Teaching Support Services position @ U Guelph

Reporting to the Manager, Learning Technology and Courseware Innovation
(LTCI), this position manages and supports the campus implementation of the
mission-critical Blackboard* courseware system, a key component of the
University’s strategic plan to support technology-enhanced education,
currently being used by over 1,500 courses and over 16,000 students (54,601
enrolments) per semester at the University, as well as other systems that
maybe implemented in the future. The Courseware Services Manager will be a
senior-level position in TSS, managing a team that is responsible for the
analysis, planning, and coordination of system administration, upgrades,
courseware creation, and faculty and staff support. It is the manager’s
responsibility to ensure that this system is available on a 24/7 basis. The
manager works closely with high-level staff from other University units such
as Computing and Communication Services (CCS), Office of Registrarial
Services (ORS), Office of Open Learning (OOL), as well as representatives
from outside the University to develop strategy and maintain an efficient
courseware system operation. The manager develops overall Blackboard
education and support strategies for the University, as well as continuously
monitors ongoing developments in the field of e-learning. The successful
candidate must be able to manage complex systems, information, and
conflicting demands in an environment that changes rapidly, as well as
provide leadership, direction, and demonstrate initiative. The candidate is
also expected to continuously maintain knowledge of this rapidly changing
field in a self-directed manner.

Continue reading

Have you registered for Earth Hour?


On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.

Back from Europe… back to the café

Sorry the café was dark for the past couple of weeks. I was in Innsbruck, Austria for the WBE 2008 conference, and the connectivity wasn’t what I’d hoped. That’s a story in itself, but it will have to wait until later. I’ll also post some pictures on Flickr when I get a chance. Now, I’m in catch-up mode.

First, join me in doing penance for the nasty carbon footprint I put on the globe with my recent travel.

At 8 pm on March 29th, the world will turn off its lights for just one hour – Earth Hour – to show symbolic support for action on climate change. The University of Saskatchewan, along with our partners at the City of Saskatoon, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Meewasin Valley Authority, Road Map 2020, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, Saskatoon Health Region, and Saskatoon Public Schools, encourage you to turn off your lights at home, and in the office, for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global initiative begun by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in Australia last year. Almost 2.3 million Sydney residents participated in 2007 – including more than 2,100 businesses. This year the WWF is taking Earth Hour global. Several major cities in Canada and around the world are participating in this event with more joining daily.

We will be doing our best to turn off our lights for Earth Hour. Do your part. Participate at home and participate at work. Talk to your colleagues to decide what you can shut off in your workplace before you leave work this Friday – light, computers and computer monitors, radios, photocopiers – and then do it.

Email the Office of Sustainability at fmd.sustainability@usask.ca to let us know what you plan to do to for Earth Hour. Then, let the world know of your support for this initiative by signing up today at wwf.ca/EarthHour and suggest your family and friends do the same.

Turn off your lights and see the world in a whole new light.