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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Putting learning on line: How New Brunswick got to the front of the pack

with
Rory McGreal
TeleEducation NB

The online learning industry is growing at an increasingly rapid rate. Worldwide, more than 2 million students are now studying online. The majority of the courses offered online originate in the United States (74%). More than 16% of online courses are Canadian. New Brunswick, now offers more online courses per capita than any province, state, or country.

In 1993, TeleEducation NB (http://teleeducation.nb.ca/) had the first distributed learning portal on the World Wide Web. The TeleCampus (http://telecampus.edu) houses the world's most comprehensive directory of online courses (+35 000). It is located in New Brunswick and was developed as part of an initiative to promote the advanced training technology sector of the provincial economy. Today's presentation focuses on the rationale for New Brunswick's learning industry approach and the role of e-learning in the Canadian and world economies.

Since 1993, Rory McGreal has been the executive director of TeleEducation NB. Before this, Rory was responsible for implementing a distributed learning network for Contact North / Contact Nord in Northern Ontario. His Ph.D. degree (1999) at Nova Southeastern University was taken at a distance using the Internet. He served on the provincial Task Force on the Information Highway and on the federal Learning and Training Working Group for the Information Highway Advisory Committee. Presently he is on the Education Steering Committee for CANARIE Inc., and the Board of Directors of the TeleLearning Research Network, Le centre international pour le développement de l'inforoute en français, and the Irish Centre for Distance Education Research and Applications.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am