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Following recent updatefrom the Government of Alberta’s system-wide review, Red Deer College has announced that it anticipatethat it will become a polytechnic institution. The designation would provide the college with the ability to deliver degrees, while still offering a range of credentials that include trades programming.  “As an institution, we are very supportive of the polytechnic model because it offers a unique designation that would allow us to support our students, partners, industry and community members,” said RDC President Dr Peter Nunoda. “For me, the most important thing is what we will be able to achieve. As a polytechnic, we would be able to partner with government and industry to produce highly employable graduates that meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.” The college will await the final decision from the AB at the conclusion of the review and will announce a new model at that time.  Red Deer Advocate (AB)

RDC switches path, aspires to polytechnic status Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

York University has signed a MOU with Mackenzie Health on a collaborative community health initiative. The two-year partnership will focus on two areas: Education, Professional, and Community Development; and Health Research and Innovation. The partnership will see collaboration in areas of interest such as epidemiology and data sharing, digital health solutions, and health research. “This Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the partnership between York University and Mackenzie Health, and allow us to contribute toward advancements in research, management, and policy that create healthier communities in York Region and drive positive change both locally and globally,” said Rhonda L Lenton, President of YorkU. YorkU (ON)

YorkU, Mackenzie Health sign MOU for community health initiative Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

CBC reports that businesses that rely on students as customers are suffering due to fewer people being on and around campuses. Parminder Parhar, owner of Renaissance Coffee on Simon Fraser University’s campus, says that some days there are no customers for hours. Parhar explains that “We probably only do, best case scenario, five per cent of what we did before ... or even less.” The article explains that off-campus businesses that market to students have also been affected, with those like Rice Burger near the University of British Columbia having to pivot to using delivery apps and other strategies to bring customers in. “Our strategy was about 60 to 70 per cent university kids. We took a hit for sure,” said co-owner Jackson Uppal about last spring’s pandemic restrictions. CBC (BC)

Businesses on, near campuses struggle with lack of students Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Though many have predicted that the pandemic will make a long-term change to the world of work, an article from Times Higher Education suggests that academia may not experience the same kind of long-term shift. The article explains that many postsecondary institutions have made temporary changes to their expectations in order to help employees achieve a better work-life balance, but that this is not likely to continue after the pandemic because of the pressure to publish. The article explains that post-pandemic, there will be pressures from management, unions, and staff over what lessons to take from COVID-19 as institutions move towards a new normal. Times Higher Ed (International)

Is lasting change in the academic world possible after COVID-19?: Opinion Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Two Ontario postsecondary institutions have ratified collective agreements with their unions. The University of Sudbury and the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) – University of Sudbury Local have ratified a two-year extension to their collective agreement with minor changes. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 677 have also ratified a new collective agreement, which was negotiated virtually. The negotiations had been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NOSM | USudbury (ON)

Ontario postsecondary institutions ratify collective agreements Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Chad Flinn, dean of the School of Trades and Technology at Medicine Hat College, describes the findings of research he conducted at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as a 2019 BCcampus Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow. The study examined the experiences of electrical trades students who co-create and use Open Educational Resources (OER) during vocational education. Flinn found that co-created resources were more accessible and that students were more engaged in the topics and felt a sense of agency in their learning process. “Finally having the research and data showed that this was a much more engaging and important process than I initially had thought,” said Flinn. BCcampus (BC)

Benefits of co-creating OER with trades students: Study Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Centennial College and Samsung Canada have extended an ongoing partnership as part of the Samsung Tech Institute initiative. Students in Centennial’s Electronics Engineering Technician program benefit from a curriculum that was developed by Centennial and Samsung. Additionally, they take part in hands-on learning in the Samsung Tech Institute Lab, which allows students to gain skills in servicing electronics and prepares them for potential careers specializing in Samsung Digital Appliances. “When students can see potential career paths, use the specialized tools of the trade, and learn from professionals in those roles, they can see themselves in that profession,” said Dr Patrick Kelly, Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science at Centennial. NewsWire (ON)

Centennial, Samsung extend partnership to 2023 Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will be offering three new specializations in its Baccalauréat en communication (médias numériques) program: video games, digital media, and artificial intelligence. Starting in the third year of the program, students will take courses in their specialization. Students completing the video games specialization will study topics such as game design, social issues, and player communities; students in the digital media specialization will learn about data collection, marketing profiling, and surveillance; and students in the artificial intelligence specialization will complete courses in algorithms, human-machine communication, and ethics. Graduates will have their specialization listed on their diplomas. UQAM (QC)

UQAM offers three new specializations in its Baccalauréat en communication program Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Vancouver Community College has announced that it has taken over the role of International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) from Toyo University in Japan. VCC says it will use the role to increase student diversity, encourage global competencies in students, and strengthen intercultural awareness. “We sincerely appreciate the foresight of Global Affairs Canada in supporting VCC as the new host of the UMAP International Secretariat,” said Ajay Patel, VCC President. “It not only positions Canada and British Columbia well, but it also exemplifies the diversity and strength of the Canadian academic landscape that a community college can lead student mobility in the most dynamic of global regions.” VCC (BC)

VCC takes role of International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Emphasizing academic rigour and being a demanding teacher can be a point of pride for academics, but it can be damaging to students, writes Greg Skutches. The author explains how students have been trained throughout high school to focus on working hard and achieving good grades rather than learning and personal growth, and that this continues into postsecondary education and beyond. The article explains that “rigour” can also be part of a more humane approach that encourages curiosity and exploration of material. “This rigour of deep learning appeals to intrinsic motivation, embracing enquiry, analysis, synthesis, application, practice and reflection,” writes Skutches. Times Higher Ed (International)

A different kind of academic rigour: Opinion Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30
An article by University of Toronto President Meric Gertler examines the challenges that Joe Biden’s administration presents to Canada’s ability to attract and retain talent. Gertler explains that while Trump’s policies and Britain’s Brexit agenda have encouraged talented people to come to Canada, “the playing field is already shifting” as Brexit resolves and Biden comes to power. The article discusses ways to attract and retain talent, such as ensuring Canada offers opportunity; creating a funded, co-ordinated “talent moonshot” to recruit talent; or making major investments in R&D. “[W]e need a comprehensive strategy to maintain and enhance Canada’s talent advantage,” writes Gertler. “Our future prosperity depends on our capacity to invest in people, communities and opportunity.” The Globe and Mail (Subscription required) (National) Attracting and retaining talent in a changing international environment: Gertler Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta has announced that its Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) has established a $4.125M endowed Chair in Forest Growth & Yield. The chair will focus on the growth and yield of Alberta’s forests, the management of timber harvesting, and educating forestry professionals. “We need to answer questions like how can we model what the future yield will be, and how can we predict what we will gain through different management approaches like thinning forests or using genetically improved material?” said Ellen Macdonald, head of the Department of Renewable Resources at UAlberta. “We also want to understand how we can use data from emerging technologies, such as remote sensing, to better model how the forest is growing.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta establishes Chair in Forest Growth & Yield Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions in eastern Canada are considering the transition back to in-person services and classes. Most students are back at Holland College after PEI’s Chief Public Health Office approved the return to in-person classes. CBC reports that students are excited about their in-person classes and are finding them more productive. Memorial University has announced that most of its staff will return to campus on February 1st, a move that does not apply to students. In Quebec, “intensive” discussions between QC Premier François Legault and health specialist Dr Horacio Arruda have focused on students returning to in-person classes. While public health has not approved a return to class, Journal de Montréal reports that a decision could come after lockdown ends. CBC (PEI) | CBC (NL) | Journal de Montréal (NL | PEI | QC) East coast institutions moving towards in-person classes, support services Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Brock University is launching a Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice (FPAC) program. The program will draw from courses and research from the Departments of Psychology, Political Science, and Child and Youth Studies to cover why people become involved in crime and how institutions respond to this involvement. “Rather than assuming that a behaviour or a system’s response to behaviour stems from any one factor or perspective, FPAC is premised on the idea that factors across disciplines are required in order to provide more nuanced, critical and complex understandings of behaviour and responses,” said Psychology Professor Angela Book. Brock says that this program is unique in Canada. Brock (ON) Brock launches Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Concordia University has launched a Humanities+ program that is designed to help undergraduates in Humanities-based programs better prepare for meaningful careers after graduation. Students in the Humanities+ program will complete zero-credit courses that cover topics such as digital presentations, professional communications, and job search and interview strategies. Students will also take part in a work-integrated learning experience that will allow them to develop their skills within a workplace and network in a professional context. “This initiative supports our students in that all-important transition from the academic context to the workforce,” says Sandra Gabriele, Concordia’s vice-provost of innovation in teaching and learning. “Closing the gap in the first five years of employment for humanities graduates is critical.” Concordia (QC) Concordia launches Humanities+ career preparation program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Biomedical Engineering Technology (BMET) Diploma program has received national accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates of the accredited program are able to expedite their certification through Canadian certifying bodies, including the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, allowing them to become registered biomedical engineering technologists in other regions of Canada. “This national accreditation is significant to our program as it allows our graduates to be registered as biomedical engineering technologists in other provinces,” explains Anthony Chan, BCIT Program Head, Biomedical Engineering Technology program. “It is also an acknowledgement that our graduates have acquired recognized skills and knowledge to practice in the profession.” BCIT (BC) BCIT BMET program receives TAC accreditation Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has established a Canada CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence with $1M funding over five years. The research chair will focus on the study of artificial intelligence, with a focus on fairness in machine learning, and will be held by assistant professor Golnoosh Farnadi. “Nowadays, automated systems based on AI algorithms are being used in a lot of domains and we trust those systems to make fair objective decisions,” said Farnadi. “The reality is that they discriminate and this is mainly because the data we use to train our machine learning models very often reflect the inequalities of our society. My interest is to develop AI tools that are responsible and trustworthy.” HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal establishes Canada CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Students need transcripts that more accurately describe classes and the skills learned in them, writes Fred Cutler, an associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. The author explains that simply including co- and extracurricular experiences on a transcript is not enough; students need “rich transcripts” to present themselves well to employers. Cutler describes the process of designing a rich transcript for students at UBC's political science department, including how the institution gathered data about courses, used this data to create the transcripts, and surveyed student reactions. The author concludes by outlining the steps that the department plans to pursue in the future. Inside Higher Ed (National) Benefits of using rich transcripts: Cutler Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Bow Valley College has rebranded itself to enter a new era. The rebranding highlights BVC’s roots and the advancements it has made in education. The new logo’s five icons represent respect, creativity, inclusion, resilience, and teamwork, depicted in the form of an abstracted landscape. “Bow Valley College has grown very quickly, adding many great programs covering every kind of career or industry you can imagine,” said Mario Siciliano, VP External at BVC. “We want to make sure that everyone knows that, and knows how excited we are about our future.” BVC (AB) BVC announces rebrand that highlights roots, advancements Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University has launched the Dal GradPD program, which facilitates professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program allows students to access workshops and events that will develop their professional skills and support their future careers. The program focuses on four pillars: Communication, Career Intelligence, Health and Wellbeing, and Leadership. Students will build skills in a variety of areas, such as teamwork, time management, project management, and teaching. Students also have the option of working toward a certificate by creating a development plan and choosing workshops and hands-on experiences that will help them achieve their goals. Dal (NS) Dal launches graduate professional development program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Canadore College has announced that it has joined Academics Without Borders’ network of Canadian colleges and universities. The membership will allow Canadore’s faculty and staff to propose projects to AWB and to volunteer on projects with postsecondary partners in developing countries. “The partnership aligns with Canadore values and opens an additional avenue for our faculty and staff to influence higher education globally while appreciating the key impacts in a knowledge economy,” said Ahmed Obaide, Canadore’s Vice President, Academic. Canadore | The Sudbury Star (ON) Canadore joins AWB’s network of Canadian colleges and universities Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre, the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have co-founded ClimateWest. ClimateWest will offer climate services such as climate analysis, tools for different sectors, and help desk services on climate information, as well as raise public awareness about climate change. “ClimateWest is an innovative partnership supported by and bridging the prairie provinces and federal government, which will ensure that our region has high-quality climate services to address the challenges while creating opportunities and prosperity in an era of climate change,” said Dr James Currie, Interim President at UWinnipeg. The new partnership is supported by the provincial governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada. UWinnipeg (MB | SK) UWinnipeg, URegina, IISD announce the founding of ClimateWest Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
OCAD University has received $1M from the RBC Foundation to support students and recent graduates in launching their careers. The funding will support mentorship programs, work-integrated learning opportunities, and skills development opportunities with the goal of enhancing graduate employability. The programs will be offered at the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, which has been renamed in recognition of RBC’s support. “We are very grateful to RBC Foundation for this generous gift to help empower students and alumni to create a better future, especially now, during these unprecedented times,” says Ana Serrano, OCAD U President. “The COVID-19 pandemic heightens the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation and these funds will impact the art and design community in a tangible and positive way.” OCAD U (ON) OCAD U receives $1M from RBC Foundation, renames centre in recognition of support Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
The Government of British Columbia is investing $800K to Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and Selkirk College for the training of community mental health workers. The funding, which is part of the province’s COVID-19 response, will support the training of students to work in areas such as addictions counselling and shelter support. “Government is working on ways to help B.C. recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang. “The funding we’re announcing today will support training for highly valued and respected positions working with some of BC’s most vulnerable citizens.” Times Colonist | VIU | NationTalk (NVIT) (BC) Camosun, VIU, NVIT, Selkirk receive provincial investment for community mental health worker training Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Humber College has launched three Bachelor of Engineering programs: Bachelor of Engineering – Information Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering – The Built Environment, and Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics. The degrees are designed to use Humber’s campus as a “living lab,” which gives opportunities for students to engage in project-based learning. “This blended approach encourages students to develop their problem-solving and critical systems thinking skills through their involvement in real-life industrial projects,” said Farzad Rayegani, senior dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology at Humber. The programs are designed to meet the current industry needs for engineers in the area, and to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board’s accreditation requirements. Humber (ON) Humber launches three Bachelor of Engineering programs Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
While many institutions have introduced new or altered mental health supports, an article from The Star describes the challenges that postsecondary students face in reaching the support offered by their institutions. The article discusses barriers to seeking help, such as time constraints, a lack of awareness of supports, and the belief that the stress of being in a postsecondary learning environment is normal. University of Toronto Assistant Professor Chloe Hamza explains that, although postsecondary institutions are working on implementing the Mental Health Commission of Canada standards of caring for students, they still must work on reducing stigma, removing barriers, and highlighting ways students can access support. The Star (National) Barriers to students receiving mental health support available at postsecondary institutions Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Bow Valley College, New Brunswick Community College, and Okanagan College have received a $750K grant from the Lawson Foundation to support the collaborative Outdoor Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: From Colleges to Communities project. The three-year project aims to “demonstrate a model of outdoor pedagogy practices, teaching, learning and mentoring that will create a shift in curriculum in post-secondary ECE programs and in community early learning and child care programs.” It will also support training of instructors, students, and early childhood educators on the implementation of outdoor experiences for children. Sask Polytech | Lawson Foundation (SK) Sask Polytech, BVC, NBCC, Okanagan receive $750K for outdoor pedagogy in ECE project Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Lakehead University has launched the Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) to enable students to develop leadership and intercultural communication skills and to give them an edge in their future careers. Students can pursue one of three levels: Global Inquirer, Global Explorer, and Global Citizen. “Not only will this program enable students to set themselves apart from their peers by giving a global edge to their Lakehead University degree, it provides students with an opportunity for personal development and growth,” said James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International. Students can complete the LGC at no cost while completing their undergraduate or graduate studies. Lakehead (ON) Lakehead launches Lakehead Global Certificate Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Some McGill University students have said that they are “anxious for an update into an investigation” into sexual misconduct allegations against a student. CBC reports that several students have said they are uncomfortable seeing the student’s name appear in their online Zoom classes, particularly classes that use breakout rooms. CBC explains that McGill must complete the investigation into the allegations within 90 days. “The entirety of this process is covered by confidentiality regulations imposed on us by law, and as such, details or updates concerning particular cases cannot be provided to anyone outside those immediately involved,” explains Cynthia Lee, associate director of media relations for McGill. CBC (QC) McGill students express anxiety, await update on misconduct investigation Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Southeast College has announced the start of a Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program. Students in the program will take classes in-person at the college’s new Powerline Technician Training facility. “The feedback we have received from this cohort of students has been nothing short of tremendous. The students appreciated the flexibility of the online classroom portal that was used and were able to apply the practical knowledge they learned in the training facility,” said Jody Holzmiller, VP Education and Training. Southeast College is projected to train 160 Powerline Technician Apprentices in the 2021-2022 academic year. Southeast College (SK) Southeast College launches Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
McGill University has partnered with Bell Let’s Talk, The Neuro, and the Lady Davis Institute to launch the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC). The MMHRC is an online resource that aims to improve the mental health of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds through making it easier to find resources. It includes practical tools, videos, and information in multiple languages for patients and their families; health care professionals; community organizations; and policy makers, planners, and administrators. “Addressing issues of language, culture, religion and other aspects of diversity, the MMHRC will promote greater equity in mental health care,” said MMHRC lead Dr Laurence Kirmayer, an international researcher in transcultural psychiatry. “Mental health is often viewed differently in different cultures, which requires culturally responsive approaches to meet the needs of those seeking help.” McGill (QC) McGill, partners launch Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that Red Deer College and Grande Prairie Regional College may not transition to universities as previously planned, pending the results of the provincial system review. Reporter Janet French explains that though RDC and GPRC had been granted permission by the previous government to become universities, AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is questioning “[w]hether or not they need to become a university.” CBC reports that the changes would be expensive, and that the colleges would not need to be classified as universities in order to grant degrees. Nicolaides also notes that if RDC is successful in adopting a “polytechnic university” model, they may “shed some of those programs that are needed by the local community, so I think we have to find the right balance.” CBC (AB) RDC, GPRC may not become universities as planned Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
In a new article from The Conversation, Simon Fraser University Assistant Professor Juan Pablo Alperin and PhD Student Alice Fleerackers describe the challenges of publicizing unreviewed preliminary scientific research. Preprints, which are posted online without receiving formal verification from the scientific community, can share important information in an accessible and free format. However, since preprints are unreviewed, they can create confusion when read outside of the scientific community. Alperin and Fleerackers describe how this happened during the first months of COVID-19 where preprints received much more media coverage than normal. A study conducted by the authors shows that around half of the stories about preprints that they reviewed did not alert readers to the fact that the research was unverified. The article ends by highlighting the importance of responsible communication about preliminary research. The Conversation (National) Preprints and the spread of information about COVID-19: Alperin, Fleerackers Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Lakeland College is receiving $1.9M from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the Strategic Research and Development Program to take over two critical agriculture research programs in Alberta: the pulse agronomy program and the beef production system program. The investment will allow Lakeland to expand its research capacity in the pulse agronomy and beef production systems. The agreement is part of the Research Driven Agriculture Research to ensure farmer and rancher-led research. Lakeland | Alberta (AB) Lakeland receives $1.9M for two agricultural research programs Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Six Ontario universities have partnered to create fellowships for Indigenous and Black doctoral students in the areas of engineering and technology. Those involved in the partnership include Queen’s University, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, and Western University. The fellowship program aims to increase representation of Indigenous and Black students within STEM programs and to prepare them for careers as professors or industry researchers. Queen’s | U of T | Western (ON) ON universities create fellowships for Indigenous and Black doctoral students Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Loyalist College has launched a Massage Therapy Ontario college advanced diploma program at its Belleville campus. Students in the three-year diploma will learn through on-campus and clinical placements. Graduates will have knowledge in a variety of areas, including massage treatment plans, business principles, and plans of care. “Our new Massage Therapy program responds to the surge in physical and mental health requirements, which are exacerbating the current shortage of massage therapists,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. “As Loyalist College expands its health and wellness programming and applied research projects, we will continue to support our region through new innovative learning spaces and career-ready graduates who are committed to community care.” Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches Massage Therapy Ontario advanced diploma program Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has partnered with Air Canada to give international students the ability to fly to Canada. The agreement will give students access to promotional rates on Air Canada’s flights, making travel more affordable. “We are delighted to have entered into a partnership that helps our students travel to Canada, especially given the changing international travel landscape,” said Chris Busch, UWindsor associate VP for enrolment management. “Co-operation between the University of Windsor and Air Canada will facilitate the flight booking process while offering exclusive promotional rates for our students as they start their educational journey.” UWindsor (ON) UWindsor, Air Canada partner to provide affordable flights for international students Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
The Journal de Montréal reports that an increased number of cegep students are requesting “incompletes” for their classes. During COVID-19, institutions have temporarily waived the need for students to fill out a medical form to apply for incomplete status. The article explains how eight cegeps have seen a dramatic increase in students requesting incompletes for a variety of different reasons, including contracting COVID-19, having a poor internet connection, or experiencing mental health concerns. However, cegeps have also seen far fewer course failures. The article explains that students who have chosen to request an incomplete will have to retake the entire course. Journal de Montréal (QC) Cegeps see course “incompletes” rise, fewer failures Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Collège Boréal has announced the launch of a new course on the maintenance of battery electric vehicles. The course, which is the first of three components of the training, will be offered online and will take 40 hours to complete. Students will be introduced to a variety of different topics, including basic knowledge about battery electric vehicles and workplace safety. “Collège Boréal is proud to be the first college to offer training in maintenance of battery electric vehicles,” said Boréal Director of Business Development Julie Nadeau. “This customized training was developed in collaboration with several partners: businesses that use these vehicles as well as their manufacturers. It will certainly bolster skills and provide a qualified workforce in a field that is increasingly vital for mining companies.” Boréal (ON) Boréal launches new battery electric vehicle maintenance course Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University’s School of Dental Hygiene has launched a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene. The two-year, part-time degree allows practicing dental hygienists to continue their education while working. Students in the BDH program participate in teaching first-year dental hygiene students and in outreach activities that promote oral health in different settings. They additionally complete a research project as part of the degree. “The BDH really is a stepping-stone to new avenues for dental hygiene students,” said Dr Leigha Rock, director of the School of Dental Hygiene. “And it helps to bolster our profession. Students with the BDH can go on to masters and other degree programs. To think that we have increased accessibility to these opportunities for a whole new group of people is so exciting.” Dal (NS) Dal launches part-time Dental Hygiene degree Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Athabasca University’s PowerED and the Justice Sector Constellation have partnered to develop an online module, Poverty and the Law: Expanding Perspectives, that introduces participants to the intersections between poverty and the legal system. The partnership saw material that was previously taught in person adapted to an online format. The module has been used by postsecondary departments and faculties, bar admission courses, and businesses looking for professional development. “Poverty is one of the main causes of this serious problem and the module […] demonstrates the connection between socio-economic and cultural factors and the failure of our legal system to address the needs of many in our society,” said Archie Zariski, Canadian Legal Systems Professor. AU (AB) AU PowerED, Justice Sector Constellation partner on online module Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Brock University has joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to support Indigenous businesses. As a member of CCAB, Brock will have access to over 1,000 Indigenous businesses, as well as access to diverse programming, tools, and training. “It’s such a great example of how we can operationalize what we mean by that pillar of fostering a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization and showing our support for Indigenous Peoples,” explained Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement. Brock (ON) Brock joins Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Donor Peter A Allard has lost a BC Supreme Court Battle to have his name printed on all University of British Columbia law degrees. CBC says that Allard, who donated $30M to UBC, had hoped that all degrees would have a “reasonable” reference to his name. In 2019, he attempted to “appeal the arbitration dismissal on the grounds that the arbitrator had erred in law and misinterpreted the agreement's meaning of ‘degree certificates.’” The appeal was dismissed on Friday. UBC lawyer Hubert Lai stated that UBC was “appreciative” of the dismissal and that the arbitrator's original decision “upheld UBC's long-time understanding” of the original agreement. CBC (BC) Allard loses supreme court battle to have name on UBC law school degrees Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec has announced $4M in funding to support those who are interested in pursuing an education in information technology. The funding is meant to address the need for skilled professionals to fill empty IT roles and is expected to give 500 people the chance to pursue short-term college or university IT programs. The program is geared toward those who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and need to expand their skills through further education. The funding comes as part of a broader $19M investment in training and recruiting IT staff. CBC (QC) QC provides $4M to support IT education, training Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Mohawk College has announced that their Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma has been accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB). Students enrolled in the program participate in over 1,000 hours of practical experience and learn to facilitate change in the lives of children, youth, and families with challenges. “This designation demonstrates Mohawk’s commitment to the highest standard of training for our Child and Youth Care students, for their benefit and for the benefit of their future employers and the families they will be serving,” said Mohawk Community Studies Associate Dean Kim Ann Laush. Mohawk (ON) Mohawk’s Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma accredited by CYCEAB Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
A recent article by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing discusses the ways that nursing programs in Canada are dealing with racism. Beaulne-Stuebing identifies concerns about nursing curricula, such as the use of racial caricatures within case studies, and describes how educators and the Canadian Association of Schools and Nursing (CASN) are calling for change. As part of this effort, CASN recently developed a framework focused on the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. The framework includes initiatives such as increasing the number of Indigenous people working in health care and developing a required course focused on Indigenous health issues. “I’ve never seen [before now] this level of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion issues,” said CASN President Cynthia Baker. “I don’t think it’s a flash-in-the-pan type of thing.” University Affairs (National) Nursing programs address racism, prejudice: Editorial Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 09:05 01/19/2021 - 03:30
York University has launched a virtual pilot of their Indigenous Student Exchange Program. Through the program, ten students will participate in online workshops, which include topics such as food sovereignty, global Indigeneity, and knowledge keeping and sharing. Each student will be paired with another student from one of YorkU’s partner universities to complete a creative project. “In an unprecedented way at York, this program will create a knowledge exchange platform that allows each student to share their unique knowledge based on the Indigenous nation which they come from, while also drawing attention to the fact that there exists a multiplicity of Indigenous perspectives and experiences,” said Indigenous recruitment officer Breanna Barry. YorkU (ON) YorkU launches virtual Indigenous Student Exchange Program Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Cape Breton University and Laurentian University are reporting cases of COVID-19. CBU has reported two asymptomatic cases, both of which were discovered through asymptomatic testing during the students’ isolation periods. The first student has isolated off-campus while the second has isolated on-campus. CBU reports that both students are following public health requirements and that contact tracing is being carried out by Public Health. Laurentian has reported that one individual living in residence has COVID-19. The student is in self-isolation and contact tracing has been carried out by public health officials. CBU (1) | CBU (2) | Laurentian (NS | ON) NS, ON students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
International researchers develop distinct strengths that contribute to their professional success, write Sonali Majumdar and Jenny Schneider. The authors discuss how the distinct life experiences of international researchers often allow them to develop cultural intelligence, become comfortable in a variety of environments, and build relationships with people of different cultures. They also often develop communication skills such as multilingualism and non-verbal communication. “We urge academics to celebrate their international colleagues as holistic individuals and share their stories of courage, imagination and fresh perspectives,” write the authors, “in addition to their work ethics, research accomplishments and immigration challenges.” Inside Higher Ed (International) International researchers develop unique strengths through their experiences: Opinion Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Parti Québécois has called on the Government of Quebec to develop a plan to guarantee teaching quality at postsecondary institutions and improve mental health assistance for students. Journal de Montréal reports that party leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has suggested that institutions offer hybrid classes and use COVID-19 rapid testing, he says which was originally proposed by provincial student associations. Plamondon also explains that the mental health of students is deteriorating and expresses disappointment that the government has not announced new funding for mental health assistance. Journal de Montréal (QC) PQ leader calls for plan for teaching quality, student mental health challenges Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30

“We of the current retiring class leave academe at what seems like an inflection point,” writes Patrick Scanlon upon retiring during COVID-19. The author describes how most instructors have “retired” in a way behind plexiglass or through teaching through Zoom. Scanlon says that the separation from campus due to the pandemic has sharpened his feelings about retirement and made him realize how much he will miss the physical aspects of education. “I think the experiment is demonstrating how badly we need those physical realities of the educational enterprise -- how much we miss them,” writes Scanlon. “How much I’ll miss them after finally, at the close of this semester and of my career, I’ll turn in my final grades and say goodbye … by hitting Enter.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Retiring during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

McGill University has partnered with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc to launch a retail innovation lab store to test frictionless technologies. The lab’s frictionless technologies allow customers to enter the Couche-Tard Connecté section using an app, pick up items, and have payment for these items processed through the app. Researchers will be able to gain insight on customer patterns through using artificial intelligence, and will work to improve the shopping experience through virtual reality. “As society progresses into our ‘new normal’ of physical distancing,” said Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, “it is increasingly important for researchers and students to study the evolving shopping experience of the future.” McGill | Journal de Montréal (QC)

McGill, Alimentation Couche-Tard launch retail innovation lab Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Saint Paul University has launched two graduate programs in the areas of social innovation and transformative leadership. Students in the Doctorate in Social Innovation will gain “conceptual tools and research opportunities that will enable them to analyze contemporary social problems, conceptualize structural changes and plan possible paths to achieve real social transformations.” The Graduate Diploma in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality provides an opportunity for participants to enhance and develop leadership skills and practice social transformation. Credits earned through the graduate diploma will also count toward an MA in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. SPU (ON)

SPU launches two graduate programs in social innovation and transformative leadership Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has announced that it has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). The DORA international initiative supports best practices in assessing scholarly research, focusing heavily on avoiding overreliance on journal-based metrics when making hiring, promotion, and funding decisions. “High quality research is multifaceted, can reflect varying types of knowledge and ways of knowing and must be assessed on its own merit,” said CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “Academic staff associations are urged to improve the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated and to bargain for language in their collective agreements that protects their members against the use of performance metrics.” CAUT (National)

CAUT signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions are launching initiatives to help financially support minorities who are pursuing postsecondary education. Canada Life has invested $250K at Brescia University College to support “non-traditional” students with the goal of increasing diversity and women’s leadership. $100K will be used for scholarships and bursaries, while the remainder will be support faculty and program development and research. McMaster University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has created the NSBE McMaster Chapter Entrance award to provide funding for first-year Black students who have demonstrated leadership skills and community contributions. Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick will award recruitment grants to male students who are in predominantly female health care fields. Canada Life | McMaster | CCNB (National)

Canadian PSE launch new supports to improve diversity in programs and initiatives Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Brandon University has announced that is it expanding the number of departments offering work experiences. The release explains that this expansion means that “almost every single student” will have had an opportunity for work experience before graduation. Through the expansion, more students will be able to develop their talent and improve their future career outcomes while gaining work experience in their field. “We are building BU into Manitoba’s top experience university,” said Dr Steve Robinson, VP (Academic & Provost) at BrandonU. “We now offer the most comprehensive list of Arts department majors with Co-operative Education in the province. That is because experience in the workforce cements the lessons of the classroom, and helps students network for their future careers; it is learning and earning.” BrandonU (MB)

BrandonU expands work-integrated learning opportunities Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Denise K Magner describes strategies new administrators can use when they find that they have stepped into a struggling department or organization rather than their dream job. The author recommends owning the mess rather than distancing yourself from it, using “us” rather than “you” to show you are committed to the organization and making improvements, and highlighting what is working in the department. Finally, Magner writes that sharing data and facts about the situation gives colleagues the information they need to understand the need for change. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Taking on the role of leading a struggling department: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Durham College, NorQuest College, and Okanagan College have partnered to deliver a Medical Cannabis Essentials for Health Professionals course. The two-day course will be taught live online, and will focus on helping participants understand the use of medical cannabis as a part of client-centred care. The course will cover a variety of topics related to medical cannabis treatment plans, and will equip medical professionals with practical information about dosing, titration, client risk factors, and the views of regulatory bodies. Durham’s School of Professional and Part-time Learning will deliver the course, and those who complete it will receive a digital badge. Durham | NorQuest (National)

Durham, NorQuest, Okanagan deliver medical cannabis course Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Red Deer College has launched a 52-week ESL to Health Care Aide program that will enable English language learners to study toward a Health Care Aide Certificate while developing English skills. Students in the program will spend 14 weeks developing reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English, with the remaining 36 weeks dedicated to the program’s academic and practical components. The program will cover a variety of healthcare topics, such as the human body, communication and documentation, and person-centred care, and will include hands-on labs and in-person clinical placements. Graduates will be prepared to work in environments such as hospitals, homes, and care facilities. RDC | Red Deer Advocate (AB)

RDC launches ESL to Health Care Aide program Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Frances B Henderson offers three tips to help prepare BIPOC instructors for the semester. The author encourages faculty to revisit and revise their courses with what worked last semester in mind, while re-evaluating what material needs to be covered and what assessments need to be made to meet institutional goals. Henderson encourages faculty to avoid “reinventing the wheel” during online course development. She further suggests preparing for a classroom experience that might include discussions around race, gender, and social justice, especially in American classrooms given the current political climate. Finally, the article encourages instructors to keep their classes simple, flexible, and engaging for students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Tips for preparing for a new term of pandemic instruction: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30
Nova Scotia is investing $25M in postsecondary institutions to help them address the lost revenue and increase in costs brought on by COVID-19. Each institution’s portion of the investment is based on its COVID-19 related expenditures. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, universities across Nova Scotia have been working hard to ensure students can continue to learn in safe and positive ways,” said Bill Lahey, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. “These changes have presented unexpected financial costs and necessary investments, and this funding will help universities address the impact of those.” NS (NS) NS invests $25M in postsecondary institutions to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Bell has announced the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. The $2.5M fund will provide grants to support postsecondary institutions in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. It will also provide new student mental health programs with additional funding and support postsecondary institutions in holding virtual Bell Let’s Talk Campus Campaign events. “The Post-Secondary Fund means Canadian colleges and universities can immediately start the process of implementing the important mental health recommendations outlined in the Standard,” said Jennifer Hamilton, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). “Bell’s leadership in advancing student mental health has had a powerful effect on campuses across the country.” NewsWire (National) Bell launches Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Lakeland College has announced the launch of a post-credential Bachelor of Agricultural Technology Program at its Vermilion campus. The two-year program will train students in a variety of areas, including troubleshooting hardware and software used in the industry and using agricultural technology for data collection and analysis. “Graduates of the program will bring unique skill sets into the workforce by blending both agriculture production and agricultural technology expertise,” said Josie Van Lent, Lakeland’s dean of the School of Agriculture Technology and Applied Research. “Industry feedback indicated there is a shortage of agricultural professionals who can interface between the two disciplines – our degree program will fill that gap.” The college states that the program is the first Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in Canada. Lakeland (AB) Lakeland launches Bachelor of Agricultural Technology Program Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Scotiabank has announced the creation of the ScotiaRISE program, which will help those considered disadvantaged to pursue postsecondary education and to advance in their careers. Scotiabank will invest $500M over ten years in the initiative, which will include supporting people from under-represented groups through funding and partnerships. Additionally, it will work with charities, non-profits, and community initiatives to provide students and new graduates with tools for financial success. “The importance of being resilient has been doubled and... it felt especially important to be investing in education, inclusion and employment for young people and for newcomers from marginalized groups,” said Dan Rees, Group Head, Canadian Banking at Scotiabank. “Now is the time to emphasize optimism and hope and inclusion.” Castanet | (National) Scotiabank announces $500M ScotiaRISE program Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies has introduced two courses: Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience. Both courses are fully online and asynchronous, have no prerequisites, and are available to students from all faculties. Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples will focus on examining stereotypes, bias, and assumptions about Indigenous people in Canada, with the aim of giving students the tools for responding to racism. Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience will examine Indigenous scientific research and collaborations with non-Indigenous projects, while introducing students to Indigenous perspectives on studying science. The Gateway Online (AB) UAlberta Native Studies introduces two new courses Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University has partnered with Trend Micro to train students in cybersecurity. The partnership will allow students to develop skills in cloud security, understand industry insights, and connect with networking opportunities while they are studying. “As we know, the skills demand for our industry has really grown because of the implications of COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mohammad Tayebi, Cybersecurity Researcher and Program Instructor at SFU. “We’re really pleased to have an expert partner like Trend Micro to help make the transition from school to work seamless for our students as they gain the skills and experiences relevant to cybersecurity right now.” Trend Micro (BC) SFU, Trend Micro partner to train students in cloud security Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Instructors who are continuing to teach online this semester may find the experience to be draining and time-consuming, writes Flower Darby, but they can use strategies to ensure work/life balance and manage their online classes. The author offers eight tips that instructors can use to avoid burnout while ensuring student needs are met. These tips include teaching differently by making use of online environment features such as chat boxes and guided notes documents, finding a balance of synchronous and asynchronous class time, streamlining grading and communication through the use of technology, and building in Zoom break weeks. “[W]ith little relief in sight, it’s essential to determine what you can do in your own courses to protect your well-being while also supporting your students,” writes Darby. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Tips for continuing to teach online in the new semester: Opinion Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary students in Ontario are debating whether to pursue postsecondary education in Fall 2021 if online education continues. The Times Colonist explains that some students feel that they will not be able to make the most out of their postsecondary experiences. “My third year was supposed to be the most hands-on experience time I would get in my program, and that was a huge reason I came to this school and did this program,” said Queen’s University student Josephine DiMaurizio. The pandemic has also encouraged some who lost employment to pursue education. Rajat Ram, who had worked in the hospitality industry prior to the pandemic, explains that his job loss prompted him to pursue a course at George Brown College. Times Colonist (National) Postsecondary students debate positives, negatives of continuing online education Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Michelle Harrison, senior instructional designer at Thompson Rivers University, shares some of her initial thoughts and findings from the research she conducted as a BCcampus Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow. Harrison discusses the nature of open pedagogy and the questions this raises for designing learning spaces. The report explains that while students benefitted from the flexibility and connectedness of open practice, they also found it challenging to work within and navigate the open space. Harrison highlights some of the early findings of her research and outlines the opportunities to further examine learning spaces. BCcampus (BC) Examining open spaces and learning environments: Harrison Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor, Laurentian University, and Dalhousie University are finding ways to limit the spread of COVID-19. UWindsor and Laurentian are offering COVID-19 testing on campus to students who are asymptomatic. Eligible UWindsor students must book a test online and results will be given within five days. Laurentian is providing asymptomatic students with rapid COVID-19 testing on campus, enabling students to receive results within 15 minutes. A team from Dal is working on a wastewater surveillance program that will allow communities to be notified and could support public health efforts when COVID-19 is detected. UWindsor | CBC | Dal (ON | NS) UWindsor, Laurentian, Dal find ways to limit spread of COVID-19 Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The Université de Sherbrooke has partnered with Bell to install a 5G wireless communications system at its Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT). The 5G system will allow USherbrooke to undertake research projects to develop technology in areas such as manufacturing, smart energy, and the Internet of Things. “Large-scale smart antenna networks are the cornerstone of 5G,” said USherbrooke Professor Sébastien Roy. “The partnership with Bell will make it possible to continue the research and development of these technologies as a primary focus, but now based on real data over genuine networks and commercially available or soon-to-be-available products.” NewsWire (QC) USherbrooke, Bell partner on 5G wireless communication system Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Alberta is reportedly considering a proposal created by an international consultant to create boards that would govern multiple AB postsecondary institutions. This model would allow AB postsecondary institutions to better coordinate and cooperate, and would also allow improved changemaking around tuition and credit transfer. CBC reports that this is a model that Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is “examining closely,” but that it would be tailored to fit AB’s needs. “I don’t believe that a copy-paste approach is appropriate,” said Nicolaides. “I believe we need a made-in Alberta solution.” CBC (AB) AB considers creating boards to govern postsecondary institutions Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Brock University has partnered with the Labour College of Canada (LCC) on a pathway program that will allow union leaders and members who are affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress to pursue higher education in Labour Studies. Courses cover a variety of topics, including unions and labour leadership, and may be transferable to meet part of the requirements of a certificate or undergraduate degree. “Our department is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in labour studies research, teaching and public engagement,” says Kendra Coulter, Chair of the Department of Labour Studies at Brock. “We are delighted to be able to recognize the knowledge and experience of labour activists from across Canada through this partnership and look forward to welcoming them into our classes and academic community.” Brock (ON) Brock, LCC partner on pathway program for union leaders, members Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities program will be establishing a regional Low Carbon Cities Canada Innovation Centre with the support of a $21.7M investment from the federal government. The centre will help improve the economy and public health by reducing carbon emissions in Vancouver. The release says that the centre will use the funding to “identify, finance and launch ideas ranging from expanding electric transportation fleets to retrofitting buildings.” It will provide a place to develop and test solutions to reduce building and transportation carbon emissions that can then be used across the region. Times Colonist | CBC (BC) SFU to launch Low Carbon Cities Canada Innovation Centre Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Scholarships are important factors in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), write Mirjam Fines-Neuschild and Bibiana Pulido. The authors explain that a typical conception of “excellence” usually favours privileged, male individuals with publications, no career gaps, and multiple funding options. The article explains that these inequities must be revealed and remedied to allow those who have been marginalized to be successful and develop diversity among talent. Additionally, they explain how those evaluating students for scholarships must break the cycle of favouring a linear career path by valuing alternative career paths. “[I]n order to develop an equitable system for evaluating scholarship applications, we will have to reinterpret the notion of excellence and seek a more inclusive definition for the concept,” write Fines-Neuschild and Pulido. University Affairs (National) Using scholarships to improve EDI: Editorial Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
King’s University College has received $500K toward the purchase of the King’s Green and the creation of a Reflection Circle. The circle will be accessible by the King’s community, and will be designed in consultation with stakeholders and Western University’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives. “The Reflection Circle further supports our students by encouraging them to explore meaningful ways of interacting with each other, with nature, and independently in self-reflection, said King’s Principal Dr David Malloy. “Whether used for prayer, quiet contemplation, or ceremonial gatherings, I am confident the Reflection Circle will benefit the social and spiritual well-being of our entire community.” King’s (ON) King’s receives $500K for Indigenous Reflection Circle Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University has announced that it has joined the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works in Kenya-TVET initiative. VIU will work with Durham College and Humber College to support three Kenyan institutions in technical and vocational education. The collaboration will focus on establishing curriculum and materials to train junior electricians, supporting the implementation of the program, and training instructors. “With an expansion into new trades areas in Kenya, additional VIU instructors will be able to broaden their global perspective and enhance their intercultural competency skills,” said VIU Manager of Global Engagement Darrell Harvey. “There will also be opportunities for other student service areas to become involved in these global engagement activities.” VIU (BC) VIU joins Young Africa Works in Kenya Initiative to establish training for electricians Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Ontario’s new guidelines for postsecondary institutions means that Confederation College will be changing schedules and cutting the number of students in classes. Since COVID-19 regulations limit Confederation to having 10 students within a classroom, some students in programs with enrolment exceeding that have been dropped from their classes. CBC reports that the impact is being particularly heavily felt in apprenticeship programs. “We have about 1,100 to 1,200 students that still have face-to-face delivery here at the campus,” said Neil Cooke, VP academic at Confederation. “[A]ll of those students right now, with the exception of health are limited to a 10 student per class limit.” CBC (ON) Confederation limits class size, changes schedules in response to ON’s COVID-19 regulations Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
NorQuest College has partnered with local businesses to create a NorQuest YEG Discount Card that will connect shoppers with over 50 small businesses in Edmonton. NorQuest developed the program to give students and staff discounts, and broadened it for the wider Edmonton community to support the local economy and generate an extra source of revenue. “Local businesses are crucial to the region’s economy, but they rely on the support of local consumers to stay afloat,” said Kaisha Marinus, Business Enterprise Specialist at NorQuest. “It’s a community relationship that results in so many wonderful and unique products and services.” NorQuest (AB) NorQuest launches discount card to support local businesses Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Université Sainte-Anne has announced that it will not hold spring or summer French immersion sessions this year due to COVID-19. The release says that USainte-Anne will be cancelling registrations and refunding fees, and is encouraging students interested in pursuing French courses to explore online options instead. “It is a necessary but difficult decision,” said USainte-Anne President Allister Surette. “These sessions require a significant amount of planning and logistics and with all the uncertainty because of the pandemic, it is best to cancel. Our priorities remain the health and safety of our university community and to limit the spread of the virus.” USainte-Anne (NS) USainte-Anne cancels spring and summer French immersion sessions Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor’s Law faculty has released a list of planned steps to address anti-Black racism. CBC reports that steps include an “independent review” of anti-Black racism at UWindsor, more scholarships for Black and other racialized communities, and expanding staff training in anti-Black racism. “This is an iterative process, it’s sort of an ongoing communication, dialogue,” explained Christopher Waters, dean of UWindsor’s Law faculty. “There’s no moment of saying, ‘we’re finished with combating anti-Black racism.’” The article says that some community members have indicated that they would like to see the steps go farther. “There’s always room for more and I’m especially concerned, and RAACES is also, to [not] see Black leadership at the top,” said UWindsor Professor and RAACES member Dr Richard Douglass-Chin. “And so that’s an area where I think there’s room for a lot of improvement across the board.” CBC (ON) UWindsor Law faculty releases steps to address anti-Black racism Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Two UVic students have each received a $230 fine for failing to comply with an officer’s request to disperse during a 100-person “bush party” near the University of Victoria’s campus. Times Colonist reports that students had congregated in the bushes on a nearby road and that many were not wearing face coverings. After the police ordered them to disperse, many students congregated again in smaller groups. “So, we had to deal with some of them on multiple occasions as we tried to disperse that group and encourage them to go away,” said Oak Bay Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher. Times Colonist | Global News (BC) UVic students fined during 100-person “bush party” Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque is offering students a place to study and access high-speed internet. Students of all ages – from elementary to university – will be able to take advantage of 75 study spaces located on the third floor of the library. The spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to wear a mask and to show their student ID cards to get access to the spaces. They will only be allowed to borrow books that have been reserved in advance. “It is a nice sign of recognition from the government of the essential role that public libraries play,” said Martin Dubois, general director of the Grande Bibliothèque. Journal de Montréal | Montreal Gazette (QC) Grande Bibliothèque provides 75 student study spaces Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg is launching a new Ojibwe radio drama called Aakoziiwigamig: An Ojibwe Radio Drama. The drama was developed after community classes at UWinnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre and Indigenous Languages of Manitoba were cancelled in light of COVID-19. “I was concerned that students who were taking Indigenous language classes at the university now had nowhere to go and practise in the community speaking the language,” said UWinnipeg Indigenous Academic Lead Lorena Fontaine. The new, biweekly series will premier today on NCI radio, and the episodes will be available on the university’s Indigenous engagement website. CBC | UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg launching new educational Ojibwe radio drama Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
As the pandemic continues, several students at institutions across Canada have launched new initiatives to serve their community. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology student Paul Harford was inspired by a course on sustainability in society to develop a community pantry to share necessities with those in need. University of Guelph student Kartikay Pabbi is a founding member of the Toronto chapter of Hygiene for the Homeless who helped to deliver over 300 hygiene kits to youth shelters across the GTA. The chapter is planning more initiatives in the future. University of British Columbia medical student Sukhmeet Singh Sachal developed a way to communicate pandemic safety to his gurdwara community in a culturally relevant way. Sachal is now working with a team of 100 volunteers to expand the program to other gurdwaras across Canada. NAIT | UoGuelph | Daily Hive (National) Students launch community initiatives to support those in need Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Graduate students need to improve their time-management skills in order to meet the imprecise goals of their work, writes Victoria McGovern. The author discusses how students can develop work habits that allow them to make the most of their time. The article explains that rather than trying popular techniques to overcome procrastination and poor time management, students should research “productivity systems” and choose approaches and elements that will suit them. The author also explains how setting a small number of underlying goals in three categories can help students understand what drives their to-do lists. Inside Higher Ed (International) Managing time and goals for success: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Jade Marcil, President of the Union étudiante du Québec, describes how enforcing academic honesty can penalize honest students and create vicious cycles within evaluation without leading to changes in the system. The article explains that universities are seeing an increase in cheating and plagiarism during the pandemic. Marcil argues that attempts to remedy the problem can create a vicious cycle that punishes students who do not cheat. The article describes how a student who was not cheating found an assessment to be much more difficult because it was designed to counteract cheating students. Another student noted that though the pandemic should be a time to reform the education system, teachers continue to use assessment methods that are vulnerable to cheating. Journal de Montréal (QC) Addressing increased cheating can penalize honest students: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Academic book reviews, which are supposed to be utilitarian, have become bland and too “nice,” writes Paul Musgrave. In the article, Musgrave critiques the standard book review as a dull and unbeneficial activity. The author describes reading reviews in a journal and noting that almost every book was said to be exceptional in some way, while reviewers avoided any serious critique of the texts. Musgrave argues that book reviews that do not act as evaluation tools are problematic. Finally, the author suggests some ways journals can improve the quality of reviews through allowing longer review essays, allowing authors to engage with multiple books, and moving standard reviews to review websites. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Pitfalls of academic book reviews: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
A report from the Montreal Gazette says that Quebec postsecondary institutions are being encouraged to hold courses online during the winter semester. However, institutions will still be allowed to offer in-person classes, and essential in-person activities such as lab work and research will be allowed on campus. Libraries will also remain open. The province’s currently enacted curfew will still apply to all postsecondary institutions. “Over the past few months, students and all staff in higher education have shown exceptional and exemplary resilience,” says Danielle McCann, QC Minister of Higher Education. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC postsecondary institutions encouraged, not required to offer online courses during winter semester Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Students at universities in Nova Scotia have tested positive for COVID-19. One on-campus student at Acadia University who was not experiencing any symptoms has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in self-isolation. A Dalhousie University off-campus student has tested positive and is self-isolating. St Francis Xavier University has announced two cases of COVID-19 this year. The first case involves a student who was returning to campus; the second case involves a returning student who is now isolating in residence. The two cases are not believed to be related. CBC (Dal, Acadia) | CBC (StFx) (NS) Returning NS students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
University support staff need training in order to help troubled students, writes Sarah Bones. The author describes how students often come to them when they are experiencing mental health issues, despite the fact that administrative staff are often thought of as having a “signpost” role. Bones explains that those in administrative roles need training on how to help students, as passing students on to other teams when they need immediate help can discourage students from continuing to seek help. The author also explains that administrators need training on how to handle students who are dealing with overwhelming or out-of-control emotions and mental health issues. “At a time when students from around the globe have been cooped up in their rooms for months wondering how to get help,” writes Bones, “it is more necessary than ever to ensure that those they do approach have the training to give them what they need.” Times Higher Ed (International) UoGuelph announces creation of PACAR Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
University support staff need training in order to help troubled students, writes Sarah Bones. The author describes how students often come to them when they are experiencing mental health issues, despite the fact that administrative staff are often thought of as having a “signpost” role. Bones explains that those in administrative roles need training on how to help students, as passing students on to other teams when they need immediate help can discourage students from continuing to seek help. The author also explains that administrators need training on how to handle students who are dealing with overwhelming or out-of-control emotions and mental health issues. “At a time when students from around the globe have been cooped up in their rooms for months wondering how to get help,” writes Bones, “it is more necessary than ever to ensure that those they do approach have the training to give them what they need.” Times Higher Ed (International) University support staff need mental health training: Opinion Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
A first-year student at St Francis Xavier University has been charged with offenses related to human trafficking in Ontario. A report from The Chronicle Herald explains that Justin Barrett was arrested in December by York Regional Police “for allegedly exploiting a 16-year-old girl in the sex trade and forcing her to turn over her earnings.” StFX VP of students Elizabeth Yeo stated that the university will be monitoring and reviewing the situation to ensure the safety of the community. CBC | The Chronicle Herald (NB) Update: StFX has suspended the student in question. StFX student arrested on human trafficking-related offenses Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 09:14 01/12/2021 - 03:30
Western University has announced that it will delay the start of in-person classes until February 21st due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Virtual classes will begin as planned this week. A small number of clinical learning programs in health sciences and medicine will be allowed to begin in-person sessions, as well as a limited number of non-health related programs. Western will also be staggering student return to residences, with a small number who have previously arranged travel or personal circumstances given permission to return. Western | Global News (ON) Western delays return to in-person classes Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
The University of Waterloo and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have announced a joint seven-year research and development project in metal 3D printing that will help Ontario more effectively utilize industrial additive manufacturing. UWaterloo and NRC will continue to advance their previous work in a variety of areas, such as process optimization and standardized testing. “We want to create in southwestern Ontario a unique ecosystem to support metal additive manufacturing in terms of research and development and to translate competencies to industry partners,” said Mihaela Vlasea, associate director of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab at UWaterloo. 3D Printing Industry (ON) UWaterloo, NRC collaborate to advance metal 3D printing in ON Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has created a new research centre called the Centre d’intelligence en surveillance des marchés financiers. The unit has three objectives: to ensure the financial ecosystem’s integrity against manipulation through promoting best practices, to identify approaches that will optimize detection of manipulation and deceptive trading practices, and to position Montreal as a global centre in financial market supervision. The centre will provide a space to do scientific research, to train professionals, and to bring together experts from all related disciplines for collaboration. UQAM (QC) UQAM creates financial research centre Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
Red River College and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents have developed two courses that are designed to address staffing shortages in Manitoba schools through training substitute teachers and educational assistants (EAs). The Basic Classroom Skills for Limited Teaching Permit Holders program will provide training to people who are hired to teach on a temporary basis, while the Educational Assistant Essentials Program will prepare EAs to work under teachers. Both courses are delivered online, are available in English and French, and will take around 30 hours to complete. “We are proud to work with our partners in the K-12 system to create solutions to address educational continuity and the pressing staffing needs identified by the task force” said RRC President Fred Meier. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) RRC offering condensed online substitute teacher, EA training to address staffing shortages Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus will receive an investment of $700K from the provincial government over two years in support of immigration. $600K has been provided to CNA through the NL Workforce Innovation Centre to establish an Economic Immigration Ideas Lab. This lab will bring leaders together to work toward a common goal of developing new approaches to increasing immigration. NL is also investing over $100K to support newcomers in completing required English language testing by supporting MUN in becoming a designated Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program testing site. “This new testing site will give us agency to strengthen international growth in our region and throughout the province, and will uphold our goal to sustain overall enrolment, enhance diversity, and help attract and produce highly educated and skilled newcomers for Newfoundland and Labrador,” said MUN Grenfell’s VP Dr Jeff Keshen. CNA (NL) CNA, MUN Grenfell receive over $700K for Ideas Lab and English Language Testing Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 15:34 01/12/2021 - 03:30
Writing for a general audience provides a way for academics to publicly speak out about current issues, writes Austin Sarat. The author explains how academics can draw on their expertise to join public conversations, and how their writing must change when they are writing for the public. The article describes techniques for producing this kind of writing, including choosing accessible language and ensuring that writing is compelling even for readers who may be hostile to the truth. The article describes the rewards and the downsides to producing public writing, and encourages academics to use their knowledge for the public good. Inside Higher Ed (International) How academics can approach writing for the public good: Opinion Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association have reached a tentative labour agreement with help from a conciliator after resolving outstanding issues. The faculty association members and the university’s board of governments still need to ratify the agreement. “The details of the tentative deal will be made available once the board and the membership of DFA [faculty association] have ratified the collective agreement,” stated a Dal email. CBC (NS) Dal, faculty association reach tentative agreement Top Ten 01/12/2021 - 03:59 01/12/2021 - 03:30

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, in partnership with Film Training Manitoba (FTM), has launched ACTION! Program Phase 2. The program’s second phase is focused on helping students to find jobs and careers in the film industry. The expansion will allow 200 MITT students and alumni to access short-term training including industry-accredited courses, career coaching, and in-class training. “Ask any employer what they look for in a new hire and they’ll likely say an even balance of technical and soft skills,” says Marnie Groeneveld, Director, Centre for Career Development and Lifelong Learning at MITT. “This is how we train at MITT and it’s so great to see partners like FTM sharing this philosophy.” MITT (MB)

MITT, FTM launch ACTION! Program Phase 2 Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Inter Pipeline are collaborating on two applied research projects on microplastics. The collaboration, which is conducted through the Plastics Research in Action (PRIA) initiative’s $10M research partnership, will see two projects conducted in the North Saskatchewan River: The Microplastics Project, which is focused on identifying and monitoring microplastic levels in water and sediment samples, and the Plastics Blending Project, which will test technologies to convert plastic waste into a wax product for use in asphalt. “Our research will contribute to the body of knowledge around this emerging science and help develop solutions in addressing the issues of microplastics in our environments,” said Dr Paolo Mussone, NAIT Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair. CBC | Globe and Mail (Subscription required) | NAIT (AB)

NAIT, Inter Pipeline begin collaborative research on microplastics Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

Universities should do more to support graduate student mental health, especially during COVID-19, writes Megan Douglas. The author describes some ways institutions can better support graduate students, who are at a higher risk for mental health issues during COVID-19. The article explains how offering virtual counselling can help ensure that there is professional support available for students before they begin to show signs of mental illness. Douglas also describes two ways supervisors can play a role in supporting graduate student mental health: Checking in more often with their PhD students and shifting the focus of meetings to cover issues of wellbeing, and modelling an appropriate work-life balance so that students do not feel pressured to follow irregular work hours. University Affairs (National)

How universities can support grad student mental health: Opinion Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

Yukon University and the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship Group of the Arctic Institute have released a policy recommendation paper that describes how the themes of “Language, Community and Legends” can be used as a basis for including Indigenous people in policy development and maintenance. The report was originally developed for Yukon U in order to help the institution respectfully include Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing in the postsecondary education policy landscape, but includes lessons that can be applied to institutions more broadly. “Language, community and legends are commonalities within Indigenous cultures,” write the authors, “not only in the Yukon but, one could argue, worldwide.” Arctic Institute (YK)

Indigenous Language, Community, and Legends in Post-Secondary Education Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

Fleming College’s Continuing Education has added a batch of new courses that teach in-demand skills and allow students to gain certificates and specializations. The new courses include Teaching Online and E-Learning Tools, which is focused on how to move courses online, and Mindful Living and Meditation, which describes how to navigate stress and increase personal focus. Courses are offered via online delivery, and are designed to support career development by expanding students’ skillsets. Fleming (ON)

Fleming College’s Continuing Education has added a batch of new courses that teach in-demand skills and allow students to gain certificates and specializations. The new courses include Teaching Online and E-Learning Tools, which is focused on how to move Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

University of British Columbia’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CCDPM) and digital health company Curatio have partnered on the Stronger Together project. This project provides Canadians with free health support through Curatio’s social networking health app. The platform allows patients to connect with resources, counselling, health trackers, and social connections, while providing researchers with insight into how to most effectively offer virtual health support. “Patients are facing unique challenges accessing health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CCDPM Director Kathleen Martin Ginis. “We need to bridge these gaps and help patients build social connections that can improve their health and well-being.” UBC (BC)

UBC, Curatio partner on health support app Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

In an article discussing the recent collective bargaining process at Brock University, Brock faculty Spy Dénommé-Welch and Larry Savage discuss the process, outcomes, and learnings from pursuing Indigenization through collective bargaining. The article describes some of the challenges that may need to be addressed during the process, including prioritization issues, the impact of entrenched colonial mindsets both at the bargaining table and within the union, and hesitation or anxiety around drafting proposals on Indigenization and decolonization. Dénomme-Welch and Savage conclude by noting the importance of representation in academic staff association structures and processes, and the need to ensure Indigenous negotiating team members are given the space to speak their truth directly to the employer. OCUFA (ON)

Indigenization through the collective bargaining process: OCUFA Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

Douglas College has announced that it is developing a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program for its General Business Certificate. With support from BCcampus, Douglas will be developing open educational resources (OERs) for four courses that will contain inclusive and diverse stories, examples, and case studies. “Equally important is that, not only will students benefit from reducing textbook costs, but it will also allow us to employ them in the development of OER,” said Debra Flewelling, open education and emerging technologies librarian, “showcasing how students can be active participants in an open education framework.” BCcampus (BC)

Douglas to develop ZTC for General Business Certificate Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

The University of Calgary will receive $9M in federal funding through Magnet’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to enable Canadian employers to hire UCalgary students for paid work placements. The funding will support co-operative education and internship placements. Employers will be able to gain access to low-cost, flexible talent, while allowing students to gain paid experience and skill development. “During these opportunities, UCalgary students benefit from discovering their sense of purpose, improving their civic consciousness and employability, and developing their leadership skills,” said Dr Dru Marshall, provost and VP (academic). UCalgary partner organization, Magnet, will deliver the funding. UCaglary (AB)

UCalgary receives $9M for co-operative education and internships Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30

While Canada relies on international students to maintain the population and economy, Times Higher Education reports that international students are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A World Education Services (WES) survey found that 26% of international students had lost their primary income and 35% were struggling to pay housing costs. These students were not eligible for government relief programs. “If they are going to be part of our population growth – which is intentional, which is what government is doing – then let’s make sure that we look out for them,” said Shamira Madhany, WES’ managing director for Canada. Times Higher Ed (National)

International students in Canada facing financial hardships Top Ten 01/11/2021 - 04:05 01/11/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta has announced the opening the Hesje Observatory at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, which will offer students and community members the opportunity to view the night sky using professional equipment. The observatory, which is equipped with a rotating dome and two telescopes, will allow students to gain hands-on experience with measurements and analysis. An all-sky camera will enable the observatory to do livestreams and remote viewing for schools and postsecondary classes. “It’s a comfortable way to get people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers,” said station research assistant Rae Metrunec. “I think almost everyone looks into the sky and wonders what’s out there—this will be a really exciting adventure for people.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta to open Hesje observatory Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
Ontario Police College will start training for a new cohort of around 438 recruits from across Ontario at its Aylmer location next week. The Star says that lockdown restrictions do not apply to the college. Ontario Police College is following the health unit’s risk mitigation strategy and using safety measures such as mandatory screening and providing personal protective equipment. “Basic constable training is an essential training program to ensure that police services in Ontario continue to have the staffing resources necessary to keep our communities safe,” wrote Stephen Warner, press secretary and spokesperson for Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “Training cannot be delayed as police officers are frontline essential workers.” The Star (ON) Hundreds of Ontario Police College recruits to arrive in Aylmer for training Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
Red River College has partnered with SkipTheDishes to offer micro-credentials that will train SkipTheDishes trainers. The micro-credentials will provide a baseline of skills for training facilitators of operations teams. Upon completion, trainers will receive a digital badge with information on their skills and competencies. Graduates of the micro-credentials will also be able to take advantage of a pathway into RRC’s Certificate in Adult Education Program. “We’re excited to partner with RRC to ensure our trainers are set up for success,” says Eddie Garcia, VP, Global Care and Logistics, SkipTheDishes. “With a rapidly growing workforce right here in Winnipeg, the micro-credential courses have come at a perfect time.” RRC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) RRC, SkipTheDishes partner on micro-credentials that train trainers Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
In recognition of the first anniversary of the tragedy of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, colleges, polytechnics, and universities across Canada are taking a moment to remember those lost. The University of Guelph, the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto are among those that have launched scholarships in remembrance of students, lowered their flags, and planned memorials to honour the day. Global News reports that over 20 postsecondary institutions lost students and faculty when the plane crashed in Tehran in early 2020. Global News (UAlberta) | Kitchener Today (UoGuelph) | SFU | U of T (National) Campuses across Canada lower flags, hold ceremonies in remembrance of Flight 752 Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
The University of Toronto’s department of mechanical and industrial engineering has launched a graduate-level Additive Manufacturing in Engineering Applications course. The course, which is available to all U of T students, is focused on the in-demand area of 3D printing. It will introduce students to 3D printing and computer-aided design, and will cover the “process of designing and building cost-effective and timely products using novel materials and hardware.” The course will prepare students for careers in additive manufacturing. U of T (ON) U of T launches course in Additive Manufacturing in Engineering Applications Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that Dr Peter Berman, director of University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, has apologized in a letter to the academic community for travelling over the holidays. “I recognize now that I should not have travelled, and that many of you have made sacrifices over these past several weeks that I too should have made,” said Berman. “I truly regret this decision.” UBC director of university affairs Matthew Ramsey explained that the university has no jurisdiction over private decisions “but expects everyone in its community to follow health guidelines.” CBC (BC) Update (Jan 19): Berman has resigned from his position. CBC UBC School of Population and Public Health director apologizes for holiday travel Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 08:53 01/08/2021 - 03:30
The University of Guelph and Mitacs have signed a MOU to establish around 100 internships in the next five years for students in UoGuelph’s master of cybersecurity and threat intelligence (MCTI) program. The partnership will allow MCTI students to gain hands-on experience while working with industry and government partners. “These partnerships allow us to deepen connections across different areas of cybersecurity research and support advancements in our field, which will ensure safer digital and online activity,” said Dr Ali Dehghantanha, MCTI program director and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph, Mitacs partner to establish MCTI internships Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
Graduate students need a space other than a lab or classroom to engage with faculty members without the threat of being evaluated, write Rose Marie Ward, Amanda B Diekman, Ellen Yezierski, and Stacey Lowery Bretz. The authors describe their experience creating an interdisciplinary graduate student learning community where doctoral students could gain professional development experience and connect with people in other disciplines. Students in this “third space” came together to learn professional skills, share their struggles, and interact in an environment where they could be authentic. The authors explain how, during the pandemic, the third space gave students a community through which they could learn to navigate changes, build skills, and find new opportunities. Inside Higher Ed (International) Building a “third space” for graduate students: Opinion Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
St Francis Xavier University has announced that its first week of the winter semester will be held online, with in-person classes starting a week later. The week of online classes will allow StFX students who have returned from outside of Atlantic Canada to complete a mandatory 14-day isolation before beginning classes in person. The week of online courses will also allow students from within Atlantic Canada to delay their return until all their housemates have completed quarantine. The Chronicle Herald (NS) StFX begins winter semester with week of online classes Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
Many academics find themselves securing a tenure-track job at the same time that they begin to care for elderly or disabled relatives, which Denise K Magner explains can create challenges for balancing caregiving and academic duties. The author gives tips on how to find time for academic duties while caring for relatives who need help. The article encourages talking to colleagues about family obligations so that they are aware of the situation. The author also explains how ensuring that your contract is clear about your position’s expectations and duties can help you control your work schedule. Finally, Magner suggests keeping a writing schedule that is tailored to your writing needs and will enhance productivity. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Balancing both a career and caring for relatives: Opinion Top Ten 01/08/2021 - 03:47 01/08/2021 - 03:30
Assiniboine Community College has launched an Early Childhood Education Workplace program. This program allows students who are employed at a childhood education centre and have at least two years of professional experience to pursue an Early Childhood Education diploma while continuing to work. The program is condensed to take into account previous student experience in the field, allowing students to attend classes two days a week to complete the program in two years. Graduates will be able to apply for ECE Level 2 classification. Brandon Sun (MB) ACC launches Early Childhood Education Workplace program Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions are supporting more than 1,200 students who are facing a 14-day isolation after returning to New Brunswick to study. CBC reports that universities are checking in with students by phone and email to ensure that they are in good health and following the rules. The University of New Brunswick has a 50-member team that offers support with travel, groceries, check-ins, and other services. St Thomas University has made dorm rooms available for students who are coming back and need a place to isolate away from roommates. Residences at Mount Allison University open on January 8th, enabling students to self-isolate before classes start. CBC (NB) Students prepare for isolation after re-entering NB to study Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia Okanagan has started an Arts Career Apprenticeship Program that will allow graduates from arts, humanities, or social sciences programs to complete paid apprenticeships. Students will have the chance to contribute to a local organization or business while gaining networking opportunities and receiving mentorship. “The time after graduation can be an exciting but also stressful [time] for students as they navigate the transition from university to their first jobs,” says Ananya Mukherjee Reed, UBCO provost and VP academic. “This program is designed to bring local businesses into that transition process, and provide real-world experience to help jumpstart their careers and to help foster talent right here in the Okanagan.” UBC (BC) UBCO launches Arts Career Apprenticeship Program Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Nova Scotia Community College has announced that it will waive tuition for learners who have previously spent time in care through the Post-Care Free Tuition Program. Eligible students will have up to 100% of their tuition and fees covered. “At NSCC, we’re committed to building accessibility and inclusion into everything we do,” said NSCC President Don Bureaux. “By eliminating barriers to education in this way, we’re opening up a world of possibilities and ensuring that all Nova Scotians have the opportunity to move successfully into training and the workforce.” NSCC says it is the first college in Atlantic Canada to waive tuition for students who have previously been in care. NSCC | Halifax Today (NS) NSCC announces it will waive tuition for students with foster-care experience Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
To attract the right employees, David D Perlmutter describes how human resources professionals can craft a well-written and effective faculty job descriptions. The article suggests starting with a familiar template that will provide the structure and universal language necessary for creating a position description. Perlmutter explains how consulting with faculty members who have a role in the hiring process can help reconcile overlapping authority. The author further encourages administrators to take a lead on identifying both the preferred and required qualifications that will be listed in a position’s description. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) How to write realistic faculty position descriptions: Opinion Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
McMaster University has launched an Equitable Admissions for Black Applicants (EABA) pilot project. The program allows students who self-identify as Black to have a supplementary application form evaluated by a panel of Black faculty, alumni, and students. The pilot project aims to reduce potential bias in the evaluations of applicants. “Our continuing rise in educational excellence depends on ensuring we are inclusive of all in our Canadian community,” said McMaster Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Paul O’Byrne. “I’d like to congratulate the BHSc (Hons) program on establishing a pilot project for an admissions pathway for Black applicants, and I know several of our other programs are following suit.” McMaster (ON) McMaster announces launch of Equitable Admissions for Black Applicants pilot project Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Camosun College is creating a $2.4M high-end composite lab called “Miracle” (materials, integration, research, and creativity) through the Camosun Innovates program. Camosun will renovate an empty space on its Interurban campus to create a 3,600-square-foot lab as a full-time location for composite work. At least 15 students per year will be able to work within the space. “There isn’t a lot of teaching space available for composites, so this is a real step forward for us,” said Richard Gale, director of Camosun Innovates. “It’s going to give Camosun College and Camosun students a real leg up on the newest work being done in manufacturing on the Island and beyond.” Times Colonist (BC) Camosun announces plans to create “Miracle” composite lab Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Fanshawe College has launched a redesigned Occupational Health and Safety certificate program in response to increased demand for professionals in the field. The program meets the nine competency categories of the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification and will prepare graduates to work in a variety of industries. “The pandemic has underscored the need for occupational health and safety technicians to maintain a safe working environment,” said Fanshawe School of Public Safety associate dean Mark Hunter. “This program, aligned with the new CRST certification, is a significant addition to Fanshawe’s School of Public Safety.” The part-time program will be available entirely online, and graduates will be able to write the CRST examination upon completing the program. Fanshawe (ON) Fanshawe introduces redesigned Occupational Health and Safety program Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
The death of a man at Trinity Western University’s Langley campus after an altercation with campus security is now considered a homicide. The victim had no known association with TWU, reports CBC. A manslaughter charge has reportedly been laid against security guard Jack Hutchinson. “This individual is on medical leave due to injuries sustained during the altercation,” said TWU public relations director Winnie Lui. “We are deeply saddened by this situation, and grieve the loss of life.” CBC | Global News (BC) TWU security guard involved in September incident charged with manslaughter Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Holland College and Royal Roads University have announced the renewal of several program pathways that will enable college students to earn bachelor degrees. Graduates of the college’s Marketing and Advertising Management, Business Administration, Accounting Technology, and Tourism and Travel Management programs may receive credit towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Royal Roads. Graduates from the college’s Bioscience Technology, Environmental Applied Science Technology, and Wildlife Conservation Technology programs may receive credit towards a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science or Environmental Practice. Holland (PEI|BC) Holland College, Royal Roads renew program pathways Top Ten 01/07/2021 - 03:42 01/07/2021 - 03:30
Fanshawe College has renamed its aviation school the Norton Wolf School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology. The new name recognizes the school’s recent growth and the vision Fanshawe has for the future of its aerospace programs. The release explains that Fanshawe has expanded its programming to include aviation and aerospace-related programs, and that the college is developing new programs in the industry for the future. “This is an exciting time for the Norton Wolf School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology as we continue to attract high-calibre students to leading-edge programs that prepare them for great careers upon graduation,” said Norton Wolf School Associate Dean Larry Weir. Fanshawe (ON) Fanshawe updates aviation school to reflect growth and future plans Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick has announced that it is now an accredited partner of the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA). Through the partnership, MBA courses at UNB Saint John’s uptown location will be CPSA accredited, providing students with the prerequisites for the Certified Sales Professional designation. “UNB’s relationship with the CPSA will benefit Atlantic Canada’s business community, bringing expertise to the area and producing more professional salespeople, something which will boost New Brunswick’s economy,” said Dr Shelley Rinehart, UNB MBA director. UNB (NB) UNB becomes accredited partner of CPSA Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba has created an Access Hub for Internationally Educated Health Professionals through $735K in federal funding. The hub will provide bridging programs for people educated outside of Canada in the fields of pharmacy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, speech language pathology, and audiology. Professionals can use the hub to gain access to resources, online modules, guidance, and supplementary programs. It will also encourage licenced professionals to take on mentorship roles. “For the first time, this will enable newcomer professionals to fill gaps in their educational qualifications without having to enrol in an entire, full-time UM program,” said Dr Christine Polimeni, UManitoba Vice-Dean of Continuing Competency and Assessment. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) UManitoba creates Access Hub for Internationally Educated Health Professionals Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Yellowhead Tribal College and the University of Alberta have partnered to offer an Indigenous community-industry relations certificate and an Indigenous community-engagement citation. The two institutions will share instruction for the two programs: YTC will teach courses that use land-based teaching and that are informed by ancestral knowledge, while UAlberta will teach courses focused on industry and business. The article says that this collaboration recognizes the significance of Indigenous knowledge systems and is a step toward reconciliation. “Indigenous knowledge holders and Indigenous elders: they have PhDs as well,” said Florence Glanfield, vice-provost of Indigenous programming and research at UAlberta. “They have PhDs in the knowledge-systems, and they understand language, and they have so much to offer … institutions such as the University of Alberta.” Edmonton Journal (AB) YTC, UAlberta partner to offer Indigenous-industry relations program Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Stella Erbes reflects on her inaugural year as a department chair and shares 13 tips on how new administrators can thrive in their positions. The author recommends that, since there is a lack of systematic training for those taking up leadership roles, new administrators can prepare themselves by reading professional development books, meeting with former and current deans and supervisors, and learning about how the department’s finances work. The article also suggests taking the time to appreciate and communicate with office staff, student employees, and faculty, and emphasizes the importance of caring for oneself. Inside Higher Ed (International) Tips new administrators can use to settle into a new role: Opinion Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Brock University and Niagara College will receive increased funding from the Government of Ontario to address maintenance backlogs, complete necessary repairs and upgrades, and to provide students, instructors, and staff with a safe and modern learning environment. Niagara will receive nearly $2.47M and Brock will receive $2.95M. Niagara will also receive $745K in capital funding for instructional equipment and resources. “The first-class education students receive at our postsecondary institutions is critical to the future of Ontario, our economy, and the prosperity of our people,” said Ross Romano, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. “That is why our government is committed to providing annual funding that will help our colleges and universities renew and modernize their facilities.” Niagara (ON) Brock, Niagara receive funding for updates, maintenance Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Conseil des Métiers d’Art has partnered with Cégep du Vieux-Montréal to offer a course to train stone masons, carpenters, and cabinet-makers to maintain Quebec City’s heritage buildings. The 15-week course, which will be taught by distance and in-person, will cover how to assess buildings and appropriate interventions based on the building’s construction and style. “We noticed that this expertise was on the way to being lost,” said France Girard, project manager in architecture and heritage at the Conseil des Métiers d’Art. “The preservation and transmission of this know-how is directly linked to the preservation and transmission of our heritage.” CBC (QC) Conseil des Métiers d’Art, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal partner on building restoration program Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary students across Canada are working together to launch care initiatives and respond to the needs of those in their communities. A McGill University student has founded Meals for Milton-Parc, which provides hot meals, hygiene kits, and warm clothing packages to those without homes in the area. Students at Thompson Rivers University are creating and handing out bags filled with fresh fruit and other supplies to their local homeless community. Athletes at Carleton University are using the time that would normally go towards competitions to connect with residents of a local long-term care home. CBC (McGill) | Castanet Kamloops (TRU) | CBC (Carleton) (National) Students create, participate in caring initiatives Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Instructors should try to make the first day of a course engaging and effective, writes Denise K Magner. The author writes that instructors should use the flexibility they have on the first day to gain student engagement. Rather than reading the syllabus out loud, instructors could begin by sparking curiosity about the course topics before referencing how the syllabus will guide students through those topics to satisfy their curiosity. Magner also suggests giving students a challenging task to complete before they have learned the skills they need to succeed at it in order to get a clear view of students’ current understanding of the subject. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Making the first day of a course effective: Opinion Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
Ontario’s Court of Appeal has found that the University of Waterloo discriminated against a potential student through failing to provide accommodation within the admissions process. The article explains that applicant Roch Longueépée applied to UWaterloo in 2013, but was turned down as “unlikely to succeed.” CBC says that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario initially found that UWaterloo had treated him with compassion; when Longueépée appealed this decision, the divisional court found that UWaterloo had failed to accommodate Longueépée during the admissions process. CBC | The Star (ON) ON Court of Appeal finds UWaterloo failed to accommodate man with disability Top Ten 01/06/2021 - 04:04 01/06/2021 - 03:30
The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music has received a $1M donation from alumnus Elaine Keillor. The funds will be used to fund doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, or for Music and Health Research Collaboratory research projects. “Dr. Keillor’s endowment will provide a tremendous foundation in perpetuity to advance research in music and health on all levels, and support outstanding work of graduate students like Nicole Richard,” said MHRC directory Michael Thaut. Part of the donation will be matched by the division of the vice-president and provost to support graduate and international students. U of T (ON) U of T Faculty of Music receives $1M from Elaine Keillor Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
Athabasca University and Université TÉLUQ have expanded a partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) after a successful first year. The partnership enables GAC staff to obtain university education via the University Credit Access Program (UCAP), and has been expanded from 600 GAC employees to all 6,500. “Considering the national and international context of uncertainty attributable to the COVID-19 crisis, we can only welcome the vision as well as the strong signal in favor of distance continuing education delivered by a Canadian leader such as Global Affairs Canada,” said Julie Carle, Director of External Affairs and Secretary General at TÉLUQ. AU (AB | QC) AU, GAC, TÉLUQ expand UCAP education partnership Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
Fourth year Bachelor of Education students in Saskatchewan who have completed their internships will be allowed to apply for temporary teaching permits to teach as substitute teachers. This move enables students to fill SK’s shortage of 300 substitute teachers. Students must be approved by both the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) and the school division they are applying to. “It’s a good workaround to put a student who has almost finished their Bachelor of Education degree in a position where they could substitute teach if they were called upon to do so,” said Trevor Smith, chief operating officer and registrar for SPTRB. CBC (SK) SK BEd students allowed to apply for temporary teaching permits Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario is investing $77M through the Second Career grant program. The training program is designed to help people who have been laid off to find in-demand jobs in their communities. The program will focus on training that is 52 weeks or shorter, and will remove funding caps to enable students to access programs at a variety of institutions. “Our government will connect people to rewarding careers, enabling them to contribute to our economic recovery,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our updated and improved Second Career program will help people get back on their feet, learn new skills and provide hope for them and their families.” ON (ON) ON invests $77M in Second Career program Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and RBC have announced that they are partnering on a multiyear member-focused strategic partnership that will give students educational opportunities and access to a banking program. The partnership will support a variety of programs, including engagement initiatives, podcasts, professional practice programs, and business training. “The Royal College is fortunate to be able to help medical specialists thrive throughout their entire career journey,” said Susan D Moffatt-Bruce, FRCSC of the Royal College. “This strategic partnership with RBC will help us support our members in both their personal and professional lives so they can deliver outstanding patient care to our communities.” Newswire (National) Royal College, RBC partner on strategic partnership Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
Kenjgewin Teg’s Anishinabek Skills, Innovation, and Research Centre (ASIRC) has been approved as a Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) testing location. Students in the Shki-Maajiinakiing trades program are now able to prepare for and complete an examination and certification by a CWB examiner at Kenjgewin Teg. “Employers out there want employees and graduates to also have the ‘certified technical skills’ that are applied and used in practice on-the-job,” said welding instructor Dave Barnes. “Becoming an approved testing centre for CWB means we are helping the employability of our trades graduates during and after they have come to us at Kenjgewin Teg.” Kenjgewin Teg (ON) Kenjgewin Teg’s ASIRC approved as CWB Testing Site Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories are attempting to curb the spread of COVID-19 through new rules around students re-entering the regions after the holiday break. Starting on January 4th, Students returning to NS after the holidays are required to have a COVID-19 test 6 to 8 days after arriving in NS. Even if students are asymptomatic and test negative, they must additionally complete 14 days of self-isolation. Students returning to NWT must also self-isolate for 14 days; if they are unable to isolate at home, they must stay in an isolation centre. NWT has agreed to cover the costs of the isolation centre stay for students who travelled for education or training. NS | CBC (NS | NWT) NS, NWT announce new rules for students re-entering after holidays Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia has changed its style guide to use the honorific “Dr” in front of the names of those who had been awarded a doctoral degree. The article says the move was made after an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal questioned whether Dr Jill Biden’s doctoral degree warranted the title. In response, UBC has changed its policy of following the Canadian Press Style Guide and will now include “Dr” in front of the names those who have a doctoral degree. “The question of how media and large institutions should recognize academic credentials, rank and titles while ensuring readability for their audiences has sparked dialogue in recent years,” read the policy. “Some members of the UBC community have also raised this important question—and we’ve been listening.” Western Standard (BC) UBC changes style guide for press releases, “Dr” now used for those awarded a doctoral degree Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo will be offering additional support for students this holiday season. UoGuelph will be keeping the Student Support Network and mental wellness supports open over the holidays. It will also be providing activities, such as a virtual Christmas Eve gathering, with cookie and cocoa kits distributed to students in the area. UWaterloo, which is expecting more international students to arrive over the holidays, has created a quarantine support group and support packages to help students who are arriving in Canada. CBC (ON) UoGuelph, UWaterloo provide extra support for students over winter break Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30
Université du Québec à Montréal is launching a new program in disability and deafness. The program is designed for people who may come in contact with people with disabilities and deaf people in their work, such as those in health, social services, or interpreting. The program is offered on a part-time basis. It includes three courses, which cover rights and citizenship, communication strategies, and the representation of disability and deafness in the media. UQAM (QC) UQAM launches program in disability and deafness Top Ten 12/22/2020 - 03:41 12/22/2020 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan is piloting a new Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program in 2021. The storyteller will be involved in initiatives that “promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between and among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.” Additionally, the storyteller will present a project during Indigenous Achievement Week. “The University Library firmly supports USask’s Indigenization efforts,” said Charlene Sorensen, USask’s acting dean, University Library. “The Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence pilot program is an important program that will help uplift Indigenous voices and perspectives and facilitate deeper cultural understanding at our university.” USask (SK)

USask pilots Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

Designing artificial intelligence tools that can teach other artificial intelligence tools is a new frontier of learning engineering, writes Rebecca Koenig. The author discusses how AI tutoring tools can provide faster, more efficient education through allowing teachers to build their own AI tutors. This could help increase course completion rates and reduce human labour. The article explains that in time, instructors may be able to teach AI “Apprentice Learners,” who will then teach real students. “We let the AI algorithm figure it out from its own data,” said Iulian Vlad Serban, CEO of Korbit. “Most of what it does is learning from the students. Students are teaching it to do better.” EdSurge (International)

How AI could influence teaching Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The Council of Ontario Universities has released a new report, Lighting the Fire: Experiences of Indigenous Faculty in Ontario Universities. The report is based on a survey of full-time self-identified Indigenous faculty and demonstrates further need to support the inclusion of Indigenous voices and peoples on campuses across the province. It also includes Calls to Action based on the findings. “We must continue efforts to fully integrate Indigenous histories, culture, traditions and knowledge within our institutions – in our academic programs and research, our cultures, our spaces and structures,” said Caroline Langill, VP, Academic and Provost at OCAD University and Co-Chair of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents and Reference Group on Aboriginal Education Joint Working Group. “The Lighting the Fire report provides valuable data to assist Ontario universities in this important work and to advancing meaningful changes to support our Indigenous faculty.” COU | COU (Report) (ON)

COU releases findings from Indigenous faculty survey Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business is launching a Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics Program (MSCM). Students will learn about supply chains and logistics operations within the classroom and will apply these skills in a co-op or applied project. “We are thrilled to add the Master in Supply Chain and Logistics to the Stu Clark Graduate School,” said Gady Jacoby, Dean and CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership at the Asper School of Business. “Launching this program in Manitoba, a continental hub for transportation and logistics, allows our School to bring value to the Manitoba labour market through the development and growth of a professional workforce in the supply chain and logistics sector.” UManitoba (MB)

UManitoba launches Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics Program Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The Justice Institute of British Columbia has launched a Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis which will meet the need for more skilled analysts in the field. Students will learn foundational intelligence analysis skills and will receive training in cybercrime analysis and intelligence investigations. “The new graduate certificate in cybercrime analysis will provide our graduates with access to education, training and internationally-recognized credentials to assist them in being a part of the solution in the battle against cybercrime in our economy, and society in general,” said Stuart Ruttan, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice & Security and Office of International Affairs. The online certificate can be completed from anywhere in Canada. JIBC (BC)

JIBC launches Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus has received $5.2M from the province to add 24 seats to its bachelor of nursing bridging program. The funding is part of the New Brunswick Nursing Resource Strategy and addresses nursing shortages in the province. “This is an opportunity to enhance our province’s health care system and we are excited to be working in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick to find innovative solutions that work for all of us, said UNB Fredericton vice-president academic George MacLean. UNB | NB (NB )

UNB Fredericton doubles capacity for nursing students Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations has released a statement criticizing the Ontario government’s plans to implement performance-based funding into postsecondary education. In the statement, OCUFA opposes the performance-based funding plan, which they say will decrease per-student funding. OCUFA also opposes the plan’s accelerated three-year phase-in. “This negligence will starve Ontario universities and colleges of vital resources required to ensure students receive a high-quality education,” reads the release. “If the government meaningfully consulted with college and university faculty, staff, and students, they would know that this is the wrong funding model at the worst possible time.” OCUFA (ON)

OCUFA releases criticism of ON’s performance-based funding plans Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

Overpreparing for classes is a common faculty problem, writes Denise K Magner. The author explains that instructors should move past overpreparing for classes by allowing the homework they have assigned to introduce, explain, clarify, and cover important material. Magner writes that instructors can identify and refine a small number of strategies that they can use during classes; these strategies will both fill class time and provide valuable learning experiences for students. The author suggests that instructors try strategies such as beginning class with a writing exercise, using a “connection” question at the end of class, having students work in groups to annotate a text, or using electronic polling. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Strategies that help eliminate overpreparing for classes: Opinion Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Butterdome is undergoing construction by Alberta Health Services and the Red Cross to transform it into a temporary hospital. The setup, which has been branded an “alternative care centre,” will have 100 beds and may be used for patients who are recovering from or are at low risk of spreading COVID-19, or for patients without COVID-19. Health Minister Tyler Shandro said that the facility is part of a contingency plan in case current hospital limits are reached. CBC (AB)

UAlberta’s Butterdome undergoing construction into temporary hospital Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30

A report from CBC states that cheating has more than doubled at the University of Waterloo in the 2019-2020 academic year, with an increase in cheating, using “unauthorized aids or assistance,” and violations of exam rules. The article identifies pandemic-related factors such as student feelings of being overwhelmed and of isolation along with the challenges of the change to online learning as potential reasons for the increase. CBC also reports that cheating has decreased from the winter to spring semesters. “This is definitely a blip we’ve seen with the pandemic, and I don’t expect these numbers will be sustained at this level going into the future,” said Amanda McKenzie, UWaterloo’s director of quality assurance for academic programs and academic integrity. CBC (ON)

Instances of cheating more than doubles at UWaterloo: Report Top Ten 12/21/2020 - 03:46 12/21/2020 - 03:30
King’s University College and Huron University College have joined six other postsecondary institutions as a signatory to the Post-Secondary Education Collaborative Agreement. The agreement provides a framework through which the institutions can provide support for Indigenous postsecondary students. “As a signatory to the agreement, King’s will work with all partners to further improve outcomes for students and their families,” said King’s Dean of Students Joe Henry. “This is fully consistent with our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations communities.” King’s (ON) King’s, Huron join Post-Secondary Education Collaborative Agreement Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Red River College and the Government of Manitoba are launching the Laboratory Essentials for COVID-19 Testing microcredential in COVID-19 rapid test administration. The course will teach students in the health and sciences fields how to administer the COVID-19 rapid test. “The micro-credentials Red River College has created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic generate more opportunities for professionals with the necessary experience to leverage their existing training,” said RRC president Fred Meier, “while updating and enhancing their skills to align with current provincial health-care demands.” CBC (MB) RRC, MB to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing microcredential, increase testing for teachers Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Durham College has launched an interdisciplinary Behavioural Science Technician (BHTN) program which focuses on Applied Behaviour Analysis. The program will include theoretical, research-based, and applied courses. Students will learn how to assist with programs for clients in education, family support services, mental health treatment, gerontology, and other settings. “In addition to the core competencies taught in this program, there is also a strong emphasis placed on ethics, professionalism and interpersonal communication, which isn’t common amongst other college behavioural science programs,” said Durham executive VP, Academic Elaine Popp. “When you combine that with the focus on service needs across a client’s lifespan from a bio-psycho-social perspective, DC students will graduate with a greater breadth of knowledge which creates more career opportunities.” Durham (ON) Durham launches Behavioural Science Technician program Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Royal Roads University has launched a dual graduate business degree that will allow students and alumni the ability to achieve both a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and a Master of Global Management. Students will spend their first year in either one of the programs before then taking the required courses in the other program to complete their dual degree. Students will be required to take specialized courses and complete an applied research project. While the dual degree can be taken in 26 months, students also have the option to graduate from one program and flexibly work on the second. “The dual MBA and MGM degree is an example of the responsive, adaptive nature of Royal Roads and its programs,” said William Holmes, RRU Acting VP Academic and Provost. Royal Roads (BC) Royal Roads launches dual graduate business degree Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
CBC reports that McGill University is investigating allegations of sexual assault after a petition started on Monday gained more than 50,000 signatures. The petition alleges that several young women were sexually assaulted in residences and on campus this fall by a first-year student. The petition further alleges that McGill has known about the allegations but not acted. McGill’s deputy provost for student life and learning Fabrice Labeau says that McGill is aware of the allegations and that they are investigating the situation. CBC | Montreal Gazette (QC) McGill investigates allegations of sexual assault after petition gains over 50,000 signatures Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Finding a professional niche after being demoted from an administrative role can be a challenge, writes George Justice. The author describes some ways to move past resentment and take initiative to pursue meaningful work and connections. Justice gives tips on how to adjust to post-administrative life, including scheduling conversations with those you enjoyed working with, volunteering on interesting projects, enjoying not taking a leadership role, and being part of the solution to toxic problems through teaching students with openness and creativity. “There are plenty of places where we ex-administrators can make a difference, and enjoy being a small part of the gradual solution,” writes Justice. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Adapting to post-administrative roles: Opinion Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Two postsecondary institutions in Ontario have recently reported COVID-19 cases. Algonquin College has reported a COVID-19 outbreak on their Pembroke campus, with three staff members testing positive. Algonquin reports that they are remaining open and are working with the district health unit to ensure public safety. The University of Windsor has had three new campus COVID-19 cases confirmed, which they report are unrelated to each other and to previous cases. UWindsor is working with public health and says that there is no additional risk to the community. Ottawa Citizen | UWindsor (ON) COVID-19 cases confirmed at Algonquin, UWindsor Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
Statistics Canada has released a report on the increase in revenue and expenditures of public colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics in the 2018/2019 year. The report says that the largest source of funding comes from provincial and territorial governments, and that the revenue from student fees has grown. The largest expenditures at these institutions are for salaries and benefits, while spending on sponsored research and student support has declined. Capital spending has also decreased as a percentage of total expenses. StatCan (National) StatCan reports college and polytechnic increase in revenue, expenditures for 2018/2019 Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia will be leading the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions’ new $1M, “Living with Water” Theme Partnership project. The focus of the four-year project is to develop new tools that will address aspects of flood response that currently are lacking. The project will address community values and Indigenous knowledge, decision-support tools, and governance arrangements. UBC will conduct the project in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Northern British Columbia, as well as other organizations or groups. UVic | (BC) BC universities to collaborate on $1M “Living with Water” Theme Partnership project Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
The University College of the North has extended their voluntary withdrawal date to allow students to withdraw from Fall Term courses as late as January 8th. The move is intended to alleviate some of the pressures students are facing due to the pandemic. Extending the withdrawal date allows students more control over their GPAs through allowing them to withdraw from courses without academic penalty. “This is a very stressful time for students,” said Dan Smith, VP Academic and Research at UCN. “The delay in the VW date allows students to make choices that will affect their academic careers for the better while giving them some relief from the pressures that they face during the pandemic.” UCN (MB) UCN announces extension of voluntary withdrawal date Top Ten 12/18/2020 - 03:44 12/18/2020 - 03:30
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has reconvened for the first time in five years in order to renew the sense of urgency, purpose, and unity in fulfilling the 94 calls to action. The commissioners said that Canadians from all walks of life embraced the calls to action, but expressed concern about the slow and uneven pace of implementation. “This is not just an Indigenous story. This is about us all as Canadians,” said Murray Sinclair, who chaired the TRC. “This is about how we have been educated. This is about how our ancestors acted and interacted and therefore, we need to figure out how our participation will move this conversation forward.” APTN News additionally described the Indigenous collaborative learning bundles developed by Carleton University as an example of how higher education institutions are working to involve their students in difficult questions around reconciliation and preserve the teachings of traditional knowledge teachers. APTN News | Globe and Mail (National) TRC reconvenes to call on governments, Canadians, to renew commitments to reconciliation Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Canada Research Chair program, Canada has announced an investment of $195M to support 259 new and renewed chairs at 47 institutions. The investment is complemented by nearly $14M in funding for research infrastructure provided to researchers through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Canada states that the total investment made in 2020 marks the program’s largest investment in a single calendar year. “For over 20 years, the Canada Research Chairs Program has been mobilizing Canada’s most esteemed academics to train and mentor the next generation of researchers and pursue groundbreaking research that responds to society’s economic, social and health needs,” said Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Congratulations to the new and renewed Canada Research Chairs! I look forward to seeing where your research and innovation leads us.” Canada (National) In celebration of 20th anniversary of CRC program, Canada invests $195M in 259 chairs Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
Research Infosource has released the Top 50 Research Colleges rankings for 2020. The corporation states that Canada’s top 50 research colleges reported a total of $227.6M of sponsored research income in Fiscal 2019. The top five colleges by research income were Cégep de Trois Rivières, Lambton College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mohawk College, and Red River College. Research income increased at 40 colleges and declined at 10 others, resulting in a reported sponsored research income growth of 28.9%. Research Infosource | Ranking (National) Research Infosource releases Top 50 Research Colleges ranking Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it will be raising tuition for the second time in two years. The Calgary Herald says that students will experience a fee increase and a tuition increase of 0-15%, depending on program. “The pandemic is not always going to be here;” said Dru Marshall, the U of C's provost and vice-president, “we’re planning for the future, and I think it’s the responsibility of the board to do that.” The university’s student union has expressed concern about students facing the tuition hike. “We have a very unique situation in where we face all of the challenges that are hitting us from multiple fronts — the cost of living, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of employment and now the rising cost of education,” said Marley Gillies, vice-president external for the Students’ Union. Calgary Herald | CBC (AB) UCalgary announces tuition hike, student union expresses concerns Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
Statistics Canada has examined registrations in apprenticeship programs and certifications in the trades in 2019 and found that these both fell from 2018. The decline was led by significant losses in Alberta, where the number of registrations in apprenticeship programs fell by 2,832 to 11,607 – the province’s lowest level in a decade – and certifications fell by 1,266 to a low of 7,665 in 2019. This loss offset the gains seen in Ontario and Quebec. StatCan also reports that the percentage of women choosing men-dominated trades has more than doubled over the past decade. StatCan (National) Apprenticeship program registrations, trades certifications fall in 2019, led by AB declines Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has launched the Centre for the Internet of Things to support digital transformation. The centre will allow engagement with the Internet of Things (IoT) through advanced hands-on education and training, industry collaborations, and research. “We are very excited about the Centre for the Internet of Things. It will provide cutting-edge solutions for industry while supporting faculty and students in gaining real-world experience to embrace and explore possibilities existing within this system,” said Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research and the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation at BCIT. “IoT is an emerging technology, a future high-demand profession that is now ready to be implemented by BCIT.” BCIT (BC) BCIT launches Centre for IoT to support digital transformation Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
College of the North Atlantic will be piloting Technology Career Pathway (TCP) programming to eight provincial high schools in the 2021-22 school year as part of a new partnership. The collaboration is focused on creating new pathways for interested high school students to transition to Information Technology programs at CNA. Students participating in the program will begin coursework in Grade 10 at the high school level, before transitioning to postsecondary courses in programming in Grade 11 and 12. “We are proud to participate in every opportunity for our province’s youth to have ways to enhance their learning experiences, and in this case, even before they enter our door,” said CNA President Elizabeth Kidd. CNA (NL) CNA partners with eight high schools to pilot career pathway Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
La Cité College has expanded skilled trades offerings by offering the third level of its Technicien d’entretien automobile program in Hawkesbury, Ontario. The program will be offered part-time and in the workplace in partnership with employers in the region. La Cité states that the program is the only apprenticeship program of its kind offered in French in the province. The program will help to meet the demand for skilled technicians in the region’s automotive industry. La Cité (FR) (ON) La Cité expands automobile technician programming in Hawkesbury to meet skills demand Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
In an article co-signed by 7 other McGill University faculty members, McGill Professor Samuel Veissière and former professor Julius Grey express their “concern about a growing climate of censorship, defamation, fear and erosion of academic freedom at McGill University.” The concern comes in response to a letter published by the executives of the Students Society of McGill University and seven student associations, which called for an overhaul of McGill’s statement of Academic Freedom in the face of concerns about inclusivity. Veissière and Grey argue that, while they do not wish to censor students and encourage them to critique their professors’ views and publications, “handing over the very definition and implementation of academic freedom to student pressure groups, however, violates the mandate of a university and undermines its raison d’être.” Montreal Gazette | SSMU (QC) McGill faculty express concern about academic freedom at institution Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has clarified the rules for international students applying to study courses in Canada for a duration of less than six months. The Pie News says that though the documentation says that students cannot attain a study permit for courses that are less than six months long, the IRCC has confirmed that students are allowed to do this. “In the meantime, applicants who wish to apply for a study permit for a short-term program can indicate during the eligibility questionnaire that they intend to stay in Canada for longer than six months,” reads a statement by IRCC. “This will generate their document checklist for a study permit application.” The Pie News (National) IRCC clarifies rules for international students taking courses less than six months long Top Ten 12/17/2020 - 03:43 12/17/2020 - 03:30
Centennial College and Air Canada have signed a MOU to help South Korean students travel to Canada to study. South Korean students who have a Centennial acceptance letter will be able to take advantage of promotional rates on Air Canada flights and a streamlined booking process. “We are delighted to have negotiated this agreement that has the interests of our students at heart,” said Centennial President Craig Stephenson. “Reducing barriers to booking a flight to Canada during a tough time for international travel, while offering promotional rates, are just two of the benefits that this partnership brings to South Korean students beginning their learning journey with us.” Centennial (ON) Centennial, Air Canada partner to bring South Korean students to Canada Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
Denise K Magner has provided a number of tips for ensuring that the holidays are still restful and restorative this year, during the pandemic. The article explains that even though the holidays may seem bleak because of loneliness or fear, energy should be channeled into resting rather than academic activity. Magner suggests embracing the break through resting and recharging and doing a digital detox from social media and email. Additionally, the author explains how planning the break to prioritize leisure activities can help to stave off “cabin fever.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Planning restful holidays during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
Laurentian University and the Climate Risk Institute (CRI) have signed an affiliation agreement, which Laurentian says will strengthen its commitment to action on climate change. The agreement will create new opportunities in student learning, research collaboration, and program development. “The Climate Risk institute is pleased to have this tie to Laurentian University. Our partnership will go a long way to providing students with experiential learning opportunities and to advance collaboration on climate change research in Ontario and Canada,” said CRI President Al Douglas. “This linkage will also provide support to northern Ontario communities as they continue to develop plans for increasing climate change resilience.” Laurentian (ON) Laurentian, CRI sign agreement to strengthen action on climate change Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
MacEwan University has received a $1M legacy gift from an anonymous donor. The endowed gift will be used to fund the Larissa Bursary, a bursary for students in MacEwan’s Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs who are majoring or minoring in computer science. The bursary is meant to enable students who are having financial trouble to finish their program. “We are incredibly grateful for this thoughtful and generous donation,” said Melike Schalomon, dean of MacEwan’s Faculty of Arts and Science. “These bursaries will make a real difference in the lives of students who are struggling financially to complete their studies, and make it easier for them to go on to contribute to the field of computer science in a meaningful way.” MacEwan (AB) MacEwan receives $1M from anonymous donor for computer science students Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has launched an Indigenous Health Practitioner Pathway program. The program will introduce Indigenous youth to the possibility of a career in health care and prepare them for further education and training. “Systemic racism in early education, at the elementary and secondary school levels, has disproportionately disadvantaged Indigenous people, making it even more difficult to get into university and medical school,” said Sarita Verma, NOSM Dean and President. “This pathway is another tool that NOSM is using to address those barriers.” NOSM (ON) NOSM launches Indigenous Health Practitioner Pathway program Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will be distributing $25.6M in transitional support to public postsecondary institutions. The funds, which are from the Transitional Support Fund, are intended to enable postsecondary institutions to adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including enrolment changes and increased costs due to the change to online learning. “A strong and responsive post-secondary education system is essential in Manitoba’s economic recovery and these investments in post-secondary institutions will ensure our universities and colleges will continue to play a critical role in protecting Manitoba’s future,” said MB Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. MB (MB) MB announces distribution of $25.6M in transitional support to postsecondary institutions Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
College of the North Atlantic and the Iron Ore Company of Canada have signed a MOU to support students developing new skills, as well as collaboration in the areas of workforce development, student and faculty work assignments, and applied research opportunities. The partnership will also support the creation of a future skills training program and the development of IOC internship opportunities. “CNA is excited to be able to provide strategic solutions and offer training opportunities to a major industry leader,” said CNA President Liz Kidd. “We look forward to working with IOC to develop specialized training and educational programs and ensure the right people possess the appropriate skills to excel in their roles within the company.” IOC has committed to investing $2M in CNA over three years CNA (NL) CNA, IOC sign MOU focused on skill development, collaboration, research opportunities Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
Lethbridge College and its community partners have released the final report on the Southwest Alberta Regional Skills Study. The report found that there is an increasing mismatch between the skills people have in the area and the jobs available. The study predicts that over 8,000 new workers will be needed in southwestern Alberta in the future, with the greatest increases found in the health care, arts, entertainment, recreation, and educational services. The report further highlights opportunities for postsecondary institutions to work with other organizations to meet the demands for new skills and play a part in region’s labour market development Lethbridge (Release) | Lethbridge (Study) (AB) Southwest Alberta Regional Skills Study report identifies in-demand skills Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions need to support chaplains, who support the heart and soul of higher education, writes Reverend Brian E Konkol. The author explains how chaplains contribute to postsecondary education through exploring and honouring identity, creating and cultivating community, and illuminating and igniting purpose. Konkol further describes how chaplains can help students to better navigate the complexities of their lives, as well as the challenges of upheaval and crisis. “By supporting chaplains, we can more fully educate the whole student, both inside and outside the classroom. We can ensure that our graduates will not only do good but also be well.,” writes Knokol. Inside Higher Ed (International) How chaplains support higher education: Opinion Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has announced the launch of a new PhD program in Law. The program is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing academic research and writing in law. Students will have the opportunity to conduct sustained research in their area of interest. “We are delighted to be able to announce that our application to begin offering a PhD program in Law has now received provincial approval,” said Lyndsay Campbell, Associate Dean and Graduate Program Director at UCalgary. “Being able to offer a PhD is a real milestone for our Faculty, and it builds on the recent expansion of our LLM programs.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary announces PhD program in Law Top Ten 12/16/2020 - 03:44 12/16/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has invested $50M in a Virtual Learning Strategy. The Virtual Learning Strategy will position ON as a global leader in virtual education as it focuses on accessibility and sustainable growth. The funds will be used to create high-quality, accessible virtual learning and education technologies for postsecondary students, including lifelong learners and international students studying from home. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of high-quality and accessible virtual learning,” said Ross Romano, Minister of College and Universities. “It became abundantly clear during [the early days of COVID-19] that Ontario could once again demonstrate our world renowned leadership in postsecondary education by developing our own ‘Ontario Made’ virtual strategy with education that is flexible and responsive to the needs of the labour market.” ON (ON) ON invests $50M in Virtual Learning Strategy Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute has received $20M from the Government of Alberta. The funding supports pharmaceutical and vaccine treatment research and commercialization, and will help to grow AB’s biotechnology industries. “We’re unleashing our world-class research universities to boost our expertise to not only find cures, but commercialize and manufacture them here at home,” said AB Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer. “With this funding, the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute and the valuable work that they do will grow and diversify the economy and pave the way for our innovators and emerging sectors to grow and succeed.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta’s virology institute receives $20M from AB Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Two surveys suggest that Canada has improved its position as a “go-to” study destination for international students. The article suggests that Canada is ahead of other countries, given its positive response to international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information was based on surveys conducted in May 2020 and September 2020. The article reports that, since May, Canada has improved its overall position and is currently competing with the United Kingdom for top spot. The survey suggests that Canada is considered both “safe and stable” and “open and welcoming,” qualities which are not always seen together in other countries. CIC News (National) Canada improves position as “go-to” study destination Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University has created a collaborative forum called the Signal Initiative. The aim of the Signal Initiative is to bring together Newfoundland and Labrador’s innovation ecosystem to strengthen and increase innovation in all sectors. It will also provide a mechanism for collaboration between MUN and the province. “As one of Canada’s top 20 research universities, coupled with our recent record high growth in total research funding, Memorial is cultivating a vibrant ecosystem and supporting our leading-edge creators and discoverers,” said MUN vice-president (research) Neil Bose. “Our research and expertise are contributing daily to the creation of a more diverse, sustainable economy and society.” MUN (NL) MUN creates Signal Initiative to bring together NL innovation ecosystem Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Jody Greene explores the conflict of the virtual workload: Educators have used strategies to design courses with student wellbeing in mind, but many students feel that the demands that educators are putting on them are unreasonable. Greene explains how students, who have been used to a traditional class structure, may be struggling to adapt to increased accountability and the stress of continuous low- or no-stakes assessments. Greene writes that students are experiencing the change in educational design as more work, and questions how a better balance can be achieved to reduce student stress. Inside Higher Ed (International) The overwhelming virtual student workload: Opinion Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
George Brown College has announced a pilot project that will enable students to participate in international work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities through virtual placements. Through the program, companies in Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Singapore, and Sweden will host students for virtual WIL placements. Students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in education-abroad programs will be given priority access to the program. “This pilot program will engage students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to gain international experience, while providing the data we need to make international WIL more accessible to all,” said Dario Guescini, Director, Work-Integrated Learning, Experiential Education and Global Mobility at George Brown. George Brown (ON) George Brown announces virtual education-abroad WIL pilot project Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Finding a writing routine can be a challenge, writes Manya Whitaker. The article gives tips for supporting better brain function, planning for writing, and completing writing tasks. The author suggests following a brain-healthy diet and prioritizing rest. Whitaker explains how to effectively plan a project, including associated reading, research on publishers, and creating an appropriate schedule. The article also details how to write effectively; Whitaker suggests setting time-based goals rather than focusing on word or page count, taking breaks, editing as you go, and not forcing yourself to write when unmotivated. “Try a lot of strategies, and adapt them for your goals, your process, and your life context,” writes Whitaker. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Finding an effective writing routine: Opinion Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Loyalist College has launched an Emergency Management & Incident Response Program. The program will cover a variety of topics, including incident management systems, incident response and crisis communications, and risk and assessment. Graduates will be prepared to conduct training programs, test emergency management programs, and implement business continuity plans. The one-year graduate certificate program will be delivered in a blended format. “The shortage of emergency managers that existed prior to the pandemic has been exacerbated by increasing demands for the safeguarding of society through disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. “This new program […] will immediately address these skills gaps to help Ontario strategically prepare for a safer future.” Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches Emergency Management & Incident Response certificate program Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Université TÉLUQ and the Universidade de Brasilia have announced the signing of a framework agreement. The new partnership is aimed at supporting collaborative initiatives in research and teaching. The agreement was developed from links established by TELUQ Professor Myriam Fillion and Brasilia Professor Carlos José Sousa Passos. Faculty at both institutions who either have existing relationships with one another or who wish to develop them can now use the framework agreement to facilitate this process. TÉLUQ (QC) TÉLUQ, Universidade de Brasilia sign partnership Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Career College and Thompson Rivers University have partnered on a degree pathway for Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) students. The partnership will allow students who have completed the college’s RMT program to build on their education by pursuing TRU’s Bachelor of Health Science degree. “Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning has a long and proud history of being a bridge to educational opportunities for learners across sectors,” said TRU Associate Vice-President, Open Learning Don Poirier. “We are pleased to continue this tradition with the Vancouver Career College.” Newswire (BC) Vancouver Career College, TRU partner on RMT pathway Top Ten 12/15/2020 - 03:44 12/15/2020 - 03:30

Fleming College and Kenjgewin Teg have partnered on a Practical Nursing program on Manitoulin Island (Mnidoo Mnising). The five-year agreement will allow Kenjgewin Teg to act as a service provider offering Fleming’s Practical Nursing program. Students will participate in virtually delivered theory curriculum and on-site clinical learning opportunities at partner locations. “This new partnership will allow us to provide ongoing support and help meet the ever-growing needs of not only our local and regional First Nation health sector organizations, but will also help Ontario’s health sector too by supporting goals of hiring diversity of both Indigenous people and Indigenous perspectives in healthcare,” said Natasha Abotossaway, Kenjgewin Teg’s Health and Wellness Programs Coordinator. Fleming (ON)

Kenjgewin Teg, Fleming partner to offer Practical Nursing program Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) has officially launched MyCreds™ | MesCertif™, a bilingual credential wallet supported by a comprehensive website for Canada’s postsecondary community and learners. The national wallet will help colleges and universities to deliver digital and portable transcripts and credentials, including badges and microcredentials, to learners online. Over 30 postsecondary institutions and organizations joined the platform as early adopters of the service. “As the registrar of a larger, urban university, the provision of digitized credentials to post-secondary learners across Canada is hugely beneficial, particularly given the COVID situation,” said ARUCC National Network Project chair and Ryerson University registrar Charmaine Hack. “Trusted, secure digital credentials can enable our post-secondary learners with anytime access to their own verified credentials which can be shared with whomever they choose.” MyCreds (Release) (National)

ARUCC launches MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

The role of postsecondary instructors needs to be rethought, writes Steven Mintz. The author explains that the shift to online learning has demonstrated that instructors are on the front lines of education; as such, they should prioritize teaching and their role as advisors and mentors to students. Mintz argues that university teaching must be professionalized, and that instructors should be given access to instructional designers, educational technologists, and assessment specialists. Additionally, instructors should design courses that help all students master the material and should think of students as partners in the production of knowledge. “The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to fundamentally change the culture and incentive structure surrounding university teaching,” writes Mintz. “We shouldn’t waste it.” Times Higher Ed (International)

Rethinking the role of postsecondary instructors: Opinion Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Grande Prairie Regional College and Lakeland College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue collaborative ventures in agriculture. The partnership will create educational and research opportunities in the agricultural sector for students. The MOU, which will be in effect until 2025, builds on the long-term partnership that the two colleges have had over the years. “Collaborating with Lakeland College allows us to bring modern and diverse opportunities to our region and better the educational experience of our students,” said GPRC President Robert Murray. “Our region is known for its agriculture industry and innovative-solutions, a partnership like this will add to what is already planted in our rich soil.” GPRC (AB)

GPRC, Lakeland partner to benefit agricultural programming Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has received a $750K donation from the BMO Financial Group to fund awards for Indigenous students and to support their research. The funds will be used to create awards that will support Indigenous students at TRU’s School of Nursing, and to support Knowledge Makers, a mentorship program that guides Indigenous researchers. “As a university, we have a responsibility in reconciliation,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “That includes honouring our relationship with the Secwépemc people on whose lands we reside, reducing barriers to post-secondary education and ensuring our learning community is a place where everyone truly belongs. Today’s announcement creates more opportunities for Indigenous learners to succeed.” TRU (1) | TRU (2) (BC)

TRU receives donation in support of Indigenous students, undergraduate research Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Mount Allison University’s Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics has received $1M from The Wilson Foundation. The endowed funds will be used to expand the Wilson Internships program and to support student internships in perpetuity, allowing students to gain hands-on experience and gain connections. “We’ve seen Wilson Interns complete placements as close as Sackville and as far away as Africa,” said MtA Economics Professor Dr. Craig Brett. “These experiences really create a buzz around the program. Students (and faculty) are excited to hear about what their classmates are doing and what projects they are working on as part of their internships.” Mount Allison (NB)

MtA’s receives $1M from The Wilson Foundation to support internships Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Carleton University has launched the Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH), an online space which will focus on sharing mental health research that will make a positive impact on peoples’ lives during the pandemic. The Hub aims to make important mental health research available in ways that will be useful to the public. “The vision for this virtual space is to connect researchers, students and knowledge users to improve mental health and well-being in our communities,” said Joanna Pozzulo, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and director of MeWeRTH. Carleton (ON)

Carleton launches MeWeRTH to share mental health research Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is launching a Foundations in Winemaking course in April 2021. The course, which is open to everyone, will cover the winemaking process from start to finish. The course will be offered online, and students will be sent a winemaking kit, a faults kit, and a wine sensory kit. “We’re excited that this will be a first of its kind and CCOVI has the expertise to lead the way,” said CCOVI’s Outreach and Continuing Education Manager Barb Tatarnic. “The course will take a multi-faceted approach, allowing our students to make their own wine, acquire foundational techniques and sensory skills, and learn from top winemakers in the industry as they develop a well-rounded foundation in winemaking.” Brock (ON)

Brock CCOVI launches Foundations in Winemaking course Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Quest University Canada has announced that it has successfully emerged from the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings. Quest will remain a board-governed not-for-profit organization, with Primacorp Ventures providing support in recruiting and operational financing. Quest will also lease the lands for its academic operations from the organization. “I am very grateful for the outstanding work of many people who have supported Quest University through this challenging time,” said Quest President George Iwama. “Our successful emergence from CCAA opens a new and important chapter for the university. With our new partnership with Primacorp Ventures Inc., we remain committed to academic freedom, uncompromising academic and pedagogical standards, and social justice, particularly with First Nations.” Quest (BC)

Quest successfully emerges from CCAA Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30

Laurentian University has announced the approval of a compassionate grading system, which will allow students to opt to be assigned a “pass” or “fail” grade on their transcripts for individual courses. The release states that this will “provide for equitable and compassionate outcomes for all students, particularly those who have experienced the full force of the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Students are at the core of our decision making, and this decision will offer flexibility at a time where they need it most,” said Laurentian President Robert Haché. “It is an unusual step, and one that we feel will have a positive impact on student success.” Laurentian (ON)

Laurentian announces compassionate grading system Top Ten 12/14/2020 - 03:43 12/14/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America has established an off-grid hydroponic food production facility at its Kluane Lake Research Station. The facility is predominantly solar powered and is adapted to be efficient in the sub-arctic temperatures. During peak production, the facility is expected to produce over 2,000 kilograms of produce, which will be sold in local communities. The project will enable researchers to study the viability of producing food in this way in remote locations. “Remote and northern communities often have few fresh food options available, especially during the winter,” said Henry Penn, project co-lead and KLRS manager. “In this containerized unit, we will grow a variety of fresh produce throughout the year, even in the winter months, which is particularly exciting.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary’s AINA establishes food production facility at KLRS Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Algonquin College, through $2.5M in COVID-19-related funding from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, will be leading a program to help up to 275 Indigenous youth gain hands-on training and employment skills related to the pandemic. Algonquin will fund a number of organizations that will support Indigenous youth across Canada through training and development programs and work placement on projects that generally reflect community response to the pandemic. “This is a welcome opportunity at a very difficult time for everyone,” said Ron (Deganadus) McLester, Algonquin Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation & Indigenization. “It is quite interesting and very telling that half of the partner communities are focussing on sustainability and food security, reflecting a very real need on First Nations.” Algonquin (ON) Algonquin receives $2.5M to lead pandemic-related training program for Indigenous youth Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has received $3.12M from the Ontario government for campus upgrades. UWindsor will use the funds on roof replacements, campus security and accessibility upgrades, classroom upgrades and gender-neutral washrooms, and renovations to façades. “Providing a world-class education depends on both the best possible instruction and ensuring the physical environment for learning that encourages collaboration and innovation,” said UWindsor president Robert Gordon. “All of these projects will have a significant impact on campus renewal at the University of Windsor, and will greatly benefit our students, staff, and faculty.” UWindsor | CBC (ON) UWindsor receives $3.12M from ON for campus upgrades Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Book reviews can be a place to experiment and innovate in form, structure, and content, writes Letitia Henville in response to a question about whether writing book reviews is worth the effort. The author explains that while it can be useful to follow the pattern of a conventional book review, this approach does not necessarily further scholarly conversations. The author discusses how unconventional or creative book reviews – such as collaborations, interviews or responses from authors, and “remixes” – are more likely to lead to scholarly engagement. Writers can innovate in form, structure, and content while still giving readers the information they seek about a text. “Don’t take the sausage-factory approach – that form of book review is mere deadwood on your CV,” writes Henville. University Affairs (National) How unconventional approaches to book reviews can enhance scholarly engagement: Opinion Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
St Lawrence College has been granted permission to accept applicants to a new, stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with the caveat that the program receives final approval from the Canadian Nursing Organization. SLC received approval without conditions from the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) following a site visit and robust quality assurance review. “This achievement, without conditions, is rare and shows that our curriculum is deemed exceptional, and that our program supports, and services are outstanding,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “It’s been many years of advocacy and I am thrilled by this news; I’m so proud of our college and excited for our students.” The PEQAB approval is for a period of seven years. SLC (ON) SLC granted permission to accept applicants toward stand-alone nursing degree program Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
The University of Regina is launching new initiatives for the well-being of children and youth. A URegina researcher will receive $400K for the Northern Prairie Spirit Youth Cultural Continuity Project. Through the project, researchers will seek to understand issues of violence and bullying and develop culturally-sensitive prevention practices. URegina’s Child Trauma Research Centre has launched a Digital Connections Hub that will provide support to children, youth, families, and service-providers during the pandemic. These supports will include child well-being research and resources, access to content addressing the needs of children, and support tools for those working with children. The hub will allow service providers to share, access, and apply best practices in order to support young people based on evidence-based research. URegina (1) | URegina (2) (SK) URegina launches new initiatives to support children, youth, caregivers during COVID-19 Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Teaching using breakout rooms on Zoom does not have to be painfully awkward, writes Beth McMurtrie. The author covers some of the main issues people have with breakout rooms, and discusses a variety of techniques instructors can use – such as adding clear roles, specific tasks, and time limits – to strategically design breakout rooms to be effective. The article suggests assigning students to particular roles within the group and changing these assignments occasionally. McMurtie discusses how using a shared document can help instructors follow along with groups without the awkwardness of unexpectedly “popping in” to a breakout room. Additionally, the article discusses choosing ideal group sizes, giving groups different assignments, and ensuring that breakout rooms are an appropriate length. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Using breakout rooms productively: Opinion Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Lakehead University has announced that it will be launching eight modules on Truth and Reconciliation for its campus community. Four modules will be launched online this December with the intent of encouraging discussions about social inclusion, Indigenous culture, and holistic approaches to dialogue. The modules are created to be specifically relevant to Lakehead’s geographies and the Indigenous territories on which the campus is situated. “The pandemic has prompted many changes in how we interact and how we will continue to do so in the future,” said Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Lakehead Chair on Truth and Reconciliation. “A response to either crisis or opportunity has gifted us with a flexible approach to beginning and sustaining a different kind of dialogue.” Lakehead (ON) Lakehead to launch modules on Truth and Reconciliation Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, Capilano University, and the University of Victoria have extended their winter breaks for students. All four institutions have extended their winter breaks until January 11. SFU, CapilanoU, and UVic noted that the semester will end several days later. The extension is meant to give students and staff extra time to rest and prepare for the next semester. “Senate made the decision to extend the winter break to support student wellness during the pandemic,” says UVic Acting Vice-Provost Susan Lewis. “It also provides valuable time for our faculty and instructors to prepare for their courses.” UVic | CBC (BC) SFU, UBC, CapilanoU, UVic extend winter break Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
Bonnie Patterson has resigned as the leader of the inquiry into the University of Toronto’s cancelled hiring of a new director of the International Human Rights Program. The Globe and Mail says that this is the second significant shift in the inquiry. U of T President Meric Gertler said that Patterson resigned after doubts were raised about “the credibility of the report she was to have prepared,” but that both Gertler and Patterson do not “accept the validity of these claims.” David Robinson, executive director of the CAUT, said that “it appears the university is responding to serious gaps in the review and the ongoing mishandling of the matter.” The inquiry will be led by former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell. Globe and Mail (Subscriber) (ON) Leader of inquiry into U of T’s hiring resigns Top Ten 12/11/2020 - 03:42 12/11/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension has partnered with the Town of Drayton Valley to offer continuing education courses in the areas of business, environment, and technology. The program, which starts in 2021, will allow eligible students to access education through a Zero Fee Tuition Program. Programming will initially be offered remotely, with in-person classes being held at Drayton Valley’s Clean Energy Technology Centre when it is safe to do so again. “We know that close, mutually-beneficial relationships with industry, our rural partners, and our learners are key to a sustainable and thriving shared future and we’re looking forward to building these relationships further,” said UAlberta Faculty of Extension interim dean Maria Mayan. UAlberta (AB) UAlberta, Drayton Valley partner to offer continuing education courses Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
McGill University’s Faculty of Education has received two donations totalling $7.3M that will go toward student financial supports and collaborations. A donation of $4.8M from the estate of Alumnus Mary (Marie) Marsh will be used to boost her previously created entrance bursaries, scholarships, and fellowships, as well as supporting student work on inclusive education projects. The Molson Foundation donated $2.5M to support the CoLab, which brings researchers and educators together through a partnership between the Faculty of Education and Montreal’s Trafalgar School for Girls. McGill | Montreal Gazette (QC) McGill Faculty of Education receives $7.3M Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Grande Prairie Regional College and Serious Labs have signed a MOU that will see Serious Labs’ virtual reality training solutions implemented at the college. The two parties will also collaborate in to develop and pilot new learning solutions in order to expand technical training in northwestern Alberta. “GPRC is well-known for its innovative approach to post-secondary education, particularly in the skilled trades and apprenticeships,” said Serious Labs President Jim Colvin, “Their intention to utilize training tools such as VR simulators demonstrates their next generation thinking.” GPRC (AB) GPRC, Serious Labs announce partnership to introduce, improve VR training solutions Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Thanks to support from the Canadian Medical Association and the Saskatchewan Medical Association, fourth-year medical students at the University of Saskatchewan will be able to take part in a nationally recognized Indigenous wellness course for free. The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness was developed by Indigenous community members and scholars to equip health care providers with the knowledge and insight needed to understand and support their Indigenous patients. “Conceptually, this course is designed to move mainstream health practitioners into a ‘middle ground’ space through increased cultural awareness and understanding,” explained FSIN Vice Chief David Pratt, “and from this place of understanding, have individuals and work units commit to meaningful, culturally responsive changes that will make their workplace more culturally respectful and safe for Indigenous people.” Newswire (SK) USask medical students receive free access to Indigenous wellness learning course Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Re$earch Infosource has released its list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities for 2020. Re$earch Infosource states that the top 50 institutions posted a combined research income of $8B in Fiscal 2019, a gain of 5.7% over the previous fiscal year. The list overall is led by the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University. When looking at institutional categories, U of T was the Medical university leader, the University of Waterloo was the Comprehensive university leader, and Laurentian University was the Undergraduate university leader. Re$earch Infosource | Release (National) Re$earch Infosource releases list of Top 50 Research Universities Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Carleton University and Gratz College have signed a MOU that will see the two parties work together on Holocaust studies and international engagement. The partnership will allow Carleton faculty and students to access Gratz’s Holocaust Oral History Archive and will enhance the scholarly opportunities offered to Gratz graduate students. Additional ventures may include exchanging faculty and staff, student exchange programs, and joint research projects. “This international partnership focused on Holocaust Studies will greatly benefit students and researchers at both Carleton University and Gratz College,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. Carleton (ON) Carleton, Gratz College sign MOU focusing on Holocaust studies Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has announced a $500K investment into the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund LP, which was created by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners. The investment, which is UVic’s first under its new policy for responsible investment, will support Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. “It is an honour for the Raven Fund to be UVic’s first impact investment under its new responsible investment policy,” said managing partner and co-founder Paul Lacerte. “By pairing this investment with a robust case study and ongoing student engagement, we are role modelling the way that reciprocity can show up as a key feature of real economic reconciliation.” UVic | Times Colonist (BC) UVic invests in Raven Indigenous Impact Fund LP Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Business College, a private career college, has announced a partnership with Level SIX Esports Incubator that will see the Level SIX Incubator program brought to its campus. Students from the college who are pursuing a business in the esports or gaming industry will be able to take part in a 10-week program that teaches them about market opportunities, how to get their product or service into market, and the fundamentals of the industry. “We are very excited to partner with Level SIX and Amuka Esports to provide greater access to world-class academics and entrepreneurial opportunities in the esports and gaming industries,” said college VP of Marketing and Recruitment Dean Tremain. EIN Presswire (ON) Canadian Business College, Level SIX Esports Incubator partner on esports entrepreneurship Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Assiniboine Community College and Tribal Tripartite Health Group have partnered on the delivery of a nine-week Emergency Medical Responder program in order to address a shortage of skilled responders in First Nation Communities. The program will cover essential skills, emergency medical response training, and preparation for the Emergency Medical Responder Entry to Practice exam. “The current pandemic has demonstrated the need for emergency management training for First Nations to properly respond to health emergencies,” stated the health group’s leaders. “This program is the beginning of First Nations creating the capacity and infrastructure, at the community level, for the transfer of control of health services which are culturally safe and appropriate.” ACC (MB) ACC, Tribal Tripartite Health Group partner on nine-week EMR program Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Several more postsecondary institutions are delaying the start of winter term classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University College of the North has announced that it will delay its first day of Winter Term classes by two weeks. The University of Lethbridge is extending its holiday break, and says that this move will extend the semester by one day. Mount Royal University is also delaying the start of its winter semester. All three postsecondary institutions say that the move to extend the holiday break was made to support the health of students and to mitigate virus transmission after the holidays. UCN | ULethbridge | Calgary Herald (MB | AB) UCN, ULethbridge, MRU delay winter term start dates Top Ten 12/10/2020 - 03:44 12/10/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University has received a $34.1M gift from alumnus Lance Uggla and his family. The funds will be used to create scholarships that will cover tuition, housing, and other expenses for 10 exceptional equity-deserving students each year. Students will begin their journey in the Uggla Family Scholars program each Fall and will be able to participate in a comprehensive leadership program with co-curricular opportunities. “We are inspired by and deeply grateful for the Uggla family’s profound vision to empower the future leaders our diverse communities need,” said SFU President Joy Johnson. “This is truly a transformative gift that will help to change lives, advance society and enable SFU to continue its growth as a leading advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion.” SFU states that the gift is the largest ever received in the institution’s history. SFU (BC) SFU receives $34.1M for scholarships for equity-deserving students Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Nova Scotia has announced that it will be providing a one-time grant of $750 to 13,000 college and university students who took out loans this school year. “It’s very, very good news,” said NS Minister of Advanced Education Lena Metlege Diab. “It could go for groceries, it could go for personal items. You know, $750 that you don't expect in the month of January, I’d say that’s very good news.” The grant will be deposited directly into students’ bank accounts. Students Nova Scotia has applauded the effort, although Executive Director Clancy McDaniel added that students would like to see the costs and barriers they are facing further addressed. CBC | SNS (NS) NS provides one-time grant to students who took out loans in 2020 Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has passed Bill 213, which CBC reports will give Canada Christian College the ability to grant degrees for Bachelor of Arts and Science programs pending an independent review. CBC states that it is not immediately clear when the provincial agency conducting the review will conclude its work. OCUFA has condemned this move, arguing that CCC does not meet the minimum standards of an Ontario university and that CCC promotes views that target minorities. “Giving private institutions degree-awarding privileges undermines postsecondary education in Ontario as private institutions do not follow the rigorous standards of public postsecondary institutions, which ensure the accessibility and quality of the institutions and their educational programs,” said Rahul Sapra, President of OCUFA. CBC | The Star | OCUFA (ON) ON passes Bill 213, CCC moves closer to becoming a degree-granting institution Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
Université du Québec à Montréal has announced a partnership in urban agriculture with the University of Liège in Belgium. Through the partnership, UQAM and the University of Liège will develop research and training in urban agriculture and share their knowledge, skills, and research platforms. The partnership will also enable experts from the two institutions to network, make accelerated research in urban agriculture possible, and promote knowledge transfer. To mark the launch of the partnership, the University of Liège inaugurated a new teaching and research platform called the Wasabi Project, which will allow national and international researchers to contribute to knowledge on urban agriculture. UQAM (QC) UQAM, University of Liège partner on urban agriculture Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced The Massage Therapy Act. This act will establish the Saskatchewan College of Massage Therapy, a new regulatory body that will govern therapists in the province. The college will be a stand-alone regulatory body, separate from the existing organizations such as the Therapists Association of Saskatchewan, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, or Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association. Once established, the body will develop competency and practice standards, a code of ethics, and an investigation/discipline process for the profession. “Establishing self-regulation for massage therapy in our province will help ensure that the services people receive are safe and appropriate,” SK Health Minister Paul Merriman said. “This will give greater assurance to the public that the practitioner they’re seeing meets established competency standards.” SK (SK) SK introduces Massage Therapy Act, regulating therapists Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
Trent University has launched a Master of Management degree in Strategic Change Management. Trent states that the 16-month program will include a hands-on summer work-integrated learning component to give graduates a competitive edge. “Proactive leadership and the ability to adapt will be key to success in these rapidly changing conditions,” said Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent Durham GTA. “The new Master of Management in Strategic Change Management will shape future leaders to be specialists in effecting organizational change.” The program is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada. It will launch in September 2021. Trent (ON) Trent launches Master’s in Strategic Change Management Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has filed a response to the claims of former University Secretary (Governance) Heather Sanford, denying Sanford’s accusations of improper conduct by UNBC’s upper management. Sanford’s allegations included the unauthorized use of Sanford’s office’s letterhead, salary raises without board review, severance packages signed without board approval, and a failure to follow proper procedures regarding special meetings. Sanford says her position was eliminated shortly after she had “blown the whistle” on various matters. The Prince George Citizen reports that UNBC has argued that Sanford was not terminated, but that her position was eliminated to help with a $3.5M budget shortfall. Prince George Citizen | The Star (Original Claim) (BC) UNBC denies claims of whistleblower who alleges wrongful dismissal Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions should be prepared to appropriately support scholars who are “trolled” when engaging in public scholarship, writes Susan M Shaw. The article describes some of the ways that institutions can take action when “trolls” attack a scholar with emails, phone calls, and messages directed to them and their superiors. Departmental and administrative support helps to ensure that faculty members feel secure and to empower faculty to continue engaging in public scholarship. Shaw encourages institutions to use a proportional response, and to not add to the attack through unnecessary public statements or emails. Shaw also describes how diversity offices, public safety, tech services, and campus colleagues all play a role in supporting “trolled” professors and ensuring their safety. “Colleges and universities should have the courage to champion faculty when they do their jobs,” said Shaw. Inside Higher Ed (International) Supporting a faculty member who has been trolled: Opinion Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor’s Researchers, Academics, Advocates of Colour for Equity in Solidarity (RAACES) group has announced that it has designated the first Monday of each month as a day of mourning over anti-Black racism. The group first observed the day of mourning on Monday. CBC reports that instructors are participating by not answering emails or messages. RAACES also recommends that students be given extensions or exam cancellations similar to if they had lost a family member. The action comes after several incidents on campus, including faculty members receiving racist and threatening messages, UWindsor’s handling of a Black student’s assault complaint, and members of the unaffiliated Delta Chi fraternity sending racist and hateful Facebook messages. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | CBC (3) (ON) UWindsor RAACES observes day of mourning over anti-Black racism Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
Alberta Innovates and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) have made a joint $4.6M investment into Alberta’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The funds will see the Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) program expand, providing SMEs with greater access to postsecondary institutions’ emerging technologies, qualified people, facilities, and equipment. “Universities, polytechnics, and colleges around Alberta are benefitting from the investments made by Alberta Innovates and NSERC. The collaborations and partnerships that form out of the work we do today are positioning our post-secondary institutions at the forefront of both research and industry impact,” said AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. “That’s not only good for Alberta but for Canada.” Alberta Innovates (AB) CASBE receives funds to improve support for SMEs Top Ten 12/09/2020 - 03:45 12/09/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it will provide $23.2M in funding to Colleges and Institutes Canada to develop an online program that will train around 4,000 personal support worker interns. This program is designed to address the shortage of PSWs, which has increased during COVID-19. The accelerated online program will feature six weeks of online training and a four-month WIL placement. The interns will receive on-the-job training providing support to staff in long-term care or home care environments. The program will be offered at no cost to students. CICan (National) Canada invests $23.2M in PSW training through CICan Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
The University of the Fraser Valley has launched the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (EFCIE), an interdisciplinary research centre established through an endowment from the Esposito family. The centre allows members of the UFV and Fraser Valley communities to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in an inclusive and resilient space. “The Esposito Family Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will bring together students, faculty, government, industry, and our communities to create an exciting, interdisciplinary space where change and innovation can be embraced and explored,” said UFV President Joanne Maclean. “I truly believe the centre will build a social and economic future that is better than the past and I am excited for the ideas that will flourish and commercialize as a result of this space.” UFV (BC) UFV launches EFCIE research centre Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
People with student loans are continuing to have difficulties reaching the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC). Times Colonist reports that NSLSC is working through a backlog of 30,000 applications for repayment assistance (RAP) after the centre received 169,000 RAP applications between October and November. Borrowers are reportedly continuing to have trouble reaching the centre by phone, and NSLSC’s website includes a warning about lengthy wait times and dropped calls. NSLSC spokesperson Isabelle Maheu says that “clients that require assistance to access their online account due to increased security measures are a significant portion of the borrowers calling the NSLSC.” Times Colonist (National) NSLSC experiencing high number of RAP applications, students report difficulties Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
Working as staff on campus can be rewarding and intellectually stimulating, but there are significant challenges with the lack of career paths within institutions and salary compression, writes Lee Skallerup Bessette. The article notes that while there is data on faculty and administrative salaries, there is less data on that of staff members. Bessette argues that staff tend to be more diverse, and that this lack of data means that women and minorities may be getting paid less than white male staff members. Bessette recommends that institutions implement salary transparency and create transparent, consistent structures for promotion that reward growth. The author writes that institutions also need to close racial- and gender-based salary gaps and incorporate staff into campus administrative culture. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Creating career paths for academic staff: Opinion Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick has announced the launch of a new diploma in engineering foundations. The program will provide students with exposure to conceptual frameworks and the fundamental principles of at least one of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or software engineering. “The diploma will help grow our community and make UNB Saint John a first choice for students pursuing engineering,” said Michael Van Zyll de Jong, UNB dean of science, applied science and engineering. “Students now have flexibility to complete their degree or graduate with an engineering diploma and apply their new skills in the workforce.” The program will launch in September 2021. UNB (NB) UNB launches engineering foundations diploma program Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
Great Plains College has announced that it will offer a Youth Care Worker diploma program in a face-to-face learning environment in 2021. The program, which is offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, allows students to receive the same credentials and curriculum as Sask Polytech students. Students will develop skills in a variety of areas, including agency administration and community development, conflict diversity and family systems, and therapeutic intervention strategies. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extended work-based practicums. Graduates can choose to continue their education by transferring to the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina or the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College. Great Plains (SK) Great Plains launches Youth Care Worker diploma program Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has exempted health-related classes in postsecondary institutions in Toronto and Peel from the 10 person per instructional space rule, provided students are able to socially distance. 16 programs are affected by the exemption, including those in medicine, respiratory therapy, nursing, and personal support worker. The regulatory change will allow students in health-related programs to graduate and gain professional accreditation, ensuring that there are trained graduates who are ready to take frontline positions. The Star (ON) ON exempts health-related classes from small class rule Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
Portage College has collaborated with Cenovus Energy Inc and six Indigenous communities to offer a skills training program. Portage’s 24-week Construction and Trades Readiness Program, which is funded by Cenovus, will provide members of the six Indigenous communities with home construction and maintenance training opportunities to help address the shortage of housing in Indigenous communities in northeastern Alberta. “By collaborating with Cenvous and the communities we are bringing work integrated learning to Indigenous students,” said Portage president Nancy Broadbent. “This will create valuable education and employment opportunities for local residents in the long term, beyond the duration of the housing initiative.” Portage (AB) Portage offers Construction and Trades Readiness Program for Indigenous communities Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
Huntington University has officially launched the Peruvian Canadian Institute. The institute will foster and support the relationship between Canada and Peru through a fellowship program, scholarships, and events in both countries. “The establishment of the Peruvian Canadian Institute is truly historic as it is the first institute of its kind to develop highly collegial bridges between the countries of Canada and Peru,” said Huntington President Kevin McCormick. “We will endeavour to highlight and celebrate remarkable individuals and groups in both countries, while building dynamic partnerships in a multitude of areas including education, the economy, politics, resource management, trade and culture.” HuntingtonU (ON) Huntington launches Peruvian Canadian Institute Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30
University of Ottawa students are holding a sit-in at the university’s administrative offices to protest anti-Black racism on campus and express their dissatisfaction with UOttawa’s newly formed action committee on anti-racism and inclusion. Recent graduate Dilaye Desta, who was director of community engagement for the Black Student Leaders Association, says the committee was created in bad faith. “We had continuously been putting forth our own recommendations, strategies, bringing forth other anti-racist initiatives that universities have been doing across Canada — and have continuously been met with resistance from central administration,” said Desta. The students are calling for structural changes that will combat racism, including formation of an anti-racism office, hiring of Black professors, and hiring of a BIPOC anti-racism officer. CBC | Ottawa Citizen (ON) UOttawa students stage sit-in to demand action on on-campus racism Top Ten 12/08/2020 - 03:45 12/08/2020 - 03:30

Over the past week, postsecondary institutions across Canada have commemorated the 31st anniversary of the École Polytechnique shooting in Montréal. December 6 is known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and a number of institutions held virtual events in memoriam of the 1989 murders. University of Northern British Columbia held an online event as part of its Inspiring Women Among Us initiative, and Okanagan College co-hosted a Virtual Candlelight Vigil with a network of organizations and volunteers. University of Calgary also held a livestreamed event, as did the University of Guelph. Dalhousie University’s Women in Engineering Society held an online memorial honouring the memory of each of the 14 victims. Dal | Nation Talk | UoGuelph | UNBC | UCalgary (National)

Institutions remember 31st anniversary of École Polytechnique shooting in Montréal Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

The Olds College Smart Farm has received a $1M investment from TELUS Agriculture. The funding will directly support research and development of technology in the agricultural sector and the global agri-food value chain. The institutional release emphasizes the importance of partnerships between industry and postsecondary institutions as a means of fueling innovation and creating unique opportunities for students. “The Olds College Smart Farm was launched to be a next generation applied research and learning platform, where industry and students could engage in order to produce the next generation of leaders and leading companies,” said Olds President Stuart Cullum. Olds | (AB)

Olds receives $1M Smart Farm investment Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

Rejection of pedagogy because of the writing of a few education specialists is untenable, write Debby Cotton, Elizabeth Cleaver, and Dilly Fung. In response to an earlier article denouncing pedagogy, the authors explain that every discipline has its own language, and that the job of those in education is to translate the language for others to understand. They describe how an expert in the field should be able to sift through inconsistent or poor research on pedagogy from a position of knowledge. The article advocates for those in education to recognize that some pedagogical principles can be applied similarly across disciplines to provide new ways of thinking and doing. “Those academics who are willing to doubt what they think they know and to interrogate critically tacit assumptions, received wisdom and ‘common sense’ are demonstrating a truly scholarly approach to being educators,” write the authors. Times Higher Ed (International)

How pedagogy can benefit higher education: Opinion Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

Sheridan College has received $2M from Magna for the support of Sheridan’s Skilled Trades programs. Sheridan will use the funds to update labs, create scholarships, provide training resources, and fuel learning through student participation at skills competitions. In honour of the donation, Sheridan has renamed its suite of Skilled Trades programs as the Magna School for the Skilled Trades and has renamed the Skilled Trades Centre at its Davis Campus the Magna Skilled Trades Centre. “It’s a direct investment in the labour force of tomorrow that will benefit our local economy by supporting the manufacturing sector,” said Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan receives $2M from Magna Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents has announced its endorsement of a new framework for institutional accessibility plans at the province’s universities and college. The framework, which was developed by the Post-Secondary Accessibility Working Group, includes emphasis on awareness and capacity-building; teaching, learning and research; and information and communication. Universities will develop their own action plans and timelines for implementing the new policies. “It’s important that Nova Scotia’s post-secondary leaders take this important blueprint and put it into action so that we can offer our communities full and equitable access to education, employment, and services within our institutions,” said NSCC President Don Bureaux. AAU | Framework 

NS universities, NSCC release accessibility framework Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) has released a report titled Class of 2012 Maritime University Graduates: Borrowing and Debt Six Years after Graduation. The study compared borrowing and debt repayment patterns among graduates who went on to pursue further education and those who did not. The study also focused on the contrast between Maritime students and those from outside the region. “Maritimers were more likely to borrow, and borrowed more, than graduates from outside the region, and graduates with parents who had completed a university degree were less likely to borrow, and they borrowed less, to finance their education,” said Catherine Stewart, CEO of MPHEC. MPHEC | MPHEC (Release) (Maritimes)

MPHEC releases report on graduate borrowing and debt patterns Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

A group of York University students have written an article about the seven things they miss most about in-person education. They cite missing qualities like the community and friendship that comes with the physicality of in-person classes, the presence of social cues, and the motivation that comes with seeing other students studying and learning. While working from home, the students also note that they find it harder to stay focused and have concerns about the reduced privacy that comes with virtual meetings. “The global pandemic has given students the opportunity to contemplate their educational experience and truly appreciate the physical space and face-to-face interactions they have had with their peers and professors on campus,” conclude the authors. University Affairs (ON)

YorkU students share the seven things they miss most about in-person education Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba senate has voted in favour of a temporary alternate grade point average calculation system. The new system will allow students to exclude one grade from their GPA in the fall and winter terms, or exclude one grade from a full year course. The dropped grade will stay on the transcript, but is excluded from GPA calculation, which is used for performance-based requirements. “Students needed this,” said Kristin Smith, UManitoba’s Students’ Union VP of advocacy. “They needed their university to make a nod to the fact that online learning in the fall has not been all it was promised to be — and for many, that it’s caused irregular educational and mental health outcomes.” Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)

UManitoba approves temporary compassionate grading plan Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

Georgian College and International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) have announced a partnership that will open up opportunities for international students. Georgian@ILAC will be located at ILAC’s downtown Toronto Campus and will begin offering programs in January 2021. The initial offerings will be a Business Diploma, a Global Business Management Graduate Certificate, and a Project Management Graduate Certificate. “Georgian is excited to enter into this new partnership with an esteemed private college and for the first time, expand our presence and quality programs into Toronto,” said Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. ILAC (ON)

Georgian, ILAC form partnership Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner have signed a strategic alliance focused on fostering Indigenous inclusive learning environments. The two parties will work together to provide Treaty Education and Indigenous Awareness across all Sask Polytech campuses. “This partnership will provide increased opportunities for our students to learn about the history and culture of Indigenous peoples, and will serve to promote intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect,” said Sask Polytech President Larry Rosia. Sask Polytech (SK)

Sask Polytech formalizes relationship with OTC Top Ten 12/06/2020 - 03:59 12/06/2020 - 03:30
CBC reports that Montreal Tech College is still not offering its full complement of courses after suspending classes in March. Montreal Tech students say that they have been unable to finish classes that would allow them to graduate, despite the college saying it would resume classes in September. When the college resumed, only a limited number of courses were offered online and these did not start until November. College owner David-Simon Boisvert stated that 10 out of 14 courses have resumed, and that the college is preparing to start the new semester in January. Boisvert added that the college may need to push the start date back to February to allow international students time to quarantine. CBC says that the Ministry of Higher Education is aware of the complaints. CBC (QC) Montreal Tech allegedly not offering full complement of courses, students unable to graduate Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
Cégep de Trois-Rivières will receive $1.35M from the Government of Canada and Government of Québec for the acquisition of a 3D printer for the Centre de métallurgie du Québec (CMQ). The centre will use the printer to create sand moulds that will allow for the increased production of high-performance metal components used in prototyping and short series production. “This new infrastructure will make innovation accessible to an entire industry, including several businesses that would not have been able to take the risk and would not have had the financial means to benefit from these technological advancements,” said CMQ Director General Gheorghe Marin. Canada (QC) Cégep de Trois-Rivières receives $1.35M for 3D printer Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30

Instructors have continued to use technology in new ways to further enhance their virtual classrooms. At Simon Fraser University, instructors Steve DiPaola and Jeremy Turner have used Tivoli Cloud VR to enable students and instructors to set up avatars and enter into a virtual classroom. Users can navigate the classroom, talk to other users, display slides and videos, and more. At the University of St Michael’s College, students in Paolo Granata’s creativity and technology seminar will use VR headsets to flip through course material and "learn how to fly." “The virtual world does not mean a fake world. Students will be able to experiment creatively with the impossible,” said Granata. “VR provides us with a tangible way to get in touch with the intangible. This is something different.”

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Instructors introduce VR to the classroom to make digital learning more engaging Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College is launching a new environmental science program called the Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (BIESP), inspired by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. The program will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous approaches to environmental protection. Students will work directly with Indigenous communities and organizations and will participate in land-based instruction. “The BIESP program responds to the need to have scientists that can work ethically and meaningfully with Indigenous peoples and within multiple knowledge systems,” said Cara Wehkamp, special adviser to UoGuelph president Charlotte Yates on Indigenous initiatives. UoGuelph says this is the first degree program of its kind in Canada. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph to offer Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island have signed 23 degree pathway agreements. These pathways – both new and renewed – cover a wide array of academic areas and will provide multiple opportunities for graduates of Holland College to pursue a degree at UPEI. “The renewal and establishment of new pathways will allow more students to start or finish their studies with practical, hands-on training at Holland College while gaining a deeper knowledge of their field at the university level,” said Holland College VP Academic and Applied Research Natalie Mitton. UPEI Interim Vice-President Academic and Research Kathy Gottschall-Pass added that “there is no one pathway to a post-secondary education. We are pleased to partner with Holland College on agreements such as these that provide students with additional, unique learning experiences with limitless career options.” Holland (PE) Holland College, UPEI sign degree pathway agreements Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
Higher education is in need of major reforms that will improve the career outlook for PhD students, writes Katina L Rogers. The article discusses ten major reforms that higher education needs and includes advice for instructors and graduate students. The author explains how instructors should encourage students to explore careers at the beginning of graduate school to help them understand their interests. Additionally, the article describes how instructors can encourage students to expand their definition of meaningful scholarship, build partnerships outside the university, and seek outside resources to prepare for graduation. “However you choose to get involved, and even if change is hard to see, know that your voice matters every step of the way. The time for change is now,” writes Rogers. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Reforms could improve career outlook for PhD students: Opinion Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
Loyalist College has signed a MOU with Bioenterprise that facilitates collaboration between academia and industry. The partnership will see Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) and Bioenterprise support small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and drive economic growth in the food, beverage, cannabis, and related industries. “The ARC is an innovation hub for natural products and medical cannabis, and a leader in analytical testing,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist President. “In partnering with Bioenterprise, we will be assisting the needs of our country’s agri-tech sector and helping SMEs launch new quality products to remain competitive in a global market.” Bioenterprise | InQuinte (ON) Loyalist ARC, Bioenterprise sign MOU to support agri-tech sector, SMEs Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has announced a new dual Master’s degree with the France-based SKEMA Business School. Beginning Fall 2021, students will be able to earn two degrees over the course of three years: The Master en Management, Expertise Comptable et Audit (ECA) from SKEMA and the maîtrise en gestion (MSc) – comptabilité-contrôle-audit degree from HEC. Through the agreement, students will pay their home institution’s tuition with no extra fees. HEC Montréal (QC) HEC partners with SKEMA to offer dual Master’s degree Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN has announced the creation of new programs in artificial intelligence to help meet the need for digitally-literate health professionals. The Digital Health and Data Analytics Programs will include one new full-time program within the School of Applied Health Sciences (AHS), new curriculum in some existing AHS programs, and expanded professional development programming offered through the School of Continuing Education. “We expect that graduates of these programs will become leaders and pioneers in the effective integration of digital- and data-driven processes on the frontlines of care,” said Michener AHS Principal Harvey Weingarten. Michener (ON) Michener announces new programs in Digital Health, Data Analytics Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
University College of the North and Assiniboine Community College will be offering a Health Care Aide Assistant program to help meet community long-term care home staffing needs throughout Manitoba. "This offering demonstrates the value that UCN provides to northern Manitobans,” said UCN President Doug Lauvstad. “These new graduates will provide the essential care needed in our long‐term care homes, in a time when COVID is ravaging our most vulnerable.” Red River College began offering the program earlier this fall and has shared the curriculum with the other institutions. UCN (MB) UCN, ACC to offer Health Care Aide Assistant program Top Ten 12/04/2020 - 03:46 12/04/2020 - 03:30
The AI Pathways Partnership (AIPP), a consortium comprised of Norquest College, Athabasca University, Concordia University of Edmonton, and Bow Valley Collage, will be offering Alberta students opportunities to gain training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) through a collaboration with Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. AIPP, which is funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada, will help learners at the high school, postsecondary, or graduate levels connect with career-focused education. Programs will include technical, business, and professional interpersonal skills. “This collaboration between Western Economic Diversification Canada and the AI Pathways Partnership will lead to dynamic new learning opportunities for students entering this field, while also creating a pipeline of highly qualified personnel to further bolster this emerging high-tech sector,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. NorQuest (AB) AIPP, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute collaborate to offer students opportunities in AI and ML Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University has opened the Applied Science Hub on its Loyola Campus. The $62M LEED-certified facility is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and research. The Applied Science Hub houses the Centre for NanoScience Research and District 3’s new BioHub. It will support the university’s Chemical and Materials Engineering department with more lab and office space. “The Applied Science Hub will be a major nexus of transdisciplinary collaboration, where industry actors, startups and entrepreneurs partner with our graduate students and faculty on next-generation research,” said Concordia President Graham Carr. “This is a decisive moment for Concordia as a research university engaged in innovative work for the benefit of society.” Concordia (QC) Concordia opens Loyola Campus Applied Science Hub Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park have solidified their long-term partnership with the signing of a MOU. The MOU outlines collaborative initiatives to support local and regional industry and the recruitment of new businesses to the area. Lambton and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park will also meet labour market skill gaps through new training programs and initiatives. “The relationship between Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park has been critical to the growth of research and innovation activities in our community and the recent development of the Memorandum of Understanding will provide clear pathways moving forward to support the community's efforts to drive innovation, fill skill shortage gaps and attract new companies and industry to Sarnia-Lambton,” said Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Lambton’s VP Research & Innovation. Lambton (ON) Lambton, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park sign MOU Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Good teaching is emotional work, requiring faculty members to have reserves of patience and ingenuity that are all-too-often depleted, even in normal times, writes Denise K Magner, "but teaching in a pandemic ... means that many academics are feeling even more sapped than usual." Magner has outlined several tips for faculty who are coping with and recouping from burnout. Reflecting on an article from David Gooblar, Magner encourages instructors to remember to take time off to reduce the negative impact of having an "always-on" mindset, to cultivate perspective and interests outside of the teaching profession, and to get an adequate amount of sleep instead of trying to fit extra hours of class-prep time into the night. Chronicle (International) Managing burnout as an instructor: Opinion Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology, EC-Council Canada, and Circadence have partnered in response to the global need for cybersecurity talent. The partnership will provide discounted EC-Council learning resources and automatic eligibility for the certification exam. It will also provide free registration to global hacking competitions, connection with the cybersecurity professional and learner community, and access to Circadence cyber-ranges. “This partnership with Circadence and EC-Council Canada creates the applied learning environment for students to learn from industry experts and to begin solving real-world problems before they graduate,” said Steve Wilson, Director, BCIT Centre for Digital Transformation. “These applied, industry-focused training opportunities are critical to building Canada’s cybersecurity talent.” BCIT (BC) BCIT, EC-Council Canada, Circadence partner to address need for cybersecurity talent Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Dalhousie University is offering a certificate in academic leadership called the Academic Leadership Certificate under its Executive Education portfolio. The 20-week online certificate will prepare participants to navigate changes and be ready for the future of higher education. Courses in the program include Strategic Leadership & Self Management, Collaboration & Leading Teams, and Leading Change in Complexity. “The Academic Leadership Certificate program can help prepare participants to be effective academic leaders,” said Vivian Howard, Associate VP Academic at Dal. “Participants will gain the skills to work collaboratively to address complex real-world issues and devise innovative and effective solutions.” Dal (NS) Dal offers certificate in academic leadership Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Manitoba has launched new initiatives to train and recruit staff in the disability services sector in response to significant staffing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this effort, MB is partnering with Red River College to develop a free one-week program that will teach participants about the fundamentals of disability support work. “This course and the additional micro-credentials that we have developed over the last two months continue to serve as rapid response tools that boost capacity in a number of important sectors, and keep Manitobans safe and supported as we respond to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic,” said RRC President Fred Meier. Additionally, MB will partner with Manitoba Possible and its online employment platform ‘envoyy,’ which is designed to connect eligible service providers with available positions. MB (MB) MB launches training, recruitment initiatives in disability services sector Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Camosun College students are now able to receive same-day access to services such as counselling. A new delivery model developed by Camosun over the summer allows students to make same-day appointments with a counsellor and to flexibly book follow-up appointments. “We want to help people stay as well as they can during the dark days of winter,” says Liisa Robinson, a student counsellor with student affairs. “A counselling appointment may help you find that, even in times when a lot is out of control, there are many parts of our health that we can influence for the better.” Camosun (BC) Camosun students receive same-day counselling Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Wilfrid Laurier University alumni Robert and Judith Astley have committed to match donations up to $375K for the Carruthers Practice Studios. The studios are named after Glen Carruthers, who recently retired after spending 10 years as the dean of the Faculty of Music. The funds will support the Making Space for Music campaign, which aims to raise $15M for the expansion and renovation of the Waterloo campus Faculty of Music Building. As part of this, WLU will build practice studios and rehearsal rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and excellent acoustics. WLU (ON) WLU alumni match donations for Carruthers Practice Studios Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Maclean’s highlights the ongoing work of the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) to create a digital credential wallet to allow learners to store and share their certifications and transcripts. The digital wallet will reduce credential fraud, while making it quick and simple for students to access and share their credentials. 19 Canadian postsecondary institutions are participating in pilot projects with different parts of the technology, and in June 2021 all ARUCC member universities will be able to join the project. Maclean’s (National) ARUCC pilot project enables students to access digital credential wallet Top Ten 12/03/2020 - 04:03 12/03/2020 - 03:30
York University researchers are partnering with organizations in Africa on the Predictive modeling and forecasting of the transmission of COVID-19 in Africa using Artificial Intelligence project. The project, which will receive funding of over $1.2M from the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), will use artificial intelligence to predict and model the spread of COVID-19 in low and middle-income African countries. “This timely collaboration brings together York’s research strengths in disease modelling, global health, artificial intelligence and emergency management, with African AI and modelling expertise,” said Rhonda Lenton, president of YorkU. “It will allow our researchers to access the practical skills, perspectives and sensitivity that only local organizations can provide, enhancing outcomes and creating positive change in local communities.” YorkU (ON) YorkU, African organizations partner on COVID-19 modeling project Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
College of the North Atlantic has announced that it will launch an Information Technology Career Focus pilot program, which is supported through funding from the Future Skills Centre. The program, which is aimed at equity-seeking groups such as people with disabilities and women, will help participants develop technical skills in information technology through hands-on work experience. “This collaboration is an opportunity for CNA to meet the challenges of underrepresented groups in our region,” said CNA President Liz Kidd. “We are confident this program will also provide employers access to a local talent supply while building a more inclusive, accessible, diverse workforce in the Information and Communications Technology sector.” CNA (NL) CNA to launch skills-based IT program Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta and Tsinghua University in China have renewed their partnership focused on the Joint Centre for Future Energy and Environment. The centre allows Canadian and Chinese researchers to collaborate on environmental research that will reduce energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to sustainability. “Sharing our knowledge, research, and technology is one of the best ways for us to address the universal challenges we face — to help slow climate change and mitigate its effects — to transform our cities, protect our environments, and secure sustainable energy for people across the globe,” said UAlberta president Bill Flanagan. UAlberta (AB) UAlberta, Tsinghua University renew research partnership Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has released a white paper describing the role postsecondary institutions can play in supporting Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery. The paper covers how institutions can support a recovery-ready workforce; drive innovation; support a sustainable, green recovery; and leverage their full potential. “Colleges and institutes are ideally placed to support Canadians and help their communities recover in the months ahead,” states CICan. “Through their deep community connections, their commitment to respond to the evolving needs of local stakeholders and employers, and their proven track-record in terms of skills development, they are poised to support a strong and sustainable economic recovery.” CICan | CICan (Report) (National) CICan releases white paper on the role of postsecondary institutions in resilient recovery Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
Several Canadian postsecondary institutions participated in Giving Tuesday initiatives to raise support for students experiencing food insecurity. In Nova Scotia, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, St Francis Xavier University, Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Atlantic School of Theology, NSCAD University, and the University of King’s College collaborated on a project inspired by the J & W Murphy Foundation. The foundation provided each institution a minimum donation and offered to match additional funds raised. Centennial College also launched a campaign to help students who face housing and food security issues. In addition to seeking donations for the Student Emergency Fund, Centennial encouraged the community to participate in the “Love Notes to Centennial Students” social media campaign. MSVU (NS) | Centennial (National) Postsecondary institutions participate in Giving Tuesday initiatives Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions must address safety challenges and risk mitigation using a variety of approaches as campuses reopen in 2021, write Karen Robinson and Anthony Rotoli. The authors provide four guiding principles that can help postsecondary institutions reopen safely. The article explains how including a COVID-19 addition on a campus code of conduct and enforcing clear consequences can set standards for students and maintain a safe environment. The authors write that institutions should structure committees and task forces in a way that will ensure that bureaucracy will not impede action. Additionally, the article describes how technology should be used to manage the process of opening campuses safely. “It is vital to look closely at campus policies and compliance processes, monitor and communicate with your campus communities to help mitigate risk and drive compliance,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (International) Reopening postsecondary institutions safely: Opinion Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
Over 100 medical students from the University of Saskatchewan have signed an open letter to the Saskatchewan government asking that more measures be implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19. The letter calls for increased testing, more education about COVID-19, and better contact tracing once numbers are under control. Additionally, it calls for a shutdown of high-risk venues such as casinos and rinks. “I think we have an obligation to advocate on behalf of patients, but we are also citizens. We would like action,” said Shayan Shirazi, a second-year medical student. “We felt the need to outline our concerns, but also outline some solutions.” CBC (SK) USask students write letter to SK calling for better COVID-19 measures Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
The role of the humanities in preparing students for a changing economy might be overlooked in Ontario’s new performance-based funding model, writes Robert Wright, a history professor at Trent University Durham. The author explains that postsecondary institutions have shifted toward training students in specific skillsets that will lead to employment. However, the author writes that humanities graduates find employment in a variety of fields, and develop significant employable skills, such as strong writing and communication and the ability to analyze data through their education. “One thing can be said with certainty,” writes Wright. “The introduction of Queen’s Park’s revolutionary SMAs may not be measuring what matters most when our 20-somethings enter a workforce in which they will be expected to adapt relentlessly.” Ottawa Citizen (ON) Humanities prepare students for a changing economy: Opinion Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Quebec at Rimouski’s Student Project Support Fund, which is funded by UQAR and voluntary student contributions, has exceeded $2M. Contributions to the Student Project Support Fund are invested back into students at the same campus who have initiated projects that will enrich their university careers. Students involved in these projects learn a variety of skills such as budget management, teamwork, and dealing with the unexpected through the management of their projects. The fund supports about 100 projects during the academic year. UQuebec (QC) UQAR Student Project Support Fund exceeds $2M Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Lethbridge are offering new courses in Indigenous issues. WLU’s Gladue Principles: Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Criminal Justice System courses will teach students and professionals about the experiences of Indigenous peoples within Canada’s criminal justice system. ULethbridge’s Conversational Indigenization: Reconciling Reconciliation will allow students to learn terminology used in reconciliation and Indigenization, focusing on the business and governance perspectives. In addition to clarifying terms, the course will examine what addressing past wrongs and making amends might look like. WLU | ULethbridge (ON | AB) WLU, ULethbridge offer new courses in Indigenous issues Top Ten 12/02/2020 - 03:54 12/02/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that is has signed agreements with public postsecondary institutions to implement performance-based funding. ON states that the performance-based funding is intended to help ensure that students will be able to find employment after graduation and will put a greater emphasis on student outcomes. ON will use ten metrics to measure performance that include graduate employment rates, experiential learning, economic impact of an institution, and research funding. “The new agreements will also encourage transparency and accountability by ensuring that the spending of public dollars results in positive economic outcomes for Ontario,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. ON (ON) ON introduces performance-based funding for postsecondary institutions Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Lakeland College has launched Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign, a fundraiser that aims to raise $11M. The initiative, which is the college’s largest ever fundraising initiative is also intended to provide an opportunity for the college to build partnerships and invest in the future for their students. The initiative will support the expansion of student success, empower leadership in agriculture and help modernize Lakeland’s Student Managed Farm, and grow results-oriented research. Lakeland (AB) Lakeland launches largest ever fundraiser Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Algoma University will receive $3M from the Government of Ontario’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to use in the development of an e-learning platform. The funding will allow AlgomaU to build their infrastructure capability and expand access to high quality university degrees. “Ultimately, this initiative will provide high-quality, student-centred university programming opportunities to those living in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities, while simultaneously supporting the economic recovery and work-force development needs required to ensure a brighter future for the region,” said AlgomaU President Asima Vezina. Nation Talk | ON (ON ) AlgomaU receives $3M for e-learning platform Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
A group of instructors in French-language cégeps have signed a letter published in the Journal de Montréal expressing concern about the growing prevalence of English higher education in the province. The instructors argue that Dawson College’s expansion in Bill 66 is “another sign of the growing influence of English in higher education in Quebec,” reports the Montréal Gazette. Instructors also expressed concern about the impact that the growing popularity of English-language cégeps has on perceptions of the quality of a French language education, and called on the government to rebalance the situation. Montréal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (Letter) (QC) Instructors sign letter calling on QC to breathe new life into French cégeps Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced the closure of its current Clearwater and Barriere continuing education facilities, citing low enrolment and unused rental space. CBC reports that leaders in the regions are concerned that the university may be breaching the Thompson Rivers University Act, which requires TRU to provide educational services to the region. Additionally, Jack Keough, the executive director of Yellowhead Community Services, reports that TRU has been cutting courses at the Clearwater location and that the courses have been deteriorating since the retirement of its coordinator four years ago. Keough has called for government intervention to restore services to rural communities. TRU says that it is meeting the mandate by offering courses in other forms, adding that it will rent other short-term spaces in Clearwater and Barriere for in-person courses. CBC (BC) TRU closes two regional centres, local leadership concerned about access to in-person education Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University has announced that it will offer support for Newfoundland and Labrador students who have spent time in foster care. The new program will support eligible students by paying their full-time undergraduate tuition and any mandatory institutional fees. Students can receive this support for a maximum of four years. “Post-secondary education should be accessible to all youth, despite the circumstances, so I’m thrilled we’re able to help out these deserving individuals,” said MUN president Vianne Timmons. “Creating a supportive environment for all of our students is a key priority for Memorial.” MUN | The Star (NL) MUN announces program that will support students who spent time in foster care Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Niagara College has been approved to offer a Massage Therapy advanced diploma program. The program, which will be based at Niagara’s Welland Campus, will take 24 months to complete. Students will learn about providing safe, ethical, and competent care to patients, and will gain experience from supervised clinical and community placements. Graduates will have the necessary knowledge to write their provincial licensing exam and, after passing this exam, will be ready for entry-level practice in massage therapy. The program is intended to meet the needs of Ontario’s growing massage therapy sector. Niagara (ON) Niagara launches Massage Therapy advanced diploma program Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec will provide $18.4M to the Société immobilière of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (SIRCAAQ) to support the building of three housing centres for Indigenous students. The centres will be located in Trois–Rivières, Sept-Îles, and another location that is still to be determined. These centres will provide safe and affordable housing to Indigenous students and their families, as well as culturally-relevant services intended to help students stay in school and experience educational success. “These community settings will reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by students who attend large urban educational institutions,” said Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs. “I hope that in these new facilities, with appropriate services and support, and surrounded by their families, the students will flourish in a setting that is conducive to the pursuit of studies and will achieve all the success they deserve.” Nation Talk (QC) SIRCAAQ receives $18.4M to support building three Indigenous housing centres Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
Community members at Saint Mary’s University, University of Windsor, Nova Scotia Community College, and Nipissing University have tested positive for COVID-19. SMU states that one community member has tested positive, and that public health is carrying out contact tracing. A community member at UWindsor has also tested positive and is self-isolating and following all safety protocols. At NSCC, community members at the Akerley and Lunenberg campuses have tested positive for COVID-19. Nipissing currently has a COVID-19 outbreak, with 14 individuals confirmed positive. The Sudbury Star | SMU | UWindsor | NSCC (National) COVID-19 cases, outbreak at postsecondary institutions Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Council has passed a motion of censure against the University of Toronto over a Faculty of Law hiring situation that occurred in August. A CAUT report states that “the facts that have emerged strongly suggest the decision to cancel Dr. Azarova’s appointment was politically motivated, and as such would constitute a serious breach of widely recognized principles of academic freedom.” U of T will have six months to address the concerns before CAUT formally imposes the censure. CAUT (ON) CAUT passes motion of censure against U of T Top Ten 12/01/2020 - 03:45 12/01/2020 - 03:30

Vanier College has developed a new Creativity and Innovation College-wide major. The program allows students to get credits through courses, activities, and guest lectures that will develop their expertise in their chosen area of interest. Students can demonstrate their talent to future employers or admissions officers through the projects they have completed. Graduates receive both a Majors certificate and a Diploma of College Studies from their program. “Humans learn a lot when they work on their passions,” said Vanier teacher Avery Rueb. “The Creativity and Innovation Major gives Vanier students college credit for working on projects they care about deeply, be it making videos for YouTube, playing hockey, rapping, knitting, playing board games, cooking or anything else.” Vanier (QC)

Vanier develops Creativity and Innovation College-wide major Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Western University, King’s University College, and Brescia University College have made the decision to extend the break before Winter Term classes begin. Classes for the three institutions will resume on January 11, 2021. King’s and Brescia have confirmed that the February reading week will take place as originally planned. Additionally, all three institutions will close earlier than planned, giving employees an extra two days off to rest. “We hope this extra time off will allow you to rest and recover a little longer, coming back stronger and ready to take on the winter term,” said Western President Alan Shepard. King’s | Western | Brescia (ON)

Western, King’s, Brescia extend holiday break Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Those moving into the role of university president during the pandemic have faced new challenges, write Pascale Castonguay and Moira MacDonald. The authors explore the experiences of new presidents and how they have dealt with pandemic challenges, what new skills they have learned, and how their visions for their institutions have been altered. Speaking to those stepping into leadership roles, Dennis Prud’homme, president and vice-chancellor at Université de Moncton recommends “not being afraid to talk to their fellow presidents and get their opinions. My colleagues at other institutions offered me their help and a sympathetic ear when I needed their opinions, and that’s very valuable for a new president.” University Affairs (International)

Becoming president of an institution during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

The Future Skills Council has released a new report that sets priorities for education, training, and accreditation following pandemic-related challenges faced by Canadians. The priorities, which are aimed at building a sustainable workforce, include creating equal opportunity for lifelong learning, approaching skills development in innovative ways, and providing all Canadians with labour market and career planning information. Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough stated that the report, “is a call to action for all Canadians to continue learning, acquire new skills and create opportunities for all across the country.” Canada | Canada (National)

Future Skills Council’s report prioritizes lifelong learning Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has joined the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster. Through this membership, Sask Polytech will engage in work related to the Internet of Things, machine learning, cybersecurity and additive manufacturing projects. The polytechnic will also provide discounted training through NGen’s AmpUP program. “Manufacturing supports 1.7 million jobs across Canada, and is one of the key drivers of our economy,” said Larry Rosia, president of Sask Polytech. “Sask Polytech is excited to be one of the first postsecondary institutions in the country to join the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster.” Sask Polytech (SK)

Sask Polytech joins Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Holland College has announced that it will be offering the second year of its Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program on a part-time basis to students who are certified as early childhood assistants. The courses will be delivered in blended format in the evening or on weekends, with students able to complete the program in two years. This model will allow people who are already working in early childhood education to continue postsecondary studies while working, allowing them to apply their theoretical experience. Holland College | (PEI)

Holland College offers second year ECCE program part-time Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

North Island College is launching free Women in Construction Trades sessions, which will give women an overview of the programs NIC offers and the opportunities graduates have for employment. Sessions, which will be offered in Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Port Hardy, are one to two weeks long, and will be delivered in a blended format. The topics will vary by location, and may include welding, joinery, automotive, and carpentry. Students will have hands-on opportunities within NIC’s training shops. “These orientation sessions are designed for women who are interested in exploring the trades, seeking information on NIC’s trades training or considering a career change,” said Cheryl O’Connell, dean of Trades and Technical Programs at NIC. My Comox Valley Now (BC)

NIC offers free Women in Construction Trades sessions Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Université Laval and École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP) have established two new research chairs to support public administration as it adapts to changes brought on by digital transformation. The Research Chair on Public Administration in the Digital Age will focus on the effects of digital transformation in the public service sector. The chair will look at the effects of this transformation on public service employees, and monitor digital innovations across the world and their application to the public sector. The Research Chair in the Exploitation of Information Resources will analyze and establish governance around the challenges that emerge from the digital age. The chairs are supported by funds from the Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Québec and other industry partners. UQuébec (QC)

ULaval, ENAP launch digital-focused research chairs Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

Lakehead University has announced its plan to divest from its fossil fuel holdings by 2023 after approval from the Board of Governors. Following expert consultations and feedback from the university community, the Board decided the divestment reflects the institution’s goal of becoming a leader in sustainability, and is consistent with its current Strategic Plan and Sustainability Action Plan. “Lakehead University has a responsibility to be pro-active in facing the challenges associated with climate change through education, research, and its investments,” said Lakehead president Moira McPherson. “I am especially proud of our students, who continue to show their commitment and leadership to addressing this global issue.” Lakehead (ON)

Lakehead plans to divest from fossil fuel holdings Top Ten 11/30/2020 - 04:00 11/30/2020 - 03:30

The Delta Chi fraternity at the University of Windsor, which has US-based leadership and is not officially affiliated with the institution, has allegedly circulated hateful private Facebook messages. CBC reports that the messages were uncovered by two university anti-racism groups. The article states that the messages included racist and Anti-Black comments, comments that promoted violence, and other offensive language. UWindsor has suspended the fraternity’s ability to book space on campus, and has contacted the fraternity’s US leadership and the police. The student community expressed outrage and UWindsor President Rob Gordon condemned the messages as “disturbing, unacceptable, and entirely incongruent with the values of our school and the work we are doing to create a more inclusive and equitable community at the University of Windsor.” CBC | UWindsor (ON)

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The Government of Canada has announced the opening of applications for the Black Entrepreneurship Program’s Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub will be jointly run by Black-led business organizations and educational institutions and will focus on gathering data about Black entrepreneurship in Canada. This data will help identify critical gaps, barriers to success, and opportunities for growth. Canada also stated that applications are open for the National Ecosystem Fund and that information about the program’s third pillar, the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, will be available at a later date. Canada (National) Canada announces opening of applications for Black Entrepreneurship Program’s Knowledge Hub Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph has created a new dairy research centre called Dairy at Guelph: The Centre for Dairy Research and Innovation. The centre will increase collaboration between researchers, strengthen UoGuelph research impacts, and ensure that dairy researchers and innovators are equipped to meet industry needs. “This centre will amplify collaboration, accelerate research and development, and elevate the University’s expertise, which will in turn escalate our researchers’ incredibly positive impacts on the dairy industry worldwide, including supporting sustainability and fuelling innovation for the industry,” said UoGuelph VP (research) Malcolm Campbell. UoGuelph has additionally announced that it has partnered with SVG Ventures’ THRIVE to support Canadian agri-food sector innovation through the establishment of SVG’s THRIVE Canada Accelerator and start-up program. UoGuelph (1) | UoGuelph (2) (ON) UoGuelph launches dairy research centre, partners with SVG Ventures Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 15:36 11/27/2020 - 03:30
Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business’ Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program has received a $2M gift from alumnus Robert Steele. The investment will double the size of the MTEI program, support the creation of resources, and provide scholarships to student entrepreneurs. The funds will also support three major initiatives: The Steele MTEI Scholarships, The Steele Entrepreneurship Awards, and The Steele Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the Sobey School of Business. “With the rapid change this year in how businesses operate, programs focused on the integration of technology and innovation like MTEI are more important now than ever before,” said Harjeet Bhabra, Dean of the SMU Sobey School of Business. SMU (NS) SMU receives $2M from alumnus for support of MTEI program Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
Algonquin College is officially launching its Victimology Research Centre during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. The launch of the centre, which Algonquin says is the first of its kind in Canada, will work with non-profits and government stakeholders to study the experiences of people who have survived violent crime. “The launch of the Centre helps formalize the research we have been conducting for the past several years,” said Algonquin Professor Benjamin Roebuck. “Our partnerships and projects have grown so much since we started, we thought it timely to highlight our initiatives during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.” Algonquin | CTV News (ON) Algonquin launches Victimology Research Centre Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
Université du Québec à Montréal has announced a new master’s degree program in the computer sciences. The program will train students in data management and analysis practices in order to solve problems in different types of organizations. Students are able to specialize in one or more fields, including machine learning and data modelling, and will take part in a work placement or technical project during the course of the program. The program plans to start in Winter 2021. UQAM (QC) UQAM announces new master’s program in information technology Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
Grande Prairie Regional College and Health City have signed a MOU that will foster research and innovation within the region. The MOU will allow students access to opportunities through Health City, including funding, WIL, and mentorship. “This partnership with Health City allows GPRC to leverage collaborator assets for the enhancement of the student experience and innovation and partnership opportunities for the College,” said GPRC President Robert Murray. “As we evolve, it is crucial we provide innovative resources, and inspire our students to foster innovative thinking to create a diverse and bright future.” GPRC (AB) GPRC, Health City partner on increasing student opportunities Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
Algoma University’s Shingqauk Residential Schools Centre and the University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre have signed a memorandum of understanding to share data and collaborate on ongoing community engagement and research projects. Both centres work with survivors, Indigenous communities, church entities, and educators to research, collect, preserve, and display the history of residential schools in Canada. Through the partnership, communities will benefit from the reciprocal sharing of knowledge and co-developed resources. AlgomaU (ON) Algoma SRSC, UBC IRSHDC sign MOU to improve data sharing, collaboration, knowledge transfer Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
A group of student senators and student unions at the University of Manitoba are pushing for the university to consider an alternative grading process for the 2020-21 semesters. The group has written a proposal to UManitoba administration requesting that student be allowed to choose a pass/fail or letter grade, which would be excluded from their GPA, for one course per term in 2020-21. The Student Senate Caucus has also requested that instructors allow students who feel unsafe doing in-person coursework the flexibility to claim an incomplete grade until they can complete their work. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB) UManitoba students request alternate grading process Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia will be the host for the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North, a new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub. The hub will be led in partnership with AGE-WELL, Northern Health, and The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN). The partnership will support the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies that can help those aging in northern or rural communities live independently. “The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North aligns with and supports UNBC’s vision to transform lives and communities in northern B.C. and beyond,” says UNBC Interim President Geoff Payne. “As the host institution, CTAAN will allow UNBC to deepen our ties with AGE-WELL and Northern Health and forge new research partnerships.” UNBC (BC) UNBC, AGE-WELL, Northern Health, CTAAN partner on technology for the aging Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
A look at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements for job applications shows that applicants may not understand how to write a good DEI statement, writes Manya Whitaker. Whitaker explains that this is likely because applicants do not know what “good” commentary on DEI is. The article describes five of the worst approaches to use when writing a DEI statement. The most common is the theoretical approach, in which applicants describe how their teaching and research aligns with DEI issues, followed by a focus on one’s own marginalized identity, only acknowledging oppression, the saviour approach, and the diary approach. “Each of them fails to meet the goals of a DEI statement: to demonstrate how you can contribute to the eradication of white supremacy,” writes Whitaker. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) How not to write a DEI statement: Opinion Top Ten 11/27/2020 - 04:01 11/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry has received a $6.15M gift from Green Shield Canada to support the establishment of the five-year One Smile research program. The gift will fund a two-chair dental clinic within the Faculty of Dentistry that will offer free oral health care to lower-income individuals. The program will address oral health care issues in lower-income brackets, while establishing a body of evidence that can inform public health policies. “The Green Door Project and the Green Shield Canada Clinic will benefit so many disadvantaged individuals and communities, and help to build a healthy and inclusive society,” said U of T president Meric Gertler. “This wonderful gift will also significantly advance U of T’s mission of national and global leadership in health care and public health policy.” U of T (ON) U of T Faculty of Dentistry receives funding toward One Smile dentistry research program Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University has received $5.1M from Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and the National Research Council to support research in the synthetic biology field. “These contributions speak to Concordia’s influence and leadership in synthetic biology,” said Paula Wood-Adams, Concordia’s interim VP of research and graduate studies. “They provide our researchers with resources and promising new technologies ensuring that their work will lead to breakthroughs in health care and other essential areas.” A project at Concordia’s Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology will receive $1.95M over the next three years through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). Concordia (QC) Concordia receives $5.1M investment in genome engineering Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick, Opportunities New Brunswick, and Lark Group have partnered to develop the Health and Technology District Saint John. The proposed district will include a 75,000-square-foot building on UNB’s Saint John campus, adjacent to the Saint John Regional Hospital. The building will house health and social innovation businesses, start-ups, organizations, and researchers. “There will be tremendous synergy between our ambitious new Integrated Health Initiative and the activities in the Health and Technology District,” said UNB President Paul J Mazerolle. “I foresee productive research collaborations, internships for our students, employment for our graduates, commercialization of new ideas through the businesses located there and more.” UNB | Surrey Now Leader (NB | BC) UNB, Opportunities New Brunswick, Lark Group partner to develop Health and Technology District Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology has partnered with EC-Council to launch training in cyber security through MITT’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence. MITT states that the launch is in response to the need for more cyber security practitioners in Canada. Through the partnership, students will be able to access short-term training, micro-credentials, and certification. “Along with our partners, we’re building MITT’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence to be a national-scale solution to the cyber security talent shortage across the country; one that will both train top-tier cyber security workers as well as help fortify the security of our economy through future applied research activity,” said MITT President Ray Karasevich. MITT (MB) MITT, EC-Council partner on cybersecurity training Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
King’s University College has received a $1M gift from the estate of Elizabeth Russell, the former Chief Librarian at King’s who retired in 1993. The funds will be used to renovate King’s G Emmett Cardinal Carter Library, with a focus on improving accessibility and student study spaces and enhancing technology. The library’s first floor will be named the “Elizabeth Russell Achievement Centre” to honour this support. “Through her work, Elizabeth brought new, modern technologies and library spaces to the King’s community,” said Adrienne Co-Dyre, Director of Libraries. “This gift continues that effort by supporting the needs of a current and evolving community and will allow King’s to offer the infrastructure and resources for tomorrow’s students and researchers.” King’s (1) | King’s (2) (ON) King’s receives $1M from estate of former Chief Librarian Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
Grande Prairie Regional College has received a significant donation from Grand Prairie residents Paul and Coreen Evaskevich. The funds will be used to establish the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation, which will be located in the college wing of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The new facility will be dedicated to research on rural, northern, and Indigenous health and will create a research program through collaboration with health services and industry partners. Research done at the centre will be used to benefit new and existing health care programming. The facility will allow greater opportunities for health care students. NationTalk (AB) Donation allows GPRC to plan establishment of Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia has confirmed that it is investigating allegations that over 100 students cheated on an entry-level math midterm. The investigation became public after the professor posted a note explaining the situation to students, saying that “if confirmed, the students involved will receive a 0% for the course (not just the midterm) and I will recommend their expulsion from UBC.” UBC Director of university affairs Matthew Ramsey said that it is too early for the university to be able to provide details on the situation. CBC | CTV News (BC) Over 100 UBC students accused of cheating on math midterm Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
Wilfrid Laurier University’s LaunchPad Brantford has reinvented its business incubator program to focus on the needs of the Brantford, Brant, and Six Nations communities. The program has been modified to offer a variety of resources – including webinars, programs, and mentorship – and includes the launch of new events and competitions. LaunchPad Brantford is open to WLU students and graduates, as well as the greater community. “We want to help entrepreneurs focus on their business or product, not the technology that supports it,” said LaunchPad program coordinator Julie Perkins. “We want to provide the tools so those who don’t have a technology background can still thrive.” WLU (ON) WLU reimagines LaunchPad Brantford to meet community needs Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Community College has launched a two-year Computer System Technology program. The Computer Systems Technology program prepares students to find employment in Vancouver’s growing tech industry. Students will learn a variety of skills, including working with networks, programming languages, and app development. The program is designed to be flexible, enabling students to study part time and take courses that fit their schedules. Graduates will also be able to choose to continue at VCC in the Bachelor of Computer Systems Technologies program when the Bachelor’s program launches in January 2022 or pursue an undergraduate degree program at a local university. VCC (BC) VCC launches Computer System Technology program Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
Lambton College has launched new initiatives and partnerships related to esports. Lambton has been invited to join the North American Collegiate League, which hosts tournaments and league play for scholarships. The college has also partnered with organizations such as Adamas Esports Training & Performance Ltd to collaborate on esports-specific performance research and services. Lambton’s sports and recreation management program has also recently launched a virtual darts league, where students participate by focusing their webcams on their home dart boards. Students also get experience setting up and running competition brackets and organizing the virtual darts league. Lambton | The Observer (ON) Lambton launches new online gaming initiatives Top Ten 11/26/2020 - 04:01 11/26/2020 - 03:30
The Future Skills Centre (FSC) will be investing $4.3M in two Atlantic Canada partnerships. The Atlantic Colleges Atlantique will receive $3.45M for its College Transformation des Collèges project, which focuses on skills gaps in early childhood education that need to be addressed by the college system. The University of New Brunswick’s NouLAB will receive $900K for its “Early Childhood Education Lab” project, which evaluates and enhances the training received or sought out by early childhood educators. “By focusing on challenges that exist at the level of a single profession and at a wider level in our educational systems, respectively, the projects are primed to deliver findings that we hope can be applied to other entities both within and beyond Atlantic Canada,” said FSC Executive Director Pedro Barata. FSC-CCF (Atlantic) FSC invests $4.3M in ACA, UNB to support early childhood education Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
Okanagan College has launched an Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation degree. Students in the four-year baccalaureate degree will develop skills in applied research and field experience, and graduates will be able to pursue a variety of careers in roles such as program administrators, analysts, or consulting. Additionally, a partnership with the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s School of Social Work will guarantee 15 qualifying graduates of Okanagan’s Applied Bachelor of Arts to transition to UBCO’s Master of Social Work programs. “This new degree is yet another example of how the College is responding with innovative programming that is training graduates to meet skills gaps and serve employers in our region’s communities and beyond,” said Okanagan President Jim Hamilton. Okanagan (BC) Okanagan launches Applied Bachelor of Arts, partners with UBCO on guaranteed entrance to MSW Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
The Rideau Hall Foundation and Indspire have announced a three-year collaboration on the Teach for Tomorrow: Indigenous Educator Apprenticeship Program. The program provides Indigenous students with college-level courses in order to smooth the transition through high school to university at the University of Winnipeg. The program began in 2019 and, through the partnership, will expand to a second location. “Indspire is excited that the Rideau Hall Foundation has committed to help grow the Teach for Tomorrow program,” said Indspire President Mike DeGagné. “This program will help Indigenous people to become educators in their communities, serve as role models to younger First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students and help them succeed in the classroom.” Nation Talk (National) Rideau Hall Foundation, Indspire partner on Indigenous Educator Apprenticeship Program Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
Mount Allison University has announced that it is taking a number of actions to respond to concerns about sexual violence prevention and support. The university has created a Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group that will develop a more effective framework for prevention on campus, including campus-wide education, support for and understanding of survivors, and the handling of harassment and assault cases. The university will also initiate a third-party review of its sexual violence prevention model, resources, policies, and procedures. Additionally, it will commit to increasing staff resources, creating an Advisory Council that will be chaired by Memorial University President Vianne Timmons, and making immediate changes to its sexual assault intake and counselling services. MtA’s Board of Regents has also announced that it will establish an ad hoc committee on sexual violence prevention. MtA (NB) MtA launches new working group, development of resources, changes to services Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
Conestoga College and Algoma Manor have partnered to deliver the PSW FAST-ONSITE program, which will train personal support workers to address critical care needs. Conestoga instructors will deliver courses online, and students will participate in clinical placements through local health-care organizations. The 20-week program will prepare 50 students to work in long-term care homes. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of Algoma Manor to bring health-care education and training to the local community,” said Veronique Boscart, Executive Dean of Conestoga’s School of Health and Life Sciences. “We look forward to working in partnership to address the region’s care needs through this innovative education initiative.” The cost for participants will be covered by the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Conestoga (ON) Conestoga, Algoma Manor partner on PSW program to meet local health care needs Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
Those facing major career changes should try a choice-based exercise to help gain perspective on their options, writes Rebekah Layton. The author describes how when individuals are faced with two seemingly opposing options, imagining a third option can illuminate what is attractive about the first or second choices or show that a different path is best. Layton gives three examples of how those faced with major changes can use this approach to find a career path that works for them. “When in doubt, immerse yourself in imagining your future,” writes Layton. “Explore the possibilities ahead and gain some understanding of what each future would be like. Take the time to envision yourself going through each door (or window).” Inside Higher Ed (International) Using a choice-based exercise when making career decisions: Opinion Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
The University of Ottawa has formed a new anti-racism action committee, which will replace its advisory committee on anti-racism and inclusion. UOttawa president Jacques Frémont says that a recent public clash between instructors and students over the use of a racial slur has created “deep internal divisions that have strained relationships and, in some cases, friendships, not only among faculty but also among our support staff.” The university is dissolving the advisory committee on anti-racism and inclusion and replacing it with the action committee on anti-racism and inclusion as a step toward community healing. The new committee will have responsibilities such as examining school programs and practices to understand their contributions to systemic racism. CBC (ON) UOttawa forms anti-racism action committee Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Federation of Students and Don’t Forget Students have submitted a petition to the House of Commons demanding emergency pandemic relief. The petition proposes a plan for pandemic relief and stimulus that will utilize the remaining funds from existing grants, include graduates in EI and the new CRB program, extend a freeze on student loan interest and payments until May 2021, and expand the Canada Student Grant to increase funding for institutions. “While students are struggling to pay rent, the federal government has started collecting on student loans again,” said Member of Parliament for Victoria, Laurel Collins. “It’s time for the government to live up to their promises and start listening to students." Newswire (National) CFS, Don’t Forget Students petition for emergency pandemic relief Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
A new survey, commissioned by OCUFA, indicates that most university students and professors believe that the online learning experience is negatively impacting postsecondary education. According to a survey, 62% of students and 76% of faculty indicated that online learning has a “negative impact on education quality.” Students stated that they felt online learning negatively impacted their ability to learn material, while faculty indicated they found online learning impacted their teaching abilities. “This poll illustrates to universities — it’s a wake-up call — students do not like it,” said Nipissing University English Professor Gyllian Phillips. “They do not like remote instruction, faculty do not like it. It’s not as effective as in-class.” The Star | OCUFA (ON) OCUFA survey finds students, faculty negatively impacted by online learning Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick and Bishop’s University are responding to campus COVID-19 cases. UNB has announced that community members at its Saint John campus may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. The article says that individuals are in self-isolation, and that public health has contacted those who may have been exposed. Bishop’s has suspended most on-campus activities after fifteen members of the university community tested positive. Two cases have been detected in Bishop’s residences. All classes have pivoted to remote delivery, residences are being monitored closely, and the university stated that it will re-evaluate the situation to plan for the end of the semester. CBC | CBC (QC | NB) UNB, Bishop’s respond to COVID-19 cases within campus communities Top Ten 11/25/2020 - 04:01 11/25/2020 - 03:30
St Francis Xavier University’s Coady Institute has announced that its Circle of Abundance – Amplifying Indigenous Women’s Leadership initiative has reached its fundraising goal of $1M. The funds will support the creation and delivery of an online leadership course for Indigenous women, the expansion of the Indigenous Asset-Based Community Development workshops, and the further decolonization of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership flagship program. “This is an exciting period for Coady Institute as we further build opportunities for sharing, learning, and co-creation of community initiatives with Indigenous participants across the country and globally,” said Eileen Alma, Director of the Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. Nation Talk (NS) StFX Circle of Abundance initiative reaches $1M fundraising goal Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30

ON NDP urges investigation of leadership campaign, CCC charitable status

The Ontario NDP have urged an investigation of the 2018 leadership campaign of Ontario Premier Doug for allegedly failing to disclose the use of Canada Christian College’s space for a week-long leadership vote. CBC reports that the college did not report renting or donating space for this political activity, and that Doug Ford never reported the meeting space in his financial returns. “I am deeply concerned that the space used by Mr. Ford’s team constitutes an illegal contribution under Elections Ontario law,” NDP MPP Laura Mae Lindo continued. “I am also concerned that, as a registered charity, Canada Christian College is prohibited from engaging in political activity.”iPolitics reports that the NDP is also requesting that Revenue Canada investigate CCC’s charitable status.

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Students and community members at some Quebec postsecondary institutions are voicing concerns about upcoming in-person exams. Polytechnique Montréal plans to hold in-person exams with up to 850 students divided between four halls, which some students felt was be unsafe. Students in some of Dawson College’s science programs also face in-person exams, and over 2,000 people have signed a petition arguing against the required in-person exams. Journal de Montréal reports that cégep students who were unable to write the épreuve uniforme de français (ÉUF) in the spring will be required to write the ÉUF in December, and a guidance counselor has raised concerns about how this additional exam will impact the mental health and exhaustion of students. Montreal Gazette | CBC | Journal de Montréal (QC) QC students, community members voice concerns over in-person exams Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario has released two reports about apprenticeships and the trades that examine the experiences and outcomes of those who have been apprentices. The reports draw on information from Statistics Canada to better understand Ontario’s apprenticeship system, how students move through the apprenticeship system, and where graduates go after their program. The research found that women, visible minorities, and immigrants are underrepresented in many apprenticeship fields and additionally found considerable variation in completion rates across the trades. HEQCO (ON) HEQCO reports examine ON apprenticeship experiences Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University as received a donation of $1M from Frode Strand-Nielsen in support of its female student-athletes. The gift has established endowments that will support female varsity athletes and invigorate SFU’s women’s soccer program. Additionally, Strand-Nielsen expressed hope that the fund will establish excellence and help female athletes become leaders. “The impact of Frode’s generosity is an absolute game changer for our female athletes,” said Theresa Hanson, senior director of SFU Athletics and Recreation. “This gift will literally change lives and help us develop incredible female leaders.” Burnaby Now (BC) SFU receives $1M for female student-athletes Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
A new US report focused on postsecondary completion has identified four barriers that students face on the path to completing a degree. These four broad hurdles included preparation, as many students needed to take remedial courses or learn better study skills; ease of navigating and understanding postsecondary systems; personal issues such as health, care duties, and transportation; and cost of education. The researchers examined the impact of established US programs and their effectiveness in helping students to improve, and encouraged further research into the topic on matters such as the long-term benefits of these programs and the features of each program that are most critical. Campus Technology (International) US report identifies 4 barriers to program completion Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba Senate has modified its Bachelor of Arts graduation requirements to include a minimum of three credit hours in Indigenous Content. The article says that this new requirement has been put in place to ensure students from the Faculty of Arts have an understanding of Indigenous issues, including an understanding of culture, history, sovereignty, treaty rights, and political status. “The most important reason for including this content in Arts students’ degree is that it better equips them to understand the world they live in as Canadian citizens/residents, as well as citizens of the world,” said Heidi Marx, UManitoba’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. “Learning about the wrongs of the past also allows students to become active, engaged, and empathetic participants in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” The Star (MB) UManitoba BA program introduces Indigenous Content requirement Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University and Okanagan College are among the campuses that are tightening their COVID-19 protocols in response to British Columbia’s latest public health order. People entering TRU buildings must wear masks in most situations and those stepping foot on the campus will be required to do a daily self-assessment. All face-to-face gatherings at TRU have been suspended and on-campus numbers and services are being reduced. Okanagan has implemented mandatory mask use for those in indoor shared spaces on campus, and Infonews reports that Okanagan’s Winter 2021 basketball season has additionally been cancelled. Infonews | Kamloops This Week (BC) TRU, Okanagan tighten COVID-19 restrictions Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University has announced that it will be postponing its scheduled return to campus. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province, MUN has postponed the planned phasing in of on-campus work for non-academic staff at all campuses. The release states that MUN will remain open and that those who work from their offices can continue to do so while following public health rules and signage. MUN stated in a release that its “priority since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, has always been, and still is, the health and safety of the campus community.” MUN | The Telegram (NL) MUN postpones return to campus for non-academic staff Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30
Students and community members at several postsecondary institutions have tested positive for COVID-19. Two Dalhousie University students are in self-isolation after testing positive. Western University students living in residence – including three in Perth Hall and nine in Saugeen-Maitland Hall – have tested positive for COVID-19 in two separate outbreaks. A McMaster University employee who was last on campus on November 14th has tested positive. An individual at Niagara College’s Welland campus, who was last on campus on November 13th, has also tested positive for COVID-19. Global News | CBC | CBC (National) Postsecondary institutions report COVID-19 cases, outbreaks Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 03:41 11/24/2020 - 03:30

Professors should increase compassion towards students rather than solely focusing on student engagement as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, write Aaron Langille and Victoria Kannen. The article lists some of the previous compassionate approaches that instructors have implemented within their classrooms, and outlines additional ways that instructors can extend compassion to students. Ideas include checking in with students, creating safe spaces, listening to and anticipating student needs, and trusting students to be doing their best. The authors write that compassionate strategies do not lower learning expectations or excuse students from meeting class criteria; instead, these strategies reduce anxiety, fear, and shame, while modeling life after university. University Affairs (National)

Extending compassion to students as the pandemic continues: Opinion Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

Red River College and the Manitoba government are partnering to create a COVID-19 health-care support worker micro-credential program. The uncertified micro-credential will train people to fill the staff shortages in Manitoba’s personal care homes. The program will include week-long intensive training comprised of five days of theory and two days of in-person training. It is free if students commit to working in a personal care home for three months after completion. “We must do everything possible to ensure we have staff to support the care needs of residents in our long-term care homes,” said MB Health Minister Cameron Friesen. “This requires an immediate increase in the available workforce — and this new training program addresses this goal.” CBC | Winnipeg Free Press | MB (MB)

RRC offers free micro-credential to train health-care support workers Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine have agreed to merge. The new institute will be known as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. The merger will enhance the global recognition of the college, enhance its research and innovation capacity, and contribute to the college’s efficiency and reach. “We believe in a shared goal of offering naturopathic degrees to students across the country and becoming the global leader in naturopathic research,” said Bob Bernhardt, President of CCNM. “This integration will enhance the offerings our two institutions provide. As we embark on a new future together, this process will be executed thoughtfully and with increasing opportunities for faculty and current and future students.” CCNM (ON | BC)

CCNM, BINM merge to create Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

For many instructors, now is a key time of stress, writes Colleen Flaherty, and a new study has shown that this stress has become chronic for many faculty members in the US. The study identified new teaching modes as a significant source of stress. Additionally, the survey showed that professors were having to meet the emotional and mental health needs of students, which could lead to secondary trauma and mental health issues. Instructors also noted signs of burnout, with an increase in emotional drain and work-related stress or frustration. The article concludes by discussing ways to mitigate these issues for faculty, such as higher compensation, modified teaching loads or schedules, new technology or better technology support, and increased staff or teaching assistant support. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Mitigating chronic faculty pandemic stress: Opinion Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

“The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly hard on creative entrepreneurs, especially women, Indigenous, racialized and other diverse entrepreneurs,” write Alia Weston, Alexandra Hong, Karli Ferriolo, and Jacquie Shaw, researchers from OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD). In a new report, the authors shed light on the current realities of creative professionals at OCAD U and in the surrounding community, with particular emphasis on the experiences of women and individuals of marginalized genders. The report points to creative entrepreneurs in these communities facing systemic barriers, such as a lack of support structures and inadequate government policies. “What we’re showing are longstanding structural challenges related to gender discrimination and intersectional barriers faced by creatives in the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Weston. OCAD U (ON)

OCAD U report points to systemic barriers to creative entrepreneurship Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

Some University of Victoria students have painted a temporary mural in front of the administrative building emphasizing renewable energy and environmental health. The mural is meant to send the message to the new president that the institution should withdraw investments from the fossil-fuel industry. The students are hopeful that the change in leadership will lead to climate change being addressed. “We’re trying to demonstrate the strong support that divestment has on our university campus,” said Emily Lowan, leader of the initiative and director of campaigns and community relations for the UVic Student Society. In response to the students’ message, UVic president Kevin Hall said, “I look forward to further discussions with our campus community about how we can do more.” Times Colonist (BC)

UVic students paint mural to bring awareness to fossil-fuel investments Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

Ryerson University’s Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute (SRFI) has renewed a five-year fellowship program following a second $1M donation from the Edward and Suzanne Rogers Foundation. The SRFI fosters fashion design talent through bridging the “transition between fashion education and practice.” Students in the program benefit from mentorship, industry guidance, and financial assistance. “Designers are gifted with the ability to uplift the human spirit through their creativity, and we urge them to adapt and remain vigilant through these trying times,” said SRFI director Robert Ott. Ryerson (ON)

Ryerson’s SRFI receives $1M, 5-year program renewal Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

Brandon University has announced that it will be extending its Pass or No Credit grading options to students during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. Students can request to have any passing grade reflected as a Pass, and non-passing grades shown as No Credit on their transcript. Neither a Pass nor No Credit will count towards GPA. “This is a time for compassion,” said BU Registrar Andrea McDaniel. “These options offer much-needed flexibility for students, recognizing that they continue to face ongoing disruption, unpredictable circumstances, and new challenges.” Brandon (MB)

BrandonU extends Pass/No Credit grading options to Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

St Clair College has officially unveiled its new $26.8M Sports Park. The new complex includes the Zekelman Tennis Centre, a sand volleyball complex, a women’s softball diamond, and a 1,500-seat soccer and football stadium. The Sports Park complex has been 10 years in the making after St Clair’s athletics fields were diminished in size due to the construction of a parkway. “It definitely has been our wish for the past decade to see the Saints come marching home onto campus on fields and diamonds reflecting their excellence and to provide an atmosphere and amenities, which would encourage substantial fan attendance,” said St Clair president Patti France. St Clair (ON)

St Clair unveils new Sports Park complex Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30

A recent article from the University of Alberta says that not only do around 70% of people experience imposter syndrome, but that it is even more common in grad students. The article says that acknowledging feelings of imposter syndrome is an important first step to understanding its impacts, and that finding others in similar positions to share these feelings with can help alleviate imposter syndrome through building community and support networks. Other strategies the article suggests include asking for professional help, resisting comparing oneself to others, and documenting positive feelings and accomplishments to review during future moments of imposter syndrome. Medium (International)

Managing imposter syndrome: Opinion Top Ten 11/23/2020 - 03:59 11/23/2020 - 03:30
Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have reported new COVID-19 cases. Nipissing University, Canadore College, Trent University, Fleming College, the University of Windsor, Western University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine are among the institutions that have recently reported positive cases among their respective community members. The institutions reported sanitizing areas where individuals may have been on campus, and taking measures such as working with local health units to conduct contact tracing as needed. CBC (Nipissing) | North Bay Nugget (Canadore) | Global News (Trent, Fleming) | CBC (Windsor) | CBC (NOSM) | Western (ON) New COVID-19 cases announced at ON postsecondary institutions Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan has signed a MOU with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) to increase USask’s Treaty education implementation and reconciliation. USask and OTC will work together on a variety of initiatives, including developing an action plan to support reconciliation, increasing postsecondary education accessibility for Indigenous people, and increasing student success and graduation rates. “We can move forward on this path to where systems of accountability can bring about authentic change ensuring the spirit and intent of Treaty in all areas of the university,” said Mary Culbertson, Treaty Commissioner, Office of the Treaty Commissioner. “OTC’s vision of Reconciliation through Treaty implementation, evaluation and mapping framework is a good place to start.” USask (SK) USask, OTC sign MOU to increase Treaty education implementation and reconciliation Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
The COVID-19 pandemic has moved conferences online, presenting new opportunities for providers to deliver on sustainability and accessibility, write Caleb Wellum, Anne Pasek, and Emily Roehl. The article describes three ways to make the most of the move to online conferences: using written feedback for richer sessions, using digital tools to make conferences accessible, and using new presentation formats creatively. “The disruptions of COVID-19 present an opportunity to rethink how we do conferences and workshops: to ask what they are for, who they benefit and how we can improve them, hopefully in ways that permanently reduce the amount of travel we do in a post-pandemic world,” write the authors. The Conversation (National) Making the most of the move to online conferences: Opinion Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has received a $1M gift from the family of Agamemnon A Kasapi. Kasapi immigrated to Canada with no higher education and founded Kasapi Construction. The gift will fund two student awards: The Agamemnon Kasapi and Family Scholarship, and a second undergraduate scholarship which will recognize outstanding students. “He encouraged us to work to get scholarships, seeing them as interim rewards before the long years of academia would pay off,” said Mario Kasapi, the current president of Kasapi Construction. “Now, through these scholarships, his legacy will be extending that opportunity to students at UVic far into the future.” UVic (BC) UVic receives $1M gift to support students Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
A McGill University student has launched a $1.5M lawsuit against the university; two student associations and three of their members; the McGill Daily newspaper and three of its journalists; and the student who made anonymous allegations of sexual assault. Le Devoir reports that the lawsuit argues that the student was the victim of irregularities in the student associations’ processes to investigate the complaint as well as to a breach of confidentiality. The allegations have not been proven in court. Montreal Gazette | Le Devoir (QC) McGill student launches $1.5M lawsuit alleging issues with process, confidentiality Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
What can leaders of postsecondary institutions do to support their faculty throughout the pandemic? A recent survey by the Chronicle indicates that - in the US context - faculty are tired, anxious, enjoying teaching less, and even considering exiting the academy, writes Katherine Streeter. A panel of postsecondary leaders discuss the challenges COVID-19 poses for faculty and give advice on how leaders can help faculty members thrive. The panelists describe the ways they helped their faculty deal with pandemic stress, such as significantly expanding decision making groups; using methodical, open communication to provide information; and ensuring that institution leadership works with faculty. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription Required) (International) Leading an institution through COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
Humber College and Seneca College have partnered with Global Innovation & Skills Development Canada (GISDC) through the Humber-Seneca Polytechnic Partnership (HSPP) to create an entrepreneurship incubation hub in Maldives. The hub is part of the Maldives Enhancing Employability and Resilience of Youth (MEERY) project and will focus on providing opportunities to youth and female entrepreneurs. The incubation hub will provide coaching, mentorship, and business expertise, and will support new venture development and improve talent retention. “This incubation hub is a great example of how the HSPP showcases the strengths of each of our institutions as we collaborate on important initiatives that create opportunities for youth in Canada and internationally,” said Seneca President David Agnew. Cision (ON) Humber, Seneca partner with GISDC to create entrepreneurship incubation hub in Maldives Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
Two brothers, Brian Ayotte and Gerry Ayotte, have established a fund to support St Paul’s College’s Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies. It will support the Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies as it promotes the study of faith, science, and environmental justice. The fund will be directed toward three areas: the support of the delivery of a course that examines “the holistic role of the Church relative to the environment,” the funding of a prize for the best term paper submitted for the course, and the support of an interdisciplinary biannual public forum. UManitoba (MB) Brothers establish fund to support St Paul’s Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
Zoom meetings can reinforce status hierarchies in higher ed, writes Joshua Kim. The article describes how those who have a higher status often tend to only attend important meetings, might join a meeting acceptably late or leave it early, and sometimes will wear more casual clothing than others in the meeting. Kim explains that when these status differentials are understood, they can be minimized in order to let those who are lower in the hierarchy be heard. “Those with more institutional power can speak less and listen more,” writes Kim. “We can question norms around having everyone turn on their cameras. We can explicitly equalize speaking time and priority by going down the list of attendees in choosing the order of speaking.” Inside Higher Ed (International) How to avoid using Zoom to reinforce status hierarchies: Opinion Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
A fraud investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets branch has resulted in charges for nine people connected to the Royal Institute of Science and Management – a private career college in Markham, Ontario. 680 News reports that the owners and employees are facing multiple charges, including fraud over $5K, after allegedly recruiting students to apply for the Ontario government’s second career funding program. This funding would then be paid to RISM for tuition and the students would receive diplomas without participating in classes or training. The accused are scheduled to appear in court in January. 680 News (ON) Nine people accused in scam involving private career college in Markham Top Ten 11/20/2020 - 03:57 11/20/2020 - 03:30
McGill University has chosen a new varsity sports team name after dropping the name “Redmen” in April 2019. Men’s sports teams will now be called the McGill Redbirds, which pays homage to the McGill sports clubs, teams, and events that used the name historically. The name was chosen after an open call for submissions, a request for feedback from the community on the top choices, and extensive deliberation by the naming committee. “Our varsity teams are a vital part of the McGill community and experience, and I am confident this new name is one that we can all be proud of,” said alumni Hubert T Lacroix, co-chair of the Men’s Varsity Teams Naming Committee. McGill | Times Colonist (QC) McGill decides on new name for varsity sports teams Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Northern Lakes College has partnered with the Town of Drayton Valley to ensure people living in the region can access postsecondary education. Starting in January 2021, students can choose to study from home or work, or can access their courses at Drayton Valley Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC). The partnership allows those in Drayton Valley and the surrounding area to further their education or learn new skills to prepare themselves for the changing economy. “We are committed to providing accessible and community-based learning opportunities and to finding collaborative ways to support the provincial goal of increased engagement in the post-secondary sector,” said Northern Lakes President Glenn Mitchell. Northern Lakes (AB) Northern Lakes, Drayton Valley partner to increase access to postsecondary education Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Athabasca University has partnered with D2L and Ellucian to create a unique, integrated learning environment. The new learning environment will bring together every aspect of online learning to improve the learner experience through using D2L’s Brightspace platform and leading-edge technology. Learners will be able to access data records, academic and financial services, credentialing, and learner support through the new platform. Additionally, AU will be able to use the new technologies to personalize the postsecondary experience for learners. “We continue to build the education experience of the future in this integrated learning environment that will bring an incredible new experience to our learners,” said AU President Neil Fassina. “We’re looking forward to partnering with D2L and Ellucian as we continue to relentlessly transform learning into the future.” AU (AB) AU, D2L, Ellucian partner to build new learning environment Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal’s faculté des sciences de l’éducation has announced that a new certificate program focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity will be available in 2021. The training aims to equip educators who work with children with disabilities, behavioural issues, or difficulty with adaptation. The program will additionally teach educators how to promote the integration of children from diverse backgrounds. UQAM Professor Manon Boily explained that the program can be combined with the university’s two other ECE programs for a bachelor’s degree. UQAM (QC) UQAM announces new early childhood education certificate Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
George Brown College has partnered with Erdiston Teachers’ Training College in Barbados to provide exchange opportunities for George Brown’s business and early childhood education students and faculty. The MOU allows for virtual and physical exchange opportunities, as well as joint research opportunities and business data analytics activities. “This MoU paves the way for our two institutions to engage in cutting-edge collaborative work that can be transformational,” said George Brown VP Academic Cory Ross. George Brown (ON) George Brown, Erdiston Teachers’ Training College sign MOU Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary instructors can increase student engagement by using K-12 teaching techniques within their classrooms, writes Janet Wood Varner, a veteran K-12 teacher and current postsecondary instructor. Varner found that students in the postsecondary classroom were used to instructors presenting information to students, rather than focusing on student engagement, and encourages postsecondary instructors to consider adopting teaching techniques from the K-12 classroom. These include total participation techniques, reflective activities, flexible student grouping, and exploratory activities, all of which can lead to increased student engagement and learning. “Research-based teaching should be practiced at all levels, joining a knowledge of content with effective teaching strategies and bridging pedagogy to andragogy,” writes Varner. Inside Higher Ed (International) Increasing postsecondary student engagement through K-12 teaching techniques: Opinion Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Durham College’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program has been officially accredited by the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). This recognition allows those who graduate from Durham’s program to qualify as an Associate Addictions Counsellor through CACCF. The certification will give Durham students an edge as they join the workforce. Graduates will also be able to work toward other CACCF certifications, such as the Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor certification. Durham (ON) Durham’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate accredited by CACCF Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
McGill-Queen’s University Press has partnered with Concordia University’s Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies to create a new publishing program, called the “McGill-Queen’s – Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies.” This new publishing program will reflect the disciplinary and methodological diversity characterizing the field. “Our new partnership with McGill-Queen's University Press reinforces the position of the Azrieli Institute as a leading academic center committed to the rigorous scholarly study of Israel in the spirit of academic excellence,” said Csaba Nikolenyi, Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. “I am very proud of this milestone that brings together two major Canadian institutions and look forward to shaping the next generation of Israel Studies scholarship.” Concordia (QC | ON) McGill-Queen’s University Press, Concordia Azrieli Institute partner on new publishing program Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto is launching a diversity census that will identify barriers to student success within its community. The survey, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the three U of T campuses, will inform strategies to identify and address barriers of access and inclusion. U of T says that it will be especially helpful to identify barriers faced by students in academic programs. “In order to advance equity for our students, we hope to develop a framework and a process in which various offices can make a request to use the data in an appropriate way, while respecting the privacy and confidentiality of our students,” said Micah Stickel, acting vice-provost, students. U of T (ON) U of T launches student diversity census Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Academic librarians are becoming more and more frustrated with the prohibitive cost and/or accessibility of e-books, writes Caroline Ball. The article describes how e-books are often prohibitively expensive for libraries to acquire, as a single copy of an e-book for a library is often much more expensive than a copy purchased by an individual. The author says that publishers do not see library e-books as a source of profit and so will restrict library access to these resources, not offer new editions in electronic format, or offer limited user formats. However, Ball writes that the lack of access to e-books is detrimental to academics and institutions that must restrict access to physical books. Times Higher Education (International) E-book inaccessibility detrimental to institutions: Opinion Top Ten 11/19/2020 - 03:56 11/19/2020 - 03:30
Bishop’s University has made a series of decisions that aim to support student completion of the semester and to reduce student stress and anxiety over the results of this semester. Students will be able to opt to have their numerical grade changed to a PASS grade for the Fall 2020 semester. The university has also extended the withdraw deadline to the last day of classes and stated that “no student will be required to withdraw from the University or from any program because of their fall 2020 academic results.” Bishop’s will additionally extend the upcoming winter break by one week, which will give students additional time to rest and quarantine if necessary. Bishop’s (QC) Bishop’s implements measures to decrease student stress and anxiety Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary is launching a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Framework to help students who are struggling. The student-focused framework uses a holistic approach to meet the needs of at-risk students who might otherwise fall through the cracks of the health care system. The framework’s action plan includes initiatives such as educating the campus community, identifying at-risk students, and transitioning students smoothly to treatment and return to campus. “Suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health systems are preventable,” says Debbie Bruckner, UCalgary senior director of student wellness, access, and support. “Through our innovative Suicide Awareness and Prevention Framework, we are focused on reducing risk, ensuring effective suicide prevention and intervention strategies and promoting healing and compassion across our campus.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary launches Suicide Awareness and Prevention Framework Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor is implementing mental health days to help reduce the stress and pressure employees are facing in the midst of COVID-19. Full-time employees will be allowed two paid mental health days, essential services employees will be given shift rotations, and employees will be given February 16th to 18th as “meeting-free days” to allow them focused time to accomplish their work. “You have stepped forward with flexibility, resilience, and determination to support our students, deliver our programs, continue your work as researchers and innovators, and ensure that the important work that is done across the University of Windsor continues,” UWindsor president Robert Gordon wrote. “It is my hope that these measures can bring some relief to the stresses that you may be experiencing in your work and personal life.” UWindsor (ON) UWindsor implements mental health days Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
A new study from Statistics Canada examines the labour market for graduates from postsecondary institutions three years after graduation. The study draws on data from the National Graduates Survey and focuses on those who graduated from a postsecondary institution in 2015. StatCan found that 4.9% of graduates were unemployed by 2018. 86% of graduates were working permanent jobs by 2018, and the study found that 81% of graduates were working in a field they considered closely or somewhat related to their program. Three-quarters (74%) of graduates felt qualified for their job and 83% reported feeling “very satisfied or “satisfied” with their work. StatCan (Release) | StatCan (Report) (National) StatCan releases labour market outcomes for 2015 graduates Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
Northern College has received an investment of over $1.5M from the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FEDNOR) toward the college’s Innovation Hub. Over $1.2M will be used on acquiring state-of-the-art equipment for the Hub, which will increase its research and development capacity, while the remaining $378K will be used to hire additional staff. “With a particular focus on mining technology, the Innovation Hub will focus on leading-edge, automation and advanced manufacturing, robotics and information and communications technology,” stated Northern College President Audrey J Penner. “The funding received on Friday will see our impressive 23,000-square-foot facility provide an experiential learning space to accelerate industry research and product commercialization.” Northern College (ON) Northern College receives over $1.5M to support Innovation Hub Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
NorQuest College is taking steps to remove barriers to postsecondary education for Indigenous learners. Indigenous applicants will be given the option of waiving their tuition deposit, which will prevent students without the financial resources to pay the deposit from losing their seat in their chosen program, being waitlisted, or being deterred from the program entirely. NorQuest has also developed admission minimums in high-demand programs in order to address the under-representation of Indigenous students. Additionally, NorQuest will develop a holistic Indigenous Admissions Model, which may consider the lived experiences, knowledge, and achievements of Indigenous students in determining program eligibility. NorQuest (AB) NorQuest removes barriers to education for Indigenous students Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
University of Toronto Scarborough has broken ground on a residence building that will expand the current residence capacity at UTSC by 750 beds. The residence will include single and double occupancy bedrooms, accessible suites, study areas, a rooftop garden, and a food servery and dining hall where students can access meals seven days a week. Additionally, the Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing and Student Housing & Residence Life will be housed in the new building. UTSC says that this is also one of the largest passive house projects in North America. “This residence building signals our commitment to providing world-class education by investing in vital institutional infrastructures,” said Desmond Pouyat, dean of student experience and wellbeing. UTSC (ON) UTSC breaks ground on residence building Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of Ottawa’s support staff have voted to ratify the tentative agreement that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the university reached on October 29th. On November 10th, the university announced that the agreement had been approved, and union members voted to ratify the three-year retroactive deal by electronic ballot. The three-year agreement spans from May 1, 2019, to April 30, 2022. The University of Manitoba and the UMFA have additionally reached tentative deal and averted a strike. CBC states that union members will vote on whether to accept the deal later this week. UOttawa | CBC (ON | MB)

P.S. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) has ratified the University of Manitoba’s latest offer. UManitoba
UOttawa support staff vote to ratify agreement, UManitoba, UMFA reach tentative deal Top Ten 11/24/2020 - 14:50 11/18/2020 - 03:30
Seneca College has launched a new applied research facility called the Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences (SCILS). The SCILS will allow students, faculty, and industry partners to collaborate on the development of technologies and products that will be used in diagnostics and cosmetics. “Applied research partnerships between industry and academia have always been integral to the regional innovation ecosystem,” said Ben Rogers, Dean of Seneca Innovation. “The impacts of these partnerships become clear when businesses grow and highly-qualified students get a head start in building their careers.” Seneca (ON) Seneca launches SCILS research facility Top Ten 11/18/2020 - 03:59 11/18/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University has launched the Next-Generation Cities Institute, which will combine research from 14 university research centres to engage with sustainability and resiliency within city planning. Over 200 researchers from a wide variety of disciplines will have the opportunity to contribute to projects focused on sustainability. “As an institute, we want to build new knowledge about the integrated, sustainable design of our urban environments, passing from the technical, to the built, to the socio-cultural qualities of the city, and we want this knowledge to be shareable with other cities around the world,” said Carmela Cucuzzella, Associate Professor, Design and Computation Arts at Concordia. Concordia | Montreal Gazette (QC) Concordia establishes Next-Generation Cities Institute Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
The list of postsecondary institutions that have been approved as Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) with COVID-19 readiness plans has been updated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and now includes hundreds of postsecondary institutions from across Canada. These institutions are now able to actively work with international students as they travel to Canada to study. Study International has additionally created a guide for international students who are planning to travel to Canada, which includes an explanation of how to identify if their institution is approved by the government, what they will need before they travel, and the expectations around quarantine. Canada | Study International (National) New institutions have COVID-19 plans approved by IRCC Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
There are a variety of different ways to show a research project’s “significance” in order to win SSHRC funding, writes Letitia Henville. The author describes strategies for writing SSHRC project proposals that will show a project’s intellectual significance, social significance, cultural significance, and economic significance. The article also details how a well-written proposal can prove the significance of a project and the capability of the researcher. “Significance is a broad term, and stating that your work is generally important seems insufficient,” writes Henville. “If you can articulate one or more categories in which you seek to make a significant contribution or change, you’ll be more likely to persuade your reviewers that your work is worth funding.” University Affairs (International) How to show a project’s worth: Opinion Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business has unveiled its Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room, which contains 16 state-of-the-art Bloomberg terminals. The terminals, gifted by alumnus Gordon Rawlinson, provide students up-to-date access to resources and data. Students can access the data and resources from different locations during COVID-19 through the software’s at-home learning capabilities. “The resources available through the Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room add to our employability,” said Jeremy Riddell, fourth-year finance student and Bloomberg Terminal Ambassador. “We are developing practical skills that allow us to deliver value immediately as new graduates in the workforce.” USask (1) | USask (2) (SK) USask unveils new finance room, Bloomberg terminals Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University’s has announced that its Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education has become a Bachelor of Kinesiology program. The new program name reflects changes in student interest and course content and has been redesigned to prepare graduates for careers in health, rehabilitation, fitness, and education. “Our definition of kinesiology is the art and science of human movement,” says Louis Mattar, Chair of the Kinesiology programs at VIU. “Our course content is about human movement from a physical, social and psychological standpoint.” VIU (BC) VIU announces Bachelor of Kinesiology program Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Mount Saint Vincent University is launching a tuition waiver program for people who have previously been in foster care. The program will cover all tuition and fees for eligible students of all ages. The program will start as a pilot in January 2021, with a full launch planned for September 2021. “At MSVU, we embrace the diversity of our community and are committed to efforts that advance equity, inclusion and accessibility across all facets of our university and beyond,” said MSVU President Mary Bluechardt. “MSVU was founded more than a century ago based on a commitment to removing barriers to education and this commitment still runs deep.” MSVU reports that it is the first university in Atlantic Canada to launch this kind of program. MSVU (NS) MSVU launches tuition waiver program for students previously in care Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced the opening of its new Wells Gray Education and Research Centre. The new building will provide research opportunities for students and researchers from a wide array of disciplines. The centre, which was made possible through gifts, grants, and contributions from donors such as the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation, will be officially opened on November 24th. “TRU has deep appreciation for the significance of this land to the First Nations surrounding Wells Gray,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “We are grateful that our students have the opportunity to access and learn from the rich ecological diversity in the area.” TRU (BC) TRU announces opening of Wells Gray Education and Research Centre Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) has extended their strike deadline by 24 hours, delaying a potential strike. The strike deadline was originally Saturday, but UMFA will continue mediation with university administration for an additional 24 hours to negotiate faculty wages for the 2020-21 school year. According to CBC, this extension means that the earliest a strike could occur would be this morning. CBC (MB) UMFA extends strike deadline by 24 hours Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Humber College has developed a new approach to global opportunities that allows students to “study internationally from home” to earn an elective credit. Humber students have the opportunity to participate in the International Exchange Program, which was created and hosted by Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, and learn about other cultures, develop lasting friendships, and practice communication in a cross-cultural setting. “As the world expands and becomes more interconnected, there is a need for graduates who can work in cross-cultural environments. Organizations are seeking students who are global citizens, have intercultural communication experience, virtual teamwork, and critical thinking skills,” said Rebecca Fitzgerald, Humber’s Associate Director of International Mobility and Strategic Partnerships. Humber (ON) Humber students gain cultural experience through International Exchange Program Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Humber College has developed a new approach to global opportunities that allows students to “study internationally from home” to earn an elective credit. Humber students have the opportunity to participate in the International Exchange Program, which was created and hosted by Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, and learn about other cultures, develop lasting friendships, and practice communication in a cross-cultural setting. “As the world expands and becomes more interconnected, there is a need for graduates who can work in cross-cultural environments. Organizations are seeking students who are global citizens, have intercultural communication experience, virtual teamwork, and critical thinking skills,” said Rebecca Fitzgerald, Humber’s Associate Director of International Mobility and Strategic Partnerships. Humber (ON) Humber students gain cultural experience through International Exchange Program Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30
Holland College has named its McMillan Centre for Community Engagement in honour of former college president Brian McMillan, who served for 13.5 years. The centre is part of a campus redevelopment project that was undertaken while McMillan was the college’s president, and features a gym, fitness centre, meeting rooms, and more. “Brian provided strong leadership and direction in all aspects of the college’s growth during his 13.5 years as president,” said the college’s current president Alexander MacDonald. “Holland College and the Holland College Foundation are proud to commemorate his significant contribution with the naming of the McMillan Centre for Community Engagement. His dedication and commitment to our college, our students, and to the greater community has left a remarkable legacy.” Holland College (PEI) Holland College names centre in honour of fifth president Top Ten 11/17/2020 - 03:40 11/17/2020 - 03:30

Graduates of Ontario pharmacy programs have had their Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) exam delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The exam, which had been scheduled for May, was postponed until November, and subsequently postponed again for some students. Many reported receiving only 48 hours’ notice that the exam had been cancelled. CBC reports that postponing the exam puts the graduates’ careers on hold, and keeps them from filling front-line roles in pharmacies giving flu vaccinations and performing COVID-19 tests. “It’s very hard for us because most of us are carrying over $100,000 in debt right now and we've had to start repaying our loans,” said Michelle Wang, student president of the University of Toronto’s pharmacy program. CBC (ON)

ON pharmacy graduates have OSCE tests postponed due to COVID-19 Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal will develop the développement d’un écosystème fédéré et interconnecté (DÉFI), an interconnected digital learning environment that will bring the ten universities in the UQ network together. The web platform will connect learning management systems that UQ instructors already use, such as Moodle and Mahara, to support communication between professors and students, facilitate student evaluation, and organize course management tools. Students will be able to log into the system from a single point of entry. The project is part of a $40M investment from the Québec Government that is aimed at enhancing educational success and meeting training needs. UQAM | UQ (QC)

UQAM to develop DÉFI to bring UQ network together Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

A polite kind of racism is smothering Canada’s BIPOC graduate students, writes Karine Coen-Sanchez. The author describes conducting a survey of racialized students and a series of panel discussions for BIPOC students. Most participants reported that they faced racism, but were told not to question it. Additionally, many students reported being told to downplay experiences of racism, avoid conflict, and see their experiences as exaggerated. The article calls for challenging the status quo through the recruitment of more racialized faculty and through questioning social structures of whiteness that normalize the suffering of racialized people. “Ideally, we must challenge and unscramble anti-racism to reinforce policies and structures in our universities, in our teaching, and in our research, in order to promote the need for systemic change,” writes Coen-Sanchez. Univeresity Affairs (National)

Polite racism in Canada’s graduate schools: Opinion Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

The District of Squamish has released a statement which expresses concern over Quest University’s signed agreement with Primacorp. Specifically, the District is concerned that the agreement does not reflect the community’s interests. The statement explains that for 20 years, Squamish has contributed to QuestU’s vision, with the intention of QuestU benefitting the community. “We know Quest staff and the Board of Governors have the best of intentions, but I believe more due diligence is required and I have grave concerns over the future of the University’s brand, reputation and ultimate success, and will continue to engage with Quest leadership to ensure our voice is heard,” said District of Squamish Mayor, Karen Elliott. Squamish (BC)

District of Squamish concerned over QuestU’s agreement with Primacorp Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

Canada’s business schools have creatively rethought leadership courses which would normally be offered in person. The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business’ leadership retreat went virtual with pre-recorded lectures, instructional videos, and Zoom sessions. Memorial University’s business administration faculty created a multimedia resource for MBA students to use on a consulting project that had previously been out-of-classroom. Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business’s “Fit to Lead” program went virtual, with online workouts and health sessions. Western University launched a virtual trip which promoted online collaboration and allowed students to demonstrate abilities in basic Portuguese and Spanish over Zoom. “It will never replicate the actual experience, but at least we have invested in technology to give students a feel for it,” said Lucas Monzani, Ivey assistant professor and trip organizer. The Globe and Mail (National)

Canadian business schools take leadership courses online due to COVID-19 Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

New Brunswick Community College has signed articulation agreements with Limerick Institute of Technology in Limerick, Ireland. The agreements allow graduates from seven NBCC programs to enter the third year of a number of LIT degree programs. “We recognize that, in times of economic uncertainty, decisions about post-secondary education take on special significance,” said Ann Drennan, Vice-President Academic and Research at NBCC. “Prospective students want to ensure they make the right decision between college and university. Because of pathway agreements like these, NBCC students don’t have to choose; they can have both.” NBCC (NB)

NBCC, LIT sign pathway agreement Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College has announced that it will offer a one-time Social Service Worker diploma program at its Parkland campus. The program, which is the latest in a series of programs added to Parkland campus offerings, will have space for 25 students. The program will prepare graduates to address social challenges in a variety of different contexts, including health centres, social service departments, mental health services, and schools. “With this diploma in high demand, we are happy to give those in the parkland region the opportunity to receive training in this area,” said Karen Hargreaves, Dean, School of Health and Human Services at ACC. ACC (MB)

ACC to offer Social Service Worker program at Parkland campus Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College has announced it will open a campus in Fox Creek, Alberta. Beginning in January 2021, residents of the town will have local access to the college’s programs and services. “Northern Lakes College is excited to partner with the Town of Fox Creek to offer access to post-secondary education in the community,” said NLC President Glenn Mitchell. “Our model is to provide opportunities to students to engage in training and further education at home, so that they do not have to leave their communities.” NLC has campuses in over 50 other communities in Alberta. NLC (AB)

NLC to open campus in Fox Creek Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

The journal and symposium systems must adapt to meet the demands of the 21st century, writes Richard Oliver. While journals have traditionally been considered more important for career progression, Oliver suggests bringing written submissions and recorded verbal presentations together for peer review. This would enable journals to organize talks into symposiums, which would allow for discussion and feedback from academics anywhere in the world. Additionally, data on people watching the talk at the beginning and the end would give information about the speaker’s esteem and impact. Times Higher Education (International)

Journal, symposium systems should modernize by coming together: Opinion Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30

George Brown College has partnered with The Rekai Centres to provide clinical placement opportunities for Personal Support Workers in long term care facilities. The initiative will allow students to complete their placements, which were affected due to COVID-19. Through a Blocked Placement Model, small groups of students will participate in “intensive, immersive” training eight hours per day, four days per week. “The global pandemic severely disrupted PSW education for students and post-secondary educators,” said GBC president Anne Sado. “Not only is this new clinical model providing students with the on-the-job experience they need to succeed, it’s also ensuring that Ontario has a stable, well-trained PSW workforce now and in the future.” GBC (ON)

GBC, The Rekai Centres announce innovative approach to PSW training Top Ten 11/16/2020 - 03:56 11/16/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University has announced that it will be extending its holiday break, delaying the start of the new semester until January 13th, to respond to students’ difficulties with stress and fatigue. “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” said Concordia Interim Provost Anne Whitelaw, who encouraged students to “take good care of yourselves and each other.” The delay will also give staff a break, since campus services will stay closed an extra week. CTV News adds that while the Winter semester will have the same length as originally planned, other deadlines and time frames – including paying tuition, final exams, and the start of summer term – will be delayed. CTV News (QC) Concordia announces delayed winter semester in response to student stress, fatigue Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Universities across Canada have been experimenting with different approaches to reducing student partying and the spread of COVID-19. However, the article says institutions have found that the success of COVID-19 reduction protocols always comes down to the private actions of students. While some institutions have chosen a tougher approach of tightening student codes of conduct and cracking down on students who do not follow the rules, many are using a gentler approach which encourages student buy-in and instructs students on what they are allowed to do. “There are so many opportunities for growth – and mistakes,” says Kate McCrae Bristol, dean of students at Wilfrid Laurier University. “There are authorities in our community who we work with who can apply those punitive measures, but it’s our duty to help students work through this period. We’re here to educate.” University Affairs (National) Universities balance tough sanctions for COVID-19 infractions with gentler persuasion Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
St Lawrence College has launched an Addictions and Mental Health program that will prepare students to meet the growing need for mental health workers in Ontario. The two-semester graduate certificate program is offered fully online and will prepare graduates to work within the mental health field in a variety of services, including hospitals, homeless shelters, and crisis response services. “This program is another example of how SLC delivers training and educational opportunities that meet the needs of our communities and employers,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “With the expertise of our faculty, students are equipped with the skills and hands-on experience needed to start their careers upon graduation.” SLC (ON) SLC launches Addiction and Mental Health graduate certificate program Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University has released a plan that will see non-academic staff will begin to gradually return to campus on November 23rd. Employees will transition to a minimum of two days a week on campus, with the intention of a full return in 2021. MUN says that this return will increase student access to support and services. “Since transitioning to remote work in March, Memorial staff have shown incredible dedication, professionalism, nimbleness and tenacity,” said Mark Abrahams, MUN provost and vice-president (academic). “It’s now time to start working towards a new normal for Memorial. Gradually bringing staff back to campus will help to increase support levels to fulfil the academic mission and is an important step in the eventual return of students to campus.” CBC | MUN (NL) MUN plans transition back to campus for non-academic staff Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Georgian College and Mentora College of Business & Technology have announced that they have established a program pathway agreement. This partnership allows graduates of MCBT’s diploma program in Business Administration Management to receive six course exemptions towards a Georgian Business Diploma or Business Administration Advanced Diploma. Graduates of MCBT’s Hotel management program will also receive six course exemptions from Georgian’s Hospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management Diploma or the Hospitality Administration Advanced Diploma. “Through this pathway agreement we can provide additional opportunity for Mentora College students to further their education and to experience Georgian College and its status as a leader in co-op education in Ontario,” said Kevin Weaver, Georgian’s VP Academic. Cision (ON) Georgian, MCBT partner in program pathway agreement Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Camosun College has unveiled a new logo in preparation for its 50th anniversary in 2021. The logo was designed by Coast Salish artist and Camosun alumnus Dylan Thomas, whose research on the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations history and pre-history of the region formed the “baseline foundation for the design.” “I started thinking about the word Camosun which means where two waters meet and are transformed,” said Thomas. The new design represents the narrative legend of Camossung, the protector of the Tillicum Narrows waterways, and includes an image of herring to represent the fish offered to Camossung by the Protector. Camosun (BC) Camosun unveils new Indigenous-designed logo Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Athabasca University’s PowerEd and the Rick Hansen Foundation have partnered to launch a new online Accessible Spaces 101 course. The 16-hour self-guided course has no pre-requisites. The course will teach students how they can support a diverse workforce or customer base, how they can improve accessibility in work and living environments, operations, and service delivery, and how accessibility can be built into project goals. “Making spaces inclusive for all fits directly with AU’s mission of removing barriers for all learners to increase access to education,” said Jessica Scott, Director of PowerEd. “This is how we enable the transformation of communities, and this starts by looking at the built environment that surrounds us.” AU (AB) AU, Rick Hansen Foundation partner on new accessibility course Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
Conestoga College has joined the Consortium of Virtual Exchange (CoVE) as a founding member. The CoVE platform will allow Conestoga students to work virtually with students around the world on joint projects. CoVE will additionally share best practices and outcomes of research. “Virtual exchange is a meaningful educational experience that provides a global perspective for students,” said CoVE Executive Director Wendi Hulme. “This tool can intensify and complement an active and meaningful discourse on global issues, encompassing opportunities to work interdisciplinary while enhancing multiple and multimodal literacies.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga joins CoVE, enabling student international collaboration Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
North Island College is expanding their Employment Transition Grounds & Custodial Assistant program to their Campbell River campus. The 26-week program provides students with diverse learning needs the opportunity to learn the basics of grounds maintenance, horticulture, light cleaning, and custodial work. Students also participate in a work experience placement, enabling them to practice custodial or grounds maintenance duties. “It’s a program that’s aimed squarely at helping students put a solid floor beneath their feet, to have those core skills to work in the custodial or grounds maintenance sectors,” said Kathy O’Donnell, Chair of NIC’s Department of Accessible Learning. NIC | (BC) NIC expands Grounds & Custodial Assistant training to Campbell River campus Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30
University of Lethbridge musicians have partnered with Gilbert Paterson Middle School’s band program to offer virtual mentorship to beginner wind students. Middle school students join musicians enrolled in ULethbridge’s Wind Orchestra and pair off into breakout rooms, where they receive one-on-one instruction under the mentorship of the ULethbridge musician. “In the long run, it’s only going to help them because they’re getting focused sessions with other musicians, and it’s a good experience for the university students because learning to teach is completely different than learning to play music,” said recent graduate of the ULethbridge’s BMus program and current Wind Orchestra member Gerald Rogers. ULethbridge (AB) ULethbridge musicians partner with middle school on virtual mentorship Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 03:54 11/13/2020 - 03:30

New Brunswick Community College has signed articulation agreements with Limerick Institute of Technology in Limerick, Ireland. The agreements allow graduates from seven NBCC programs to enter the third year of a number of LIT degree programs. “We recognize that, in times of economic uncertainty, decisions about post-secondary education take on special significance,” said Ann Drennan, Vice-President Academic and Research at NBCC. “Prospective students want to ensure they make the right decision between college and university. Because of pathway agreements like these, NBCC students don’t have to choose; they can have both.” NBCC (NB)

NBCC, LIT sign pathway agreement Top Ten 11/13/2020 - 19:19 11/13/2020 - 19:19
Acadia University has received a $2M gift from Acadia alumnus Nancy McCain and her husband, which will be used to support the Campaign for Acadia. The donation will support a reimagined Students’ Union Building, which will house the proposed Centre for Student Success and other services, people, and programs. It will also support the extension of Acadia’s campus mental health services. “From the very beginning, the Campaign for Acadia has aimed to support the aspirations of our students and faculty and give them the resources they need to sustain Acadia’s reputation as a premier liberal arts university,” said McCain. “Bill and I are delighted to contribute to Acadia today so that current and prospective students have vital resources that will ensure their personal and academic success now and in years to come.” Acadia (NS) Acadia receives $2M gift from alumnus toward Campaign for Acadia Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
Instructors should try to narrow the focus of their courses to enhance student retention, writes Terry McGlynn. The author explains how students in classes that cover broad topics tend to retain less than students in classes with a focused topic. McGlynn further adds that instructors of classes that cover a lot of material often find it difficult to teach in a way that promotes learning. “The more successful you are at paring down what you are going to teach, the more you can teach so that students can learn it deeply,” writes McGlynn. “Introducing students to a concept, but not taking the time to actually support their learning it, rarely does any of them a useful service.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Paring down course content for student retention: Opinion Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
“After the pandemic hit, international students at Canadian universities were faced with a choice: continue their studies in Canada or return to their home countries to study remotely,” writes Marisa Coulton of Maclean’s. Drawing from the results of the International Prospective Student Study (IPSS), which was conducted by Academica Group and Maple Assist throughout this past summer, Coulton describes how the pandemic threw the future of international students into uncertainty. The article contains interviews with students from around the world who applied to attend Canadian postsecondary education in Fall 2020, and discusses how they have been impacted by the pandemic. Maclean’s (National) COVID-19 and the lives of international students in Canada Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
Georgian College has established a partnership with Magna International Inc. The five-year agreement, which is supported by a $1M investment in the college, will see the creation of the new Magna Mechatronics Lab and new scholarship opportunities. Additionally, it will support research and development opportunities and programming around co-op and post-graduate employment. “This investment underscores Magna’s commitment to help develop future-ready graduates, their own workforce as well as support research collaborations to deliver innovative solutions for the benefit of the advanced manufacturing sector,” said Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “Ensuring Georgian has state-of-the-art equipment and exceptional learning spaces will prepare our students to lead when they graduate into this dynamic, evolving global industry.” Georgian (ON) Georgian, Magna partner through $1M investment Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
NorQuest has launched a new two-year interdisciplinary Energy Management Diploma. Through the program, students will learn about the energy sector with a particular focus on the business side of the industry. The program will train students in new and innovative technology trends such as project management, microgeneration, supply chain management, and community energy and emissions planning. “Alberta excels in various forms of energy from oil and gas to solar and wind and this new program provides an opportunity for students with limited energy experience or those looking to transition from technical careers in the energy industry to be a part of Alberta’s energy future,” said Sandra Moore, Dean of NorQuest’s Faculty of Business, Environment, and Technology. NorQuest (AB) NorQuest launches interdisciplinary Energy Management Diploma Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has announced that it will create a Top Executives and Strategic Management Hub, which will be committed to becoming an international reference in understanding the work done by executives. The hub will be dedicated to research on the work of executives and the strategic challenges they face, and will additionally act as a resource for senior managers and their management teams. The Hub will rely both on HEC Montréal instructors and on the support of external collaborators. HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal announces Top Executives and Strategic Management Hub Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
Many postsecondary institutions are not effectively preparing their students for a career after graduation, writes Paul Fain, and students are frustrated by this. In the US context, Fain writes that many internship opportunities have been cut and jobs have been cancelled. Additionally, many students say that their instructors, who normally might provide mentorship or career advice, are less available due to COVID-19. As the job market rapidly evolves due to COVID-19, students need their institutions to offer reliable career advising and become frustrated when they do not. The article concludes by saying that career readiness should be a part of every class and that it is vital in helping students feel that their postsecondary education will be worthwhile. Inside Higher Ed (International) Students want better career preparation: Opinion Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières will be moving to a new university campus in Quebec City. The future campus will include modern facilities, refined architecture, and an accessible location where students, faculty, and staff can carry out their work and studies in a positive environment. The campus is expected to open to the community in Summer 2021. UQTR will move the programs that are currently offered at the Bellevue Complex to the new campus when construction is complete. UQTR (QC) UQTR celebrates plans to move to new campus in Quebec City Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
The King’s University has launched a career and vocation office, called the Career and Calling Centre, that is focused on helping current students and graduates find careers or learn more about graduate studies. Employees at the centre also hope that it will provide a space for students to better equip themselves for the future and live a meaningful life. “It is very inspirational to see students engaged in establishing career development skills, getting out of their shells, learning how to present themselves to the professional world, and becoming more confident about their futures,” said Tetyana Khramova, vocational counsellor at the new centre. King’s U (AB) King’s U launches Career and Calling Centre Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
CBC reports that athletes are criticizing Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)’s response to a recent open letter. After RSEQ made an Instagram post in June about Black Lives Matter, students wrote an open letter asking the organization to demonstrate how they have taken steps to support inclusion and diversity and to fight racism. Students felt that RSEQ’s subsequent response was dismissive and did not address the issues brought up by the letter. “I just feel like, do they care about us outside of our jerseys?” said third-year Concordia Stingers athlete Nelly Owusu. “They haven’t taken any procedures since the Instagram post — the trendy Instagram post. They haven’t reached out to the BIPOC athletes in the league.” CBC | RSEQ (QC) Student athletes criticize RSEQ’s response to open letter addressing inclusion, diversity, racism Top Ten 11/12/2020 - 04:00 11/12/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are hosting ceremonies of remembrance for Remembrance Day in online and socially distanced formats this year. Memorial University hosted a virtual Remembrance Day livestream that will be available as a recording after the ceremony. Carleton University created a commemorative video, which was filmed on campus and will remain on the Carleton home page throughout the day. Thompson Rivers University held a Remembrance Day Ceremony on YouTube Premiere, which includes an Elder’s message, prayers, and a moment of silence. Memorial | Carleton | TRU (National) Institutions host virtual ceremonies for Remembrance Day Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada is providing up to $750M in addition to its original $1B to accelerate the Universal Broadband Fund with a goal of connecting 98% of Canadians to broadband internet by 2026. Canada has also committed $600M to work with Telesat to provide Canadians high-speed Internet capacity through Telesat’s low Earth orbit satellite constellation. These investments will support those who are working or taking classes from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada | Canada (National) Canada increases Universal Broadband Fund to $1.75B to connect Canadians Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Brandon University and the Department of National Defence have signed a MOU that allows members of the Canadian Forces to access postsecondary education even while deployed overseas. The agreement streamlines the process of awarding transfer credits for specific military training, as well as providing greater course and exam flexibility for students who are completing classes while deployed. The agreement further lays the groundwork for future collaboration on defence- or security-related programs. “This MOU is an acknowledgement that it is an important bit of business for BU, and an indication to the military that we take this initiative seriously,” said Gary McNeely, Coordinator of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition at BrandonU. “Their knowledge is worthy of serious consideration, their skills are real and vital, and appropriate to recognize — especially this close to Remembrance Day.” BrandonU (MB) BrandonU, Department of National Defence sign MOU Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Fanshawe College is hosting several student-focused initiatives for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, and their families. Through the Fanshawe Funder campaign, the college will be supporting military-related bursaries, academic credits for students who have completed military training and experience, and the recruitment of a student ambassador. The college will also be presenting military-connected graduates will be presented with a unique coin to recognize their success, and is partnering with Terry Kelly for ‘Operation – A Pittance of Time,’ to help Canadians remember to take time on Remembrance Day to remember the sacrifices of serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Fanshawe (ON) Fanshawe celebrates military-connected students through initiatives, partnership Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Lethbridge College and Enel Green Power have partnered to train students from the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta in wind energy through Lethbridge’s Wind Turbine Technician program. The collaboration will see the two parties work together to support Lethbridge’s Indigenous Circle of Services programming, create student awards, and develop experiential learning opportunities for Piikani Nation learners. Students participate in a variety of experiential opportunities, including safety training, the opportunity to build and test wind turbines in Lethbridge’s wind tunnel, and VR experiences. “We appreciate the efforts of Enel and the Lethbridge College Wind Turbine Technician program for supporting our Piikani Nation students,” said Doane Crow Shoe, Piikani Nation Councillor. “We will continue to support the efforts in which our members will learn and promote renewable energy.” Lethbridge Herald | Nation Talk (AB) Lethbridge, Enel Green Power partner to provide wind turbine training for Indigenous students Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions in Ontario are continuing to experience community COVID-19 cases. Cambrian College has reported that an undisclosed number of community members have tested positive for COVID-19, but adds that there has been no outbreak on campus at this time. A student at St Clair College has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was participating in a placement at Windsor Regional Hospital, and also participated in a lab on campus before receiving test results. The University of Windsor has issued a strong reminder to its campus community to follow COVID-19 prevention protocol after four UWindsor students who were attending placements at the Windsor Regional Hospital tested positive for COVID-19. CBC reports that the students did not contract COVID-19 from the placements. CBC | St Clair | UWindsor (ON) ON postsecondary institutions experience COVID-19 cases Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg has launched a two-year Master in Environmental & Social Change (MESC) program. Students will be able to choose from three graduate degree specialization options: Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Environment. Students in all specializations will complete training designed to bridge social and natural science with humanities research. “From the implications of COVID-19 to managing the social and ecological impacts of energy production, there is an urgency to address human impact on the environment,” said UWinnipeg Associate Professor Nora Casson. “This exciting and unique program will help to produce the creative, collaborative thinkers needed to solve existing local, regional, and global problems.” UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg launches two-year MESC program Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Mohawk College has launched its Challenge 2025 program, which makes postsecondary education more accessible to vulnerable people in targeted neighbourhoods through satellite or mobile classrooms. Challenge 2025 will expand Mohawk’s City School program to accommodate around 4,000 students over the next five years. Mohawk also plans to open a Rapid Skills Training Centre and will continue to connect students with “life stabilization” supports so that they can join the workforce. Additionally, Mohawk is considering partnering with institutions in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia to test the City School model in other parts of Canada. “We do think it really has the potential to change how we train people, to change the way we get people into employment and change the way we get people out of poverty,” said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. Mohawk | The Spectator (ON) Mohawk launches Challenge 2025 Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Bow Valley College has outgrown its current 1,500 space in Okotoks, and will be relocating its regional campus to the Okotoks Arts and Learning Campus in January 2022. The move will allow the growth for programs that had been limited by lack of space. “Our regional campuses offer a blend of in-class and online learning, giving students the option of earning a diploma or certificate that is both convenient and flexible,” said BVC President Misheck Mwaba. “We will incorporate new technology in this new Okotoks campus, which will improve how we deliver education there.” The new space will be designed to include four classrooms, student flex seating, and office space. BVC (AB) BVC plans relocation to Okotoks Arts and Learning Campus Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
Admissions tests, like the SAT and ACT, are coming under increasing scrutiny, write Brock University Professor Louis Volante, Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies Associate Dean Christopher De Luca, and University of Waikato Professor Don A Klinger. Canadian high school students who wish to attend postsecondary institutions in the United States will notice that many US universities will not require these tests for admission for the fall 2021 semester. The authors write that though some say entrance exams ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success, critics say that the exams make teachers teach to the test and can have racial, gender, and economic biases that disadvantage some students. The article concludes by saying that universities that previously relied on these tests are turning to alternative metrics to decide which students to admit. The Conversation (International) University entrance exams under scrutiny, institutions moving to alternative assessment Top Ten 11/11/2020 - 03:39 11/11/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto have announced a new partnership model with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The new model allows the city to put forth research priorities, which HEIs can then pursue. The pilot supports eight COVID-19 recovery research projects by eight Toronto institutions: Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, OCAD University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, University of Toronto, and York University. “Our government recognizes that research and innovation are important ways to better understand and manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Canada Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Innovation and Industry) said Navdeep Bains. “It is heartening to see so many higher education institutions partnering with government to delve into some of today’s biggest challenges.” Toronto (ON) Canada, ON, Toronto announce new partnership model with Toronto HEIs Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
Since the end of the loan repayment freeze, CBC reports that students across Canada have faced difficulties with the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC). Students reported statements that show missed payments, experienced unauthorized bank withdrawals, and cited a lack of information about repayment assistance. Additionally, they described long wait times – or even no answer – on the NSLSC phone line. “Students have really been hurt through COVID-19,” said Nicole Brayiannis, national deputy chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “They’re really feeling the financial effects of this, and they’ve received little to no financial relief from the government. So now is the time that they really need the government to be prioritizing student needs, and that’s simply not been the case.” CBC (National) Students report problems with NSLSC since end of loan repayment freeze Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has released Budget 2020, which includes a $59.5M investment into a province-wide micro-credential strategy. The funds will be used over three years to create an online portal of micro-credential training opportunities, develop new programs, launch a public awareness campaign, and develop a virtual passport. eCampusOntario states that it will work with partners to “develop a virtual passport for lifelong learning” through its common framework, which guides the development of micro-credential initiatives. “Ensuring that learners are able to access skills and competencies as part of their career preparation and reskilling is essential to building social and economic resilience,” said Robert Luke, CEO of eCampusOntario. “When micro-credentials are delivered online, learners can access flexible education and training when and where they need it.” Colleges Ontario | Accesswire (eCampus Ontario) (ON) eCampusOntario, partners to collaborate on ON micro-credential strategy Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced that the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Exceptional Opportunities Fund will provide almost $28M in research infrastructure support to those researching COVID-19. 79 projects at 52 Canadian universities, research hospitals, colleges, polytechnics, and cégeps will receive support. Some of the projects supported by the fund include a project at Dalhousie University focused on advancing research related to COVID-19 vaccines, a project at Cégep André-Laurendeau in LaSalle developing social distancing monitoring technology, a project at University of Windsor focused on wastewater screenings, and a project at University of Calgary researching how COVID-19 affects blood vessels. Innovation (National) Canada announces funding for postsecondary research infrastructure Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association have agreed to bring in a mediator to help with negotiations as faculty move toward a potential strike on November 16th. CBC reports that the union is asking for a “modest” pay increase, a more equitable salary grid, and more supports for faculty members who are caring for others due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC also reports that the Manitoba government has asked UManitoba to seek a 2.5% reduction in faculty labour costs. “We’re working more hours. We’re teaching more students than ever with the same size workforce we had last year, so I really have no idea how we could cut our expenditures,” said UMFA President Michael Shaw. CBC | CBC | UManitoba (MB) UManitoba, UMFA bring in mediator, continue negotiations Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
Brock University will introduce two new pathway programs to enhance postsecondary education accessibility. The Open Studies pathway will allow people of any age or educational background to take part-time courses without being registered in a full certificate or degree program. Fresh Start allows students to be admitted based on high school records, giving students with previous postsecondary experience a clean slate. “Fresh Start and Open Studies directly respond to the needs of our community and the desire of more people to have access to post-secondary education,” said Lynn Wells, Brock Provost and VP, Academic. “The social and economic benefits of a post-secondary education are well established by research. Universities like Brock have a responsibility to make them as accessible as possible to their local community.” Brock (ON) Brock launches two pathway programs Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
Humanities professors face pressure to be charismatic performers and to be personally engaging, especially now that classes have gone online due to COVID-19, writes Eva-Lynn Jagoe. The author describes how discouraging it can be to not have physical feedback, like a smile or nod from students, to reflect engagement. However, reflecting on the experience of teaching yoga, Jagoe explains how students can have intense inward concentration while focusing on themselves, and provides several points or ‘tenets’ to keep in mind while teaching. “What matters most is that I teach clearly and precisely so that students can incorporate the benefits of the class material for themselves,” writes Jagoe. University Affairs (National) Clear, precise teaching allows students to inwardly engage: Opinion Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
Niagara College and Pathstone Mental Health have signed a MOU that will expand future student placement opportunities. The collaboration will increase the number of placements at Pathstone for students in Niagara’s Community and Health Studies Division, and see the partners to explore additional placements in programs such as Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant, and Recreational Therapy. “Community partnerships like this are the cornerstone of the applied education we offer at Niagara College, creating opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience in their area of study while supporting an integral community agency,” said Niagara’s VP Academic Fiona Allan. “We applaud Pathstone for its continued commitment and support for higher education.” Niagara (ON) Niagara, Pathstone partner to expand student placement opportunities Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture Technician Foundation Program students are transforming a lawn and garden area into a drought-tolerant meadow to explore environmentally sustainable lawn alternatives. Through the project, students will test drought-tolerant lawn seeds mixes, conduct turfgrass mix trials, and plant flowering perennials. Students also have been supported by industry with training become certified Allan Block installers and training with new insect identifying equipment from a biological control company. “We are grateful for the industry support we have received,” said Jessica Gemella, VIU Horticulture Technician Program instructor. “It is through these relationships that we have been able to enhance student experiences, helping to develop skills related to current approaches to landscape methods and materials that are relevant to the local environment.” VIU (BC) With industry support, VIU students transform lawn into environmentally sustainable meadow Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30
A snowstorm that battered multiple provinces over the weekend forced several postsecondary institutions to shut down their campuses and work on snow removal services. In Saskatchewan, both the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic stated that they had closed their Saskatoon campus doors temporarily due to the storm, and Great Plains College closed its campuses. In Lethbridge, Alberta, the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College closed their campuses in response to the extreme weather. MSN (AB) | CKOM (SK) | SaskPolytech | Swift Current Online (AB | SK) Sunday winter storm in prairies closes campuses Top Ten 11/10/2020 - 03:39 11/10/2020 - 03:30

Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute and the College of the North Atlantic have renewed and expanded a five-year agreement. This agreement allows graduates from 19 three-year diploma programs offered by CNA the ability to ladder into MUN’s one-year Bachelor of Technology program. The Bachelor of Technology degree is offered online, and can be completed on a full or part-time basis. “Our expanded agreement continues to provide a clear pathway for students from College of the North Atlantic to further their education with an undergraduate degree from Memorial University by recognizing their post-secondary achievements at the diploma level and providing them with additional academic and career opportunities,” said Glenn Blackwood, VP of Memorial University (Marine Institute). CNA (NL)

CNA, MUN expand partnership to offer Bachelor of Technology degree Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal and Library Archives Canada (LAC) have signed a five-year MOU that will see the sharing of expertise and knowledge, research, and technology. The agreement will include training programs, workshops and placement opportunities, as well as sharing primary source document collections and research facilities. “I am delighted about this collaborative agreement with Library and Archives Canada, which will contribute to the development of innovative digital projects for the benefit of research, teaching and the student experience at the Université du Québec à Montréal,” said UQAM Rector Magda Fusaro. UQAM | LAC (QC)

UQAM, Library Archives Canada sign collaboration agreement Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Online quizzes can be used to carry more instructional weight, writes Zachary Nowak. The article describes how frequent, low-stakes quizzes can enhance learning. The author gives quizzes before covering new material to test what students already know, and students complete the same quiz as many times as necessary after completing the material. The article argues that doing this activates pedagogical techniques such as prediction, the testing effect, and interleaving. Students predict answers, which helps with recalling the information when they do learn it. Instructors can include review questions to help students remember previous material. “Asking automated quizzes to carry more of the burden of instruction is an excellent way to use the strengths of the digital environment,” writes Nowak. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Designing better automated quizzes: Opinion Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Douglas College has announced that it will be launching its 13th bachelor’s degree – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing – in January 2021. Students in the new BBA in marketing will be able to choose from four concentrations: digital marketing and communications management; professional selling and sales management; hospitality marketing; and trades marketing. Graduates will be able to write the American Marketing Association and the Canadian Professional Sales Association certification exams. “The Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing fits elegantly into the suite of business degrees offered at Douglas,” said Thor Borgford, Douglas’s Vice President, Academic and Provost. “It creates exciting new career pathways and opportunities for our business students.” Douglas (BC)

Douglas announces new BBA in Marketing Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Despite the semester’s added complications due to COVID-19 and online learning, institutions in Québec are reporting decreased or steady dropout rates between Fall 2019 and Fall 2020. Cégep de Sherbrooke and Cégep de Granby have reported a decrease in dropout rates by 0.75% and 2.15% respectively this term. Bishop’s University has reported no change. Le journal de Montréal reports, however, that the pandemic is having an effect on the mental health of students, with Université de Sherbrooke reporting a 19% increase in its mental health services. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Dropout rate decreases, remains steady at some Cegeps Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Statistics Canada has released labour market outcome data for college and university graduates from the years 2010 to 2016. The data released includes median employment income for various educational qualifications, fields of study, age groups, genders, and student statuses in Canada. The data also shows the difference in median income among STEM and non-STEM graduates. CBC examined the data specific to PEI and found that two years following graduation, university degree holders in the province earned 12% less than those across Canada. Statistics Canada | CBC (National)

StatCan releases labour market outcome data for PSE graduates Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the United Kingdom’s UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have collaborated on a quantum technologies program, which will see eight projects share a Canadian investment of $4.4M and a UK grant of £2M. The projects will be each taken on by one UK business lead and one Canadian academic lead. The University of Waterloo will co-lead a project on quantum technology in communications networks. Université de Sherbrooke will co-lead a project on the development of microelectric circuits for use in quantum technology. McGill University will co-lead a project that researches how silicon might be used in quantum computing. NSERC (International)

NSERC, UKRI collaborate on quantum technologies program Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions across Canada are holding convocations in innovative ways to celebrate the graduation of students while prioritizing community safety. Mount Royal University held a drive-in convocation with the help of public health authorities. Those on stage practiced social distancing and the lecterns were sanitized between speakers. Nova Scotia Community College held a virtual ceremony, with credentials mailed to graduates. St. Clair College had seven virtual fall convocation ceremonies which tried to replicate an in-person ceremony. McGill University pre-recorded four convocation ceremonies, which are available on its Virtual Convocation Hub. The University of Prince Edward Island is planning to celebrate its Class of 2020 with its class of 2021, with an in-person convocation that is being planned for May 2021. Calgary Herald | Algonquin Times | I Heart Radio | Halifax Today | McGill | CBC (National)

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Postsecondary institutions hold innovative convocations due to COVID-19 Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College has received a $1M donation from Sunrise Credit Union to support the development of the Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture. The Centre will enable ACC to expand its enrolment, offer new programming, and help meet the demand for technical and specialized jobs in the Canadian agriculture industry. The college plans to expand the number of students enrolled in agriculture, environment, and agricultural technology from 300 to 800. “The college has long focused on providing leadership in agriculture and this donation is a significant step toward this major undertaking in expanding training to meet current and emerging labour demands,” said ACC president Mark Frison. The Western Producer (MB)

ACC receives substantial donation for expanding agricultural training Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30

In a recently published academic article, York University Professor J Paul Grayson takes a look at the Maclean’s magazine rankings and their use of NSSE student satisfaction data. Rather than a definitive hierarchy, Grayson concludes that data used by Maclean’s instead suggests that institutions can be divided into various “satisfaction clusters,” and that there are more similarities between and among Canadian universities than differences. The author urges caution to students and parents who use the rankings to assess the merits of different universities for enrolment decisions, as well as to institutions who may be tempted to “view one’s institution as ahead of the pack” or use the rankings to make policy decisions. Canadian Journal of Higher Education (National)

The inappropriate ranking of Canadian universities: Grayson Top Ten 11/09/2020 - 03:54 11/09/2020 - 03:30
The controversy surrounding Canada Christian College and its application to create new degree programs and become the Canada University and School of Graduate Theological Studies has continued to escalate. The Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition (OUCC), which represents over 435,000 faculty, staff and students, has issued a statement expressing concern with the legislation related to the institution and arguing that it should be denied university status. CBC reports that a video has emerged of ON Premier Doug Ford sending personal birthday wishes to CCC head Charles McVety in 2019. The article further states that the college has not completed ON’s official independent process for approving degree programs. CBC | OCUFA (OUCC) (ON) Canada Christian College controversy continues to escalate in ON Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University and Athabasca University have partnered to help graduate students and their supervisors overcome challenges which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The two institutions will collaborate on graduate student access to remote professional development, faculty member access to professional development on graduate student supervision, and developing opportunities that support graduate student training and supervision. “The professional development of graduate students and their supervisors is considered an essential element in the delivery of modern graduate education and graduate studies faculties are working hard to meet their needs,” said Shawn Fraser, dean of AU’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. “By working together, we will be able to strengthen and improve opportunities for graduate students and supervisors at AU and MUN.” AU (NL | AB) MUN, AU partner on graduate student, supervisor support Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Faculty members have the responsibility to create an inclusive environment that does not encourage student involvement in intradepartmental issues, write Ronald J Threadgill, Nicholas C Burbules, and CK Gunsalus. The article says that faculty should remain professional during intradepartmental clashes; be role models in how to have difficult conversations; and refrain from encouraging students, who are already in vulnerable positions, to engage in departmental controversies. The authors recommend that faculty members should use reflection to consider the sources of conflict, assess their goals, create strategies for reducing conflict, and strengthen their self-awareness. “How we deal with these matters, and how students see us deal with them, communicates more about our educational priorities than anything we overtly say,” the authors write. Inside Higher Ed (International) Being an effective leader during intradepartmental controversies: Opinion Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Canadian universities are developing new technology and performing new research to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. A Biosafety Level 3 lab at the University of Calgary that had been closed for about a decade has been reopened to allow researchers to study the live SARS-CoV-2 virus. A team from the University of Alberta will be leading a consultation with Canadians via a national survey that will help immunization campaigns to be effective. A team from the University of Guelph is testing a technology - which previously was used to decontaminate fruit - for its applicability with personal protection equipment. The technology would be more environmentally friendly and could allow for the reuse of surgical gowns and N95 masks. CBC | CBC | CBC (National) Canadian universities innovate to stop spread of COVID-19 Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Northern College, the City of Timmins, and The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed have signed a MOU to improve the environmental conditions around Porcupine Lake. The five-year partnership will see an increase in a variety of environmental activities and plans, including community-based workshops, fish and wildlife counts, and the planting of a memorial garden and an Indigenous sacred garden. “Seeing the ways in which we can work together with the teachings of those both here now and before us to improve the circumstances of this lake and the watershed it feeds will be intrinsic to continued wellness being sought in all that we do here at Northern,” stated Lillian Trapper, Chair of the Northern College Indigenous Council on Education (NCICE). Northern College (ON) Northern College signs MOU to improve Porcupine Lake ecosystem Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Parks Canada has established its first research chair in aquatic restoration at the University of New Brunswick. UNB Biological Sciences research associate Kurt Samways has been chosen for the chair, which is funded by a contribution of $500K from the Atlantic salmon recovery project. “We’re proud to host Parks Canada’s first Research Chair, strengthening our capacity to deliver ground-breaking marine, coastal and freshwater science research and learning opportunities across our institution and particularly on our Saint John campus,” said UNB President Paul J Mazerolle. “Our students, our communities, our national parks and our future will be the beneficiaries of this partnership.” UNB | Cision (NB) UNB, Parks Canada establish aquatic restoration research chair Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU) have worked together to organize a digital month of advocacy to meet the changing needs of postsecondary students. The organizations will focus on five major priorities: “expanding access to trade re-skilling, reducing mental health barriers for Indigenous post-secondary students, streamlining the ability for international students to work in Canada, improving access to affordable childcare, and increasing the Canadian Research Granting Agencies student scholarship funding.” The month of digital advocacy will represent 365,000 students. Nation Talk (National) CASA, QSU organize digital month of advocacy Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
King’s University College has launched a new program that guarantees meaningful employment to its graduates within six months of their graduation. The King’s Promise will focus on student engagement and career development, while giving students valuable experiences to put on their resumes. If students are unable to find meaningful employment after six months, they can participate in additional career preparation and take undergraduate courses free of charge for a year. “The King’s Promise will prepare our graduates to animate workplaces that put emphasis on the values of growth, development and personal fulfilment for individuals and the community, consistent with our mission at King’s,” said King’s UC Principal David Malloy. King’s (ON) King’s launches The King’s Promise program to guarantee graduate employment Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Students do not know enough about the skilled trades to understand if they would like to pursue them, writes Tim Carson of BCcampus, and counsellors additionally often lament that they do not have enough information about the skilled trades. The author says that many counsellors are surprised to hear that programs for the skilled trades are similar in length to university or college pathways, and that graduates are paid well for the work they do even though the work is difficult. To combat the “apathy gap,” Carson says that more advocacy needs to be done for the skilled trades. “Trades should not be considered a consolation prize for those “deemed” unable to enter the university or college pathways,” said Carson. BCcampus (National) Students, counsellors need more information about skilled trades to bridge “apathy gap”: Opinion Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 03:54 11/06/2020 - 03:30
Mount Allison University has partnered with the Three Nations Education Group Inc (TNEGI) through a MOU that will improve educational opportunities for First Nations students. The partnership will enable MtA and TNEGI to plan, develop, and implement strategies to support Indigenous youth through educational opportunities and community-based projects. “Mount Allison is honoured to begin this new partnership with the Three Nations Education Group through the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding,” says MtA President Jean-Paul Boudreau. “As an institution, we recognize that reconciliation can only be truly achieved in partnership with our First Nations communities. I look forward to seeing the creation of the Institute as well as future projects and initiatives from this collaboration.” MtA (NB) MtA, TNEGI partner to improve opportunities for Indigenous students Top Ten 11/06/2020 - 10:26 11/06/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will be amending legislation to help internationally trained professionals begin working in their professions in the province. The proposed amendments are intended to remove barriers through a number of measures, including simplifying the administration of the act, creating a duty for regulators to ensure requirements and assessments for a profession are necessary, and requiring the regulated professions to work with postsecondary institutions and employers to ensure internationally educated applicants can address gaps and meet registration requirements. “Many newcomers to Manitoba are highly educated and possess in-demand skills and experience, and we want to help them keep their skills up to date so they can rejoin their professions more quickly after arriving in Manitoba and help grow our economy,” said Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. MB (MB) MB announces plans to amend legislation for internationally trained professionals Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Trent University’s School of Graduate Studies has launched an Interdisciplinary Social Research (IDSR) PhD program. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary study, including research, social inquiry, and leadership. It also provides students with experiential learning and mentorship opportunities. “This degree will offer students a pathway into both academic and non-academic research positions in a range of fields including education and caring professions, business and management, and the social sciences,” said Trent Dean of Graduate Studies Craig Brunetti. “The Interdisciplinary Social Research PhD will allow Trent to train the next generation of social science scholars providing advanced research capacity and leadership in a wide range of social science disciplines.” Trent (ON) Trent launches new IDSR PhD program Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Trent University’s School of Graduate Studies has launched an Interdisciplinary Social Research (IDSR) PhD program. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary study, including research, social inquiry, and leadership. It also provides students with experiential learning and mentorship opportunities. “This degree will offer students a pathway into both academic and non-academic research positions in a range of fields including education and caring professions, business and management, and the social sciences,” said Trent Dean of Graduate Studies Craig Brunetti. “The Interdisciplinary Social Research PhD will allow Trent to train the next generation of social science scholars providing advanced research capacity and leadership in a wide range of social science disciplines.” Trent (ON) Trent launches new IDSR PhD program Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
The University of Lethbridge has announced it will be offering two new part-time graduate certificates that will provide professionals with training in public health. The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics will teach students how to manage and report on the findings of epidemiologic studies. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Program and Policy Planning and Evaluation will train students in creating health programs, and help students develop an understanding of health policy. “Our graduate certificates are ideal for students and working professionals who would like to expand their knowledge and skills in public health,” says Cheryl Currie, associate professor in ULethbridge’s Faculty of Health Sciences. ULethbridge | (AB) ULethbridge introduces two new graduate certificates Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
North Island College has announced the expansion of their carpentry foundation program through the launch of a Carpentry Foundation Harmonized certificate at the college’s Campbell River campus. Students in the program will achieve level 1 technical training and complete work-based training hours. They will earn a variety of carpentry skills, preparing them to enter the industry as apprentice carpenters or to continue their training to achieve apprenticeship levels 2-4. “Construction trades continue to be in high demand,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC Dean of Trades & Technical Training. “This new offering means double the number of students will be able to take the program and students in the Campbell River area will be able to learn in shop space closer to home.” NIC (BC) NIC offers new Carpentry Foundation Harmonized certificate Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Humanities can be a good choice for grade 12 students who are considering what field to pursue, writes Shawna Dolansky, Associate Professor in the College of Humanities at Carleton University. Citing a report from the Royal Bank of Canada, the authors note that skills commonly developed in the humanities, such as cultural awareness, language and adaptability, critical thinking, and problem solving will be in high demand in the future. The author writes that humanities students are often able to find well-paying jobs, and that in the current context, the workforce will require people who are conscious of others’ perspectives and experiences. “Technological skills, vocational training and scientific disciplines are clearly essential,” concludes Dolansky. “But humanities make scientists better at their work and as people, a fact that employers are increasingly coming to recognize.” Ottawa Citizen (National) Humanities provide students with high demand skills: Opinion Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Saint Mary’s University has launched a new teaching, learning, and research hub called the Wicked Problems Lab. The lab is designed to tackle local and global “wicked problems,” which are difficult or have even been deemed impossible to solve, by bringing together big data, analytic techniques, and resources. The lab will offer problem-based learning activities for classes, deliver training to community members, and enable students to work with a full-time research analyst. “We invite students and faculty to bring us their wicked problems, and we will work them to find a solution,” said lab director Matthew Novak. “We can help find data and use a host of analytical software that will help in understanding the complexity of the problem and contribute to our pursuit of new knowledge and solutions.” SMU (NS) SMU launches Wicked Problems Lab to tackle issues through big data, analytics Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Université de Saint-Boniface has received new funding to bolster training for early childhood education (ECE) and help meet the increasing demand for professionals in the Francophone early childhood sector in Manitoba. The two projects that the university will be undertaking include updating an introductory program, which includes integrating a course on Indigenous perspectives into ECE, and identifying a new way of delivering and improving a two-year diploma in ECE. The projects have received a combined $460K from the Association des colleges et universities de a francophonie canadienne (ACUFC). USB (MB) USB receives funds for early childhood training, projects Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
British Columbia’s Supreme Court has delayed its decision regarding a human rights complaint against the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s handling of a sexual assault complaint by Stephanie Hale. In 2018, CTV News reports that the BC Human Rights Tribunal found partly in favour of Hale. The complainant claims that after reporting the alleged assault to UBCO employees, she was discriminated against based on sex and disability, and was not directed to relevant resources on options open to her. The judge has reserved his decision after hearing arguments from university lawyers and Hale. CTV News | CBC (BC) BC supreme court delays human rights complaint decision against UBCO Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
McGill University’s law students will be staging a sit-in to oppose Quebec’s Bill 21, which prohibits public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. The protest will take place outside the municipal courthouse just before a challenge to the law is due to begin in the Quebec Superior Court. The Muslim Law Students’ Association and the Radical Law Students’ Association of McGill’s Law Faculty say that it will be “peaceful and socially distant.” “As law students we feel it’s important to speak out,” said third-year law student Emily Knox. “Under Bill 21, many of my peers in law school will be barred from public employment for their religious beliefs, and our justice system will be worse off for it.” Montreal Gazette (QC) McGill students plan protest over Bill 21 Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions should design courses so they can be offered both online and in-person, writes Joshua Kim. The author writes that structuring courses for online delivery increases resiliency, enabling courses to pivot to remote offering if necessary. This design also increases flexibility in allowing courses to be offered at different times or through hybrid delivery methods. The author argues that the quality of courses also increases if instructors work with instructional designers to create engaging courses. Additionally, Kim says that designing courses as online courses improves extensibility, enabling institutions to repackage courses into alternative credential programs. “Even if the original use is face-to-face,” writes Kim, “courses born online lend themselves to transformation for alternative online offerings.” Inside Higher Ed (International) Every course should be designed for online delivery: Opinion Top Ten 11/05/2020 - 03:41 11/05/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced an additional $204M for anti-pandemic measures in Indigenous communities and institutions. The new funds include $25M for Indigenous postsecondary institutions facing increased costs. “This will help retain staff, adapt courses for online learning and implement public health and safety measures like additional handwashing stations and safe space barriers,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller added that the pandemic has had a particularly hard impact on children and young people, and that “we must ensure that they get the necessary support to be able to learn and to thrive in a safe environment.” APTN News | CTV News (Canada) Canada announces additional funds for Indigenous early learning, postsecondary education Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Camosun College has launched a five-month pilot program that allows high school students the opportunity to take courses in technology and engineering at the postsecondary level. The program is intended to allow students to smoothly transition to postsecondary studies while simultaneously completing high school and postsecondary credits. Courses are currently online due to COVID-19, but Camosun hopes to incorporate tours, industry speakers, and work experience placements into the program when it is possible again. “When it comes to trades and technology programming, our program delivery and regional approach is unique,” says Nicola Priestley, Director, South Island Partnership at Camosun. “Our students have given us great feedback that they’re loving the Camosun courses, and they’re keen to explore electronics and computer science at a deeper level.” Camosun (BC) Camosun pilots dual credit program Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $26M in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Doctoral Fellowships competition. The funds will support 540 doctoral researchers over the next four years in a variety of research projects, including in areas of climate change, sustainable food systems, Indigenous languages, law and environment revitalization, cannabis use, and trauma. “SSHRC’s investment in research is a demonstration of our commitment to supporting the high-calibre students of today and the change-makers of tomorrow,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “Their research findings and insights will be critical to making sense of the evolving world around us.” Nation Talk | Canada (Canada) Canada announces $26M investment in SSHRC competition Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto’s Ethiopic program has surpassed a $500K fundraising goal thanks to a $30K gift from The Weeknd. The funds will support the Ethiopic program in offering at least one Ge’ez language course each year. The release says that the U of T is the only university in North America to regularly offer Ge’ez language courses. “U of T’s Ethiopic studies will illuminate to the world the hidden, untouched millennial scripts in Ge’ez and uncover rich texts of philosophy, grammar, mathematics, astronomy, history, medicine and law,” said Tessema Mulugeta, president of Bikila. “During this modern age, current and future generations of U of T students can continue to access Ethiopia’s past and unlock tantalizing deposits of wisdom from distant eras of human history.” U of T (ON) U of T Ethiopic program surpasses $500K fundraising goal Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Capilano University has announced that it will be offering a new concentration in Film Producing to students in its Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program. Students who choose this concentration will learn about producing and film business affairs, including planning, ethics, and sustainability. The program also offers instruction in a variety of other areas, including financing models, contracts, promotion, legal requirements, and sustainable production management. “The Producing concentration empowers students to specialize in film business affairs and producing, gaining in-demand skills that are needed in today’s rapidly evolving and growing motion picture industry,” says Ted Gervan, dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at CapilanoU. “This development represents an exciting step forward for the BMPA program.” CapilanoU (BC) CapilanoU announces new Film Producing concentration Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Olds College has received a donation of 10 Red Angus heifers through a Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society initiative. Olds’ Technology Access Centre (TAC) for Livestock Production will be using the herd for a research project on feed intake and efficiency. Each heifer was donated by a different Red Angus producer from Western Canada, resulting in a herd with genetic diversity that will be beneficial for the research. The herd will also be used as a part of academic courses and students may be involved with the cattle through extra-curricular activities. The Western Producer (AB) Olds receives herd of Red Angus heifers for research project Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Carleton’s Music Department has partnered with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO) to give classical music students the opportunity to develop their skills while gaining performance experience. Experienced professional musicians will mentor and teach Carleton students, who will take part in chamber ensembles and orchestra settings. As part of the launch of the partnership, the CDCC recorded a series of concerts to be aired on OSO’s ReJOYce series. “CDCC literally sets the stage for this new collaboration between Carleton Music and the OSO,” said Alexis Luko, assistant director of Carleton Music. “We’re excited to launch our collaboration with a focus on performance, mentorship and experiential learning.” Carleton (ON) Carleton, OSO partner for performance experience opportunities Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Universities, with their leadership in research, can help the Greater Montréal community adapt to life after the pandemic, write McGill University President Suzanne Fortier and Université de Montréal Rector Daniel Jutras. The authors say that universities should use their expertise to tackle challenges associated with post-pandemic realities such as city redesigns, ethical deployment of technology, and redefining the rules of community life. Additionally, the authors write that Montréal’s university campuses should collaborate with their surrounding neighbourhoods to “transform the urban area into a living laboratory where the results of applied research can be tested.” The authors call for the city’s universities to use their students’ energy to restart Montréal. The article is co-signed by other leaders of education in Montréal. Montreal Gazette | La Presse (French) (QC) Universities can help Montréal adapt to post-pandemic realities: Opinion Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
The College of New Caledonia’s newest building has been renamed following a donation of $500K worth of equipment from Finning Canada. The facility is now called the Finning Heavy Mechanical Trades Training Facility. Finning has supported the institution in numerous ways in the past, according to CNC, and most recently donated a variety of tools and equipment that include toolbox sets, engines, transmissions, pumps, and axles. “We’re very grateful for Finning’s continued support and investment in the success of CNC students,” said CNC president Dennis Johnson. “Community and industry partners continue to drive the educational experience forward at CNC and open avenues for students to gain employment.” Prince George Citizen (BC) CNC renames building in honour of Finning’s contributions Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
Individuals associated with McMaster University, Niagara College, and Lethbridge College have tested positive for COVID-19. Niagara states that one member of its community, who was last on campus on October 24th, tested positive. Niagara stated that it has assisted Niagara Region Public Health in contact tracing for the case. An individual from an external company who was on McMaster’s campus on October 26th tested positive for COVID-19. McMaster states that the building the individual was in has been thoroughly cleaned. CBC reports that Lethbridge has experienced a COVID-19 outbreak of seven cases within a powerline technician program cohort. An advisory from Alberta Health Services says risk is minimal due to the isolated nature of the cohort and that any close contacts have been contacted. CBC | Niagara | CBC (ON | AB) McMaster, Niagara, Lethbridge announce positive COVID-19 cases Top Ten 11/04/2020 - 03:54 11/04/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Alberta has invested $15M in a partnership with Mitacs to support the creation of 3,800 internships in key economic sectors for postsecondary students. The partnership will see internship opportunities aligned with priority sectors identified in AB’s Recovery Plan. “This funding will help Alberta businesses solve their innovation challenges by connecting them to top post-secondary talent so they can expand their companies, create jobs and grow the provincial economy,” said Mitacs CEO John Hepburn. “At the same time, these opportunities provide Alberta students with invaluable practical skills, applied research experience, and business contacts that will help them get jobs.” Alberta | CTV News (AB) AB, Mitacs partner to create internships Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has partnered with TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, to enhance work-integrated learning (WIL) programs. The WIL programs address the needs of British Columbia’s evolving economy while offering opportunities in STEM disciplines, skilled trades, business, and entrepreneurship. Participants will be able to access a variety of opportunities that will enhance their skills and experience while preparing them for a variety of careers. “As a leading polytechnic Institute, BCIT is committed to providing the ultimate future-proof education to our learners,” said BCIT Vice President, Academic Tom Roemer. “This unique partnership with TRIUMF will create far-reaching opportunities for our learners to meet the ever faster changing demands of the workforce.” BCIT (BC) BCIT, TRIUMF partner on WIL programs Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), and the University of Illinois System have signed a MOU to create and launch the binational Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium. The consortium, which was a key recommendation from the council’s Great Lakes, Great Minds report, will provide a platform that will enable institutions to discuss regional socioeconomic and environmental issues. “Learning, discovery and innovation are fundamentally collaborative endeavours,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “To address the big challenges and opportunities facing the Great Lakes region, our two countries and our world, we need to work across disciplines, sectors and borders. That’s why partnerships such as the one we’re launching today are so important – and so hopeful.” U of T | UIllinois (ON) U of T, CGLR, University of Illinois System create Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
The Association of Atlantic Universities has reported enrolment drops for institutions in the region, especially among first year and international students. AAU states that full-time enrolment has declined by 1.3% year-over-year. Full-time visa students declined by 6.6% overall, and all but six Atlantic universities reported a decline in international student enrolment. “Any enrolment decline is a concern, especially among first-year and international students,” explained AAU Chair and Université Sainte-Anne President Allister Surrette, “however, the results illustrate the strength and stability of the university sector in Atlantic Canada at a time when the pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many people and other sectors.” CTV News (Atlantic) AAU reports drop in enrolment for Atlantic universities Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
A new US study done on the effects of student biases on TA evaluations indicates that students may evaluate male TAs more positively than female TAs. In the study, one TA posed as a male TA to one section of the class and as a female TA to the other section of the class. The putative female TA received five times as many negative evaluations compared to the putative male TA. Additionally, the data shows that female students were much more likely to evaluate the female TA negatively. The article describes how these negative evaluations can prevent TAs from pursuing a career in academia while also affecting hiring decisions and career progression. Inside Higher Ed (International) Study finds that female TAs receive more negative evaluations than male TAs Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Langara College’s Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) program has confirmed its accreditation with the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). The program had previously been licensed with the CMTBC, but has now transitioned to national accreditation, which ensures that the program’s students will continue writing the board licensing exams and practicing professionally. “Achieving accreditation with the CMTCA, the national accrediting body for massage therapy education in Canada, showcases the quality of the program we offer at Langara,” said Jen O’Sullivan, Langara Program Coordinator. “It also recognizes the inherent value in massage therapy education accreditation and the quality improvement process it supports.” Langara (BC) Langara’s RMT program confirms CMTCA accreditation Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Carleton University has broken ground on its new Engineering Design Centre. The centre will provide dedicated space for undergraduate students as they collaborate on fourth-year Capstone design projects. The three-storey, 25,000-square-foot facility will feature a maker space, design studios, workshop bays, a central atrium, and meeting and lounge space. “The best learning environments inherently combine both theory and practice,” said Faculty of Engineering and Design Dean Larry Kostiuk. “By investing in this newly-established space for hands-on education, we look to expand Carleton’s longstanding commitment to experiential learning.” The building is expected to open its doors in Fall 2021. Carleton (ON) Carleton breaks ground on experiential learning facility Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled online, in-person, and applied classes until November 4th after experiencing a cybersecurity attack. SaskPolytech is currently assessing the extent of the attack with assistance from experts and law enforcement. The institution stated in a press release that “there is no reason to conclude at this point that any personal information has been compromised.” The release says that students and staff can use personal devices to safely access some services through direct web access. CTV News | CBC (SK) SaskPolytech cancels classes in response to cybersecurity attack Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Police report that over 150 people attended a Halloween party held at a townhouse in a student neighbourhood near Western University. Western states that it has extended its student code of conduct to cover off-campus infractions. “We are at the height of the second wave of this pandemic and we need everyone to commit to this shared responsibility and remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19,” said Jennie Massey, Western associate vice-president of student experience. Western is working with London Police Services and municipal bylaw officers to gather information about the party. CTV News | Western Gazette (ON) Over 150 people attend party in student neighbourhood near Western Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Some University of Windsor students and faculty are calling for change after a professor said a racial slur at least twice in class as an example of racist language students would encounter when reading an assigned text. The instructor apologized the next day for using the word. CBC reports that in a letter to the university, members of UWindsor’s Researchers, Academics, and Advocates of Color for Equity in Solidarity (RAACES) expressed “grave concerns” over “overt anti-Blackness” at UWindsor. “In this incident, Blackness was used as a tool to educate white students,” reads the letter. “The action was hurtful and violent to Black students.” CBC (ON) Students, staff at UWindsor outraged after instructor uses racial slur in class Top Ten 11/03/2020 - 03:39 11/03/2020 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University is planning to centralize its early childhood education program, research, and non-profit day-care services into one building. The three components are currently located across TRU’s campus, but the new centre will bring them together in a unique way, creating an early years learning hub in British Columbia’s interior. TRU will be submitting an application for the project to Kamloops council in November. “It’s like this perfect community of practitioners, children themselves, those who are learning to be teachers and researchers,” said TRU dean of faculty of education and social work Airini. “It’s that combination of teaching, research, practice, which makes it available for informing policy and for helping our community develop in really good ways.” Kamloops This Week (BC)

TRU to submit plans for unique early years hub Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced that the National Research Council of Canada will support a number of COVID-19 related research programs under its Pandemic Response Challenge program. Three universities will receive funding through the program, which supports research and development that meets specific needs identified by Canadian health experts. The University of British Columbia will receive $147K for a contactless sensors project, and OCAD University will receive $150K to develop guidelines and functionalities for virtual care software. The University of Toronto will receive $200K for two projects: $100K will support a project focused on rapid COVID-19 tests, and the other $100K will support a project focused on visual detection of SARS-CoV-2. Canada (National)

Canada announces funding for COVID-19 research and development projects Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

Carleton University has launched a new platform, PANL Perspectives, through its master and graduate diploma programs in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (PNL). The platform will generate and curate “evidence-based resources and insights about philanthropy and non-profit leadership,” and will contain resources that inform students about Canada’s charitable sector. Articles on the platform include topics such as leadership and governance, social justice and change, public policy, fundraising, and social finance. “The intention behind PANL Perspectives is tied to our approach in delivering the PNL programs,” said Calum Carmichael, interim supervisor and professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). Carleton (ON)

Carleton launches PANL Perspectives platform Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is exploring expansion into eSports through running a pilot online eSports program. The pilot eSports competition is sponsored by ACAC and will take place in November 2020. The program could include participants from 17 or more postsecondary institutions in Alberta. “Discussions about hosting an ACAC sponsored eSports competition have occurred in the past however conditions created by the challenges of Covid-19 restrictions accelerated ACAC planning,” writes ACAC. “This is a pilot project to evaluate interest amongst the post-secondary student population and additional events may be scheduled in the future based upon the outcome of a post-event review.” Portage College (AB)

ACAC explores expansion into eSports Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) have reached a tentative agreement that could end UOttawa’s support staff strike . This tentative agreement was reached after a mediator joined the talks on Wednesday. Staff have been directed to go back to work until union members are able to vote on the deal. No information on the deal has been released, and the date for the vote is still unknown. CBC | Ottawa Citizen (ON)

UOttawa, support staff reach tentative agreement Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) will be holding a strike vote over the latest contract’s wage re-opener clause. UMFA president Michael Shaw says that faculty feel they must hold a strike vote because of their concerns, but that they do not want to strike because of pandemic complications and challenges for students. CBC reports that UManitoba students have also raised concerns regarding a potential strike, saying a faculty strike would exacerbate the stress faced by students already facing isolation and mental health issues due to the pandemic. In response to the possibility of a strike, the University of Manitoba Students’ Union plans to poll students on what they would like to see done if faculty go on strike. CBC | Global (MB)

UManitoba faculty hold strike vote, students fear repercussions Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

Aurora College will become Aurora University in 2025. Aurora College has released its implementation plan, which outlines four areas of specialization: skilled trades and technology; earth resources and environmental management; northern health, education and community services; and business and leadership. CBC reports that specific details, such as where the main campus will be and what courses will be offered, have not yet been determined. Chris Joseph, NWT government director of Aurora College transformation, said that a key priority of the transition is supporting “social and economic development, but within that, ensuring that northerners are first in line for jobs in [the] Northwest Territories, addressing labour demand that ensures our businesses and industries are successful in the N.W.T.” CBC (NWT)

Aurora College to become Aurora University Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo, in partnership with the city of Kitchener, has proposed a new 90,000 square foot innovation health facility. The facility, to be located in a repurposed UWaterloo-owned building on its Health Sciences Campus, would cost approximately $35M to complete and would focus on solving health challenges through technology and innovation. The proposed facility would house UWaterloo’s Velocity incubator program and a multi-use biosafety, clinical, instrumentation, product development, and wet lab space. It will also house some of UWaterloo’s health-related, interdisciplinary research, as well as the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. CBC (ON)

UWaterloo proposes plans for innovative health facility in Kitchener Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

McMaster University has completed a Systemic Review of the Black Student-Athlete Experience and the McMaster Athletics Climate, which has uncovered “extremely concerning experiences” faced by Black student athletes. Current and former McMaster student athletes and McMaster staff participated in the review. CBC reports that the review describes a variety of racist incidents, including racial slurs and derogatory comments directed at Black student athletes. “I view this process as an exercise in understanding,” said lead reviewer Ivan Joseph. “Together, our job is to use this as an opportunity for learning, for expanding the way we think, and for seeing more clearly, more deeply, more broadly.” An action plan to implement the report’s recommendations has already been launched by McMaster’s Dean of Students and AVP Students. Daily News | CBC (ON)

McMaster uncovers systemic anti-Black racism in athletics culture Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30

Quest University has announced it will be selling its campus and leasing back the buildings following an agreement with Primacorp Ventures Inc. The university announced its campus was for sale in September, after entering into financial protection in January of this year. The release states that QuestU will continue to offer its unique programming and preserve its needs regarding student housing and environmental integrity. “Over months of conversations, it’s become clear that Primacorp is truly enthusiastic about the Quest program and is committed to seeing our university thrive,” said QuestU president George Iwama. Squamish Chief (BC)

QuestU to sell campus, lease buildings back Top Ten 11/02/2020 - 03:40 11/02/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are creatively holding career fairs to connect students with employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicine Hat College, in partnership with four other agencies, conducted a number of off-site drive-thru job fairs. Concordia University, in partnership with Youth4Youth and the Black Community Resource Centre, hosted a free online event that included collaborative workshops and speakers. Memorial University students and alumni will be able to build connections with employers during a virtual fair through using an online platform that they can use to upload career resources. Royal Roads University, Camosun College, North Island College, and Vancouver Island University will host a virtual career and connections fair online, that will allow students to make connections through attending one-on-one meetings and video presentations. Medicine Hat News | Royal Roads | Montreal Gazette (National) Postsecondary institutions find creative ways to host job fairs during pandemic Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Capilano University has joined Universities Canada as its 96th member. Universities Canada states that members are held to a high standard, and must meet “set principles of institutional quality assurance that must be reaffirmed every five years.” “We are pleased and proud to join our colleagues across the country as a member of Universities Canada,” said CapilanoU President Paul Dangerfield. “As an innovative, growing university on the west coast, we look forward to the engagement, collaboration and learning opportunities offered by belonging to this exceptional Canadian university community.” Universities Canada (BC) CapilanoU becomes Universities Canada’s 96th member Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, formerly part of Cape Breton University, has branched off and incorporated. The centre was established on CBU’s campus in 2009, but CBC states that it has always been self-funded. The motive for the move was self-governance, as more independence will allow the centre to respond more quickly to business opportunities without additional layers of approval necessary within the university structure. “The increased research, innovation and development activity this change will allow is good for the university, it is good for Cape Breton Island, and it is good for the province of Nova Scotia,” said CBU president David Dingwall. The Verschuren Centre will remain a partner with CBU. CBC (NS) Verschuren Centre branches off from CBU Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Western University – along with its affiliated colleges King’s University College, Brescia University College, and Huron University College – has joined Laurentian University, Loyalist College, and Georgian College in a new program to expand postsecondary opportunities for people who have been in foster care. 35 students from Western and its affiliated colleges who have spent time in care will receive financial support. The program, spearheaded by the Child Welfare Political Action Committee, aims to ensure that finances are not a barrier to attaining postsecondary education for students who have been in foster care. The Star | King’s UC (ON) Western, King’s UC, Brescia UC, Huron UC join campaign to support students previously in care Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
While the switch to online learning has led to some instructors cutting group assignments, the authors Cathy N Davidson and Christina Katopodis argue that “now is exactly the time to be helping students learn how to collaborate online,” as students need these skills for workplace success. The article provides eight recommendations for improving online groupwork. These include enhancing student engagement through structuring group projects around real-world problems, instructor control of equitable distribution of labour, and creating large enough groups to ensure the project can continue if one student “ghosts.” They also suggest using contract grading, prework to help choose students’ roles, and a timeline with checkpoints, while practicing adaptability. Inside Higher Ed (International) Successfully implementing groupwork in online classes: Opinion Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
The University of Ottawa has experienced a second case of racist graffiti on campus this month. After racist graffiti was found in a campus building earlier this month, a car parked overnight on campus had a racial slur and the word “Black” scratched into it. UOttawa spokesperson Patrick Charette responded to the incident by saying that “the University of Ottawa unreservedly condemns all acts of racism. Every individual has the right to live in dignity, free from discrimination.” CBC reports that some students are calling for administration to take responsibility for what has happened. “It’s like they’re refusing to acknowledge that students are in pain, students are hurting, students are feeling unsafe,” said Josiane N’tchoreret-Mbiamany, executive of the Black Student Leaders Association and vice-president of equity for the Communications Student Association. CBC (ON) UOttawa experiences second racist hate crime this month Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Students need non-Zoom ways to connect with their instructors and with each other, writes Rachel Toor. The author describes using a weekly discussion board to give students the opportunity to write less formal but authentic writing, called the “sandbox.” The students are given a prompt, and then write raw pieces that present students’ best voices even though the writing might not be perfect. Other students then read the “sandbox” pieces and offer positive feedback. Toor describes how the “sandbox” provided an outlet for students dealing with pandemic issues, before giving tips on how to implement the “sandbox” in a wide variety of courses. “One benefit of the sandbox for an instructor is that it builds community without requiring a ton of your time,” writes Toor. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Building community through personal essays: Opinion Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Conestoga College has partnered with St Leonard’s Community Services and Brant Skills Centre to deliver the Construct Your Career Brantford program. This free eight-week program addresses a shortage in skilled labour through training students for a career in the construction sector and includes training in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical trades, as well as math and communications. Graduates will receive a Construction Foundations certificate from Conestoga. “The goal of this program is to support skilled labour entering the field by providing participants with the knowledge they need for entry-level roles,” said Malcolm Whyte, director of employment services at St. Leonard’s Community Services, “and in some cases, starting on a path towards further education or completing an apprenticeship.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga, St Leonard’s, Brant Skills Centre partner to offer free construction skills program Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Dalhousie University’s Health students and alumni have created The Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ), which is housed at Dal’s Healthy Populations Institute (HPI). “We created this platform for sharing and promoting health research with the intention of expanding typical journal submissions to include artistic contributions related to diverse and intersectional approaches of knowledge expression, while also creating a space for students to gain experience with the publishing process,” said Christie Stilwell co-editor in chief of HPJ. The journal’s first call for submissions focuses on health equity. Dal (NS) Dal students, alumni create HPJ Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has launched two new food-related graduate programs. The new programs add to UQAM’s existing undergraduate program in the field and were developed through partnerships between various departments, with the Université Laval, and with the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec. The programs are focused on the future of nutrition and food and the relationships between food, society, economy, policy, and culture. The programs will launch in Fall 2021. UQAM (QC) UQAM to offer two new food-focused graduate programs Top Ten 10/30/2020 - 03:41 10/30/2020 - 03:30
Cape Breton University has revealed a plan for a new $80M Centre for Discovery and Innovation, which is contingent on securing funding from the federal and provincial governments. The proposed centre would replace part of the Arseneau-Britten science building, which is over 50 years old, with an 80,000-square-foot modern research and instructional facility. The building would support engineering and technology, nursing, public health, and emergency management programs. The building would additionally house the Marshall Institute, which will focus on environmental justice and Indigenous approaches to climate change. The institute is named in honour of Donald Marshall Jr, a Mi’kmaw man who fought for the Indigenous right to fish for a moderate livelihood. CBC | CBC (NS) CBU reveals plan for $80M Centre for Discovery and Innovation Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Yellowhead Tribal College and the University of Alberta have signed a memorandum of relational understanding focused on a new continuing education program. The two institutions will be co-delivering the Indigenous Community Industry Relations Certificate (ICIR) program, with Yellowhead taking responsibility for the courses that encompass ancestral knowledge of the land and UAlberta delivering courses that contribute to skills in business. “With this partnership, we make a historic move to have Indigenous students surrounded by their culture, Elders supports and Indigenous academics at YTC, while accessing programming from one of the finest universities in the world,” said Chief Tony Alexis of the Nakota Sioux Nation. UAlberta (AB) Yellowhead Tribal College, UAlberta collaborate to deliver Indigenous program Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
CICIC has released a new report focused on Canada’s implementation of the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) – an agreement on credential evaluation ratified by member states in Europe and non-member states such as Australia, Canada, Israel, etc. The report has found that, as a whole, Canada is compliant with the LRC “to a leading extent” among signatories. However, the researchers also identified room for significant improvements in areas such as an overarching pan-Canadian qualifications framework, a Canadian digital diploma supplement, and the speed of adoption of learning outcomes and recognition of prior learning. CICIC | Report (National) New report released on academic credential assessment in Canada Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Nova Scotia postsecondary institutions anticipate that they will be welcoming international students again in November. NS says that almost two dozen institutions are expected to be on the list of approved as designated learning institutions (DLIs) when it is updated on November 3rd. “International students play a vital role in Nova Scotia’s social and economic well-being,” said NS Labour and Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “We are thrilled to begin welcoming them to our post-secondary institutions again, knowing that we have the necessary protocols in place to keep both students and communities safe.” NS | CBC (NS) NS postsecondary institutions approved as DLIs Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University has launched the Centre for Social Enterprise (CSE) Social Ventures Incubator, which incubates businesses that focus on social impact. This incubator, which is the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador, provides support to businesses through space and funding. “Unlike traditional entrepreneurship incubators, our aim is to support ventures whose objective is positive social impact,” said CSE Manager Nicole Helwig. “They must have a strong social mission at the core of what they do, and they must make a commitment to demonstrate their social impact.” The incubator’s first cohort includes three social ventures: Stormy Shore Studios, Cloudberry Forest School and Co-housing NL. MUN (NL) MUN launches CSE Social Ventures Incubator Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Humber College has received a $3M gift from Magna, a leading automotive supplier and long-time Humber partner. The funds will be used for 22 scholarships, initiatives to develop and enhance student skills in the advanced manufacturing sector, and to support the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation’s equipment needs and special initiatives. The gift will also support the creation of upskilling opportunities, which will be made available to Magna employees. “We are immensely grateful for Magna’s generosity and we look forward to working together to provide students with new learning and employment opportunities,” said Humber president Chris Whitaker. Humber (ON) Humber receives $3M from Magna Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Lakehead University has joined Trent University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Yukon University, the Arctic State Agrotechnological University in Russia, and Nord University in Norway as a founding partner of the University of the Arctic’s new Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education. The Læra Institute will hold faculty workshops and student symposia, as well as focus on Indigenous and other perspectives on “circumpolarity” across the Circumpolar North. “As part of our Academic Plan, Lakehead University has committed to continue to develop regional nodes for professional program delivery with a focus on increasing access to education in northern communities through remote program delivery,” said Michel S Beaulieu, Lakehead’s Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects). Lakehead (ON) Lakehead joins domestic, international institutions as founding partner of Læra Institute Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Racism must be confronted in admissions policies even as institutions undergo financial difficulties during COVID-19, writes Elizabeth Redden. The author describes the significant barriers to admitting Black students, and makes suggestions on how to take action on some of these issues. In the context of the US, Redden recommends removing legacy admissions and measures such as demonstrated interest, as well as long-term strategies that include offering financial aid, addressing institutional racial inequity, making standardized tests optional, and considering race in admission. Inside Higher Ed (International) How to confront racism in admissions: Opinion Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph and Community Living Guelph Wellington have announced that they will be running their Campus Friends program virtually for the year. The program, which has been in place from 2016, typically sees UoGuelph student mentors and adults with developmental disabilities get together one day per week to take part in learning opportunities, volunteering, athletics, and special events. During the upcoming 12-week program, students and mentors will be connecting online each week for a total of six hours. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph, Community Living go virtual with partnership Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
Hiring practices in academia are often highly discriminatory, writes Bruce Macfarlane, and while academics tend to be vocal about discrimination, academic patronage or favouritism through personal relationships is often ignored. Macfarlane writes that the consequences of patronage are not understood. The author says that those who benefit from this “academic inbreeding” often follow a certain academic and career path, and that those who do not fit this pattern are often excluded. Macfarlane says that awareness of the problem needs to be raised and that institutions need to review how much this is occurring. Times Higher Education (International) Academic “inbreeding” is ignored discrimination: Opinion Top Ten 10/29/2020 - 03:53 10/29/2020 - 03:30
83 international students have been fined $1K each after police broke up a large party hosted in an Airbnb in Chelsea, Quebec. CBC reports that there were at least 80 to 200 people in the house, but that when police arrived some students ran away or hid. Students came from Montreal, Ottawa, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières to attend the party in Chelsea, which is currently a COVID-19 “red zone” and has strict public health laws that prohibit indoor gatherings. “People know what’s going on. We’re in the red zone,” said Sgt Martin Fournel of MRC des Collines police. “There’s no reason that you can ignore [the law].” CBC | The Sudbury Star (QC) International students fined for participating in large indoor party Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University and North Island College have partnered to create Vancouver Island Work-Integrated Learning, a hub that will improve work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students. VIU and NIC will work together to increase employer engagement in WIL, and will collaborate with Mitacs and the RBC Foundation to focus on not-for-profit, rural, or remote learning opportunities. “Active participation in work-integrated learning has never been so important for the future of our workforce and our economic recovery,” said Anita Budisa-Bonneau, NIC’s coordinator of work-integrated education. “Work-integrated learning opportunities such as co-ops and internships give students relevant work experience in their field, which helps them make a successful leap from their studies into the workplace.” VIU (BC) VIU, NIC partner on WIL opportunities for students Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Several institutions in the prairies recently announced partnerships and courses for their local communities. Portage College and Women Building Futures have collaborated to deliver a tuition-free Driver and Operator program to 12 women in Cold Lake, AB and the surrounding area. Concordia University of Edmonton has announced that it will be offering its Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course free of charge to Indigenous peoples and communities in celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Red River College and the Government of Manitoba have also announced that RRC’s free nasal swab training course will be expanded to offer three additional intakes to help health professionals and students expand COVID-19 testing capacity in the province. Portage | Concordia UE | CBC (RRC) (AB | MB) Portage, Concordia UE, RRC offer free programming to support communities Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has invested $20.3M in health and agricultural research meant to improve the lives of Canadians. $4.3M has been invested through the Stem Cell Network to support 16 Canadian projects addressing health challenges, including type-1 diabetes, cancer, blood disorders, and heart disease. Canada also invested $16M through Genome Canada to support 10 new genomics projects which will help transform drug discovery and biomedicine, as well as address challenges in health, agriculture, and environmental areas. “Today’s investment has the potential to save lives and come up with new ways of solving environmental and agricultural challenges,” said William Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science). Canada (National) Canada invests $20.3M in stem cell, genome research Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Nipissing University and Kenjgewin Teg have partnered to offer the Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program (ICADP). The jointly offered program has been designed to support Indigenous students in First Nation and Ontario provincial schools and graduates will be qualified to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students as classroom assistants. “This new partnership contributes to our shared goals of advancing and increasing control of Indigenous Education as one of many Calls to Action made by the TRC,” said Stephanie Roy, President of Kenjgewin Teg. “Going forward, our local Mnidoo Mnising and surrounding communities will continue to see more opportunities in our teaching and learning programs for new and current educators, as we continue working together with partners like Nipissing University who support culturally relevant training and education closer to home.” Nipissing (ON) Nipissing, Kenjgewin Teg partner to offer ICADP Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Cathy Marie Ouellette discusses lessons learned from chairing a department during the pandemic, and offers advice to other chairs on how to manage pandemic challenges. Ouellette writes that chairs must become comfortable with the ambiguity and uncertainty the pandemic brings, gain an understanding of global systems of power, and keep race and racism at the forefront of discussions of change. Additionally, chairs must be open to different perspectives and forms of knowing, and exercise resourcefulness and creativity in problem solving. “We as chairs are ultimately responsible for shaping and articulating department ideologies to broad communities,” writes Ouellete. “As we confront multiple crises with unknown impediments in our futures, leadership is pivotal.” Inside Higher Ed (International) Chairs must become comfortable with ambiguity, uncertainty during pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Lethbridge College’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation has developed a set of seven core competencies that will prepare students for success after finishing their education. Students will complete modules inside and outside of the classroom to develop the competencies, which are based on life, professional, and employment skills. Achievements will be recognized with a digital badge. “By providing students with a clear path to develop these skills, a common language to articulate how they were developed and the guidance to make connections, our students are positioned for success in the workforce of the future,” said Megan Hebert, coordinator, Career Development at Lethbridge. Lethbridge (AB) Lethbridge develops core competencies for student success Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University has launched both an Equity Office and a Black Perspectives Office (BPO). Concordia says that the offices will “play leading roles in ensuring a fair and safe environment for all members of Concordia’s community.” The Equity Office will support the development and implementation of the university’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, as well as coordinate EDI resources and initiatives. The BPO will advocate for Black perspectives at Concordia, as well as support Concordia’s Black community through resources, funding, mentorship, and advocacy. This year’s BPO focuses include supporting the wellness of Black staff and faculty, raising awareness of anti-Black racism, and bringing attention to the needs of Concordia’s Black community. Concordia (QC) Concordia launches Equity Office, Black Perspectives Office Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
Assiniboine Community College has announced that its rural rotating Comprehensive Health Care Aide program will be returning to Birtle in 2021. The full-time certificate nursing program will have capacity for 22 students and will help the region to meet its demand for skilled health care aides. “The Prairie View Municipal council is extremely pleased that the Assiniboine Community Centre’s Health Care Aid program will once again be available at the Birtle Collegiate Institute,” said Prairie View Reeve Linda Clark. “With our aging population, this training and these positions are so important to our rural communities and our people.” Brandon Sun (MB) ACC rural nursing program to return to Birtle Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
The Trottier Family Foundation has donated $250K to COVID-19 Resources Canada as part of a $2.4M contribution to the McGill University Health Centre Foundation in order to support COVID-19 research. COVID-19 Resources Canada’s two databases contain over 600 COVID-19 funded research projects. Science volunteers from across Canada, including experts from over 25 Canadian institutions, register with the network and track volunteer hours in a variety of activities related to COVID-19, including research, public health, and science communications. “Canadian scientific and health communities are working together to meet COVID-19 needs in an unprecedented way, and we facilitate this response” said Tara Moriarty of the University of Toronto. “Support from the Trottier Family Foundation will be crucial for our work.” McGill (QC) COVID-19 Resources Canada receives $250K from Trottier Family Foundation Top Ten 10/28/2020 - 03:52 10/28/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has launched a Task Force on Northern Post-Secondary Education, which will focus on improving postsecondary educational opportunities and outcomes in the North. The task force seeks to close gaps in education outcomes and provide ongoing opportunities for learning and skills development, including opportunities in Indigenous-based skills and knowledge. The Northerner-led task-force will also address barriers to postsecondary education. “When more Canadians are able to continue their education, practice new skills, or learn on the job, they are better prepared to find and keep good jobs now, and in the future,” said Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs. “As we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendations of this task force will be critical in shaping that recovery.” Canada | Nation Talk (National) Canada launches Task Force focused on northern PSE Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Students at postsecondary institutions across Canada are expressing discomfort with e-proctoring software. Many institutions use e-proctoring software to avoid academic dishonesty, reports CBC, but concerned students say that e-proctoring increases exam anxiety and leads to new challenges that include forcing students to show their living space, requiring students to work in a brightly lit, interruption-free space, and requiring a stable internet connection throughout the exam. Some students with disabilities cannot use specific screen-reader software, and some students of colour have had e-proctoring software repeatedly not recognize their faces. “We [have a greater] workload for classes, we’re being monitored way more intently than ever before on our exams and our overall mental health is degrading,” said David Draper, vice-president academic of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. CBC (National) Postsecondary students raise more concerns with e-proctoring software, call for change Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Eight Canadian universities have ranked within the top 200 of the 2021 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings. The University of Toronto has climbed one spot in the rankings to 17th globally, while the University of British Columbia ranked 31st and McGill University was ranked 51st. McMaster University ranked 133rd, the University of Alberta ranked 138th, the University of Montreal ranked 140th, the University of Calgary ranked 174th, and the University of Ottawa ranked 192nd. US News | U of T (National) Eight Canadian universities rank within the top 200 in US News & World Report ranking Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Hundreds of McGill University employees have reportedly been working without pay due to issues with the new Workday payroll system, according to CTV News. The payroll system is used for hundreds of graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants and rely on this income to pay their tuition. A letter, signed by 132 professors, teaching assistants, and course lecturers, claims that “in Week 7 of the 2020 fall term, approximately 300 course lecturers across the university have still not been paid, despite fulfilling their responsibilities as instructors.” The Montreal Gazette reports that some faculty members have paid students out of their own pockets to ensure that students can pay their rent and buy food, and signatories to the letter have called McGill’s response to the situation “inadequate.” CTV News | Montreal Gazette (QC) McGill employees go without pay due to payroll system issues Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Hundreds of McGill University employees have reportedly been working without pay due to issues with the new Workday payroll system, according to CTV News. The payroll system is used for hundreds of graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants and rely on this income to pay their tuition. A letter, signed by 132 professors, teaching assistants, and course lecturers, claims that “in Week 7 of the 2020 fall term, approximately 300 course lecturers across the university have still not been paid, despite fulfilling their responsibilities as instructors.” The Montreal Gazette reports that some faculty members have paid students out of their own pockets to ensure that students can pay their rent and buy food, and signatories to the letter have called McGill’s response to the situation “inadequate.” CTV News | Montreal Gazette (QC) Sheridan, NiagaraU partner to form pathways in business and tech Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Postsecondary education needs to be reimagined as Canadians switch to working and learning online, writes Rick Huijbregts, George Brown College’s VP Strategy & Innovation. The author writes that many questions arise about how institutions can continue to effectively train students in a digital space and says that the answer is “a multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder approach that includes support from industry, government and the tech sector.” Huijbregts says that working together is vital in the reimagination and redefinition of postsecondary education, and that this partnership mindset is also relevant to teaching and learning. Institutions must learn from evaluations to ensure students’ needs are met, and provide students with personalized and accessible learning experiences. “Education can, and must, evolve, just as the labour market has evolved,” said Huijbregts. iPolitics (National) Reimagining postsecondary education in the digital world: Opinion Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has received an $11.8M investment from the Government of Alberta that is intended to promote new jobs in the quantum-technologies field. Funding will be allocated across the university to support research capacity in various projects. The province stated that the investment will lead to “research that will help establish Alberta as a national and international hub for quantum computing and related spinoff industries.” UCalgary President Ed McCauley also commented on the funding’s impact on job creation and the economy, noting that the university will be able to “translate new research findings into lasting and measurable benefits to society as quickly as possible.” Calgary Herald (AB) AB invests in quantum research at UCalgary Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg has developed a special topics course called 231 Calls to Social Justice: Developing Community Based Responses to Systems Impacting Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA Persons. The course will be led by Sandra Delaronde, a member of UWinnipeg’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. “The university is quite ahead of the curve taking this as a current issue and creating a chance for students to learn something that is going to support them and allow them to apply their learning in the real world,” said Delaronde. The course will explore the history behind the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, with required readings such as the Final Report of the National Inquiry, Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Winnipeg Sun | UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg launches course exploring calls to social justice Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia, in partnership with UBC Library’s Irving K Barber Learning Centre, has launched a Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP). The DTES RAP uses UBC’s open access digital repository, cIRcle, to provide resources that support work by librarians, researchers, and students. Community members who live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can access research about the community for use in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services and for grant writing. “This project takes a nuanced approach to open access that recognizes that providing public links to academic articles is not enough,” said Angela Towle, Academic Director of the UBC Learning Exchange. “We are exploring different ways to address these barriers.” UBC (BC) UBC launches DTES RAP to provide resources that support librarians, researchers, students Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30
Following a recent announcement by the Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeals in the copyright litigation between York University and Access Copyright , the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has announced it will seek to intervene. The case ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals is now being brought to the Supreme Court by both York University and the collective licencing agency, Access Copyright, as language around “what constitutes fair dealing” was unclear. “CAUT will urge the Supreme Court to decisively rule on what constitutes fair dealing for education purposes, and preserve the balance resulting from its previous decisions that enables public access to works, while balancing the rights of authors and creators to reasonable compensation,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. CAUT (National) CAUT seeks to intervene in Supreme Court appeal related to copyright Top Ten 10/27/2020 - 03:55 10/27/2020 - 03:30

Douglas College has completed the construction of a $10.5M student services space on its New Westminster Campus. The new building centralizes enrolment services, financial aid, counselling, accessibility services, student recruitment, and career services. It also offers self-serve kiosks, spaces for students to write accommodated exams, and comfortable study spaces for individuals and groups. “By creating a learning environment that is adaptive, responsive and forward-looking, we support our goal of graduating resilient global citizens with the knowledge and skills to adapt, innovate and lead in a changing world,” said Douglas president Kathy Denton. Douglas (BC)

Douglas completes student services centre construction Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

York University’s Schulich School of Business has created a new centre that will be a global hub for the supply chain sector. The George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains will study how supply chains can best be created and secured throughout challenges such as climate change, digital transformation, supply disruptions, and pandemics. “Supply chains are the heart of Canada’s economy and provide the food, medication, and other items Canadians need by connecting communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Galen Weston, Chairman and CEO of George Weston Ltd. “We are delighted to partner with the Schulich School of Business to deepen our country’s expertise and develop sustainable supply chains that will contribute to a stronger, more resilient Canada.” Canadian Business Journal (ON)

YorkU creates The George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

The debates around cheating and academic integrity in the online environment are growing, writes Chad Hagen. The author notes that while teaching centres usually will give instructors information on how to make tests “cheat-proof” by using alternate assessment methods, having students apply their knowledge of the subject on tests, or having students collaborate on assignments, these methods will not prevent all students from cheating. The article discusses a variety of different approaches to enforcing academic integrity, and the challenges of these approaches. The author concludes by describing the experiences of an instructor who found that “the best approach to reducing cheating […] is something both simple and hard to realize, especially during a crisis: better teaching.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Debates around enforcing academic integrity: Opinion Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 15:34 10/26/2020 - 03:30

Red River College is launching the Advanced Forming Training Centre for training students in composites using technology from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). RRC says that their centre places them at the forefront of Canada’s aircraft component industry, which uses composites to make aircrafts lighter and more fuel efficient. The centre will also be a composite training hub for businesses. “We’re honoured to now be home to advanced composite forming systems developed by the NRC,” says RRC president Fred Meier. “RRC has long been at the forefront of innovation in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors, and working with partners like the National Research Council only strengthens what we do and ensures the widest audience possible will benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and expertise.” RRC (MB)

RRC launches composites training centre Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College have partnered to co-lead Nursing Education in Southwestern Alberta (NESA), a four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree program. NESA was redeveloped to allow students to take their first two years of the program at Lethbridge, and the second two years at ULethbridge. The new curriculum includes courses that integrate Indigenous health practices and knowledge as well as provides practical experiences in urban and rural settings. “Nursing is all about relational practices, and this curriculum has been designed with those same principles in mind,” said Debra Bardock, Dean of Lethbridge College’s Centre for Health and Wellness. “We believe the skills that create successful nurses also create successful students, and this curriculum will leave them better prepared to enter the health care sector.” Lethbridge (AB)

ULethbridge, Lethbridge College partner on NESA Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

Grande Prairie Regional College has announced the launch of its new Centre for Teaching and Learning. The virtual centre will help instructors enhance their curriculum development skills, discover innovative teaching methods, learn best practices, and collaborate with the teaching community. “By providing faculty with resources to advance online curriculum development, the institution can provide students with a top-tier, career-oriented curriculum that sets learners up for future success,” said Andrew Dunlop, Director of Research and Innovation, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The centre will be available to instructors from both the Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses. GPRC (AB)

GPRC launches Centre for Teaching and Learning Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

The Ontario government is “intending to discreetly pass legislation that would allow the Canada Christian College to call itself a ‘university’ and award degrees,” states a letter to the Minister of Colleges and Universities from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). CBC reports that the college, which has been criticized for its discriminatory views, is attempting to create new degree programs in arts and science and change its name to Canada University and School of Graduate Theological Studies. “The Ontario government should not grant accreditation and degree-granting privileges to institutions that do not meet the anti-discriminatory and anti-hate speech principles outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code,” reads the OCUFA letter. CBC | OCUFA (ON)

Controversy over Ford’s legislation to grant Canada Christian College university status grows Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières will receive $19M in funding from the Québec government towards the construction of its new Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent (CNIMI). The smart manufacturing centre, which received initial funding October 2019, is located at the university’s Drummondville campus. The centre is a partnership with Cégep de Drummondville and is aimed at creating a space for research, training, and innovation in the manufacturing sector. Construction of the centre will be completed in 2022. UQTR | Le nouvelliste (QC)

UQTR receives provincial funding toward smart manufacturing centre Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

A new Canadian Sociological Association study adds to what the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) calls the “mounting evidence of the dubious validity and inherent bias in student questionnaires on courses and teaching.” The study found that equity-seeking groups were more likely to receive abusive or irrelevant comments, resulting in a negative impact on faculty well-being. The study also found that “negative professional self-esteem is also experienced at a greater rate by contract faculty.” This study supports OCUFA’s 2018 study of how open-ended student comments might impact faculty mental health and well-being and professional self-worth. OCUFA (ON)

CSA report analyzes impact of student questionnaires on faculty Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

Loyalist College has received a five-year renewal of its federal license to conduct cannabis research at its Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC), and a three-year renewal of its analytical testing license. Loyalist says that ARC is the only federally supported Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis in Canada, and that it is an innovation hub for the region’s cannabis industry. “With partnership growth comes enhanced opportunities for our Bioscience and Cannabis Applied Science students,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughn. “They will be at the forefront of scientific developments which have the capacity to shape their bright futures.” Loyalist (ON)

Loyalist receives multi-year renewals of cannabis research, testing licenses Top Ten 10/26/2020 - 03:49 10/26/2020 - 03:30

George Brown College has partnered with the Onyx Initiative, an organization that was launched to increase Black Canadian corporate representation through mentorship, coaching, and online career skills training. Statistics Canada data shows an underrepresentation of Black Canadians with postsecondary degrees in higher paying occupational groups, a key issue which The Onyx Initiative aims to address. “The disproportionate challenges Black students face in accessing corporate Canada is an enduring and pervasive issue,” said Kizzy Bedeau, Director of the Community Partnerships Office at George Brown. “We recognize this is a concerning issue and we are committed to helping change the employment outcomes of Black students by contributing to the dialogue, strategies and solutions that promote Black student success and their economic sustainability.” George Brown (ON)

George Brown, Onyx Initiative partner to support Black student community Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Manitoba is looking for alternative financial models for its postsecondary system. CBC reports that Premier Brian Pallister is interested in performance-based funding, though not the same model as proposed by other provinces. The Premier, writes CBC, is interested in a model used in Tennessee that allows for revisions every five years, premiums on advancing students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and weighted metrics depending on institutional priorities. These adjustments to the model promote equity and increased access for underrepresented students. University of Manitoba president Michael Benarroch, who met with the Premier and acknowledges peoples’ hesitations around outcomes-based models, stated, “I think as you become more informed and more aware of how it works, some of that fear dissipates. You begin to realize that in places where this has been implemented and implemented well that, in fact … it can help to improve outcomes over time.” CBC (MB)

MB investigating funding models for its postsecondary institutions Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest have prompted institutions to change curriculum or accelerate the rate of already planned curricular changes to address these topics, writes Gayatri Malohotra. Institutions are offering new classes on race-related topics, as well as hiring specialists in under-represented areas. The author writes that while some of these changes had already been planned, the current race issues have spurred on these changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has advanced research programs and increased interest in equity for low-income and minority students. Malohotra also writes that surprisingly, academic interest in health fields has not risen significantly. The article explains that these trends can help institutions gain insight about various strategies to employ. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

How the pandemic and racial unrest are changing curriculum: Opinion Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions across Canada that have been approved by their provinces or territories as Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) are now able to welcome international students currently residing outside of Canada. Institutions were required to create COVID-19 readiness plans that describe how students and the community will be protected, and detail the management of the quarantine period, including student transportation and quarantine location. They were also required to provide information for students about how they can get necessary items like food, medications, and health insurance throughout their 14-day quarantines. While many DLIs across Canada have been approved for international students, institutions in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia have not been approved to reopen to international students. Canada | CIC News (National)

Canadian DLIs now able to welcome international students Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Amid cancellations of college and university-level sports competitions across Canada, Collège Boréal, Cambrian College and Laurentian University are employing unique tactics to keep student athletes engaged. Laurentian’s student athletes have been training off-site in rented city-owned spaces. Boréal is promoting the use of online tools to encourage athletes to train at home, and Cambrian is working with coaches to continue contact with student athletes and offer training to maintain their fitness. “As high-level competitors, our athletes and coaches already have a strong ability to adapt to and overcome obstacles and situations. We will get through this and come back stronger whenever the OCAA season resumes,” said Cambrian’s athletic director Tim Yu. Sudbury Star (ON)

Institutions use alternative tactics to help athletes continue training Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Concordia University has launched The Centre for Research on Values, Attitudes and Societies (CEVAS). The centre will give researchers access to data from the World Values Survey (WVS). CEVAS’s first project will be to conduct the WVS in Canada, which will allow researchers to compare values, beliefs, and behaviours in different regions, demographics, and backgrounds. It will also allow CEVAS researchers to compare Canadian attitudes with those of other countries. “I want our understanding of the evolution of values and attitudes among our societies to take root in the observation of reliable and pertinent data collected each decade,” said Guy Lachapelle, the centre’s co-director and Concordia Department of Political Science professor. Concordia (QC)

Concordia launches CEVAS, plans to conduct Canada’s World Values Survey Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Fathers taking parental leave is becoming more common in Canadian postsecondary institutions, writes Lesley Evans Ogden. In a recent article, the author shares the experiences of several men working in the sector and the ways in which their institutions’ policies are shifting with this rising trend. Some institutions have been open and flexible with their parental leave policies, while others are ambiguous and inconsistent. The article then goes on to describe the experiences of men holding postdoctoral positions, as well as graduate students, which are similarly uncertain. It concludes by noting that there have been “extraordinary” changes to paternal leave policies over the past decade, but that there are still many questions that remain. University Affairs (National)

Paternity leave policies improving in academia, but still work to be done Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

A new hair and esthetics salon in Frog Lake First Nation is providing employment opportunities for Portage College graduates. Former students from the college’s Continuing Education Aesthetics course have worked together to create the salon that is now up and running. The salon is located at the Careers Building on Portage’s Frog Lake campus and is supported by a partnership between Frog Lake Chief and Council, Frog Lake Income Support, HRD (Human Resource Development) and Employment and Training. “I’m so glad to see our credentialed graduates use their training by creating a locally operated business,” said Al Bertschi, Associate Dean at Portage College. “The opportunity for our graduates and this partnership is a great example of building a community.” Portage College | NationTalk (AB)

Salon offers work opportunities for Continuing Education graduates Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan has collaborated with Métis partners on a $1.1M project that examines how participation in traditional Métis dances can impact cardiovascular health while also contributing mental, cultural, and social benefits. The research aims to narrow the health gap between Métis and non-Indigenous people. Over five years, the research team will assess groups of recreational dancers who take part in three-month courses. They will focus on a variety of health-related aspects, including cardiovascular and mental wellness benefits, and effectiveness in improving cardiovascular disease risk factors. “This intervention tailored to Métis culture and ways of knowing will honour the emergence of Métis worldview, language and culture, and support a practice of reconciliation in research,” said project leader and kinesiology assistant professor Heather Foulds. Nation Talk (SK)

USask professor, Métis partners collaborate on Métis dance, cardiovascular health project Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

The shortage of personal support workers in Ontario has led Conestoga College and Trios College to partner with ParaMed Home Health Care to launch a 20-week condensed PSW course. The course will be offered free-of-charge for students, with tuitions being paid by a government grant and ParaMed. Students are required to work with ParaMed for one year following graduation. Sarah Pottier, chair of Conestoga’s personal support worker and supportive-care program, said students will benefit from this “innovative and accessible” delivery. “We have a shortage of workers,” said ParaMed director of operations Michael Bournon. “Traditionally, there has been a shortage of workers, the pandemic has exasperated that.” CBC (ON)

Conestoga, Trios to offer free PSW course Top Ten 10/23/2020 - 03:52 10/23/2020 - 03:30

Brock University and the City of Burlington have signed a MOU that will see the university’s satellite campus move from its current location in Hamilton. The new campus will serve students, faculty, and staff more effectively through its new location, which is accessible by the commuter rail system and the highway. “Over the decades, Brock has developed a relationship with the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville communities, and we have seen strong growth in student enrolment from across these communities,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon, “We are focused on contributing to community growth and vitality.” Brock Brock University | CBC (ON)

Brock to move satellite campus to Burlington Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta has launched a new course to help learners interpret scientific information and think critically about the difference between “sound scientific studies and pseudoscience”. The free online course will host guest lecturers, while allowing participants to learn at their own pace. “The purpose of this course is to teach people about the process of science and how it is used to acquire knowledge,” said course host Claire Scavuzzo, a researcher in UAlberta’s Department of Psychology. “By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand and use scientific evidence to challenge claims based on misinformation, and engage the process of science to ask questions to build their knowledge.” UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta launches free course on science literacy Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University’s Executive Education and NSCAD have created a new program in Creativity, Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. The certificate is aimed at working professionals and is offered online as three separate courses, each four weeks in length. Instructors from both universities will teach in the program: NSCAD professors will contribute knowledge in art and design, while Dalhousie instructors will bring management and business development expertise to the courses. “It’s a first-of-its-kind program, and a transformational offering that combines two schools of thought into one program that strengthens both the professional skills and creative processes for those enrolled,” said Dalhousie Executive Education Acting Director, Moragh MacAulay. Dalhousie (NS)

Dal, NSCAD partner on new certificate program Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is optimistic about providing student athletes with some competition in the winter term. Following a special general meeting, Terry Ballard, manager of sport and wellness for the Medicine Hat College Rattlers said that “we’re going to exhaust every avenue we can and hopefully we can give the student-athletes an experience that will at least be somewhat similar to normal in winter. But again, there’s still a lot that has to work right and work in our favour.” The province released new guidelines for junior collegiate and university leagues, which limit league cohorts to up to 150 people, recommend COVID testing for all participants, and present options for shuffling cohorts to allow for full conference play. The ACAC has also made the decision to withdraw from Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championships in 2021. Medicine Hat News (AB)

ACAC searching for ways to offer some winter sport competition Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many postsecondary instructors teaching online, with new developments arising from the switch to online learning. An article released by Contact North discusses how factors such as global unemployment and recessionary forces, debt, and expansion of global credentials might shape institutions, and the Canada-specific barriers such as inaccessibility of broadband internet. The article also argues that “the key question for colleges and universities will not be the balance of online versus face-to-face or other teaching methods, but survival.” This is the real tipping point for institutions, as not all institutions will be able to return to their previous operations. The article says that “the key will be the attitude and responsiveness of students, faculty and institutions to adapt and change.” Contact North (National)

A "tipping point" for online learning Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

34 University of Ottawa professors have signed a letter supporting a part-time UOttawa instructor who used a racial slur as an example of a word that a community has reclaimed. The letter said that “certain lectures, certain concepts, certain words will hurt some susceptibilities,” but that universities are places where these topics can be freely discussed. CBC reports that UOttawa’s student union finds the professors’ stance “appalling,” explaining that “they’ve found their voice in defending the use of a racial slur while discounting the vast majority of uOttawa’s Black community’s disagreement.” UOttawa students are requesting the implementation of a campus-wide zero-tolerance policy on the use of the word. Jacques Frémont, UOttawa’s President and Vice-Chancellor, responded to student concerns saying that “the right to freedom of expression and the right to dignity are not contradictory principles, but complementary.” Ottawa Citizen | CBC | UOttawa (ON)

UOttawa professor’s use of racial slur brings up freedom of expression debate Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

Medicine Hat College has partnered with the City of Medicine Hat and the local Chamber of Commerce to create the Regional Vitality Planning Project Collaboration. MHC will play a key role in the collaboration, which will focus on “inspiring action and collective work on themes such as people, culture, sustainability, health, education, agriculture, innovation, economy and wellness.” This collaboration builds on MHC’s plan to strengthen regional vitality. “We want to better support the community and fill its needs to the best of our ability,” said MHC president Kevin Shufflebotham. Medicine Hat News (AB)

MHC to play key role in planning project Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy has announced the launch of a new Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy. The centre will focus on three core research streams: technology governance, information ecosystems, and media and journalism. Projects in development include studies on technology’s impact on human behaviour, technology-informed policy, international platform governance, issues around surveillance technology, children and technology, and facial recognition. “The benefits that technology brings to our world are undeniable, but we are now at a critical point where we need to make changes in the way we govern our media and tech infrastructure,” said Taylor Owen, director of the centre. McGill (QC)

McGill launches Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

“Will this end up being a lost year for students educationally?” writes Goldie Blumenstyk. The author touches on some of the major challenges and missed opportunities that have faced instructors and students this academic year, before highlighting some of the positive aspects. Blumenstyk writes that instructors have become innovative with their teaching, and that students have benefitted from the new learning methods. The article describes increased engagement as students take a more active role in their learning and connect more readily with professors through online office hours. Blumenstyk also notes an increase in collaboration between postsecondary institutions. However, in order for online learning to become “mainstream” after COVID-19, the article suggests that institutions still have work to do to improve the experience for both teachers and students. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Adapting instruction to avoid a “lost year”: Opinion Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

St Francis Xavier University is launching a Respectful Communities resource for students in recognition of its new Sexual Violence Policy. StFX says that this one-hour module will ensure that students know how to respectfully interact with others before they start studying at StFX. The course will cover topics including sexualized violence, consent, and coercion. It will also cover StFX policies, reporting procedures, and student resources and supports. “We are working to ensure that everyone within our campus community has access to information, education and supports to contribute to a safe, healthy and respectful community,” said Elizabeth Yeo, Project Lead and StFX Vice President Students. StFX (NS)

StFX launches Respectful Communities resource Top Ten 10/22/2020 - 03:38 10/22/2020 - 03:30

Queen’s University will rename its Sir John A. Macdonald Hall after a two-month public consultation process. Dean Mark Walters said that the name was sending a conflicting message about the “values and aspirations of the current law school,” and emphasized that changing the name takes action to address systemic racism. “This decision is grounded in the university’s present-day academic mission and commitment to honour the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity and to ensure all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome within the Queen’s community,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “It also supports our commitment to take action to address systemic racism and ensure every member of our community may enjoy the benefits of our institution equally.” Queen’s | The Whig | CBC (ON)

Queen’s to rename Sir John A. Macdonald Hall Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has given $6.5M to the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus for the construction of a new field crop services building. The building will serve as a research and learning for space students, and bring the university’s crop sample receiving, processing, and storage facilities together in one building. “As Canada’s food university, the University of Guelph is committed to providing Ontario’s farmers with world-class research and on-farm solutions that promote crop health and productivity,” said Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research). Construction of the 12,000-square-foot facility is set to be completed by spring 2022. ON | UoGuelph (ON )

UoGuelph’s Ridgetown Campus receives provincial funding for new building Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta will receive funding over the next three years from the province’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The $3.7M will move several government research programs to the institution. The province hopes that the move will enhance the quality of the research and create valuable learning opportunities for students. In addition to the transfer of programs, the funding will support increased capacity for additional scientists and technicians within UAlberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. “The agreement today brings together the collective expertise to strengthen research and discovery that will lead to tangible benefits, including a more abundant, lower-cost food supply for all Albertans, higher returns for farmers, and a higher quality of life for rural communities,” said UAlberta president Bill Flanagan. UAlberta | Edmonton Journal (AB)

UAlberta to expand agriculture research Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

HEC Montréal has partnered with IAE France to provide “Learning Expeditions,” or specialized immersive one-to-three-week intensive programs. Participants will attend workshops, lectures, and seminars on HEC Montréal’s campus to learn about the latest management issues. “Every program is carefully developed in co-operation with the partners and HEC Montréal professors, so that participants can benefit from a rewarding international experience and make progress toward their academic and career goals,” said Hassan Taghvaï, Executive Director, Development of International Partnerships at HEC Montréal. “This agreement will let us forge links with all IAE France members and offer this kind of intensive training to more participants.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Activities and Student Mobility team will offer a remote version of the programs for 2021. HEC Montréal (QC)

HEC Montréal, IAE France partner on specialized immersive programs Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

Sheridan College has exceeded its sustainability goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030. As of 2020, the college has reached a 54% reduction of emissions. Sheridan is also using 35% less energy per student, has a 54% reduction in landfill wastes, and a 167% increase in recycling and organics. Sheridan has focused on constructing sustainable buildings, and engaging in community initiatives such as its Bike Hub and Community Garden Project. “Getting to this point has required investment in energy and waste infrastructure as well as changes to policies and practices,” said Sheridan’s Office for Sustainability report author Anna Pautler. “It also calls for a shift in campus culture through engagement from students, employees, internal and external vendors, and community members alike.” Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan exceeds campus greenhouse gas reduction goal ahead of schedule Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College has received a $1M donation from Sunrise Credit Union to support and expand its agricultural training opportunities. The funding will be put towards its plans to build The Prairie Innovation Centre, which will provide space for more than 800 students to engage in hands-on training in agriculture, environment, and related technology programs. “The college has long focused on providing leadership in agriculture and this donation is a significant step toward this major undertaking in expanding training to meet current and emerging labour demands,” said ACC president Mark Frison. “The Prairie Innovation Centre brings the next generation of ag, environment and technology forward.” The college expects that the centre will cost a total of $10M. ACC | Brandon Sun (AB)

ACC receives $1M towards expanding agricultural training opportunities Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

NorQuest and Students4Change have created an action plan to address systemic anti-black racism within the college. Students4Change met with NorQuest president Carolyn Campbell to discuss allegations of discriminatory behaviour by eight staff members, resulting in a joint news release announcing a plan to address anti-black racism. “As we review these additional allegations that have since been brought forward, we are ensuring due process and impartiality – including seeking external advice – is at the core of our action so that we can best listen to our community and work to address the concerns of BIPOC students,” wrote Campbell. Campbell also invites students with concerns to speak to whomever they feel comfortable with so that they can review these concerns. CBC (AB)

NorQuest, Students4Change create anti-black racism action plan Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

McGill University will be providing work-integrated learning opportunities for 169 undergraduate and graduate students this fall with the support of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and TECHNATION. Students will have the opportunity to work as Remote Learning Assistants and support instructors as they adapt to online teaching. “This provides much-needed support for professors to smoothly and fully leverage remote platforms, while creating skill-building employment opportunities for our students. It’s a win-win situation,” said McGill Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Fabrice Labeau. McGill (QC)

McGill creates jobs for students amid pandemic Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

A number of institutions across the country are preparing to host their fall open houses virtually. Schools are using online event platforms in order to facilitate the experience, and are running the events over a number of days. On the west coast, Okanagan College will be conducting interactive Zoom presentations with prospective students. In Alberta, Lethbridge College will also be hosting Zoom sessions, while MacEwan University has planned self-guided virtual tours, information sessions, and virtual booths and chat rooms. In Ontario, Lakehead University is incorporating a “virtual backpack” that students can use to explore various exhibits to collect resources. Université du Québec à Montréal is also hosting webinars, chatrooms, and virtual tours, while Dawson College has scheduled chat sessions for individual services and programs. Okanagan | Lethbridge | MacEwan | Lakehead | Dawson | UQAM (National)

Canada’s postsecondary institutions to host virtual open houses Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

Institutions should use the current crisis to rethink higher education in the face of constraints, writes Steven Mintz. The author proposes three challenges that institutions can take to improve their financial situations. Mintz’ business model challenge urges institutions to move towards a sustainable financial model through higher student retention, cost savings, and revenue enhancements. The student satisfaction challenge encourages institutions to work toward increasing student satisfaction through enhancing student experience. The author’s political challenge urges institutions to partner with other neighbouring institutions to share resources and support each other. “What we really need to do is the hard work of addressing higher education’s biggest challenges in a context of resource constraints,” wrote Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Rethinking how higher ed will function post-COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 10/21/2020 - 03:41 10/21/2020 - 03:30

Research teams from postsecondary institutions across Canada have been awarded funding by CANARIE, Canada’s National Research and Education Network. The $3.4M in funding will enable recipients to adapt their current research workflow and platforms for re-use by other researchers, saving time and resources. Among the postsecondary teams that have been awarded funding are those from McGill University, Queen’s University, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Victoria, and University of Waterloo. Navdeep Bains, Canada’ Minister of Innovation, Science and industry, said the funding will “help accelerate Canadian discoveries by making it easier for our researchers to find, access, and reuse data with collaborators across the country and around the world.” CANARIE (National)

CANARIE funds research teams to evolve platforms for re-use Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management is launching a Master of Management in Retailing aimed at preparing students for “the rapidly evolving post-COVID retail industry”. The program, which can be completed in either twelve or sixteen months, will give students the opportunity to work in the school’s state-of-the-art Retail Innovation lab, participate in internships, and join in on an optional international study trip. Students will learn from a curriculum that combines data analytics, marketing strategy, operations, sustainability and supply chain management, among other skills. “It is the only Masters program of its kind to prepare students for the shifting priorities anticipated in tomorrow’s economy,” said Morty Yalovsky, Dean of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. McGill (QC)

McGill launches new Master of Management in Retailing Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension is launching a new Renewable Energy Technologies Series beginning November 1, 2020. The stackable programs include Renewable Energy Essentials, Solar Energy Development and Design, and Wind Energy Development and Design. The online programs allow workers in the oil and gas sector to upskill in order to meet changing demands of employers and address skills shortages. “Renewable energy is a rapidly evolving field, and there’s an opportunity here to be the workforce of tomorrow, to position for the industries of tomorrow, where we know there are material investments and opportunities,” said Cameron Jones, an instructor leading the series. UAlberta | Edmonton Journal (AB)

UAlberta launches courses to fill gaps in renewable energy sector Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

U SPORTS has announced the cancellation of the 2021 winter national championships due to the pandemic. The decision was supported by the four university sports conferences, who agreed that student-athlete safety is the top priority. The affected events include the women’s and men’s championships in basketball, hockey, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. “It was very clear in the conversations with the conferences, that although they may entertain some form of competition during the winter semester, the logistics of attending a national championship were just not feasible at all for the programs across the country,” said Dick White, U SPORTS interim CEO. U SPORTS | Globe and Mail (National)

U SPORTS cancels remaining national championships in 2021 Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

Institutions should take a more compassionate approach towards students during the pandemic, write Julia Marcus, Stefan Baral, and more than 100 other scholars. The authors say that expecting students to abstain from all social contact is “inhumane, unrealistic and likely to backfire,” as it will encourage students to hide interactions with others or symptoms of COVID-19. They call for a harm-reduction approach that recognizes that risk will occur but also facilitates lower-risk opportunities for people to have social and physical contact. The article emphasizes that health includes physical, mental, and social well-being, and that students need guidance on how to safely have social interactions rather than having their social interactions banned or shamed. Inside Higher Ed (International)

A more understanding approach needed for students during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

Proctortrack software, used by the University of Regina and Western University to reduce cheating on exams, has had a security breach. Proctortrack said that no student data was accessed, and it has shut down its systems for up to ten days to review and enhance its security. CBC calls the breach an “I-told-you-so” moment for URegina students who were already uncomfortable with the software. In September, students launched a petition for URegina to stop using this program, citing concerns about data collection and hacking. David Gerhard, head of URegina’s computer science department, said that though students are raising legitimate points, URegina has “had an epidemic of cheating” since classes moved online, and is using the software to maintain academic integrity. CBC (SK | ON)

Proctortrack software used by URegina, Western experiences security breach Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

The University of Toronto is launching a review of their search for an administrative staff member to direct the International Human Rights Program (IHRP). U of T says that this review will provide transparency on the search process and the decision to “discontinue the candidacy of the search committee’s preferred candidate.” However, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Executive Director David Robinson noted “serious flaws” in U of T’s investigation, both in purpose and scope, and stressed that a truly independent review is necessary. The CAUT Executive Committee was set to review the case October 19. U of T | CAUT (ON)

U of T to review search for IHRP staff, CAUT says investigation “flawed” Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) is receiving funding from the Alberta Government that will go towards expanding the faculty’s Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU). Ashley Whitehead, associate dean, clinical programs at UCVM, says practices are changing when it comes to diagnosing and treating livestock. “To do that, we are going to need more diagnostics in order to safeguard our animals, as well as our food production systems. This is important for the health of livestock, but also for producer livelihoods and food security.” The series of grants, totaling $3.4M, will allow the DSU to provide diagnostic pathology and other testing services to Alberta’s livestock veterinarians, and enhance research and learning opportunities for students. UCalgary | Calgary Herald (AB)

UCalgary receives funding to improve livestock care Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

Olds College will now be home to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s field crop development centre following a three-year $10.5-million grant agreement with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The move will enable Olds to increase capacity and undertake innovative agricultural research projects, and will also provide valuable learning opportunities for students at the college. “Olds College is focused on delivering research programming that is centered on the needs of producers and industry partners, and we are committed to collaborating with key stakeholders throughout the sector in order to sustainably position and grow barley/triticale research here in Alberta,” said Olds president Stuart Callum. Olds (AB)

Olds to take over Alberta’s field crop development centre Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 10:03 10/20/2020 - 03:30

Approximately 1,300 University of Ottawa support staff are on strike after the local bargaining unit of Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the university were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. Since early 2019, health benefits have been one of the main concerns for the membership. UOttawa said that their latest offer included the highest wage increase possible, as well as improvements to benefits and job security. However, talks between UOttawa and the OSSTF local bargaining unit broke down last week, with the result of the two sides not reaching an agreement before the strike deadline of one minute after midnight on October 19. CBC (ON)

UOttawa support staff on strike Top Ten 10/20/2020 - 03:50 10/20/2020 - 03:30

The Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force has released its final report and recommendations focused on four key themes: Indigenous Peoples’ participation in post-secondary education and the workforce; Student participation and integration into the workforce; Talent and skills development; and Industry connectivity and industry-driven solutions. The recommendations build upon a previous report released in July 2020. “Our final report builds on our initial recommendations and highlights existing strengths in the system, identifies areas for improvement, and provides solutions for a collaborative approach to expedite the province’s economic recovery,” said Robert Murray, Chair of the Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force and President of Grande Prairie Regional College. Lethbridge | GPRC (AB)

Final recommendations released from Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University instructors and students have collaborated to create a psychology textbook open educational resource (OER) for students. The textbook project was started by Dal teaching fellow Leanne Stevens, who saw that students could not always afford psychology textbooks. Stevens worked with other instructors and students to find a suitable OER resource to base the textbook upon, make content more relevant to a Canadian audience, and align the learning outcomes. “The idea is that others will be able to adapt this text to their needs as well,” Stevens said. “That really is my hope, that this is useful for psychology courses at other universities and that they would want to adopt it, passing the savings on to even more students.” Dal (NS)

Dal instructors, students collaborate to create OER psychology textbook Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

The humanities need to be reimagined in the face of the current crisis, writes Steven Mintz. The humanities were already facing a decline in funding and enrollment numbers, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues. The author gives four different ways that the humanities could adapt to this crisis: through viewing it as a study of how to live life, as a field of “translational humanities” that apply humanities to other realms, as critical humanities examining the world through postmodern thought, and as a global study. “We must reaffirm the signal importance of the humanities’ great contributions: A methodology that emphasizes analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and contextualization and a focus on peoples’ minds – their perceptions, emotions, hopes, dreams, fears -- and modes of expression,” said Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Reimagining the humanities: Opinion Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

Riipen has announced the beginning of Phase II of a partnership with RBC Future Launch that will include an additional 16 postsecondary institutions across Canada. This second phase will create 6,000 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students over the next year. “We know that hands on, experiential learning is critical to getting those all-important first jobs and breaking the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle, and we are excited to expand our partnership with Riipen so that it can positively impact even more young people in Canada,” said Mark Beckles, Senior Director, Youth Strategy & Innovation at RBC. Dana Stephenson, CEO of Riipen stated, “With this additional support from RBC Future Launch, we are able to offer students the confidence, career clarity, and skills development in a way that supports small and medium businesses across Canada.” Phase I of the partnership included 15 institutions and connected over 5,400 youth with practical learning experiences. Riipen (National)

Riipen, RBC Future Launch expand WIL partnerships Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

York University has announced a gift from the R.P. Bratty Family Foundation toward its new Markham Centre Campus. Slated to open in Fall 2023, the new campus will offer “employer-aligned degree programs, certificates and other credentials” in the growing areas of data analytics, business and entrepreneurship, and new media and communications. “This contribution will not only support the MCC’s ability to provide a high-quality student learning experience in newly emerging and high demand programs,” said YorkU President Rhonda L. Lenton, “but facilitate the research, innovation and creative activities contributing to York’s larger mission to build inclusive and resilient communities in one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.” York (ON)

YorkU receives $10M gift for new campus Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) have each announced the cancellation of their 2021 winter season in response to the ongoing pandemic. Both OUA and OCAA have said that the health and safety of their athletic communities are top priority, and that the decision was made after consulting with key stakeholders and advisors. “We empathize, understand, and share the deep disappointment this especially causes for our winter sport student-athletes,” said OCAA President Nathan McFadden. OUA President and CEO Gord Grace stated he is “confident that our participants will continue to demonstrate their resolve and determination through these exceptional circumstances and as we work toward an eventual safe return to competition.” OUA | OCAA | The Sudbury Star (National)

University, college sports associations cancel winter seasons Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

A new graduate program is being offered by the University of Calgary beginning in September 2021. The Master of Data Science and Analytics degree was developed in response to a growing skills demand in Canada’s digital economy. Students will be able to choose from three areas of focus: fundamental data science, business analytics, or health data analytics and biostatistics. “Realizing the changing needs in an increasingly data-driven economy in Alberta, Canada, and around the world, the new program will fill an important niche in meeting the needs of students with an interest in re-skilling and up-skilling towards the tech sector,” said UCalgary interim Faculty of Science dean Bernhard Mayer. UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary launches Master of Data Science and Analytics degree Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

The Michener Institute has launched a new two-day intensive program to train medical lab workers. This program will help address the backlog of COVID-19 tests by training up to 600 students to do preliminary lab work, thus reducing the workload of certified technologists and assistants. Students will participate in a blended program, with an online portion as well as hands-on lab experience. “What we’re doing is really taking an educational strategy that extends the clinical team that supports the labs and the testing that’s needed for COVID-19,” said Maria Tassone, senior director of the School of Continuing Education at the Michener Institute. Global News (ON)

Michener launches two-day medical lab worker training program Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

Lethbridge College has announced an agreement with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The agreement will see Lethbridge manage and operate the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre and the Brooks Greenhouse as part of its Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The facilities will be used as workspace for agricultural researchers from across the industry. “This agreement will allow our Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to build on its strengths and expand its work and relationships with the local agriculture industry, creating new and innovative solutions that drive the industry forward and contribute to Alberta’s economic growth,” said Lethbridge College President Paula Burns. Burns added the agreement is especially important for growing student capacity for research at the college. Lethbridge | Lethbridge Herald (AB)

New agreement enhances agricultural research at Lethbridge Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

The University of St Michael’s College and Regis College have met “to explore a mutual desire to renew long-standing discussions regarding a closer institutional relationship.” The two Catholic institutions have established the Regis-USMC Steering Committee, which oversees an alliance that will guide them using shared principles. These principles include a commitment to forge a world-class Catholic theological centre, consult all stakeholders, and deepen Regis College’s and St Mike’s relationship. St Mike’s (ON)

Regis College, St Mike’s renew discussions of closer institutional relationship Top Ten 10/19/2020 - 03:39 10/19/2020 - 03:30

Red River College has partnered with the Province of Manitoba to provide free COVID-19 nasal swab micro-credentials to students in select programs. RRC’s School of Continuing Education will provide the course, which students can complete in as little as five hours through a blended delivery model. Students who have completed the course will be added to a list of people who can perform nasal swabs at testing sites across Manitoba. RRC will begin by training up to 30 students a week, and expand capacity as necessary. “We are proud to offer this new micro-credential that will prepare our front line and students from a variety of health-care programs to help reduce the spread of the virus,” said RRC’s president Fred Meier. MB | Global News (MB )

RRC, MB partner to provide free COVID-19 nasal swab micro-credential Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

McGill University’s School of Environment has received $15M from alumnus Marc Bieler for the advancement of environmental research and scholarship. The funding will focus on initiatives and projects related to students and academic programming, interdisciplinary research, and engagement and experiential learning. “Environmental sustainability is one of the great challenges of our time, and McGill’s students, researchers and administrators are committed to playing a leading role in addressing this challenge from a variety of approaches,” said Suzanne Fortier, Principal of McGill. “With this transformative gift, the Bieler School of Environment will be well positioned to translate new knowledge into solutions that will have a real and lasting impact on our world for generations to come.” McGill | Montreal Gazette (QC)

McGill receives $15M gift for School of Environment Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Banning university students from partying likely will not change behaviour, says a CBC article. Students instead need real and safe alternatives, as bans or fines are likely to be ignored. Leo Erlikhman, a Queen’s University research assistant, says that one possible safer option could be encouraging students hosting parties to keep parties small, keep track of who attends them, and have hand sanitizer available for guests. Additionally, students can ask friends to download the COVID-19 Alert app. “There are billions of years of evolutionary biology that leads us to conclude that young people will find ways to socialize,” said David Sweanor, a University of Ottawa adjunct law professor. “Young people will do risky things, and what we need to do is channel that risk.” CBC (National)

Students need safe opportunities to socialize rather than partying bans: Opinion Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal, TV5 Québec Canada, and TV5MONDE have partnered to allow for the sharing and analysis of data from one of TV5’s newest French-language platforms. The agreement means that researchers from UQAM will be able to study consumption habits of Francophone content around the world. Representatives from the organization say it will improve understanding of the global digital audience and increase the discoverability of French-language content. The partnership also creates the opportunity for a sharing of best-practices between the two organizations. UQAM (QC)

UQAM, TV5 to research content consumption behaviour world-wide Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

York University’s Schulich School of Business and A Different Booklist Cultural Centre have partnered to create a free certificate program for Toronto’s Black community. The eight-week introduction to business webinar introduces students to marketing, operations management, and human resources, and includes Black guest speakers. The course was created to address some of the common barriers preventing Black people from entering the Schulich School of Business. “We hope that it will be one of several initiatives over a sustained period of time in terms of engagement with the Black community with the intent of having that community grow in strength, numbers [and] representation at the Schulich School of Business,” said Ashwin Joshi, director of York’s MBA program. The Star (ON)

York, cultural centre offer free business certificate for Black community Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Olds College will be using $200K from the Alberta government, and support from the federal government and partners from Calgary and California, to create The Olds College Smart Farm agricultural tech start-ups incubator. The smart farm will enable start-ups in Olds and in other places to develop technology that will support the agricultural sector through providing a space for them to do research and develop their technology. “The Olds College Smart Farm is focused on building and supporting a broad-based agriculture innovation ecosystem that connects researchers, technology companies, producers, manufacturers, retailers and learners to accelerate the development and adoption of technology and practice, and enhance the economic impact of Canada’s agriculture sector,” said Olds president Stuart Cullum. Olds | Mountain View Today (AB)

Olds launches smart farm tech start-ups incubator Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Georgian College will be offering free boot camps that will introduce people to skills in the construction industry. Open to anyone, participants can choose from a variety of boot camps including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roof and wall framing, and passive solar greenhouse builds. Students will have access to Georgian’s state-of-the-art shop while learning about the skilled trades. “A lot of our past boot camp participants had never been in a shop before, or had limited experience, but were interested in learning a new skill and exploring a new career path or hobby,” said James Fielding, Georgian’s Operations Manager. My Muskoka Now (ON)

Georgian to offer free construction boot camps Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Students benefit from having assignments that allow them to take breaks from screen time now that their courses are mostly online, writes Beckie Supiano. The author describes how spending time videoconferencing can be exhausting and can lead to students’ attention being difficult to capture. The article describes some of the ways instructors who are teaching online courses engage their students without the use of technology. Some have students complete their assignments through writing exercises, interview assignments that have students physically connect with another person, and technology-free outdoor walks. Another technique is to encourage students to use paper notebooks for their notes to help them spread out their work. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Students benefit from assignments that give them screen time breaks: Opinion Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

The University of Calgary anticipates more provincial budget cuts in 2021, and CBC says that job cuts will be inevitable. UCalgary anticipates more layoffs next year, but is making plans to minimize these upcoming job losses. “We’re looking at things like retirement schemes, we’re looking at things like if somebody leaves university or retires about not replacing that person,” said UCalgary’s president Ed McCauley. McCauley says that an example of one area they may make more efficient is student counselling services; small faculties may be combined so that students get the counselling they need, but it is done more efficiently. UCalgary has also outlined a Growth Through Focus plan, which focuses on creating alternative revenue and increasing student enrollment. CBC (AB)

UCalgary expects job losses in face of 2021 provincial budget cuts Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

Saint Mary’s University’s contract to host the Confucius Institute, which promotes Chinese language and culture, is set to expire in December. SMU is in the process of deciding whether to renew the contract. The article explains that the Confucius Institute has been critiqued as promoting a one-dimensional view of China while ignoring human rights violations. Other institutions and school boards in Canada have cut ties with the institute. New Brunswick Education Minister Dominic Cardy said that students have cited issues around not being allowed to discuss certain topics in the classroom. However, Eric Henry, SMU’s Canadian co-director of the Confucius Institute said, “we haven’t had issue with politics in the classroom.” The Chronicle Herald (NS)

SMU contract with Confucius Institute set to expire Top Ten 10/16/2020 - 03:47 10/16/2020 - 03:30

In an article about the mental health crisis at Canadian universities, Sarah Treleaven of Maclean’s describes the experiences and challenges that postsecondary students have faced at several institutions. These challenges include lengthy wait times to see a counsellor, inadequate representation in decision making related to mental health services, mandated leave policies, mandatory sick notes, and overall accessibility issues with student mental health. Treleaven goes on to describe what institutions and national organizations are doing to introduce and improve student supports, support student wellness, and push for national policy changes. Maclean’s (National)

A look at the mental health crisis in Canadian universities: Maclean’s Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Online education within postsecondary institutions is here to stay, writes Steven Mintz, and instructors must try for a “permanent restructuring” that addresses the main problems associated with remote learning: isolation, engagement, rigor, and quality. Mintz discusses how he builds community within the classroom, ensures students stay engaged and motivated, and keeps students on track. He also describes how instructors can ensure students have a quality learning experience that includes engaging hands-on assignments, as well as how he incorporates student support and academic rigor into the virtual classroom. “The key lies in intentional, thoughtful course design,” says Mintz. “Let’s … embrace this transition moment as an opportunity to move higher ed in a direction that can better serve today’s incredibly diverse, highly differentiated student body.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Facing remote learning through “permanent restructuring” of courses: Opinion Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Mohawk College has announced that it will be offering a Bachelor of Digital Health (Honours) degree, which is Mohawk’s first stand-alone degree program. This program will focus on training students in computer science, health, and business studies so that they can develop IT solutions in healthcare settings. The program will ensure that students understand the Canadian healthcare system’s digital health principles, including issues around “patient safety, personalized health delivery, self-management and behaviour modification.” “Mohawk College is proud to commit ourselves even more intensely in the digital health sector, offering students a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills they need to deliver IT services in a wide variety of healthcare settings,” said Mohawk’s President Ron McKerlie. Mohawk (ON)

Mohawk announces first stand-alone degree Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute has officially opened its $440K Underwater Exploration Lab. The lab is used to train students on piloting remotely operated vehicles, conducting underwater tasks, and data visualization. Students will use the same technology as used in the industry. “The underwater exploration lab enables MI to keep pace with advancing technology used in the field of subsea robotics, ensures our students will be well-prepared to participate in this industry and supports the continuing development of the region’s ocean technology sector,” said Glenn Blackwood, MUN VP (Marine Institute). MUN (1) | MUN (2) (NL)

MUN officially opens $440K Underwater Exploration Lab Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Health researchers across Canada have received funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). This funding supports 330 principal investigators in designing and conducting health-related research projects. Among these projects, York University has been awarded $368K to support two mental health research projects; two University of Saskatchewan research teams have been awarded $400K to support research on mental health projects; $5.76M has been awarded to seven members of Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences; and $15M has been awarded to 22 University of British Columbia research projects. CIHR | Queen’s | UBC | YorkU | USask (National)

CIHR funding supports health research projects across Canada Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Western University and Wilfred Laurier University are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks in student residence buildings. Four students at Western’s London Hall have tested positive and are in isolation, with some of their close contacts moved to quarantine locations. Western is working with the Middlesex-London Health Unit to do contact tracing and to identify students who should be tested or quarantined. Two floors of WLU’s Clara Conrad Hall residence are experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Public Health requires that residents of both floors isolate for two weeks. Both institutions emphasize that they are supporting their students throughout the COVID-19 outbreaks. Western | WLU (ON)

Western, WLU experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Grande Prairie Regional College has created a 20-member Workforce Advisory Council that will help GPRC connect with industry needs. The council, which is informed by GPRC’s strategic priorities, recommendations from the Alberta Colleges’ Economic Recovery Task Force, and the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs Report, will focus on meeting industry needs, integrating skills development in established and emerging industries. “The creation of the Workforce Advisory Council is an essential next step for GPRC to support the regional and provincial economic recovery,” said Robert Murray, President of GPRC. “Through the work of the Council, GPRC will develop greater alignment of its programs and courses by identifying the workforce needs of the region, and producing a career ready workforce.” GPRC (AB)

GPRC creates Workforce Advisory Council to help connect training with industry Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions should use co-curricular pathways to improve student retention, says Terry Vaughan III, as this can significantly improve student retention through the use of high-impact experiences. He describes how co-curricular transcripts can be used to track co-curricular activities and show what students have learned during their studies, which can help students see the value of their degree. “Retention inherently depends on structure and engagement, and co-curricular pathways can provide a vital institutional structure for creating engaging experiences for students of all academic, social and economic backgrounds,” said Vaughan. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Co-curricular pathways can improve student retention: Opinion Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Keyano College’s Board of Governors has cancelled an “Arts Centre Project that had previously been approved in November 2019, releasing the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) from their financial commitment. The international art gallery would have extended the Keyano Theatre space and provided flexible studio space. However, Keyano’s Board of Governors said that this is not the right time for this project to go forward. “Given the current situation with a global pandemic, the fiscal realities of the College, and the aftermath of the Fort McMurray Flood, there are other priorities that need to be addressed at this time,” said Dale Mountain, Keyano’s Interim President. “We feel the funds would be better utilized by the RMWB in other areas.” Keyano College | (AB)

Keyano cancels Arts Centre Project Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

As part of its election platform, the British Columbia NDP party has pledged a second medical school at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus. The Prince George Citizen reports that the new medical school would be established in partnership with the Fraser Health Authority, and include a partnership with the First Nations Health Authority. However, expert Rita McCracken said that a second school producing more graduates may not be the solution to the shortage. “Despite us having seen drastically increased numbers for both medical students and family practice trainees, we have not seen a concordant decrease in people searching for a family doctor,” she said. Times Colonist | Prince George Citizen | (BC)

BC NDP pledges new medical school at SFU Surrey Campus Top Ten 10/15/2020 - 03:40 10/15/2020 - 03:30

Sheridan College is launching two new degrees: An Honours Bachelor of Computer Science, and an Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design. Students in both programs will learn the theory of their chosen field and apply it through hands-on opportunities. Students in the Computer Science degree will be able to choose from three specializations – Game Engineering, Data Analytics, or Cloud Computing – and will participate in a co-op placement of up to 16 months. Students in the Experiential Design degree program will learn how to enhance experiences of places and participate in a 14-week co-op. Sheridan says that the Experiential Design degree is the first of its kind in Canada. Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan launches two new degrees Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

An Acadia University student who hosted a party with more than 75 people attending has been fined for violating the Emergency Management Act. The RCMP promptly responded and broke up the party, fining the host $697. However, they have not publicly released the identity of the person charged, so Acadia has not been able to take disciplinary action against the student. “Anyone found to be in breach of Acadia's student code of conduct will face discipline through our non-academic judicial process,” said Acadia spokesperson Sherri Turner. “Thankfully, most of our students are responsible and respectful.” CBC (NS)

Acadia student fined for hosting party with more than 75 attendees Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

The University of Guelph will receive $640K from Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund to support heating system upgrades to its flue gas heat recovery system. The upgrades will involve the installation of heat pumps to improve heat recovery efficiency while decreasing emissions. “We are pleased to partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada to expand the University’s flue gas heat recovery system,” said Martha Harley, UGuelph’s VP (finance, administration and risk). “It is a win-win for the environment and for our campus to have greater use of this system.” Cision (ON)

UoGuelph, Canada partner to improve campus heating system efficiency Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

Northern College and Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology have signed a Green Technology Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will see the two parties work collaboratively to enhance existing battery technician training modules and develop a Northern College Battery Electric Vehicle Technician program. With battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) increasing in popularity in the Canadian mining industry, Northern states that more specialized BEV technicians are required to support the growing fleet of battery-electric vehicles in the country. Northern | St Thomas Times Journal (ON)

Northern, Sandvik sign green technology MOU Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

Red Crow Community College has officially broken ground on the construction of its new 9,888-square-metre Kainai campus. This building project replaces the campus that was destroyed by fire in 2015 and will create almost 300 local construction-related jobs. The Government of Canada is contributing $20M to the project, while the rest is funded by Kainai and Red Crow. “Education is the way forward for our people,” said Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox. “On-reserve educational opportunities for students is an important factor in the economic, social and cultural well-being of our community. We are proud to play such an integral role in educating and training our people and we look forward to sharing our new facility with you once open.” Lethbridge Herald | Construct Connect (AB)

Red Crow breaks ground on new Kainai campus Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

A Vancouver man who was arrested last year after a suspicious fire broke out at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in October has pleaded guilty to deliberately starting the fire. The man will face sentencing in December or January. Though no one was injured in the fire, ECUAD was forced to close for 10 days so that water, fire, and smoke damage could be addressed. CBC reports that the man is not believed to be connected to the university in any way. CBC | Straight (BC)

Vancouver man pleads guilty to starting deliberate fire at ECUAD last year Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

BC’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken on the investigation of the death of a 31-year-old man who died in hospital after being found unresponsive on Trinity Western University’s campus. Campus security called Langley RCMP with the report of an “agitated