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November 24, 2015 | Event Poster

Vivisection of social entrepreneurship

On November 30 from 6pm to 7pm, Ile sans fil founder and CEO of Ajah Michael Lenczner will facilitate the 5th session in the Learning Circle series presented by the Carold Institute in partnership with the Department of Education. This session will critically discuss the practice of social entrepreneurship in the North American context. Lenczner will share his tech entrepreneur story in the nonprofit sector. Discussion topics will range from new approaches to data, to the connection between privilege and entrepreneurship and the distinct practice of social entrepreneurship in Quebec. Free, but spaces are limited.

November 17, 2015 | Event Poster

The Power of Play in Adult Education

On November 23 from 6pm to 8pm, recent Education department PhD graduate Marleah Blom will facilitate the 4th session in the Learning Circle series presented by the Carold Institute in partnership with the Department of Education. This session will explore play and learning throughout human development, with a particular emphasis on higher education settings. Discussions we will explore the place of play in adult education and learning, including factors that may help or hinder its implementation. Free, but spaces are limited.

November 12, 2015 | Réseau Info Éducation AMEQ

Concordia partners with the MMFA for education and art therapy program

Exploring the relationship between art and well-being, professors from Concordia University –including Department of Education Professor Miranda D'Amico– are preparing a public series of courses and programs in art education, art history and art therapy, an initiative from the MMFA's new Studios Art & Education Michel de la Chenelière program. Eight projects will be featured from eight Concordia professors including D'Amico's Creative Art Therapies and Education that will focus on autism, presented in collaboration with partners The Miriam Foundation and Fondation Les Petits Rois.

Listen to an interview with one of the eight Concordia professors about this project on Radio Canada International.

November 10, 2015 | Event's Facebook Page

Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Innovative Canadian Initiatives

The Embassy of Canada to Norway will host a public seminar on preventing radicalization and violent extremism and has invited two Canadian speakers to speak about novel initiatives to prevent youth radicalization. Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh is one of these speakers and will talk about the SOMEONE (SOcial Media EducatiON Every day) project created to sensitize youth, educators, and the broader public to patterns of online hate. Calgary Police Sergeant Paul Dunn will present on the recently-launched ReDirect program aimed at youth and young adults vulnerable to becoming radicalized. Zakia Akkouh (European Wergeland Center) and Tore Bjørgo (Norwegian Police University College) will provide a Norwegian perspective on youth radicalization and preventative initiatives. Presentations will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Canada's Ambassador Artur Wilczynski.

November 10, 2015 | La Presse

Mediating Sibling Rivarly

A recent study by Assistant Professor Holly Recchia, co-led by graduate students Amandeep Rajput and Stephanie Peccia, has revealed that sibling relations can be somewhat ambivalent, eliciting at times strong feelings at times positive and other times negative. The study further suggests that children raised in family settings with a significant level of conflict tend to more easily ascribe ill will to the behaviours of their siblings during conflict situations. Dr. Recchia suggests that parents acting as mediators, rather than judge and jury, can help children learn conflict-management skills and to help better understand the perspective of the other in conflict situations.

November 10, 2015 | Event Poster

Using the Tomato to Understand the World

Presented by the Department of Education on November 16 in collaboration with the Carold Institute, this learning circle — led by Vincent Greason, adult educator and member of TROVEPO — will discuss how to better understand the neoliberal world... with a tomato. Not because the tomato is more than just a vegetable... (or is it a fruit?), but because the tomato is a window exposing genetic modification, deregulation, industrial agricultural practices, unfair labour practices. A fun evening of play and learning awaits those who attend! Free, but spaces are limited.

November 6, 2015 | Event Poster

Ageing in a Digital World

Presented by the Department of Education on November 9 in collaboration with the Carold Institute, this learning circle — led by Kim Sawchuk, Communication Studies Professor and ACT Director — will discuss ACT initiatives investigating the nexus between ageing and digitally mediated communications and asking questions about what can be learned about the digital world from the perspective of older adults who have lived through successive generations of media.

October 28, 2015 | Event Poster

Participative Theatre as a tool in Adult Education (2015-16)

Presented by the Department of Education on November 2 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!

October 28, 2015 | Event Program

National Finnish Seminar on Preventing Violent Extremism

Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh will be giving a keynote talk in Helsinki on November 19 organized by the Ministry of the Interior of Finland and the Embassy of Canada to Finland. Venkatesh's will speak on the topic of social pedagogy and inclusive adoption of mobile and digital media to combat online hate and present case studies from the Canadian SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day) initiative.

October 20, 2015 | Event Flyer

Documentary presentation and roundtable discussion at Ryerson's PERFORMIGRATIONS venture

On October 19, Assistant Professor Giuliana Cucinelli will be presenting her most recent interactive documentary AddressKnown in Toronto at the Ryerson University Gallery, as part of the PERFORMIGRATIONS venture which explores the intersection of public cultural performance, collaborative art-making, and academic research on mobilities. Then On October 22, Cucinelli will present her research on web-based documentary, community memories and intergenerational discussions as part of a roundtable project entitled 21st Century Perspectives on Sharing Community Narratives: Engagement, Identification, Access. The roundtable event will be held at the Italian-Canadian Archive Project in Toronto.

October 20, 2015 | Event website

AUF international seminar of young French-speaking economists on the digital economy

Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh is one of several presenters at the AUF's Séminaire international de jeunes économistes francophones sur l'économie numérique, held at the John Molson School of Business from October 19 to 23. The AUF has been involved in the field of digital learning and also pursues interests in the emerging field of digital economies and on its impacts on French-speaking economies. Venkatesh will leverage his s background in interdisciplinary research and applied learning to talk about his exploration of how psychological, cultural and cognitive factors play a role in the design, development and adoption of digital media in social and educational contexts.

October 20, 2015 | Radio-Canada

SOMEONE Project: Interview with project director Vivek Venkatesh

This social education project, funded by the federal government's Kanishka Program, brings together an interdisplinary team to develop tools to raise awareness, foster dialogue, and use resilience to fight back against hateful online speech. A web portal is currently in the works and its launch planned for Spring 2016. Radio-Canada interviewed project director, and Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh about the project shortly after Concordia's Perspectives on Radicalization conference, hosted by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Listen to the interview (in French) and View the project's Vimeo page.

October 7, 2015

PhD Program Information Session

If you are considering applying to the Phd in Education program at Concordia University for the 2016-2017 academic year, plan to attend one of these two information sessions: On-campus, Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at 1610 Ste-Catherine Street, 5th Floor, Room FG-415 or Online, Thursday, October 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 am (Eastern time). Both sessions will describe our program and its structure, as well as the application process. To prepare for the session, review the description of our program. To RSVP and receive the link for participation, contact Nadine Wright.

October 7, 2015 | Event Brite

Panel discussion: Perspective on Radicalization

It has been one year since Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu were hit by terrorist attacks carried out by Canadian citizens. These events continue to raise many questions. What radicalization methods were used by terrorist groups to recruit future terrorists on Canadian soil? Between prevention and repression, what policies should we apply? What is the impact on families, communities and Canadian society in general? What actions can parents take when they do not know where to turn to for help? During this discussion, three expert speakers will discuss how a social approach can be applied to address the issue of radicalization, and will question the impact of social networks and other issues as well. Free event. Register.

September 24, 2015 | SoundCloud

Are we Passing Down our Math Anxiety?

Associate Professor Helena Osana talks to CJAD radio Montreal's Andrew Carter about a new study in the Journal of Psychological Science that suggests that parents with math anxiety can pass these fears down to their kids. Though it's unclear just how the transfer takes place, Osana suggests that developing strategies to manage anxiety and avoid negative messaging about math can help reduce this anxiety transfer. Listen to the podcast interview (segment begins at 36:55).

September 24, 2015 | News

Why Tech Won't Replace Talk in the Classroom

The world was introduced to the World Wide Web in 1990. Professors Robert Bernard and Richard Schmid, with their colleague Eugene Borokhovski from the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, recently published a study in Computers & Education that analysed over 1,000 courses spanning over that 20-year period to see how things changed, from floppy disks, to PowerPoints, to smartphones. Though students and teachers now have direct access to more information and ideas, the "best instruction is structured and meaningful" explains Borokhovski and this includes guidance from a teacher as well as interactions with one's peers. "Plenty of learning comes from having the ability to exchange ideas and challenge one another's thoughts," explains Schmid. He adds that campus life "remains a very important social step" in students' individual growth.

September 16, 2015 | Concordia News

Constructing a New Identity for Child-Care Workers

In a paper recently published in the Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Assistant Professor Sandra Chang-Kredl brings the role of the educator to the forefront. Chang-Kredl believes that improved educational standards could mean improved pay and improved social standing for these educators but that such a change implies deeper social change if we are to construct a new identity for child-care workers. This will involve rethinking how we perceive and value educators in general, and how traditional gender roles continue to influence society's perception of this workforce. "There’s much more to teaching than subject knowledge," explains Chang-Kredl and adds that we must become more aware of our participation in undervaluing women in caring positions.

August 26, 2015 | World Film Festival website

Autour de Maïr - A Special Film about a Special Place

After a private screen last December at Concordia University, and a tour of the 2015 European film festivals, this documentary film by director Hejer Charf puts Concordia's downtown campus front and centre as it highlights the role of Concordia's Simone de Beauvoir Institute in raising the profile of Canadian and French feminist writers in mainstream French language literature to international acclaim. The film explores the contributions of Maïr Verthuy who co-founded the Institute in 1978 and opens with images of Education department associate professor and third principal of the Institute Arpi Hamalian talking about its its role as the first women's studies institute in Canada and North America. Read more about the film from Concordia News, and on Facebook. Screenings at Cinéma Quartier Latin on September 5 at 6:30pm and September 6 at noon.

August 25, 2015 | Concordia News

Selfies as Medium for Learning: A Case Against the Selfie as Pathology

Associate Professor Ann-Louise Davidson blogs about the latest 2.0 approach to the 200-year-old art form known as the self-portrait. Widely accused as enabling any number of pathologies (from narcissism to mental illness), Davidson offers a different angle by which to understand, and practice, this wildly popular and accessible cultural phenomenon. Starting with Spanish artist Diego Valázquez's Las Meninas and Van Gogh's Man without a Beard, Davidson talks about her own use of selfies and the adventure that is taking one that can spur conversation and offer new ways to share and talk about art, as with her selfie with Jean Dubuffet's Dhôtel nuancé d'abricot. Read the full blog on her LinkedIn page.

August 17, 2015 | American University of Armenia News

Gender and Genocide: Perspectives from the fields of Oral History, Gender Studies, and History

Assistant Professor Hourig Attarian participated in a panel discussion organized by the American University of Armenia this past August 12, in Yerevan, Armenia with two other scholars, Lerna Ekmekcioglu (McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at M.I.T.) and Melissa Bilal, professors of History at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. Dr. Attarian, member of Concordia's internationally renowned Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling spoke about how we can look critically at inherited family narratives, with their fractured memories and silences by way of an autobiographical arts-based inquiry of how the "storied lives and lived lives" intertwine and following the trajectory of her great aunt Anush who was kidnapped during the genocide.

August 17, 2015 | Concordia News

Geeking out hard - Grimpsosium 2015 teams up with Heavy MTL

Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh matched up with his 2nd annual Grimposium event, complete with its panel discussions, art exhibitions and live performances of the heavy metal world with Evenko's Heavy Montreal music festival, creating a full week of activities from August 2 to 6 (Grimposium) and August 7 to 9 (Heavy MTL). Venkatesh's work over the past five years has been focused on the culture of extreme metal, exploring online niche communities, consumer culture, marketing and philosophy. Grimposium was designed to foster dialogue about the politics of heavy metal for academics and metal heads alike, particularly issues relating to individuality, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.

May 27, 2015 | PRWeb Press Release

Educational Technology Alumni Fanny Korman recognized by the NAPW

On May 26, the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) honored Fanny Korman as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Ms. Korman earned her Master of Arts from Concordia University in Educational Technology, where she was Chapter President for the International Society for Performance Improvement. She has since developed a unique consulting service through her business, FZK Performance Solutions, which serves to facilitate meetings, deliver workshops and professional development courses to enhance leadership skills, develop strategic thinking skills and provide team building workshops to help clients succeed.

May 19, 2015 | Concordia News

Report from the Tolerance Trumps Hate Symposium in Belgium

On May 8 Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh was in Belgium at the Tolerance Trumps Hate conference as a participant in a panel discussion The role of non-formal learning and formal education in preventing, addressing and countering hate-speech and promoting net citizenship. In his report to Concordia News, Venkatesh explains how he was approached by Alan Bowman, the Permanent Observer of Canada to the Council of Europe, with an invitation from the Belgian Government to speak about the SOMEONE project (Social Media Education Every Day). Venkatesh expands on better incorporating curricular strategies to promote anti-hate speech in teacher education programs and on the possibility of collaborating with fellow panelists, Jan Dabkowski from the No Hate Speech Movement, and Floriane Hohenberg from Active Democracy, in an effort to promote anti-hate speech initiatives to as wide an audience as possible.

May 12, 2015 | Montreal Gazette

Assistant Professor Hourig Attarian talks with The Gazette about oral history and the Armenian genocide

Following the death of one of the last Armenians to remember the genocide that began in the spring of 1915, expert in oral history, Assistant Professor Hourig Attarian talks with The Montreal Gazette about how the first-hand testimony of survivors is crucial: "They put in the human element that is missing from the archival documents." Once focused on reports by foreign officials, "...the immediacy of survivors’ testimonies touches people in a very different way... you don’t need to be a descendant of a survivor to be touched by the experience of pain, of loss, of displacement. That story becomes my story, becomes everyone’s story."

May 12, 2015 | Event Poster

Consuming Death and Dystopia from a Marketer's Point of View

On May 20, Dr. Jeffrey S. Podoshen, Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of Business, Organizations and Society at Franklin and Marshall College will present a talk, hosted by a collaborator, Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh, in an effort to explain this fascination and surge in the consumption of evil, death, and dystopia in the 21st century.

May 6, 2015 | Event Poster

Adeela Arshad-Ayaz Keynote Speaker at Inclusion In/En Action Conference

Assistant Professor in Educational Studies Adeela Arshad-Ayaz will be giving the keynote address at the Vanier College Inclusion In/En Action conference, a conference on diversity in college education, on Wednesday, May 20 in Montreal. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of diversity, anti-racism, international development, globalization, articulations of diversity in social media, gender in transnational perspectives and responsible citizenship. The event is presented by Vanier College's Faculty of Science and General Studies, the International Education Office, and the Pedagogical Development Office. Registration is required (see event poster for details).

April 24, 2015 | Event Press Brochure

Presentation of AddressKnown / AddressConnue at Performigrations on May 5

Assistant Professor Giuliana Cucinelli (Department of Education) and Professor Kim Sawchuk (Department of Communication Studies) present their project AddressKnown / AddressConnue at the international launch of Performigrations: people are the territory on Tuesday May 5th, 2015 at the Italian Cultural Institute (1200 Avenue du Dr. Penfield). PERFORMIGRATIONS explores the intersection of public cultural performance, collaborative art-making, and academic research on mobilities. It proposes a new understanding of "territories", one that emphasizes the performative practices of the people that move toward, within, and through them. Read more about the network of European and Canadian institutions supporting this venture.

Read more about the first appearance of this multi-stop international tour at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival on April 21-26.

April 22, 2015 | Event Program

Tolerance Trumps Hate Conference: The SOMEONE Projet (Social Media Education Every Day

On May 8 Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh will be in Belgium at the Tolerance Trumps Hate conference as participants in a panel discussion The role of non-formal learning and formal education in preventing, addressing and countering hate-speech and promoting net citizenship, contributing specifically his perspective on the SOMEONE project (Social Media Education Every Day) sponsored by the Kanishka project from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada in which he is actively involved. This high profile event will be attended by international dignitaries and politicians across Europe.

April 22, 2015 | Facebook Event Page

Trve Kvlt Academia: A Public Pedagogical Approach

On April 30, at 5:45pm at the SSMU Building on the McGill campus, Associate Professor Vivek Venkatesh will speak about the development of an interdisciplinary research program that looks at socio-communal, political and psychological factors impacting individual and communal identities in the global extreme metal music scene. Vivek avails of a vast network of local, national and international collaborators, and works on a series of novel - yet focused - research and research-creation activities. Open to the public. Corpsepaint encouraged but not required.

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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