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An in-depth article on how UBC is responding to a complex and changing copyright environment appears in the Ubyssey, UBC’s student newspaper. The article features UBC Library’s Allan Bell and Joy Kirchner, along with other UBC representatives including David Farrar, VP Academic and Hubert Lai, University Counsel.

Read The great copyright battle: UBC’s controversial stand against Access Copyright in The Ubyssey (March 20, 2013).




Come and join us on April 5, 2013 — 5×7: An interdisciplinary concert of new art and sound

In this presentation, Dr. William Wong discusses how principles from Cognitive Systems Engineering, CSE, might be used to design Visual Analytics systems to support intelligence analysts. In designing systems to control processes such as nuclear power generation, CSE has been used to determine and model a priori the functional relationships that relate the performance of the processes with system outcomes. Visual forms are then created to represent these invariant relationships in ecological interface designs. Can cognitive systems engineering be applied to the domain of intelligence analysis? And if yes, how might this be? And how should CSE principles be applied to the design of visual representations in intelligence analysis to take advantage of the benefits we have seen when CSE is applied to causal systems?


William Wong is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Head of the Interaction Design Centre at Middlesex University’s School of Science and Technology in London, UK.  His research interests are in Cognitive engineering, naturalistic decision making, and representation design, in complex dynamic environments; Cognitive task analysis methods; HCI and multimedia in learning, in virtual environments, and museums; Usability engineering and interaction design.

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Memisevic, R., Sanderson, P., Choudhoury, S., & Wong, W. (2005). Work domain analysis and ecological interface design for hydropower system monitoring and control. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Hawaii, USA, 10-12 October 2005.  Link:

Blandford, A., & William Wong, B. L. (2004). Situation awareness in emergency medical dispatch. International Journal of human-computer studies61(4), 421-452.  Link:

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Library and Information Science

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This session presents two tales of Canadian multiculturalism in general and multicultural education in particular. One tale is of a common sense, dominant multicultural education that underscores multiculturalism as a symbol and premiere characteristic of Canada. There may have been some critiques from the left and the right in the past and there’s always the awkwardness of Quebec’s interculturalism and intercultural education but these are past and peripheral matters that do little to trouble the idea that Canada and its approach to diversity education are decidedly multicultural. A rather different tale emerges when we consider multiculturalism and multicultural education in the context of global developments such as “the death of multiculturalism” discourse, the emergence of European interculturalism and intercultural education and even national and local developments of a variety of school board approaches to diversity, all of which constitutes cracks in the façade of a completely dominant Canadian multiculturalism and multicultural education. The invitation is for us to consider what the future of diversity education ought to be locally and nationally given the contradictory state of affairs of complacently hegemonic Canadian multiculturalism and multicultural education on the one hand and passé, challenged and undermined multiculturalism and multicultural education on the other.


Handel Kashope Wright is currently Professor and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education He has published extensively on continental African cultural studies, cultural studies of education, critical multiculturalism, anti-racist education, qualitative research and post-reconceptualization curriculum theorizing.

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Wright, H.K. (2011). Everything Old Ought to be New Again: Post-Reconceptualization Curriculum as Presentist Praxis. Journal of curriculum and pedagogy, 8 (1), 19-22. Link:

Wright, H.K. (2006). Are we (T)here Yet? Qualitative Research in Education’s Profuse and Contested Present. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19 (6), 793-802. Link:

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Canadian Studies

Cultural Diversity, Multiculturalism, Prejudice, and Racism Biography


This New York Times -Technology- article written by Matt Richtel examines the advantages and disadvantages of the bring your own technology (BYOT) movement in many school districts. 

The Vancouver School District began a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot-project in secondary schools in the fall of 2012. 

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