April 14, 2009

Communicate your Passion to the World

How can college research findings be disseminated more widely and in a better way? What is the best way to get research publicized and recognized? ARC’s current work on the history of college research shows that it is faced with two major challenges: the introduction of college research into collaborative networks and the widespread dissemination of research findings in full. Is it possible to expand the reach of research and innovation using all the resources, in particular IT, that are available to the college network? This spring, the Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC) invites you to discuss these issues with people who share your passion for research, including renowned international expert Daniel Jacobi, who is a professor at the Université d’Avignon.

At the 77th Acfas Convention, ARC will hold a colloquium entitled La recherche collégiale : son évolution, sa diffusion, son avenir [The Evolution, Dissemination and Future of College Research]. What is the profile of college researchers’ publication habits? What are the scientific benefits of college research? What are the external and internal conditions that make it possible to publicize the results of research work and discoveries on a large scale? In addition to discussions on these issues, the ARC colloquium will feature some 30 scientific posters produced by about fifty researchers. The poster uses a combination of text and image in conjunction with an oral presentation to transmit research findings quickly and effectively. Furthermore, a poster communications session provides a multitude of opportunities for meeting and discussion, which promotes networking and leads to more idea-sharing than is possible in an oral communications session. Barrette, Charles, d’Apollonia, Lasry, Whittaker, Lesage, Raîche, Riopel, Sodoke and Beland will be present to describe how to use information and communication technologies to implement collaborative teaching activities or gain a better understanding of students’ cognitive models:

  • Using research, expertise and professional practice together in order to integrate information and communication technologies into a teaching/learning environment
  • Promoting student collaboration in class and on online networks
  • Using Pathfinder (MacKnot) to study how students organize concepts in biology, physics and chemistry
  • Two Heads are Better Than One!
  • Educational models for distance evaluation

The colloquium will also be an occasion to ask ourselves whether IT could contribute to better dissemination of college research and its findings.

Poster of the 77th Afcas Convention

The 77th Acfas Convention and the ARC colloquium will be taking place at the University of Ottawa. This year, for the first time, the ARC colloquium will be preceded by a precolloquium, where networking and expertise-sharing will be front and centre, and which will take place at La Cité collégiale, also in Ottawa. Guided tours of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (IMS) of the National Research Council (NRC) and the research infrastructures of La Cité collégiale, sessions on motivation-related factors affecting research, on constraints on the publication of findings or on aspects of research dissemination that are not strictly scientific are scheduled. Could more be done? Could it be done in better ways? Rendez-vous in Ottawa at tulip time on Wednesday, May 13 for the ARC colloquium and the day before, May 12, for the precolloquium! Until then, you can submit any questions or suggestions you may have for participants right here, in Profweb …

Translator: Jim Edwards
Copy Editor: Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood

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