March 8, 2011

Let Passion Speak!

This text was initially published by Profweb under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence, before Eductive was launched.

As part of the 79th Acfas Convention, ARC will be holding a colloquium called Le nouveau mode de production des savoirs, des technologies et des pratiques : enjeu du développement de la recherche collégiale (The New Mode of Production in Knowledge, Technologies and Practices: The Issue of College Research Development). In the past few decades, the world of research has undergone major transformations: growing interdisciplinarity, examination of problems framed from both practical and scientific perspectives, expertise sharing, higher and higher levels of specialization, and dissemination of research findings both within a disciplinary framework and through collaborative networks. Furthermore, research funding opportunities are reflecting these characteristics more and more, which puts researchers under considerable pressure. In “Moving on to Research 2.0!,” we identify differences in the ways in which this mode is applied, depending on whether scientific research, scientific or technological innovation, social or organizational innovation, or innovation in teaching/learning is involved. Can it be said that college research has now taken firm steps in this direction? If not, could it be because the players involved in college-level teaching have called the new mode into question as a result of factors such as their working conditions and  the results expected from them, for example? In scientific, technological and administrative terms, what difficulties are encountered? Finally, over the next few years, what projects will need to be undertaken in college research?

Poster of the 79th Acfas Convention

In addition to discussions on the above issues, the ARC colloquium will feature some twenty scientific posters produced by more than fifty researchers. Have you ever attended a colloquium or conference featuring poster presentations? Come discover that poster presentations combine images with texts, both written and oral, as a quick, effective way of communicating the results of research projects. For two hours, the poster presentation session will offer plenty of opportunities for meeting and sharing ideas; this will promote networking and generate more discussion than just a simple oral communication session. Ann Ménard, Catherine Fichten, Jennison Asuncion, Jillian Budd, Maria Barile, Mai Nhu Nguyen, Anthony Tibbs, Chris Gaulin, Rhonda Amsel, Elizabeth Charles, Chris WhittakerNathaniel Lasry, Monique Caron-Bouchard, Katerine Deslauriers, Carl Perrault, Michel Pronovost, Caroline Quesnel, Samuel Fournier St-Laurent, Silvia d’Apollonia,Helena Dedic, Christina Desimone and Steven Rosenfield will be on hand to discuss research on the integration of information and communication technologies into college teaching. Don’t miss their presentations:

  • La communication éducatrice-parents immigrants dans un service de garde à la petite enfance à l’ère du multimédia(Communication between teachers and immigrant parents in an early childhood day care centre in the multimedia era)
  • Les étudiants en situation de handicap dans les universités et collèges canadiens et leur utilisation des médias sociaux(Disabled students in Canadian universities and colleges and their use of the social media)
  • L’espace a-t-il de l’importance? Exploration du rôle de l’approche pédagogique et de l’environnement d’apprentissage(Is space important? An exploration of the role of the teaching/learning approach and the learning environment)
  • Les outils virtuels de correction de la langue contribuent-ils à l’amélioration de la qualité du français des collégiens?(Does language correction software help improve the quality of college students’ French?)
  • Validation du développement d’un logiciel de design pédagogique selon une approche centrée sur les utilisateurs(Validation of the development of an educational design software program through a user-centred approach)
  • L’influence de la réalisation collective de cartes conceptuelles sur l’apprentissage significatif de la biologie(The impact of collaborative concept map production on meaningful learning in biology)

Come meet these researchers, college network members or interorder research teams and talk with them about their most recent discoveries, innovations or adaptations! And while you’re at it, come hear the winners of the ARC Student Awards and participate in the launching of La recherche collégiale : 40 ans de passion scientifique (College Research: 40 Years of Scientific Passion).

The 79th Acfas Convention is organized jointly by the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University. So rendezvous in the Estrie on Monday, May 9 for the ARC colloquium and special activities! Do the posters to be displayed at the ARC colloquium reflect what is known as the new mode of production for knowledge, technologies and practices? Discuss this issue yourself, right here…in Profweb!

Translation by Jim Edwards and revision by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood

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