19th Annual U of S International Week

The International Week Committee is pleased to announce the 19th Annual U of S International Week. The 2009 theme is “Sustainable World: Canada and Beyond” and events will be held on the University of Saskatchewan campus February 2-7.

The lectures and events planned for International Week will be of interest to much of the university community; indeed, many of the activities will serve as an effective complement to in-class learning.
You can review the schedule and informationle at http://students.usask.ca/iweek

Some highlights from our program include our three keynote speakers:

Ken Coates – discussing Innovation and Internationalization
An International Research Symposium – focusing on the Caribbean
Sol Guy – independent music/television producer, social change entrepreneur – discussing Youth Engagement in Global Issues
Parviz Yazdani – award winning Movie Producer and U of S graduate discussing

Academic positions

I receive a newsletter from academickeys.com, and they provide a list of academic positions available. I don’t know if many of you are interested in this sort of thing, but I thought I’d share the information. And no, I’m not looking for a new job!

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CIDER session, Feb 4

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. Our next session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Richard Kenny and Dr. Caroline Park of Athabasca University.

Title: Can Mobile Learning Enhance Nursing Practice Education?

The changing context of health care delivery presents challenges for the teaching and learning of nursing students. There is a need to test the utility of new strategies and tools to supervise students’ practice at the point of care, to support their professional development, and to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care to clients in acute care and community settings. In particular, the connectivity potential of mobile devices for practice and teaching/learning remains unexplored.

This presentation will discuss a project to trial the use of mobile learning in the Baccalaureate of Nursing curriculum in a Western Canadian college program. To date, we have completed two studies: a two-stage, formative evaluation study in Spring 2007, and a follow up study in Fall 2007. We will report on the main findings of the two field trials and draw conclusions about the usefulness of mobile learning in this context.

When: Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 11am-12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at http://www.elluminate.com/support/ in the “First Time Users” section.