The Graduate Student Learning Journey

On January 9th, 2014, Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta hosted a Graduate Student Colloquium in EME 1123, the classroom / learning lab of the ILC. Graduate students, faculty and staff enjoyed ‘new year / new term’ conversations, connections and refreshments before and after a short agenda including:

Dr. Annette LaGrange, associate dean, welcoming the new graduate students and providing her “best advice — for today — for a learning journey”.

Dr. Leyton Schnellert, coordinator of Professional Development, reflecting on his PhD journey which was completed not that long ago.

Dr. Wendy Klassen, director of undergraduate programs, and Desiree Marshall-Peer discussed their learning journey together as Wendy supervises Desiree’s master’s program.

Rhonda Draper, a master’s student, explained the beginnings of her learning journey.

Lindsay Cox, assistant to Dr. Macintyre Latta, provided ‘pitfalls to avoid and practices to embrace‘ as graduate students journey through their programs.

Angela Finley, graduate student representative, welcomed new students and provided some information about the E-Grads network.

Five graduate students presented their learning and research journey in 3-MINUTE THESIS PRESENTATIONS:

Cindy Bourne: Toward Responsible Community-driven International Service-Learning Projects for Pre-service Teaching Candidates – A case study approach.

Vania Chan: An Assessment of Post-Secondary Technology Readiness

Mary Clark: The Use of Interactive Digital Media to Engage Youth with Science and Nature

Rhonda Draper: When we are One — The Individual/Collective Terrain of Creating A Large-Scale Arts Experience

Angela Finley: Fostering Success– The Question of Belongingness at the Graduate Level

Desiree Marshall-Peer: Challenging Teachers to Change the Norm



Steve Wandler

Karine Veldhoen

“Lane Merrifield, the co-founder of Club Penguin, the very successful virtual world for kids, has decided to step down five years after the company was acquired by Disney.

In a note sent to employees earlier this morning, Merrifield wrote: “Our team has grown Club Penguin from a simple idea to being the largest global virtual world for kids for seven straight years while maintaining a significant profit margin. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of Club Penguin, and I know that it will continue to grow and thrive.”

A spokesperson confirmed the departure of Merrifield, who has been filling the role of EVP of Disney Online Studios more recently. His departure is effective immediately, but he expects to help out until the transition is complete on Feb. 1.

Merrifield will be joining FreshGrade, a start-up he founded over the past year. FreshGrade is a cloud-based educational assessment tool teachers can use to figure out how a student learns.”