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May 28, 2015

CanadaMoot News: Last Call! & Dernier Rappel!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Last Call! & Dernier Rappel!
by Frances Long – Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:30 AM
French version follows = Version française ci-dessous

Université de Montréal & Polytechnique Montréal, & UQAM along with the Canadian Moodle community, are proud to announce Canada Moodle Moot 2015 taking place in Montreal,2015!

Last Call!!!

Early Bird discount of $50.00 for delegates and presenters ends on Saturday, May 30.  Join us for our pre-conference which will have many in-depth workshops and Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Lead Developer answering your questions about Moodle.  Consider joining us for our banquet – we always have fun!.

To find out about the different rates and activities: Please change the language to your preference and click this link:

Direct registration links follow:

To attend onsite:

To attend online:

We look forward to learning and sharing with you at the Canada Moot 2015!



L’Université de Montréal, l’École Polytechnique, l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) ainsi que la communauté canadienne Moodle, sont fiers d’annoncer que le Moodle Moot Canada 2015 aura lieu à Montréal!

Dernier rappel!

Le rabais (tarif préférentiel) de 50 $ pour les présentateurs et les participants se termine le samedi 30 mai. Venez-vous joindre à nous pour la pré-colloque, Martin Dougiamas développeur principal de Moodle sera présent pour répondre à toutes vos questions concernant Moodle. De plus, de nombreux ateliers seront disponibles. Soyez des nôtres lors du banquet – nous avons toujours du plaisir!

Pour connaître les différents tarifs et les activités veuillez cliquer sur ce lien :

Cliquez sur les liens suivants qui vous mèneront aux formulaires d’inscription

Pour assister à la conférence en présence :

Pour assister à la conférence à distance :

Nous nous réjouissons à la perspective de partager et d’apprendre avec vous à la conférence Moodle Moot Canada 2015!



May 27, 2015

[CSSE-SCÉÉ] CSSE Conference 2015 Bulletin – App, Programme and AGM | Bulletin du congrès 2015 de la SCÉÉ – Appli, programme et AGA

From this morning’s inbox…

[Ce message est bilingue.] [Our apologies for any multiple postings.]

Dear CSSE Delegates and Members :

The CSSE App is now functional.  The App can be accessible as follows:

For iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, please search your App Store for “CSSE – SCEE”;

For Blackberry and Windows Phone, please point mobile browser to

There is also a Web version available at

A PDF version is available from the CSSE conference Web page at

We have strived to be as accurate as possible with the information but errors will happen for which we apologize.

You will also find attached information with some conference highlights and information concerning the CSSE plenary session.

We wish you an enjoyable and productive conference!

[Veuillez accepter nos excuses pour les postages croisés.]

Chers délégués et membres,

Le nouvelle appli de la SCÉÉ est maintenant fonctionnelle.

Voici comment y avoir accès :

iPhone, iPad et appareils Android : veuillez chercher dans « CSSE – SCEE » dans App Store;

Blackberry et Windows Phone, veuillez pointer le navigateur de votre téléphone à

Il y a aussi une version WEB que vous trouverez à

Une version en format PDF est disponible du site Web au

Nous nous sommes efforcés de vous fournir les informations les plus exacts possible, mais il se peut qu’il y ait des erreurs, pour lesquelles nous vous prions de nous excuser.

Vous trouverez ci-joint les renseignements concernant quelques faits saillants et la séance plénière de la SCÉÉ.

Bon congrès!



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[CATE-ACFE] CATE/ACFE Newsletter – CSSE 2015 Edition

From yesterday’s inbox…

Dear CATE members and friends,

The special CSSE 2015 edition of our quarterly online newsletter is now available on our website here:
This issue contains everything you need to know about CATE/ACFE events in Ottawa, including our AGM, Keynote (Dr. Thomas Falkenberg), Panel of Experts (on Disciplinary Knowledge and Curriculum Inquiry), and a Town Hall on The International Summit on the Teaching Profession.
In this issue, we also announce and congratulate the winners of the 2015 CATE/ACFE Lifetime Achievement Award and 2015 CATE/ACFE Thesis and Dissertation Awards of Recognition.
Once again, our thanks to CATE/ACFE members who submitted announcements in support of the newsletter and we look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!
Best wishes,
Lee Airton
CATE Communications Director
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Urban Schooling
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto

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May 26, 2015

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