring his kids to sports, and trading derivatives and other exotic securities.

Dr. Stephen Watt

Former Dean, Faculty of Mathematics

Stephen M. Watt, a computer scientist and mathematician, was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He previously held the title of Distinguished University Professor at Western University, Ontario, where he served for periods as Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra. Prior to this, he held positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights (USA) and INRIA and the University of Nice (France). Professor Watt was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of the West (Romania) in 2011 and was awarded the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation in 2012.

Christina Perdikoulias

President, DigitalEd

Christina Perdikoulias is the President and COO of DigitalEd. She is responsible for the daily operations and management of the company. The product development, engineering, content, accounting, and marketing teams operate under her guidance and leadership. From her previous executive roles in the technology sector, Christina brings a wealth of knowledge in leading companies through their transition from software to SaaS offerings. Her expertise lies in guiding companies through technology acquisitions and leading their subsequent rapid growth. Christina drives focus and alignment to the corporate vision, building an outcome-oriented culture of continuous improvement and customer advocacy.

Jim Cooper

CEO, DigitalEd

Mr. Cooper is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in advanced technology business ventures. Jim launched, DigitalEd, to bring increased focus on the online education market. Jim is extremely passionate about online education and has positioned DigitalEd to quickly become a leader in online education solutions that meet the particular needs of STEM education and research.


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