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1. “Language is the message: the Electronic Age of Teaching”
, in Teaching, Learning and Research in Today’s University, University of Toronto, April 11 and 12, 2000.

The Information Technology Forum Presentations provided a good example of how technology can be integrated with language learning. The presentation is divided into three sections: 1. Culture and Pronunciation; 2. Teaching and Writing with Electronic Tools; 3. Archiving and Digitizing Old Materials.

2. From the Real to the Virtual: boundaries, meeting and broadening of knowledge networks

Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities:
From the 25th of May to the 1st of June 2002, the University of Toronto will host the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, the most important multi-disciplined gathering of universities in North America.
The Mc Luhan Program in Culture and Technology, the Department of French Studies and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto, along with LANG, the advisory group of the Consortium of language departments at the University of Toronto, invite specialists from several countries to reflect on intellectual research practices in the social sciences and humanities in Canada, North America, and in Europe. In addition, participants will discuss their area of research and debate the effect of the technical or cultural aspects of electronic writing.

Parallel Event: Description of the workshop
We would like to invite you to join us in the development of an innovative parallel event on the 30th and 31st of May 2002. We aim to use the Congress of Social Sciences as an object of study in order to observe first the cognitive processes for the spreading of knowledge established by the scientific communities present, and secondly, to observe the intellectual practices and tools developed to add value to the externalization of information, and consequently the re-appropriation of knowledge by researchers in these various disciplines.

Objectives and Ideas:
The workshop developed during the congress of social sciences will serve as a means of reflection for interdisciplinary teams that have committed themselves over a period of two years to observing this social and intellectual mutation. The groups will also consider the uses generated by such a mutation for North American and European researchers, scholars, and students alike. In this context of studies on cognitive representations, language and writing promise to play a pilot role in Canada in the implementation of an interdisciplinary architecture defining itself in terms of these objects of study.

Furthermore, from an ethnological perspective, the research on natural and numerical languages, such as it has been implemented, promoted, and used in Canada, North America and Europe, is a central point of passage in the interaction between information and knowledge as well as in the construction of meaning. This becomes a key means of transition both through the quantitative importance of the numerical, linguistic, and cultural facts as well as by the fact that the result of the process of construction of meaning most often takes the form of an expression of synchronous or asynchronous writing.

Finally, in the context of the globalization of information and long-distance communication, we underline the crucial importance of mastering the diversity of languages and tools of communication that aim to optimize intercultural communication.

To explore these topics, we propose the development of a workshop that unites various existing networks and presents them to the congress either physically or virtually. More specifically, the workshop will focus on the ways that the Internet and the media of long-distance communication further or favour knowledge networks: spreading of knowledge, modes of communication, new perceptions of the objects conveyed. We encourage any kind of lively participation in our project, and request the submission of papers pertaining to these topics.

The themes of the symposium revolve around present-day reflections on new technologies, particularly in the context of research in the social sciences and the humanities, and the conference participants include the most highly qualified international specialists in the areas of distributive knowledge, shared cognition, as well as in the various uses of the internet, and researchers' intellectual practices.

Anticipated Outcome:
Knowledge and scholarship in Canada, as in other countries, will necessarily be enriched by the discussions and, first of all, by the symposium's considerable visibility: not only will those coming to Toronto be able to participate, but also, thanks to an Internet site developed by European researchers, we will meet by way of videoconference from the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

It is expected that pre-proceedings will be published on the site, along with the proceedings themselves. The theme of the panel – connected intelligence enhanced by long-distance collaboration – will guarantee the creation of new links and international knowledge networks that can lend credence to the numerous previously established collaborations. This will also permit the study of media to optimize the transmission of knowledge by distance communication.

Please review our preliminary program and browse through lecture selections as you consider joining us in our workshop.

Preliminary Program:
PART 1: Papers
PART 2: Round-tables

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PART 1: Papers

Day 1
9:00a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Derrick de Kerckhove
McLuhan Pogram in Culture and
University of Toronto
“Welcome and workshop goals and outline ”
Milton Campos
Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
University of Montreal
“Towards a model of networked communities”
10:15am - 10:30am

Coffee Break

Nebojsa Kujundzic
Department of Philosophy,
University of Prince Edward Island

“Tools developed to enhance the circulation of knowledge”

Round-table Paris-Toronto via videoconference
Henri Desbois, MC Université Paris-X,

Éric Guichard, Director of the research group Networks, Knowledge, and Territory

Philippe Rygiel, MC Paris-I,

Dominique Scheffel-Dunand,
French Studies, University of Toronto

“Territoires de l'intellect”


Alain Breuleux
Faculty of Education, McGill

Keynote Paper: 2:00-3:00 p.m. University College, Junior Common Room, H102

Day 2
9:00a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Derrick de Kerckhove
McLuhan Pogram in Culture and
University of Toronto

“The practice of connectivity in on and off line conferences”

Anabel Quan-Haase
Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
“Why are tools in the way of knowledge communities: computer networks as social networks”
Robert Luke
PhD student at oise/ut,
University of Toronto
“Open Source Learning: Developing Communities of Practice in the Network Society”
Case studies
Fusion Magazine
“A pan-canadian online magazine for the Canadian youth ”
Steve Mann

Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
University of Toronto
Keynote Paper: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Universioty College, room 376

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PART 2: Round-tables

Round-tables: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (both days), University College, rooms 253 and 255

1. May 30: Networked communities: lessons learned
2. May 31: Networked communities: future challenges

May 30 : Networked communities: lessons learned

This panel will present lessons learned from real practices concerning the building and development of networked learning communities (NLC), networked communities of practice (NCoP), and networked communities of interest (NCoI). Milton Campos will introduce the discussion explaining what NCL, NCoP and NCoI are, and what the contributions of panellists will be. James Crombie will present the experiences of a number of communities of interest including PC3Village, Jean Benoit will discuss the concept of communities of practice, describe successful stories such as that of the CSST and present the outlines of the CEFRIO's project which is building NCoPs in Quebec, Thérèse Laferrière will point to a number of experiences concerning the development of learning communities at the elementary, secondary and university levels, and Alain Breuleux will thread all experiences discussing the importance of developing expertise about community building, and the need of paying attention to socio-cognitive processes important to enhance understanding.

May 31 : Networked communities: future challenges
Proposed activities:

Workshop participants are expected to contribute actively for a discussion about critical aspects of community building, development and support. They will be divided in groups assigned to focus on networked learning communities (NLC), networked communities of practice (NCoP), or networked communities of interest (NCoI). Milton Campos will coordinate the activities. Alain Breuleux will moderate the group discussing NLCs, Jean Benoit NCoPs and James Crombie NCoIs. Some critical aspects that need to be addressed such as problems of identity, negociation of meanings, motivation and facilitation will be suggested to the participants while others are expected to emerge from the discussions. Each group will report to the workshop participants its results, and a general discussion will follow. The objective of the workshop is to explore challenges that need to be faced in networked community building, development and support.

Round table moderators:
1. Jean Benoit

Chercheur associé
CEFRIO (Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations)

2. Alain Breuleux
Department of Education and Counselling Psychology
Faculty of Education
McGill University

3. Milton Campos
Department of Communication
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
University of Montreal

4. James Crombie
Department of Social Sciences
Université Sainte-Anne

5. Thérèse Laferrière
Department of Studies on Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Education Sciences
Laval University

Final Presentation to the congress participants:
May 31st 6:00 p.m, University College, room 376

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