Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Consider This: Let's Make Decisions Together


I never really intended to get involved in university governance. Like a lot of faculty, I kind of fell into administrative work early in my career; I served on a few committees in my department because they dealt with things that mattered to me. Then I got involved in some faculty-level committees in my field of expertise. When my term expired, I was ready for something new, and when the call came out for faculty members to serve on General Faculties Council (GFC), I decided I would throw my hat in the ring and see what happened. I had never been to GFC, and I didn't even know anybody who had been on it - it was a black box to me.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Consider This: What It's Like to Be A Book at the Human Library

The Human Library at the University of Alberta
Image courtesy of the Human Library
To be read as a human book is an extraordinary feeling. Every conversation you have with a reader is different and their reasons for choosing to read you are so diverse that it is often hard to plan your whole conversation/”reading” in advance. What is a guarantee, at least for me, is that whether you are a book or a reader, the Human Library is a place that creates moments of understanding and connection.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bringing Beyonce to Class, and 9 Other Articles About Higher Ed

Another travel ban, the realities facing women in PSE, and supporting those not on the tenure-track are among the topics covered in the latest collection of PSE stories. Oh, and adding Beyonce to the syllabus. Cant' leave that one out...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Consider This: Should we teach our academic histories?

Should we teach our academic histories?
Each of our disciplines across the academy has a story – one that has shaped our curriculums, our canons, and processes for development. These histories have led us to today and will impact how we uncover our paths to tomorrow. But how many of our students actually know these histories?
Should study of the history of medicine be a requirement for medical trainees?
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Consider This On International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day in Higher Education
In honour of International Women's Day, Undergraduate Engineering Student Victoria Thomsen shares her experience as a young woman pursuing studies and a career in a male-dominated area.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Garden Path: Introducing the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Exploring the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
The walk to my university office is up a sandy path through a birch forest. Depending on the season, it is bathed in bottle green light, yellow birch leaves or snow-riven light shafts. The deer, grouse and moose tracks reminds me that the university garden I direct is a gem set in a forest.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Academic Jealousy and 14 Other Topics in Higher Ed

Maybe you’re just jealous, solving the problem of unfair credit, and discovering the Hive are all top of mind in this collection of PSE stories.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

It’s A Different Way To Learn

Experiential Learning at Augustana
I was sitting in the bucket of a rusty blue 1950's truck. I felt the murmur of the engine and I bounced with the rhythm of the ruts that covered the well-used gravel road. I couldn’t help but think – this is a unique way to learn about the world. (Yes, it may sound surprising, but I did get to ride in a truck for class – we were touring a farm.)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Creating a Culture of Environmental Sustainability: Augustana Chaplaincy

Campus Sustainability Leadership Award Winners 2016 - Augustana Chaplaincy
Last year, when I saw that nominations were open for the Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, I knew I had to put in a good word for the members of the Augustana Chaplaincy, who make our campus more sustainable in so many ways.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

12 Stories The World of Higher Ed is Talking About

Bafflegab (yes, bafflegab!), the lessons of Canada’s dark age of science, and THE global teaching survey results, are among the topics covered in this collection of PSE stories.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Women in Academic Leadership: Learning from each other

Celebrating women in academic leadership
Image courtesy of SWAAC 2016. Photo credit: Roger Aziz
Some of us respond to a tap on the shoulder, and others plan and learn explicitly to become leaders at some point in their careers. Sometimes it is difficult to see where your choices are leading, although (as a committed narrativist) I know it is illuminating to understand your choices backwards – “oh, yes, this led to this, and then that led to that…and so now here I am.”  Part of this journey depends on opportunity and timing, but I think more depends on curiosity, openness to change, and acceptance of personal agency. This is where I find myself now.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Importance of Fair Dealing

Fair use is for everybody
Image courtesy of Fair Use Week
Fair dealing, particularly for the purposes of education and research, has a major impact on universities and on how faculty members, staff, and students can use and provide access to materials. The risk of infringing copyright through an over-broad interpretation of fair dealing has led many universities to be cautious in how fair dealing is applied, only rarely venturing beyond their conservative fair dealing guidelines.  However, when practices remain more conservative than recent court decisions suggest the law might allow, those practices risk establishing norms that might lead to an effective redrawing of boundaries at more restrictive levels. Fair dealing rights could easily become a victim of “use them or lose them.”
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Friday, February 3, 2017

14 of the Latest Articles in Higher Ed: January 30 - February 3, 2017

Incivility, talk of boycotts, and a proposal to close the Indigenous education gap are among the topics covered in this collection of higher ed stories.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban
As governments and everyday citizens around the globe work to understand the true implications of the U.S. travel ban issued by President Trump’s executive order, so too does the world of academia. See how the discussion is unfolding with this collection of the latest articles related to the ban.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Consider This Opinion Piece: Why I-Week Matters to Me in 2017

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Preparing for the world of 2017 with International Week
The world appears to have changed for the worse, and while so many seem incapacitated, there are many others who have risen to the challenge. Front line workers and volunteers work to comfort, feed and shelter those in need; scientists refuse to be silenced about the environmental catastrophes we face; educators prepare the next generation to be creative, courageous and committed to changing a broken system; and grassroots organizers work tirelessly to ensure that equity and human rights are enshrined in our laws, policies and procedures.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Take Note: a primer on the Notice and Notice regime

A "Consider This" piece.


Notice the Notice About Noticing
Image courtesy of Toronto Realty Blog

A rude awakening

You are checking your email first thing one morning, as you do every morning, and you find in your inbox a message with a subject line that says something like “Notice of Copyright Infringement.” How did such a message find its way into your inbox, and what does it mean?  You may have just felt the reach of Canada’s “Notice and Notice regime”!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

12 Articles From the World of Higher Ed: January 13 - 20, 2017

(Spotting) “crappy science”, populism on Canadian campuses, and the words that make PSE communicators cringe are all included in this latest round up of higher ed articles.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

The New Year in Higher Ed: 16 Articles to Consider

Yes, it’s okay to say “I’d rather not,” tips to avoid getting scammed by fraudulent journals, and the idea of a united “Canadian science” are just a few of the higher ed topics circulating the web in this collection of articles from the start of 2017.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

18 Articles to Consider From the World of Higher Ed: December 10 - December 16, 2016

What are the chances you’ll get tenure? Are relationships between instructors and university students taboo? Should researchers really be picking their own peer reviewers? These topics and more are all tackled in our final 2016 collection of higher ed articles from across the web.
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