Congratulations to our new M.Ed. Alumni!

ECMM gang (l-r) Cindy, Arcadio, Shaun, Xing, Jeff, Jay

(l-r) Cindy, Arcadio, Shaun, Xing, Jeff, Jay – not pictured: Linda, Ellen, Peggy and Constance

What a great day! I love convocation, especially because it gives us a chance to formally celebrate the accomplishments of our great folks in the Educational Communications and Technology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan. We all dressed up in our academic gear and had a great time. It was also Dr. Jay Wilson’s very first convocation as a faculty member, so it was a terrific day for a lot of reasons.

Here is a set of photos from the event:

Congratulations to all of our fine students, and today, especially these scholars who received their M.Ed. degrees.

Jeff Kardynal: The potential of serious games for teaching high school construction technologies: A case study. Department of Curriculum Studies, March, 2009.

Linda Dunkley: Teaching environmental education in Saskatoon.


Shaun Loeppky: Web 2.0 tools in a blended learning environment.


Cindy Seibel: K – 12 parent portal: An implementation guide.

Xing Xu: Adapting to university studies in Canada: Self-directed learning modules for students at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.

Hong (Ellen) Du: English reading on the Web, collaborative interaction in Second Life: A multimedia supplementary with knowledge of early childhood education for traditional second language instruction.


Constance MacKenzie: An Interactive Computer Simulation Emulating Participation in Provincial Government

Peggy Jubien: Mobile technology in post-secondary education: A proposal for an online resource.


Arcadio Viveros Guzman: Online communication tool for sustainable forest management networking.


Jay Salikin: Portfolio in Educational Communications and Technology

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Wiley lecture at the U of S

Two exciting events. I asked if our grad students could also attend, and got an enthusiastic “yes.” So a special note to my graduate students: don’t miss this; it promises to be terrific. If you’re from not affiliated with the U of S and you’re interested, I suggest you phone Stephanie at the number below.

2009 Dean’s Research Lecture

“The Disaggregated Future of Higher Education or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet”

Presented by
Dr. David Wiley, Brigham Young University
Thursday June11, 2009
10:30 am. – 12:00 Noon

Room18, Edwards School of Business
23 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan

Please RSVP (acceptances only) to Stephanie Griffin at (306)966-5927 or Stephanie.Griffin@usask.ca by Monday June 8

About the Speaker:
Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge, and Founder of the Open High School of Utah. He was formerly Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University. David has also been a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Open University of the Netherlands, and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER grant. David is also the Founder of OpenContent.org. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the world. David lives in Utah with his incredible wife and five awesome children.

Richard Baraniuk speaking at the U of S

Dr. Richard Baraniuk of Rice University is speaking at the Canadian Learning Commons Conference, Friday June 12 from 9:00 to 10:30 in the Neatby Timlin Theatre (Arts 241).

His presentationtation on “Open Access Learning” is open to conference attendees as well as anyone from the University community. Richard is the founder of Connexions, a free, open-source, global clearinghouse of course materials. His vision is to create a fee global online education system that puts the power of creation and collaboration in the hands of teachers worldwide.

Everyone is welcome for the keynote lecture – but please note that conference attendees will have an extended program and will need to register in advance. More details about the Canadian Learning Commons Conferece are available at http://CLCC2009.usask.ca