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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wisdom for the Academy

Here are a bunch of entries from my Bloglines account that deal with various aspects of life in the academy.

That's all for now...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Gaming Entries

So, it has been a while since I posted one of these, so here is what I have in Bloglines account for gaming right now.

And now a whole bunch from Research Quest .

Until next time...

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Call for Proposals - Open and Distance Learning in the South Pacific

Given that I am a member of DEANZ, I figured that I should post this call...

Open and Distance Learning in the South Pacific: Cultures - Collaborations - Cognitions - Communities

11 to 14 November 2007

Lincoln University, New Zealand

Participants are invited to present papers reflecting on the role of open and distance learning pedagogy, technologies, systems, policies and providers in

- respecting cultures,
- enabling collaborations,
- cognitions: building knowledge and managing learning, and
- valuing and sustaining communities

Authors are invited to submit the following types of papers to the conference:

Full papers for double blind review: (3000-4000 words); Workshops: (three hours); Abstracts only (non peer reviewed): (300-400 words).

The deadline for papers and workshops is June 15th.

Enquiries: c.brook@ecu.edu.au

Submission details can be located at: http://www.odlaa2007.info

The ODLAA 2007 conference is brought to you by ODLAA (www.odlaa.org) in association with DEANZ (www.deanz.org.nz)

Please forward to other people who might find this of interest.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

SCoPE - Serious Games and Virtual Worlds

I got this in my inbox today and figured that some of my readers interested in gaming might enjoy this...

SCoPE - Serious Games and Virtual Worlds
by Sylvia Currie - Monday, 9 April 2007, 10:58 PM

The Serious Games and Virtual Worlds seminar facilitated by Tia Carr Williams and Therese Weel is well underway. Remember that newcomers, latecomers, lurkers, and passersby are always welcome in SCoPE!

We have a number of events and hands-on opportunities planned for the next couple of weeks. Here is a glimpse. Check the seminar event list and discussions for details and updates:


*TOMORROW* April 10th Conversation with Ron Edwards, CEO of Ambient Performance on Borocay Island in Second Life (12:00 PDT, 19:00 GMT)

April 13th Remote and simulated, the new laboratory in town with Samia Khan (12:00 PDT, 19:00 GMT)

April 16th Explore 3d environments for K-12 science and social studies with Margaret Corbit (8:00 PDT, 15:00 GMT)

April 17th Tour of Mapping CURA/BCcampus in Second Life with Dan O'Reilly (10:00 PDT, 17:00 GMT)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Last Reminder: ED-MEDIA 2007 Call (Vancouver) Due April 12

Please forward to a colleague


World Conference on Educational Multimedia,
Hypermedia & Telecommunications

June 25-29, 2007 * Vancouver, BC Canada


** Submissions Due: April 12, 2007 **

Organized by
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print; 200kb)

CONTENTS & LINKS (details below)

1. Call for Papers and Submission & Presenter Guidelines:

2. Major Topics: www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/topics.htm

3. Presentation Categories: http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/categories.htm
4. NEW: Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions:

5. Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations:

6. Proceedings & Paper Awards: http://www.aace.org/pubs
7. For Budgeting Purposes: http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/rates.htm

8. Vancouver, Canada: http://www.aace.org/conf/Cities/Vancouver/
9. Deadlines: http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/deadlines.htm


ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia &
Telecommunications is an international conference, sponsored by the
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This
annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion
and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications
on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and
telecommunications/distance education.

ED-MEDIA, the premiere international conference in the field, spans all
disciplines and levels of education and attracts more than 1,500 attendees
from over 60 countries. We invite you to attend ED-MEDIA and submit
proposals for presentations.

This Final Call for Presentations is offered for those who were:
- unable to meet the first deadline for submissions in December, or
- were not ready to present a finished paper or project, or
- have a work-in-progress topic to present, and
- do not yet have a proposal accepted for presentation.

All presentation proposals are peer-reviewed and selected by three
reviewers on the respected Program Committee for inclusion in the
conference program, Proceedings (book and CD-ROM formats) and
EdITLib (Education and Information Technology Digital Library),

We invite you to attend the ED-MEDIA Conference and submit proposals for
these presentation categories: http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/categories.htm

Full & Brief Papers
Best Practices
Best Practices
Student Panels (NEW)
Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations

These Final Call presentation categories have been quite popular
especially for the efficient
exchange of information about on-going research, applications, and projects.

For Call for Presentations, connect to:

All authors MUST follow the submission guidelines and complete the Web form at:

For Presentation and AV Guidelines, see:

* Keynote Speakers
* Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers
* Panels
* Best Practices
* Symposia
* Demonstrations/Posters
* Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations
* Tutorials/Workshops
* Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions
* Roundtables


The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following
major topics as they relate to the educational and developmental aspects of
multimedia/hypermedia and telecommunications.

For ALL subtopics, please see:

1. Infrastructure: (in the large)
2. Tools & Content-oriented Applications:
3. New Roles of the Instructor & Learner:
4. Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI):
5. Cases & Projects:
6. Special Strand: ** Universal Web Accessibility **

The Technical Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful
designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information.

Student Panel Dissertation Help Sessions
Submissions are invited for the ED-MEDIA Student Panel Dissertation
Help Sessions (DHS). The DHS will provide an opportunity for students
at any stage in their graduate studies (ie. Masters, EdD, or PhD
level) to present their work to an audience of peers and faculty.
This will be a friendly and constructive event designed to provide
participants with valuable feedback on their dissertation effort from
leading professors and a variety of peers.


Companies have the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss their educational
technology products and services in through Corporate Showcases and

Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Proceedings Book and
on CD-ROM.
Proceedings in this series serve as major resources in the multimedia/
hypermedia/telecommunications community, reflecting the current state of
the art in the discipline. In addition, the Proceedings also are
internationally distributed through and archived in the Education and
Information Technology Digital Library, http://www.EdITLib.org

Selected papers may be invited for publication in may be invited for
publication in AACE's respected journals especially in the
- Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (JEMH),
- International Journal on E-Learning (IJEJ), or
- Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR).

All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within
several categories.
Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the AACE journals.


The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be
approximately $395 U.S. (AACE members), $450 U.S. (non-members).
Registration includes proceedings on CD, receptions, and all sessions
except tutorials. The conference dinner will be an extra fee.

All conference sessions will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall
Centre Hotel (http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/hotel.htm). The
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is Vancouver's premier hotel - ideally
located in the heart of the city's business, financial and shopping
districts - with magnificent views of the
mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Special discount hotel and airline
rates have been obtained for ED-MEDIA participants.


Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city with a cosmopolitan flair set in a
spectacular natural environment. Nestled between majestic mountains and
sparkling ocean, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

For further Vancouver information see:


Final Call Submissions Due: April 12, 2007
Final Call Authors Notified: April 20, 2007
Proceedings Files Due: May 2, 2007
Early Registration: May 2, 2007
Hotel Reservations: May 25, 2007
Conference: June 25-29, 2007

To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link
to http://www.aace.org/info.htm

If you have a question about ED-MEDIA, please send an e-mail to
AACE Conference Services, conf@aace.org

AACE--Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
P.O. Box 1545
Chesapeake, Virginia 23327 USA
Phone: 757-366-5606 * Fax: 703-997-8760
E-mail: conf@aace.org * http://www.AACE.org

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INFO - Invitation to CIDER session - 13 April 2007

A message fom cade-aced@csse.ca.

INFO - Invitation to CIDER session - 13 April 2007

Dear CADE/ AMTEC Member,

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. The session features a presentation and discussion with Julie Dixon, a Ph.D. candidate at OISE, University of Toronto, and facilitator at Brock University, Faculty of Education.

Topic: Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online

Session Details:
In this presentation, Julie explores the concept of transactional distance (Moore, 1993), which relates to the psychologically perceived distance that exists in all learning relationships and can be more evident and potentially problematic in online learning environments. Julie shares her research into the potential of icebreaker activities to ameliorate the transactional distance experienced by undergraduate students and instructors in online learning environments. Early results from the research have been positive and have led to recommendations for practice. To JOIN the session, please click on the link below within 30 minutes of the start time.

When: Friday, April 13th, 2007
Start: 11:00am – 12pm Mountain Time
Where: Online via Elluminate at: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.8B71B60F2931D029AC3837DC06B70D

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. As well, your web cam will work if you are attending the session on a PC.


Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Please don't wait until the day of the session to do this. Elluminate Live! is a Java application, so there may be a download to your Mac or PC the first time you use the software. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at http://www.elluminate.com/support/ in the “First Time Users” section. If you need assistance, please contact Elluminate’s help desk from http://www.elluminate.com/support-portal/ or 866-388-8674 x2.

The session will be recorded and available for future playback from http://cider.athabascau.ca/

Thanks to Elluminate Live! for providing technical support for this series.

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