International Symposium on Open and Distance Learning – final call

The International Council for Educational Media (ICEM-CIME) is celebrating its 60th anniversary. This year’s ICEM-CIME Congress, organized by its Executive Board, in conjunction with the International Symposium on Open and Distance Learning (IODL), is being by Anadolu University (Eskisehir, Turkey). The conference will convene October 6-8, 2010 in Eskisehir. The theme of this joint conference is related to open and distance learning.

The Call for Proposals is still open, and its deadline is May 31, 2010. For more information, please visit:, or visit the conference site,

Model of Regulatory Burden for the Diffusion of New Technology

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is pleased to invite you to the following event. Please share this information with others (students, faculty, staff) in your department/unit who you feel may be interested in this topic.

A Model of Regulatory Burden for the Diffusion of New Technology

Presented by Dr. David Castle
Canada Research Chair in Science and Society, University of Ottawa
and Diefenbaker Policy Fellow, JSGS

Thursday, June 10
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

This lecture will take place in Saskatoon and will be video-conferenced to a Regina audience.

Saskatoon Location:
Diefenbaker Building (101 Diefenbaker Place), Theatre
University of Saskatchewan Campus

*Regina Video-Conference Location:
JS Window Room, 2nd Floor, Gallery Building
University of Regina College Avenue Campus

Conventional wisdom has it that the diffusion of beneficial new technology is always slowed by regulation, and that within regulatory frameworks process bottlenecks are inevitable. Estimating the extent of regulatory burden and accounting for its effects is usually guesswork or driven by anecdote. To overcome these limitations a quantitative model of regulatory burden for the diffusion of new technology has been developed. Using the case of plant-derived vaccines, the model can be used to account for the effects of regulatory burden, identify regulatory bottlenecks, and make predictions about the effects of regulatory burden with respect to changes in the pace and pattern of technology diffusion. Continue reading

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! serves up his second appearance at TED in February, 2010. He continues with his beautiful combination of humour, performance and substance. Probably better than most anyone I’ve ever seen at taking one or two key ideas and weaving a narrative around them. These are not necessarily new ideas for most of us (people have unique gifts that are unrealized; industrial education needs to give way to more customized ways, etc.). But he offers them so elegantly that they are worth the time (19 minutes) to revisit.