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May 7, 2015

Congress Is Only Three Weeks Away! | Le Congrès débute dans trois semaines!

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May 5, 2015

 

Congress 2015 is only three weeks away!

 

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest academic gathering in Canada,with approximately 70 different association conferences happening at once. That’s great, but why should you attend? Let us give you some great reasons!

 

Why attend Congress?

 

1. Your association is participating
Congress is the place for you! At Congress you can:

  • Connect with your association and peers
  • Showcase your research
  • Build visibility for your discipline
  • Learn about advances in your field
  • Network with scholars and policy-makers
  • Communicate your work to the media

Find out what your association is doing and get involved: congress2015.ca/associations.

 

2. You are interested in the social sciences and humanities
If you are a fan of the social sciences and humanities but not a member of any association, Congress is also for you! Sign up for an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Read on to find out what’s in store at Congress.

 

What’s on at Congress? 

(new programming added!)

 

Big Thinking lecture series

Hear leading scholars and public figures from around the globe present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. More info

 

Congress Expo

Visit Canada’s largest academic trade show! Expo brings together more than 50 publishers and exhibitors for a full week of dynamic programming, including book launches, book signings, career presentations and networking receptions. More info

 

Career Corner

Partake in a professional development workshop series for everyone from graduate students to established faculty members to learn about career advancement, teaching techniques, lesson planning, publishing research and careers beyond academia. More info

 

Interdisciplinary symposia

Attend this series organized by the University of Ottawa and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, focused on interdisciplinary research on issues of national and global importance in the humanities and social sciences. More info

 

Associations’ special programming
Associations frequently open some of their lectures and events to the general public. Browse our online calendar (filter by “Open to”) and find something that suits you!
Cultural activities

Engage in exciting cultural activities tailored for Congress attendees: take a walking tour along the Rideau Canal, enjoy the tastes and sounds of the ByWard Market, watch a colourful Franco-Ontarian show, and more! Browse our online calendar (filter by “Open to”).

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Le 5 mai 2015

 

Le Congrès 2015 débute dans trois semaines!

 

Le Congrès des sciences humaines est le plus grand rassemblement universitaire au Canada, avec la tenue d’environ 70 conférences d’association en même temps. C’est très bien, mais pourquoi devriez-vous y assister? Voici quelques bonnes raisons!

 

Pourquoi participer au Congrès?  

1. Votre association sera présente

Le Congrès est pour vous! Au Congrès, vous pourrez :

  • Échanger avec votre association et vos pairs
  • Présenter votre recherche
  • Donner de la visibilité à votre discipline
  • En apprendre davantage sur les avancées dans votre domaine
  • Rencontrer des chercheurs et décideurs politiques
  • Présenter votre travail aux médias

Découvrez le programme de votre association et participez : congres2015.ca/associations.

 

2. Les sciences humaines vous intéressent

 

Si les sciences humaines vous fascinent mais que vous n’êtes pas membre d’association, le Congrès pourrait aussi vous intéresser. Lancez-vous dans cette expérience enrichissante et stimulante. Lisez ce qui suit pour savoir ce que le Congrès vous réserve.

 

Que se passe-t-il au Congrès? 

(programme mis à jour!)

 

La série de causeries Voir grand

Venez écouter des chercheurs et personnalités publiques de premier plan venus du monde entier présenter leur recherche, idées et solutions progressistes aux questions cruciales de notre temps.

Plus d’information

 

L’Expo du Congrès

Visitez le plus important salon universitaire du Canada, avec plus de 50 maisons d’édition et exposants sur toute une semaine, ainsi qu’une programmation dynamique incluant des lancements de livres, séances de dédicaces, conférences de carrière et réceptions-rencontre. Plus d’information

 

La Foire aux carrières

Participez à une série d’ateliers de développement professionnel ouverte à tous, aux étudiants de cycle supérieur comme aux membres du corps professoral, pour en savoir plus sur les possibilités d’avancement de carrière, les méthodes d’enseignement, la préparation des cours, la publication des résultats de recherche et les perspectives de carrière au-delà du monde universitaire. Plus d’information

 

Les symposiums interdisciplinaires

Assistez à cette série, organisée par l’Université d’Ottawa et la Fédération, qui présente des activités de recherche interdisciplinaire sur des questions d’importance nationale et internationale en sciences humaines et sociales. Plus d’information

 

La programmation spéciale des associations

Les associations ouvrent souvent quelques-uns de leurs événements et conférences au grand public.Parcourez notre calendrier en ligne (filtrez par “Ouvert aux”) et découvrez ce qui vous convient!

 

Les activités culturelles

Prenez part à des activités culturelles passionnantes conçues spécialement pour les congressistes : promenez-vous le long du canal Rideau, appréciez les saveurs et les sons du marché By, assistez à un spectacle franco-ontarien haut en couleur et plus encore! Parcourez notre calendrier en ligne(filtrez par “Ouvert aux”).

 

 

May 1, 2015

[CNIE-L] You Are Invited To CAUCE CNIE 2015!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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As part of the CAUCE CNIE 2015 Conference, we are offering two Professional Development Sessions.  Hope you can join us!  Register now by clicking  http://cauce-conference.ca  Click on Professional Development Session. 

May 27, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Forks Ballroom (East), Inn at the Forks


Voices of Inclusion:  Become an Ally

We promote workplace diversity and inclusion in access to our programs, employment and in the conduct of all of the University’s affairs. Diversity is about counting numbers and the composition of our faculty and staff. Inclusion means each of us has equal value and our voice and perspectives have an impact on achievement of our mission. If we want to work in a welcoming, respectful and inclusive culture, let’s start the ball rolling by doing what is right.

We will review our current Demographics; understand and discuss ways to eliminate unconscious bias. We will talk about the value of adding cultural humility  to our cultural competence by developing and practicing a process of self-awareness and reflection and a respectful attitude toward diverse points of view. We will discuss the importance of becoming an ally; allies work as an antidote to isolation for those targeted by oppression and those in the targeting role–it empowers everyone involved.

Our communities need the voices, opinions, and help of people from many different groups.

We recognize there is a broad array of perspectives here today; let’s have the conversations that enable us to meet one another in the middle.

 

Workshop Facilitator Bio

As a Human Resource Specialist, Valerie Williams works in the areas of employment equity, diversity and inclusion. Valerie supports organizational development through promoting a proactive diversity and inclusion strategy to faculty and staff. Her portfolio includes raising awareness through the facilitation of sessions, researching best practices and supporting equity committees. Valerie holds the CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) and GBA (Group Benefits Associate) designations and has a certificate in Human Resource Management.

HUMAN RESOURCES
Learning and Organizational
Development

 

May 27, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Forks Ballroom (West), Inn at the Forks

Mentoring Fundamentals* – Training for Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships
Sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S.

There is quite a buzz of mentoring going on – most organizations claim to be doing it, or want to be doing it. At the same time, there is a lot of confusion as to what mentoring is and what direction and support it needs to be successful.

When it works, mentoring can be a dynamic method to support change initiatives, develop current and future leaders, and ensure knowledge transfer within an organization. It has proven to be extremely effective in engaging employees, recognizing and developing their potential and building learning capacity.

To accomplish any of these things, it requires that the organization establish clear program goals and is prepared to support the initiative with training that effectively prepares the mentor and the mentee to enter into a formal developmental relationship. This will ensure that both the mentoring partnership, and the program, will be a success.

Saint Mary’s University Division of Continuing Education has developed two powerful workshops – one each for Mentors and for Mentees – that prepares both parties to enter into a mentoring relationship with clarity, confidence, inspiration and a commitment to excellence.   An overview of the workshops, with hands-on opportunities to engage with actual curriculum components, will be provided. Opportunities to serve markets in your area and work in partnership with Saint Mary’s will be briefly outlined at the end of the workshop.

What you will learn:

  • the definition of mentoring and five stages in the mentoring relationship
  • What you might bring to a mentoring partnership
  • The 6 Key Roles of a Mentor
  • The Core Competencies of a Mentor and a Mentee
  • Responsibilities of the Organization Mentor and Mentee in a mentoring relationship
  • How to undertake first meetings and negotiate a Mentoring Partnership Agreement

*Mentoring Fundamentals and Mentee Fundamentals are Saint Mary’s University Continuing Education Programs, available for collaborative partnerships with interested CAUCE members.

Workshop Facilitator Bio

Kevin Schwenker, FCMC, principal of Schwenker & Associates, has been active in the fields of strategic planning       and change implementation, human resources development, and marketing as a management consultant for close to  30 years. He has led a wide range of multi-faceted consulting projects locally, nationally and internationally, for    clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to his consulting portfolio, Kevin is an instructor with the MBA program of the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s university. He has also taught internationally, serving as an adjunct professor at a private management graduate school in Chennai, India.

He is a sought after speaker and trainer, well known within his profession as a national trainer for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada), where he has trained over two thousand management consultants in introductory and advanced courses for the Certified Management Consulting profession since 1996. He has been invited to speak at events across Canada and at a number of International Management Consulting conferences in Europe, as well as for various industry and educational organizations in South India.

Kevin has a history of mentoring to young entrepreneurs where his expertise and dedication has played an instrumental role in helping launch young and emerging entrepreneurs’ careers and businesses in Atlantic Canada. He was recognized by Futurpreneur Canada as the Atlantic and National Mentor of the Year in 2010. And in 2012 was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work as a mentor to young entrepreneurs.

Kevin became a Certified Management Consultant in 1991 and was awarded his Fellowship (FCMC) in 1999. In 2013, he was honoured as one of the key builders of the profession in Canada with the CMC-CanadaGolden Jubilee Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and service to the management consulting profession.

 

 

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April 29, 2015

[CSSE-SCÉÉ]CSSE Conference 2015 Bulletin 2 – Highlights | Bulletin 2 du congrès 2015 de la SCÉÉ – Faits saillants

From Monday’s inbox…

Dear CSSE members:

We are drawing close to the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). CSSE is the largest education conference in Canada, with more than 900 presentations by scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Dean Michel Laurier and Program Chair Giuliano Reis, along with their team of associates, have spent many months planning for a successful conference.

Please see attached for highlights.

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Chers membres de la SCÉÉ,

Nous nous rapprochons de la date du congrès annuel de la Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation (SCÉÉ). Il s’agit du congrès en éducation le plus important du Canada : plus de 900 communications par des universitaires, des chercheurs, des étudiants et des praticiens. L’hôte du congrès de cette année est la Faculté d’éducation de l’Université d’Ottawa. Son doyen, Michel Laurier, ainsi que le président du comité du programme, Giuliano Reis, et toute l’équipe qui les entoure ont consacré de nombreux mois à la planification de ce congrès afin d’en assurer le succès.

Veuillez consulter le document ci-joint pour les faits saillants.

 

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CSSE | SCÉÉ www.csse-scee.ca

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CSSE mailing list
CSSE@mailman.srv.ualberta.ca

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April 27, 2015

Reminder: Online PD Today at 1:00 PM Eastern!

A reminder of this event later today…

Please forward this email as appropriate as this week’s webinar in our CANeLearn members series is again open to everyone.

Today’s Highlights

Webinar: Monday, Apr. 27 from 1-2:00 pm Eastern

  • BOLT – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching — Presenters Dr. Constance Blomgren, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes, Laurel Beaton
  • Click here for more information
  • Login: https://connect.athabascau.ca/bolt-overview

    As ubiquitous access to technology increases in K-12 classrooms, a shift in the way in which learning is designed and delivered is beginning to materialize. In the K-12 education, technology enhanced learning, whether it is a version of blended or fully online is a growing and developing area of education. This trend will likely only increase in the future due to pressure from reduced budgets, changes to educational policy, increased access to technology, better understanding of connectivist approaches to learning and demand from learners.

    As teachers begin to shift their classroom practice towards technology-enhanced learning in its variety of models and classifications, a need for deep understanding of the pedagogy, theory and practice of this type of learning has emerged.

EdTech Open Workshops: Next series starting Today! http://edtechopen.com/

Toward Flexible Learning Solutions in Canada: A Symposium for K-12 Blended and Online Learning Leaders – July 8 & 9, 2015 (Halifax) Click here for more information

blendED Alberta Symposium (Oct. 25-27 Edmonton) Call for Proposals http://www.blendedalberta.ca/

See you online today!

Questions?  Let me know.
Randy
R. LaBonte
CEO
Canadian eLearning Network
http://CANeLearn.net
rlabonte@canelearn.net

April 24, 2015

Online PD April 27 – Upcoming CANeLearn Events – April CANeLearn News Update

From Thursday’s inbox…

April 2015 Edition – online web version http://canelearn.net/mod/page/view.php?id=203
Greetings all.  This message is being sent to all members and those who signed up for the he Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) newsletter.  Please forward this email as appropriate as this week’s webinar in our CANeLearn members series is again open to everyone.

April 2015 Highlights (scroll down or click for additional details)

  1. EVENTS
  2. RESEARCH
  3. TEACHER PREP

Scroll down for additional details…

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BOLT – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

April 27 Time: 1:00 pm Eastern

Presenters: Dr. Constance Blomgren, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes, Laurel Beaton

Login: https://connect.athabascau.ca/bolt-overview

As ubiquitous access to technology increases in K-12 classrooms, a shift in the way in which learning is designed and delivered is beginning to materialize. In the K-12 education, technology enhanced learning, whether it is a version of blended or fully online is a growing and developing area of education. In 2012-2013, 10.3% of Alberta K-12 students took some form of distance education (Barbour, 2013). This trend will likely only increase in the future due to pressure from reduced budgets, changes to educational policy, increased access to technology, better understanding of connectivist approaches to learning and demand from learners.

As teachers begin to shift their classroom practice towards technology-enhanced learning in its variety of models and classifications, a need for deep understanding of the pedagogy, theory and practice of this type of learning has emerged. Because online and blended learning is complex and continues to evolve, a need for professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers within the K- 12 system has materialized.

The goal of the BOLT project is to provide an overview of the history of the PD collaboration, the development of curriculum, the implementation plans for 2015- 2020, and a discussion of research possibilities. Sign up at adlc.ca/BOLT.

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Toward Flexible Learning Solutions in Canada: A Symposium for K-12 Blended and Online Learning Leaders

July 8 & 9, 2015

Halifax Regional School Board Offices 33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X7

Information and Registration here

The July 8th & 9th CANeLearn Summer Summit features:

  • Dr. Randy LaBonte, CEO, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn), and adjunct professor Vancouver Island University
  • Dr. Michael K Barbour, Director of Doctoral Studies, Isabelle Farrington College of Education, and Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership Sacred Heart University
  • Verena Roberts, Researcher, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium & Teacher, Palliser Beyond Borders School
  • Sue Taylor-Foley, Acting Executive Director Education Innovation, Programs and Services, Nova Scotia Department of Education
  • Leadership Panel from across Canada
  • Open dialogue and group discussion on emerging trends in K-12 blended and online learning
  • Planned networking opportunities throughout the event…

Registration is free but limited. Click here to register (required). Deadline to register is June 30!

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blendED 2015: Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium

October 25-27, 2015 West Edmonton

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EdTech Open Workshops

Apr.27-May 8, 2015 Online

  • Build an Online/Blended Course: From A-Z

May 15-29, 2015 Online

  • Mastering your Moodle – Taming the Beast

Other sessions upcoming

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3. RESEARCH

Call for vignettes for State of the Nation: K-12 Blended and Online Learning in Canada

  • The Canadian eLearning Network is compiling data on blended and online learning programs across Canada
  • If you have a story or unique program you would like to profile (like the Navigate program featured above), email us at info@canelearn.net

Reviewers Needed

  • Jason Siko is looking for teachers, administrators, and researchers to review a series of modules that promote readiness skills in online learning. These modules were developed to align with the Educational Success Prediction Instrument (ESPRI), a survey that examines student beliefs in four areas: technology use/self-efficacy, academic risk-taking, organization, and achievement. Various studies using the ESPRI have found that it has an 80-90% accuracy rate in determining student success (i.e., pass vs. fail) in online and blended courses (see references below). There are four modules: one for each of the four areas of concern in the ESPRI. In theory, students could take the ESPRI, and low scores in one or more of the areas would alert an online teacher or facilitator to encourage the student to work through the appropriate modules. However, any student could be encouraged to work through any or all of the modules. At this point, Jason is looking for feedback from experts in K-12 online and blended education.
  • If you are interested, please contact Jason at sikojp@gmail.com. Jason will set you up with a student account so that you can view the modules as a student would and attempt the tasks associated with each module. Upon completion of each module, a survey will appear allowing you to provide feedback. Those who successfully provide feedback on all four modules will be entered into a drawing for a small prize.

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4. TEACHER PREP

Applications for OLTD now being accepted for September 2015.

  • VIU (Vancouver Island University) Graduate Diploma in Online Learning and Teaching (OLTD) Distance learning is one of BC’s educational growth areas and teachers with expertise in this rewarding field are in popular demand.
  • This innovative, two-year part-time, fully-online, 30 credit program, develops confident educators competent in the use of existing and emergent technologies to optimize online learning and teaching opportunities for diverse learners in equally diverse environments.
  • Students will explore theory and its practical applications based on research, as well as current and emergent practices.
  • Applications for September 2015 are now being accepted.
  • Program information: https://www2.viu.ca/education/programs/diploma/oltd/ 
  • Apply Online: https://applybc.ca/viu.jsp
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