Leveraging Learning for Regional Development: An International Forum (LLLC2008)

Venue: Lakehead University Campus

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 29, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 15, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Jul 31, 2007
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Lakehead University has the only academic department of lifelong learning in Canada, one of only a handful in the world. Situated on the shores of Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario, Lakehead University is the only Canadian university within a radius of 700 kilometres. The Leveraging Learning for Regional Development conference organized by the Department of Lifelong Learning together with the Confederation College and several government and private organizations will provide a vehicle for facilitating research linkages among disciplines and across institutions, sectors and regions which will enhance the visibility and profile of social sciences among regional and international partners.

We invite authors, presenters and workshop conveners to submit abstracts addressing the following Conference themes:
The overarching theme for the conference is Leveraging Learning for Regional Development: Northwestern Ontario, Canada and Beyond.
Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on the following sub-themes:

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is December 15, 2007. Abstracts for papers, presentations, and workshop sessions will be assessed by the Conference Program Committee and authors will be notified of the result by January 15, 2008. The Conference offers several options:

1. Poster Displays
Poster displays may present research results or they may report on a program or project in the literacy and health field. You will be asked to stay with your poster during a specific two-hour period to answer questions and share information. Posters may include drawings, charts, photos or other graphic material. An application for a poster display should explain the purpose of the project, methods, results and conclusions.

2. Oral Presentations
One or two speakers will inform delegates about an issue, project or research topic they have worked on. A case study may also be presented. The speakers will then invite questions and comments from delegates. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length.

3. Workshops
Workshops will give participants new knowledge, skills and/or practical tools. They will also enable participants to share their experience, build networks and partnerships. The format should encourage delegates to participate. Workshops will be 90 minutes long.

There will be 3 kinds of workshops:
• Panel Discussion - Three or four people will discuss the work they have done, or tell what they know about a subject. A facilitator will then lead a discussion.

• Skills and Training - This kind of workshop will give participants practical tools and help them learn new skills. Delegates should be able to participate and apply new skills.

• Roundtable Discussion – A roundtable focuses on an issue that is linked to the conference theme and that is of interest or concern to all. If you are interested in facilitating a roundtable discussion, your application should describe the problem or issue, why it is important and the questions you will discuss.
We are interested in submissions concerning utilization of learning for community development, especially involving partnerships, networking and linkages. We welcome abstracts for individual or joint papers, and demonstration projects which focus on any of our conference themes os subthemes. Submissions may include ongoing or completed research, reporting on policy development, innovative practice, analytical discussion, methodological issues, theoretical or conceptual issues and roundtable contributions. We particularly welcome papers that have international comparative dimension. Submissions should indicate the nature of abstract, for example, whether it is a poster display, paper presentation, or workshop. Proposal for a workshop should clearly state whether it is a panel discussion, skills and training or a roundtable discussion.
Proposals must also clearly state:
• The sub-theme for which the abstract is submitted
• Full name(s), job title(s), place(s) of employment, postal, telephone, fax and e-mail address(es) of contributors
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and must be submitted electronically (Rich Text Format or Microsoft Word) no later than December 15, 2007 to e-mail: sagbo@lakeheadu.ca
For more information, visit the Department of Lifelong Learning 2008 Conference website at: http://www.theconferenceplanner.ca/lifelearning/index.php?pid=9
Who Should Attend?
This international conference is open to anyone interested in lifelong learning and community development. The conference is of particular interest and value to regional and local organizations with responsibilities and interests in leveraging learning for economic and social development. Leaders of community development, academic researchers, human resource and staff development professionals, youth workers and family literacy managers, directors of learning, chief executives, teachers, school principals and college/university presidents, business educators, public policy makers, managers of public and private organizations, local, regional and international partners working in lifelong and social capital fields, and education consultants are all welcome to:
• Share successes with academics, practitioners and policy makers worldwide
• Experience how to create constructive learning partnerships at local, regional, national and international levels
• Demonstrate the value of public and private partnerships working with academic institutions
• Network with people involved in learning cities and regions and learn how social capital and lifelong learning can be utilized in building strong and sustainable communities
• Analyse the challenges of changing demographics
• Disseminate applied research findings to end users
• Demonstrate community partnership networks for social change

The venue for the 2008 conference is Lakehead University in the city of Thunder Bay. campus. The City of Thunder Bay is strategically located near the geographical centre of Canada, on the shore of Lake Superior - the western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway System. Thunder Bay is a regional centre and the "Gateway to the Great Northwest", a physical area nearly the size of Europe. The City is also the access point to and from the American Mid-West by way of the Pigeon River border crossing, 45 minutes away by road. Thunder Bay is the 10th largest city in Ontario and the largest metropolitan centre in Northwestern Ontario. The population of Metro Thunder Bay is approximately 125,000 and is made up of a diverse multi-cultural base.
Lakehead University residence complexes are ideally located in close proximity to everything on campus. They are all within walking distance to meeting and dining facilities.

We offer three different styles of residence accommodations. You may choose from either dormitory, townhouse or apartment style. All of our accommodations are clean, comfortable and adequately furnished.

The dormitories consist of both double and single rooms. Each single room contains a single bed, desk, chair and dresser. The double room contains a single bed, desk, chair and dresser for each occupant. All rooms are provided with linens and towels for your comfort. Each room comes equipped with a telephone. Each house in our dormitories has a lounge ideal for quiet reading, informal get-togethers or socializing with other Conference guests after the day is over.

Each townhouse unit has four self contained single bedrooms. We also have available two separate three bedroom units offering barrier-free access. Each unit has a shared bathroom, furnished living room and a kitchen. If kitchenware is required it can be supplied upon request. The apartment complex is located at the southern end of campus, between Avila and Barltey Residences. This low-rise, apartment-style complex offers four bedroom apartments which are fully furnished complete with storage room, full kitchen, four piece bath and a powder room with certain units offering barrier-free access. Linen and towels are also included for both apartment and townhouse occupants. All residence guests will be given the opportunity to exchange linen and towels at the Guest Accommodation Desk located in Bartley Residence.

All residence guests have access to coin operated laundry facilities, linen exchange, telephones in all rooms, vending machines and a Games Room equipped with a television and pool tables. Guest Accommodation Desk service is provided from 8:00 am to midnight 7 days a week. After hours, the Conference Assistant and a member of the Residence Staff are available by calling 343-8569.
Thunder Bay is only a short drive from the U.S. border and has an international airport - making the city accessible from anywhere in the world. Please visit the following website for travel tips: http://www.visitthunderbay.com/index.asp?page=tips
Thunder Bay has a wide range of accommodations available so that you can find something that fits your individual needs and budget. Choose from full service hotels, motels & inns, bed & breakfasts, cottages, and resorts located in both the city and the surrounding area. Wherever you decide to stay, you will always be assured of warm hospitality and comfortable lodgings.
• Full Service & Convention Hotels
• Motels & Inns
• Bed & Breakfast
• Cottage Rentals
• Resorts & Outfitters
• Hostels
• Campgrounds
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Additional Information

Conference papers will be published as conference proceedings, and selected papers will form the genesis of a first peer-reviewed volume of “Borderlines: The Journal of Lifelong Learning” to be hosted by the Lakehead University Department of Lifelong Learning for the continuous dissemination of research on learning cities and regions. These publications will make a major contribution to the literature around lifelong learning in relation to globalization, local and regional economic development, and the development of social capital.