February 10, 2009

L’AQPC – Forever Green!

Trois Rivières is the setting for this year’s AQPC Symposium which has ‘Toward Learning That Lasts’ as its theme and two hosts, Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Collège Laflèche.

Greener Than Ever!

Following last year’s ‘green machine’, this year’s organizing committee wants to make the annual event ‘forever green’! Information and Communication Technology is naturally a key strategy to minimize the ecological footprint of the colloquium.

Participants are requested to bring their portable computer or USB key to take advantage of High-speed Internet access available at most of the lodging options as well as at posts within the meeting site to allow downloads of workshop documentation.

The organizing committee has made lodging arrangements with six major hotels several minutes from downtown. A shuttle service will run between them and the meetings throughout the event.

The emphasis on the environment carries through to participant activities, particularly communiqués dealing with communities of practice for environmental education and the Concours intercollégial Pédagogie-environnement, a provincewide student competition to promote innovation in that field.

Technology at the Leading Edge!

Even though the content of the program is still under development, considerable information on the role of technology in teaching is already in evidence.

Examples include results of studies on the efficiency of IT, the evaluation of ‘technopedagogical’ skills in teachers, the use of social networking software, the use of wikis to consolidate knowledge, clickers in the classroom, the InukTIC Site and new software and products from CCDMD, Profweb, Cégep à distance and DECclic.

Christopher Knapper

English Content Galore!

This year’s meeting continues the trend of recent years to have a progressively increasing amount of English content. Currently, the goal is to have at least two workshops in English during each of the meeting periods. Furthermore, one of the plenary sessions ‘Teaching for Deeper and Lifelong Learning’ will be presented in English by Christopher Knapper, professor emeritus of Queen’s University.

Aline Germain-Rutherford

Other plenary sessions promise to be equally interesting. Presentations will be given by Georges Leroux, professor emeritus at  l’UQÀM, Aline Germain-Rutherford, professor at University of Ottawa, Nathaniel Lasry, professor at John Abbott College, Jean Proulx, professor at Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Christa Olson, Associate Director of International Initiatives of the American Council of Education.

Readers are warmly invited to visit the AQPC website. The content in English is rich and inviting. A detailed program of events should be posted next month. The members of the Organizing Committee encourage you to use the Reader Response Feature to make suggestions to help ensure that this symposium remains one of the key events of the college year.

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