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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

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

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

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

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

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.


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.

pirates are moving west!

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

rumour has is it that the pirates are moving into the bloor lansdowne neighbourhood. for my intercity and international readers, this really means nothing, but for those who live in toronto, it means knowledge transfer for a particular segment of lifestyle learning is moving westward. for those who don’t mind getting their hands drty, this means accessible bike repair.

bike pirates, formerly located on bathurst between college and dundas, is moving into an empty store on bloor w just east of lansdowne. it’s not a regular bike shop, instead their tools are available for anyone to use to fix their own bikes and staff are on hand to teach cylcists how to fix their bikes. empowering the cyclist with maintenance and repair knowledge puts them far beyond a simple self serve depot. it is a volunteer run non-profit organisation.

lifestyle learning, be it for fixing bikes, editing personal videos, baking, or home decorating, is life-long, life-wide learning.  why bring your bike to a bike shop and not learn how to take care of your own bike if there is a facility to teach you how to do it through essential project-based learning? it feels good to walk ride away with a sense of accomplishment.

natcon 2008

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2008 by ruyoung

i’m preparing to staff a booth at natcon, the national career development and workforce learning event at the doubletree intl hotel in toronto.

some of the highlights i hope to catch are:

  • the training response to business issues – how smes rise to the challenge: a global perspective
  • neighbourhood intervention through community collaboration
  • get smart using the workplace informal learning matrix to recognize learning
  • overcoming barriers to work-related learning: effective, innovative, and promising canadian practices and programs
  • learning online: flexible professional development for busy career and hr management specialists
  • building successful community business education partnerships

and one of the most interesting sessions that i’m hoping to attend:

  • getting serious with elearning: move from page-turners to serious gaming and web 2.0 tools to increase productivity, performance, and knowledge transfer

hopefully i’ll be able to attend a number of these and report back here on the ones i can get to.

toronto girl geek dinner – jan 30, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 9, 2007 by ruyoung

toronto geek girl dinners are monthly events designed to help make technology accessible and interesting, particularly to women. and while i’m generally not partial to gender-specific networking events, the jan event is an exception because it welcomes guest speaker malgosia green, co-founder of savvica, a forward thinking educational technology company that leverages social media and new technologies to improve education on a global scale.

event details:

  • wed jan 30, 6:30pm
  • hot house grill — one of my favourite toronto retsaurants!
  • 35 church st (at front st)
  • $22 per person (taxes and tip inlcuded)
  • dinner is a buffet

if local and interested, sign up at the wiki. it is sure to be a fun and educational evening.

world of commodore 2007

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2007 by ruyoung

the toronto pet users group is once again putting on the world of commodore, a one day conference and vendor fair for everything commodore. this year’s conference will mostly focus on the 64/128, taking place near sherway gardens and browns line in toronto on sat dec 1 starting at 10:00am.

demonstrations will include:

  • Brian Lyons: The VIC20 Megacart Project
  • Leif Bloomquist: Internet technology applied to the Commodore 64
  • James Long:MIDI Interfaces and modern cross-development for the Commodore 64
  • Glenn Holmer: A technical overview of Commodore copy protection

and guest speakers will include:

  • Karl Hildon: Former editor of Transactor Magazine and publisher of the Inner Space Anthology
  • Georg Feil: Author of Synth and Snyth Sample
  • Syd Bolton: Curator of the PC Museum

there will also be a special tribute to jim butterfield, one of the key figures in commodore, who died in the summer. i wish i had gone last year when he spoke at the conference.

and so, this vic20 girl will be looking for a joystick at the vendor table, and might even bring a few games in for trade.

long live commodore.