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2016, UNU Intensive Core Courses in Tokyo (5-30 September)

Dear all,

(Apologies for cross-posting.)

Every year the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) organizes its four-week UNU Intensive Core (UNU-IC) Courses at UNU headquarters in Tokyo. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Although advanced in nature, they are open to postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations who are not necessarily specialists in the field. The courses also draw on the research projects undertaken at UNU-IAS and at various other UNU institutes located around the world.

The IC Courses provide students with a solid grounding in the essential theories and multilateral approaches to issues of sustainability and development, while emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives. This year, the below three IC Courses will be offered:

1. UN System and Sustainable Development: This course presents the institutional background and policy tasks of the UN system, and provides an analytical framework to study complex issues ranging from reducing direct threats to peace, to strengthening sustainable development as an indispensable condition for peace.

2. Global Change and Planetary Boundaries: This course will cover concepts related to global environmental changes, such as urbanization, climate change and social transformations; their implications on food, water and health; various solutions to these changes including climate change adaptation and mitigation measures; and initiatives such as Future Earth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

3. Natural Capital and Biodiversity: This course provides students with an understanding and a multidisciplinary perspective on natural capital, biodiversity, human well-being and their interactions.

The Autumn 2016 session of the UNU-IC Courses will run from 5 September to 30 September 2016. The application deadline is 15 July 2016.

For more information on the UNU-IC Courses, please visit the UNU-IAS website:


Makiko ARIMA (Ms.)United Nations UniversityInstitute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

53-70, Jingumae 5-chome

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

Tel: +81-3-5467-1212

Email: arima@unu.edu

URL: ias.unu.edu

Facebook: facebook.com/UNU.IAS

Twitter: twitter.com/UNUIAS 

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PROGRAM ONLINE ! UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development (At EPFL 2-4 May 2016)

2016 International UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION // Deadline 31 March 2016 // http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2016Tech4Dev

Dear Colleagues,

The Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) hopes to see you on campus at our 4th International UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development from 2-4 May 2016 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center!

The focus of Tech4Dev 2016 will be From Innovation to Social Impact. The Conference gives you an opportunity to:

- Promote programs and approaches for inclusive social and economic development in the Global South.
- Reinforce collaboration among key stakeholders – academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, field practitioners, policy-makers, and private sector professionals – for a holistic approach to technology development.
- Build capacity among students to engage in multidisciplinary problem solving for social impact.
- Network at the fabulous social event of the Conference taking place in the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is a unique multidisciplinary platform for technological innovation that brings together over 400 participants from 60 countries. Early Bird Registration fees expire 31 March 2016.

We hope that you will seize this opportunity and register for the conference, as well as promoting it to your partners both within Switzerland and abroad.

Thanking you in advance, we look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Silvia Hostettler
Deputy Director

Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) | UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) | Tel: +41 (0)21 693 6048 | Email: Tech4Dev@epfl.ch | http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2016Tech4Dev

Discuss the event at #T4D2016 – Follow us @codevEPFL

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Learning Communities Research and Practice
Dear Colleagues,
The new issue of Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP), the open-access peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to LCs, is now available, thanks to the work of committed authors and dedicated reviewers. This issue includes a nice range of research and practice articles, two perspective pieces, and a review of a student-authored anthology. We welcome your feedback!
Submissions for the spring issue are due by January 15, 2016. We welcome your inquiries along with submissions.  For more information about how to submit, please visit LCRP’s Instructions to Authors.
Happy reading!
Emily Lardner and Sara Huntington, LCRP editors
Abigail Lynch

IECA Online course: course Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice

Following may be of interest – IECA is the leading env. com. association.
Best, Pam

Greetings colleagues,

Some of you may be interested in this:

The IECA is again offering the online course Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice <http://theieca.org/coce2015>  starting in January.

Who is the course for?
This course will be relevant to the following participants:
* Environmental communication professionals who want to brush up or catch up
* Environmental policy & science professionals who need to improve their
* Students (graduate or senior undergraduate) in communication,
environmental studies and sciences, or other fields who don¹t have access to
such a course at their school
* Concerned citizens who want to become more involved in advocacy and public
participation in environmental affairs
Course participants come from all over the world.

We will do our best to tailor the course to the needs of participants. We
pledge to make this an accessible and memorable learning experience.

More information:

Gabriele Hadl
Secretary, International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)


UNEP Free Online Course on Marine Litter – Starts 26 October, Monday !

Pls register NOW and/or share as widely as you can !!
FREE Enrolment
UNEP is launching the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on marine litter to raise awareness against marine litter and promote solutions to plastic pollution in our oceans.
This MOOC is offered in collaboration with the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands and incorporates case studies that will inspire leadership at all levels.
Students can choose to enrol in the two-week leadership track starting on 26 October, Monday, and choose to continue on to an eight-week expert track.
Certificates will be awarded upon completion of each of the two tracks.
The course will be useful for university students, as well as faculty members who can use these online educational resources to enhance teaching on marine litter.
Pls feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues, partner institutions and relevant networks.
PS.  Did you know that coastal countries produced 2.5 billion tons of waste in 2010, of which 275 million tons was plastic, the most abundant type of marine litter?
Great Opportunity Please Share – [Thomson Reuters] Journalism training course
Thomson Reuters Foundation is currently engaged in a partnership with the UN Foundation to deliver journalism training regarding the coverage of the 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030, which will be signed on a new agreement at the UN summit held in Paris in December 2015.

We will be running a training course in 33 countries and we are looking for seven journalists (whether staff or freelance) per country to attend.
We are looking for the younger, promising reporters out there, the up and coming names in sustainable reporting with a maximum of five years’ experience – or even someone with more experience and whose background is not in this area, but who has a marked interest in starting to cover sustainability.
Journalists who cover the local communities, where the achievement of these new sustainability goals might really make an impact, as well as nationwide, will be very welcome. We will not be looking to train those who are already experts in covering sustainability and climate change.
We are currently particularly keen to find English-speaking participants based in Tokyo, or who can travel and stay in Tokyo for five days at their own expense (travel and accommodation is not covered, unfortunately). Our course will be taking place on the week starting July 27th and it will give participants a chance to learn from former Reuters journalists as well as to meet and interview spokespeople from relevant organisations.
Other countries where the course will be held include: Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil (São Paulo), China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, UAE, US (NYC & LA), and Zambia.
Those interested can email marta.machado@thomsonreuters.com with two samples of published work (even if not climate/sustainability-related) and a short statement on why they feel they should cover the new SDGs and hence be selected to attend our course, including details of how long they have been working in journalism.

Asayo Kawata

Administrative Assistant

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters

Tel: +44 (0)207 542 0561


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Elena Mondino [e.mondino@itcilo.org]
Sent: 2015-04-15
Subject: Massive Online Open Course on Crowdfunding for Development

The International Training Centre of the ILO has the pleasure to invite you
to join the Massive Online Open Course on CROWDFUNDING FOR DEVELOPMENT from
4 May to 30 June 2015

Development campaigns can be a great asset to a community, yet, achieving
the necessary funds can be a struggle.Crowdfunding is democratizing access
to capital and has the potential to unlock much needed early-stage
financing for your campaign. Furthermore, Massive Online Open Courses offer
a free knowledge resource that can be accessed anywhere.

By the end of the course, you will be able to plan, apply the proper
instruments and implement your own CF4Dev campaign.
The course is free and open to anyone.

Please, feel free to join us following this link:


and the instructions on:


Feel free to share this information with whom you deem could be interested.

For any further information you may need, don’t hesitate to contact us at:


Looking forward to welcoming you in the MOOC,
The CF4DEV Team



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UN CCLearning

UN CC:Learn news: E-course now in Spanish, and IMO joins the partnership

Dear Colleagues,

UN CC:Learn is happy to announce that its free Introductory e-Course on Climate Change, which was recently translated to French, is also now available in Spanish. Do not hesitate to share this free resource! Additionally, we are happy to announce that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recently joined the UN CC:Learn partnership. Please find more information below. For more updated news, please follow us onFacebook and Twitter!

Lanzamiento del Curso de la UN CC:Learn en Español

El famoso curso en línea al que asistieron miles de participantes de todas las Partes en la CMNUCC ya está disponible en español! El curso en línea “Introducción al Cambio Climático”: todo lo que usted necesita saber sobre el cambio climático en un solo lugar, una formación libre, que usted puede seguir a su propio ritmo, le permitirá aprender los fundamentos del cambio climático y obtener un certificado expedido por el UNITAR. Lo puede encontrar a la siguiente dirección: http://unccelearn.org/Read more…

UN CC:Learn Partners Welcome IMO in the Partnership

Did you know that international shipping is the most energy efficient mode of mass transport? However, as sea transport will continue growing apace with world trade, a global approach to further improve its energy efficiency and effective emission control is needed. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been energetically pursuing the limitation and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, in recognition of the magnitude of the climate change challenge and the intense focus on this topic.​​​​As such, it works both on setting standards for the industry, as well as provide training for countries to implement them. The UN CC:Learn partners are happy to welcome IMO in their midst, given it provides climate change training in this critical sector.
Discover more of IMO’s publications on the subject of climate change here, or visit their website: http://www.imo.org/OurWork/Environment/PollutionPrevention/AirPollution/Pages/Default.aspx

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme.  Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Best regards,
Junko TAIRA (Ms.)
UN CC:Learn Secretariat
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland




Subject: Language and Linguistics MOOCs ready to register 


Dear VLC Community members,

In February, we will witness a massive launch of massive (free) open online
courses in linguistics. Four courses will start on 1 February 2015:

Linguistics 101 – Fundamentals
Linguistics 103 – The Nature of Meaning
Linguistics 201 – The Structure of English

and the new “adaptive MOOC” Linguistics 104 – Morphology and Syntax (which
will start slightly later in March)

This is the first time that a “MOOC Curriculum” will be on offer. And as
usual, we will supply you with the wealth of VLC material: Multimedial
Virtual Sessions, Mastery Worksheets, Videos (Macro- and Microteaching)
plus flanking material (our usual interactive practicals and a lot more).

For the first three MOOCs, you can already register, MOOC 104 will be up
To register, just login to the VLC, then visit the registration office and
select your course(s). Each course start site provides you with further

So join us and be part of it.

J. Handke
on behalf of
your VLC-Team
Contact: www.linguistics-online.com or http://youtu.be/cmoBVyujIko for

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Subject: RE: Language and Linguistics MOOCs ready to register

Good Day, Juergen!

I have posted links relating to Languages and Linguistics on EduNorth:

These links are pasted below.

(Note to our Good Moderators:  Please, Please, Please make hypertext work
in e-forum messages.  Thanks!)
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text-only to HTML. In this case, dear e-Forum users: Please use the above
link for full access to the list below]

Mine Lingo & Slang
Dictionary of Slang (UK)

Dictionaries and Glossaries:  Language Portal of Canada

Glossary:  Cornish Mining World Heritage Site


Glossary of Terms (The Northern Miner)

How to Speak like a Gold Miner: Slang in the Yukon

Mindat:  Searchable Database and Glossary

Mining Glossary (Mineral Resource Analyst Group)

Slang Dictionary (John Camden Hotten)

U.C.L.A. Slang 2 (Pamela Munro, et al.)

Unspeakable English

Language Learning & Tutoring Resources Online
Advancing Cultural Diversity in Volunteer Management
American Association for Applied Linguistics
American Speech – Language – Hearing Association (ASHA)
American Translators Association
ArabTerm Technical Dictionary:  Arabic-German-English-French
Bilingual Bambino (Deaf Sign Language)
Bob Wilson’s autoenglish
British Association for Applied Linguistics
CALPER (Pennsylvania State University)
Canadian Association of Speech – Language Pathologists & Audiologists
CBC – ESL (Pilot Project, 2011)
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Children of the Code
Cree – English – French Dictionary (East Cree)
Cree (Four Directions Institute)
Cree Dictionary (Nehiyaw Masinahikan)
Cree Literacy Network
DANA Foundation (Brain Information Gateway)
Dene / Cree Elderspeak
Dogrib Dictionary (UVic)
English as She is Spoke
English Language Teaching (Canadian Center of Science and Education)
English Pronunciation Online (English – Spanish)
English Spanish Translator Org
ESL & GED (Lake Country Adult Learning Connection)
ESL and Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press)
ESL and Literacy:  A Survey of the Literature (Centre for Literacy)
ESL Special Collection (National Institute for Literacy)
Firefox Language Support
First Nations Languages of British Columbia (UBC)
First People’s Language Resources (People’s Paths)
Foreign Language Dictionaries & Translations (Humanitas International)
GNU Operating System
How Young Children Learn English as Another Language (Opal Dunn)
Indigenous Language Institute
Instructional Models and Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

Journal of Neuroscience
Kato Lomb’s Strategies for Language Learning and SLA Theory (Scott
Language Anxiety and Learner Self-Management (Hauk & Hurd)
Language Conferences Worldwide
Language Geek
Language Portal of Canada
Languages Canada
Languages Commissioner of the N.W.T.
Learning Paths (Luciano Mariani)
LINC 4 Classroom Activities (Canada)
LINC Home Study (LEAD, Canada)
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
Mandatory Language Testing (Canadian Bar Association)
Moniyaw Linguist
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (UK)
National Asssociation of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators
Native Languages of the Americas
Native Village Language Library
Omniglot:  Writing Systems & Languages of the World
On Language, Translation and Comparative Stylistics (Erudit)
On Teaching Strategies in Second Language Acquisition (Yang Hong)
Online Dictionary of Playground Slang (ODPS)
PeaceWomen Translation Initiative
Phonetics and Phonology (Macquarie University)
Phraselator (Voxtec)
Places of Articulation Diagrams (Azus Notes)
Poetry Translation Center
Primary Languages (UK)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US)
Reverso:  Translations, Grammar, Conjugations
RWTH Arabic – to – English Spoken Language Translation System (IEEE)
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre:  Our Languages
SEDL (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory)
Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English-Language Learners  (UC Santa
Society for Neuroscience
Summer Institute of Languages in Mexico
The SWADESH List of Basic Vocabulary Words in Eight Languages
Teaching English (British Council)
TECNOPARLA (Speech to Speech:  Spanish, Catalan, English)
TESL Canada Federation
TESL-EJ (Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language)
Text Size in Translation (W3C)
Translate Text on iGoogle
TUN Institute of Learning (Burmese, English, and Pali)
Turtle Island Native Network
Tutor Support (Hopelink)
Ultraconserved words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia
Yinka Dene Language Institute (YDLI)

By the way, if you have any links to resources relating to Plain Language &
Cartoon Use for Instruction and Learning, please do share these me.



T. Damian Boyle
Workplace Educator
Northlands College


Subject: Announcement for eLearning Africa 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find below an announcement for eLearning Africa 2015, the 10th
International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training.
The event will take place from May 20 – 22, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We would be delighted if you could make a reference to this conference and
include it in your newsletter and/or calendar.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or
require further information.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Katarina Snak
PR Assistant

Leibnizstrasse 32
10625 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33

eLearning Africa 2015 – 10th International Conference on ICT for
Development, Education and Training
When: May 20 – 22, 2015
Where: The African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organiser: ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstrasse 32, 10625 Berlin, Germany,
Tel: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-0, Fax: +49 (0)30 324 98 33
Contact: Rebecca Stromeyer, info@elearning-africa.com,

Short Description:
eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and
training in Africa. Bringing together high-level policy makers, decision
makers and practitioners from education, business and government, eLearning
Africa 2015 will take place from 20 – 22 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a
must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry
contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise
and abilities. eLearning Africa takes place in a different African country
each year, and the conference languages are English and French. eLearning
Africa attracts over 1,500 education professionals, investors and providers
of education and training, with 86% coming from Africa.


Logo Download:
News Releases:
News Portal: http://www.elearning-africa.com/eLA_Newsportal/
Subscribe to the Newsletter: www.elearning-africa.com/eLA_Newsportal/

Social media:
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/17387268602/
Facebook Page:
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAvShD8MwRcZ4yyuVGiEwXA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eLAconference
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2078853&trk=hb_side_g

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Subject: Re: General framework of Automotive technology program

Hello Aimee,

Please try to visit our office’s website at www.tesda.gov.ph , then go to:
Training Regulations. You could find our standards in there.

Thank you.


Larry F. Dizon
Administrative Officer V
TESDA Ilocos Sur Provincial Office
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
+639155932149/ +63 (077) 722-6753

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Subject: The CVA-ACFP November 2014 Newsletter IN FOCUS VET Teachers  and Workplace Trainers / CVA-ACFP Infolettre novemnre 2014

In English http://cva-acfp.org/a/2014-11-en.html

In French http://cva-acfp.org/a/2014-11-fr.html

Each month, the Canadian Vocational Association presents a survey of
links and documents on various specializations and topics related to the
of professional training.
The Newsletter is in English and French.
Tous les mois, l’Association canadienne de la formation professionnelle
présente une compilation de documents et de liens pertinents sur
spécialités et thématiques liés au domaine de la formation
Le bulletin est en anglais et en français.
- Become a member http://cva-acfp.org/membership/becoming-a-member

- Join us in LinkedIn http://goo.gl/O9isT

- Twitter  https://twitter.com/CVA_ACFP

- Scoop.It! @Canadian Vocational Association / Association canadienne de
formation professionnelle Includes all the tags / inclue les étiquettes

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Subject: Plain Language & Cartoon Use: for Instruction and Learning

Sent: 01 January 2015
To: UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum (e-Forum@unevoc.unesco.org)
Subject: Plain Language & Cartoon Use: for Instruction and Learning


I am looking for evidence of reduced Workplace Injuries, Fatalities, and
Near Misses due to the use of Plain Language practices by Employers.

Evidence of improved Productivity, Quality, and Profitability outcomes due
to Plain Language practices is also of interest.

The Plain Language document types of particular interest are Education and
Training Materials, and Work Instructions.

Your assistance with directing me towards any evidence of improved
Education, Training, and Workflow outcomes would be greatly appreciated.

I am also interested in the use of Comics and Cartoons developed
specifically as Training Materials, and would appreciate being directed to
examples of these as well.

Here are a some Cartoon examples to consider:

The Far Side (Gary Larson)

The Cartoon (Herb Block)
From the Stock Market Crash of 1929 to 2000.
Herb Block received three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning and a
fourth with Washington Post colleagues for public service during the
Watergate investigation.
…He coined the word “McCarthyism.”

Plain Language Resources

Teaching Tips

When you wish to instruct, be brief—so that the minds of men take in
quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every
word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
— Cicero

The note below, from our esteemed colleague Francisco Javier Troncoso,
illustrates very plainly the importance of Plain Language:

‘A tip about the tip of  “BE BRIEF”.

Charles de Gaulle discourses to the French Nation were analysed on one
issue: length of sentences.

His remarkable addresses had in average sentences of only 14 words each!
He won every plebiscite he proposed on such oratory pieces.

Only to his last and least referendum his speeches were in average of 22
words by sentence. He lost and retired.

After retirement his party won the elections again, so it was not a matter
of lack of support.

It was widely understood that he had not been clear on his proposals.

¡Better to learn from the experiences of others!’

Thanks very much for your kind consideration of my request.

Best Wishes for YOU: for today, for the year ahead, and for every day

Le Vent Nous Portera (Sophie Hunger)



T. Damian Boyle
Workplace Educator
Northlands College
McArthur River Mine Site
c/o Cameco
2121 Eleventh Street West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan    S7M 1J3

Telephone:  (306) 633 – 2001 (x8881)


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