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Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development: The Role of Cities and Educators in Building a Lasting Future

Education is a key lever for cities and regions to build a more sustainable future. Formal and informal learning opportunities are helping learners of all ages acquire the values, knowledge, and skills needed to support sustainable, healthy, vibrant, and peaceful societies. The UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is working to advance the vision of “a world where everybody has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation.” The learning city movement and lifelong learning initiatives are ways that some communities around the world are helping to realize sustainable development. This 60-minute webinar offers insights from international movements that are taking action to integrate sustainable development into education and lifelong learning. This is the 2nd webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Celebrating Learning in the Community: Bringing Higher Education Down from the Tower

Institutions of higher education and municipalities sometimes face challenges in connecting with one another. Complex socio-political and geographic divisions can make this disjunction difficult to overcome, but communities and post-secondary institutions are realizing the value of bridging this divide. The Burnaby Festival of Learning launched in May 2016 with the intention of strengthening connections between the local community and a major post-secondary institution. Jointly led by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby, the week-long festival offered free educational events across the city, engaging Burnaby residents of all backgrounds in the celebration of lifelong learning. At the same time, the Festival created new networks between municipal leadership, university leadership, municipal and university departments, the local public library system, and the local school district. This is the first webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Bringing the World to Quebec: Six Suggestions to Attract and Retain More International Students

International post-secondary students offer much value to Quebec: educational, social, cultural, demographic, and economic. But Quebec isn’t recruiting as many of them as it might. This briefing suggests how the province could attract more international students in an increasingly competitive global market—and then smooth their path to immigrating and joining the workforce.

Briefing | 35 pages | April 2017 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Attirer et retenir plus d’étudiants internationaux : Six propositions pour renverser la tendance au Québec

Les étudiants internationaux représentent un apport indéniable pour le Québec sur le plan éducatif, social, culturel, démographique et économique. Cette note de recherche formule six propositions pour aider la province à en attirer et retenir davantage.

Note de Recherche | 38 pages | February 2017 | Kareem El-Assal | Le Conference Board du Canada

PSE Skills for a Prosperous British Columbia: 2016 Edition

What skills and credentials will B.C. employers need in the next 10 years? This report presents findings that will help ensure that B.C. has an educated, productive, and skilled workforce.

Report | 120 pages | December 2016 | Matthew McKean, Veldon Coburn, Cameron MacLaine | The Conference Board of Canada

L’EPS pour une Colombie-Britannique prospère : Édition 2016

Quelles sont les compétences et les titres professionnels dont les employeurs auront besoin au cours des 10 prochaines années? Les conclusions de ce rapport aideront la Colombie-Britannique à disposer d’une main- d’œuvre hautement scolarisée, productive et qualifiée. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Résumé | 135 pages | December 2016 | Matthew McKean, Veldon Coburn, Cameron MacLaine | Le Conference Board du Canada

The Learning Performance Index Webinar: Building Strong Workplace Learning Environments

Learning in Canadian organizations is declining. Year over year, the amount of money spent per employee on learning and development decreases. Now, more than ever, it is important for organizations to understand where to focus their learning resources to obtain the greatest value for their investment. The Conference Board of Canada has developed The Learning Performance Index (LPI), a proprietary organizational assessment tool designed to help organizations identify strengths and opportunities for enhancing workplace learning environments. The LPI is comprised of four distinct areas or learning pillars—vision, knowledge management, organizational learning culture, and learning dynamics. Each pillar is instrumental in affecting an organization’s learning environment, and each can affect specific outcomes different from others.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Donna Burnett Vachon, Colin Hall | The Conference Board of Canada

Globalization and Canada’s PSEs: Opportunities and Challenges

Globalization is transforming post-secondary educational institutions (PSEs), with increasing numbers of post-secondary students enrolling in institutions outside their home country. This report explores how globalization is affecting Canada’s PSEs.

Report | 82 pages | November 2016 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Les établissements d’EPS canadiens face à la mondialisation : Occasions et défis

La mondialisation transforme les établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire (ESP) : un nombre croissant d’étudiants de niveau postsecondaire s’inscrivent dans des établissements situés à l’extérieur de leur pays d’origine. Ce rapport explore les effets de la mondialisation sur les établissements d’EPS du Canada.

Résumé | 88 pages | November 2016 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Quality Network for Universities: Insights From the 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco

This report provides a summary of key findings from the Conference Board’s Quality Network for Universities 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Report | 55 pages | October 2016 | Matthew McKean | The Conference Board of Canada

Réseau sur la qualité dans les universités: Leçons du voyage d’études sur l’innovation effectué à San Francisco en 2016

Ce rapport présente un résumé des principales conclusions tirées du voyage d’études sur l’innovation effectué en 2016 par le Réseau sur la qualité dans les universités du Conference Board du Canada, dans la ville et la région de la baie de San Francisco.

Résumé | 59 pages | October 2016 | Matthew McKean | Le Conference Board du Canada

Learning in the Digital Age

Information and communication technologies (ICTS) hold the potential to improve post-secondary learning by making learning more accessible and engaging. This report considers how e-learning could improve post-secondary education in Canada.

Website | October 2016 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Citations: Knowledge Mobilization, Research Impact, and the Changing Nature of Academic Work

Through ResearchImpact, universities are using knowledge mobilization to generate socially useful research and to provide it to decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners, in collaboration with community, industry, and government partners.

Briefing | 32 pages | October 2016 | Matthew McKean | The Conference Board of Canada

Au-delà des citations : Mobilisation du savoir, impact de la recherche et évolution de la nature du travail universitaire

Grâce au Réseau Impact Recherche, les universités ont recours à la mobilisation des connaissances pour générer des recherches socialement utiles et faire en sorte que les décideurs, les responsables des politiques et les professionnels y aient accès, de pair avec les organismes communautaires, l’industrie et les partenaires gouvernementaux.

Résumé | 36 pages | October 2016 | Matthew McKean | Le Conference Board du Canada

Higher Education and Collaboration in a Learning City: Lessons From Cork, Ireland

This briefing looks at Cork (Ireland) and its “learning city” initiative, which brings together Cork’s two higher education institutions, along with other stakeholders, to support community-wide well-being, economic development, and social inclusion.

Briefing | 34 pages | September 2016 | Elizabeth Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

Enseignement supérieur et collaboration dans une ville apprenante: leçons tirées de l’expérience de Cork en Irlande

La présente note de recherche porte sur la ville irlandaise de Cork et son initiative de « ville apprenante », qui regroupe ses deux établissements d’enseignement supérieur et d’autres intervenants dans le but d’assurer le bien être, le développement économique et l’inclusion sociale dans la collectivité. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Note de recherche | 38 pages | September 2016 | Elizabeth Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

Supporting Indigenous Students: Improving PSE Completion Rates for At Risk Youth

Indigenous students need more support. Post-secondary education completion rates among Canadian Indigenous students are among the lowest in the country, highlighting the need for focused support from government, communities and educational institutions. However, without a proper strategy and solid support structures in place, well-meaning initiatives run the risk of failing before they even begin. So where can we start? Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake, Alberta has spearheaded some necessary and innovative steps to support at-risk Indigenous students. Building a strategy on their values of Community, Respect, Accessibility, Collaboration, Excellence and Lifelong Learning, initiatives include employing several key support initiatives and connecting students to learning in their home communities. During this 60 minute presentation, Michelle Mitchell will discuss the strategies Northern Lakes College has taken to support at-risk Indigenous students. Michelle will explore how through extensive use of distance learning and wrap-around services for each community, as well as ongoing communication with Community Education Councils, Northern Lakes is able to provide the support necessary to enable at risk students to be successful in an increasingly competitive world.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Building Northern Capacity: The University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Northern Governance and Development

University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Northern Governance and Development program has played an important role in building leadership capacity in Northern Saskatchewan. It was designed with Northern stakeholders to be relevant to a Northern context.

Briefing | 19 pages | August 2016 | Jessica Edge | The Conference Board of Canada

Bâtir les capacités du Nord : La maîtrise en gouvernance et développement du Nord de l’Université de la Saskatchewan

Conçu avec des intervenants du Nord pour répondre aux besoins des collectivités nordiques, le programme de maîtrise en gouvernance et développement du Nord de l’Université de la Saskatchewan a beaucoup contribué au développement des capacités dans le nord de la province.

Résumé | 22 pages | August 2016 | Jessica Edge | The Conference Board of Canada

The City of Learners: Post-Secondary Collaboration in Edmonton, Alberta

Senior administrators at the six major publicly funded post-secondary education (PSE) institutions in Edmonton have formed a collegial coalition, demonstrating cooperation on shared issues.

Briefing | 26 pages | August 2016 | Elizabeth Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

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