Teaching + Learning News 1.03

  • 2014-05-09
  • Semi-occasional reports on the world of 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.
  • Submissions of news stories are always welcome. Leave a comment below, or e-mail me: artsadtl{at}ucalgary{dot}ca.

Around Campus

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  • It’s Awards Season! Seven of our colleagues have won Students’ Union Teaching Awards, and two others have won University of Calgary Teaching Awards. The Faculty of Arts is grateful for their dedication to teaching and learning. (And for making us look good.)

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  • The 2014 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching will be held on May 13-14 (Tuesday and Wednesday, next week) on the theme of “Assessment: Motivating, Supporting and Evaluating Learning.” There’s a sizeable conference fee, but it’s worth it.

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  • Meet the new boss: Desire2Learn will replace Blackboard on May 31st. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn the new system in the coming months, and of course in the mad rush of late August. Watch this space.

Around the World

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  • Blogs in Academia What motivates scholars to blog, when everybody knows they’re not ‘real’ scholarship? Katherine Moos writes in the Chronicle Online about this exploratory, provisional scholarly writing and why it’s worthwhile.

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  • What do Professors do all day? Wouldn’t you like to know. The Huffington Post takes a break from kitten photos and personal-nutrition stories (ignore the sidebar) to present a quantified study of how we spend our time.

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