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Every now and then there is a great conference that you should be part of. It'll be in your industry or profession, or maybe it's that symposium where all the great thinkers in your field are gathered together.

This week that conference is the World Conference on Online Learning being held in Toronto, Canada. Our Knowledge Ambassador, Dr. Anthony Cantor, will be coming out of his leave from work in order to deliver a paper - EssayJack: Essay Writing through Online Learning - at the conference. 

 

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Recently a professor friend of mine whom I used to work with posted a query from a student who was looking into which section of a required English course to take. The student writes: "Don't want to actually learn anything in english, just want a high mark and get my communications course over with. Minimal work for highest mark basically. Thanks!" My friend's posting of this yielded an interesting - sometimes frustrating, sometimes productive - online discussion from fellow academics about what to do with this type of student, how to reach him/her, and how to articulate clearly the importance of English as a scholarly discipline. I think, however, that there might be some other things to consider in looking at students with this attitude.

Do you ever trip over “it’s” versus “its”?

The difference is simple to explain. “It’s” with an apostrophe is a contraction for “it is” or “it has,” as in “It’s good to see you,” or “It’s been a long time.” “Its” without an apostrophe is the possessive form of “it.” That’s why for a book, we write about “its plot;” or for a tomato, we write about “its flavour.”  

It's very easy for teachers and professors to complain about "kids these days" who seemingly can't write or look up from their phones. It's easy to shake our proverbial canes at the younger generation and bemoan their lack of skills.

But there's more to it than that.

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