Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / Vol 40, No 2 (2014)

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Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de
l’apprentissage et de la technologie
Vol 40, No 2 (2014)
Table of Contents
http://cjlt.csj.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjlt/issue/view/85

Editorial
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Editorial / Éditorial
Heather Kanuka

Articles
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Digitizing practical production work for high-stakes assessments  /  La
numérisation de travaux pratiques de production pour les évaluations à
enjeux élevés  /  La numérisation de travaux pratiques de production pour
les évaluations à enjeux élevés
Paul Newhouse,Pina Tarricone
L’utilisation d’internet par les parents d’enfants ayant un trouble du
spectre de l’autisme  /  Internet use by parents of children with autism
spectrum disorders
Georgette Goupil,Nathalie Poirier,Catherine des Rivières,Jean
Bégin,Valérie Michaud
Investigating the Benefits and Challenges of Using Laptop Computers in
Higher Education Classrooms  /  Étude sur les avantages et les défis
associés à l’utilisation d’ordinateurs portables dans les salles de classe
d’enseignement supérieur
Robin Holding Kay
Research priorities in mobile learning: An international Delphi study  / 
Les priorités de recherche en matière d’apprentissage mobile: Une étude
de Delphes internationale
Yu-Chang Hsu,Yu-Hui Ching,Chareen Snelson
Co-Teaching an Online Action Research Class  /  Co-enseignement et classe de
recherche-action en ligne
Brent G Wilson,Jennifer Linder VanBerschot

Book Review
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Book Review of Handbook of Mobile Learning
Mohamed Ally

President of the U of S terminated

I’ll let the following statement speak for itself. 

Statement from the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors
 
May 21, 2014
 
Today the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors announced the termination, without cause, of the appointment of Dr. Ilene Busch-Vishniac as President and Vice-Chancellor, effective immediately. She is eligible to take up her faculty post in the university’s College of Engineering.
 
In the wake of an ongoing reputational crisis related to recent leadership decisions, the Board met on May 19, 2014, and determined that further due diligence was required. The board has since gathered more information and has deliberated again. The board feels strongly that the university’s ongoing operations and its reputational rebuilding efforts will be more effective with new leadership.
 
It was a painful week for the University of Saskatchewan. Many students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the U of S, and the people of the province generally, were dismayed by news emerging from the campus over the last seven days. The board was deeply troubled by this situation and committed itself to repairing the university’s reputation.
 
The board has named Dr. Gordon Barnhart as the Acting President of the University of Saskatchewan. The board has every confidence that Dr. Barnhart will provide strong leadership at this critical time in the university’s history. He comes to the post with five decades of history with the university. The board is very pleased that Dr. Barnhart has accepted this acting role. He will begin in the acting role on May 22, 2014.
 

The board would also like to state in the strongest possible terms, that the University of Saskatchewan is committed to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. It would also like to stress that it believes that tenure is a sacrosanct principle within this university.
 
Finally, the Board of Governors at the University of Saskatchewan continues to be strongly committed to the goal of financial sustainability and renewal.
 
Details regarding searches for both president and provost will be announced at a later date.
 
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Biography of Gordon Barnhart
As a well-known historian, Barnhart  completed his BA (’66) in history at the U of S, and, after completing a masters degree at the University of Regina, returned to the U of S to complete his PhD in history (’98). From 2000 to 2005, he served as the University Secretary, and later taught political studies and history classes in the College of Arts and Science. Since 2012, Dr. Barnhart has been an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Science, Department of History. Gordon Barnhart was the twentieth Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, a post to which he was appointed in August 2006.  Prior to this, Barnhart served in a range of provincial and federal government positions, including Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly and Clerk of the Senate.

 

VP Academic and Provost resigns

I’ve been silent on the issues surrounding the attack on academic freedom and tenure at the University of Saskatchewan last week.  It resulted in a number of posts, concerns, media scrums and the like, and ultimately in this open letter to the Chair of our Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is meeting now… as I write.  20 minutes before the meeting we received notice that the Vice President, Academic and Provost had resigned.  Here’s the notice released to the campus community from the President.


Members of the campus community,

Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president academic, tendered his resignation to me earlier today, and I have accepted it.

In his letter of resignation, Brett said, “My motive for offering my resignation is my genuine interest in the well-being of the University of Saskatchewan. I have been a long-time member of our university community including being a student here in 1977, student union president in 1978-80, and a faculty member since 1986. I believe the work I have done as a student, faculty member, and provost has contributed to the growth of our university’s reputation. The same interests lead me to offer stepping aside from the provost role as the best contribution I can now offer under present circumstances.”

I want to thank Brett for his dedication and hard work over the years. An interim provost has not yet been appointed. I am committed to keeping you informed as details emerge.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac

President
University of Saskatchewan


I hope she has the class to follow suit.  I hope she didn’t just throw him under the bus (and I won’t go into why that analogy has particular and important meaning to me). Brett, whom I have known and respected for a long time as a fellow faculty member, always struck me as an honourable person trying to do the right thing (even when I disagreed what that was).  I think he did the honourable and right thing here.  I think the President should do the same thing.

This incident has tarnished the reputation of my university (I’m retiring in a few weeks, so it hurts).  It put on full display the kind of manipulative, mean-spirited hubris that can grow in the collegium if we fall asleep and let it happen.  It also demonstrates what can happen when the sleeping giant of the collegium across Canada wakes up and fights back.  The University of Saskatchewan is still the great place I joined 36 years ago.  The people in it are still able to rise.  The principle of academic freedom and the importance of tenure were attacked, but unsuccessfully.  It wasn’t the UofS.  It was the UofS under attack and it rose up on its hind legs and ignited a movement across Canada that may well re-establish the importance of academic freedom in the academy in Canada.

I came from Indiana University, and under President Herman Wells, my grandfather (Merrill Davis from my own first marriage) fought as a member of their Board of Trustees for Alfred Kinsey when he came under fire for his work on human sexuality, and it galvanized the ideal of academic freedom in his time.  We have the same opportunity.  It’s too important to ignore.

Please, my friends in the academy, have heart.  This is fundamental. This matters.  The university as we know it is being threatened in unprecedented ways.  Our purpose should not be to save the university.  The purpose should be to save the ideals it represents:  unfettered search for knowledge, dissemination of what we learn, and enshrining the control of the academy in the hands of academics–the people in search of that truth.

It may sound pretentious, but I believe it.  The poem or play or score of music matters as much as the solution to a bridge that collapses.  As I leave this august body, I abide in my understanding that it is the only existing path society has to find answers to questions that matter — maybe not now, but maybe in decades or millennia. And by the way, as a personal aside, how many bridges survive as long as great poems?