Call for ASHA Instructors

tumblr_lbulx5UCOy1qzb5wzo1_500Call for Instructors, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017, Arts & Science Honours Academy (AHSA)

The Arts & Science Honours Academy (ASHA) is an interdisciplinary program for high-achieving undergraduates (30 per year) in both the Faculties of Arts and Science. In 1959, C.P. Snow lamented that too few intellectuals could describe both the plot of a Shakespeare play and the second law of thermodynamics; ASHA aims to produce more of them.

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New Slate of D2L Workshops for Arts Faculty

Eight new Arts-faculty-only workshops on D2L are now available, this week and next. [UPDATE on 2014-09-11: Workshops are now open to Teaching Assistants, too.] The first is rather short notice, but if you’re new to the system this week then some help can’t come too soon. All are in MB 203B (MacKimmie Block).

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An Ode to Profhacker

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 15.04.46Next week’s the start of a new academic term here at the University of Calgary, when students start to fill the campus’s empty halls and study spaces. The air has a mix of excitement and anxiety — common when people transition into a new environment, whether those people are first-year Arts students or their faculty grappling with our new learning management system. Continue reading

Preventing Plagiarism Workshop

4315172642_eb4aff69e0_qOn Wednesday 11 March, from 2-3 p.m. in SS1339, the Faculty of Arts Teaching + Learning Committee will host a workshop on Preventing Plagiarism, presented by Annette Timm (History) and Virginia Tumasz (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs & Student Affairs).

The consequences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, are clear and explicit in the university calendar. One role of the Faculty’s associate deans is to hear each case and, if it’s valid, to issue both course and disciplinary sanctions. But equal emphasis can and should be placed on prevention as on treatment – namely, on educating students on the meaning and implications of plagiarism, and the research habits that can prevent it.
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Peer Mentoring Workshop

4315172642_eb4aff69e0_qOn Friday, Oct 3 from 10-11 a.m., in SS217, the Teaching + Learning Committee and the University of Calgary Peer Mentoring Network are cohosting a workshop on Peer Mentoring. It will be facilitated by Lisa Stowe (Communication and Culture).

Instructors who are unaware of the peer mentoring program often ask, “what’s a peer mentor and how can one help me in my course?” Continue reading

Teaching + Learning News 2.01

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  • 2014-08-25
  • Quasi-regular reports on higher-education teaching and learning, as seen from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving your inbox from overload since 2014. Follow me on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing.
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D2L Resources for Teaching Assistants

[A message for teaching assistants in the Faculty of Arts. If you're a faculty member, click here.]

As we approach the Fall term, the Faculty of Arts wants to help you use Desire2Learn: the system that recently replaced Blackboard. It gives instructors the ability to manage courses, email students, collect and grade assignments, run online discussions, track student grades, and more. It’s likely that some component of your TAships will require you to work in this system.

So here are some details on two resources that will help: training, and online resources. Continue reading