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AAAC members elect 2015/2016 Board of Directors during AGM
On April 16-17, 2015 the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC) met in Ottawa for their Annual General Meeting and professional development sessions. AAAC was founded in 1994 as a national network of professional education accrediting bodies.
AAAC members elected the 2015/2016 Board of Directors during their AGM:
• Lynn Villeneuve, LL.B., Practice Lead, Accreditation, Engineers Canada was elected Chair
• Isidore LeBlond, President/CEO, Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and CCTT becomes the Past-Chair
• Aline Gagnon, Director, CMA Accreditation, Canadian Medical Association was elected Vice-Chair
• Kathy Davidson, Executive Director, Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada remains as Treasurer
Members at Large are:
• Deborah Wolfe, FEC, P.Eng., Managing Director, National Committee on Accreditation/Director, Law School Programs of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada
• David Parkes, M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer, Diver Certification Board of Canada
AAAC provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community, which assesses the quality of professional higher education programs. AAAC advances the knowledge, skills, and good practices of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.
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PSE's reaction to budget largely positive
Reactions to Canada's budget from the PSE sector were mainly positive, with some exceptions. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) applauded federal investment in research infrastructure and in programs designed to foster close relationships between business and industry associations and PSE partners. Polytechnics Canada, meanwhile, welcomed the expanded adoption of the Blue Seal Certification program and Canada's investment in a one-stop national labour market information portal. Universities Canada (formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) said that Canada's $1.33 million investment in research infrastructure will yield significant benefits for Canadian researchers. Jonathan Champagne, Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) said that his organization was "extremely pleased" with the budget's commitments to student aid. However, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) said that by making loans more accessible, the budget will lead to greater student debt.
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College administrators predict revolutionary change in next decade
College Administrator recently looked ahead to 2025, asking a number of college administrators what they think colleges will look like in 10 years. All agreed that the classroom of 2025 will be driven by technology and by student demand for education tailored to the individual learner. Top Ten editor Ken Steele said that there are indications that colleges will ascend in popularity in the next decade, adding that fused university-college education has "pretty clear momentum." Administrators also spoke of the need for seamless transfers among all institutions and the growing importance of technology-enabled learning. Performance-based government funding is also likely in the future, with focus moving away from enrollment to learning outcomes. One administrator summed up the revolutionary changes that will likely occur by stating, "post-secondary institutions that do not adapt will die."
Apple Pay plans to launch in Canada
Apple is planning to launch its mobile payments service in Canada this spring, marking the start of its international expansion of Apple Pay, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company is in negotiations with Canada's six biggest banks about a potential fall launch of the service, which would enable mobile payments for both credit and debit cards using iPhones and the forthcoming Apple Watch, those people said.
How laser scanning may help crack mysteries of HMS Erebus
When Sir John Franklin set sail from England in his 1845 bid to find the Northwest Passage, the reinforced British warships in his expedition were renowned for the scientific and naval innovations on board.
But none of that technology was enough to save HMS Erebus and HMS Terror from the ravages of thick Arctic ice and all the other forces that conspired to doom the polar expedition and its 129 men.
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Safety features rank high in study of drivers' preferred technology, but costs are still high
Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.
Blind spot detection, night vision and collision avoidance systems — which automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time — are the top three technologies drivers want on their next cars, according to a study released recently by the consulting firm J.D. Power.
Patent trolls targetted in latest tech industry battle
Just as Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology. Haro and Hulls traced the company, Advanced Ground Information Systems, to a coastal home in Jupiter, FL, with a phone number that initially went to an anonymous voicemail.
Saanich teen's newest invention can use hot coffee to power devices
Ann Makosinski hasn't had an ordinary adolescence. From appearing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, to being named one of Time Magazine's 30 Under 30, the 17-year-old from Saanich has attracted international attention for her invention — a flashlight powered by the heat of the human hand.
New LED technology boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold
A new technology that can increase the bandwidth of Wi-Fi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information, has been developed.
The technology could be integrated with existing Wi-Fi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in crowded locations, such as airport terminals or coffee shops, and in homes where several people have multiple Wi-Fi devices.
NASA 3-D prints the world's first full-scale copper rocket engine part
Day in and day out, we see new types of technologies emerge from the 3-D printing space, as well as different uses which test the feasibility and potential that 3-D printing has within the fields of manufacturing. One organization which is really beginning to embrace 3-D printing is NASA. Whether it is 3-D printing rocket parts or sending 3-D printers to the International Space Station, NASA gets it — 3-D printing is the future of manufacturing.
In the kitchen of 2025, Ikea envisions tables that heat and cool, smarter sinks
Programmable coffee makers, sleek white cabinets, and islands are all cornerstones of the kitchen in 2015, but the space could look pretty different in 10 years, if Ikea has anything to say about it. The company collaborated with Ideo, students from the School of Industrial Design Center at Lund University, and the Industrial Design department at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The end result was Concept Kitchen 2025.
Google's 'mobilegeddon' will shake up search results
Having a site that is friendly to mobile browsers on smartphones and tablets will be key as Google rolls out a new mobile-focused algorithm.
The update to the way Google ranks search results will take into account how mobile-friendly a website is. This means companies without a good mobile website will suffer, as searchers on mobile will see sites with good mobile experiences ranked higher than those with no mobile or poor mobile sites.
Scientist: Brisbane could be 'spatial technology' world leader
He's worked at NASA and served as the UN chief environmental scientist, but Professor Tim Foresman believes the international epicentre of an emerging technology won't be in Silicon Valley.
Instead, Dr. Foresman says Brisbane is the place that could lead the world in spatial technology.
Spatial technology is the use of data and mapping to create digital products that can be used in areas including business, education and disaster response management.
Life-like android robot receptionist helps customers at Tokyo department store
A life-like android robot marked her first day at work as a receptionist at a major department store in Tokyo, Japan recently, greeting customers as they walked in.
The Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store unveiled their new receptionist "Aiko Chihira" to customers and the media.
The department store said it hopes the robot will be an effective tool in giving directions to customers and boosting store campaigns.
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