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May 7, 2013

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 8 May 2013 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 8 mai 2013 Inbox

From yesterday’s inbox…

Dear CNIE Member,

** The May 1 CIDER Session has been POSTPONED to May 8. Thank you for your understanding, and please join us next week for our session with Matthew Asser.


We invite you to the next presentation in our series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Matthew Asser, Managing Partner of Learning and Performance at 4Growth Inc.

Title: Challenges in the Graduate Student Experience: Struggling to Complete Valuable Research in an Online Environment

Research pertaining to graduate students in distance education and their thesis research process is woefully constrained. Consequently, potentially important research and research areas remain unexplored. This presentation will explore specifically the issues graduate students experience conducting the research phase of the thesis, including the challenges students may encounter to recruit participants.

Streams of research identified in the presentation will be: online graduate work broadly, to create context around how graduate study emerged, the value of graduate work, and central issues; the particular case of thesis research students who work in an online environment; graduate student researchers in higher education, on campus or distance education and their access to research participants; and access to research participants in an online environment, whether it is different from campus based access and if so how.

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

*Local times for CIDER sessions are provided on our website:

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:


Please note that it is extremely important to get your system set up prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

Registration is not required; all are welcome.


We are now taking names of potential speakers for our 2013-14 season of CIDER Sessions, beginning in September. Do you have recent research into distance or online education of interest to our CIDER community? Please send a note, with an abstract describing your study and research methodology, to Dr. Terry Anderson at:


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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