Keynote presentations at TLt 2010

TLt 2010 was punctuated by three outstanding keynote presentations–a hat trick of great pieces that fit together almost seamlessly.  I recommend you download each of the slide sets, and when the video versions of the presentations are available (in a week or so) I’ll post them here. Give yourself a treat and spend some time with these resources.

Scott Leslie

Here’s Scott’s blog post about his session

David Wiley

Harold Jarche

And here’s Harold’s blog post on his presentation.

CIDER session, May 5

You’re invited to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Geoffrey Roulet, Queens University at Kingston.

Title:  Message Interactions in Online Asynchronous Discussions: The Problem of Being “Too Nice”

Much research concerning asynchronous online discussion reports quantitative data such as frequency of posting, time online, and number of characters or words. To effectively understand online discourse within education environments we need to go beyond such measures and study the interactions between messages and how these interactions contribute to the construction of collective knowledge. Complexity science suggests that the emergence of new group understandings requires both redundancy (agreement) and divergence (disagreement) in the interactions between contributed ideas.

Studies, focusing on graduate course asynchronous discussions spaced almost 20 years apart and employing a coding system developed from Fisher’s interact system model (ISM), have shown a lack of messages expressing explicit disagreement. Online discussions, with their limited channels for mutual social support, appear to encourage a student tendency towards being “too nice”. Course participants camouflage disagreements in ambiguous postings that, while avoiding potential offence, do not effectively contribute to the progress of debate.

When:  Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 11am-12pm MT (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 in the “First Time Users” section.

TCC 2010

TCC 2010

15th Annual TCC (Technology, Colleges and Community) Worldwide Online Conference
April 20-22, 2010

Registration is FREE if you are from the U of S.

An institutional registration has been purchased. This enables all University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff, administrators and students to register at no individual registration fee.

U of S participation in online conference is sponsored by eMAP (Educational Media Access and Production), ULC (University Learning Centre) and CCDE (Centre – Continuing and Distance Education)

For conference information please visit:

TCC, Technology, Colleges and Community, is a worldwide online conference designed for faculty, academic support staff, student services, students, and administrators. It will better prepare our campus for discussion and implementation of e-learning strategies. You are invited to share your expertise, experiences and knowledge relevant to the use of information technology in learning, teaching and academic services. Since this is an on-line conference you will be able to participate in the sessions that match your interests and needs from your own computer to fit your own schedule.

For further information about registration, please contact:

eMAP @ 966-2500