Monthly Archives: March 2014

Winners of the University of Calgary Teaching Awards

Congratulatons to two members of the Faculty of Arts, who have won the first annual University of Calgary Teaching Awards:

  • Dr. Ken MacMillan, Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty (full professor)
  • Carmen Braden (Music), Teaching Award Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching)

Faculty of Arts Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Arts Teaching Awards acknowledge teaching excellence as critically important to our faculty; they recognize undergraduate and graduate teaching in the areas of classroom instruction, course design, curriculum development, and innovation in teaching methods. Excellent teachers are individuals who exhibit zest for teaching and instill a love of learning, stimulate critical thinking in their students, create an engaging learning experience, and are innovative and creative in their teaching methods, course design, and curriculum development.

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The D2L Panopticon

In my Elizabethan Poetry and Prose course I’m using Desire2Learn as our learning management system. It looks like this:

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Teaching + Learning News 1.01



The first in a series of occasional reports from the world of higher-education teaching and learning, as viewed from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts: faculty development, student engagement, and a vague sense of things to come.

By Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning): saving you from unnecessary e-mails since 2014.

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Desire2Learn and the Faculty of Arts


On May 31st, Blackboard will be no more, and Desire2Learn (D2L) will take its place.

Desire2Learn is the new platform for online and blended learning at the University of Calgary. It’s a leading-edge and robust learning management system from a Canadian software company, designed to work well on any modern web browser, on any computer or mobile operating system. It’s used by both K-12 school boards in Calgary, by most private schools in the city, and nearly every all post-secondary institution (except MRU).

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The Learning Technologies Task Force (LTTF), a committee of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Calgary, is nearing completion and will issue its report in a couple of months. Our focus is on learning experiences that are enhanced and enabled by technology.

One of our final steps has been to think creatively about Learning Spaces: real and virtual, on and off campus. How do spaces — classrooms, labs, onscreen interfaces, libraries, studios, study spaces, or wherever else you learn — enable or disable your learning? What are the University of Calgary’s best and worst learning spaces? What kinds of space enhance your learning, and why? If you ran the university, what would they look and feel like?

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