NMC Symposium to be held in Second Life

NMC Symposium on the Evolution of Communication, a special 2-day, live online event to be held December 4-5, 2007 in the virtual world of Second Life,

See http://www.nmc.org/2007-fall-virtual-symposium for full details.

About the Symposium
The Symposium on the Evolution of Communication will explore the premise that technology has not only mediated communication in countless ways, but that the very ways we communicate—and even the ways we talk and think about communication—are changing as a result.

The Symposium will be conducted entirely online in the virtual world of Second Life. Sessions, which will be conducted live, can incorporate a variety of visuals and rich media, and are generally about 45 minutes in length, with about one-third to one-half that time devoted to dialog with participants using in-world voice chat.

This event is the tenth in the ongoing series of specially focused online gatherings that explore new ideas and issues related to technology and learning. The NMC Series of Virtual Symposia (formerly the NMC Series of Online Conferences) is itself an exploration of emerging forms of collaboration and tools. This particular symposium incorporates the theme of new scholarship with the release of Social Networking, the “Third Place,” and the Evolution of Communication and the dialog that we hope will arise around it (see http://www.nmc.org/evolution-communication to read and comment on the text).

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KIRKPATRICK TRAVEL AWARD 2007-2008

Below is an advertisement for the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2007-2008. Faculty and students from the College are eligible to apply.

Purpose: The Kirkpatrick Travel Fund enables recipients to visit for up to one week an educational project or program related to their duties or field of interest. (Attendance at a convention or conference does not meet the conditions of the award.) The Awards Committee will consider both the innovativeness and creativity of the proposal and also the significance of the proposal to support current educational priorities in Saskatchewan. NOTE: Where appropriate, applicants should include a letter of support from their system.

Award: Normally each award will consist of travel expenses via economy class air fare, plus a per diem allowance to cover costs of meals and accommodations to a maximum of $1800. Recipients of this award must complete travel within two years.

Eligibility: Members of the S.T.F.; students registered in or individuals recommended for a Teaching Certificate from the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan; and the faculty of the College.

Deadline Date: November 30, 2007

Applications: Forms for the 2007-2008 award are available from:

The Kirkpatrick Travel Fund
Associate Dean’s Office
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X1
website: http://www.usask.ca/education/

DIVERSITY IN ORGANISATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS conference

THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIVERSITY IN ORGANISATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS, HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 17-20 June 2008
http://www.Diversity-Conference.com

The Diversity Conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. The Conference examines the concept of diversity as a positive aspect of a global world and globalised society. Diversity is in many ways reflective of our present world order, but there are ways of taking this further without necessary engendering its alternatives: racism, conflict, discrimination and inequity. Diversity as a mode of social existence can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience. The Conference will seek to explore the full range of what diversity means and explore modes of diversity in real-life situations of living together in community. The Conference supports a move away from simple affirmations that ‘diversity is good’ to a much more nuanced account of the effects and uses of diversity on differently situated communities in the context of our current epoch of globalisation.

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