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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!

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.