(1) Conference on Blended Learning

Conference on Blended Learning: Diversifying Blended Learning
Joint conference of COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education and Research) and CSSHE

27-28 October 2011, University of Guelph

Further Information: cohere.ca

(2) Higher Education, Globalization, and Social Justice

Presentation of keynote speaker, Martin Carnoy.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) will hold an autumn conference at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre in Vancouver, 3 – 4 November 2011.

Globalization has been a striking characteristic of the past few decades. The developments in the economy, energy, and education have all become ever more dependent on globalized networks. At the same time, problems such as climate change, which can only be addressed on a global scale, feature ever more prominently in our globalized media.

Higher education has also become more international, even globalized. Concomitantly, countries such as Canada have developed mass systems for higher education; these systems now serve the majority of the population through a highly diversified system of institutions. Many of these institutions are “going global” in various ways, including massive expansion of online delivery of programs, worldwide recruiting of students, partnerships with institutions in other countries, and establishment of off shore campuses. While the globalization of higher education presents exciting opportunities, there are concerns. Chief among these concerns is that globalization can result in neglect of the traditional social justice function of many public and private institutions, particularly if the reason for “going global” is primarily financial.

This conference will focus on both the opportunities and dangers of globalization of higher education. It will bring together researchers, administrators, policy analysts, and students from Canada and elsewhere. Within the overall theme of the conference, proposals for concurrent sessions and panels are invited on the following subthemes, or other relevant issues:

    1. How globalization of higher education can serve – or subvert – the social justice objectives of our institutions.
    2. Who is marginalized or exploited in the globalization of higher education? For example, what are the intersections and contradictions in globalization from an Indigenous perspective? What are the benefits and unintended consequences of a globalized student body and faculty?
    3. What are the experiences of those who learn and teach in a globalized institution, and what do they lead us to understand about a globalizing university?
    4. How can online and distance modes of education delivery address social justice issues locally and/or globally?
    5. What are the pros and cons of International or joint degree programs, off shore branch campuses, and virtual campuses for international students, their host institutions, communities, and countries?


Final version dated 2 November 2011


Registration is now available on-line at MyCSSHE.

Registration Rates

Regular Member Regular Non-member Student/Retired Member Student/Retired Non-member
Prior to 8 October $295 $405* $190 $240*
As of 8 October $345 $455* $235 $285*

* includes a one-year membership for 2012.


Cancellations will be accepted until 28 October 2011, subject to a $30 processing fee. No refunds will be possible following this date.


Delta Vancouver Suites
Conference rates available until 12 October 2011
Delta Suite $159.00
Premier Suite $184.00
Delux Suite $199.00
Signature Club Suite $209.00

All rooms are quoted based on single or double occupancy – an extra person will be $30.00; maximum room occupancy is 4 people; prices are in Canadian dollars and subject to applicable taxes.

604.689.8118 or 1.888.663.8811

Other Accommodations
The hotels listed below are not associated with the conference and therefore their standard rates and applicable taxes apply. Please visit their Web sites for more information regarding rates, availability, location, and reservations.

Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver
435 West Pender Street
604.488.1088 or 1.888.389.5888

The St. Regis
602 Dunsmuir Street
604.681.1135 or 1.800.770.7929

Victorian Hotel
514 Homer Street
604.681.6369 or 1.877.681.6369

For more information regarding accommodations, restaurants, and tourist attractions, please visit Tourism Vancouver.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals of up to 400 words (for papers) and 800 words (for panels) should be submitted by or before 30 June 2011. Presenters and panel conveners will be notified by 22 July 2011 at the latest if their proposal has been accepted. Conference submissions can be done at http://ocs.sfu.ca/leadingchange/index.php/csshe/. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Conference co-chair Dr. Michelle Pidgeon, michelle_pidgeon@sfu.ca