Monday, December 5, 2016

How Not to Freak Out: 6 Simple Tips to Help Your Students Beat Exam Anxiety and Stress

How to prevent student exam stress
Mebbie Bell remembers her exam horror story.

“I’d stayed up studying all night for an anthropology exam. When I woke up, I couldn’t believe it. The exam was just starting! I ran across the campus in my pajamas and managed to get there just before the 30-minute cut-off.”


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Brief Overview of Copyright: 5 Key Concepts

Image Credit: The Big Music Project
Copyright issues underlie a lot of university activities, both for creators and users of copyright-protected material.  In Canada, copyright is governed by the Copyright Act, which is as long and dry as you might expect.  This overview will introduce you to copyright through five key concepts: Work, Ownership, Infringement, Exceptions, and Balance.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Creating a “Wow!” Moment Using Technology

Faculty of Education Technology SLAMs! @ UAlberta
In today’s high-tech world, it should come as no surprise that technology is being integrated into the classroom by innovative teachers. By successfully combining technology with proven teaching methods, teachers can support diverse learning styles, increase collaboration, and foster student-centred learning and ownership.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Be aware of malware and cyber attacks

You may be aware that the University of Calgary has sustained a severe malware attack within their computing infrastructure.

The University of Alberta's IT and security, in conjunction with many other Canadian Universities stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Calgary.  We have reached out to offer any support and assistance needed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Can I Help a Student in Distress?

No matter who you are, if you’re a regular on the U of A campuses, you start to recognize the signs that students are going through a stressful period. The common areas are more full, couches filled with napping students becomes a common sight, and the overall feeling in the air is one of tension and anxiety as students work to meet their deadlines of assignments, essays, and exams.

Given the amount of stress that we see in our students on a daily basis, it might seem difficult to distinguish between the student who just had a bad night and the student who has begun to experience serious (and potentially long-term) distress. Observing common behaviour indicators can help determine the appropriate level of response to assist someone who is struggling. Trusting your instincts and understanding these indicators can help you respond appropriately and get the individual the help they need, before their situation escalates to something more serious.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Finding a rhythm in the classroom

Professor and Vice-Provost Sarah Forgie in the classroom
Last fall during Reading Week I was invited to attend an Indigenous Women’s Studies class at Vancouver Island University taught by my friend and former colleague, Maxine Matilpi. The rapport already established among my friend and the students was unmistakable. As I walked in the room, I witnessed warm greetings and casual and excited information swapping about upcoming events. Maxine, an experienced dancer and performance artist, began with a poem related to that week’s topic. I watched as the energy shifted stunningly. Students moved their bodies forward to listen with anticipation, and all eyes were transfixed on my friend while she read the poem.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tweets from the Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon in the office

That's right, when @UAlberta sends out a tweet, retweets your tweet, likes your tweet, or replies to a tweet, it's doing so from INSIDE the Millennium Falcon... the built-from-recycled-cardboard-graciously-donated-by-IST-Millennium-Falcon. So, let's meet Andy and find out why.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bringing Passion to the classroom

What if you thought you were a Rock Star or an Elite Athlete?

Spend the next five minutes learning Dr. Marvin Washington’s tips for bringing your a-game to the classroom.

The following video was filmed during the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s 2015 edition of FoT Spots, 5-minute Talks By Innovative Teachers. To see more of what last year’s presenters had to say, check out the CTL website.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UAlberta Works

If you're looking to find U of A specific information that can make your work day a little easier, then UAlberta Works is the section for you.

Digging into the nuts and bolts of our every day work lives, UAlberta Works will share researched how to guides, work place reminders, and notices for the U of A community.
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