Athabasca University to host international summer school
Athabasca University (AU) is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2020 ICCROM Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science Summer School in St. Albert, Alta., from September 14-25, 2020.
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental organization working to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage in every region of the world.
“This collaboration builds on an ongoing partnership between Athabasca University and ICCROM,” said, Dr. Veronica Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. “AU is delighted to be expanding this partnership by hosting an on-site learning experience that advances and blends the innovative programming AU offers in Heritage Resources Management and that ICCROM offers in teaching conservation and science. Such learning experiences embody the values and themes that inspire AU’s Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities strategic plan.”
The ICCROM Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science Summer School is designed to bring conservation professionals together from around the world. With a diverse range of backgrounds, the course enables participants to look at alternative approaches to teaching and learning about conservation and science while studying existing field practices.
Over the two weeks participants will explore innovative and effective methods of learning and teaching core concepts of conservation and science using these to identify new approaches and tools for designing educational programmes and training activities.
Participants will be using touring historic St. Albert landmarks, including the Musée Héritage Museum and Grain Elevator Park. Activities will include fieldwork, study visits/tours, and documenting Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. Participants will also visit historic sites and museums around the region, such as the Royal Alberta Museum.
“We are excited to introduce the participants to our rich and diverse culture through visits to museums, historic sites, and cultural places in St. Albert, Edmonton, and beyond. Participants will also have the chance to interact with community leaders and members, as well as professionals and experts to learn about heritage conservation practices, activities, and partnerships in Alberta and Canada”, said Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Associate Professor/Director, Heritage Resources Management in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
AU has worked with ICCROM since 2016 and has offered the online components of the International Summer School. In 2019, AU developed a customized online environment for the course activities. This online environment, entitled ICCROM-AU International Summer School Virtual Leaning Space (VLS) was designed as an integral part of ICCROM’s 2019 International Summer School in Arita, Japan.
The 2019 International Summer School participants actively engaged with the virtual learning space and explored online learning modality. The digital component of the course served as a nurturing forum that enabled the exchange of ideas and created a venue to explore new didactic approaches in heritage conservation.
“It is such a privilege to continue our collaboration with ICCROM and host the 2020 edition of the International Summer School in Canada. We are looking forward to welcoming international participants to AU and our community,” said Inanloo Dailoo.
The ICCROM summer school is open to heritage professionals, with at least three years of experience in teaching, either full-time (universities and conservation schools) or alongside another professional practice. For more information about the summer school, or to apply, visit the course page on ICCROM’s website.
You can learn more about heritage resources management programs and courses at Athabasca University on our website, and start your educational journey today!