President's Report 2007

Memorial researchers launch virtual learning project

With its geographically-dispersed, highly-educated population, Newfoundland and Labrador has been described as an ideal e-learning laboratory.

Last spring Memorial University researchers in the faculty of education launched the Killick Project for E-learning Research, a community-university research alliance.

It’s a project that involves the university, the department of Education, school districts and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) among others. The aim is to foster innovative research, training and new knowledge in the area of e-learning.

“The Killick Project will serve as a model for all communities in Canada and elsewhere by fostering innovative research, collaboration, training and the creation of new knowledge related to overcoming the educational challenges faced by isolated communities,” said Memorial president Dr. Axel Meisen during the project’s launch.

Dr. Jean Brown of the education faculty is principal investigator on the project valued at $8,500,000. Contributions come from the Community-University Research Alliance from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and other partners.