CIDER call and next session

The Fall 2009 schedule of CIDER Sessions is now in the planning phase, and we are looking for distance educators interested in sharing their research related work with our online community. CIDER sessions are targeted at distance education researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Each session features an active researcher talking about their project, methodologies used, and their results. The sessions are presented free of charge and recorded for playback from the CIDER site. If you are interested in presenting your research in a future CIDER session, please contact Lynn Anderson:

Our next CIDER session:

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. Jamie Rossiter, Department of Education, University of Oxford (currently at Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa).

Title: Adaptation of Online Courses for New Educational Contexts

One of the challenges in online learning is adaptation of material developed for one educational setting to be appropriate in another. Qualitative case-study research explored adaptation of online continuing education modules, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada for public health practitioners. Two adaptations were studied: into the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and for practitioners in the English-speaking Caribbean. The first case involved adaptation for different learners, but in a similar culture. The second case involved similar learners, but in a different culture.

Results show that adaptation of existing online courses can be practicable, and may take less time and fewer resources to implement than creation of a new course. Benefits extended beyond immediate educational objectives to address strategic goals of both originating and recipient organizations.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 11am-12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

The current issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (in higher education) is freely available online at It contains articles, essays and book reviews by authors from New Zealand, Canada, Italy, UK, Australia, UAE, South Africa, Singapore, and the USA.

The deadline for submissions for the July 2009 issue is May 15, 2009.

ULC drop-in tutoring

The University Learning Centre (ULC) offers free *drop-in* tutoring to all University of Saskatchewan students. Visit Murray 142 (Main Library, first floor) Monday to Thursday from 11:00-2:00. No appointment is necessary.

Free *online* tutoring is also available, 7 days a week:
Students don’t have to produce a draft to receive drop-in or online tutoring; help can be received at any stage of the writing process, from understanding an assignment prompt to improving proofreading skills.

All tutors are U of S graduate students. Tutoring is free, confidential, friendly. Students can receive help twice for any given assignment.

For more information, please contact Liv Marken, Writing Help Coordinator ( ) or visit the ULC Writing Help home page: .

Liv Marken
Writing Help Coordinator
University of Saskatchewan