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Spring 2015 Graduands: RSVP for Convocation by May 28

The Chang School is thrilled to recognize all of our graduands at the Spring 2015 Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, June 9.

In order to participate in the ceremony, graduands are required to RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Note: Chang School certificate graduands are entitled to invite up to four guests to the ceremony. Please bring your friends and family to celebrate with you:

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Convocation Ceremony at the Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: Chang School Graduation Reception in The Quad (bordered by Kerr Hall)

Graduands should arrive for gowning before the ceremony begins, at the time detailed in communications from Ryerson University’s Convocation Office.

We look forward to celebrating with you on June 9!


Dr. Marie Bountrogianni Creates Student Award

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, has made a generous gift to Ryerson University to create the new Catherine Bountrogianni Award in Early Childhood Studies (ECS), which will support a student registered in the part-time ECS degree program. The award is the first for Ryerson students pursuing a part-time degree, and is named in honour of Dr. Bountrogianni’s mother, who worked to support her family while studying part-time to earn a diploma in Early Childhood Education. The qualification eventually allowed her to open her own licensed daycare and bring new financial stability to the family.

For more information about the Catherine Bountrogianni Award in Early Childhood Studies (ECS), visit Merit-Based Awards and Ryerson University’s Make Your Mark website.


New Programs Launching in Fall 2015

The Chang School is continuously developing new programming to meet labour market and societal needs. We are very pleased to announce the following new offerings will be launched in the 2015–2016 academic year.


Certificate in Digital Art Production

Course Series

3-D Printing, Visualization, and Agile Product Prototyping
Children’s Publishing
Creative Photography
Creative Writing
Environmental Sciences
Family Supports and Community Engagement

For more information, visit New Programs Launching in Fall 2015.


Free Workshop: Use Social Media to Build Your Online Brand

People cheering on social media backgroundWhether you’re an entrepreneur or a full-time professional (or both), building a personal brand online is key to positioning yourself as a go-to expert. Perhaps you work for a bank by day and run a graphic business by night. How do you build your online presence when you have dual personas? Join social media strategist Lina Duque to learn how to use social media to craft a strong personal brand that encompasses your professional role and entrepreneurial interests.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Ryerson University
Heaslip House, 7th Floor
Peter Bronfman Learning Centre
297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON


Visit the workshop landing page for more information and to RSVP.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.


Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program Recognition Celebration

The Chang School would like to extend sincere congratulations to the 14 successful participants of the first cohort of the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program. On May 4, a special celebration will be held to honour those who have recently completed the program and recognize the partner organizations who have contributed towards their journey.

The Chang School collaborated with leading health sector organizations in Ontario to launch this new pilot bridging program within its Gateway for International Professionals. The goal of the program is to successfully integrate highly qualified, skilled, and experienced internationally trained medical doctors (ITMDs) into non-licensed health-care employment. The program will provide additional skills for participants to gain employment in health research, health informatics, data analysis and health management positions in Canada as an alternative to medical doctor licensing.

Watch video interviews to learn what our students have to say about the ITMD bridging program. For more information about the ITMD bridging program, visit the website at


Ryerson University’s new Student Learning Centre

Have you had a chance to check out Ryerson University’s new Student Learning Centre (SLC) yet? Chang School students have access to this stunning new building, which has transformed the corner of Yonge and Gould streets with eight full floors dedicated to study, collaboration, learning outside of class, and sharing ideas. The progressive educational space, which provides direct access to the Library building, is the perfect setting for studying and group work, or to grab a coffee at Starbucks or hang out before or after class – the space is yours to use!

For more information about the SLC, visit


DES Director Wins Online Learning Excellence Award

Congratulations to Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies (DES) at The Chang School, who received a 2015 Excellence in Online Administration Award. Presented by Pearson at their annual online learning conference Cite 2015, this award honours educators who are making significant contributions to online administration.

Naza was recognized for her instrumental role in leading and implementing processes that ensure consistency and high-quality curricular offerings at The Chang School. Every year, Naza oversees the development of up to 60 new academic online and blended courses. Visit to learn more about distance education at The Chang School.


Ryerson Acquires New Learning Management System (LMS)

Are you a student or instructor of online courses at Ryerson? A new online learning environment is coming soon!

Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS) has been piloting Brightspace since January 2015 and plans to replace the current LMS (Blackboard) before the Fall 2015 term. In preparation, CCS will integrate Brightspace with other systems at Ryerson so that students will be enrolled in courses much as they were on Blackboard. CCS is also working to ensure smooth integration of Gmail and Google Docs, Turnitin, Ares e-reserve, and a number of other systems. Training sessions will be offered for faculty.

Visit for more information on the multi-year consultation process for Ryerson’s LMS, including the involvement of The Chang School’s Digital Education Strategies (DES) team.


What’s Next? Spring Workshop Series Presented by AGEWORKS™

Programs for 50+ at The Chang School is proud to sponsor What’s Next?, a series of workshops for adults over 50 who are looking for work or a career change, presented by AGEWORKS™. Join us as we learn from five leaders who are well-versed in the subject of expanding horizons. Take advantage of one or all of these workshops, which are designed to help you find meaningful employment and/or reinvent yourself after 50.

Discover Your Greatness/Leverage Transferable Skills

Tuesday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Workshop Leader: Sandy Johnson, Vice President, NEXCareer

Become a Fearless Reinventor/Let Your Passion Soar

Wednesday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Workshop Leader: Barbara Smith, Founder, Fearless Mentoring

Personal Branding – Brand U

Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Workshop Leader: Janet Rouss, getrealbranding™

The Three P’s of Attitude

Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Workshop Leader: Louise Adams, Partner, Mulmur Consulting Group

Consulting That Works

Wednesday, May 27, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Workshop Leader: Kevin O’Leary, VP Consulting – Optimum Talent

Click here for more information about these workshops and to purchase tickets.


Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age Speaker Series

As our population continues to age, there is a growing demand for accessible and high-quality education focusing on topics related to healthy ageing.

In response, Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and the LIFE Institute, celebrating their 25th Anniversary, have partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program to present an inaugural five-part education series, Celebrating LIFE and Our Coming of Age, which will present a variety of topics important to all of us as we age.

We welcome you to join us for one or all of our sessions as we seek to educate, discuss, and celebrate many aspects that are essential to healthy ageing.

Learn more


The Chang School Offers Open Admission

The Chang School provides access to university-level and degree-credit courses for all adult learners, regardless of previous experience. Enrollment for most degree-credit courses is on an open admissions basis, providing convenient access to university classes no matter where you live or work – without any formal entrance requirements.

The Chang School extends Ryerson University’s academic resources to adults interested in building their careers, advancing their careers, changing careers, taking courses for professional development or general interest, or applying to a degree program.

If you plan to transfer credits back to your home institution, use your credits to gain entry to a Ryerson degree program (subject to space availability and competition), or if you require more information, please contact us or come to one of our Open House sessions.