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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

In Writing (all kinds) on April 12, 2017 at 10:47 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 12, 20179:59 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, and Mayor John Tory, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and singing performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

“The Toronto Police Service has made significant strides working with the LGBTQ communities. One of our proudest moments is celebrating the International Day of Pink,” said Deputy Chief Jim Ramer. “We will always have more work to do and we look forward to listening to these students and learning about new ways to rally behind LGBTQ youth, not just today but every day.”

“I am proud to lead a city which is seen around the world as a leader in recognizing, respecting, legislating, upholding and, as much as anything else, celebrating LGBTQ rights,” said Mayor John Tory. “But that doesn’t mean we are perfect. There is still too much bullying and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and that’s why the Day of Pink is so important. I want to commend the work students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute are doing around anti-bullying initiatives and setting an example for the rest of us.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied – by all wearing pink – and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication in making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Agincourt Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– You Can Play Project

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids Help Phone
Supporting Our Youth.
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

For more information:

Meaghan Gray
TPS Corporate Communications
647-530-8911

Ryan Bird
TDSB Corporate Communications
416-540-4449

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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In Writing (all kinds) on March 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM

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No country for shoe schools

In Beauty, Education, Living, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Has Discovered There Are No Shoe Schools in Canada - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Rachel Muenz Has Discovered There Are No Shoe Schools in Canada - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

By Rachel Muenz

There are no shoe design schools in Canada and you can blame that on our climate.

Because of our ever-changing weather, Canadians tend to put function over fashion, according to Sarah Beam-Borg, the assistant curator at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum. “North Americans, traditionally, haven’t been sticklers for beautiful manufacture in footwear also because we need so many different kinds of shoes for our climate,” she says.

There’s a saying at the Bata Shoe Museum, Beam-Borg adds. The average Italian is willing to spend up to $500 for a single pair of beautiful shoes and they’ll have about 10 pairs of shoes in their closet.

The average North American will spend about $70 for a fashionable pair of shoes but they’ll have 30 or 40 pairs in their closet.

Canadians need winter boots, summer sandals, footwear for wet weather, shoes for work, and shoes for play. Paying $500 for each pair would put most people in the poorhouse.
As a result, we don’t worry about style so much and Canada has never gained a reputation for fashion.

“We have our own Fashion Week but Canada isn’t really a fashion centre on the world stage,” says Beam-Borg. “It isn’t known for its footwear design or manufacture and never has been.”

Most shoe manufacture is done in China where labour is cheapest and most of the design is done in Italy, seen as one of the major fashion centres of Europe, Beam-Borg says.
There’s also been little interest in shoe design programs here.
Beam-Borg has worked with the Ryerson University fashion department for the last six or seven years doing shoe design competitions with the students. When the competitions were mandatory, 150 students would show up, but as soon as shoe design was made optional, only nine came to compete.
“Unless it’s a course requirement, students aren’t seeking it out,” she says.

As far as Beam-Borg knows, no one has tried to establish a shoe design school or program in Canada and she doubts anyone ever will.

Greg Flood also says no one has tried setting one up in Ontario.

Flood, a spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, says if post-secondary schools in Ontario saw shoe design as necessary, they would submit curriculum and criteria for a shoe program to the ministry for funding.

No such submission has been put forward.

“I’m not aware at the present time about a university or college that has identified shoe design as a need within the province of Ontario,” he says.

But, there is one program that focuses on shoes in Canada and it fits perfectly with the North American desire for needs over style.

It is the post-graduate program in pedorthics at Western University.

Pedorthics involves the making of special shoes and inserts for people with foot injuries or ailments. Those who practice it are called pedorthists.

All aspiring pedorthists must take this program.

“Anybody new now entering into this field must graduate and get a diploma through Western,” says Linda Deschamps, a certified pedorthist and kinesiologist who’s also an instructor in the program.

Before, students did an apprenticeship program which involved three years of work to get certified. Deschamps says the new program is better because it is more objective and faster to finish, taking only one year to complete.

With Canada’s aging population, you would think a single program wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the demand for pedorthists’ skills, but Deschamps says this isn’t so.

“If it was just pedorthists that were dealing with the aging feet, it would not be enough,” she says from her clinic in Kingston, Ontario. “But there are other Allied Health Professionals who also deal with the feet.”

Orthotists, who make custom inserts for shoes, chiropodists, who treat foot diseases and deformities, and podiatrists who also care for the foot, are some of the other professionals helping to deal with the increasing foot problems that come with age.

The program at Western is also open to people all across Canada because the courses are offered online with three work terms in between that can be taken almost anywhere in the country.

It was started by one of the first Canadian certified pedorthists, the late Howard Fiegel, and is in its fifth year. Only about 20 students are accepted and around 12 to 20 graduate each year. But, there are advantages to staying small.

“They’re not high numbers from our course but these are very strong students who help another clinic along the way and eventually open up their own,” Deschamps says. “We could take more but those are the numbers that appear to be good candidates.”

She says the program is growing slowly because pedorthics is not a well-known field, having only been in Canada for about 30 years. There are now around 400 pedorthists registered with the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
This slow growth does have its positives though.

“In some ways it’s a very good thing because we have control over the students that come through and the product that leaves in the end,” Deschamps says.

She expects the program will expand to another university in the future, possibly in western Canada, but says it probably won’t get bigger than that.

Also, a second program isn’t likely to open soon.
“There’s only one program because of numbers, because of financing, because of the need at this point,” says the pedorthist, who was certified 17 years ago through an apprenticeship. “We’ve looked into it, [. . . ] but at this point, numbers are only dictating the need for one.”
There are negatives to those low numbers as well.
“If we had larger numbers applying, of course, it would allow us to open more doors and offer more because, financially, we would be more feasible as well,” Deschamps says.
Overall, she says the program is a great one to be in.
“It’s a very strong, young program,” Deschamps says.
As for Canadians interested in the fashion side, there are still options.

Beam-Borg says people usually go to schools in other countries, such as Cordwainers, a shoe design school in London, England.

“You go where the best education is and [. . .], Canada’s never been a traditional place for shoe design or shoe manufacture,” she says.

But she agrees it is difficult for people who don’t have a lot of money to afford the cost of a foreign education. The one-year, post-graduate shoe design program at the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in California costs $30,000 in tuition.

“If you can’t afford to go then perhaps you can’t be a shoe designer, which sociologically is a problem, absolutely,” Beam-Borg says. “But I think if you have the skill, a lot of people also get bursaries and grants.”

Many people could also take a fashion illustrations program in Canada and then get into shoe design by gaining experience at a fashion house or shoe design company in the U.S. or Europe, Beam-Borg says. There are three such programs in Toronto at Seneca College, Humber College, and Ryerson.

“If you want to do shoe design, fashion illustration seems to be the quickest way to get into that vein,” Beam-Borg says. “If shoes catch your fancy, odds are really good if you can draw a shirt, you can draw a shoe.”

DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR CHRIS EMDIN LAUNCHES NEW BOOK IN TORONTO‏

In Writing (all kinds) on April 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR CHRIS EMDIN LAUNCHES NEW BOOK IN TORONTO
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A Different Booklist and Free Your Mind HipHop Stemposium present 
                                     
 
BOOK LAUNCH
 
“For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education”
 
BY DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR, DR CHRISTOPHER EMDIN

Drawing on his own experience, Dr. Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.


With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven C’s” of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.


 
WHEN
Friday, 22 April 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) – 
WHERE
Central Technical School – 725 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  View Map


A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R6
Tel:416 538 0889; Fax:416 538 6914
email:info@adifferentbooklist.com
www.adifferentbooklist.com

 

[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

In Writing (all kinds) on April 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 13, 201610:14 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Harbord Collegiate Institute, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Harbord Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and spoken-word performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

This year, students heard from special guest speaker Olympic gymnast Rosie Cossar, who shared her story with the students. Also bringing a strong message was Ottawa Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, who spoke about his personal feelings toward LGBTQ-based bullying.

“LGBTQ youth face bullying, harassment and discrimination on a daily basis,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “We need to remember to stand up and support this community, not just on the International Day of Pink, but every day going forward. I am committed to leading the way on behalf of the Toronto Police Service and especially for my LGBTQ members.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied by all wearing pink and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication to making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Harbord Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– Balloon Celebrations

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or who is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids HelpPhone
SOY – Supporting Our Youth
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Working From Home as a Professor

In Business, Education, Writing (all kinds) on April 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Professors that work in traditional settings sometimes need to work from home. Also there are professors that are teaching online education courses that also need to work from home. Here are some ways you can make sure you get your work done.

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Keeping Your Office at Home and Work Organized

In Business, Home Decor, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 4, 2016 at 3:00 AM

A professor needs to have an office that is organized to stay on top of all the work you need to do.

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Understanding Part-time Professors

In Business, Education, Writing (all kinds) on March 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Some of the professors you may have in university and college may be part-time and there are special things you need to keep in mind about having professors as this. There are advantages and disadvantages.

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Professors’ Perspective: Starting the Class Well

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on March 14, 2016 at 3:00 AM

With the high price of education, the experience of taking a course can be greatly improved with a well-organized classroom environment that is also fun to learn in. From the professor’s perspective, here are some ways to make that happen:

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Life Long Learning

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on April 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Phil Schalm heads up the Chang Ryerson School

Phil Schalm heads up the Chang Ryerson School

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is a name that has been around for about two years. The continuing education program has been around since the early 1980s. It’s been around a long time.

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Province Expanding 30% Off Ontario Tuition Program

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Province Expanding 30% Off Ontario Tuition Program

January 20, 2014

About 5,000 More Students Eligible for Support

Ontario is helping about 5,000 more students with the cost of postsecondary education by expanding eligibility for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant.Students in their final year of a five-year co-op program and students attending private career colleges and other private postsecondary institutions that are eligible for financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will now be eligible for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. Students who apply for aid through OSAP will automatically be considered for the grant without a separate application, including those who have already applied this year.

Helping students with the costs of postsecondary education is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • This year, the grant will help eligible students save $1,730 on tuition in degree programs and $790 for students in diploma or certificate programs. The deadline to apply for the winter semester is March 1, 2014.
  • About 230,000 students received the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant last year.
  • OSAP is available to eligible students at 169 private career college campuses.
  • Investments in student assistance over the past 10 years have more than doubled the number of students qualifying for aid, while enrolment has increased by 40 per cent.

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QUOTES

“Expanding eligibility for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant will help ensure that a postsecondary education in Ontario is accessible based on a student’s ability to learn, not their ability to pay. Our government remains committed to supporting one of the most generous student financial aid programs in Canada.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“We are pleased to make the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant announcement here at the University of Waterloo, which offers such a diverse range of co-op programs. Helping Ontario students with the cost of tuition is part of our government’s plan to build the best-educated workforce in the world. A skilled workforce helps attract investment that creates jobs and strengthens the economy.”
— John Milloy, MPP, Kitchener-Centre

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

Tanya Blazina
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Tanya.Blazina@ontario.ca

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
http://www.ontario.ca/postsecondary

 


 

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Increasing Credit Transfer Options for Students‏

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Increasing Credit Transfer Options for Students

January 16, 2014

Ontario Making it Easier for Students to Complete College and University

Ontario is launching an online database that will make it easier for postsecondary students to see how their course credits are recognized at other colleges and universities.A new course-to-course database on ONTransfer.ca will provide students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their education while limiting delays in entering the labour market. It will also reduce education costs for both students and taxpayers by clearly showing which credits are needed to complete diploma or degree programs when combining courses from different colleges and universities.

The launch of the database builds on progress Ontario has made with postsecondary institutions over the past two years to make it easier for students to transfer credits, including:

  • Doubling the number of credit transfer pathways between postsecondary institutions from 300 to more than 600, resulting in more than 35,000 transfer opportunities for students.
  • Launching ONTransfer.ca to provide students with centralized, clear and up-to-date information on credit transfer opportunities, policies and processes across all of the province’s colleges and universities.
  • Establishing the Ontario Council of Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization to co-ordinate credit transfer across multiple institutions.

Expanding credit transfer options and helping students make informed decisions about their postsecondary education is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately 21,500 students transfer within Ontario institutions each year.
  • Ontario is investing $73.7 million toward credit transfer improvements between 2011 and 2016.
  • The province’s top five programs students transfer out of and into are business, health, social science, engineering and liberal arts/general arts.
  • Under the new database, a student majoring in business who wishes to transfer to another institution could save an average of $11,000 in tuition, with an additional $7,500 average savings to taxpayers.
  • The province has increased its investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion, or 80 per cent, since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has the highest postsecondary attainment rate in the OECD, with more than 65 per cent of adults in the province holding a postsecondary diploma or degree.

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QUOTES

“The progress we’ve made implementing a strong credit transfer system will lead to a more valuable and flexible postsecondary education for students across Ontario. The new course-to-course database will also save students time and money by giving them the information they need to avoid repeating courses.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“The new Course-to-Course Transfer Guide highlights the commitment of colleges and universities to create positive change. As a sector, we are developing a truly comprehensive credit transfer system in Ontario, one that will provide maximum benefit to students.”
— Dominic Giroux, co-chair of Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer’s Board of Directors, president and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University
“The Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer is the only organization in the province that brings together all colleges and universities to achieve a common goal to improve student mobility. This institutional collaboration is transforming the culture of credit transfer in Ontario.”
— Don Lovisa, co-chair of Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer‘s Board of Directors, president of Durham College

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

Tanya Blazina
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Tanya.Blazina@ontario.ca

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
http://www.ontario.ca/postsecondary

 


 

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Province Improving Online Learning‏

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Province Improving Online Learning

January 13, 2014

Ontario Giving Postsecondary Students More Flexibility

Ontario is creating a Centre of Excellence for Online Learning to give students across the province one window of access to high-quality, transferable online courses, while reducing course duplication.To launch in time for the 2015-16 school year, Ontario Online will improve collaboration between colleges and universities by minimizing duplication — allowing students to take the same, centralized online course. The online platform will also give students the flexibility to receive world-class instruction wherever and whenever works best for them. It will operate through three inter-related hubs:

  • The course hub will offer state-of-the-art online courses that are fully transferable between participating colleges and universities, giving students more options to earn credits and complete their education.
  • The instruction hub will allow institutions to develop and share best practices, research, and data on how best to teach online courses.
  • The support hub will provide academic and technical assistance to students, instructors, and institutions.

Supporting a world-class postsecondary education system that is a leader in innovation and online learning is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $42 million over three years to support the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Online Learning
  • In 2010, Ontario colleges and universities offered 18,000 online courses and had a half million online course registrations.
  • More than 555,000 full-time students were enrolled at Ontario colleges and universities last year — an increase of nearly 30 per cent compared to 2002-03.

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QUOTES

“Ontario Online will help make our province a leader in e-learning and will expand access to a world-class education for our students. By improving collaboration between our colleges and universities and giving students more choice in courses, we are continuing to transform our postsecondary education system into a worldwide leader in innovation.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“Over its history, the University of Waterloo has been a leader in online education and through the new Ontario Online initiative, we look forward to using this experience for the benefit of students throughout Ontario.”
— Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice chancellor, University of Waterloo

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

Tanya Blazina
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Tanya.Blazina@ontario.ca

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
http://www.ontario.ca/postsecondary

 


 

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Minister to Announce Supports for Healthier Schools‏

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Minister to Announce Supports for Healthier Schools

January 16, 2014

Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, will visit George Brown College to make an announcement about a new initiative that supports better health for Ontario’s high school students.

Date:               Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Time:               9:15 a.m.

Location:         George Brown College, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

St. James Campus

300 Adelaide St. East

Toronto

Adelaide Street East is a one-way eastbound street. The closest major intersection is Jarvis Street and Adelaide Street East.

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education


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Promoting Innovation in Ontario’s Colleges and Universities‏

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Promoting Innovation in Ontario’s Colleges and Universities

December 4, 2013

Province Supporting High Quality Postsecondary Education

Ontario is providing support for 120 projects at colleges and universities across the province through the Productivity and Innovation Fund to help them become more innovative while improving learning experiences for students.The projects focus on three key areas:

  • Redesigning courses to use more online and multimedia resources to enhance student learning, such as electronic textbooks and mobile-friendly online curriculum.
  • Helping colleges and universities focus on their unique strengths, such as academic programs and specific learning environments that support underrepresented student groups, in line withOntario’s Differentiation Policy Framework.
  • Encouraging collaboration among institutions to provide common services such as data storage, libraries and procurement.

Providing students with affordable, world-class postsecondary education that equips them with the skills they need to succeed is part of Ontario’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • The province will also be supporting 39 projects through the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant. The grant is available to 11 colleges to help them develop strategies that address key challenges, such as reducing energy and maintenance costs and improving data management and IT systems, so they can focus their resources on core priorities.
  • Ontario has created an additional 161,000 postsecondary student spaces since 2002-03. The province has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion, or 80 per cent, since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has the highest postsecondary attainment rate in the OECD, with more than 65 per cent of adults in Ontario holding a postsecondary credential.

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QUOTES

“We are working with our colleges and universities to make sure our postsecondary education system is sustainable and supports greater quality, international competitiveness and accountability. Through the Productivity and Innovation Fund and the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant, we will continue to build on the gains made in postsecondary education over the past 10 years.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“Ontario’s universities are always striving to improve the student experience. A highly educated workforce is key to Ontario’s economic recovery and international competitiveness. Universities in Ontario are the most productive in the country. The government’s investment in productivity and innovation will help universities deliver a world-class education with even greater efficiency.”
— Bonnie M. Patterson, President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities
“Today’s investments will enhance the on-going work in our colleges to increase productivity and further drive system innovations to train the next generation of highly educated and skilled workers for the new economy.”
— Bill Summers, Vice-President of Research and Policy, Colleges Ontario

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Gyula Kovacs
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Gyula.Kovacs@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
http://www.ontario.ca/postsecondary


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Get a Glimpse of the First Ever Self-Publishing Around The World Course at the University of Toronto

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Course Descriptions of Donna Kakonge’s Classes You Can Take

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Self-Publishing Around The World

Instructor: Donna Kakonge

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Course Description

Find out how to release your unpublished manuscript to the world. More and more established people and organizations are self-publishing. Learn how to publish your work in a cost-effective way that stands up to the rigour of traditional publishing. This course will expose you to the various online and print shop resources to make your work part of your financial plan. This course is also open to those who are looking to publish a book to give to friends and family.

Learning Outcomes

  • To learn how to self-edit your work
  • To learn how to self-publish your unpublished manuscript
  • To learn how to better market your self-publishing
  • To find out the various resources available to bring your book to a wide audience of readers
  • Finding out inexpensive and cost-effective ways to produce a book of quality
  • By end of class should have two hundred pages written

Prerequisites

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Education Labour Framework Bill Passes Second Reading

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Education Labour Framework Bill Passes Second Reading

December 3, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Fair, Effective Collective Bargaining Process

Today, Bill 122, the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013, passed second reading after debate in the Ontario legislature.If passed, the act would establish a clear process for addressing key issues and define the roles and responsibilities of all parties for future labour negotiations in the province’s education sector.

The proposed model would feature a central bargaining table where key issues with province-wide impacts would be negotiated. Local bargaining would continue to occur where school boards and local federations/unions would negotiate local issues.

Strengthening labour negotiations through fair and effective bargaining is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world class education.

QUICK FACTS

  • Management representation at a central table would consist of both government and provincial trustee associations. Employees would be represented by provincial unions or federations. Ratification would be required by all three parties — government, trustee associations and federations/unions — for any central agreement.
  • The Ontario government consulted extensively with trustee associations, school board staff, teachers’ federations and support staff unions on the development of the proposed legislation.
  • If passed, the proposed legislation would take effect in early 2014. Most existing collective agreements expire in August, 2014.

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“We developed this legislation after extensive consultations with our education partners. My commitment – and our government’s commitment – is to strengthen the relationships we have with these stakeholders. This legislation will help bring more clarity and consistency to future rounds of bargaining and allow us to move forward together.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education


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3Dreads and a Baldhead Arts Education Program‏

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Saddi Khali – Black Love Through a Lens
“Saddi Khali is one of the most cutting edge photographers in the black community right now. His talents mean that he travels all over the USA and has recently returned from a trip to South Africa. His art breaks boundaries while at the same time redefining what we see as self love. His photography makes looking in the mirror a far more pleasurable experience, forcing many of us to love the skin we’re in.” – Soul Train
Howdy 3Dreads and a Baldhead Community!
 

We are extremely proud to announce the return to Ottawa of Saddi Khali as the 3Dreads and a Baldhead ‘Artist in Residence’ from November 18th – November 30th to support the launch of ourArts Education Program with Poet in Residence –  John Akpata and Mixed Media Artist in Resident Kalkidan Assefa!

These three gentlemen have stepped out on faith with us to support creating a possibility for Black youth and young adult engagement through the Arts.  We have already seen the power of this possibility with our ‘Dear Ottawa’ project and our Poetry Mentorship program.
 
We invite individuals, community groups and schools to book Saddi.  Come out and see YOUR beauty!
“Black people need to see images of ourselves with humanity.  Women beautiful regardless of size, shape, or complexion.  Men strong, sensitive, present and loving.  Parents and children caring and happy.  Couples in love in warm intimate moments.  Us as lovers, sensual and sexy but not nasty even when we’re nasty.  This is not to say that other folks don’t need to see themselves in certain uplifting ways….but, I don’t know those ways.  I DO know how my folks are being fooled by and misrepresented in arts and media and I DO know how it’s affecting us.  So, all the work I do is in the intention of combatting that.” – saddi khali
 
Please contact us at 3dreads@gmail.com or visit www.3Dreads.com to book a session with Saddi or to see his Photograph walk schedule with BeMore Academy!
Come and Meet our Art Educators at
Fall Down Art Gallery (288 Bank Street), Thursday, November 28th, 8:00pmas we celebrate the new work of our brother Kalkidan!

Kalkidan Assefa – Mixed Media Artist in Residence
Kalkidan Assefa is a mixed-media visual artist and certified Artist-Educator. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but raised in Canada since the age of five, Kalkidan was drawing from a young age and attended Ottawa’s Canterbury High School in the Visual Arts program before going on to study Political Science at York University. Specializing in portraiture, figurative, and iconographic paintings on canvas, he is also proficiently trained in technical drawing, ink studies, illustration, ceramics, photography, collaging and murals. Kalkidan’s work is rooted in the Afro-diasporic experience and issues of identity, interconnectedness, and cultural adaptation are prominent themes of his work. He has been creating and exhibiting regularly for the past 5 years, working on collaborative projects and group exhibitions in Toronto as well as Washington DC and most recently in London, England with SUPAFRIK 2013. His past exhibitions include ‘From The Soul’ at the Royal Ontario Museum, and ‘anOther Antilles’ Film and Installation as part of TD’s “Then And Now”  series. He currently lives and produces work in Ottawa.
For more info please visit www.kalkidan-assefa.com.

 

Pride

 

 

John Akpata – Poet in Residence

John Akpata has been our Poetry Mentor for the past two years and he is an “OG” of Ottawa’s Poetry communities.
     John Akpata is the host of ‘Monday Night Scribes’ on CHUO 89.1 FM. Since January of 2004, John has hosted writers, reciters, MCs, poets and storytellers, to perform their work live on the air. John mixes Hip hop, Reggae, Spoken Word and politics with his live guest. John was nominated for Ottawa’s Golden Cherry Award for ‘Best Radio Show’ in 2005.  He is a member of the winning team from the 2010 Canadian Spoken Word Festival.
His newly released CD “John Akpata: LIve at Mercury Lounge” is his most recent accomplishment in a long line of them that also includes having run for political office in four Federal Elections to represent Ottawa-Centre.

 

 

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More Mental Health Services for University and College Students‏

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More Mental Health Services for University and College Students

October 4, 2013

Ontario Government Investing in Young People, Committed to Student Well-being

Ontario is launching a new mental health help line for college and university students as part of its Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

College and university students with concerns about student life, health or mental well-being can now call Good2Talk, a province-wide service that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a free, confidential and anonymous service that offers professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources.

Ontario is also supporting 10 new projects at colleges and universities that will improve access to high-quality mental health services and help identify mental health issues and connect students to supports faster.

Supporting postsecondary students’ education, health and well-being is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people. The province is also focused on investing in infrastructure and fostering a dynamic and innovative business environment.

QUICK FACTS

  • Good2Talk service is delivered by Kids Help Phone, ConnexOntario, 211Ontario, the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health and postsecondary institutions.
  • These investments are part of the multi-year $257 million Mental Health and Addictions Strategy announced in the 2011 Ontario Budget.
  • Ontario is also launching a Youth Suicide Prevention Plan that will provide training, tools and funding to help communities come together to prevent youth suicides, including a unique Aboriginal approach.

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“We want to let college and university students know they aren’t alone and that there is help. The new supports will help them have a healthy, productive transition to postsecondary institutions and deal with newfound independence, both on and off campus.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“Our Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is helping create opportunities for young Ontarians to enjoy a high quality of life and contribute to society. In addition to this great investment, we are empowering communities to develop practical, local solutions through our Youth Suicide Prevention Plan.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“On behalf of the Good2Talk/Allo J’écoute partners — ConnexOntario, Kids Help Phone, Ontario211 and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health — I’d like to recognize and thank the Government of Ontario for joining with us to develop this critical new resource for post-secondary students under the Ministry’s Health Innovation Fund.”
— Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-325-1625
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Gyula Kovacs
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Gyula.Kovacs@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
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Healthier Snacks and Meals on the Menu at More Ontario Schools

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Healthier Snacks and Meals on the Menu at More Ontario Schools

October 1, 2013

Province Expanding Student Nutrition Program to Help More Kids Get a Healthy Start

Ontario is helping more children and youth eat nutritious meals at school so they can be healthier, concentrate better and learn more effectively.

As part of the Healthy Kids Strategy, the province is investing an additional $3 million in Ontario’sStudent Nutrition Program to create more than 200 new breakfast and morning meal programs for approximately 33,000 kids in higher-needs communities, including First Nations communities.

This increased funding will also support the hiring of 14 food distribution and logistics co-ordinators across the province. Co-ordinators will work with new and existing programs to build stronger partnerships with local businesses and food distribution networks resulting in more efficient channels to purchase, transport and store food.

The Student Nutrition Program has been shown to influence overall student health and improve learning and behavioural outcomes. A recent research report found that more than three-quarters of high school students who eat breakfast regularly are on track to graduate, while suspension rates have decreased by half since the implementation of these programs.

Providing nutritious meals and snacks in more schools across the province supports the Ontario government’s efforts to give every child a healthy start in life. This is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across the province.

QUICK FACTS

  • As part of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy released in 2008, the government has more than doubled its support for the Student Nutrition Program to $17.9 million in 2012-13.
  • During the 2011-12 school year, over 690,000 elementary and secondary school students across the province benefited from more than 4,100 breakfast, lunch and snack programs.
  • The Healthy Kids Panel was appointed in May 2012 as part of the Action Plan for Health Care to advise the government on how to tackle childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario.

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QUOTES

“Nutritious snacks and meals are critical to the success of every child, so this expansion really is an investment in our families and our future. We want all Ontario children to reach their full potential and help build a stronger, more prosperous Ontario.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“The expansion of the Student Nutrition Program will benefit more than 30,000 kids so that they can get the nutritional boost they need to succeed at school. Our commitment to healthy food will help our kids get the best start to a healthy life.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“We know children are healthier and better able to concentrate and learn when they’re well nourished. This new investment is really important and will make sure that thousands more Ontario children and youth get a healthy start to the school day and are ready to learn.”
— Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto

CONTACTS

Nauman Khan
Minister’s Office
416-212-7159

Courtney Battistone
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

Public info line
1-866-821-7770

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
http://www.ontario.ca/children

 


 

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Northern Ontario’s First Law and Architecture Schools Open‏

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Northern Ontario’s First Law and Architecture Schools Open

September 4, 2013

Ontario Government Proud to Support Northern-Focused Programs

Premier Kathleen Wynne is attending the opening of two professional programs in Northern Ontario today, as part of her commitment to help young people in every part of the province prepare for promising careers.

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University’s School of Architecture in Sudbury are Northern Ontario’s first law and architecture schools, and the first of their kinds to open in the province in more than 40 years.

The schools will help Northern Ontario students enter the law and architecture professions, and study closer to their families and the communities where they grew up. There is currently a shortage of lawyers who specialize in Northern issues, and Lakehead’s new law school will help bridge that gap by focusing on issues such as access to justice in Northern and rural communities, as well as Aboriginal, natural resource and small- or single-practitioner law.

The Ontario government is committed to making smart investments that will help Northern Ontario’s economy grow and create more jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario government invested $1.5 million in Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law building, and $21 million in Laurentian’s new School of Architecture.
  • Approximately 57 per cent of Lakehead’s 60 new Faculty of Law students are from Northern Ontario. Laurentian’s inaugural School of Architecture class is comprised of 70 students.
  • Laurentian is the first Canadian school of architecture outside of Quebec to offer French programming. It also provides students with access to an Elder-in-residence, and several courses focused on Aboriginal teachings.

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QUOTES

“I want young people in every part of this province to be able to pursue their dreams, find great careers and give back to their communities. These two exciting programs bring new opportunities to a wonderful part of our province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“A post-secondary education continues to be one of the most important investments people can make in themselves and their future. Programs like these will help prepare students in the North for the global economy, give them better access to good jobs and help Ontario build the highly skilled and educated workforce it needs.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“These two new programs further establish Thunder Bay and Sudbury as destinations for specialized post-secondary education and training. Our government is so proud to be able to work with educational institutions in Northern Ontario to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to educate the workforce of tomorrow.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

 


 

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Education Test Scores Continue to Rise‏

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Education Test Scores Continue to Rise

August 28, 2013

Ontario Public Schools Preparing Students for Success

Ontario students continue to improve their achievement levels, with 71 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.

The latest test scores from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show more students than ever are gaining the skills they need for success in school and beyond. The number of students reaching the provincial standard has increased one percentage point compared to 2011-12 levels and 17 percentage points in comparison to 2002-03 levels, meaning over 150,000 more elementary students are reaching the standard than would have in 2002-03.

 

Grade 3 and 6 students whose first language is neither English nor French have particularly improved their test scores, narrowing the achievement gap with the general population by more than 80 per cent since 2002-03.

Giving students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond is part of the Ontario government’s plan to prepare young learners for a productive and successful future and build a fair and prosperous society.

QUICK FACTS

  • Students who speak neither English nor French as a first language also showed significant gains in Grade 9 Academic math, Grade 9 Applied math and on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, increasing by 26, 17 and 21 percentage points respectively since 2006.
  • In an international study by McKinsey & Co., “How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better,” Ontario’s education system was ranked as one of the best in the world.
  • The Education Quality and Accountability Office is an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government that has administered provincial assessments annually since 1996.
  • Ontario’s graduation rate increased to 83 per cent in 2011-12, up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.

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“We’re pleased with the significant gains in student achievement over the past 10 years, but we know there is still more to do. While it has been a challenging year, we are thankful for the hard work of students, teachers and parents to close gaps in achievement. We will continue to boost our efforts to help students in key areas like math so they can achieve their best.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
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The Learner – August 2013 Newsletter‏

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Publishing

 

 

New Book Published

Building Minds, Forging Bridges: Teaching in a Visually Littered World
Arianne Jennifer Rourke and Vaughan Rees (eds)

The 21st century learner is faced with an avalanche of visual imagery in the media and on the World Wide Web that enhances as well as distracts from learning. The 21st century educator in higher education needs to understand how to embrace visual culture and digital imagery to accelerate and deepen learning. This book provides a theoretical as well as practical basis for utilising visual imagery in teaching to build minds and forge bridges between the classroom and the learner’s real world experiences. Through an understanding of visual literacy, visual memory, colour theory, visual autobiography, the role of narrative and metaphor, semantic cues and prototypical examples, this book will explore how best to utilise visual imagery to promote meaningful active learning. It will also discuss how mobile eye tracking technology, mind maps and concept cartoons can be used to stimulate learning and promote critical independent thinking.

This title is now available in our online bookstore

Journal Issues Released

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following new issues:

– The International Journal of Adult, Community, and Professional Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 19,Issue 2 and Issue 3
– The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2
 

Conference

2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who particpated in the Twentieth International Conference on Learning in Rhodes, Greece held in partnership with the University of the Aegean, Rhodes. Over 450 scholars and professionals representing 35 countries were in attendance. Our schedule included stimulating plenary presentations by industry experts and scholars, along with a first-rate collection of parallel sessions.

The final conference program is now available online and can be found here.

Pictures taken by our staff during the conference as well as those submitted to us by delegates are now available for viewing on our conference Facebook Page. Visit and “like” our online community to peruse and tag images, receive information on future conferences, and connect with your colleagues to continue the dialogue online. Visit and like The Learner’s page at:https://www.facebook.com/TheLearner.CG

Thanks again to everyone who participated in and contributed to the Twentieth International Conference on Learning. This wonderful event would not have been possible without the support of the faculty and staff at The University of the Aegean at Rhodes, our Common Ground team, and of course the delegates.

Alumni Registration Available for 2014 Conference

 

The 2014 on Learning will take place from 15-17 July 2014 at the prestigious Landers College for Women at Touro University in New York City, United States.

Delegates and Student Delegates who have participated in past Learning Conferences are eligible to register with an Alumni Registration. The alumni registration is a $50 discount off the early registration or student registration.

For more information and to complete the alumni registration, visit the conference website.

 

Scholar

Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Student assessment occupies much of the space within educational policy and learning philosophy discussions these days. The issue poses a particularly tough challenge for the various massive open online course (MOOC) initiatives. The major platforms are expanding into course areas where check-the-box, right and wrong answers don’t provide meaningful feedback. Now the search is on for appropriate platforms that allow for effective responses and ratings for student work. Anne Margulies of Harvard University & edX said recently that assessment models for non-technical courses are, “probably the hottest topic on campus right now.”

The issue isn’t limited to humanities courses either…Read more on Scholar.

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis in the College of Education at the University of Illinois have written two relevant white papers exploring the theoretical basis for online learning environments such as Scholar:

e-Affordances: Or, How Can Learning Be Different in a ‘Social Knowledge’ Space? Found here.

Towards a New Learning: The ‘Scholar’ Social Knowledge Workspace, in Theory and Practice. Found here.

In This Issue

New Book Published

Journal Issues Released

2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Alumni Registration Available for 2014

Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

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Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions

Education Technology: Catching on at Last

News Corp. Introduces a New Kind of Interactivity to the Classroom

Stay Focused: New Research on How to Close the Achievement Gap

U.S. Spends Big on Education, But Results Lag Many Nations: OECD

 

 

 

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Higher Education Update – August 2013‏

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Growing higher education

Welcome to the new-look Higher Education Update.

We hear that around the world public trust in institutions continues to decline. In response, higher education systems and institutions continue to make progress in navigating and demonstrating quality in an increasingly competitive landscape. Onsite or online, assessment of the quality of higher education in Australia and the world remains critical.

The articles featured below address this and other key issues for the sector. Following the launch of ACER’s free online-only news hub, Research Developments, articles about ACER’s work are now all housed under one roof. Click on any of the article summaries featured in Higher Education Update to read the full article on a phone, tablet and desktop friendly website. I trust that you will find this reading thought-provoking.

For more information on ACER’s higher education research please visitwww.acer.edu.au/highereducation. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Email us athighereducation@acer.edu.au

Hamish Coates
Research Director, Higher Education
Australian Council for Educational Research

 

 

Features

Taking higher education assessment from the boutique to eBay

The move to massive open online courses reflects the shift of higher education to an eBay approach to curriculum and teaching, but assessment remains a boutique enterprise, as Hamish Coates explains.

Growing attainment in higher education

Australia has seen significant growth in university enrolments in recent years, with private providers contributing to national aims of increasing attainment, as Daniel Edwards explains.

Profiling the diversity of Australian universities

A comprehensive new collection of university profiles is making it possible to measure the diversity of Australia’s higher education system, as Hamish Coates explains.

In other news

Measuring the quality of medical training
ACER’s work with General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) is measuring the satisfaction of registrars with the quality of their general practice (GP) training and training providers, and with their career progression.

Leaving home to study
An ACER analysis of Census data shows Australian university students have become increasingly more likely to relocate for university during this century and are more mobile than the general population.

Australian students rate their university experience positively
Results from the largest survey of Australian university students ever conducted reveal that 80 per cent of students rate the quality of their educational experience as good or excellent.

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Statement by Minister on Toronto District School Board’s Capital Planning‏

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Statement by Minister on Toronto District School Board’s Capital Planning

July 11, 2013

Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement today about capital planning in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB):”I would like to thank the special assistance team – Bill Hogarth and Ralph Benson – for working with the TDSB to help them address capital and operating challenges.

Together, they have made significant progress in developing a strategic approach to capital planning that is consistent with the Ministry of Education’s priorities. As a result, we are lifting the freeze on capital funding for the board. This will allow the TDSB to once again develop and submit capital project proposals and business cases to the ministry, which will be considered alongside capital proposals from school boards across the province.

While the TDSB has benefited from the advice of the special assistance team and recently approved a balanced operating and capital budget for 2013-14 and a three-year capital plan, the team’s report makes it clear that there is much more work to do. For example, the board has not yet moved forward on numerous cost-saving recommendations from the PricewaterhouseCoopers report that was completed last November. It is vital that the TDSB build on the good work they have done with the special assistance team and continue to seek further opportunities for improvement.

Once again, I thank Mr. Hogarth and Mr. Benson for their dedication, hard work and assistance. Our government remains committed to working with the TDSB toward our shared goals of ensuring sound financial management and providing our students with the best possible education.”

Read the TDSB Special Assistance Team’s Report.

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education

 


 

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