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March 27, 2015 | Event Poster

Book Launch and Celebrating Adult Learners' Week

On April 2, at 4pm at the John Molson School of Business, the Great Concordian Maïr Verthuy will celebrate the launch of Last Step, a cozy urban mystery penned by Gwyneth Williams. The Department of Education and the Office for Community Engagement are pleased to invite you to celebrate adult learners across the country and the joy of learning throughout life which includes the joy of reading, writing and creativity. RSVP via or at 514 848 2424 ext. 5895.

March 10, 2015 | Event Poster

Large, and Very Very Large Games Classes - MMOGs

On March 25, at 4pm at Université de Montréal, Associate Professor Sean Gouglas from the University of Alberta three successes (and one lovely failure) in increasing student engagement in games courses that students may take the course in one of three ways, all taught concurrently: an in-class version with 36 students, an online version with 400 students, and a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) version through Coursera where students participated with 25 000 of their closest friends.

March 10, 2015 | Event Poster

Crowdsourcing a Female Hero in Bioware's Mass Effect

On March 26, at 3pm in the Hall Building, Associate Professor Sean Gouglas from the University of Alberta presents an investigation of the significant attachment players have to their avatars in computer games, how they invest in those characters, and how game designers facilitate that attachment. Specifically, the presentation will explore in detail public reaction to BioWare's campaign to place the female protagonist (nicknamed FemShep) from the Mass Effect universe on the Collector's Edition boxart for the game, Mass Effect 3.

March 10, 2015 | OICRM Colloqium

The Kvlt Life of a Metalhead Academic

As invited speaker at a colloquium presented by the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique, Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh will speak about the development of an interdisciplinary research program that looks at the various factors impacting identities in the global extreme metal music scene, and will describe how themes of darkness, destruction, self-harm, xenophobia and dystopia blur consumption-related boundaries between musicians, fans, visual artists and journalists in the extreme metal music scene.

March 10, 2015 | Event Poster

Using Oral History to Break Down Barriers

Presented by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Carold Institute, this learning circle — led by Stacey Zembrzycki, author, editor, researcher, and teacher, will lead a reflection on the sustained conversation that took place throughout a collaborative oral history workshop held back in May 2009 and a discussion about the ways that it impacted its facilitators, teachers, and participants.

March 5, 2015 | Event Poster

Participative Theatre as a tool in Adult Education

Presented by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Carold Institute, this learning circle — led by Luc Gaudet, founder of Mise au jeu, a Montreal-based participatory theatre group — will explore, experiment and discuss various tools linked to participatory theatre as ways to conduct adult education efficient processes. The presentation will include theoretical references to the Theatre of the Oppressed and will explore how Mise au jeu applies this approach in various community set ups. No theatrical experience required. Fun allowed!

February 27, 2015 | Concordia University Magazine - Winter 2015

Yoga: Relaxation 101

In an article by Louise Morgan in the Winter 2015 edition of Concordia University Magazine on the growing significance of Yoga, Professor Emeritus Lois Baron explains how yoga can be seen as a critical life skill, helping student learn to manage stress through all kinds of techniques that can be transfered to the classroom, such as visualisations, slow movements, breathing, reading and worry jars. The benefits are both physiological and psychological and can be catered to individual students, including those presenting with anxiety-related disorders.

February 27, 2015 | Concordia University Magazine - Winter 2015

Improving Literacy and Transferring Knowlege

Educational Technology instructor Ofra Aslan is featured in an article entitled "Storytelling: A Mode to Better Writing" in the Winter 2015 edition of Concordia University Magazine, alongside her former PhD thesis supervisor, Department Chair Richard Schmid. Aslan's study was the first to look at the impact of oral language on writing in young children, and it found that storytellers became better writers, and that storytelling contributed to improved literary. In the same article, Professor Richard Schmid also shares his view on the role of research as informing how we ought to move forward in a positive, collective fashion.

February 16, 2015

In Memoriam - Harold Entwistle 1923-2015

Born in 1923 in Manchester England and died on February 7, 2015, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, after having taught at Concordia's Department of Education from 1969 to 1993, Dr. Harold Entwistle will be remembered by many. Read more about his life and career from an extract of a biographical essay prepared by Dr. Entwistle with Dr. Sandra Bruneau.

January 28, 2015 | McNally Robinson Publishers

Exploring Armenian history through one family's story

In her book A Requiem, Armenian Style, Winnipeg-based author Ruth Hodder revisits her Armenian background and retells her family history, marked in part by religion and Alzheimer's. Hodder's very first book, published in 2012 in English, had its French translation published in November 2014. Associate Professor Arpi Hamalian aided the author in translating her grandmother's journals written in Armenian. The subject of Armenian history returns to the forefront this year as it is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

February 5, 2015 | Radio-Canada website

ERRATUM: Kanishka Project NOT slotted for termination

Radio Canada news report on the possible termination of the federal government's Kanishka program. Kanishka is an initiative supporting research on counterterrorism that provided funding for development by Venkatesh and his team of a web portal designed to sensitize Canadian youth to the dangers of hate speech. Venkatesh and his collaborators' funding is not affected by the termination of this program; their web portal is scheduled for a launch in the Summer of 2016.

January 8, 2015 | Concordia Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

Award-winning book features contributions by assistant professor Hourig Attarian

Concordia's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling affiliates Anna Sheftel and Stacey Zembrzycki have won this year’s OHA Book Award for their 2013 Palgrave publication, "Oral History off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice". This award recognizes published books that make significant contributions to comtemporary oral history scholarship. Congratulations extended to the book's many other COHDS-affiliated contributors to this book including the Department of Education's new assistant professor Hourig Attarian.

December 18, 2014 | CBC Radio - Maritime Noon

Politically Incorrect Toys - What's an Offensive Toy?

Following Toys "R" Us pulling the infamous Breaking Bad action figures off the shelves, Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra Chang-Kredl was interviewed to talk about toys, their effects on children, and whether they should be politically correct. Listen to the interview online; the interview with Dr. Chang-Kredl begins about 16 minutes into the podcast.

December 10, 2014 | Concordia Alumni & Friends

Observation Nursery seeks new equipment through a fundraising campaign

In August 2015, the Concordia Department of Education Observation Nursery will move to a new location in the Grey Nuns Building, where there will be lots of space both indoors and outdoors for the children to play and for their parents to talk with one another. The Observation Nursery is a facility where students and researchers from the Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Child Studies programs observe how young children learn through play and learn to communicate with parents. All contributions are most welcome and greatly appreciated. All donors will be invited to see the completed project in the late summer or early fall of 2015, and a special thank you letter from parents and children from the nursery.

November 27, 2014 | Concordia News

CSLP at the crossroads of technological and theoretical frontiers

Le Fonds de recherche du Québec, under its Société et culture Regroupements stratégiques initiative, has funded the CSLP to the tune of nearly $1.5 million this fall to support its numerous innovative ventures. Associate Professor David Waddington affirms that bridging the gap between technological practice and pedagogical theory is crucial, and talks about refining and reinvigorating traditional educational theories in the context of emerging technologies. CSLP director Philip Abrami explains how the "Learning Tool Kit" software has gone global and has evolved into a full suite of programs that cover math and literacy but also develop communication, goal setting and critical thinking. Associate Professor Laura Collins talks about informing second language teaching now that we better understand that the true importance of second languages lies in being understood. CSLP member and UQAM professor Julien Mercier states the importance of learning about both the affective and cognitive states that are conducive to learning, in order to to maintain and induce these emotions and cognitive dispositions.

November 13, 2014 | The Times Literary Supplement

Nina Howe restores her father Irving Howe's voice

Nina Howe, Professor in Early Childhood Education and researchers with Concordia's Centre for Research in Human Development, has assembled a collection of her father's essays to revive the prominence once held by this New York intellectual's voice. The algemeiner, the New York Times, and the Times Literary Supplement each offer a review of what this new publication brings after more than half a century of social and political change.

November 6, 2014 | Concordia News

Encouraging Early Childhood Educators to Innovate

Part-time instructor Fiona Rowlands quickly realized that she could impact more people by teaching future educators than by working with children. She spends three mornings a week as the head teacher at the Department of Education's Observational Nursery. "The department has given me a lot of latitude to incorporate my own personal philosophy." Her approach to teaching centres on the importance of free play and movement. Rowlands believes that it's essential to accommodate students who are better at acquiring information when they’re active. Rowlands teaches a course called "Exploring Movement with Children" to undergraduates enrolled in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education program.

October 20, 2014 | Concordia News

Social Media as a Space for Peace - M. Ayaz Naseem reflects on his professorship at Georg Eckert Institute

Associate Professor M. Ayaz Naseem was in Braunschweig, Germany in summer 2013 and summer 2014 as the First Georg Arnhold Research Professor at the venerable Georg Eckert Institute. During his stay, he worked on a book manuscript entitled The Digital Commons and Commoners: Exploring The Potential of Social Media For Sustainable Peace, and a co-edited volume, Peace 2.0: Social Media as a Space for Peace Education (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Germany, 2015). The First Arnhold Symposium brought together a diverse group of scholars, practitioners, policy makers and social media analysts interested in how social media can be used in the service of sustainable peace education. The three main themes of the symposium were the conceptualization of social media as a space for peace; explorations of social media as pedagogical intervention; and policy dynamics. Discussion was wide-ranging.

October 3, 2014

Information Sessions for Prospective Education PhD Students at Concordia

Are you considering doctoral studies in Education at Concordia University? Then attend one of the information sessions to learn more about the PhD curriculum, the specializations in doctoral studies in education at Concordia, other developmental opportunities that Concordia offers, and our admissions process. Time is also available to answer your questions.

  • OPTION 1: FACE-TO-FACE EVENT: No RSVP required. Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-6:30pm 1400 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest Room LB-559-6 (5th floor, follow the signs)
  • OPTION 2: LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT: Conducted entirely online, RSVP is required: Friday, October 24, 10-11am Eastern Time. To RSVP: Send an email with the subject line "RSVP for PhD Information Session" to, and include your name, location, and information about your master's degree. After we receive your RSVP, you will receive sign-on instructions.

September 12, 2014 | Concordia News

New Dean, New Vision for the Faculty of Arts and Science

Starting August 1, André Roy takes the helm of the Faculty of Arts and Science with a focus on interdisciplinary thinking. "We need a collective definition of who we are, and we need a common ground in terms of how we accomplish our mission," explains Roy, and "listening is key." Roy comes to Concordia from the University of Waterloo where he had been dean of the Faculty of Environment since 2011. Roy was a professor at Université de Montréal from 1982 to 2011. He was chair of the Department of Geography from 1994 to 2000 and the interim chair from 2004 to 2005, as well as associate dean of research in the university’s Faculty of Arts and Science from 2006 to 2008. Dean Roy hopes to maintain his research profile while directing Concordia’s biggest faculty. Roy has published well over 100 papers in international journals, and he remains a very active member of the scientific community.

July 11, 2014 | Concordia News

Recently Published Study about How Siblings Learn from One Another

A new study recently published in the Journal of Cognition and Development by Professor Nina Howe studied how siblings interact in their natural setting: their home. "The extent and what would go on surprised us. While it was sometimes brief, it was sometimes quite extended," she says. "Something else that surprised us was what was being taught," she adds. Older children often like to teach procedural knowledge (i.e. how to build a tower of bricks) but Howe's study found that younger siblings are also asking for conceptual knowledge (i.e. telling the difference between a circle and a square). Howe suggests that uninterrupted playtime between siblings is key for learning.

The study has merited some additional media attention, namely, ScienceXpress, and The Business Standard. And more recently (November 2014), in Decoded Parenting.

July 8, 2014 | MCLL Conference Website

Lifelong Learning Conference Keynote Address by Arpi Hamalian

On August 20, 2014, the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning Conference "Celebrating Lifelong Learning" will feature a keynote address by Concordia Department of Education's own Arpi Hamalian entitled "Learning - A True Treasure Hunt". Associate Professor Hamalian has served as chair of the Department of Education, director of the graduate programs in both Educational Studies and Adult Education,and principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia’s internationally renowned women’s studies college. The conference celebrates the success of seniors programs in Quebec and offers a forum for organizations invested in fostering lifelong learning.

June 2, 2014 | Public Safety Canada Website

Kanishka Grant Winners to Develop Curricula that Builds Resilience

Funded to the tune of $172,340 over two years, this multidisciplinary project, led by Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh, will develop and evaluate curricula and multimedia material specifically targeted towards Canadian youth in elementary, secondary and post-secondary contexts and designed to prevent hate speech inciting violence and violent extremism. Core themes will include digital literacy, the ability to critically assess and question online content, and social cohesion in context of fostering dialogue on divisive subjects. Other researchers involved in the project are Robert McGray, Tieja Thomas, & Jihan Rabah (as PIs), as well as Zeynep Arsel, Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Juan Carlos Castro, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Sarmista Das, Nicole Fournier-Sylvester, Christopher Moore, Ayaz Naseem, Jeffrey Podoshen, Ketra Schmitt, Kamran Shaikh, Jason Wallin, and Yong Zeng (as Co-PIs).

May 20, 2014

2nd prize at the Carleton University Development 2014 Conference

Alyssa Scirocco, a student in the MA in Child Studies program, was awarded a second place prize for her paper presentation at the Development 2014 conference held at Carleton University on May 8-9. The title of her talk was "Mother-child conversations about hurting friends and siblings as unique contexts for children's moral development". Alyssa is supervised by Assistant Professor Holly Recchia.

May 20, 2014 | Concordia Alumni & Friends

MEGA Brands donates toys to the Doe Observation Nursery

"We thank MEGA Brands for their very generous donation of construction toys, games and puzzles. The kids love them!" says Fiona Rowlands, head teacher at the Observation Nursery. The Observation Nursery is a model school that embeds learning into play — and provides a living lab for student teachers in the Early Childhood Education program. The nursery will expand in 2015, when it moves to new digs on two floors at the Grey Nuns Annex.

May 15, 2014 | Concordia Alumni & Friends

Associate Professor Carliner recognized for excellence in teaching

The Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to a member of Concordia’s teaching staff who has shown superior knowledge, teaching ability and accessibility to students. Dr. Carliner's teaching has previous been recognized with multiple awards, research grants and fellowships, and he is a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction at Concordia. He now adds the 2014 Alumni Awared for Excellence in Teaching to his list of awards.

April 22 and 24, 2014 | Concordia NewsMakers

Assistant Professor Holly Recchia's book on children's moral growth goes viral

Assistant Professor and CRDH researcher Holly E. Recchia, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Utah, conducted a study on helping children understand moral issues. Their study found that how parents speak with their children about inappropriate behaviour helps to shape their moral growth. Numerous media outlets have featured this research, including Medical News Today, The Health Site, The Times of India, Yahoo! News India, News R, News, Inagist, Wallstreeter and The Free Press Journal.

The article also appears on The New Reddit Journal of Science, Psych Central, Health Canal, Science Newsline Psychology, the Jersey Tribune, The Business Standard, Med Blogs, Health News, Daily Me, Science Daily, Medical Xpress, AMEQ en ligne, and The Municipal Information Network.

Assistant Professor Recchia was also featured as a Concordia NewsMaker. View story

View the book on the Cambridge University Press website

April 14, 2014 | Concordia News

Associate Professor Carliner receives STC's highest honour for instructors

The Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication recognizes academic mentorship; a record of successful students, involvement in student activities outside of the classroom, innovation and creativity in teaching, and involvement in research that leads to changes in the way technical communication is taught.

March 28, 2014 | Concordia News

Going old school with new digital classrooms is vital

According to PhD candidate Tieja Thomas, "It may seem counterintuitive, but today’s students see traditional lectures as extremely important elements of a good class." Her collegue Jihan Rabah agrees, "Yes, students like technology, and yes, they want it in the classroom — but they still want classical instruction." Both contributed to an article and co-edited the special issue of the International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education based on research by Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh.

March 28, 2014 | Concordia News

Concordia bi-monthly series on women in teaching talks with Arpi Hamalian

In her 40 years at Concordia, Arpi Hamalian has contributed in numerous ways to the university. She has served as chair of the Department of Education, director of the graduate programs in both Educational Studies and Adult Education, and principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Arpi talks about teachers who taught her to love learning, women who inspired her, and how women must pay attention to preserving gains made by women, and learn to address structural and systemic barriers.

March 25, 2014 | Event Facebook page

Grimposium: Trve Kvlt Arts, Films, Sounds and Texts in Extreme Metal

Organised by Vivek Venkatesh (Associate Professor of Eduational Technology), Grimposium is Vivek's ode to the extreme metal scene - a ritual offering to the men and women who define, redefine and stretch the artistic boundaries of what this niche scene has become. Held at the de Sève cinema at Concordia University on April 11 and 12, 2014 and featuring key members of the global extreme metal scene including filmmakers, musicians, journalists, visual artists, authors, creative writers, musicologists and academics. The event will feature film screenings, book launches, panel sessions, art exhibitions and much, much more.

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March 21, 2014 | Concordia News

Department of Education is moving to The Faubourg

Scheduled for Spring-Summer 2015, the Department of Education will be relocating to The Faubourg as the transformation and expansion of the R. Howard Webster library gains momentum. Endorsed by a clear majority of the department council, department chair Richard Schmid admits he was hesitant about the space meetings the needs of the department but is pleased at the receptivity and creativity of Facilities Management to address the challenges raised. Schmid also embraces the opportunity for the department to custom design their space.

March 21, 2014 | Concordia News

Women Faculty Summit discusses opportunities for change

Organized by the Office of the Provost, the Summit held on February 14 brought together 40 full- and part-time women faculty to discuss questions such as What is Concordia doing right when it comes to supporting women faculty members? What are some of the challenges? And in the next five years, what changes would women like to see happen? On the topic of gender equality, Department of Education faculty Adeela Arshad-Ayaz commented: "the gender equality project is still far from finished," and added that one of the greatest obstacles women faculty contend with is the false belief they have achieved parity with men. Another summit is planned later this year.

March 12, 2014

The Research Thesis: A gateway to transformative learning and praxis

QALL, in Collaboration with the Carold Institute and the Education Department at Concordia University, presents the 4th QALL Learning Circle with speaker Joe Allen, Program Development Coordinator of the Québec team of LEAVE OUT VIOLENCE (LOVE) who will talk about his journey from research topic to MA thesis. Read more about this event

March 6, 2014 | Concordia News

Moving Up! Department of Education rises to Top 100 in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014

Steadily stepping up yet again from last year's ranking in the Top 150, the Department of Education now boasts of a rank in the Top 100. The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on several factors including academic reputation, a survey of employers and citations per faculty. Launched in 2011, these rankings are an outgrowth of the QS World University Rankings, published annually since 2004. The expanded version aims to give future students an immediate understanding of which universities perform the best across 30 different subjects. Read more about QS World University Rankings

January 17, 2014 | Concordia Alumni & Friends

Concordia Ed Tech alumni and former Vice-Rector, Academic appointed to the Order of Canada

Concordia alumnus and former vice-rector John Daniel has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada — the country’s top civilian honour recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. His storied career includes 340 publications, such as Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010). Daniel served as Concordia's vice-rector (academic) from 1980 to 1984 and earned his Masters in Educational Technology at Concordia in 1996. Read more

January 15, 2014 | International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education

Special Issue showcasing Concordia Faculty of Education associate professors and PhD students

The International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education's Special Issue on Distance Education and Web 2.0 in Higher Education features guest editor Vivek Venkatesh (Associate Professor), assistant editors Tieja Thomas and Jihan Rabah (PhD Education students) and contributions from associate professors David Waddington and Ann-Louise Davidson as well as PhD Education students Wynnpaul Varela and Kristopher Alexander. Articles include "From disconnected to connected: Insights into the Future of Distance Education and Web 2.0 Tools in Higher Education", "Social media in higher education: A look at participatory culture in graduate coursework", "A Parallel World for the World Bank: A Case Study of Urgent: Evoke, An Educational Alternate Reality Game" and "Distance Education in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of the Perceptions of 2,416 Students". Download the special issue

January 8, 2014 | The Montreal Gazette

An Academic Quest into Black and Death Metal

As a young man looking for a philosophy, he discovered that "metal helped transcend racial barriers," explains Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh about the start of his conflicted love affair with black metal. Years later, Venkatesh sought to explore how communities of metal fans interact in online forums, and how those communities function. "There is empirical data that people form and rationalize arguments in a different way in online forums." Soon enough, Venkatesh began making waves with his thesis, titled From Pride to Prejudice to Shame: Multiple Facets of the Black Metal Scene Within and Without Online Environments. He talks to The Gazette about his background as a lifelong metalhead. Read more

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