Phillip Joseph, Dominica, and Elizabeth Maddox enjoy a slice
of cake at a welcoming reception.
(Below) George Bristol of St. Vincent and Doreen Whalen, associate
executive director School of Continuing Education, attend an
to the Gazette
Discovery Book states: They (visiting academics)
find Newfoundlands distinct environment provides a unique
opportunity to study a variety of subjects and conditions rarely
found anywhere else.
For 23 West
Indies students here to study during the spring semester, the
focus would be on the conditions rarely found anywhere
else part of that statement, at least in terms of the temperature
difference between here and Dominica and St. Vincent.
first week since the students arrival on May 7, the temperature
struggled to climb above the five degrees celsius mark. For the
visiting students, thats meant a hurried acquisition of
heavy jackets, mitts and toques, and extra blankets on the bed
at night. The tunnel system here at Memorial has never found
a more ardent group of supporters. Ironically, one of the things
the students have asked for most since their arrival is an opportunity
to see an iceberg.
are the principals of a distance education pilot project involving
the Commonwealth of Learning, University of the West Indies,
and Memorials Faculty of Education, with support from the
School of Continuing Education. The program is intended to enhance
collaborative efforts in promoting learning at a distance and
providing undergraduate degree scholarships to Commonwealth Caribbean
began working in January, 1999, towards Memorials bachelor
of education (intermediate/secondary). Studying part-time on
course work delivered at a distance by Memorial, the students
are now fulfilling the residential studies component of their
program. This will be followed by a fall teaching internship
in their home schools.
of the program by administrators and students alike
has been very positive.
and faculty have expressed great satisfaction with the sharing
of ideas between two different cultures, and look forward to
an exciting semester here at Memorial University, said
Dr. Dennis Treslan, associate dean of the Faculty of Education
and the senior project coordinator.
Educations coordinator of undergraduate programs and a
key player in the project, couldnt agree more.
very pleased with the way the program is going, she said.
Its a wonderful learning experience for everyone
concerned. Wed welcome the opportunity to do it again ...
to build on this projects success.
visible though perhaps no less interesting aspect
of the project, is the employment and business development opportunities
it has brought with it. The program has meant the development
by IDON EAST, a local multimedia firm, of the eight Web-based
courses required for the completion of the B.Ed. This public/private
sector partnering bodes well for establishing Memorial as a global
provider of distance education products and services. Development
of the courses was supported through funding by the Canada/Newfoundland
Agreement on Economic Renewal.
In his welcoming
letter to the Caribbean students, President Dr. Axel Meisen gave
recognition to the importance to Memorial of the development
of global academic relationships.
unique approach to learning is a clear way to demonstrate our
commitment to international partnerships and collaboration,
he wrote. What better way to acknowledge the new reality
of life in the global village than for us to join in a vigorous
exchange of educational and cultural experiences.
he invited the students to enjoy, learn and experience
all that Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer. The students
may be forgiven if they opt to forego all that Newfoundland has
to offer, especially if all includes more near-freezing
is, said Keith Glasgow, one of the students, in spite
of the cold weather and the icebergs, we have found the hospitality
at Memorial to be exactly the opposite: we have been shown a
volcano of hospitality.
cold outside in Newfoundland, but the people inside are very