learning is drastically different now

Posted in video with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2009 by ruyoung

the education system may be revamped whether we’re ready or not.

far north u

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2009 by ruyoung

michaelle jean, governor general of canada, publically urges the federal government to build a university in the north west territories so that inuit youth can further their education closer to home.

premier floyd roland joined a canadian delegation to the arctic council in tromso, norway last month where the idea of a northern university may have been planted and considered.

“When you look at those countries (on the Arctic Council), their universities are heavily involved in this process,” Roland told The Journal. “I met with an individual for a discussion of the University of the Arctic, and it came up how we in the NWT can be involved. (A Northern university) is something I think needs to be discussed.”

nwt has a population of almost 42,000 people. according to the 2001 canadian census, 36% of the population is first nations and 11.2% are inuit.

gary cronkwright bursary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 14, 2009 by ruyoung

i used to work for an organisation that represented the 24 ontario colleges in a corporate training capacity. the ceo is retiring, and the organisation has started a bursary in his name, one that i think is incredibly awesome and worthy of spreading the news:

CON*NECT is pleased to pleased to announce the creation of the Gary Cronkwright Bursary. This bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need to a college student enrolled in the Skilled Trades program. Preference will be granted to applicants with superior academic ability and who are leaders in their community. We hope to help students who face financial barriers to post-secondary education move forward, in honour of the excellent work Gary has done on behalf of CON*NECT and the college system.

If you would like to donate to the fund, in celebration of Gary’s 40+ years spent in the Ontario college system, please makes cheques payable to CON*NECT Strategic Alliances, clearly indicating the payment is for G. Cronkwright Bursary. Donations can be sent to:

CON*NECT Colleges of Ontario Network for Education and Training
210 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON
M5H 1W7

perhaps you can contribute?

this is an incredible opportunity for students entering into the skilled trades, and named after someone who dedicated more than 40yrs to the ontario college system.

all the best in your retirement, gary!

mister rogers defends public broadcasting

Posted in video with tags on March 19, 2009 by ruyoung

i’ve been really swamped lately and otherwise occupied so i haven’t had a chance to post anything in a while. however, i rediscovered this great clip and thought i’d share it with you:

mister rogers, for those of us who remember him from our childhood, defended public broadcasting and the effect of educational programming to the united states senate subcommittee on communications. it’s an old piece of footage, but well worth watching.

upcoming industry conferences and events 2009-2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by ruyoung

Bridging the Gap: Serious Games to Game-Based Learning
Feb 19, 2009
Toronto, ON, Canada

Campus Crisis Simulation: Improving Campus-Wide Response to an Emergency
Feb 25-27, 2009
Irvine, CA, USA

Hybrid Learning: Instructional and Institutional Implementation
Feb 27,2009
ONLINE WEBCAST

Faculty Development in Blended/Online Learning
Mar 2-4,2009
Denver, CO, USA

Financial Information for Continuing Education Decision-Making
Mar 9, 2009
ONLINE WEBCAST

E-learning and language…the spirit of the age
Mar 14-15, 2009
Cairo, Egypt

Game Based Learning
Mar 19-20, 2009
London, London, United Kingdom

Globally Competitive Education – the need for enlightened leadership and system
Apr 2-4, 2009
Jabalpur, India

Language Education Today: between Theory and practice
May 8-9, 2009
Timisoara, Romania

Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities
May 18-20, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Creative Skills Training Council Internationale 2009
May 26-29, 2009
Melacca, Malaysia

Educating Youth for Citizenship: East and West
Jun 1-3, 2009
Beijing, China

European College Teaching & Learning Conference
Jun 8-11, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic

EEEL 2009 – International Conference on e-Education and e-Learning
Jun 24, 2009
Paris, France

EDULEARN09 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)
Jul 6-8, 2009
Barcelona, Spain

EC-TEL 09- Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2009
Cannes, France

Global Education Network (GEN) Conference
Oct 8-10,2009
San Diego, CA, USA

Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher education
Oct 14-16, 2009
St. John’s, NF, Canada

mLearn 2009 – 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Oct 26-30, 2009
Orlando, FL, USA

2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society
Jul 21-24, 2010
Paris, France

upcoming free webinars

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by ruyoung

there are so any great events coming up that it is hard to decide which ones to choose. here is a snapshot of some free webinars coming up this month.

New Possibilities with Mobile Learning: A Discussion of M-Learning 2.0
feb 4, 2009
1:00pm est

Analytics for Your Small Business Website!
feb 10, 2009
2:00pm est

Planning for Content Reuse: Best Practices for Legacy and/or New Content
feb 24, 2009
9:00am pst

Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace: Overview and Instructional Design Considerations
feb 25, 2009
1:00pm est

as well, on24 has published a white paper about webcasting, an essential ingredient for b2b success, and arguably an essential ingredient for e-learning. it is available for download here.

webcast highlights: training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in a webcast from the canadian management centre, the message was loud and clear: do not have a pity party about the state of the economy – support your people and retrain. now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

our society tends to employ a fear cycle (media –> gossip –> fear –> less productivity–> workplace changes) which makes people fear the worst. the recommendation is to break it by investing in employees though effective and swift communications, fostering solidarity through innovation, and developing employees. someone referenced maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that if someone fears losing their job which could lead to losing their home, they aren’t going to rock the boat at work. people who are fearing their jobs think that they are the ones who might get the next pink slip. why tip the scales with a bold idea if they think their ideas aren’t welcome? eliminate that fear and welcome ideas. keep employess comfortable and eliminate turnover and fear mongering.  invest in the employees now for a greater return later. it will be the people on staff that bring us out of these economic times. the government merely sets the stage.

and i was particularly pleased to hear someone saythat training is a process, not an event. you cannot train someone and expect immeidate changes. entraining employees by setting the stage and allowe them to practice their new skills and apply them on the job. offer support and reinforcement along the way. check in with them to see how they are doing or what they may need.

now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in the midst of downsizing, layoffs, and stimulus packages the training industry needs a reminder of just how crucial the right kind of training is necessary to survive the current downturned economy.

the canadian management centre will host a free webcast titled training and development in a recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times. 12:00pm to 1:00pm est.

the free webcast, promising prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, will focus on:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times

though this is free, registration is required.

training a large portion of federal budget

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian federal budget was tabled by jim flaherty today. between training and employment insurance there is about $1.8billion earmarked, laid out as:

Enhancing the Availability of Training

Budget 2009 will create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development by:

  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Investing $500 million over two years in a Strategic Training and Transition Fund to support the particular needs of individuals who do not qualify for EI training, such as the self-employed or those who have been out of work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Providing $55 million over two years to help young Canadians find summer jobs.
  • Supporting older workers and their families with an additional $60 million over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and expanding it to include workers in small cities.
  • Responding to skilled labour shortages with $40 million a year to launch the $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
  • Providing $50 million over two years for a national foreign credential recognition framework in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) initiative, expected to support the creation of 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Investing $75 million in a two-year Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

now, the majority of that is for EI, which i won’t deny is necessary, however, they only program in this list that isn’t exactly new is the strategic training and transition fund. this is key so that self employed individuals and others who do not qualify for EI can get some support, and $500million is a fair chunk of change.

the entirety of budget has come under scrutiny by the members of the pending coalition government. the next few weeks will be key to whether this funding for training and small businesses will surface in time to make a difference in our economic slump – or at least a difference that doesn’t leave very deep scars.

making face time while learning

Posted in video with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by ruyoung

though this advert is for the nokia nseries, the message is well appreciated.

it talks about how we’ve used various screens overtime to watch, entertain, learn, and play, and what that meant to us as social beings.

the power of mobile technology has allowed us to go back out into the world, and the power of mobile learning expands the classroom beyond brick walls to learn where we want to or need to.

for the better part of 3mos a local university has been on strike. the school year could be in jeopardy, and even if the school year is extended to allow the students to finish their studies appropriately, the summer jobs that these studens rely on could go by the wayside.

let me be clear that this post does not take any side of the issue other than the potential of education that the students are missing out on. this is not the place to debate who is right or wrong or what strike issues are most important. i hope the strike ends soon and learning resumes.

but what if it were a different scenario? what if there was an emergency at the school that shut it down for those same 3mos? or kept the instructors physically away for those 3mos for other positive reasons? what if mobile learning was in place so that the students could learn wherever they were and have it be accepted as part of their studies and credits, even if it was a brief interruption into the way things were supposed to be? i’m not talking about full e-learning courses, which are wonderful in their right, but rather the ability to switch from in-person analog learning seemlessly to streaming digital learning so that it would not only continue the learning process despite what is happening (or not happening) in the physical institution, but would exercise a lesson in preparedness for both students and faculty. students could still gather wherever they wanted (home, cafe, library, park) to learn from eachother while learning from an instructor. the learning stream becomes uninterrupted, the way i think it should be.

that’s the power of mobile learning.

training and development in lean economic times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 21, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian management centre announced today that they will be hosting a free webcast to address training in these lean economic times.

Training and Development in a Recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times
Jan 28, 2009
12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

ken blanchard, scott blanchard, jim kirkpatrick, and edward t reilly will be poised to have a sincere conversation and q+a session to discuss the issues on every trainer’s mind.

What you’ll learn:

Join us for this energizing discussion which will focus on prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, including:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times
  • And much more

this webcast is complimentary but registration are required. more info on the event listing.

meeting the demands of a new age

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2009 by ruyoung

“And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”

these words, spoken by us president barack obama in his inaugural speech, show hope for the future of education. with change comes possibility.

upcoming industry conferences (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by ruyoung

eek! i haven’t been blogging for a month due to the holidays, personal injury, family emergency, and job hunting, and then just as i was compiling this blog post, we were among the 100,000 people in toronto that lost power and heat thu night. now with power, here’s a list of upcoming industry conferences, including some great online events in the next few weeks:

google search for your school
jan 21, 2009
ONLINE

educon 2.1
jan 23-25, 2009
philadelphia, pa, usa (virtual attendance available)

2nd annual forum on e-learning excellence in the middle east
jan 26-29, 2009
dubai, united arab emirates

adult students: meeting market demands both online and in the classroom
jan 27, 2009
ONLINE

college & university performance conference 2009
jan 28-30, 2009
arlington, va, usa

designing a learner assisstance program for students with disabilities
jan 29, 2009
ONLINE

ten steps to building a successful retention and graduation program
feb 5, 2009
ONLINE

new learning technologies
feb 18-20, 2009
orlando, fl, usa

student symposium on african education: interrogating quality within the african context
feb 27, 2009
new york, ny, usa

mcgill 8th annual education graduate students’ society conference
mar 13-14, 2009
montreal, qc, canada

6th international conference on informatics, education technology and new media in education
mar 28-29, 2009
sombor, yugoslavia

elearning and software for education conference – else 2009
apr 9-10, 2009
bucharest, romania

teaching english in multilingual contexts: current challenges, future directions
apr 18-19, 2009
karachi, pakistan

theatre pedagogy: teaching the art form
apr 23-26, 2009
new york, ny, usa

engaged teachers, engaged learners
apr 29-may 2, 2009
edmonton, ab, canada

elearning africa 2009
may 27-29, 2009
dakar, senegal

solstice 2009 – it’s all in the blend? innovation, research and development: enhancing learning with technologies
jun 4, 2009
ormskirk, uk

8th international language & development conference
jun 23-25, 2009
dhaka, bangladesh

the 2009 international conference on e-learning, e-business, enterprise information systems, and e-government (eee’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

the 2009 international conference on frontiers in education: computer science and computer engineering (fecs’09)
jul 13-16, 2009
las vegas, nv, usa

international conference on imagination and education
jul 15-18, 2009
vancouver, bc, canada

international conference on the role of universities in hands-on education
aug 24-29, 2009
chiang mai, thailand

knowledge, work and class
oct 22-24, 2009
detroit, mi, usa

the iasted international conference on global education ~ge 2009~
nov 2-4, 2009
cambridge, ma, usa

if anyone would like to guest blog from any of these events, please contact me.

professional development courses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2008 by ruyoung

a few weeks back bschool.com posted a list of 100 free business and entrepreneurship courses from ivy league schools such as mit, columbia, and berkley. among them are:

these courses are a great place to start for general information, whether for professional development or to be well versed in various topics that may come up at the next neighbourhood mixer or an industry networking opportunity.

a brave new world wide web

Posted in video with tags , , on December 11, 2008 by ruyoung

a look at the efficiency of web 2.0 for the classroom:

living, learning, and experiencing second life

Posted in video with tags , , on December 6, 2008 by ruyoung

philip rosedale, founder of second life, talks about living, learning, and experiencing concepts online and how this popular simulated world is changing our society.

canada moodle moot 2009 call for proposals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 5, 2008 by ruyoung

canada moot 2009 will be apr 1 – 4, 2009 in edmonton, ab and the call for proposals is open.

follow the link to the description of what you’ll need to consider when submitting proposals. log in or create a login.  to see who is coming and what has been submitted, go to http://moodlemoot.ca/moodle/mod/data/view.php?id=1221

the organisers of canada moodle moot 2009 encourage you to submit your proposals before you may leave for the holiday season.

mobile experience innovation centre research launch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 3, 2008 by ruyoung

meicon fri i’ll be attending a half day forum for the mobile experience innovation centre research launch. i am curious what will be discussed and how it will affect mobile learning. after much disdain that twitter has stopped outbound sms to canada, and with the rising costs of canadian data plans, and the general state of the economy, i’m wondering how the mobile industry will proceed and this seems to be a great place to strategise. it promises to be:

A half-day forum to discuss recent research findings into the current state of Ontario’s wireless and mobile industry, there will also be sessions discussing future strategies for the new and exciting changes in the Canadian Wireless Context. Join us for an afternoon of engaging discussion with industry leaders as we look towards creating a new wireless future.

event details:

  • ontario college of art and design, 100 mccaul st toronto
  • fri dec 5, 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • free, but registration is required.

not many tickets remain, so if you are interested and available, i suggest researcing your ticket now.

bill gates, education diplomat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 3, 2008 by ruyoung

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bill gates encouraged us president-elect barack obama to include educational reform in the strategy to get through the current economic crisis.

The risk now, Mr. Gates noted, was that government funding for education and oversees development will be hit amid the current economic turmoil. “In a crisis, there is always a risk that you take your eyes off the future — and you sacrifice long-term investments for near-term gains,” Mr. Gates said. “In my view, you have to seek both.”

he added that an economic stimulus package should also include assistance for states to avoid cuts in higher education.

[ the full story ]

an entrepreneurs education of a lifetime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 1, 2008 by ruyoung

“if you could change your life, would you?” that’s how seth godin started a blog post today describing an opportunity of a lifetime, and anyone can apply, including you and me and the guy down the street.

applying for and being granted the opportunity to spend 6mos with one of the most innovative marketing mavens of our time would be quite an education.

If you’re stuck in a dead end job in publishing, or if you made a not-so-great choice in getting your career started, or if you thought Wall Street would be a different place, or if you just got laid off, or if you’re not crazy about fretting away the next six months waiting to get fired and you’re not quite ready to start your own gig… this might be the turbolift you were hoping for. Yes, it’s free.

It’s a chance to get off that track and onto a new track, faster and cheaper than most of the alternatives. And it might even be fun.

consider applying to the alternative mba program. the deadline is dec 14. what have you got to  lose?