Top 10 professors go head-to-head in TVO's Big Ideas 2008 Best Lecturer Competition, starting March 1, 2008

    Lecture broadcasts and voting to begin

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Just five days until the battle to be the best
begins! Each weekend starting Saturday March 1, professors from among the top
10 finalists in the Big Ideas 2008 Best Lecturer Competition will pair up to
deliver their lectures on TVO. Lectures air Saturdays from 4 to 6 pm (repeated
Sundays from 4 to 6 pm), for five weeks until March 30. The opening weekend
will feature lectures from Brock University's Tim Conley and Loyalist
College's John Schneeberger.
    Voting will be open to viewers online at or by phone at
1.866.281.3536, each weekend from 5:45 pm Saturday to noon the following
Monday. Viewers grade professors appearing in a given week on a scale of 0 to
100 in three categories.

    1.  Clarity and Coherence: Did viewers follow the theme of the lecture
        and understand its main points?

    2.  Energy and Performance: Was the viewer engaged by the lecturer's
        manner and style?

    3.  Confidence and Authority: Does the lecturer convey confidence and
        mastery of the subject?

    After submitting their grades for the professors, online voters can also
fill out an entry form for their chance to win a 50" widescreen plasma HDTV
and home theatre system.
    The professor with the highest average grade will take the title of
Ontario's Best Lecturer 2008, and also wins a $10,000 TD Meloche Monnex
scholarship on behalf of his institution.
    Big Ideas is TVO's televised lecture series. Now in its third year, the
Best Lecturer Competition sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex galvanizes the
post-secondary community and plays an important role in raising awareness
about the province's great educators.
    For more information, including the list of top 10 finalists, broadcast
schedule of lectures, contestant bios, lecture videos of lectures, student
quotes and full contest details, please visit

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

    About TD Meloche Monnex

    TD Meloche Monnex is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the third
edition of TVO's Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. For over 55 years, TD
Meloche Monnex has been a dedicated supporter of Ontario university alumni,
providing high-quality home and auto insurance to its members.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
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