Session VI – 10:30 – 11:30 (60 minutes) – Day 2

“I have to go back Home” Care-giving From Afar, Complexities, Realities and Resiliency in the Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Presented by: Linda Kongnetiman and Marva J Ferguson

Room: Champion (2nd floor)

Facilitated by:  Christina Tortorelli

As participants and facilitators at the conference, we will present on The Complexities of Care-Giving from Afar specific to the experiences of immigrants and refugees. While countries like Canada assist in the integration of immigrants and refugees, there are several unknown factors that contribute to the realities of this sector of the population, as they navigate the social systems so as to make a decent living, and achieve their intended goals. Professionals, practitioners, policy makers and social workers need to understand that for immigrants and refugees, family extend beyond borders, and that most individuals are “sandwiched” in care-giving roles for their families in Canada and their home countries. This presentation will discuss the complexities of care giving and resiliency in the Caribbean community. It will utilize real life experience, anecdotal and research information on the area of study. The presentation will begin to examine the perspectives of Caribbean people who continue to maintain work life balance when care-giving from afar.

Resilience and the Academic Chair

Presented by: Janet Miller, Jodi Nickel, Ruth Seltner and Yasmin Dean

Room: Stewart

Facilitated by:  Erik Christiansen

Based on anonymized data from interviews with over 20 department chairs, this presentation aims to understand factors that help/or hinder resilience in leadership. Participants described their feelings of success as leaders when they were able to support program development and advance new initiatives. Participants also shared feelings of frustration as a result of internal conflict within their departments and the limited scope of the Chair’s influence in light of broader university policy. Related to resilience, participants described the strategies that helped them to manage personal and professional stress and address departmental issues. By analysing the stories of these academic leaders, the research team has identified recommendations for individuals, departments, faculties and university administrative teams to promote success and wellness. These recommended strategies have the potential to create increased capacity in leadership and to encourage thoughtful succession planning.

MRU’s Rational Space Network: The Need to Promote Free Speech and Academic Freedom on Campus

Presented by: Bob Uttl, Frances Widdowson, Gerry Cross, Peter Zizler, and Shawn England

Room: Sinclair/Palliser

Facilitated by: Ana Colina

In 2016, a loosely organized group called the Rational Space Network was formed. MRU faculty have joined the network because they agree with the principles outlined in a “Rational Space Declaration”, which asserts that MRU should “be a space for free inquiry, robust debate and critical thinking”. Over the last two years, the network has grown as MRU faculty members have become increasingly aware of the need to promote freedom of speech and academic freedom on campus. This led the group to become involved in a number of initiatives in 2018-2019 – the creation of a twitter feed (https://twitter.com/SpaceRational), a facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/rationalspacenetwork/) and a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC37dWE2KLCCy_tsKFiCkyug). It also organized a Critical Thinking Series, which held a number of events that discussed contentious questions in a rigorous fashion by using a framework proposed by Stephen Brookfield.

In this group presentation, a few members of the Rational Space Network will discuss the reasons why they joined the network, and the opportunities and challenges that membership has entailed. Some of the topics discussed will include the impediments to speaking candidly at MRU, the threats to free speech and academic freedom on university campuses, and the difficulties of organizing a group that holds very different political viewpoints.

Meaningful Play with “Sources”, an Information Literacy Card Game

Presented by: Christopher Thomas and Kalen Keavey

Room: Dawson

Facilitated by:  Yuhuan Wang

As suggested by cultural theorist Johan Huizinga in his book Homo Ludens (1955), “all play means something”. Educators have investigated the links between learning and play for quite some time. One approach to integrating play into learning is the concept of “meaningful play”. Meaningful play is defined as the intentioned design of games or activities to accomplish learning. Over the last two decades, this has become more prevalent through such ideas, as game-based learning, gamification and, more recently as gameful design.

Librarians, as educators and involved in learning and teaching, are also experimenting with different ways to engage in “meaningful play” with their students. As a librarian and game researcher, I am always looking for games that capture meaningful play with information literacy. One such game, is “Sources”, Carleton University’s remixed version of the original UK designed card game.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to play the card game “Sources”. Following this, we’ll have an engaging discussion on the design and gameplay of “Sources” as well as the usefulness and appropriateness of meaningful play in the classroom.