The MARS Lab is pleased to be starting work on a Joint Education and Training Initiative (JETI) in collaboration with core partners at the University of Alberta and elsewhere.

With support from a University of Alberta McCalla Professorship, Dr. Gow is leading efforts to establish an international program that will integrate teaching with an ongoing action research project to study technology stewardship as a social practice model for promoting digital literacy and grassroots innovation with resource-challenged communities and organizations.  This initiative builds on a program of experiential and service learning that Dr. Gow has been facilitating through his MARS Lab and SSHRC-funded research since 2010.

In September 2016, the MARS Lab and partners launched the JETI with a successful technology stewardship workshop in Sri Lanka.  The outcome of that workshop has resulted in development of a short course in Technology Stewardship to be offered through the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya, starting in November 2018.

Participants at the 2016 Tech Stewardship Workshop in Sri Lanka, including graduate students from University of Alberta and University of Guelph.

In 2017, Dr. Gow initiated collaboration with the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at The University of the West Indies, culminating in a 2-day Technology Stewardship workshop held at the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad in March 2018.

Participants at the 2018 Tech Stewardship workshop in Trinidad, including graduate students from the University of Alberta and the University of the West Indies.

A next step in the project will be to complete work on a curriculum for a graduate level course to be offered at the University of Alberta through the MACT program.  This course will provide opportunities for Canadian students to connect with their counterparts in Sri Lanka and the Caribbean region, and to participate in field activities flowing from what is hoped will be an annual offering of stewardship courses in both countries.