Down the Hall – Episode 48 – Books Building Communities

The importance of literacy cannot be overstated. While we can learn in many ways, reading can play a fundamental part of that learning. This can be difficult in areas of the world where literacy rates are very low. That’s why many organizations and educational institutions are working to improve conditions in these places.

In this week’s episode, Fiona interviews Dr. Marlene Asselin, Associate Professor and Teacher Librarianship Coordinator in the department of Language & Literacy Education here at UBC. Marlene has been deeply involved in efforts by CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) Canada and CODE Ethiopia to train teacher-librarians in Ethiopia. She discusses the challenges involved, the successes they’ve had, and future plans for the program. It’s a wide-ranging interview with lots of great information on the project.

In addition to Marlene, it’s the Year of Indigenous Education here in the Faculty of Education, and there are some great ways to celebrate it.  Finally, on a more cosmic scale, just where were you when you heard the news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise? Is this a good or a bad thing?

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Episode 48 (42:22)

Time Stamps

00:21 | Introduction

Year of Indigenous Education

Indigenous Storywork Challenge

7:55 | Interview – Training librarians in Africa

Interview with Dr. Marlene Asselin

CODE Canada

CODE Ethiopia

39:26 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

REA4 – MED cohort in Educational Administration & Leadership (Richmond)

NSE5 – MED cohort in Educational Administration & Leadership (North Vancouver) – Information session: November 27, 2012

CP13 – MED cohort in Counselling Psychology (Kelowna)

MED2 – Master of Museum Education (Vancouver)

Investigating Our Practices – Proposals due February 26, 2013

Walkabout 2013


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Selections from “Memoirs of a World Traveller” – by Satya

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