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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 man” who was “involved in an altercation with campus security,” said IHIT. The man was unresponsive when the RCMP arrived, and died later after being taken to hospital. “We are taking additional care and safety measures with campus residents to ensure they are cared for,” says TWU. “Our prayers are with those affected by the events related to this incident.” CBC | Global News | TWU (BC)

Homicide team investigates the death of BC man found on TWU campus Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

The University of Victoria has renamed its University Centre to recognize the contributions of outgoing president Jamie Cassels. Cassels has been UVic’s president for the past seven years, and will be finishing his time in this role this fall. “Cassels has been a faculty member at UVic for nearly 40 years and has served in senior leadership roles for more than half that time. The new building name, the Jamie Cassels Centre, recognizes his extraordinary contribution and long service to the university,” the article says. UVic (BC)

UVic names University Centre in honour of outgoing president Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

Western University Mustangs’ football player Garret Holmes has created the Canadian Student-Athlete Association (CSAA). The CSAA will help student athletes express their concerns about how COVID-19 will impact their participation in sports and provide them with a voice in other areas, like sexual harassment and racism. “COVID-19 really changed college and university sports forever in Canada unfortunately,” said Holmes. “It’s not about the decisions made in the past, but it’s the future decisions that are going to be made, and when those are made, I think student-athletes should have some input. It’s their future and it’s their careers at stake.” The CSAA has already engaged with U Sports, resulting in a one-time relief of the organization’s eligibility policy due to COVID-19. The Silhouette | CSAA (ON)

Western student creates CSAA to give student athletes a voice Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30

Statistics Canada has released five plausible financial projection scenarios to determine the impact of the pandemic on Canadian higher education, which see the sector suffer revenue losses that range from $377M to $3.4B during the 2020/2021 academic year. The projections, which are based on different changes in enrolment and research funding, Statistics Canada says that in 2017-18, around 40% of all tuition fees were paid by foreign students, but that that study permits issued for this school year have seen a 58% decrease. StatCan (National)

Canadian universities may lose up to $3.4B due to COVID-19: StatCan Top Ten 10/14/2020 - 03:40 10/14/2020 - 03:30
Grand Prairie Regional College and TELUS have partnered to give students access to 200 Smart Hubs, which provide wireless connections to students in rural areas. With GPRC mostly offering remote courses this semester, the Smart Hubs will give students in rural areas or students with no access to internet the ability to connect and access their courses. “GPRC is proud of this innovative partnership as the College transitioned to a predominately remote learning model this semester,” said Robert Murray, GPRC President. “Providing our students with accessible and reliable connectivity for course instruction is a primary focus.” GPRC (AB) GPRC, TELUS partner to provide students with access to Smart Hubs Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has championed a new national standard for student mental health and wellbeing in Canada. The voluntary standard, which MHCC says is the first of its kind, will enhance and expand the strategies that have been put in place by institutions looking to foster positive mental health for students. “Students may be experiencing even higher levels of stress and anxiety as the pandemic unfolds,” said MHCC President Louise Bradley. “There is a clear and pressing need. This new national Standard will help post-secondary institutions address this critical societal issue for our young people.” BCE (National) MHCC announces national standard to help Canadian PSE support student wellbeing Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
York University’s bilingual Glendon Campus has launched the Glendon Accelerator for Innovation and Best Practices in French Teaching knowledge mobilization hub. This hub will recruit French as a second language teachers to help address the shortage of FSL teachers in Ontario and Canada. It will include a new certificate in French language and community stewardship, a FSL research centre, and Open Education Resources on FSL teaching and learning. The hub will help foster FSL teacher skills and knowledge as students, continuing learners, and experts come together to network and share resources and knowledge. YorkU (ON) York launches FSL knowledge mobilization hub Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
University of British Columbia Okanagan has received $1M from the Stober Family Foundation, which will be nearly doubled by Aspire to a total of $1.9M. This donation will be used to create needs and merit-based scholarships and to create the Stober Fellows Program. It will also fund student support programs such as those run by the UBCO Social Work Mental Health Clinic and the clinical psychology training program. “With these new scholarship and fellowship opportunities in health, exercise science and mental health, not only will students benefit but so too will initiatives that improve the lives of so many in the Okanagan,” said UBCO Principal Lesley Cormack. UBCO (BC) UBCO receives $1.9M from Stober Family Foundation, Aspire Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
Collège Boréal is launching four new customized corporate training courses focused on communications. The courses are offered online in French, and are accessible from anywhere in Ontario. The four courses being offered are rédaction d’affaires, conversation espagnole, gestion d’association, and expression pour divers médiums. “Communications are increasingly important in the context of the current pandemic,” stated Boréal Director – Communications, Strategic Planning, and Government Relations Marc Despatie. “These four courses each offer an opportunity to sharpen specific communication tools.” Boréal | (ON) Boréal launches French corporate training for communications Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
Maclean’s has released its University Rankings for 2021. The top three universities in the Medical/Doctoral category were McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia. The top three universities in the Comprehensive category were Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Waterloo. The top three universities in the Primarily Undergraduate category were Mount Allison University, the University of Lethbridge, and Acadia University. Maclean’s (National) Maclean’s releases university rankings 2021 Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
Conestoga College students now have access to a new tool, the Student Experiential Record (SER), which tracks their work-related curricular activities and work-integrated learning experiences. Students can use the SER to prove experience in the field to employers, show areas of competence, and show how their Conestoga experiences fit them for a particular job when they are joining the workforce. “The SER is more than a physical record of experience,” said Kristine Dawson, director, Co-operative Education, Career Services and Work-Integrated Learning. “It helps students and graduates understand and articulate the skills, experiences and competencies they’ve acquired throughout the duration of their programs.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches new SER tool Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
In light of both a pre-existing $7M structural deficit and an additional $5-10M deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurentian University has hired an external advisor to address its financial challenges. The firm will be reviewing financial results, budgets, and various initiatives to identify solutions and opportunities. Jean-Charles Cachon, secretary and treasurer of the Laurentian University Faculty Association, pointed to both the university’s senior administration at Laurentian and the provincial and federal governments as contributing to the situation. "There is no relief for the institutions to help with the salaries or any type of special expenses that have been caused by the COVID situation,” said Cachon. “I think there has been a kind of disregard of post-secondary institutions." Laurentian | CBC (ON ) Laurentian hires external financial advisors to address financial challenges Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
A report by the Office of the Auditor General on Manitoba’s postsecondary institutions, titled Oversight of the Post-Secondary Institutions, has been released. The Government of Manitoba and publicly funded MB postsecondary institutions will be using this report to guide the development of MB postsecondary institutions. The report examined 2010-2018 and gives 22 recommendations for postsecondary education system improvement. “We look forward to improving Manitoba’s post-secondary education system and advancing our shared goals of increasing positive outcomes for students, building the skilled workforce needed to drive our economy forward and promoting a high quality of life for all of our residents, while ensuring financial accountability,” said Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler. MB (MB) MB receives auditor report on postsecondary sector Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30
Midwifery is an in-demand profession in Canada, but institutions face difficulty expanding midwifery programs, reports Maclean’s. In an examination of the profession, Maclean’s writes that a total of around 150 students are admitted each year into the four-year midwifery degrees offered by seven postsecondary institutions in Canada. More students apply for the programs, but institutions find it challenging to add more seats because it is difficult to find midwives who can train new students, and it “requires a huge amount of government will, backed up with funding to add seats in new programs and create jobs for new grads.” Programs also must consider diversity. “We need to think about trying to ensure that we have midwives who are working in areas that are less served,” said Liz Darling, director of McMaster’s midwifery program. Maclean’s (National) Expanding midwifery programs poses challenges Top Ten 10/13/2020 - 03:47 10/13/2020 - 03:30

McMaster University will receive $1M from the Government of Ontario to develop the Canadian Compound Library for Antibiotic Discovery. This chemical library will help researchers and clinicians develop new antibiotics to combat antibiotic resistance. The researchers will additionally develop a set of guidelines that researchers can adopt to accelerate the discovery and development of antibiotics, as well as creating online education modules to provide information to the public, researchers, and clinicians. “COVID-19 has reminded the world of its vulnerability to infectious diseases, and McMaster is working to ensure that, as a global society, we are able to address that vulnerability and prepare ourselves effectively for the next outbreak,” said McMaster president David Farrar. Global News | ON (ON )

McMaster receives $1M for Canadian Compound Library for Antibiotic Discovery Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Beginning in fall 2021, Capilano University’s School of Human Kinetics will become the School of Kinesiology. In addition to the name change, the university will be launching a new Bachelor of Kinesiology and a two-year diploma in Kinesiology, replacing the current diploma in Human Kinetics. Students in the bachelor’s degree program will be able to further specialize by selecting a concentration in either exercise science or health promotion in their final two years of study. “Offering a four-year degree allows our current Human Kinetics diploma students to complete their undergraduate studies at CapU, where they have established connections with faculty and gained valuable, hands-on, career-building experience,” said Lara Duke, dean of CapilanoU’s Faculty of Global and Community Studies. CapilanoU (BC)

CapU announces new school name, new programming in kinesiology Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received $1M from the Gosling Foundation to continue research on conserving plant species through cryopreservation at UoGuelph’s Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP). Researchers will use cryopreservation to store plant tissue at low temperatures for later propagation or tissue culture, enabling them to conserve endangered plant species that are threatened by climate change or disease. “This new funding essentially establishes a permanent basis for our cryo-collection and enables a long-term strategy to make a bank of valuable but endangered Canadian plant species,” said UoGuelph GRIPP Director Praveen Saxena. “It will strengthen international recognition of GRIPP as a uniquely Canadian conservation facility for the cryopreservation of plants.” UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph receives $1M to continue plant cryopreservation research Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

McGill University, King’s University College, and Brescia University College have recently announced the members of their respective newly-formed anti-racism and diversity working groups. McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy’s Working Group on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will address systemic challenges related to racism and discrimination in learning environments. King’s and Brescia have partnered to create the King’s/Brescia Joint Principal’s Anti-Racism Working Group to address social injustices on both campuses. These groups will work to form recommendations to create safe, respectful, and equitable learning environments. McGill | King’s (QC | ON)

Institutions announce creation of anti-racism, diversity working groups Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Students have different needs within a virtual learning environment, argues Beth McMurtrie. The author says that, while a physical classroom creates a sense of shared space, students in an online setting need engagement with their instructors and their peers to avoid finding communication awkward or seeing assignments as a list of tasks to complete. McMurtrie goes on to explain that instructors must carefully create these situations where students will be comfortable engaging in the classroom, or else students may do the bare minimum needed in the class. “Be clear about why you think engagement is important, and reward students for participating in activities in which they’re interacting with others,” said McMurtrie. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) (National)

Student needs change in the virtual learning environment: Opinion Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Calgary postsecondary institutions say that they are seeing increased levels of academic misconduct and cheating since classes moved online in March. Karen Parsons, Mount Royal University’s manager of the Office of Student Community Standards, said that rates of academic misconduct have “more than doubled,” possibly because of confusion and ignorance about what is acceptable in an online setting. The University of Calgary also reported an increase, although they noted that this could have been impacted by a change in their academic misconduct policy, which requires instructors to report any academic misconduct incidents. The universities have seen more incidents involving groups of students collaborating in online environments than before, indicating that the switch to online learning has been part of the issue. CBC (AB)

Calgary postsecondary institutions see increased academic misconduct Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Medicine Hat College will launch a new diploma program in Fall 2021 for students interested in sustainable agriculture. The Agroecology Technician program will give learners hands-on experience in designing, monitoring, and assessing agroecological systems, and prepare them for work as agricultural research technicians, urban agriculture designers or landscapers, range management consultants, and environmental consultants. Graduates will be also eligible to become a registered technologist in Agrology (RTAg) through the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. “This program leverages an important part of our region’s economic sector and prepares students to find meaningful, long-term employment and a future income stream that’s not going to be subject to market forces,” said program coordinator Brent Smith. MHC (AB)

MHC launches Agroecology Technician diploma Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University and the City of Kamloops have renewed a MOU that will help rebuild the region following the impacts of COVID-19. The MOU strengthens TRU’s partnership with the city, identifies areas where the relationship can be made more efficient, and identifies projects that will be expanded through the partnership. “Thompson Rivers University is home to a rich amount of research and knowledge that can significantly benefit the community of Kamloops,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “There is much more to be achieved by working in partnership and this MOU helps us continue to do just that.” TRU | TRU (BC)

TRU, Kamloops renew MOU focused on rebuilding region Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Aurora College’s plan for its transition to a polytechnic university status is being criticized by Yellowknife’s city council, who state that the plan is “lacking ambition” and lacking the ability to attract students from other places. Several aspects of Aurora College’s plans were described as problematic, such as a lack of Indigenous representation, issues around governance, and a plan to offer broad areas of specialization while excluding important subjects like the social sciences. Mayor Rebecca Alty said that the transition “appears to underestimate, rather than celebrate, the academic strengths and opportunities of the Northwest Territories and its people. It is unclear whether the polytechnic university would truly be different from the existing Aurora College.” CBC | Cabin Radio | My Yellowknife Now (NT)

Aurora College’s transition criticized by Yellowknife for lack of ambition Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has seen a significant drop in undergraduate students who have concentrations in petroleum geology and oil and gas engineering. CBC says that UCalgary saw a nearly 91% drop in petroleum geology students, s well as a 77% drop in students in oil and gas engineering. “The prospects over the next 40 years just doesn’t look as strong [to students] as other areas of energy or other jobs, and so you’re seeing that enrolment drop,” said Jeremy McCrea, analyst at Raymond James Ltd. McCrea noted that the number of undergraduate students enrolled in courses focusing on renewable energy has increased. CBC (AB)

UCalgary experiences drop in petroleum geology, oil, gas engineering students Top Ten 10/09/2020 - 03:40 10/09/2020 - 03:30

Ontario is providing $19.5M to postsecondary students through a variety of initiatives that will increase access to mental health services for students during the 2020-21 academic year. Initiatives that will receive funding include Good2Talk, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, the Mental Health Worker Grant, the Mental Health Services Grant, the Indigenous Institutes Mental Health Grant, and Get-A-Head. This year’s funding has increased by $3.25M. “Having mental health supports in place for when students need them most is a key part of helping students succeed, especially during this very difficult COVID period,” said Ross Romano, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. ON | Nation Talk (ON)

ON provides $19.5M in postsecondary mental health supports Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Kenjgewin Teg has joined eCampusOntario as its first Indigenous member and 46th member overall. This will enable Kenjgewin Teg to contribute to eCampusOntario initiatives and share Anishinabek approaches to education and training. “As a new member alongside Ontario’s colleges and universities and a legislatively recognized Indigenous Institute in Ontario, we look forward to actively participating and contributing to the goals of rethinking learning resources, rethinking recognition of learning and rethinking the learning experience - by sharing our Anishinabek lens and perspectives on teaching and learning,” said Stephanie Roy, president of Kenjgewin Teg. Accesswire (ON)

Kenjgewin Teg joins eCampusOntario Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Red Deer College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma program has received national accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). The program was reviewed by an independent audit team and met the National Accreditation Components standards. “RDC is committed to TAC accreditation for our Engineering Technology programs because of what it means for our students and our industry partners,” said Joel Gingrich, RDC Dean of Trades and Technologies. “Accreditation affirms the national-class quality of our program, students’ learning experiences, excellent facilities, and faculty expertise, each of which we are extremely proud.” RDC (AB)

RDC Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma meets national accreditation standards Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Part of solving the issue of the persistent pay gap between male and female professors might be bringing an end to side deals, Joanna Harrington says. Harrington explains that side deals that result in stipends, salary supplements, or market supplements can increase the pay of male professors disproportionately. Also, if a professor is not satisfied with their annual salary increase, they will sometimes pressure their institution by obtaining an offer of employment from another university, which creates a pay inequity through an “individualized increase.” The article discusses solutions to the problem of pay inequity, and calls for transparency on data about who is receiving special pay deals. CBC (National)

Solving the pay gap between male and female professors: Opinion Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

The University of King’s College received a charitable donation from its Chancellor Debra Deane Little and her husband Robert Little. The $2M donation has been used to restore three of the university’s five student residences. The overall cost of the restoration was $4.5M. “This is an occasion where we’re happy to publicly announce our gift,” said Chancellor Little. “Should our helping to publicize this effort succeed in alerting others that this project is in need of a last surge of support–that’s one more way we can help.” U of King’s College (NS)

U of King’s College receives $2M donation from chancellor Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Algonquin College has partnered with Ciena to upgrade its Ottawa Optophonics Lab. The upgrades will give School of Advanced Technology students the opportunity to use the same technology that currently powers most internet traffic. Algonquin says that this will be the only student lab of this kind. Students will be able to engage in experiential learning with the same equipment found in major telecommunications carriers. “This will ensure our current and future learners have access to the latest and greatest technology – and position them to find employment and long-term career success in the tech sector,” said Algonquin President Claude Brulé. Algonquin (ON)

Algonquin partners with Ciena on optophonics lab Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Keyano College has received $3.2M to maintain and repair buildings as well as modernize building codes on its Clearwater Main Campus. These projects will create jobs in Fort McMurray while ensuring that infrastructure is kept up-to-date. “Fort McMurray has endured two natural disasters in four years, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a significant economic downturn,” said Dale Mountain, Interim President of Keyano. “It would be impossible to overcome all of the struggles we’ve faced without the strong support of the Alberta government, our employees and a resilient community.” Keyano (AB)

Keyano receives $3.2M to modernize campus buildings Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Yukon University has moved most of its courses online and four programs have been put on hold this semester. YukonU’s culinary arts program is one of the programs that has been delayed this year because of COVID-19. The program will start in January, and though students will have kitchen time, many parts of the course will be online. Additionally, the number of students in the program will be reduced by half, and students will be in smaller groups in the kitchen. They also will not be cooking for others. “Given the challenging circumstances of COVID-19 planning, we’re pleased to only have four programs with delayed starts and only one delayed until next year,” said YukonU spokesperson Michael Vernon. CBC (YK)

YukonU culinary arts program, three other programs delayed due to COVID-19 Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Researchers from Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) and QuantWave Technologies Inc are investigating the capabilities of an intelligent sensing system that could detect COVID-19 outbreaks through wastewater. CAWT and QuantWave will spend the next year working on the project with help from the NSERC College and Community Innovation fund. “This project is another example of Fleming College working with our industry partners to look for solutions for society’s greatest challenges,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. Fleming (ON)

Fleming, QuantWave Technologies partner to develop COVID-19 wastewater sensing solution Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions across Canada are ensuring that their communities and students returning in the fall semester have their basic needs met. Red River College’s Prairie Research Kitchen partnered with Winnipeg Harvest to ensure that RRC culinary students could get experience after work placements became unavailable due to COVID-19. The students created nutritious and storable dehydrated soup mixes for distribution within the community. The University of Calgary’s Student Union is holding a month-long food drive to restock food bank shelves. Cambrian College will use part of a donation from a community foundation to support its Student Foodbank. 660 City News (UCalgary) | RRC | Sudbury (Cambrian) (MB)

Postsecondary institutions engage in initiatives to reduce student, community hunger Top Ten 10/08/2020 - 03:47 10/08/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University has made a commitment to support Indigenous entrepreneurs and engage in responsible investing. SFU has invested $1M in Raven Indigenous Impact Fund (RIIF), an organization that supports Indigenous entrepreneurs, economy, and social enterprise. SFU has also signed the Responsible Investment Association’s Canadian Investor Statement on Diversity & Inclusion initiative, pledging transparency within investment portfolios and within SFU. “Simon Fraser University is committed to addressing systematic racism and social inequities beyond the classroom,” says SFU President Joy Johnson. “By signing the Canadian Investor Statement on Diversity & Inclusion we are further increasing our efforts to take intentional steps to promote diversity and inclusion across our investment portfolios, and within our organization.” SFU (BC) SFU commits to support Indigenous entrepreneurs, engage in responsible investing Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba, Red River College, and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF) have partnered to allow access to Arctic data. ARF has compiled “big data” from research vessels, mobile labs, and the Naurvik plant production pod. The project will gather the data and make it accessible to the public in an Arctic Research Database. “Too much Arctic research is ‘siloed,’” explained ARF vice president Tom Henheffer. “It’s time to bring it all together so communities, governments, and research institutions can effectively share data and better coordinate work.” UManitoba (MB) UManitoba, RRC, ARF partner to allow public access to Arctic data Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
An academic’s CV stands in for the academic within the tenure process, says Judith Walker, an assistant professor of educational studies at the University of British Columbia. Walker frames the CV as a story of an academic’s achievements, research, and teaching, and argues that every publication, committee, and teaching assignment must work toward telling a story that will lead to tenure. The author discusses the CV as “a strategic document” upon which the university’s evaluation of the professor rests, while giving insight about the process of submitting documents to be considered for tenure. University Affairs (National) A CV must represent the academic within the tenure process: Opinion Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
St Francis Xavier University’s Centre for Employment Innovation is leading a $2.5M Diversity and Inclusion Program. The initiative will see fifteen African Nova Scotians and people of African descent hired to work at employment services centres across the province, which will diversify employment centre staff to better reflect the communities they are working within. The program is guided by Black Nova Scotia Works leaders. “As an African Nova Scotian woman, this program gives me hope,” said StFX’s project lead Angela Bear. “African Nova Scotians have historically experienced multiple systemic barriers to training and employment. This initiative works with African Nova Scotians and persons of African descent to open doors and create meaningful employment opportunities.” StFX | NS (NS ) StFX leads $2.5M Diversity and Inclusion Program Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
A new OCUFA University Governance Committee report, which surveyed 27 Ontario faculties and academic library associations, found that the majority of ON universities did not consult faculty or students when creating their COVID-19 response. The report states that 88% of the respondents “considered their institution’s pandemic response to be top-down in nature,” and 73% of institutions that created COVID-19 task forces or committees did not include faculty or student representatives in them. The report also includes details on the involvement of faculty and academic librarians in fall term planning, senate roles in pandemic responses, and the impacts of pandemic responses on collegial governance processes. OCUFA (ON) Majority of ON institutions did not consult faculty, students on pandemic response: OCUFA Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
University of Alberta based microbiologist Michael Houghton has become the second Canadian-based scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He received this award for his 1989 discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Since then, he has done research on hepatitis treatment and the development of a hepatitis C vaccine, and UAlberta says Houghton is currently working towards creating a COVID-19 vaccine. “Michael Houghton’s achievement cannot be overstated,” said University of Alberta president Bill Flanagan. “Dr. Houghton has made this world a better place. As president of the University of Alberta, the institution where he has dedicated his time, I am thrilled that his work has been recognized in this way.” UAlberta | The Gateway Online | The Hamilton Spectator (AB) UAlberta’s Michael Houghton receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
The Royal Military College of Canada has made the decision to send cadets home for the remainder of the term. The cadets have finished their in-person training and rites of passage and are now taking classes online. Though no cadets tested positive for COVID-19, the decision to have students continue their classes was made as a COVID-19 precaution. “I see this as an opportunity to pre-emptively take action to help protect the ongoing health of our officer cadets, keep the force safe, and set the conditions for a successful winter term,” said BGen Sébastien Bouchard, RMC Commandant. RMC states that classes are continuing, but will be fully online for the rest of the term. Kingstonist (ON) RMC sends cadets home for remainder of term Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business has partnered with Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) to commit to “socially responsible science.” This ensures that research “is rigorous and relevant in supporting businesses and organizations by improving peoples’ lives and society more broadly.” Concordia says that John Molson School of Business is the first Canadian business school to officially partner with RRBM. “Our vision, mission, and core values are already well aligned with RRBM’s principles,” said Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of the John Molson School of Business. “This partnership was a natural fit for us. It also further solidifies our school as a globally recognized academic institution that is focused on responsibility, relevance, and impact.” Concordia (QC) Concordia partners with RRBM on socially responsible science Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
Rice University’s OpenStax will be doubling its open educational resources textbook library. Currently OpenStax offers 42 textbooks, but it will expand the collection to nearly 90 using $12.5M in grants. Campus Technology reports that, since publishing its first book in 2012, Openstax has seen its OER titles used by 14 million students around the world to save over $1B USD. It has experienced a dramatic increase in OER throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus Technology (International) OpenStax to double OER textbook library Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
Conestoga College has announced that it will be offering a new agriculture pilot program for those interested in farming or already in the industry from its Brantford airport location. The program will cover topics such as spraying and fertilizing operations, custom tillage, and harvesting, and will receive around $180K from the federal and provincial governments. “Supporting those with a passion for a career in agriculture is key to our economy and ensures our food supply chain continues to produce healthy and nutritious food for Ontario families,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Brantford Expositor (ON) Conestoga to offer new agriculture pilot program Top Ten 10/07/2020 - 03:52 10/07/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, with the support of municipalities and postsecondary institutions, will be providing more than $52.7M in funding toward infrastructure projects in southern Alberta. The funds will go toward the rebuilding of Red Crow Community College’s main campus, renovations and expansions at Medicine Hat College that will include an Indigenous gathering space, and cultural and administrative spaces at the University of Lethbridge. Funds will also be directed toward a French language cultural centre project in Calgary. Medicine Hat News | Lethbridge Herald | AB (AB ) Southern AB postsecondary institutions undertake infrastructure, Indigenous cultural projects Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
Beginning October 20th, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that international students will be allowed to enter Canada to attend a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan. International student travel to DLIs will be considered non-discretionary and non-optional unless there is evidence that students are entering for other discretionary or optional reasons. IRCC will post and update a list of approved DLIs. “This announcement is an extremely positive development for colleges and institutes across Canada and reflects our collective efforts to prepare and plan for the safe arrival of international students,” says Colleges & Institutes Canada. CICAN (National) International students allowed to enter Canada to attend DLIs Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
University of British Columbia and University of Victoria law students are asking for worker protections for articling students. While articling jobs are a mandatory part of becoming a lawyer in British Columbia, each firm’s wages and employment standards vary because BC’s Employment Standards Act does not cover articling student jobs. Over 100 students have signed a letter directed to the Law Society of BC asking that a set of standards be developed for BC articling jobs. At the Law Society of BC’s annual meeting, members will vote on whether to draft an articling agreement that would establish employment standards for articling students. CBC (BC) BC law students petition for employment standards for articling students Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
Holland College and EC-Council Canada have partnered to deliver online cyber security training to students in the two-year Computer Networking Technology program. The partnership will help the program to respond to the increasing global demand for cybersecurity practitioners. “EC-Council is highly respected in the Cyber Security field, and the organization’s use of online simulators and real time infrastructure replaces what we would usually do in our classroom,” explained Chris Arsenault, program instructor at Holland College. “The partnership provides proven curriculum designed by some of the world’s top security professionals and a host of other benefits for students and faculty.” Holland College (PEI) Holland College, EC-Council partner to offer online cyber security training Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
The University of Regina has launched a Business Essentials Program for employees of Saskatchewan businesses impacted by COVID-19. Employees will be trained by industry experts on a variety of different topics, including navigating changes brought about by the pandemic, rethinking how they serve their customers, and improving and innovating to meet business needs. “With this new skill development program, we are continuing to support businesses and people in our community, helping them to thrive and succeed in any situation they face,” said Christie Schultz, URegina Director of the Centre for Continuing Education. URegina (SK) URegina launches Business Essentials Program for employee training Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
Sports conferences across Canada are facing decisions about allowing postsecondary students to engage in sports as COVID-19 numbers in some areas rise. The Canada West conference cancelled its first-term fall sports, and has delayed its decision on the second-term conference competition. The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec is also contemplating its decision around suspending team sports for the rest of October in the province’s “red zones.” “You can see by the reaction … sports is part of our culture and part of everybody’s life,” said Rémi Richard, the assistant director-general for Sports Quebec. “We can see people lose something in their lives without sports.” Times Colonist | Montreal Gazette (National) Canada’s sports conferences delay decisions on sports seasons Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
With Thanksgiving approaching, institutions on the east coast are advising students who live outside of the Atlantic Bubble to refrain from unnecessary travel. In order to encourage students to stay close to campus, St Francis Xavier University will be coordinating traditional and non-traditional activities over the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to asking students to stay in Atlantic Canada for the upcoming holiday weekend, Acadia University has also asked that students not travel on weekends or during study breaks. Some institutions are also looking ahead to the Christmas break: Université Sainte-Anne is requesting that students remain in the bubble over the holidays, while St Francis Xavier University is looking at shifting terms dates to allow for any isolation periods upon return. CBC (NB | NL | NS ) Universities in Atlantic bubble prepare for holiday breaks Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
If corporations are to pursue their equity, diversity, and inclusion pledges, students say that business schools will need to overhaul their curriculum. In an article written by Angelyn Francis, students from business schools in Canada described gaps in their course curriculum, including a lack of equity training and a lack of training on how businesses can negatively impact communities. The students additionally explain how a lack of baseline knowledge, which some had experienced within their institutions, can lead to damaging stereotyping and assumptions about diverse communities. “If we don’t start really thinking about different ways of changing the system, we’re going to see more of the same,” said I&D 101 Founder Jamile Cruz. The Star (ON) Students call for business school curriculum changes Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
COVID-19’s lingering impacts on academic parents could, on the whole, be positive, argues Joshua Kim. The author writes that before COVID-19, academics with children were faced with poor childcare options, challenges with career progression, and an atmosphere that did not encourage academics to have children. However, the author says that post-COVID-19, cultural norms around the separation of work and family will likely change. “What will happen is that parents will have more degrees of freedom to set their schedules and to work remotely,” said Kim. “There will be less concern across campuses of working during ‘working hours,’ as I expect the flexibility and autonomy that faculty and some staff have enjoyed will be extended to greater numbers of higher education workers.” Inside Higher Ed (International) COVID-19 could lead to positive change for academic parents: Opinion Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
MacEwan University has announced its new Chair of International Health Research. The chair, created with a donation from the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE), will focus on projects related to international health, specifically in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. MacEwan vice-president, research Craig Kuziemsky described the addition of this new research chair as “a sign of growth in the institution’s research, scholarly, and creative activity landscape.” The chair, Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing and will focus her research on the response of health educators to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Ukraine, and Chile. MacEwan (AB) MacEwan creates Chair of International Health Research Top Ten 10/06/2020 - 03:37 10/06/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced a three-year plan that will invest $10B into projects that create jobs and build infrastructure in areas such as clean power generation, zero-emission transit, broadband internet access, and irrigation infrastructure for farmers in Western Canada. The funding is estimated to create 60,000 jobs across the country and would help connect 750,000 homes and small businesses to broadband in under-served communities. “It is a huge economic and jobs opportunity for Canada,” said Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna. The funding is being spent through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which CBC reports has faced scrutiny and criticism for making relatively few investments since its establishment in 2017. CBC | Global News (National) Canada announces $10B investment over three years for clean power, transit, internet access, irrigation Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
A study led by McMaster University has received a $4M investment from Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force to study the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies within Canada’s 50+ population. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will undertake the COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study, which will determine how widespread SARS-CoV-2 infection is in the 50+ population through the use of blood tests and questionnaires. “As we begin a second wave of the pandemic,” said David Naylor, co-chair of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. “finding novel ways to further understand immunity in aging Canadians is increasingly important.” The study involves researchers from many academic and hospital research sites across the country, including McGill University and Dalhousie University. COVID-19 Immunity Task Force | McMaster (National) McMaster receives $4M to lead COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia is co-leading an international team that has received a $48M grant from the United States Defence Advanced Research Project Agency to conduct spinal cord injury research. The grant will support a five-year project which will address the entire continuum of care for people with spinal cord injuries, and will aim to restore lost function by “regenerating lost connections between the patient’s brain and spinal cord through the delivery of neural stem cells to the injury site through a 3D-printed biodegradable scaffold.” By the end of the five-year period, the team aims to implant the technology into a patient with a spinal cord injury. Twelve institutions are involved in the project, including UBC and the University of Calgary. UBC (BC) Spinal cord injury research team co-led by UBC receives $48M Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
The Cree community of Chisasibi is working toward creating a CEGEP to meet the needs of students who would face challenges moving away from home immediately after graduating from high school. “There are so many barriers to success for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students who leave their communities to attend schools in the South,” said Sarah Pash, chairperson of the Cree School Board. “They face loneliness and isolation. They face culture shock.... They miss family. They lack support, both emotionally and socially. They face systemic racism.” Pash said that all levels of the Cree nation are working toward making the CEGEP and more educational opportunities a possibility. CBC (QC) Chisasibi working toward creating a Cree CEGEP Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
The College of the North Atlantic has expanded its postsecondary training to include microcredentials, which CNA says will “pave the way” to how future courses are offered. These courses are designed to accommodate a “T-shaped learner,” who already has a foundation for their knowledge, but needs to expand or develop their skills. These microcredentials are stackable, meaning that three or four courses could equate to one CNA credit and be recognized by other institutions. The credentials would be promotable through a digital badge. “Industry and the workplace are changing rapidly these days, and many don’t need to return to college for a one- or two-year certificate or diploma to get those skills,” said Jason Rolls, CNA Senior Director for Academic Development. “In today’s workplace, those T-shaped learners are in demand.” CNA (NL) CNA expands to offer microcredentials Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University says it is the first Canadian educational institution to attain Fairtrade Gold Campus status. SFU says the movement was started 10 years ago by just a few students, but that it has grown as SFU has made efforts to change procurement policies to ensure that only fairtrade food and other products are sold on campus. “This achievement is the result of our faculty, staff, and students taking action and speaking out in support of farmers and workers around the globe, not only at SFU but in our communities as well,” said Mark McLaughlin, Chief Commercial Services Officer, SFU Ancillary Services. SFU (BC) SFU attains Fairtrade Gold Campus status Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
Redeemer University College has broken ground on its new $18.5M residence and learning facility. The new facility is a part of Redeemer’s 2025 Strategic Plan and will include 170 beds, kitchens and common spaces for students, and classrooms and breakout rooms. “The new residence and learning facility will accommodate Redeemer’s steady enrolment growth over the coming years allowing us to continue our commitment to educating the whole person, integrating life, faith and learning on a spiritually vibrant campus,” said Graham. Redeemer (ON) Redeemer breaks ground on new residence and learning facility  Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
Brescia University College has negotiated a collective agreement with the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA) that ensures job security for tenure-stream and contract faculty at the institution. OCUFA states that the agreement establishes that all teaching done at Brescia will be done by BFA members and provides faculty with the right of first refusal for any courses that they have previously taught. This right of first refusal ensures short-term job security for contract faculty members. OCUFA (ON) Brescia negotiates one-year agreement with BFA Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
Nunavut’s government has pledged to provide more support to high school graduates and postsecondary students. MLAs and members of cabinet unanimously agreed that more must be done to support the education and employment of Inuit youth during COVID-19. “Our youth face countless barriers to success. Barriers such as food insecurity, overcrowding, abuse, mental health, as well as limited education and employment opportunities,” said Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak Lightstone. Lightstone asked the Nunavut government to create a response plan that would help postsecondary students navigate changes and cancellations to postsecondary programs, travel restrictions, and challenges finding jobs. CBC says around half of the usual number of students have applied for Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students this year, and Lightstone says some students have chosen to take a gap year because of COVID-19. CBC (NV) NV pledges to support high school graduates, postsecondary students Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph is developing a wastewater sampling system that will alert the university to elevated COVID-19 levels within the sewer. The system will help pinpoint COVID-19 infections before individuals become symptomatic or if they remain asymptomatic throughout their infection. The system will monitor wastewater three times a week to detect spikes from the five residences. UoGuelph will use information from this monitoring to recommend COVID-19 tests and reinforce COVID-19 prevention measures such as mask wearing and hand washing to stop outbreaks from growing. “We appear to be the first in Canada to test a campus residence and use the data to try to make the campus safer.” said Lawrence Goodridge, director of the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety at UoGuelph. UoGuelph | Globe and Mail (ON) UoGuelph develops wastewater sampling system to detect COVID-19 Top Ten 10/05/2020 - 03:49 10/05/2020 - 03:30
The University of Regina has launched a digital Mental Wellness Hub as part of its Mental Health Strategy. This digital resource is designed to provide a wide variety of services and supports for the campus community, including counselling, peer support groups, information about external services, and emergency assistance details. “Mental health and wellness are such critical parts of our overall health and well-being,” said Interim President Thomas Chase. “With the changes to our learning, teaching and working environment at the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having a central hub where students, faculty and staff can access mental health resources is absolutely essential.” URegina (SK) URegina launches digital Mental Wellness Hub  Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta must reduce its expenditures by more than $120M within the next three years due to government funding cutbacks, according to a report released by the institution. CBC states that the university’s Academic Restructuring Working Group is considering three scenarios that would see faculties consolidated in an effort to reduce ballooning administrative costs. CBC reports that job losses at the institution are “inevitable,” but that the restructuring is intended to ensure “employees are engaged in meaningful, effective, and efficient work, and that maximal resources are dedicated toward our core missions of teaching and research.” UAlberta political science professor David Kahane criticized the engagement process in the Edmonton Journal, stating that “if senior administrators at the University of Alberta ram through massive changes to the institution without genuinely engaging its communities, this will be to the detriment of future students and the province as a whole.” CBC | Edmonton Journal (AB) UAlberta explores options to reduce expenses Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
Aurora College’s early learning and childcare program students are engaging in face-to-face land-based education through Bushkids, a land-based learning mentorship program that holds weekly outdoor sessions. Early learning and child care program students organize outdoor play for school-aged children and teach outdoor skills including tool use, wilderness skills, risk management, and how to stay warm on the land. “When I applied [to the program], COVID-19 wasn’t around. I thought I would be in class with my classmates,” said Sarah Hopkins, a student in the program. “I’m glad I can get out and meet new people and enjoy the land right now. I love being outdoors. And I just love kids. That’s why I went into this program.” CBC (NWT) Aurora College students engage in face-to-face land-based learning Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has created an endowed chair in mathematical biology through a $3.6M gift bequeathed by mathematician Betty Kennedy. “An endowed chair in this area will provide an anchor to mathematical biology at UVic,” says UVic’s Dean of Science Peter Loock. “Betty Kennedy contributed so much to the university over the course of her life, transforming the lives of those whom she taught, worked with and mentored.” $3M will go towards the chair while the other $600K will be added to the existing Betty and Gilbert Kennedy entrance scholarships in engineering, law, math, and music. UVic (BC) UVic establishes endowed chair in mathematical biology through $3.6M gift Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto has partnered with IBM on a new mental health tool. “Navi” is a virtual chat assistant developed using IBM’s Watson that helps students find appropriate mental health resources. Users can access the tool without sharing personal data, enabling anyone in the broader campus community to find mental health resources as needed. “U of T students told us that they wanted a simpler way to access mental health information and services and Navi is an important component of that,” said U of Tvice-provost, studentsSandy Welsh. “We want members of our university community to know that support is always close at hand. With this tool, finding the appropriate resource is fast, user-friendly and completely anonymous.” U of T (ON) U of T partners with IBM on new mental health virtual assistant Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
When operating online, postsecondary institutions should encourage interactions between students and faculty, and be cautious of adopting a course content approach, writes Alexander Astin. While the most impactful learning experiences happen through faculty and student contact, Astin notes that this can be difficult to achieve in an online classroom. Astin lists five pedagogical practices that can help students engage in an impactful online learning experience: Emphasizing writing and written feedback, providing narrative evaluations with personal feedback, assigning independent study projects, encouraging participation in faculty research, and making limited use of multiple-choice tests. The author concludes by encouraging instructors to use apps and other features that can facilitate interactions between students or between students and instructors. Inside Higher Ed (International) Pedagogical practices that increase online student involvement: opinion Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
Humber College and Capilano University have received donations from Canadian banks in support of Indigenous education and engagement. Humber College received $250K from the Royal Bank of Canada to launch the RBC Grad-Ready Program and RBC Peer-to-Peer Support System, which will provide coaching, peer-mentoring, and skills development opportunities for Indigenous students and graduates. CapU received $450K from the TD Bank Group toward the university’s Indigenous Digital Accelerator program to help Indigenous entrepreneurs develop their skills and create jobs. “The IDA program bridges gaps in digital skills and business training to help Indigenous entrepreneurs break through barriers and succeed in the tech, digital-creative and cultural sectors,” said Doreen Manuel, director of CapU’s Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. “Fostering successful Indigenous-led businesses leads to vibrant and healthy Indigenous communities.” Humber | CapU (ON | BC) Humber, CapU receive donations from Canadian banks for Indigenous education, engagement Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
Georgian College has partnered with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care to conduct two research projects. The projects aim to support health-care workers and address the problems that they face. The Effects of COVID-19 on Health-Care Providers: Opportunities for Education and Support focuses on developing a better understanding of health-care workers during their return-to-work period; whileMindfulness to Combat Health-care Worker Burnout during COVID-19: Evaluating a four-week Tailored Program is an online mindfulness training program that will evaluate how mindfulness programs impact health-care workers. “We are excited to partner with Georgian on these important projects to support health-care workers and anticipate many more collaborations in the future,” said Waypoint VP of Research and Academics Nathan Kolla. Collingwood Today (ON) Georgian, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care partner on research projects Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
There is a shortage of advisers and counselors working within postsecondary institutions at the moment, writes Steven Mintz, and students are suffering for a lack of guidance. Institutions have tried to fill this gap through technological fixes including electronic advising and degree maps for each major, but Mintz says that students may still experience problems if they do not have a person to offer them guidance. The author suggests that institutions can address by offering courses that speak to issues around well-being, embedding career selection in lower level experiences, having non-faculty professionals offer courses in areas of their expertise, expanding multicultural co-curricular offerings, and placing students in cohorts. “Let’s re-embrace higher education’s historic role: not just career preparation, but the formation of mature adults,” concludes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International) Ensuring students have adequate postsecondary advising: Opinion Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30
Several institutions have launched new continuing education and non-credit programs this week. The Université de Moncton has partnered with the Association des administrateurs municipaux du Nouveau-Brunswick to launch a new municipal management training program that is comprised of three blocks of workshops focused on leadership, technical aspects of governance, and operational management. Fanshawe College has launched a 100-hour Essential Skills for Truck Drivers micro credential program, which will help laid off and underutilized workers gain the in-demand skills needed for the truck driving industry. The University of British Columbia Okanagan has launched a free, online training course for frontline workers that teaches how to recognize signs and symptoms of brain injury in survivors of intimate partner violence. UMoncton | Fanshawe | UBCO (NB | ON | BC) New continuing education, non-credit programming launched at UMoncton, Fanshawe, UBCO Top Ten 10/02/2020 - 03:49 10/02/2020 - 03:30

The University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning has received $1M from the Flanagan Foundation to use in developing online and blended learning. The grant will allow the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning to launch an Online and Blended Learning Project that will build expertise in online learning, investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on learning, strengthen student engagement, and more. “We wanted our grant to support rich learning experiences for UCalgary students,” says Linda Flanagan, a director of the Flanagan Foundation. “Even as universities move to online and blended learning, it is critical to ensure that students will still have rich learning experiences that will support their own development.” UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary receives support for online and blended education Top Ten 10/01/2020 - 03:48 10/01/2020 - 03:30

Loyalist College has unveiled its new A’nó:wara Learning Circle. This outdoor space is designed specifically to give Indigenous community members a space to promote their culture, tradition, and ceremony. Loyalist says that the A’nó:wara Learning Circle’s design incorporates Indigenous symbols, such as the circle (the foundation of Indigenous ceremonies), the 28 stones around the turtle (the 28 days of the lunar month), and the firepit feature and 12 stones in the turtle’s shell (the 13 Grandmother Moons). “We are proud to have this representation of Indigenous knowledge and heritage on campus where it will be used for teaching outdoor classes, facilitating workshops, and holding traditional ceremonies,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist President. Loyalist (ON)

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Al Martinich and Tom Palaima say that universities should aim to produce educated individuals with a conscience rather than focus on creating entrepreneurs. They say that financial benefits have led universities to turn to business and encouraging faculty and students to become entrepreneurs. However, the authors say that students should be educated on the pitfalls of entrepreneurship. “Our future entrepreneurs need to acquire the social consciences, personal values and free minds that universities were created to instil,” said the authors. “If university students change the world, they should do so for the common good.” Times Higher Education (International)

University students should focus on skills other than entrepreneurship: Opinion Top Ten 10/01/2020 - 03:48 10/01/2020 - 03:30

Several Canadian postsecondary institutions have appeared in the Sierra Club’s 2020 Cool Schools rankings. The ranking is scored according to institutions’ Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Score as well as other initiatives such as innovation and fossil fuel divestment. Thompson Rivers University was the highest ranked Canadian institution (#3 overall), followed by the Université Laval (#11), the University of Calgary (#23), Simon Fraser University (#38), and Ontario Tech University (#47, listed as UOIT). Sierra Club | Kamloops This Week (National)

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Ambrose University has recently signed Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment. The commitment will see Ambrose join a community of colleges and universities, including the University of Toronto and Vancouver Island University, to advance sustainability in chemistry education. The university states that it is one of three Canadian universities to make the commitment and the first in the prairies. “Green chemistry has been a priority for our faculty members for several years,” said Ambrose Biology program co-chair Matthew Morris. “By signing this agreement, we are uniting the passion of our faculty, the mission of the university with an organization that can support us as we seek to find greener solutions as we educate the next generation of chemists.” Ambrose (AB)

Ambrose joins Green Chemistry Commitment Top Ten 10/01/2020 - 03:48 10/01/2020 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Glacier FarmMedia (GFM) have partnered to create a new position focused on the coordination of applied research projects that address issues faced by farmers in Western Canada. This collaboration allows Sask Polytech to do field-scale trials using GFM’s Discovery Farm land. “The field-scale research program at our Discovery Farm west of Langham is enhanced immensely by the position we’ve created through this partnership,” said Lynda Tityk, GFM executive vice-president. “Sask Polytech has applied research capacity and expertise that will allow us to combine our efforts to find solutions for farmers that are both economical and sustainable.” Sask Polytech (SK)

Sask Polytech and GFM partner to coordinate applied research projects Top Ten 10/01/2020 - 03:48 10/01/2020 - 03:30

Trent University and Trinity Medical Sciences University (TMSU) have created a pathway that will enable Trent students to pursue a Doctor of Medicine at TMSU’s Caribbean and United States campuses. The agreement includes funded clerkship opportunities for students during their undergraduate program, scholarships, and automatic conditional acceptance into TMSU’s medical program for select Trent graduates. Graduates of the pathway can qualify to practice in the US or Canada. “We are pleased to be working alongside Trinity Medical Sciences University to offer Trent students a unique international learning and career experience as the world’s future healthcare professionals,” said Trent President Leo Groarke. Trent (ON)

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Vancouver Island University is offering two new information technology diploma programs: the Systems Administration and Networking diploma and the Web and Mobile Development diploma. VIU worked with local industries to ensure that these two programs meet the needs of the growing IT sector. Students in these programs will learn IT skills, as well as complete an entrepreneurship course. Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of different fields, including with Internet service providers, web development and web-hosting companies, technology start-ups, and with educational institutions. VIU (BC)

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“COVID-19 isn’t the only type of virus that universities should be concerned about,” writes Chris Cobb in a discussion of the cybersecurity attacks faced by postsecondary institutions in recent months. Hackers have had more opportunities to target members of the postsecondary community due to the increased use of personal devices and unencrypted internet connections during the move to remote working. Cobb explains the reasons why institutions that suffer a breach should not immediately pay the ransom on their data to hackers and describes new methods used by cybersecurity professionals to engage with hacking situations. “As institutions move to revise their digital strategies to improve their support for distance learning and working, they must also consider their resilience to cyberattack,” concludes Cobb. “Better to invest now on defence than, later on, to have no choice but to line the pockets of criminals.” Times Higher Education (International)

Cutting corners on cybersecurity can leave costly holes: Cobb Top Ten 10/01/2020 - 03:48 10/01/2020 - 03:30

The University of Windsor’s Paul Martin Law Library has partnered with CiteRight to provide the UWindsor Law community with legal research tools. Users can use CiteRight to work on legal research collaboratively and can also use the tool to automatically format their legal citations. “CiteRight solves problems that affect law students and legal practitioners alike,” said Aaron Wenner, CEO of CiteRight. “Our partnership with the University of Windsor gives us the opportunity to collaborate with some really bright students to bring real innovation to the legal profession.” UWindsor (ON)

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Canadian colleges, polytechnics, and universities are urging their community to wear orange, holding online events, and hosting fundraisers in recognition of Orange Shirt Day today. Vancouver Community College shared a message from Senior Indigenous Engagement Advisor Toni Gladstone about her thoughts on Orange Shirt day and her own experience in Residential Day School. Brandon University is inviting members of the community to wear an orange shirt, change their Zoom background, learn more through BrandonU Library’s “LibGuide," and post reflections on an online bulletin board. The University of Windsor is hosting a film screening in partnership with St Clair College and other local organizations, a presentation by Jay Jones on the legacy of residential schools, and more. VCC | BrandonU | UWindsor (National) Canadian postsecondary institutions distribute resources, hold online events for Orange Shirt Day Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario is giving $1.9M from the Skills Catalyst Fund to programs that will help people in northern Ontario develop skills to find better jobs. The investment is focused on initiatives that will help Indigenous people, students, underemployed adults, and other workers in Northern Ontario complete training for new jobs and upgrade their existing skills. Projects and programs receiving the funds include the Shwe Miikaan and Confederation College Construction Trades Training Project, Northern College’s public administration training, and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute personal support worker training for Indigenous community members. The Sudbury Star | Ontario (ON) ON gives $1.9M to job skills programs in north Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
QS Top Universities has released its Global MBA Rankings for 2021. 6 Canadian business schools have ranked among the top 100 for overall score: University of Toronto Rotman School of Business (#45), McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management (#59), Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business (#66), Western University’s Ivey Business School (#69), York University's Schulich School of Business (tied for #88), and the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business (#94). In Canada, Western ranked first for Entrepreneurship & Alumni Outcomes, York ranked first for Return on Investment, U of T ranked first for Thought Leadership as well as Employability, and Brock University’s Goodman School of Business ranked first for Diversity. QS (National) QS Global MBA Rankings see 6 business schools in top 100 Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Mount Allison University’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program has received a $1M gift from New Brunswick political and business leader Frank McKenna. MtA will use the funds to establish the Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The fund will be used to increase student support and scholarly activity, and to offer more work-integrated learning opportunities and international internships for students. “The McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Mount Allison represents a fantastic opportunity to help lift our students from the launchpad of New Brunswick onto the global stage, offering an exceptional academic experience partnered with experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities in these key fields,” said MtA President Jean-Paul Boudreau. To date, $5M has been raised to support the Mount Allison school concept from a number of donors across Canada — the Founders of the McKenna School — including McKenna and his family, who contributed this leadership gift of $1M, and inspired others to give. MtA (NB) MtA receives $1M gift to establish Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 09:08 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Jennifer Lewington of Maclean’s reports that colleges are revamping old programs and introducing new programs to meet the needs for employees who are trained in environmental issues, as well as demand from students who are interested in the environment and sustainability. Lewington writes about how institutions such as Dawson College, Nova Scotia Community College, George Brown College, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology are working towards programs that train students in sustainability. “Today’s graduates need more than narrow expertise and a singular focus on profits,” said Andrew MacKay, senior manager and partner of Envirochem Services Inc. “You need to have a broader sense of purpose and what defines success.” Maclean’s (National) Colleges revamping, launching programs for sustainability Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Western University has put around 100 students under review after police were called to break up parties held by students within the university’s residence. Two students received fines, and around 100 students who broke rules will be referred to Western’s code of conduct for potential disciplinary measures. “Overall, it appears the majority of students acted responsibly on Saturday, both on and off campus,” said Chris Alleyne, Western AVP responsible for housing, “However, we are disappointed in the behaviour of some students in residence that required campus community police service attendance.” CTV | Globe and Mail (ON) 100 Western students under review after weekend parties Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
CBC reports that preliminary data from Statistics Canada suggests that the wage gap between male and female university professors continues to be an issue. The article says that data suggests that a larger research footprint is associated with a larger pay gap, and that the pay gap tends to increase as women move up in the academy. Women also face additional issues around parenting such as a lack of support for new parents or having to spend their time doing administrative and curriculum work rather than more prestigious research, which is a tenure requirement. The article says that only three Canadian universities – OCAD University, Capilano University, and the University of the Fraser Valley – do not follow the wage gap trend. CBC (National) Pay gap still an issue between male and female university professors Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Ontario Tech University, Durham College, and Loyalist College have partnered to use $757K from the Government of Ontario’s Career Ready Fund (CRF) Auto Stream program to train people for jobs in the automotive sector. The CRF Auto Stream program will provide employers with a pool of talented students and provide $3K toward each student placement. Students will gain practical experience that will prepare them for the workforce as well as count toward their program’s placement requirement. Quinte News | Ontario Tech U (ON) Ontario Tech, Durham, Loyalist partner on Auto Stream program Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Indspire has received a $600K donation from Scotiabank in order to support financial and culturally relevant teaching and improve access to networking, coaching and mentoring for Indigenous youth. NationTalk reports that the donation is intended to increase economic sustainability and prosperity and ensure a smooth transition into postsecondary education and the work force. “This new investment is a significant step in supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to achieve their potential through education and training so they can in turn enrich their communities and create positive change in Canada,” said Indspire President Roberta Jamieson. “We are grateful for the support of Scotiabank for investing in Indigenous achievement and education.” NationTalk (National) Indspire receives $600K from Scotiabank to support resilient futures for Indigenous youth Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
Academics need to learn how to minimize failures and benefit from them when they do happen, writes Julia Nolte, rather than suffering defeat in secret. Nolte says that the skills needed to fail safely and successfully are not taught to academics during grad school, even though resilience is important for future endeavours. Nolte discusses five strategies to minimize or benefit from failure: evaluating a failure after the fact, identifying problems before they happen with a pre-failure checklist, creating a safety net to reduce the chances of a full failure, normalizing failure within the work environment, and re-evaluating failures in order to capitalize on them. Inside Higher Ed (International) How academics can learn to benefit from failures: Opinion Top Ten 09/30/2020 - 03:49 09/30/2020 - 03:30
CityStudio has announced that a new regional member of the network will be launching in Ontario’s Durham region. CityStudio Durham is led by the Region of Durham, and will be collaborating with Durham College, Ontario Tech University, and Trent University, as well as the Durham Regional Police Service. Students from Durham, Ontario Tech, and Trent will be able to use the CityStudio hub to learn more about the structures of their communities. “The partnership provides students experiential-learning opportunities to collaborate on unique urban and rural challenges while gaining valuable employment skills,” said Sandra Austin, the Region’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. “CityStudio Durham will give students a chance to apply their skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to the Region’s key strategic priorities and its unique local challenges.” City Studio Vancouver (ON) CityStudio to launch in Durham region Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project has received a $1M gift from Keith and Sharon Segal to establish the Keith & Sharon Segal Fund for International Music Development. This fund will provide scholarships for Sheridan’s international students, and support musicals that have international themes. “Being involved in international education has shown me that we can learn so much from each other. Musical theatre is a unique way to explore and share those lessons,” said donor Keith Segal. “I’m thrilled to support the CMTP’s work to share those stories with audiences, while still remaining true to our commitment to support international students.” Sheridan (ON) Sheridan receives $1M from philanthropists to support internationally-themed musicals Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Universities across Canada have reported recent COVID-19 outbreaks. St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta has seen 5 people connected to the campus community test positive for COVID-19. CBC reports that the infected individuals had been involved in campus athletics and so campus athletics have been suspended for 14 days. Guelph Mercury reports that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was on the University of Guelph’s campus. Public health says the risk is low since COVID-19 precautions were followed. A gathering in a bar resulted in 15 COVID-19 cases in the Adaption scolaire et sociale program at the Université de Sherbrooke, resulting in this program going online for a time to reduce spread. CBC | Guelph Mercury | Journal de Montreal (National) Universities across Canada experience COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 11:42 09/29/2020 - 03:30
A virtual mentoring program is being launched by the Université du Québec à Montréal in partnership with Élo mentorat. Mentorat UQAM is a digital platform that is designed to meet the growing demand for personal and professional development resources for students. The platform has already been offered to professionals and graduates, but the platform will now provide access for students and other community members. The aim of the app is to create a space for knowledge and skill sharing and connect students with those already in the workforce. The co-founder of the platform says that the virtual space is even more important during the pandemic when students feel isolated and disconnected.   UQAM (1)  | UQAM (2)  (QC) UQAM expands virtual mentoring program to students Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) has announced the selection of its inaugural researcher council. The research council, which consists of 22 multi-disciplinary researchers from universities and institutes across Canada, will ensure that a diversity of research voices is represented to the NDRIO board, develop a research needs assessment, develop new processes to engage researchers, and establish a culture of service and engagement with researchers. “We are pleased with the calibre of the first Researcher Council, including its diversity in research discipline, geography, language, gender and career stage,” says NDRIO Board Chair Janet Davidson. “The contributions of this researcher-led group will be invaluable to the NDRIO Board and management as we work together on our researcher needs assessment, NDRIO’s first strategic plan and the growth of NDRIO.” NDRIO (National) NDRIO announces the selection of inaugural researcher council Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Humber College and Sault College have partnered to offer Sault students access to a Humber Bachelor of Engineering - Mechatronics degree. Students have the option of completing the co-delivered degree at Humber’s Etobicoke campus or Sault’s Sault Ste Marie Campus, providing students in the north access to a new program while staying within their communities. “Graduates of the program will be highly qualified to join a dynamic, in-demand field strengthening our workforce for future generations, said Ron Common, president of Sault. “Sault College is proud to collaborate with Humber to offer students an opportunity to learn with knowledgeable faculty and staff, state-of-the-art equipment and experience innovation first-hand.” Humber | Markets Insider (ON) Humber, Sault partner to co-deliver engineering degree Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick says it is the first Canadian university to move all office phone services to a VoIP system using Microsoft Teams. This move enables faculty and staff to communicate and collaborate from anywhere in the world, while eliminating long-distance phone charges. “By implementing phone services through Microsoft Teams, UNB is able to take advantage of ever-evolving technology to remain connected and offer our same high quality of service, all while decreasing spending,” said Karen Cunningham, UNB’s VP administration and finance.  UNB  (NB) UNB moves office phone services to VoIP phone system through Teams  Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Western University and Arizona State University’s MILO Institute have signed a MOU allowing Western Space researchers to send a CubeSat into space. A team from Western’s Institute for Earth & Space Exploration has been collaborating to design, develop, and construct the CubeSat, which is a roughly Rubik’s Cube-sized satellite equipped with 360-degree VR cameras, for a launch in 2022. The MOU will allow Western to do a test run of the technology next summer. “The agreement between Western University and the MILO Institute can open many opportunities for our next generation of space scientists and inspire younger students to consider careers in space science and advance Canadian contributions to world’s scientific community,” said Western astronomy professor Sarah Gallagher. Western (ON) Western, MILO Institute sign MOU enabling test launch of CubeSat Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
The University of the Fraser Valley has officially launched the Peace and Reconciliation Centre (PARC). UFV says that this is the first of its kind in Canada, and Keith Carlson, chair of PARC, says that it was established to bring “new voices to the table.” The article says that it is designed to counter power imbalances that institutions like universities and governments often reinforce through their power structures. “We will facilitate deep listening and mediation such that all people will feel heard and acknowledged,” said Jacqueline Nolte, dean of UFV’s college of arts. CBC (BC) UFV celebrates official launch of PARC Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30
Lakehead University will be holding its homecoming virtually this year. The three-day virtual homecoming is free to attend, and will feature virtual events such as interactive games, alumni speeches, ale and cheese tasting, and “Lakehead Celebrates,” which honours Lakehead’s alumni. “While it is important for us to continue to follow health guidelines so we may all remain safe, we felt very strongly that the show must go on,” said Lakehead Alumni Association President Karen Boz. “The opportunity to open up our homecoming program to our fellow alumni living around the world in this new online format is something that we are truly excited about.” Lakehead (ON) Lakehead homecoming to be completely virtual Top Ten 09/29/2020 - 03:39 09/29/2020 - 03:30

Six postsecondary institutions, six First Nations, and other partners in southwestern Ontario have signed the Post-Secondary Education Collaborative agreement promoting opportunities for First Nations students. The agreement provides a framework and conditions for the parties to work together in helping First Nations students have “a safe and successful post-sec experience,” explained Southern First Nations Secretariat (SFNS) executive director Jennifer Whiteye. The group has so far focused on knowledge-sharing and solidifying relationships, and the next step for the signers will be to develop an action plan. The agreement includes Lambton College, Fanshawe College, St Clair College, triOS College in London, Western University, and the University of Windsor; member nations of the SFNS; and the regional tribal council and the Tecumseh Community Development Corporation at Aamjiwnaang. Anishinabek News (ON)

Landmark agreement supports First Nations postsecondary students Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

St Lawrence College is engaging in a new recruitment strategy for international students. A November intake is now available for students who are already in Canada or still in their home countries. Programs available for the off-cycle intake include Business Administration, Business Analytics, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, and Health Care Administration. “Offering a new November intake is an example of how International Education at SLC is responsive to international students’ needs while they are in Canada and abroad,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to adapt and deliver quality education in new and unique ways.” In addition to the November intake, SLC is also using social media as a recruitment tool. SLC (ON)

SLC recruiting international students for November start Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan and SaskTel have signed a MOU focused on research and innovation in the agricultural sector. The MOU includes the launch of a “living laboratory” at the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) which will allow for testing and development of advanced agricultural technologies. “The MOU brings together new knowledge and applied research at USask in areas of strength in engineering, agriculture and computer science with the infrastructure and expertise at SaskTel to advance agriculture,” said Terry Fonstad, associate dean research and partnerships at the USask College of Engineering. USask (SK)

USask partners with SaskTel for smart farming innovation Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

Okanagan College’s School of Business is launching a new program focused on experiential learning. The Experiential Entrepreneurship program is part of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and will allow students to design, plan, launch and oversee their own businesses. They will also engage in projects with local businesses and non-profits. “We know many students learn best by doing so this program will create that opportunity along with essential supports like coaching and guidance from our faculty and community mentors, accelerating students’ learning while they earn their bachelor’s degree,” said Bill Gillett, Dean of the Okanagan’s School of Business. Okanagan (BC)

Okanagan launches new business program aimed at entrepreneurs Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

Eight Canadian postsecondary institutions (British Columbia Institute of Technology, Okanagan College, SAIT Polytechnic, Mohawk College, Seneca College, Nergica, Nova Scotia Community College, and Holland College) have formed the Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery. This organization, in partnership with youth-led Student Energy, will help young people receive training needed to take part in a sustainable, climate-focused post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery will have quarterly online meetings to allow participating institutions to share their recovery solutions, and will host webinars by faculty and researchers from the eight institutions. “It is more important than ever that [young people] are supported with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to take part in the climate-resilient workforce,” said Student Energy Executive Director Meredith Adler. Mohawk | Okanagan (National)

Eight postsecondary institutions form the Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has received a $250M gift from the Temerty Foundation, which will be devoted to its Faculty of Medicine. U of T says that this money will be used in a variety of applications, including building a new Centre for AI Research and Education in Medicine and a new education and research building. CBC says that it will also be used to fund bursaries and establish an Elder-in-Residence and a Circle of Elders. “We will fund collaborations across U of T’s network of world-renowned teaching hospitals and research institutes to make lasting positive impacts on research areas from neurodegenerative disease to cancer to suicide prevention,” said Trevor Young, Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine. U of T | CBC (ON)

U of T receives $250M from the Temerty Foundation Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) have been in negotiations since their collective agreement expired on June 30th, and the DFA is seeking a conciliator to help reach an agreement. “We remain far apart on several issues and believe that the best course of action at this point is to see if a conciliator can bring us closer together,” said DFA President David Westwood. The Cape Breton Post reports that enrolment projections and true numbers from COVID-19 had impacted bargaining over the summer. Dal spokeswoman Janet Bryson stated that the board of governors is committed to revising its proposals as the enrolment and financial picture becomes clearer, and that they welcome the assistance of the conciliator. DFA (PDF) | Cape Breton Post (NS)

DFA files for conciliation in negotiations with Dal Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

University of Regina students are worried that exam proctoring software URegina has chosen for online exams is invasive. URegina uses Proctortrack, which uses audio and facial recognition to verify student identity during an exam. However, more than 1,700 students have signed a petition against its use. “By allowing this software access to my computer, I would be giving it access to my audio recordings of my home, video recordings of my home, and of biometric data and scans of my face,” said Julian Wotherspoon, a URegina undergraduate student who signed the petition. URegina interim provost and VP of academics David Gregory says that Proctortrack “is simply a tool that an instructor can go back and look at if they perceive something untoward on the exam itself.” CBC (SK)

URegina students concerned that exam proctoring is invasive, sign petition Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

McGill University’s Faculty of Education and Trafalgar School for Girls have partnered to create the CoLab, which allows education students to engage in classroom practice and pedagogical research while working alongside secondary educators. Research hubs, which combine research and practice, will be integrated into all teaching areas, benefitting education students, secondary students, and experienced teachers. “The CoLab is an exceptional collaboration between world-class McGill research and outstanding high-school education at Trafalgar,” said Dilson Rassier, Dean of the McGill’s Faculty of Education. “It will break down silos between theory and practice, tackling educational and societal challenges in creative, innovative, consequential ways, and contribute to shaping the future of education.” McGill (QC)

McGill, Trafalgar School for Girls partner to establish CoLab Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

Students will always find a way to get around cheating prevention tools, says Flower Darby. Instead, the author says that students should be evaluated using different methods, since every assignment should be considered open book. Darby suggests breaking heavily weighted exams and midterms into several shorter, lower stakes tests, bookending these tests with an honour statement, and asking students to explain how they solved problems. The author says that instructors can further guard against cheating through getting to know their students’ writing styles, assessing what students know in online forums, giving students various kinds of assignments rather than just tests, and offering students a choice in how they show their learning. Darby encourages instructors to rethink their teaching practices as they navigate pandemic teaching. Chronicle (International)

How instructors can change assessment methods to prevent cheating: Opinion Top Ten 09/28/2020 - 03:38 09/28/2020 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada is celebrating Global Goals Week by announcing three new initiatives focused on helping Canada make progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first initiative, the ImpAct Internships program will help employers advance SDG-aligned initiatives and help youth gain the critical skills essential for the 21st century. The second initiative, the SDG Toolkit for Canadian Colleges and Institutes, is an open educational resource for postsecondary institutions that provides tips and resources for implementing SDGs. The third initiative is a new category that has been added to CICan’s Awards of Excellence program that will recognize and celebrate institutions that show leadership in the implementation and advancement of SDGs. CICan (National)

CICan marks Global Goals Week with three new initiatives Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

The University of Windsor and St Clair College have signed MOUs with TELUS to become 5G campuses. TELUS will install 5G equipment on the UWindsor campus and St Clair’s south Windsor campus, enabling campus communities to access the network, which will have increased speed and capacity. The technology will be foundational to the development of emerging tech sectors such as industrial automation and digital healthcare. “This technology will empower our students to take their studies to the next level,” said St Clair President Patti France. “Having a connected campus with 5G technology, will allow students and faculty to conduct cutting edge research in the fields of automotive manufacturing and healthcare.” St Clair | UWindsor (ON)

UWindsor, St Clair sign MOUs with TELUS to become 5G campuses Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Arts curriculum no longer meets the needs of those graduating from arts programs, Eric Lapin says. The author says that the needs of those in arts programs have been changing for some time, but that arts curricula have continued to prepare students for careers that are increasingly unavailable. Lapin argues that though artists have continued to create art throughout the pandemic, many of the skills they used to do this were not taught in arts curriculum. “In order to continue to enjoy the art, we must make sure we are properly training the artists,” said Lapin. “To teach these courses the same way they were always taught assumes that the available jobs after graduation are the same as they’ve always been.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Arts curriculum does not meet the needs of arts graduates: Opinion Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

SAIT Polytechnic, Red Deer College, and Olds College will receive almost $2.1M from the Government of Alberta to fund new research projects. These grants are a part of the Alberta Recovery Plan, and will support new projects in advanced manufacturing, alternative energy technologies, and smart agriculture. “Funding like this, to diversify research and introduce new technology applications not only advances innovation, it attracts investment and in turn rebuilds our economy, ensuring graduates from our institutions get jobs and have rewarding careers,” said SAIT President David Ross. SAIT | Olds (AB)

SAIT, RDC, Olds receive $2.1M to fund new research projects Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Seneca College has joined the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (ARUCC) national network to offer digital credential wallets to students. Students can use this secure online platform to access and share their official transcripts, credentials, badges, and microcredentials. Seneca states that having access to a system like this helps students transition between postsecondary institutions and the workplace while reducing document fraud. “We are delighted to join the ARUCC National Network powered by Digitary as we embrace digital adoption and enhance our sustainability practices at Seneca,” said Seneca’s Registrar Sharon Kinasz. “Our enhancing supports for our students, graduates and alumni demonstrate Seneca’s dedication to supporting the learner’s experience through innovative digitization.” Seneca | ARUCC release (ON)

Seneca joins ARUCC to offer students digital credential wallets Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Athabasca University has put its digital operations infrastructure into a secure and flexible cloud computing environment that is powered by Amazon Web Services. AU states that it’s the first university to move operations into one secure cloud infrastructure, and that this infrastructure will allow AU to personalize education and to reimagine how it delivers education to students. “Bringing all our data together in our own cloud environment will make artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning at scale possible,” said Jennifer Schaeffer, VP Information Technology and CIO at AU. “It also makes IT systems’ downtime a thing of the past with disaster recovery in place that takes seconds, not hours. Learners around the globe rely on our accessible learning around the clock.” AU (AB)

AU brings digital operations infrastructure into cloud computing environment Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Vancouver Island University has raised $7.3M with its Imagine VIU campaign, exceeding the initial $5.5M goal of the campaign. The extra funds raised went to completing three new buildings on VIU’s Nanaimo campus, as well as acquiring new equipment, increasing research opportunities, and creating scholarships, awards, and bursaries. “Imagine VIU has enabled us to expand opportunities for students and faculty to realize their potential,” said VIU President Deb Saucier. “Exciting things are happening at VIU.” VIU (BC)

VIU fundraising campaign exceeds goal Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Conestoga College has partnered with Y Schools in France to grant students from their International Business Management program the opportunity to gain dual degrees. Five students from each institution will gain international living and studying experience while paying tuition to their home institution. On completion of their program, they will receive dual degrees from both Conestoga and Y Schools. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Conestoga students to learn more about international business and to experience French culture,” said Kenrick Jordan, professor of International Business Management at Conestoga. Conestoga (ON)

Conestoga partners with Y Schools to grant dual degrees Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

Marc Spooner, University of Regina faculty of education professor, says that university funding should not be performance-based. Changes in the labour market have caused Alberta and Ontario to pause performance-based funding, and Spooner says there is evidence that it should not be reinstated. The author says that performance-based funding rewards institutions that admit students with a high likelihood of employment in profitable jobs, in turn marginalizing racialized students who are hired less often. “Universities must continue to be envisioned as more than entrepreneurial training centres to be rewarded for performing short-sighted corporate-styled research and worker development if we are to thrive in a future fuelled by citizens not only capable of meeting today’s needs but also capable of imagining and implementing a better tomorrow,” said Spooner. Calgary Herald (AB)

University funding should not be performance-based: Spooner Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30

HEC Montréal was recently targeted in a phishing campaign on Monday when students and staff received two spam emails. The emails appeared to come from director Federico Pasin and the institution’s security team. HEC states that its network was not damaged by the campaign and that it immediately informed the entire community of the measures to be taken. The institution is investigating to identify the source of the phishing campaign. Journal de Montréal (QC)

HEC Montréal targeted by phishing campaign Top Ten 09/25/2020 - 03:37 09/25/2020 - 03:30
A joint study released by Indspire and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has revealed a number of important findings about the state of Indigenous entrepreneurship, job satisfaction, and labour market outcomes of Indigenous postsecondary graduates. The research was based on a representative sample from Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program for Indigenous postsecondary students. “This report begins to address the lack of data on Indigenous entrepreneurship and educational success,” said Indspire President Roberta Jamieson. “Through leveraging our data and respective mandates, we can continue to produce new proprietary research aimed at shaping the actions of businesses, organizations, and governments in Canada to better support the educational success, and ultimately, the economic and social wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.”    Indspire   | Indspire (Report)  (National) Indspire, CCAB joint study reveals findings on Indigenous employment Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Laurentian University’s 17 programs that had admission suspended due to low enrolment numbers will continue to have admission suspended. Laurentian stated that their Academic Planning Subcommittee has requested that the affected departments and individual units “provide a self study and further context on how to ensure the quality of the program.” “This collegial governance process to which Laurentian is committed, is one which provides the highest quality of programming for all Laurentian University students,” said the Laurentian statement. “We commend the Academic Planning Subcommittee in its mandate to provide students with an exceptional academic experience.”  Laurentian  | Sudbury  (ON) Laurentian continues admission suspension for 17 programs Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies has received $4.3M from the Government of Saskatchewan to fund Essential Skills for the Workplace (ESWP), Skills Training Allocation, and on and off-reserve Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs. Through these programs, adult learners build skills and workplace experience which open employment and further educational opportunities. “This province boasts a young and talented Indigenous population willing to meet the challenges of the post-COVID economy,” SIIT President Riel Bellegarde said. “This critical support from the government will ensure SIIT can continue to innovate and offer programs to meet the needs of these Saskatchewanians while supporting the provincial labour market.”  Saskatchewan  (SK) SIIT receives $4.3M for ABE, ESWP, and Skills Training Allocation programs Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Scientists at the Université de Montréal, McGill University, and The Neuro will receive over $12.5M from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative over the next three years to study Parkinson’s disease. This interdisciplinary group of researchers will be investigating a new aspect of the disease centered around their previous discovery of the contribution of autoimmune mechanisms. The team will work together within the ASAP consortium to accelerate discovery and contribute new insights into Parkinson’s disease.   McGill  (QC) UMontréal, McGill, The Neuro embark on major Parkinson’s disease research Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto Scarborough has launched the Knowledge Equity Lab in order to elevate marginalized voices in academia. UTSC Associate Professor Leslie Chan explained how research subjects can suffer from “scientific racism,” where systems of knowledge and knowledge production that are not central to the West receive less recognition. The Lab will be a research and teaching space that supports researchers and promotes collaboration with knowledge-holders such as community leaders, Indigenous scholars, farmers, and others who may have knowledge in a specific area affected by systemic bias.   UTSC  (ON) UTSC launches Knowledge Equity Lab to elevate marginalized voices in academia Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Cape Breton University has experienced a 2,500-student drop in enrolment which has resulted in a revenue loss of $16M, reports CBC. Though students are back in class remotely, CBU President David Dingwall said that many students are not taking a full load of courses and international student enrolment has dropped as well. CBU has made changes to accommodate the losses, including using its $6.2M reserve fund, eliminating vacation liabilities, cutting work-related travel, reducing operational expenses, and laid off 60 term employees, but will still need to cover a $6M deficit. “The longer the COVID-19 goes on, the [more] significant impact it has on the university,” Dingwall said. “There needs to be certain sacrifices along the way.”  CBC  (NS) CBU experiences $16M loss due to enrolment drop Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
York University has broken ground on its new Markham Centre Campus. This 10-storey, 400,000 square foot building will accommodate 4,200 students in its first phase, and will offer both degree programs and micro-credentials. YorkU says that the York region expects growth in the 18 to 22-year-old population, and that its Markham Centre Campus will meet the needs of students who want to study close to home. “By creating new opportunities for higher learning and entrepreneurship in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing regions, the new campus will continue York’s longstanding role in building more prosperous, inclusive and resilient communities,” said YorkU President Rhonda L Lenton.  YorkU  (ON) YorkU breaks ground on Markham Centre Campus Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Three Ryerson University professors are keeping online learners engaged through innovative techniques. Video game design professor Kristopher Alexander has implemented a number of methods, such as having students play games in front of the class to learn about game theory or using streaming platforms such as Twitch for classes. Media and online education expert Alexandra Bal created a virtual Minecraft student lounge for socializing. Journalism professor Adrian Ma uses Cineplex “Timeplay” inspired tests and Kahoot to engage students. Ma also creates animated videos and takes his class on virtual field trips. “The more online content we can introduce that emphasizes activity, immediate feedback and even just a change of pace,” said Ma, “the better we can help meet students’ different learning preferences and keep interest levels up.”  Ryerson  (ON) Ryerson professors keep online learners engaged through innovation Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Mount Allison University Student Hannah Crouse has started a program that matches lonely seniors with students. This program was inspired by a grocery drop-off at an elderly woman’s home. “I put the groceries away and then she started crying and crying, saying how sad she was and how no one had come to visit her since COVID started, and that was like, three or four months in,” said Crouse. “It’s heartbreaking.” This experience inspired her to recruit student volunteers through social media, and she was able to pair 18 seniors with 20 students for an eight-week program. The initial program is almost finished, but CBC says that Crouse has plans to make adjustments based on feedback and to run the program again.  CBC  (NB) MtA student initiates program that pairs lonely seniors, students Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education and the National Institutes of Health Informatics will be piloting a micro-certification in Data Analytics. The three-part program will help professionals develop their skills in the fundamental elements of the data lifecycle, including business analysis, data exploration, quantitative analysis, communication of results, and data lifecycle management. “Micro-certifications are a fantastic complement to our traditional Certificate and Diploma programs,” said McMaster CCE Assistant Director of Program and Online Development Dan Piedra. “Pairing theoretical knowledge with micro-certifications allows individuals to clearly demonstrate their specific skills and capabilities to future employers.”   McMaster  (ON) McMaster CCE partners with NIHI on micro-certification Top Ten 09/24/2020 - 03:37 09/24/2020 - 03:30
Canada and Colombia have strengthened the ties between their respective higher education organizations. An agreement between Universities Canada and the Asociación Colombiana de Universidades will support further dialogue and coordination in areas that include student mobility, research collaboration, and joint programming between universities in the two countries. An agreement between Mitacs in Canada and Minciencias in Colombia includes a five-year commitment to support over 60 undergraduate students’ participation in Mitac’s Globalink Research Internship and Colombia’s Nexo Global summer research programs. “In a world of closing borders and global anxiety,” said Universities Canada President Paul Davidson, “international relationships have become more important than ever."  Universities Canada  (National) Canada, Colombia sign agreements to establish research, innovation ties  Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan’s eight regional colleges have received funding that will support the delivery of a variety of education and skills training programs. The $24.2M will be divided amongst the colleges for Adult Basic Education (ABE), Essential Skills for the Workplace (ESWP), and Skills Training Allocation programming. “The Government of Saskatchewan has been working with our industries to deliver real training opportunities that make sense for our labour market and those careers in demand,” said SK Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison. “The programs our regional colleges will deliver with this funding, from basic skills programs to language training, will support individuals as they pursue further education and move into employment opportunities in Saskatchewan.”  SK  (SK) SK invests in skills and training programs at regional colleges Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Canadian colleges are especially connected with their communities, writes Stacy Lee Kong. The article describes how colleges across Canada are involved with their often small communities through education and industry connections. Kong says colleges also play an important part in allowing students to come to Canada and learn the skills they need to fill local employment needs, as college programs are often tuned-in to the needs of local employers. “College is hard-wired to the community,” says Mark Frison, president of Assiniboine Community College. “We’re hand-in-glove with how things work in the economy and the social fabric of the community.”  Maclean’s  (National) Canadian colleges are “hard-wired” to their communities: Opinion Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
CBC reports that a ransomware attack in March at Simon Fraser University exposed the data of 250,000 accounts, including those of students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. SFU provided figures this week for the data breach, which included 37,000 students, 35,000 alumni, 6,500 staff and 1,250 faculty, and around 160,000 accounts without email access that belonged to former SFU members. No banking or financial information was compromised, according to the article, but the information breached included student and employee identification numbers, full names, birthdays, course enrolments, and encrypted passwords. SFU Chief Information Officer Mark Roman said that the school did not have to pay a ransom given that the breach was a copy of old data.   CBC  (BC) Data from 250,000 accounts exposed in SFU ransomware attack Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor and the University of Dallas have partnered to offer graduates of UWindsor’s Odette School of Business (OSB) MBA and Master of Management programs the opportunity to complete an online cybersecurity skills certification. This certification is internationally recognized, and instructs students in data protection, compliance and legal issues, and operational cybersecurity management or network security. OSB’s MBA program director Kent Walker says that few Canadian institutions offer  similar programs, and that none offer a completely online certification. “Our students will have an opportunity to acquire a piece of their education that is very much in demand, but not available to many other Canadians, so we’re really excited about the possibilities this offers,” said Walker.  UWindsor  (ON) UWindsor, University of Dallas partner to offer cyber security certification  Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Mount Allison University has announced new academic opportunities in a variety of program areas aimed at providing an interdisciplinary education for its students. The many new offerings include joint majors, degree minors, and embedded certificates in topics such as Geocomputing, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Cognitive Science. “These kinds of developments are a direct result of faculty and staff members listening to students and answering their calls for academic innovation,” said Mount Allison President Jean-Paul Boudreau. “We are pleased to announce these new areas of study and look forward to announcing more additions in the future.”   Mount Allison  (NB) Mount Allison expands programming options for Fall 2020 Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 09:17 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Assiniboine Community College has announced the addition of three new two-year diploma programs within its School of Business: Media & Communications, Digital Art & Design, and Web & Interactive Development. ACC says that the three new programs will replace its existing Interactive Media Arts programs. Students will work with local industry partners on real projects and complete the program with a major Capstone project. “We’ve heard from industry and are excited to provide concentrated options for learners, based on updated labour market needs” said Jana Sproule, Chair of Media and Office Technology at ACC. “Students can feel confident that these new programs will align with the skill sets industry is looking for.”  ACC  (MB) ACC announces three creative media and technology diploma programs  Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has partnered with The51 to establish a Financial Feminism Investing Lab pilot, which will help women-led businesses access women-led capital. Women found or co-found 30% of Alberta’s tech startups, but Shelly Kuipers, co-founder of The51 said that “there is a lack of opportunity for women to mobilize as leaders in investing.” The Financial Feminism Investing Lab is a non-credit program that will work alongside UCalgary’s entrepreneurship network. It will enable students to gain an understanding of the social and economic factors that influence women’s access to capital and the value of investing in organizations founded by females. “Through this pilot project we are looking to activate the future of female capital,” said Kuipers.  UCalgary  (AB) UCalgary, The51 partner to create Financial Feminism Investing Lab pilot Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Times Colonist says that 25 people were ticketed for not maintaining physical distance and for alcohol-related offenses at the University of Victoria. Over 100 young people had gathered near the library and Saanich police spokesman Const. Markus Anastasiades says that “the officers observed a complete lack of any physical distancing as well as many openly consuming liquor.” The UVic Office of Student Life stated that it will review the sanctions students who were fined for violating social distancing rules will face.  Times Colonist  (BC) 25 people fined for not observing physical distancing rules, liquor offenses at UVic Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Three years after eCampusOntario negotiated a province-wide Lynda.com deal for every student, instructor, and staff member of Ontario colleges and universities, the contract has come to an end. York University reports that the license will expire on September 21st, following “failed negotiations” between the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities and LinkedIn Learning. York has stated that it will be independently pursuing a contract to maintain LinkedIn Learning access for students, faculty, and staff.   York  | eCampusOntario (2017 Announcement)  (ON) York pursuing independent contract with LinkedIn Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 03:45 09/23/2020 - 03:30
Four institutions in Ontario have established an agreement that will allow students to complete an Indigenous-focused diploma and honours bachelor’s degree in a four-year span. The pathway will enable students from Mohawk College and Lambton College to continue their studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University in their respective Indigenous Studies programs. The program will create a “deeper understanding of Indigenous histories and interconnectivity among Indigenous communities” and will also give students the opportunity to “explore Indigenous identity through teachings and relationships.” The partnership is partially funded by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).   WLU  (ON) Lambton, Mohawk, Laurier, McMaster to offer 2+2 program in Indigenous Studies  Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
Gabriel Dumont Institute has received $3.2M in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan, enabling the college to deliver a variety of education and skills training programs. The institution, which delivers programs and services for Métis students across the province, will use the funding to deliver programs such as Adult Basic Education (ABE), Essential Skills for the Workplace (ESWP), and Skills Training Allocation. “The funding we receive from the provincial government allows us to bring community-based, cultural relevant certificate training to the Métis community throughout Saskatchewan,” Gabriel Dumont Technical Institute Director Brett Vandale said.  “The training provides our community members with the skills and certification necessary to access the labour market within Saskatchewan.”  SK  (SK) Gabriel Dumont receives $3.2M for ABE, ESWP Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
Universities in New Brunswick and Ontario are reviewing disciplinary policies for students break COVID-19 rules. In NB, Mount Allison University has added a COVID-19 conduct panel to deal with violations of health and safety measures on and off campus; St Thomas University has reviewed its student code of conduct, which will apply to students on and off campus; and the University of New Brunswick’s code of conduct has been updated to include compliance with campus COVID-19 safety measures. In Kingston, ON institutions have also stated that they will use their codes of conduct to punish students who violate COVID-19 rules. Queen’s University and St Lawrence College will impose sanctions on students who disregard COVID-19 regulations, including up to expulsion for repeat offenders.  CBC  | Global News  (NB, ON) NB, ON universities review COVID-19 disciplinary policies Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
The University of Lethbridge has created a new work-integrated learning, experiential learning, and career services centre called Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development. This centre is focused on increasing opportunities and helping students develop a My Experience Transcript (MET), which complements academic transcripts by tracking curricular and co-curricular accomplishments. “By housing WIL programs and service-based career development under one roof, we are better able to position students to integrate theory with practice and to work collaboratively with our industry partners, local business and not-for-profit organizations to achieve their goals while supporting a thriving community,” said ULethbridge Program Coordinator Stacey Gaudette-Sharp.  ULethbridge  (AB) ULethbridge creates new Career Bridge centre Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Dean Edward Iacobucci has come under fire and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) faculty advisory board have resigned following controversy over the hiring of a new IHRP director. Iacobucci has been accused of rescinding an offer of directorship to prominent international academic Valentina Azarova following alleged interference from a sitting judge who is a major donor to the faculty. U of T Vice-president of Human Resources and Equity Kelly Hannah-Moffat stated that “no offer of employment was made to any candidate, and therefore, no offer was revoked.” Hannah-Moffat added that the search was cancelled and that no offers were made due to constraints around cross-border hiring.   Globe and Mail (Subscription Required)  | The Star  (ON) U of T Law IHRP director hiring process leads to resignations, allegations of interference Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
Community members at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto Mississauga, Centennial College, Queen's University, and Mount Royal University have tested positive for COVID-19. Four off-campus students at WLU have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. UTM announced that it would be closing its student centre for the next two weeks after confirming that two people with COVID-19 had entered it. An off-campus student at Centennial who had not attended class on campus tested positive for COVID-19, and is self-isolating along with their roommates. A community member at Queen's tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating, as an MRU community member who had been on campus.  CBC (WLU) | The Star (UTM) | Queen's | Centennial  | MRU (ON, AB) Students, community members at WLU, UTM, Centennial, Queen's, MRU test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
University Canada West and the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) have partnered to enable students to receive an associate level certification from DMI after completing an MBA degree. Students can also choose to take three elective courses, which will prepare them to take DMI’s Pearson VUE test to become certified as a Digital Marketing Professional. UCW says that they are the first university Canada to offer MBA students the opportunity to get this additional credential. “We are thrilled to be partnering with DMI to make their digital marketing expertise available to our future business leaders,” said UCW President Brock Dykeman.  UCW  (BC) UCW, DMI partner to allow students to receive DMI certification Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has partnered with two African institutions to grant dual degrees to Bachelor of Business Administration students. Students from the Institut supérieur de la communication, des affaires et du management in Madagascar and the American International School of Brazzaville in the Congo will be able to complete one preparatory year of studies at their institution, before completing the final three years of their program at HEC Montréal. Students will receive a diploma from both the partner school they attended and HEC Montréal. “The program was developed in close co-operation with the 2 schools, to give these future managers the opportunity to gain rewarding international experience,” said Agnès Darmaillacq, Director of HEC’s International Activities and Student Mobility Department.  HEC Montréal  (QC) HEC Montréal partners with two African institutions to provide dual degrees Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
Following the switch to online and concerns about enrolment for the 2020-21 school year, some institutions have reported increases in their enrolment overall or in particular programs. At the University of Lethbridge, the Fall 2020 semester saw a 0.4% increase over Fall 2019, with the largest increase noticed among graduate students. At Memorial University, international student numbers have dropped, but the institution as a whole has reached a record number of students on its first day of classes. MUN states that they saw particular growth among former students who were partway through a degree program. Yukon University reported that they saw increased interest in nursing and health care programming spurred by the pandemic. Simon Fraser University has reported that their career courses saw a boost in enrolment this year.   ULethbridge  | MUN  | CBC (Yukon U)  | SFU (National) Universities announce increase in enrolment Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
A study of tuition fees published by Statistics Canada has found that graduate and undergraduate tuition fees for degree programs for the 2020/2021 academic year have increased. Compared to last year, Canadian undergraduate students will pay 1.8% more in tuition, while graduate students will pay 1.6% more. While undergraduate tuition stayed about the same in Ontario (+0.1%), it increased in Prince Edward Island (1.9%), Saskatchewan (5.7%), and Alberta (7.1%). Graduate tuition stayed the same in NL and SK, decreased in AB by 0.4%, and increased in the rest of the provinces. StatCan says that students are concerned about their ability to pay for tuition and their ability to find employment after graduation.  StatCan  (National) Tuition fees for graduate and undergraduate programs have increased  Top Ten 09/22/2020 - 03:40 09/22/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is launching a new School of Continuing Education. This school will allow students to gain training in high demand industries in order to meet the needs of local industries and employers. The school will offer professional development programs, corporate training, and micro-credentials. The new school will “allow for retraining and upskilling for those whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Larry Rosia, Sask Polytechnic’s president. “The new school will also help businesses ensure their employees continue to have the skill sets they will need to stay competitive as their industries change due to new technologies, shifting demographics and other factors.”  Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytechnic launches School of Continuing Education Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has announced a plan to build a 12-storey, 464 bed student housing facility at its Burnaby campus. CBC reports that this is BCIT’s first new student housing in 38 years, and the provincial government has committed $108.8M and BCIT will provide another $6M for the project. It will be built using low-carbon mass timber, in order to create a lower carbon footprint. “For many people, the lack of on-campus student housing is a major barrier to opportunity,” said MLA for Burnaby North Janet Routledge. “New beds at BCIT will take some of the pressure off students, while freeing up affordable rentals for people in their community.”  CBC  (BC) BCIT announces plan to build 464 bed student housing facility Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
A new report from Statistics Canada has found that international students are more likely to graduate from a master's degree program within two years than their Canadian counterparts. The researchers examined the graduation patterns of students who had enrolled in a master’s degree program in 2013 and found that 65% of the international students – compared to 58% of Canadian students – graduated within two years. Most international (87%) and Canadian (83%) students had graduated within four years. The study also found that enrolment in master’s degree programs are increasing year over year, especially among international students.   StatCan  (National) StatCan data finds international students more likely to graduate from master’s within two years Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
Gracie Lawson-Borders and David D Perlmutter say that though institutions are interested in increasing diversity among their faculty, they must be prepared to change their hiring systems to do so. The article gives eight tips to help institutions take steps towards diversity, which include actively recruiting diverse applicants, widening the range of qualifications accepted for a job where possible, allowing students to take an active role in faculty hiring, and ensuring applicants know they will be supported in long-term success. “We need to work together to identify and carry out practical, achievable, sustainable solutions that work in day-to-day reality and don’t just sound good as a tweet,” said the authors.  Chronicle of Higher Ed  (International) Institutions must change hiring systems to achieve diversity: Opinion Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
Algonquin College and Ottawa Tourism have partnered to offer free Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training. The 10-week online training program will provide Indigenous learners with business start-up skills training, market-readiness tools, and access to Ottawa’s tourism ecosystem. “Where the DARE District has the capacity and the experience to undertake learning in an Indigenized environment, our partners at Ottawa Tourism have the expertise on what makes for a strong tourism experience,” says Ron McLester, Algonquin’s Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenization. “Together, we can provide Indigenous entrepreneurs and learners who are interested in starting their own tourism business with the tools necessary for success.”  Algonquin  | Ottawa Tourism  | Ottawa Matters  (ON) Algonquin, Ottawa Tourism partner to launch free Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
Walls to Bridges, a program that allows inmates across Canada to gain university credits at no cost, is still on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program allows incarcerated people who would otherwise not have access to education to take classes alongside students from outside the prison. However, due to COVID-19 protocols, CBC states that this model is not possible. Rachel Fayter, a third year PhD student who took classes through the program, is concerned for those missing out on the program. “In the Walls to bridges classroom, it was the first time in probably a year where I actually felt like I was a human being and my voice and experiences were valuable and respected,” said Fayter.  CBC  (National) Walls to Bridges program still temporarily on hold Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
A group of 28 students attending Western University have tested positive for COVID-19, CBC says. A chart published by the Middlesex-London Health Unit shows how this group engaged in high-risk activities such as sharing drinks and an e-cigarette, meeting to watch a basketball game indoors, and going to bars together. CBC says that Western president Alan Shepard indicated that Western would enforce its code of conduct, including potentially expelling students that put others at risk. "We expect our students to comply with public health rules," said Western’s President Alan Shepard. "We're asking them not to host parties. Not to attend parties. Limiting social activities to your roommates and significant others will help stop the spread of the virus. Common sense is critical."  Western  | CBC  | CP24  (ON) Western students test positive for COVID-19 after engaging in high-risk activities Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta’s Foote Field dome at the south campus was slashed by a vandal who climbed over the rail and cut the fabric of the dome with a sharp object. The damages have been estimated at $180K. The heated, inflatable dome protects the artificial turf and allows athletes to use the facility during cold weather. UAlberta issues and strategic communications manager Hallie Brodie said that they are currently looking at options to repair or replace the dome.  Edmonton Journal  | CBC  (AB) Vandalism causes $180K worth of damage to UAlberta sports dome Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
Though students might sign a contract pledging to avoid high-risk activities, Alyssa Lederer and Jeni Stolow say that these contracts will not safeguard campuses. The authors say that “contracts are not uniformly effective at changing behavior,” especially when they do not address specific behaviours, do not include quickly executed rewards or consequences, or do not indicate clear timeframes. The authors recommend that institutions use multiple behavioural strategies, ask behavioural scientists to contribute to planning and developing initiatives, and engage with students to get their perspectives. Even using these strategies, the authors say that “effective behavior-change interventions increase the likelihood of behavior change but do not guarantee it. ... Humans and their decision making are simply too complex, particularly in the current circumstances.”  Inside Higher Ed  (International) Campus contracts will not keep campuses safe: Opinion Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
Dawson College has responded to the harassment allegations  against former theatre instructor Winston Sutton in a Facebook post on the Dawson Theatre Production page. In a statement to the students, Dawson said: “We hear you. We support you. These stories are heartbreaking, and obviously took an enormous amount of bravery to share.” Dawson told the Montreal Gazette that its theatre teachers will be drafting “an immediate Action Plan” to address the issues that have come up around Winston Sutton’s harassment allegations, and to implement change.   Montreal Gazette  (QC) Dawson responds to harassment allegations against Sutton with support for students Top Ten 09/21/2020 - 03:48 09/21/2020 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan has launched the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR), which offers research support and consulting to academic researchers, governments, not-for-profits, and other companies. CHASR offers support for research projects in every phase, including design, data collection, data analysis and processing, and presentation of results. “Other academic institutions in Canada and the U.S. have some of these pieces, but no one else has pulled them all together,” said Jason Disano, director of CHASR. “By having all of these complementary services under one roof, we can support bigger, more complex, more sophisticated research projects.”  USask  (SK) USask launches CHASR to offer research, consulting  Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan has launched the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR), which offers research support and consulting to academic researchers, governments, not-for-profits, and other companies. CHASR offers support for research projects in every phase, including design, data collection, data analysis and processing, and presentation of results. “Other academic institutions in Canada and the U.S. have some of these pieces, but no one else has pulled them all together,” said Jason Disano, director of CHASR. “By having all of these complementary services under one roof, we can support bigger, more complex, more sophisticated research projects.”  USask  (SK) USask launches CHASR to offer research, consulting  Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic will receive $7.8M from the Government of Saskatchewan for skills training programs. With this funding, Sask Polytech will provide programs for adult learners, such as Adult 12, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Essential Skills for the Workplace (ESWP). The ABE and ESWP programs teach adult learners employable skills and allow them to gain workplace experience, while Adult 12 allows students to gain secondary credits for entrance to universities and polytechnics. “This funding will help us achieve the important goal of preparing Saskatchewan people with what they need to continue their training or move directly into employment,” said Jeremy Harrison, Immigration and Career Training Minister.  Sask Polytech  | SK  (SK) Sask Polytech receives $7.8M from SK for skills training programs Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
St Clair College has begun construction on its 40,000-square-foot Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology. The building’s design includes a large auditorium, classrooms, student study areas, meeting rooms and offices, and an Esports Arena. St Clair says that this Esports Arena is the first of its kind in Canada and will set the bar for collegiate esports facilities in Canada and internationally. “The Zekelman School of Business and Information Technology will provide a platform for future entrepreneurs to launch their careers and pursue their dreams,” said Barry Zekelman, Chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries.  St Clair  (ON) St Clair breaks ground on Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Portage College’s Lac La Biche campus will soon host an Indigenous Smudging and Cultural Awareness Venue, thanks to a grant from the Canada Infrastructure Plan. The cultural venue will provide students and staff a dedicated gathering space for smudge and cultural practices. “The College recognizes the cultural significance of smudging and views it as an important support to student mental health needs,” said Portage President Nancy Broadbent. “Portage looks forward to building this impactful new venue and greatly appreciates the support from the governments of Canada and Alberta.”  Portage  (AB) Portage receives support for proposed Indigenous Smudging and Cultural Awareness Venue Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Grande Prairie Regional College and Terrapin Geothermics have signed a MOU to pursue collaboration opportunities in Alberta’s new energy industries. The two partners will work together to provide enhanced career and learning opportunities for students, faculty, and practitioners in the Grande Prairie region. “This partnership with Terrapin is exciting for GPRC, our students, and northern Alberta,” said GPRC President Robert Murray. “It brings students together with meaningful experiential learning opportunities, equips highly trained graduates with the skills they need to compete in a rapidly changing labour market, enhances research and innovation capacity in clean energy, and strengthens economic growth in the region.”   GPRC  (AB) GPRC, Terrapin partner to offer trades students new avenues in innovative industries Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
An employee at McMaster University and a student at the University of Windsor have tested positive for COVID-19. McMaster reports that the employee who contracted COVID-19 was last on campus on September 8 and tested positive on September 12. McMaster says that the employee has been “very helpful in sharing information, which has helped McMaster respond quickly and thoroughly.” The UWindsor student who tested positive for COVID-19 was an off-campus student and has not been on campus for classes. UWindsor says that this was a low-risk exposure, and that the student has been following the university’s COVID-19 response plan as well as working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.  McMaster  | UWindsor  (ON) McMaster, UWindsor community members test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Selkirk College has installed 46 solar panels at the Mir Centre for Peace to enhance sustainability and lower its carbon footprint. These solar panels are expected to exceed the energy needs of the Mir Centre for Peace, and are tied to the FortisBC grid to enable the export of excess power. “This is a terrific project that fits in well with our sustainability goals and also provides access to students in different programs who can utilize the project for educational purposes,” says Selkirk Facilities Project Manager Mike Giesler.  Selkirk  (BC) Selkirk’s Mir Centre for Peace joins solar power grid Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Canadore College is one of a number of organizations receiving funding from the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). The college will use the $1.7M to invest in technology, research, and development, as well as manufacturing PPE and hiring COVID-19 responsive interns at its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP). ICAMP Director Brad Gavan said the funding “will help companies in the North, in the region, to research development, create new products, fight COVID, (and) see how to use new technology in the world we live in today.” The funds are part of $6.7M in investment into organizations in Northern Ontario.   The North Bay Nugget  (ON) Canadore to receive FedNor project funding for technology, research, and development Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) is launching a new Technicien au retraitement des dispositifs médicaux program that will train technicians to meet the anticipated increase in local demands for medical devices. The program, which is adapted from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s program of the same name, has a 36-week self-paced delivery model followed by a 400-hour internship. After completion of the program and its components, students will be eligible to take the Canadian Standard Association certification exam.   CCNB  (NB) CCNB launches new medical device reprocessing program Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
James M Lang of the Chronicle of Higher Ed argues that institutions must focus first on gaining the student’s focus to create the ideal circumstances for concentration in the classroom. Lang explains that people have always struggled with distraction: Biologically it has played a strong role in survival, as well as given people a curiosity that drives them to innovate. “Today’s technology poses heightened challenges,” writes Lang, who says that modern technology like phones and apps are designed to capture the user’s attention. However, deep focus is still possible, and he encourages instructors to “make attention a value in your teaching” in order to be more likely to succeed.  Chronicle of Higher Ed  (International) Helping distracted students focus: Opinion Top Ten 09/18/2020 - 03:41 09/18/2020 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University has opened its Chappell Family Building for Nursing and Population Health facility. This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art computerized mannequins and four realistic simulation labs designed to reflect real-life health-care settings. This facility will prepare students for a wide range of working conditions after they have completed the program. “By investing in advanced health care technology and education, we are equipping the next generation of health professionals with the skills needed to provide British Columbians with the highest standard of health care services,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark.  TRU  (BC) TRU opens state-of-the-art healthcare training facility Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
Université Laval and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac have announced a partnership that is aimed at promoting sustainable development. Through the agreement, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will become the first historical hotel in Canada to become a carbon neutral hotel. The agreement will also allow for the continuation of tree planting in Laval’s teaching and research forest, enhance training and research around climate change, create a master’s scholarship at the university, and support innovative projects that promote sustainable development.  Laval  (QC) Laval, Fairmont partner for sustainability Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University’s Pivot 2020 program will receive up to $11.6M from the Government of Canada to enable youth to access training and employment opportunities. Pivot 2020, led collaboratively by the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and other organizations, is a research program that focuses on understanding the needs and vision of local youth. It will also provide training and employment to more than 1,400 youth who are facing barriers to employment in 27 cities across Canada. “We heard loud and clear from young Canadians that they wanted jobs this summer,” said Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “They didn’t want the pandemic to prevent them from kickstarting their careers and gaining valuable experience while earning money.”   Canada (English)  | Canada (French)  | Business In Vancouver  (BC) SFU leads national youth employment program, research study  Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
Guy Chamberland, Mery Martínez Garcia, and Jason Lepjarvi, faculty members at Laurentian University and Thorneloe University, have written an open letter warning against “cancel culture” in academia. The call follows Laurentian Professor David LesBarrères’ decision to step down from his position as dean of graduate studies after he used the #AllLivesMatter hashtag in a tweet without understanding the cultural context of the hashtag, and endorses a student-led petition for his reinstatement. “When there is genuine racism on campuses and communities that we proactively could and should be combatting together,” write the authors, “to go after innocent scapegoats like this comes across as a diversion, a mockery of justice, and is painfully divisive.”  Sudbury Star (Editorial)  | CBC  (ON) Laurentian faculty warn against “cancel culture” in academia Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba’s Mario Tenuta has been named the new Industrial Research Chair in 4R Nutrient Stewardship for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. This new chair’s combined funding of $2.93M over five years will enable Tenuta to continue his 4R nutrient research, which is focused on “Right fertilizer at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place.” UManitoba says that this research will help to boost sustainability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. “This is truly a first of its kind initiative and we believe that Fertilizer Canada’s strengthened collaboration with Dr. Tenuta and our partners will significantly enhance efforts on the science-based knowledge of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, on the field and in our advocacy efforts moving forward,” said Garth Whyte, President and CEO at Fertilizer Canada.  UManitoba  (MB) UManitoba research chair to increase sustainability through better fertilizer management Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
St Lawrence College has received funding from the provincial government to support training in the skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and logistics sectors. Part of the $774K will go towards mobile learning labs that will provide technology-enabled experiential learning opportunities in the skilled trades. Participants will also learn independent living skills through a Personal Wellness Lab. The rest of the funds will be used toward the launch of 12 micro-credentials in fields such as inventory and fleet optimization, supply chain software, cloud computing, and cyber security. “The college plays a key role in educating, training and supporting career transition,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “This funding will allow us to pursue important initiatives that will reach an even wider pool of students which will in turn benefit our communities, and the local economy.”  SLC  (ON) SLC to deliver advanced training, micro-credentials Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is launching the Canada Comeback Challenge, a completely online national competition that will create work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for postsecondary students and recent graduates across Canada. This competition will allow students to collaborate with other participants from across the country to solve challenges faced by the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and receive mentorship and advice from experienced professionals. BHER says that this competition has the potential to create 10,000 WIL experiences for students who have lost work placements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  BHER (1)  | BHER (2)  (National) BHER launches Canada Comeback Challenge Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
Sheridan College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging have announced a five-year extension of their partnership. This partnership supports work on the arts and aging, and the extension will allow Sheridan Professor and Schlegal Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging Kate Dubuis to continue her research on how participation in the arts can improve quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. “RIA is home to many world-class leaders in aging research and we are happy to support the innovative work being done by Dr. Dupuis,” said RIA Executive Director Josie d’Avernas. “Her research highlights the value of artistic expression as we age, and the role of the arts in connecting generations. We look forward to five more years of collaboration.”  Sheridan  (ON) Sheridan, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging extend innovative arts and aging partnership Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
Burnout poses an especially urgent threat to academics during COVID-19, writes Colleen Flaherty. The author says that academic life often includes burnout, but that the normal causes of burnout are now exacerbated by the challenges posed by COVID-19. The article notes that academics are often balancing childcare and duties at home with learning new technologies, meeting publication expectations, and preparing classes in multiple formats. Flaherty gives tips on how to avoid or manage burnout, and emphasizes the importance of institutions supporting their instructors. “If you’re running an organization that burns people to the ground, then I don’t think you can anticipate that your outcomes are going to be met,” said higher ed commentator Kevin McClure.  Inside Higher Ed  (International) Burnout poses threat to academics, institutions must act before it’s too late: Opinion Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
The University of St Michael’s College will be offering two new courses designed to take on issues pertaining to evil and the Catholic Church. Theology of Radical Evil and Suffering looks at the experience and testimony of Jewish, African American and Indigenous individuals and communities, and examines a range of literature including that of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Indigenous author Thomas King. (Sexual) Abuse and the Catholic Church examines data about sexual abuse, systemic issues around sexual abuse, and what the church should actually be, while starting each class with survivor testimonies. “We are talking about Church in a responsible, methodological way,” says Associate Professor Michael Attridge.  St Mike’s  (ON) St Mike’s to offer two new courses designed to confront evil Top Ten 09/17/2020 - 03:48 09/17/2020 - 03:30
A new study by Statistics Canada conducted in 2019 has found that 11% of postsecondary students who identify as women and 4% of students who identify as men were sexually assaulted in a postsecondary setting in the 12 months prior to the survey. The report stated that nearly three-quarters of students witnessed unwanted sexualized behaviours (71%), and nearly half of women (45%) and one third of men (32%) stated that they personally experienced these kinds of behaviours. Very few of the students said that they spoke with someone associated with the school about what they experienced, with several indicating that they felt the event was not serious enough to report or that they were not aware that their incident could be reported.   StatCan  (Canada) StatCan releases findings of study on student population safety   Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
A new work-integrated learning program led by George Brown College will provide students and recent graduates with hands-on work placements in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, while also giving employers access to a talent pipeline and wage incentives. The Drive Ability – Opening Doors Program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Career Read Fund and is available to students in a range of business, technology, and engineering programs. The initiative was launched collaboratively with Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Mohawk College, Sheridan College, Georgian College, and York University.   George Brown  (ON) ON institutions launch Drive Ability Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Global News reports that students at Mount Royal University have set up a petition calling on the university to condemn MRU Assistant Professor Frances Widdowson’s “hateful actions against the BIPOC community” and terminate her. The article states that the students are angry about Widdowson’s comments in a recent interview with the Western Standard, such as that the Black Lives Matter movement had "destroyed MRU." MRU President Tim Rahilly stated that the university is reviewing the concerns. “Within the bounds of Canadian law, people have the basic right to freely express their ideas,” stated MRU President Tim Rahilly. “Equally valid are obligations that all employees have to cultivate an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”  Global News  | MRU  | Western Standard  (AB) MRU students petition for professor to be fired over comments Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
The University of Toronto is partnering with AMD to launch SciNet4Health, a supercomputing platform that will allow the secure analysis of healthcare data using machine learning. AMD has donated one petaflop of dedicated processing power, enabling the setup of SciNet4Health’s computing infrastructure. “The new resources that we are receiving from AMD are going to allow us to set up the computing infrastructure that our health researchers need, especially right now during the time of COVID-19 when many of our faculty are working towards various solutions and positive outcomes for the pandemic,” said Alex Mihailidis, U of T’s associate vice-president, international partnerships.  U of T  (ON) U of T, AMD partner to launch health research focused supercomputing platform Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Holland College has received an accreditation from the PEI Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR PEI) for its one-year Human Resource Management certificate program. This accreditation allows graduates of the program to apply for a CPHR National Knowledge Exam waiver. The agreement is retroactive, allowing May 2020 graduates to apply for the waiver. “CPHR PEI is excited and proud to have accredited Holland College’s Human Resource Management program. Partnerships like this will contribute to the growth of HR in PEI all the while raising its profile, demonstrating value and advancing the profession,” said CPHR PEI Chair Kelly Drummond.  Holland College  (PE) Holland College receives CPHR accreditation offering graduates exam exemption Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has launched a new fund – The UCeed Haskayne Student Fund – to create a bridge between students and local startups or venture capitalist communities. This new fund is student managed and will be integrated into the curriculum taught at UCalgary’s Haskayne School of Business. UCalgary says that it will “develop Canada’s entrepreneurial and private equity leaders of tomorrow to create sustainable economic opportunities for our city, province, and country.” “Our students will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by leading venture capitalists and angel investors while learning to manage all aspects of a real-dollar private equity fund,” says UCalgary instructor Lesley Tims.  UCalgary  (AB) UCalgary launches UCeed Haskayne Student Fund Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Saint Paul University and the Kiuna Institution have partnered to provide a new DEC-BAC pathway for students. Through the pathway, graduates of Kiuna’s First Nations Social Science program will have the opportunity to obtain a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Innovation from the university. “We are very excited to be partnering with Kiuna on this new credit transfer agreement,” said SPU Rector Chantal Beauvais. “This partnership marks an important milestone as our institutions work together to support Indigenous students in their academic pursuits and future aspirations.”  SPU  (ON | QC) Kiuna, SPU announcing new DEC-BAC option for graduates Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) has announced that “sanctioned sports programming” for universities has been cancelled until December 31 due to COVID-19 precautions. While elementary, secondary, and CEGEP sports will resume, RSEQ says that their university sector “is based primarily on the regional alert system, which may limit the participation of universities, even if said institutions effectively manage health-and-safety best practices.” RSEQ also evaluated if institutions would be able to provide a stable framework for athletes, coaches, and officials, as well as volunteers and supporters. Their decision was to allow university students to participate in cross-country, golf, and soccer activities involving two or more teams, but not permit inter-team activities in rugby or football.  RSEQ  | Global News (CP)  (QC) RSEQ announces university sports program cancellation Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Professors at Canadian universities are being told to be mindful of their students’ locations when considering course content, says Joe Friesen of The Globe and Mail. Students taking online courses from Canadian universities while living in China or other countries with internet censorship may not be able to access some course materials or may have their internet monitored. Friesen reports that the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) noted that this is an important issue with “implications for equity and academic freedom.” “Professors very much want to maintain standards of excellence while understanding that some students may be in danger if they access course materials,” said UTFA president Terezia Zoric.  The Globe and Mail  (International) Professors told to be mindful of students’ locations when teaching online courses Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University and the Simon Fraser Student Society have renewed the My Student Support Program, a program that helps SFU students access confidential and free mental health services, after a two-year pilot program. Using My SSP, students can book appointments with registered clinical counsellors at any time of day, and can request particular counsellor characteristics such as language, religion, and gender. “SFU continues to invest in the health and wellbeing of our students by ensuring they have the supports and services they need,” said SFU President Joy Johnson. “I’m pleased that My SSP has been well-received by our students and that we are continuing the program following its successful pilot.”  SFU  (BC) SFU, SFSS renew My SSP for three years after successful pilot Top Ten 09/16/2020 - 03:39 09/16/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has invested $9.4M into four tidal power projects that involve the University of Manitoba, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, and other organizations. These tidal energy projects will contribute to emissions reduction and clean technology development, and will help improve air quality while reducing dependence on fossil fuels. “Investing in new kinds of energy production, like tidal energy, creates jobs in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan. “Investing in tidal energy helps get us to zero emissions by 2050.”   Newswire   (National) Canada invests $9.4M in tidal power industry  Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a community outbreak in London, Ontario as five Western University students tested positive for COVID-19. The students who tested positive live in the community and have not attended on-campus classes or activities, but the Sudbury Star reports that the students have had interactions downtown and with students in neighbouring units. In Ottawa, Carleton University has stated that a student in its residence has tested positive for COVID-19. Carleton COVID-19 lead Suzanne Blanchard explained that the case is not an instance of community transfer and the individual is self isolating.  Western  | Sudbury Star  | CTV News (ON) Western, Carleton students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue will receive $9.5M from the Government of Quebec to restructure and expand its infrastructure in Mont-Laurier. UQAT states that it has seen a constant increase in enrolment over the years and has added several new programming areas in the region. The funding will be used to both optimize the space that is currently shared with the Center collegial de Mont-Laurier and to add 1,800 square meters of new classrooms, offices, and common areas. The inauguration of the new space is scheduled for 2022.   UQAT  (QC) UQAT Centre in Mont-Laurier expands to accommodate growing student body, programming Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Students at St Francis Xavier University who have finished quarantine or are from the Atlantic bubble are required to wear neon green bracelets that identify them as having followed all COVID-19 protocols. Students are required to wear the bracelets until the end of September in order to move around campus. StFX Vice President, Students Elizabeth Yeo explained that the bracelets allowed the institution another way to ensure the community was safe. “We just really wanted to be able to ensure both our internal community at St. FX and the wider community within Antigonish that our students have actually satisfied the commitments that we were asking them to make,” Yeo said.  CBC  (NS) StFX uses bracelets to identify students who have completed quarantine Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia will be offering an accredited American Sign Language (ASL) course to its students this fall. CBC states that the course is the first accredited class of its kind. The course will be led by Nigel Howard, an ASL interpreter known locally for his role in British Columbia’s COVID-19 updates. In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about ASL’s connection to Deaf culture. While ASL is often perceived as simply a tool for those who cannot hear, Howard explained that ASL “is a language in its own right. This fall, it will be taught as any other language is.”   CBC  (BC) UBC to offer sign language course Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
OCAD University has partnered with It’s My Future Toronto (IMFTO) to train BIPOC youth in how to share their ideas about COVID-19 recovery with the City of Toronto through advertising, media, and policy. Professionals from various industries will lead students through “how-to” videos and online workshops that will teach them how to share their ideas and give them the opportunity to share their own stories. “I wanted to show how OCAD University’s design thinking and strategic approaches can bring the voices of the vulnerable to the development of policy recommendations,” explained OCAD U Faculty of Design Dean Dori Tunstall, who is also a member of IMFTO’s advisory committee, “especially as we face the impacts of COVID-19.”  OCAD U  (ON) OCAD U partners with IMFTO in COVID-19 recovery design program Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Oral exams can be a helpful teaching tool in undergraduate classes, especially when teaching online courses during COVID-19, writes Della Dumbaugh. Dumbaugh describes how implementing oral exams has helped students learn more effectively. The author adds that since students can find solutions to problems easily online, oral exams help instructors accurately evaluate student knowledge and help students to “improve their communication, conquer anxiety, solve problems quickly and think creatively.” She gives specific strategies to those who are interested in implementing oral exams in their classrooms and describes how both students and faculty benefit from oral exams. “Looking forward, I will certainly make more extensive use of oral exams in my classes this fall,” Dumbaugh said.  Inside Higher Ed  (International) Using oral exams to stimulate student learning: Opinion Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Island postsecondary institutions are expecting a drop in enrolment this year, reports the Times Colonist. The University of Victoria is experiencing slightly lower enrolment for both domestic and international students. Royal Roads University has experienced a 20% decline in international student enrolment, but only an overall decrease of 6% due to increased domestic enrolment. Camosun College has experienced a 19% drop in international student enrolment while maintaining its domestic enrolments. Vancouver Island University has experienced a 31% drop in international enrolment and a 9% drop in domestic enrolment.  Times Colonist  (BC) Vancouver Island postsecondary institutions experience drop in enrolment Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Several Canadian instructors have been exploring new online learning methods for the fall term. At Dalhousie University, Professor Dana Kabat-Farr revised her Organizational Behaviour course to include searchable, pre-recorded lectures; use current events to illustrate course concepts; and use simple tools to avoid any “surprises” during the course. At the University of Toronto, Assistant Professor Angela Mashford-Pringle developed a remote version of her land-based learning course that included holistic, community-building discussions and an emphasis on each students’ relationship with the land they live on.   Dal  | U of T   (NS | ON) Canadian instructors revise courses for new online environment Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
A theatre instructor at Dawson College has reportedly left the institution following a resurfacing of allegations of harassment and bullying. CBC news reports that nearly a dozen former students have come forward over the past three years. In a statement, Dawson's director general Richard Filion explained that “the allegations were deemed extremely serious, which led the college to launch an investigation.” The college has announced an investigation, the results of which will be shared publicly once the investigation is complete. The statement indicates that the instructor has not taught at the college since August 31, 2020.   Dawson  | CBC  (QC) Dawson theatre instructor leaves college following allegations Top Ten 09/15/2020 - 03:46 09/15/2020 - 03:30
Carleton University and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NND) have signed a seven-year MOU that will see the two parties collaborate on Indigenous and Northern studies, postsecondary education, research, and access for learners. NND will lead the choice of areas of research and researchers, involve local people, and be a repository for the research results. The partnership will draw on both traditional Indigenous knowledge and non-Indigenous knowledge to inform and enrich research and teaching. “Today, we celebrate a partnership that will promote the advancement of higher education, research, and training in ways that are beneficial to us, our students and the university,” said NND Chief Simon Mervyn. “Together, we will build educational and training opportunities that reflect our culture, language and knowledge.”  Carleton  (ON) NND, Carleton sign MOU focused on Indigenous and Northern studies, research, access  Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business is now home to the Jonathan Wener Centre for Real Estate. The centre is aimed at training the next generation of real estate professionals, driving innovation through knowledge creation, and providing members of the real estate industry with the training and tools required for a changing market. Concordia President Graham Carr noted that the centre will “add great momentum for Concordia because of its uniqueness and because of its relevance.” The creation of the centre was funded by Concordia Chancellor Jonathan Wener. “We are grateful that our chancellor made his transformative gift to allow generations of students to make a dynamic contribution to Canadian society, to Canadian business and to the world in which we live,” continued Carr.   Concordia  (QC) Concordia opens Jonathan Wener Centre for Real Estate Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor’s Ron W Ianni Faculty of Law building has received a $3M gift from the Don Rodzik Foundation in support of the Transforming Windsor Law building project. The project, which will begin in January 2021, will see the current building developed to provide better spaces for teaching, learning, and collaboration. It will also be updated to better serve the accessibility needs of the population. The gift will go towards the new Don Rodzik Moot Court, the Don & Gail Rodzik Law Library, and the Don Rodzik Family chair in Law and Entrepreneurship.  UWindsor  (ON) UWindsor receives gift from Don Rodzik Foundation towards law building transformation Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
The Université Sainte-Anne has expelled a student who failed to comply with public health instructions, as well as the university’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct. The university’s disciplinary committee met to determine if the student’s actions were considered unacceptable behaviour. The committee found that the student had not complied with the conditions for self-isolation and violated the code of conduct for students, which forbids creating situations that could endanger the health or safety of others.   USainte-Anne  (NS) USainte-Anne expels student who failed to comply with COVID-19 rules Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
Changing the way office hours work can help students to benefit more from office hours, says Andrea Eidinger. In this article, Eidinger says that students are not fully benefitting from office hours because they might not “understand what office hours are and why they are important,” and suggests two changes to help students maximize office hours. First, office hours should be reframed or rebranded so that students are aware of how speaking to instructors one-on-one can answer their questions and help them solve their problems. Second, instructors need to ensure that office hours are flexible enough that students can attend them, which may mean that office hours change form or are held online.  University Affairs  (National) How to ensure students get the most benefit from office hours: Opinion Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
The University of Ottawa has joined the conversation around the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, issuing a statement of solidarity about the campus. Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta, says that UOttawa is “now seriously considering adopting Campus Saint-Jean as its satellite campus in Alberta.” While enrollment has almost doubled in the last 20 years, the Saint-Jean campus has not had proper upkeep, and now needs around $20M in renovations. Reflecting on a past relationship between the two institutions, Simons speculates that UOttawa may turn the campus into an Alberta-based satellite campus.  Edmonton Journal  | UOttawa  (AB | ON) UOttawa stands in solidarity with UAlberta’s Campus Saint-Jean: Simons Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
Strengthening Connections (SC), an Indigenous postsecondary recruitment initiative in British Columbia, has made the shift to online for the Fall Semester. The initiative typically involves in-person visits from SC members to high schools and Indigenous communities to increase awareness of employment and postsecondary opportunities. “Indigenous community members will be able to connect directly with our recruiters through virtual chat sessions, and download any information they need on a specific institution to better inform them on their opportunities,” explained Jewell Gillies, SC’s Executive Board Chair. This year’s main event will be a virtual recruitment tour and career fair featuring 24 institutions and employers.   Okanagan  (BC) Strengthening Connections goes online for the Fall Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
Fanshawe is launching a new Window and Door Installer training program with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development’s Skills Catalyst Fund. This 150-hour program will provide participants with industry knowledge through online and face-to-face training. It aims to help vulnerable people and underrepresented groups access industry training that will enable them to find gainful employment. “We are very proud of how the program consortium has collaborated to develop industry specific curriculum and experiential training opportunities, providing an exceptional program to our community, while pivoting to adapt to the changes of COVID-19,” said Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions Project Lead Christine Spicer.  Fanshawe  (ON) Fanshawe launches new Window and Door Installer training program Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
New Brunswick Community College and Cape Breton University have signed agreements that will provide college graduates with new degree pathways. Through the pathway, eligible graduates of select programs at NBCC – Criminal Justice: Corrections, Criminal Justice: Police Foundations, Child and Youth Care Worker, and Early Childhood Education – will be able to transfer their credits to CBU’s Bachelor of Arts Community Studies programs. CBU President David Dingwall and NBCC President Mary Butler stated that the pathways will provide new opportunities for both the students and the institutions.   NBCC  (NB | NS) NBCC, CBU establish new degree pathway agreements Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
Algonquin College has announced that it is the first Canadian institution to give its students access to the ALIBI Music Library music and sound effects platform through a special educational license. The ALIBI platform, which contains over 200,000 professionally created audio files, will give Algonquin students the opportunity to use professional resources in their projects. “The use of this extensive library will only better prepare students to thrive in the screen-based industries,” said Robyn Heaton, Algonquin’s Dean of the School of Media and Design.  Algonquin  | Creative Planet Network  (ON) Algonquin to offer professional audio files through ALIBI Music Library Top Ten 09/14/2020 - 03:47 09/14/2020 - 03:30
SAIT has announced that it will be launching a School for Advanced Digital Technology to help meet Calgary’s demand for tech talent. The Calgary Herald says that Calgary’s numerous startups and technology companies are experiencing a significant shortage of talent, and that SAIT’s new school will meet these needs. In addition to the regular programs offered, SAIT will also have a Digital Transformation Talent Hub, which will offer continuing education training for those pursuing further education or already in the workforce. “Our goal is to ensure students – whether they are career starters or career changers – have the digital literacy, personal agility and entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in a future powered by technology,” said SAIT president David Ross. Calgary Herald (AB) SAIT to launch School for Advanced Digital Technology Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Two institutions in La Pocatière, Quebec have shut down after COVID-19 outbreaks that regional health authorities believe are tied to a large party held at the end of August. At least 12 students at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire and Cégep de La Pocatière have reportedly tested positive for the illness, according to CBC. Any in-person activities and courses have been suspended at the institutions, which will be switching fully to online courses until September 24th. The regional health authority is asking that everyone who has been to bars in La Pocatière or Rivière-du-Loup or who attended the party get tested for COVID-19. CBC (QC) ITA, Cégep de La Pocatière shut down after COVID-19 outbreak Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Lakehead University researchers are collaborating on two studies on the workforce in Northern Ontario. One will focus on the human capital planning of Northern Ontario’s healthcare workforce, and will investigate how Northern Ontario’s workforce is evolving to meet different community needs. The other will examine the impact that welcoming communities and organizations have on immigrant recruitment and retention. “Both respond to issues that are unique to our region and will yield meaningful results for improving health-care services and economic development locally and regionally,” said Andrew Dean, Lakehead’s VP Research and Innovation. The projects received over $330K of funding from the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund. Lakehead (ON) Researchers at NOSM, Lakehead collaborating on workforce research Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Worldwide EduConnect has established a new office in Nairobi, Kenya to help accelerate growth in the region and provide professional support to African students who wish to study higher education in other countries. Founder and CEO Vinay Chaudhry stated that, with a combined population of 1.2 billion and an insufficient local education infrastructure, Africa is poised to become the fastest growing international student market in coming years. Georgian College and Brock University have partnered with the African office, and King’s University College has shown a keen interest in the initiative. “This is an exciting venture,” said Georgian Vice President (Academic) Kevin Weaver, “and part of our ongoing strategy to build a strong Georgian brand in this dynamic, growing market.” Worldwide Educonnect (International) Worldwide Educonnect launches office in Kenya to support students looking to study abroad Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Camosun College’s culinary arts students are welcoming students back to campus through Camosun Cares food hampers. Each week, culinary arts students are preparing 30 food hampers, which include fresh foods and simple recipes, and volunteers distribute them to students in need. Camosun’s Culinary Arts Chair Steve Walker-Duncan explained that students are “getting their professional cook training in the time of COVID, when we don’t have an active cafeteria and we’ve limited access to customers for utilising our food services.” Providing hampers to students in need gives culinary arts students the opportunity to use training kitchens to prepare baked goods, meals, and soups. The students “are quite excited to be part of something like this, because they’re helping their peers,” said Walker-Duncan. Camosun (BC) Camosun’s Culinary Arts students prepare food hampers Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
UK Barrister Daniel Sokol offers insight into the common reasons why students may fail their PhD dissertations. In this article, Sokol describes four common mistakes that these students make: a lack of critical reflection, lack of coherence, poor presentation, and failure to make required changes. Sokol says that “probably the most common reason for failing a PhD dissertation is a lack of critical analysis,” but that also “the majority of failed PhD dissertations are sloppily presented.” Sokul says that before submission, students should ask themselves if their work is critical or analytical enough, coherent, well-structured, and if it has a strong thesis, before turning around and asking their supervisors the same questions. Inside Higher Ed (International) Why PhD students fail dissertations: opinion Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
BCcampus has published an excerpt from Kory Wilson’s Pulling Together: Foundations Guide instructing readers on decolonization and reconciliation. Wilson says that “the process of decolonization is a process of healing and moving away from a place of anger, loss, and grief toward a place where Indigenous Peoples can thrive.” Wilson summarizes what decolonization would look like in Canada, and asserts that decolonization “must include non-Indigenous people and Indigenous Peoples working toward a future that includes all.” Reconciliation is an especially important part of this process, and Wilson encourages Canadians to participate by listening to Indigenous people tell their stories to gain a shared perspective on the past and future. BCcampus (BC) New book discusses implementing decolonization, reconciliation Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph has developed an online anti-racism training module, titled “Principles of Belonging: Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism.” UoGuelph says that this course is required for incoming students and that the two-part course will provide “core principles to foster more inclusive spaces and create an authentic sense of belonging for all campus community members.” “The Principles of Belonging module is an important step forward to assist students, faculty and staff in their anti-Black racism and anti-oppression education,” said UoGuelph’s AVP (diversity and human rights) Indira Naidoo-Harris. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph launches online anti-oppression, anti-racism module Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Several major gatherings have resulted in police intervention, complaints from the community, and fines for students. In Nova Scotia, the RCMP have fined four students $1K each for failing to self-isolate after arriving on campus. While most people are following the rules, Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern about complaints about some who are becoming complacent and taking risks. "This is what's going to get us in trouble,” said McNeil. “I'm worried arrogance is seeping in." The Star also reports that a fraternity in London cancelled its unofficial frosh week plans at the urging of Western University, while, in Kingston, Queen’s University professor Jeff Masuda expressed worry for the city in an open letter after the campus neighbourhood was strewn with litter following student partying. The Star | CBC (National) Major gatherings lead to police intervention, fines for students Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
WE Charity has announced that it will be closing its operations in Canada after the student grants scandal, stating that it was “ill-equipped” to fight “political battles,” reports CBC. The fallout from its failed effort to administer a $912M contribution agreement on behalf of the federal government reportedly made fundraising difficult for the organization, and WE Charity states that the “financial math for the charity’s future is clear.” Virtually all of the charity’s operations in Canada will come to an end, and WE will be liquidating its assets to create an endowment fund to support projects that are underway in Latin America, Asia, and Africa that are underway but not yet completed. CBC | Medicine Hat News (National) WE Charity winding down operations in Canada after student grants scandal Top Ten 09/11/2020 - 03:47 09/11/2020 - 03:30
Professors from 18 Canadian universities have joined to create a research network as part of the federal government’s Mobilization of New Ideas in Defence and Security (MINDS) program. The Réseau d’analyse stratégique or Network for Strategic Analysis (RAS-NSA) will focus on three key research themes related to national security: global power transition; multilateral cooperation in international security; and the future of defence capacity building. The network is co-led by Justin Massie, professor at Université du Québec à Montréal and Stéfanie von Hlatky, professor at Queen's University. UQAM | RAS-NSA (National) UQAM, Queen’s researchers to head bilingual research network focused on national security, defence Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Colleges and Institutes Canada made eight recommendations to the Standing Committee of Finance for Budget 2021. The recommendations focus mainly on investments into upskilling and reskilling, technical and trades training, sustainability initiatives and research on campus, increasing access to postsecondary for underrepresented populations, and supporting Canada’s position as an international study destination. “Supporting colleges and institutes will always have an impact well beyond the individual institutions, and CICan’s recommendations reflect how our members serve their communities, including industry and small business partners, social and health organizations,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. “Most importantly, they serve the learners of all ages and levels of experience, forming the labour force that will power our exit from the crisis and help us build back better.” CICan (National) CICan issues 8 recommendations for Budget 2021 Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Several cities in Ontario have closed parks or issued warnings as returning students opt to hold parties or gather in public places to celebrate the start of the school year. Waterloo Region’s acting medical officer of health Hsiu-Li Wang expressed disappointment after a party in the city drew over 100 students and saw three people charged under the Emergency and Civil Protection Act. Following the return of postsecondary students in Kingston, Ontario, Mayor Bryan Paterson signed an emergency declaration closing Breakwater Park beach and Gord Edgar Downie Pier, which are located near Queen’s University, for the remainder of the season. Middlesex-London Health Unit medical officer of health Chris Mackie also warned that classroom activities were not as big a concern as “large uncontrolled gatherings, like student parties, where there aren’t really any public health measures in place.” CBC (Waterloo) | CBC (Kingston) | London Free Press (ON) ON cities close parks, crack down on gatherings as postsecondary students return to campus Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
The University of the Fraser Valley is launching the Peace and Reconciliation Centre (PARC) this month. PARC will be a place where people from many disciplines can work together to build community and to solve conflicts. “We will facilitate constructive processes aimed at transforming conflict and building community that is characterised by relationships of trust, social justice, and the celebration of our diverse and common humanity,” said UFV College of Arts Dean Jacqueline Nolte. While one focus of PARC is Indigenous and settler relationships, PARC will also focus on global reconciliation issues. PARC hopes to be successful through providing “a space for learning and a space to spark and launch conversations and research,” said PARC chair Keith Carlson. UFV Today (BC) UFV to launch Peace and Reconciliation Centre Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published its Education at a Glance 2020 report, which provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems across OECD countries and a number of partner economies. The report examines indicators related to the impact of learning, access to education, teachers and the organization of schools, and financial investment in education in various OECD countries. In this year’s report, OECD notes the impact of COVID-19 on the world and on education in particular, noting how conventional schooling has been interrupted in most countries and spending on education compromised. Report (International) OECD publishes Education at a Glance 2020 Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Kamloops This Week reports that Thompson Rivers University is facing a deficit of $9M caused by COVID-19’s impact on enrolment. The article says that enrollment is lower this year all around, and that international enrolment is projected to decrease around 30%. Additionally, Kamloops This Week says that TRU will be laying off 80 CUPE staff members in October, some of which may only be for the next four to eight months. “It’s kind of all over the place, but we’ve adjusted our expenses the best we could in line with our revenues,” TRU VP finance and administration Matt Milovick said. Kamloops This Week (1) | Kamloops This Week (2) (BC) TRU faces deficit of $9M, proceeding with layoffs in October Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Two postsecondary students, one at Briercrest College in Saskatchewan and one at Loyalist College in Ontario, have tested positive for COVID-19. The student from Briercrest had been tested in their home province, but only received their test results after already being on campus. The student is being quarantined in an isolation dorm. The student from Loyalist tested positive for COVID-19 after travelling to Canada to attend classes. This student has been in quarantine since they arrived in Canada and has not visited campus. Discover Moose Jaw (Briercrest) | Quinte News (Loyalist) (ON | SK) Two postsecondary students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Colliers International has listed a 55-acre property that includes Quest University’s school and sports centre, as well as the surrounding property. CTV News says that QuestU “was forced to seek court protection in February after being unable to pay its debts.” The 55-acre property is now for sale, and parts of the original property have been sold or developed. “Ideally, the school hopes for offers to sell the development lands around the campus, but the listing says Quest University would consider a sale that includes a long-term lease back for continued use,” reports Kendra Mangione of CTV News. CTV News (BC) QuestU campus for sale Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
Yukon University has been able to increase its variety of offerings through the Continuing Studies department now that courses are being offered online. The switch to virtual has also expanded the institution’s reach by increasing access for more individuals interested in higher learning. Opting to suspend offerings at first, the Continuing Studies department pivoted to online, self-paced learning using Zoom. “Our vision was always to offer more online and virtual learning opportunities, the pandemic response accelerated this,” said Shelagh Rowles, executive director, Continuing Studies. “The response from businesses, governments, and individuals has been positive. Virtual learning removes barriers such as travel costs and time away from work for training and professional development.” YukonU (YK) YukonU expands Continuing Studies fall offerings Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
The governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have renewed an agreement with the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). This agreement will see the provinces provide the WCVM with $134M over five years to train veterinarians with in-depth knowledge of animal health and public health. “The WCVM is built on collaboration, and its people and programs strengthen the University of Saskatchewan’s impact in everything from agriculture and animal health to comparative medicine and public health,” said USask Interim Provoist and VP Academic Melissa Just. SK (SK ) USask’s WCVM, western provinces renew interprovincial agreement Top Ten 09/10/2020 - 03:41 09/10/2020 - 03:30
The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley has received new supports to continue a project showcasing Punjabi Canadian history in British Columbia. Haq and History: A Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project is part of a six-year partnership between SASI, the Royal BC Museum, and other community partners. $1.14M from the provincial government will enable the project to be extended to include further research, documentation, and digitization. “Education is key to fostering a greater respect and appreciation for one another across our communities and society,” said SASI Director Satwinder Kaur Bains. “A primary goal of the project is to improve the historical record of the significant contributions of South Asian Canadians with the goal of reducing racism while underscoring the value of B.C.’s diverse society.” BC | UFV (BC ) UFV’s SASI to deliver Haq and History: A Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
Bow Valley College has announced an agreement with immigration consultant group BMB International that will allow international post-graduate students in the health care field to complete BVC’s post-diploma certificate program in Health & Human Services Management. “Healthcare is a highly competitive field,” said Nora Maclachlan, Dean of Health and Community Studies at BVC, “and this HHSM program is innovative, combining elements of business study and management of the Canadian healthcare system.” This program will prepare foreign-educated health care workers for various careers and help address Canada’s need for more foreign-educated healthcare workers. BVC (AB) BVC, BMB International partner to encourage more international health care students Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
Parti Québécois leadership candidate Sylvain Gaudreault says that he would gradually cut funding to anglophone CEGEPs as a means of breaking the “vicious cycle” he believes they are in. Based on the current funding model, English-speaking CEGEPs receive more funding due to the number of students attending; more funding in turn attracts more students. If elected, Sylvain says he will remove the funding model and make cuts to the institutions. Gaudreault stated that he does not plan to enforce Québec’s language policy, Bill 101, on CEGEPs, as “adult students can make choices on their own.” Montreal Gazette (QC) PQ leadership candidate proposes breaking funding model for CEGEPs Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick’s physics department will be developing and installing a Modular Ionospheric Sounder at Resolute, Nunavut. This space weather monitoring device, funded by the Canadian Space Agency, will be part of the Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network. Undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to participate in the development of this technology, which will be designed to provide better ionospheric measurements and to use less energy. “This project will help us improve communications and navigation systems, while also providing a unique and exciting hands-on experience for the next generation of researchers and specialists,” said PT Jayachandran, UNB Physics Department Chair. UNB | CBC (NB) UNB to develop space weather monitoring device for Canadian arctic Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph has added an extra COVID-19 precaution by making its campus cash-free. UoGuelph stated that, “in light of the uncertainty around whether the disease can be transmitted via paper and coin currency,” it will no longer accept cash for any purchases on campus. Community members will be able to carry out transactions at the campus bookstore, independent stores, parking, library, eateries, and other on-campus outlets by using credit, debit, a UoGuelph ID card, or an Express Plus Credit Account. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph goes cash-free in response to COVID-19 Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
Mentors should let students make mistakes as part of the learning process, says René S Shahmohamadloo, PhD candidate at the University of Guelph. Reflecting on his experience as a mentor, Shahmohamadloo says that students find memorizing and regurgitating facts a frustrating and ineffective way to learn, and instead encourages providing them with the opportunity to practice critical thinking skills or apply their learning. He argues that taking a hands-off approach with inexperienced students helps them learn from their mistakes and allows them to grow as scientists. “Good mentorship means trusting your mentees’ capacity and treating them as more than instruments to collect data,” Shahmohamadloo writes. “When given the chance, mentees can handle the responsibility.” ScienceMag (National) Mistakes are an important part of learning: opinion Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of Lethbridge announced in a statement that it has suspended its Pronghorns women’s soccer program for violating sport cohort protocols related to COVID-19. The Lethbridge Herald explains that, while soccer seasons for Canada West and U SPORT have been cancelled this fall, teams were able to continue practicing in a cohort model. The article states that the team was suspended for allowing players outside the cohort to participate in practices. “While we are confident everyone associated with the program is healthy, the protocols are in place for a very good reason and no one should have been put at risk,” explained Pronghorn Athletics Director Neil Langevin. “There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our student-athletes and our potential recruits.” Lethbridge Herald (AB) ULethbridge women’s soccer suspended over sport cohort protocols Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
Since June, members of Canada’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force have recused themselves from discussions due to conflicts of interest 18 times. Global News reports that the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force includes a number of individuals “who may have a real or perceived conflict of interest with respect to one or more proposals to be evaluated.” The reason for recusal is reportedly not public, which press secretary John Power states is in keeping with other task groups. However, The BMJ Editor in Chief Fiona Godlee argued that disclosing these conflicts is essential to maintaining public trust. “I do think it’s a surprise that they’ve gone to such trouble with this task force to outline the way in which they’re going to manage the conflicts of interest,” said Godlee. “But they’ve missed out this next step ... of simply declaring those publicly.” Global News (National) COVID-19 vaccine task force members declare conflicts of interest, some call for disclosure Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
Humber College is launching a new RapidSkills, Advanced Manufacturing Micro-credentials program to respond to the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy. Humber says that this program will give those without knowledge of the manufacturing industry the skills they need to succeed in the sector, while also helping others upgrade and re-learn skills. Students will receive a digital badge once they complete the program. This program is a “collaboration with employers and leading industry experts to prepare those unemployed and underemployed with the skills needed to secure a future in manufacturing,” explained Nadia Desjardins, associate dean of Humber’s Corporate Training Solutions. Humber (ON) Humber launches RapidSkills, Advanced Manufacturing Micro-credentials program Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
A new research paper that examined the data from 368 US institutions suggests that de-emphasizing test scores is the only thing that consistently helps to diversify student populations. Though some institutions have tried to boost minority or low-income enrollment through stressing extracurriculars and subjective factors, the paper says that data suggests “these considerations may do little to dramatically alter enrollment for these students in either more or less equitable ways.” NACAC CEO Angel B Perez said that, in his experience, “when admissions officers were told to specifically look for other qualities and characteristics that predict success, and not focus as much on test scores, they paused, and were much more intentional in giving students credit for other things.” Inside Higher Ed (International) New US research suggests de-emphasizing test scores is key for diversification Top Ten 09/09/2020 - 03:43 09/09/2020 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has received $13M from the Province of British Columbia and $5M from the Law Foundation of BC to build Canada’s first National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL). UVic President Jamie Cassels says that the NCIL “will be home to the first Indigenous law program in the world to combine the intensive study of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous law, and will help Canada build a new nation-to-nation relationship based on the recognition–and renaissance–of Indigenous legal traditions.” UVic states that the building will meet the highest environmental standards and will use Coast Salish designs, signage, and public art. Indigenous law program co-founder and director Val Napoleon explained that the building “represents a sanctuary where our laws, which enable us to be peoples, will be safe, and where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students will learn about those laws, creating the foundation to a multi-juridical Canada.” UVic | CBC | Times Colonist (BC) UVic to build National Centre for Indigenous Laws Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 11:21 09/08/2020 - 03:30
The University of Waterloo has announced that it will become one of the first 5G smart campuses in Canada as part of an existing partnership with Rogers Communications. The launch “leverages the university’s global leadership in computing, engineering and co-operative education” and will focus on research and testing of networks, infrastructure, and technologies. Rogers plans to introduce a new recruitment program including a hackathon and scholarships and will also engage and hire UWaterloo co-op students and recent graduates. “As home to the first 5G smart campus in central Canada, Waterloo’s extensive research expertise will allow us to support Rogers in this initiative and continue to lead the way to an innovative future for Canada,” said UWaterloo vice-president, research and international, Charmaine Dean. UWaterloo (ON) UWaterloo to become one of Canada’s first 5G smart campuses Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
Royal Roads University has announced the launch of a Global Learning and Language Centre. The centre brings together and expands its previous language services - the International Study Centre and the International Contract Training Unit – to streamline its services and supports for students. The new centre will provide learning opportunities to students in Canada and around the world. “It takes courage to learn a new language and, in the future, to consider studying far away from home,” said Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp. Royal Roads (BC) Royal Roads launches Global Learning and Language Centre Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
Georgian College is launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) graduate certificate program starting in January 2021. The Artificial Intelligence – Architecture, Design and Implementation program consists of 14 courses that will focus on training students in theoretical and applied skills. With this knowledge, students will be able to pursue careers in AI system design, programming, implementing, and machine learning analysis. Georgian says that this program aims to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities in the quickly growing AI field. “There is an immense demand for highly skilled graduates in the field of AI as it’s a key disruptive technology driving the digital economy,” says Bill Angelakos, Georgian Dean of Technology and Visual Arts. Georgian (ON) Georgian launches graduate certificate program in artificial intelligence Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
The change from structured, in-person classes to unstructured, remote classes means that students will need to learn new ways of thinking to tackle the challenges associated with online classes. University of Alberta Faculty of Education Professor Greg Thomas says that students will need to learn how to monitor their learning and ask for help when they need it, as well as become more conscious of their study habits and learning. Teachers also have a role to play, says Thomas. “They can reflect on how they learned and how they handle their workloads,” says Thomas. “Students love to learn about this from their teachers and it makes them more human.” UAlberta (AB) Students learning remotely must learn new ways of thinking: Op-ed Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
Algoma University has partnered with Mitacs to give undergraduate students dynamic internship opportunities with not-for-profit organizations. Soo Today says that this partnership will give students access to high-quality experiential learning within local northern communities, which will strengthen Northern Ontario’s economy and help communities retain talent. One of the programs in the partnership will allow students to work with faculty members to gain hands-on research experience. “This important partnership between Algoma University and Mitacs will equip students with local hands-on learning opportunities, helping to address the need for local talent to live and work in the communities where they learn,” says ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano. Soo Today (ON) AlgomaU, Mitacs partner to bolster internship program Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
Acadia University’s Department of Athletics has announced that it will be offering its students an opportunity to engage in sport and fitness during a COVID-19 altered setting on campus. The Alternate Sport Model will utilize the skills of Acadia Athletics’ coaches and student-athletes to offer sport and fitness opportunities to both the campus and Wolfville community. The department has also recently announced the launch of the Acadia Sports Academy, which will provide training opportunities for athletes in the community, leadership development for varsity-athletes, and field experience. Acadia | Acadia (NS) Acadia athletics reveals alternate sport model, Acadia Sports Academy Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
Okanagan College has launched a new counselling initiative to help students adjust to postsecondary life in the time of COVID. GROW @ OC is an online drop-in group offered through the college’s Counselling Services where students can learn skills for success and feel connected to the community. “One of the silver linings of going online as an institution is the opportunity we have been provided to bring students together across all of our campuses and to create community in unique ways that we haven’t before,” said Samantha Johnson, counsellor at Okanagan’s Salmon Arm campus and Revelstoke Centre. GROW @ OC will be offering six drop-in workshops from September to November 2020. Okanagan (BC) Okanagan offers counselling support online Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
University of Windsor and Queen’s University revising their campus apps to introduce new COVID-19 safety features and protect their campus communities. The UWindsor’s Safe Lancer app and Queen’s SeQure app now feature daily health assessment tools for students and staff entering buildings on campus. The information will also be used for contact tracing if necessary. “Though most students and employees will continue to learn and work remotely this fall, Queen’s is working to ensure that those who will be on campus are safe, informed and have the right tools,” said Mark Green, Queen’s provost and vice-principal (academic). The Whig | UWindsor (ON) UWindsor, Queen’s launch new COVID-19-related app features Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
The Université de Montréal is exploring the possibility of offering a decentralized doctoral program in veterinary medicine in Rimouski to address the shortage of veterinary doctors in the region. The university is partnering with Université du Québec à Rimouski on the program, which Theoret says will enable the university to develop new elective courses in veterinary medicine and open up new possibilities for collaborations between researchers. “Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, produced a report on veterinary services in the province’s bio-food sector,” explained UdeM veterinary medicine dean Christine Theoret. “It looked at various subsectors … and revealed that... very few new graduates [were] choosing this type of practice.” UdeMontreal (QC) UdeMontreal explores doctorate in decentralized veterinary medicine Top Ten 09/08/2020 - 04:01 09/08/2020 - 03:30
The National Black Graduate Network (NBGN) will be celebrating its public launch today. This network – founded by PhD students Jamilah Dei-Sharpe and Cherie A Daniel, and PhD candidate Julian Kapfumvuti – focuses on bringing Black graduate students into a shared academic community. Dei-Sharpe says that “sometimes there is the experience of feeling isolated or feeling like the spotlight is on you because… race is visible, especially when you’re a visible minority.” NBGN intends to address challenges associated with being a minority, create opportunities for Black students to work together, and build solidarity as it brings together different groups and their initiatives from across Canada.  U of T (Public Launch)  | University Affairs  (National) Graduate students launch National Black Graduate Network for Black students  Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
College of the Rockies instructor Katie Burles collaborated with faculty members from nine other postsecondary institutions to create a free lab manual that can be used for COTR’s Geography 101 course, as well as other first-year geography courses in BC. The geography lab manual meets the need for online lab resources for geography students who have shifted to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Instead of us all developing online resources independently, we worked together to create an invaluable online teaching resource,” says Burles.  COTR  (BC) COTR instructor, faculty from 9 BC institutions collaborate to create geography OER Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Faculty members, instructors, and students across North America have announced a Scholar Strike that will take place next week. The organizers explain that the Canadian strike aligns with the American strike in its call for racial justice and an end to anti-Black police violence, and additionally adds a focus on anti-Indigenous, colonial violence. The faculty leading the strike have confirmed a key note address by journalist Desmond Cole and cross-campus digital teach-ins from York University, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and OCAD University. “Statements of solidarity, while important, are not enough,” write the organizers. “We must commit ourselves as scholars, artists, writers, poets, designers and researchers to actively ending all forms of racist, carceral, institutional and systemic forms of violence.  ScholarStrikeCanada  | OCUFA  | Inside Higher Ed (US)  (International) Faculty, instructors across North America plan Scholar Strike Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Concordia University is opening the doors to its new BioHub, an accelerator program for life sciences entrepreneurs. The BioHub, located at Concordia’s Loyola Campus, is part of Concordia’s District 3 network of accelerator programs and facilities. It will offer an 8-week program with weekly workshops and networking events, as well as a co-working lab. “We are building the back end for this burgeoning bioeconomy through collisions with talent, research, government and industry,” says Xavier-Henri Hervé, founder and executive director of District 3. “Our vision is for Quebec and Canada to be global leaders in this revolution.”  Concordia  (QC) Concordia launches BioHub accelerator Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
With significant enrollment growth projected in the future and $14M pledged in donations, Redeemer University will begin the construction of a $18.5M residence facility with additional learning space. Redeemer says that student enrollment has grown significantly since the 42% domestic tuition decrease in 2019, and that it is projecting growth to more than 1000 students by September 2021. Redeemer’s new facility will provide the growing student body with additional living and classroom spaces. “As we grow, this new facility helps us remain committed to the mission of integrating faith, learning and living together in community,” says President Robert J Graham.  Redeemer   (ON) Redeemer starts $18.5M building project in response to growth in student enrollment Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it will begin a new admissions process that aims to improve the representation of Black law students within its Law department. In the new admissions process, students will be able to self-identify as Black. Those who do will be given additional space in the application to write a personal essay describing their experiences. This new process was a response to calls from the Calgary Chapter of the Black Law Students Association for UCalgary to respond to the systemic barriers that prospective Black students face. “If you don’t see yourself in a place, you’re much less likely to even apply to be in that place,” says Keshia Holloman, chapter president and second year law student at UCalgary.  UCalgary  | Calgary Herald (AB) UCalgary announces new admissions process for Black law students Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Carleton University launched the Students as Partners Program (SaPP) this year, allowing students to partner with instructors to redesign courses with the goal of creating student-centred learning environments. “Students gain skills from participating in course development, and faculty members gain an understanding of how learning environments can help students be successful,” says AVP David Hornsby. The program started in January with 20 courses and had already grown to over 100 courses by summer. Carleton report that this is Canada’s largest program of this kind. “When we say that Carleton is a student-centric institution, this is what we really mean,” says Hornsby.  Carleton  (ON) Carleton students, instructors partner to design courses in SaPP program Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Lethbridge College has made changes to its Agricultural Sciences program that will provide more flexibility for students in terms of their career and study path. Students of the program will take part in a common first year followed by one of three majors: Agronomy, animal science, or a newly introduced agricultural business specialization. “Many students begin college unsure what area they would like to specialize in, or which area of agriculture they might find opportunity in,” says Terry Kowalchuk, Dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. “This common first year allows students a full year of flexibility to make that choice without losing any course credit or spending extra money on tuition before switching majors. Each of these majors is tailored to meet the needs of careers in those specific fields.”  Lethbridge  | Lethbridge Herald  (AB) Lethbridge expands Ag Sciences program Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have announced new courses and seminars in response to recent events or ongoing needs. Canadore College’s Continuing Education department is developing a new course called Professional Practice in Caregiving as part of an eCampusOntario pilot program. York University’s Schulich School of Business is launching a new interdisciplinary course focused on COVID-19 called “Leading Through the Pandemic: Insights From Individuals, Organizations, Governments, and Societies.” The University of St Michael’s College, from the University of Toronto, has announced a new course called #BlackLIvesMatter for the Book and Media Studies program, which will examine the relationship between anti-Black racism and the media. Canadore | York Schulich | St Michael’s (ON) ON institutions announce new online courses, seminars Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
Mount Royal University has partnered with the University of California, Irvine to launch a new Esports Management Certificate. This program will allow students to focus on developing the project management skills that they will need to plan and run an esports event, as well as learn more about the esports industry. “Esports is an exploding segment of entertainment requiring trained professionals. With this program, students can go behind the scenes to get the management skills needed to be successful in an esports enterprise,” says Brad Mahon, Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension at MRU.  MRU  (AB) MRU to offer Esports Management Certificate Top Ten 09/04/2020 - 03:58 09/04/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced that the regulations and legislative amendments to the Canada Labour Code that impact internships, including student internships, have come into force as of September 1st. As of these changes, student interns in federally regulated workplaces will be entitled to a number of protections that include a limit on work hours, the right to a modified work schedule, unpaid breaks, and protected leaves. Canada also states that new legislation concerned with workplace harassment and violence experienced by interns will come into force on January 1st.   Canada  | Canada (Backgrounder)  (National) Canada legislative amendments impacting student internships come into force   Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
Brock University’s Faculty of Education (FOE) has partnered with the Landscape of Nations 360° (LON 360°) Indigenous Education Initiative to advance the work of LON 360° in K-12 classrooms in the Niagara region. This collaboration will enhance the teaching of Indigenous history, experience, and knowledge within Ontario’s curriculum. LON 360° has developed A Framework for Essential Understandings About Indigenous Peoples Of The Niagara Region, provided professional development for teachers, and will be launching instructional modules that connect with Ontario’s curriculum. “We are delighted to explore how we might leverage the combined intellectual and research capacities of Brock and the LON 360° Indigenous Education Initiative to enhance learning and teaching in schools across Niagara and beyond,” says FOE Dean Michael Owen.  Brock | Framework  (ON) Brock FOE, LON 360° partner to educate K-12 students in Niagara region on Indigenous issues Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has complied data on how Canadian postsecondary institutions are offering courses this fall. Based on websites from 113 different polytechnics, colleges, and universities, CAUT has found that 55% of institutions will deliver courses primarily online, and only use in-person delivery when necessary due to course components. 25% will be using a blended approach which includes hybrid courses (both in-person where necessary and online), and courses that are held fully online or fully in person. 16% will be fully online, while only 1% of institutions will hold classes fully in person.  Canadian Association of University Teachers  (National) CAUT releases data on fall semester course delivery Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
Western University has shared the stories of several faculty and instructors who have pivoted their courses and shared new remote-learning tactics for the new term. Applied mathematics professor Lindi Wahl has transformed a course on mathematical biology into an active learning format where students use real-life COVID-19 data to model and predict the patterns of the disease. Visual arts professor Tricia Johnson has shifted to a recorded lecture format and made 19 videos of herself creating the art pieces that she will be assigning to her students. Political science professor Nigmendra Narain will be using a coffee shop model in addition to structured, recorded lectures to make “serendipitous conversations possible” in a virtual class of 700 students.   Western (Art)  | Western (Mathematical Biology)  | Western (Political Science)  (ON) Western faculty share new tactics for remote learning Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
NSCAD University has announced the launch of the Creative Entrepreneurship Lab aimed at helping students develop the business, networking, financing, and advocacy skills required for an arts-based business. “The Creative Entrepreneurship Lab is a dedicated virtual space committed to facilitating workshops, one-to-one support, and mentorship to students and faculty,” said NSCAD U VP (Academic & Research) and Provost Ann-Barbara Graff. “The focus of the lab is creative entrepreneurship and rethinking the creative economy with NSCAD at its centre.” The lab will be led by Gregory Adolphe-Nazaire and will emphasize inclusivity and equality when it comes to access to entrepreneurial training.    NSCAD U  (NS) NSCAD U announces Creative Entrepreneurship Lab Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
York University announced a new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC). This faculty will build on environmental research as it brings together the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography to prepare students for careers in the field. It will bring together social and environmental concerns in order to train students in growing issues such as decreased biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, and urbanization. York states that they created the EUC in response to pressing environmental issues caused by humans. It will be open for admission in fall 2021.  YorkU  (ON) YorkU announces Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
Five Canadian universities have ranked among the top 100 of the THE World University Rankings. The University of Toronto (#18) was the highest ranked Canadian institution, followed by the University of British Columbia (#34), McGill University (#40), McMaster University (#69), and the University of Montreal (tied for #73). Internationally, a university from the United Kingdom – the University of Oxford - took the top spot this year, and was followed closely behind by the US’s Stanford University and Harvard University.   Times Higher Education  | Times Higher Education  (SK) THE World University Rankings see 5 Canadian institutions in top 100 Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
Humber College and New Brunswick Community College have signed an articulation agreement that will allow NBCC students advanced standing entry into Humber’s Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice degree program. Eligible NBCC programs include Criminal Justice: Police Foundations and Criminal Justice: Corrections. “As we help our learners prepare for the changing demographics and workforce disruption of today’s economy,” NBCC President Mary Butler noted, “it’s more important than ever that we provide them with the flexibility to layer their learning to support their personal and professional development, throughout their careers.”  NBCC  | Humber  (NB, ON) Humber, NBCC sign new pathway agreement Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph is using a $1.33M gift from Michel Eric Fournelle to build a state-of-the-art food lab and culinary studio. The Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory will include high-end appliances and food preparation equipment, as well as audio-visual equipment. UoGuelph says that the AV equipment will be used to broadcast virtual food demonstrations over YouTube and host off-campus chefs. The AV equipment also will enable instructors to teach courses online using this facility. Statia Elliot, Associate Dean, says that “for a university, it’s unique to have a hands-on teaching facility, especially with recording and broadcasting capabilities.”  UoGuelph  (ON) UoGuelph builds AV-equipped campus food lab, culinary studio  Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
The University of Waterloo has added its first official competitive esports team to its athletic department. This year, the Waterloo Warriors will be playing Rocket League, Overwatch, and League of Legends against other teams in the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports league (OPSE). Players go through a competitive tryouts process that involves scrimmages as they compete for a place on the team. This year, 18 Ontario institutions will be participating in OPSE. “It’s important, especially for the students and their community to have a team to rally behind. To have that school spirit and that connection,” says OPSE commissioner James Fitzgerald.  CBC  (ON) UWaterloo introduces competitive esports team to athletics department Top Ten 09/03/2020 - 04:29 09/03/2020 - 03:30
Through the Nunavut Arctic College, Nunavut has officially joined Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) and started the process of connecting the territory to CANARIE’s backbone network. CANARIE states that Nunavut is the final “spike” for Canada’s NREN, as now all thirteen provinces and territories have joined the network and fulfilled the federal mandate for a pan-Canadian research and education network. “Nunavut Arctic College is honoured to be Nunavut’s designated institution in this important network,” explained Patterk Netser, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College on the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. “Signing on to CANARIE is an important stepping stone that will further improve research and education resources for all Nunavummiut.”  CANARIE  (NV) Nunavut Arctic College connects territory to NREN Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Université Sainte-Anne has announced that it will be modernizing its learning spaces and technological infrastructure at its Church Point campus, thanks to a combined investment of $1.2M. The investment will modernize existing classrooms, increase classroom capacity, and see the creation of a makerspace. The university is also setting up a multi-functional, web-connected amphitheatre that would host, webcast, and record presentations and workshops by keynote speakers. “A modernization of our learning spaces was necessary even before the current health crisis,” stated USainte-Anne President Allister Surette. “But this financing came at the right time because we are now equipped with cutting-edge spaces, tools, and software, which will allow us to be flexible.”  USainte-Anne  (NS) USainte-Anne announces modernized classrooms, new makerspace with investment Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Yukon University has announced that they will continue to provide in-person supports throughout the Fall semester as most credit programming is delivered online. Students in Whitehorse will be able to access in-person services such as program advisors; academic, personal, and wellness supports; student engagement; and First Nations and International student support. Students at campuses beyond Ayamdigut are able to access services via phone or video, or at community campuses by appointment. “We know the shift to online learning due to COVID-19 comes with the loss of social contact and sense of community on campus,” said Janet Welch, vice president Academic and Student Services. “We expect students to be in greater need of in-person supports than ever before, so this is where our focus will be.”  Nation Talk  (ON) YukonU offering in-person student supports Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
With the future looking uncertain for many PhD students and postdocs, Joseph Barber encourages those who were hopeful for faculty positions to envision themselves in different careers rather than focusing on a single career path. Broadening the scope of career interests is not a failure, writes Barber. Instead, the author argues that it enables students to engage in new narratives about themselves that express their strengths and talents in a variety of career contexts. Barber says that “separating your degree from a singular career path ensures that you can highlight the skills and experiences gained along the way in a much more flexible and adaptive way.” He concludes by encouraging students to optimistically explore a variety of career options.  Inside Higher Ed  (International) PhD students encouraged to explore various career options with a sense of optimism: Opinion Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
The Edmonton City Council has announced that it will not be providing an opt-in option for a U-Pass for postsecondary students in the city, instead expanding youth fares and the low-income program for transit passes to all postsecondary students. International students were briefly deemed ineligible based on concerns about documentation and income verification, but are now eligible for the program after pushback from the University of Alberta’s International Students’ Association. “There was a misunderstanding or misconception that international students wouldn’t be able to provide documents, which they are able to provide,” explained UAISA President Chanpreet Singh. The Edmonton Journal reports that the city and student unions will revisit the U-Pass and other alternative options ahead of the winter semester.   Edmonton Journal  | Edmonton Journal  (AB) Postsecondary students now eligible for Edmonton's low-income transit program Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Universities in Nova Scotia are reporting new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as students return to campus. A student attending Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point is one of two new confirmed cases in the province. Two other students–one at Dalhousie University and one at Acadia University–have received indeterminate test results. The province has stated that these two cases are being treated as lab-confirmed positives to make sure all precautions are taken.  CBC  | The Star  (NS) NS universities report possible COVID-19 cases as students return Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Lakehead University and Bioenterprise Corporation have signed a MOU that will enhance research and innovation commercialization in the agriculture and food sectors in northern Ontario. Lakehead will host the new project through its recently launched business incubator, Ingenuity. “This will open up all kinds of opportunities for northern entrepreneurship and innovation, supporting at the same time our desire to become a hub for agricultural innovation in north-western Ontario and increase the visibility of what we do to the entire agricultural ecosystem across Canada,” said Andrew Dean, Vice President (Research & Innovation) for Lakehead.  Lakehead   (ON) Lakehead, Bioenterprise sign MOU to enhance agriculture, food sectors Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Indigenous postsecondary students in Quebec say that COVID-19 has the potential to disproportionately impact their studies this fall, and are calling for a “creative and flexible” approach to classes. Closures and the quick change to online learning in the spring were difficult for many who relied on libraries and computer labs, or were unable to access stable Wi-Fi after going home to remote areas. The group’s statement emphasized that “we are already at a disadvantage; we don’t want the pandemic to add to the pre-existing inequity.” Many postsecondary classes have been moved online this fall, and Indigenous students worry about the challenges of isolation, and the difficulty in accessing necessities for online learning.   CBC  (QC) Indigenous student group advocates for flexible approach to online learning Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has authorized the creation of a School of Engineering to unify the university’s engineering programs, reports the Prince George Citizen. Previously, the university’s programs were offered by separate schools within the university, and the move is expected to unify the faculty and students into a single unit and facilitate the development of the degree programs. "This is to really solidify UNBC's footprint in the engineering space," said UNBC interim president and vice-chancellor Geoffrey Payne. "The future is bright."  Prince George Citizen  (BC) UNBC creates school of engineering Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia and Tŝilhqot’in Nation have signed a MOU and an Indigenous Knowledge Protocol Agreement (IK Protocol) to collaborate on research done at UBC’s Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR). This agreement establishes culturally safe research practices, which emphasize issues related to power imbalances, racism, and discrimination, while also laying the groundwork for collaborative research that recognizes the importance of Tŝilhqot’in knowledge and understanding of the land in future research projects. UBC and the Tŝilhqot’in National Government are already collaborating on research projects, and CEAR states that they look forward to continuing to learn from its Indigenous partners to understand more about the Tŝilhqot’in territory.  UBC Okanagan  (BC) UBC, Tŝilhqot’in Nation strengthen research ties through signing MOU, IK Protocol Top Ten 09/02/2020 - 04:20 09/02/2020 - 03:30
Residences and move-in day in 2020 are markedly quieter than in years past as several institutions report fewer students in residence. In North Bay, Nipissing University is expecting approximately 400 students in residence. Canadore College is expecting that between 325 and 330 students will move in, although the remainder of the college’s 660 available beds spoken for. “Quite literally,” explained Shawn Chorney, vice-president of enrolment management, Indigenous and student services, “it’s going to be whether people can physically get here.” The University of Regina states that it expects to welcome about 300 students for the upcoming semester, markedly lower than it’s typical 1,000 students; and the University of Calgary is also reporting a 30% capacity at its residences. UCalgary Associate Director of Residence Services Lakshmi Sangaranarayanan added that the university has also seen a 350% increase in deferred move-ins.   The Nugget  | CBC (URegina)  | CBC (UCalgary)  (National) Move-in day quieter on Canadian campuses as fraction of residences fill up  Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
The Schulich School of Business at York University has partnered with the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario to create the new CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information. The centre will aim to advance the accounting profession by enhancing digital financial expertise. The three-year project is focused on research, thought leadership, and increasing the network of digital accounting information. “Schulich is proud to be a co-founder of the new CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information,” said Detlev Zwick, interim dean. “We look forward to working together with CPA Ontario, a longstanding corporate partner of our School, in advancing research innovation in the rapidly growing field of digital accounting.”  York  (ON) York launches CPA Ontario Centre in Digital Financial Information Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
Cégep de Baie-Comeau has announced the launch of a Police Technology program that will be adapted to the needs and realities of Indigenous communities, with the support and partnership of Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. In response to the Viens Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, both institutions proposed an update to the program to the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The program will educate students about the history of Indigenous people and their experiences within the justice system, as well as provide training for Indigenous students wanting to enter into law enforcement within their own communities. The program is expected to launch in Fall 2021.    CEGEP de Baie-Comeau  (QC) Cégep de Baie-Comeau, Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue offer Indigenous police technology training Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
University of Toronto Russian literature professor Donna Orwin and political science professor Joseph Wong have spent the summer working to create a “dual delivery” format to teach students who are participating online alongside those sitting physically in the room. Orwin will be using a webcam on a tripod in a physically distanced classroom so that online students will be able to collaborate with the people in the room. Wong will be using three screens around a room to display online students and providing drop-down microphones for in-person students. “It’s not just about turning on Zoom; we did that in the spring,” said Wong. “We’ve put a huge amount of work into this and I think the students will find it very exciting.”  U of T  (ON) U of T professors create dual delivery format for teaching students online, in-person Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
While “no one would wish the past five months on anybody,” Geoffrey Moss writes that planning for the Fall allowed many faculty to refine their teaching practices and expand their pedagogical experience. Moss describes how several instructors engaged in professional development activities throughout the summer, experimented with new techniques, or pivoted to make their courses more relevant to the circumstances. “Will those changes persist whenever college teaching gets out of crisis mode?” asks Moss. “The answer will depend on the commitment of individual professors, ...but also on how well their institutions support them.”   Chronicle of Higher Ed  (International) Professors improve pedagogy in face of pandemic: Moss Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
Students across Canada have been allowed to defer student loan repayment for six months without interest, but CBC reports that this deadline will expire on Sept 30th. UPEI student union president Brian Affouan, along with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, call on Ottawa to extend the deadline for an additional six months so that students can continue their studies and recent grads can continue to search for jobs without the added financial stress of student loan repayments. Data indicates that students have been unable to find summer jobs, and recent graduates have struggled to find employment, and Affouan argues that these people will experience undue hardship if the deadline is not extended.   CBC  (National) CASA, UPEI student union request extension of student loan repayment deferrals   Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
With unique limitations imposed on orientation this year, several institutions are welcoming students to campus in a new way. This week, Conestoga College launched a series of online orientation program sessions that allow students to meet other members of the college community, learn about services and supports, and find answers to their questions. Humber College has extended the Humber Fall Orientation Welcome Week into a Welcome Month, which will run until September 30th and provide students with activities, information sessions, and opportunities to connect with faculty and peers. At the University of Lethbridge, staff have moved the New Student Orientation’s sessions and workshops online and provided students with boxes that include Fall 2020-specific student services, a commencement coin, faculty-specific information and give aways, and more.   Conestoga  | ULethbridge  | Humber  (National) Canadian postsecondary tweaks orientation for Fall 2020 experience Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
Three churches in Summerland, BC will provide university students taking courses online due to COVID-19 with study space between September and December 2020. Raja Gupta, a secondary school teacher in Summerland, started the initiative with three church “campuses” that have study-focused spaces and access to Wi-Fi. University students who have been forced to stay at home in Summerland while taking classes online from universities across Canada are provided a place away from home where they can focus on their courses. CBC reports that this will allow students to connect with other students who are attending different universities but taking similar courses online. These students can use this space to study material together and offer each other support as they navigate their online courses.  CBC  (BC) Summerland volunteer program provides students with study space in churches Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
In order to calculate how much the pandemic will slow academic progress around the world, John Richard Schrock proposes examining the Years of Potential Intellectual Life Lost (YPILL). Shrock adapts medicine’s Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL), which is based on the difference between the standard age of survival and the age at which someone passes away to an illness, to the academic world. The resulting YPILL estimates the damage done to a population where education is made inaccessible or where other external forces slow or stop academic and research advancement. “The concept of YPILL,” concludes Schrock, “can serve to provide a general measurement of how much the COVID-19 pandemic will slow intellectual advancement worldwide.”  University World News  (International) A calculation for evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on potential intellectual life Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
Brandon University has rolled out a three-phase pandemic response system that ranges from its current, most-cautious Phase Blue through Phase Grey to the most-open Phase Gold. As part of the plan, Brandon U has created a COVID-19-dedicated website containing information and guidleines, and where students can start a live chat directly with Student Services employees. “This is a built-in-Brandon solution customized for Brandon University and draws extensively on the epidemiology experience of our Dean of Science, Dr. Bernadette Ardelli,” said Brandon U President David Docherty. “I give my thanks to everyone across campus who participated in helping us draft it.”   Brandon Sun  | Brandon U  (MB) BrandonU announces custom, three-phase pandemic response system Top Ten 09/01/2020 - 04:28 09/01/2020 - 03:30
Researchers at the University of Alberta are preparing to launch clinical trials to test if an antiviral drug that can cure a coronavirus in cats will be effective as a treatment for COVID-19 in humans. “In just two months, our results have shown that the drug is effective at inhibiting viral replication in cells with SARS-CoV-2,” said UAlberta Biochemist Joanne Lemieux. “This drug is very likely to work in humans, so we’re encouraged that it will be an effective antiviral treatment for COVID-19 patients.” The findings were published in peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications after being posted on the research website BioRxIV. Lemieux explained that, since the drug has already been used to treat cats with coronavirus, it has already passed many of the typical requirements for going to clinical trials and is able to move forward more quickly. U of A  (AB) U of A researchers to launch clinical trials for potential COVID-19 antiviral drug Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
The University of Ottawa has announced that it will be opening its own COVID-19 assessment centre dedicated to the on-campus community. The new centre will only be open to students, staff, and faculty members associated with the university until further notice, and will be located in a building that is easily accessible by foot, bike, or light rail. It will be offered in collaboration with The Ottawa Hospital and managed by a physician from the hospital. “Once the centre is up and running at full capacity, said UOttawa President Jacques Frémont, “the hope is that the uOttawa assessment centre will also help lighten the load carried by other testing facilities in the city.”  UOttawa  | Ottawa Citizen  (ON) UOttawa announces on-campus COVID-19 testing centre Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
“The academic-job market … will not be improving anytime soon. That fact has many implications for individual departments and for academe as a whole,” writes Leonard Cassuto, “but for graduate students, it means many of them will need to widen their career horizons.” Cassuto argues that high quality internships that harness doctoral students’ advanced training should be integrated as a regular part of doctoral study. Reflecting on a model at the University of Iowa, Cassuto argues that the four main components to a successful internship for graduate students are thoughtful advance planning, designing regular check-ins with interns, encouraging interns to engage in public outreach, and developing internships to have a strong educational focus.   Chronicle of Higher Ed  (International) In favour of internships for doctoral training: Opinion Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
A threat group spreading ransomware has started publishing copies of files that it allegedly copied last month from Royal Military College, reports IT World Canada. The article states that this appears to be an effort to pressure the institution into paying the group. The college and the umbrella organization Canadian Defense Academy reported a breach of security controls on July 8th, which was reportedly the result of a mass phishing campaign. A spokesperson for the Department of National Defense (DND) stated that it is assessing the extent to which the RMC’s data was compromised.   IT World Canada  (National) Threat group publishes alleged data from RMC following cybersecurity attack Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced that it has joined the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Consortium (UMAP). UMAP builds connections between 600 universities and colleges in order to support student exchanges, online joint classrooms, and faculty connections. “This will enhance our learning communities’ access to quality international experiences,” explained KPU Associate Vice-President, International Carole St Laurent, “while advancing KPU towards its mission of thinking and acting together to transform lives and empower positive change.”  KPU  (BC) KPU joins UMAP, supporting student exchanges and faculty connections Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
The Université de Quebec au Montréal’s Coop UQAM has announced that it will be offering purchases of books and course notes directly through its website for the fall term. The book store will be offering delivery both through Canada Post and through eco-delivery methods such as cargo bike or electric truck; as well as pick-up from the new Coop Berri-UQAM store. General Manager Thierry Bachelier added that the Coop will not be buying back or selling used books this fall for health reasons, although they hope to be able to offer the service in the winter term.   UQAM  (QC) Coop UQAM opens for online purchases, will not sell used books Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
Following closely on the heels of students in Kingston, Ontario, postsecondary students from Metro Vancouver will have access to a universal transit pass when classes resume next month. The student unions, institutions, and TransLink negotiated during the summer semester to determine a viable way to continue the program, given that it is used by students for non-academic travel as well. The Vancouver Sun explains that the program will be applied differently depending on which of the 10 participating public institutions a student attends, with some institutions limiting access based on students’ home residence or level of participation in on-campus classes.  Vancouver Sun  (BC) U-Pass returning for postsecondary students in Metro Vancouver, differences between schools Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
A university student in Antigonish, Nova Scotia was fined $1K for failing to comply with provincial self-isolation regulations. Last week, NS announced that postsecondary students entering the province from outside of Atlantic Canada would need to self-isolate for 14 days and undergo COVID-19 testing three times before attending in-person classes. The student was charged for being in violation of the province's Health Protection Act.   Halifax Today  (NS) NS student fined for not self-isolating Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
CIBT Education Group has announced plans to spin off its student real estate subsidiary, Global Education City (GEC), as a separately listed entity. GEC has become a major private provider of housing options in Metro Vancouver over the past five years, with international students as a target demographic. CIBT, which also owns Sprott Shaw College and Sprott Shaw Language College, explained that the move would see GEC become a publicly traded platform where investors could invest in the Canadian student housing sector. Daily Hive reports that GEC currently has four operational student housing properties with another seven locations that are either proposed, planned, or under construction.  Daily Hive  (BC) CIBT looking to spin off student real estate subsidiary Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
Two faculty members from the University of Toronto will lead the secretariat for CanCOVID, a platform that brings together over 2,300 researchers from across the country to inform COVID-19 policy decisions. The Canadian government has invested $1.25M to support the development of the network, and U of T states that the network’s secretariat will be based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Vivek Goel will serve as network scientific adviser for the network, while Julia Zarb will be the academic and managing director. “By helping researchers from a broad range of disciplines come together to share information and develop solutions to COVID-19,” stated Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and Industry, “we are ensuring that we have the strongest possible evidence base to help Canada safely navigate its way out of this pandemic.”  U of T  (ON) U of T to lead secretariat for CanCOVID Top Ten 08/31/2020 - 03:54 08/31/2020 - 03:30
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced new flexibility with respect to post-graduate work permit eligibility and online studies for international students. The new rules mean that international students can study online from abroad until April 30, 2021 with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduate work permit. Those studying in more than one program may also be able to combine their length of studies when applying, as long as 50% of their studies are completed in Canada. Students enrolled in an 8-to-12-month long program that began between May and September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit. CICAN (National) IRCC announces more flexibility in post-grad work permit eligibility, online studies Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
In what the Sudbury Star says is a first for an Ontario college, Cambrian College will offer November intake for seven of its graduate programs. Programs included in the intake are IT business analysis, business analytics, human resources management, international business management, organization management, project management, and supply chain management. The change will further flexibility for learners and offer varied delivery models. “We’re offering dynamic courses and programming year-round because we know that industry and students want more flexibility to gain the specialized skills they need to adapt to the ever-changing workplace,” said Paula Gouveia, vice-president of academics at Cambrian. Sudbury Star (ON) Cambrian offers November intake for seven graduate certificate programs Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
As the pandemic and online proctoring challenges make high-stakes tests less appealing to faculty members, Beth McMurtrie explores a number of alternative assessment strategies that faculty members can use in the classroom. McMurtrie describes efforts used by faculty in the US, including the use of multimedia projects, open book tests and creative reimagining's of content, and quizzes on social media platforms. One associate professor of accounting and finance, Kerry Calnan, explained how she taught a course on the principles of accounting entirely through Monopoly by asking students to represent real-estate companies. “My colleagues thought I was a bit crazy, but my students loved it,” explained Calnan. “They outperformed the traditional sections every year.” Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Faculty discuss ways to get creative with course assessments Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
“Our responses to the pandemic are helping us reimagine the future of higher education. Instead of lamenting what's lost, let's focus on what we've gained,” writes McMaster Dean of Engineering Ishwar K Puri. Puri identifies five opportunities for the future of university education that have been presented by the pandemic: the use of virtual content and activities; increased experiential engagement with students through virtual platforms; the end of the credit hour model of education; broader support for students who are facing financial or health insecurity; and a renewed commitment to listening to students, employers, and communities. “The future our students deserve,” writes Puri, “can be fashioned by heeding the lessons learned from experience over the past few months.” The Conversation (National) A look at how university education has been reimagined in the face of COVID-19: Puri Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
This fall, 11 universities in Ontario will be offering COVID-19-related courses in subjects such as health, law, politics, history, sociology, economics, and art. CBC describes the courses being offered by institutions such as OCAD University, McMaster University, University of Guelph, and Algoma University. While some courses will explore the current pandemic and its legal, political, and societal implications, others will cause students to reflect on past pandemics in order to contextualize our current experiences. Of the importance of offering such courses, Algoma instructor Olabanji Akinolasays explained: “We're living witnesses to it. So we will be the textbooks for COVID going forward.” CBC (ON) ON universities offer pandemic-related courses in upcoming semester Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) courses have been reopened this fall in an online format. The courses were originally scheduled for Spring 2020, but cancelled when the pandemic hit. The volunteer-run courses are aimed at mature learners in the 50-plus age group, and are offered at a low cost. “Our summer survey results showed that most of our members and presenters want to proceed with online courses and Philosophers Corners this fall,” said program chair Robin Heath. “There are many seniors facing shut-in realities and having an opportunity to stay connected with their community and to continue participating in relevant online courses will have a positive impact on their lives.” Surrey Now Leader (BC) KPU adjusts TALK courses to online delivery for older learners Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
Ryerson University is launching the Ryerson Augmented Learning Experience (RALE), a set of labs designed for students in the Faculty of Science. The university is working with augmented reality (AR) company NexTech AR Solutions to launch the project based on the company’s InfernoAR technology. The initial launch will include 20 AR labs that will allow 5,000 students in first-year chemistry, biology, and physics to experience interactive videos, Zoom sessions with technicians and lab partners, and AR lab exercises that can be done from home. “At Ryerson we took the bold step of re-imagining a virtual lab," said Ryerson Faculty of Science Dean David Cramb. “The incorporation of augmented reality into the STEM learning environment will change pedagogy forever.” Campus Technology (ON) AR-enhanced science labs coming to Ryerson Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
Learning from home may prove to be a good training ground for the post-pandemic world, writes Stacy Lee Kong. The author describes how, while many may feel online learning is being less effective than in-person education, this is not necessarily the case . “The meta-analyses have found outcomes between the two are generally the same,” explained Royal Roads University Professor George Veletsianos. “If there’s any sort of difference, it tends to favour blended courses.” The article reflects on what makes for a successful online course, the barriers that students may experience with this learning opportunity, and what may work in the future. It concludes by noting that learning to learn online may be a particularly beneficial skill if there is a long-term shift toward remote work. Macleans (National) Distance learning may be as effective as in-person learning, yields benefits in a remote work future Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
Faculty at the University of Toronto have spoken out against the university's reopening plan. Over 350 participants attended a virtual meeting held by the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) and other campus unions to discuss their concerns about September, reports CBC. The union expressed concerns that include “the university administration's refusal to meet with the UTFA for discussion or to listen to the institution's own experts,” as well as ventilation systems issues and mask guidelines. The University of Toronto stated that 90% of students are enrolled only in online courses and that, on any given day, up to 5% of students will be on its three campuses for courses compared to last year. CBC | CP24 (ON) U of T faculty express concerns with university’s reopening plan Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
“Many faculty across the disciplines regard the argumentative essay, particularly the persuasive essay, as the gold standard of assessments,” writes James Southworth, a writing consultant at Wilfrid Laurier University, “But can a fair inquiry take place when students are saddled with prior beliefs on a topic?” Southworth argues that argumentative writing tends to enable students to “take the path of least resistance” and reinforce – instead of challenge – their key cognitive biases. Instead, the author encourages the use of the “complexity paper,” which tries to examine both viewpoints and convince the reader of a particular issue’s complexity instead of convincing the reader of a particular angle. University Affairs (International) An alternative to the argumentative essay: Southworth Top Ten 08/28/2020 - 03:31 08/28/2020 - 03:30
McGill University has opened a new satellite campus for its Faculty of Medicine in the Outaouais to approximately 20 students for in-person learning. The campus, a joint project between McGill and the Outaouais health authority, is attached to the Gatineau Hospital and will enable students to complete their four-year undergraduate medical degree in French. While students and staff are being asked to maintain flexible in terms of delivery models, according to associate dean and director Gilles Brousseau, CBC reports that some students feel the online delivery will help them in the future. "If we are trained to interact with patients online, remotely, it will help me later, because if it's the new normal,” explained medical student Mahmoud Moustafa. “We have to adapt to that.” CBC (QC) McGill opens satellite medical faculty in the Outaouais Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
McGill University has opened a new satellite campus for its Faculty of Medicine in the Outaouais to approximately 20 students for in-person learning. The campus, a joint project between McGill and the Outaouais health authority, is attached to the Gatineau Hospital and will enable students to complete their four-year undergraduate medical degree in French. While students and staff are being asked to maintain flexible in terms of delivery models, according to associate dean and director Gilles Brousseau, CBC reports that some students feel the online delivery will help them in the future. "If we are trained to interact with patients online, remotely, it will help me later, because if it's the new normal,” explained medical student Mahmoud Moustafa. “We have to adapt to that.” CBC (QC) McGill opens satellite medical faculty in the Outaouais Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association is approaching the upcoming school year without active elected leaders. Two of the association’s three executive directors resigned earlier this month, citing “pervasive racism” and a “toxic environment” at the UWSA, and the third is reportedly on an indefinite leave. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that the resignations come after several months of controversy that began when two other students came forward with allegations against an individual involved with the union. The UWSA is working with an external consultant to restructure operations and create anti-oppressive leadership models, and plans to hold a by-election to fill the executive positions in the fall. Winnipeg Free Press (MB) UWinnipeg student union without leaders after resignations Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
Ryerson University has announced a ten-year agreement with global company Navitas, which will broaden international education on campus and provide expanded learning opportunities for international students. The partnership will also see the creation of Ryerson University International College (RUIC), a pathway program that will help international students transition into the Canadian university environment. “This partnership with Navitas marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Ryerson that will better position the university to broaden its global perspectives, and enrich the learning experiences for international and domestic students alike,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. Ryerson (ON) Ryerson announces 10-year partnership with Navitas, establishes RUIC Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
“There’s no question the pandemic will upend the traditional campus experience... Yet, as millions of students around the world head into a very different fall term where most teaching will be online, this virtual learning experience can, through innovative approaches, benefit students and society at large,” writes Graham Carr, president and vice-chancellor of Concordia University. Carr likens online education to a “new type of experiential learning” where students will gain knowledge in a virtual environmental that may be more reflective of their future workplace. Carr encourages the sector to focus on creating a sense of community in a digital semester and to reduce the equity gap when it comes to access to technology for online learning. Montreal Gazette (QC) Online learning preps students for digital future: Carr Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
Okanagan College has announced the launch of a new course that introduces students to the online learning platforms and delivery methods that will be used in the Fall. The course, which was developed with feedback from students and representatives of the Okanagan College Students’ Union, points students towards various resources and supports that are in place to support their online learning experience. “We want all students to know that we’re here to help,” explained Okanagan’s Vice President Students, Meri Kim Oliver. “Students need to know that there is a strong network of people available to support them and resources are in place for navigating learning online successfully. Our priority continues to be helping students achieve their goals.” Okanagan (BC) Okanagan launches new course, resources to assist students with online learning Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
The University of Guelph reports that varsity athletes will be training this fall under “very strict training protocols.” Students will be training outdoors and taking part in “limited strength and condition sessions,” and CBC reports that there will be restrictions on the number of participants. The Ontario Colleges Athletics Association and Ontario University Athletics both stated that there will be no varsity sports this fall, and CBC reports that the university will need to wait until October for news from OUA about the following term. "A lot of sports overlap the fall and winter, such as basketball, volleyball and hockey," said UoGuelph Director of Athletics Scott McRoberts. "It's still on the table that there may be a reduced schedule for the winter." CBC (ON) UoGuelph varsity students to train this fall under strict rules Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
BCcampus has released the findings of a survey of teaching and learning staff from across British Columbia. The survey found that nearly two thirds of respondents had never taught online before the original pivot to online teaching, and many anticipated that future courses would need to undergo changes to aspects such as assignments and exams. 59% felt that more access to instructional/learning design support and more access to educational technology support would be most helpful for those teaching online courses in BC. “Some of the transition to online has been very positive […] It has encouraged us to think about how to be more flexible and inclusive in our delivery,” explained one respondent. “We’re really looking to reduce barriers to learning — something we didn’t focus on as much before. It sometimes takes a big change like this to re-envision our curriculum and really think about what it could be.” BCcampus (BC) BCcampus survey finds majority of BC faculty had not taught online prior to the pandemic Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
York University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning Alliance program (ELLA) is establishing a new Fractional Executive Program. Supported by additional funding from FedDev Ontario, the program will enable Altitude program participants to hire a professional to help grow their company. “The Altitude program will enable them to turn to seasoned professionals for help with specific challenges such as, for example, selling through digital channels. It will build on the business skills they are already employing,” said ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager Nicole Troster. York U (ON) York ELLA program for women business owners establishes Fractional Executive Program Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
Many people who have been video conferencing for classes or meetings have reported issues such as fatigue and difficulty concentrating, and UQAM Psychology Professors François Richer and Dave St-Amour explain how neuropsychology can provide a better understanding of these issues. Richer explains that, with online interactions, it can be more difficult to pick up non-verbal cues, such as expressions or glances, that can signal interest, agreement or disagreement, or control of a discussion. St-Amour adds that having cameras pointed directly at the face contributes to this fatigue since, in-person, professionals are rarely closer than a meter from one another's faces and do not typically stare at one another. St-Amour goes on to state that the next version of virtual communication software will likely be better adapted to human interactions to make interactions more efficient and less tiring. UQAM (QC) UQAM professors examine the neuropsychology of virtual interactions Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
George Brown College has collaborated with community partners to develop a new way for students to participate in experiential learning: Innovative virtual gaming simulations (VGS). George Brown staff have been involved in the development of two open-access VGS: a maternal infant gaming simulation and the interprofessional care-focused TeamWorks. “VGS exposes students to situations that are unpredictable and uncommon in the clinical environment,” explained Collaborative Nursing Chair Paula Mastrilli. “It provides them with knowledge that they need to have but may not get the opportunity to apply in a placement.” George Brown (ON) George Brown launches VGS to provide students with experiential learning Top Ten 08/27/2020 - 03:40 08/27/2020 - 03:30
A new report from Statistics Canada on the National Graduates Survey has found that half of all postsecondary students have student debt at graduation. This proportion did not vary noticeably between 2000 and 2015, and Stat Can reports that median debt varied by level of study and by field of study. The study found the highest median debt from graduates of professional degree programs such as law, medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. College graduates reported the lowest levels of median student debt. Approximately two-thirds of the class of 2015 stated that they had not fully repaid their debt by 2018. Stat Can (National) Stat Can report finds half of postsecondary students graduate with student debt Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
Lethbridge College and Mount Allison University have both recently announced initiatives to help new students feel connected. Lethbridge College has launched Kodiaks Kits – packages delivered to new students’ homes to welcome them to the college. The kits include important student information as well as college-branded items to prepare them for the semester. On the East coast, Mount Allison alumni volunteers are being paired with students in quarantine to provide the connection students may be missing out on during an abnormal orientation to university. “Unless you're here, it's really hard to grasp how different it is,” said Carolle de Ste-Croix, MtA’s director of alumni engagement. “But yet we're really trying to make this experience as fulfilling for our first-year students and all our students.” Lethbridge College | CBC (MtA) (AB | NB) Lethbridge, MtA keep students connected Top Ten 09/23/2020 - 09:17 08/26/2020 - 03:30
Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre and Durham College’s Mixed Reality Capture Studio will be partnering to lead applied research and development projects with SMEs in the Canadian media industry. The colleges’ joint offering will provide SMEs with an integrated suite of technologies that include live performance tools; virtual production techniques; the integration of digital techniques such as AI, special sound effects, and immersive experiences; and more. The partnership is supported by $100K from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. Sheridan (ON) Sheridan, Durham partner to undertake research and development projects for media industry Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
As research efforts continue to increase in the face of COVID-19, some researchers have argued that Canada needs to do a better job of keeping the knowledge and developing downstream products locally. “Canada has a habit of funding world-class basic research […] and giving away the IP,” writes Diane Peters, “so other nations benefit from our ideas and early-stage investments.” The article explains that researchers in Canada face barriers such as less available funding, a smaller number of large companies that are not simply branch offices of global giants, and difficulties negotiating with universities’ IP policies. Peters concludes by calling for stronger protections for IP, including improved laws and policies. University Affairs (National) Canada needs stronger policies, improved procedures to keep IP from “slipping away” Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
Georgian College has announced the launch of RapidSkills microcredentials to support workers in the auto and advanced manufacturing sectors. The program, offered through a partnership with the Government of Ontario, will enable workers to gain short-term, competency-based certifications in hydraulics and pneumatics, industrial automation, precision machining, and robotics. “We’re excited to offer RapidSkills microcredentials to equip workers with the in-demand skills to become competitive while providing the manufacturing sectors with technically-trained and agile workers,” said Georgian Manager of Continuing Education and Corporate Training Melissa Marshall. Georgian (ON) Georgian launches RapidSkills microcredentials program Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
“I view discussion forums as the meat and potatoes of my online courses. They are where my teaching happens — where I interact with students, guide their learning, and get to know them as people,” says instructional designer Flower Darby. “The joy I’ve come to find in online teaching stems directly from those interactions.” The author shares six strategies for leading productive class discussions using asynchronous online discussion forums. Suggestions include strategically taking part in the discussions, utilizing open-ended questions to spark conversation, asking students to apply course content to their personal lives or experiences, creating a structure for the discussions, and fostering a space for authentic discussion. Chronicle (International) Discussion forums are key for online teaching: Opinion Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
The Montreal-area CEGEPs have announced that they will be operating on a “variable” scale where some students will regularly attend in class, some will spend reduced time on-campus, and others will study entirely online. The manner in which classes will be taught will vary from college to college. Collège Ahuntsic director Nathalie Vallée, for exampled, explained that Ahuntsic will see about 30% of the population on site on any given day while Dawson College Director Richard Filion stated that they “want a maximum presence” and are “inviting teachers to come to class.” Montreal Gazette (QC) Montreal CEGEP students will have a 'variable' return to class Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
A five-hour service disruption for Zoom during the first week of classes in the US left one university administrator to comment: “2020 is a year of whatever can go wrong, has.” In the face of these issues, Madeline St Amour writes about the contingency plans that institutions have made for the largely online semester. Some institutions have offered multiple online meeting platforms for classes in case one goes down, developed ways faculty members can offer asynchronous lectures, or brought on multiple internet service providers to service the institution. "We’re in a constant state of fluid movement here, where we’re inventing every day," explained Thomas Skill, a CIO at the University of Dayton in Ohio. "The biggest struggle for us is not so much the technology, but getting everybody to use that technology in a relatively successful way." Inside Higher Ed (International) Contingency planning for technical problems in the age of social distancing Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
Paramedics and firefighters responded to a call about a “small explosion” at the University of Victoria Sunday evening. Victoria News reports that a student was working on a research project in a chemistry lab when a small explosion occurred in a flask, shattering the glass. The student is recovering from minor injuries and is reportedly doing well. A UVic spokesperson said that the university is conducting an investigation into the incident in accordance with strict internal health and safety protocol. Victoria News (BC) Firefighters, paramedics respond to chemical explosion at UVic Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
Food banks at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College are taking different approaches to prepare for the upcoming semester. WLU’s food bank, which has paused its services since March, hopes to resume this September and is considering alternatives to their traditional food hamper. Conestoga’s food bank plans to use the school’s shuttle bus system to coordinate pop-up days at other campuses and deliver hampers to students. UWaterloo’s food bank, which has remained open through the pandemic at one location, plans to continue through the fall. CBC (ON) Waterloo-region institution food banks prepare for students Top Ten 08/26/2020 - 03:54 08/26/2020 - 03:30
The Quebec government has pledged $375M to support postsecondary students through increased financial aid. “Students have been shaken by the unusual situation [created by] COVID-19,” said QC Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann. “One of the main issues to be considered when deciding to continue one’s studies is finances.” $100M of the funds will go towards supporting financial aid programs on a permanent basis; $200M will be invested into helping cover pandemic-related expenses by those receiving loans and bursaries this academic year; and the remaining $75M will be used to ensure academic success in the form of material support, pedagogical supervision, and psychological support. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC pledges $375M for postsecondary students Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
York University’s Keele Campus is undertaking major renovations to the York Lions Stadium. The $8.2M upgrade includes the installation of a seasonal dome and a FIFA Quality Pro – 2 Star and World Rugby – 22 Certified artificial turf surface. “Once completed, this stadium will be a fantastic home for our varsity sport teams and a showcase piece for the University as we continue to seek ways to improve our ability to serve and engage our student population,” said Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation Jennifer Myers. The work is expected to be completed by Spring 2021. York U (ON) York U undertakes major stadium renovation Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
“Six critical elements of university visions will be put to the test as a new term begins,” write Memorial University Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Kim Myrick, Memorial Professor Kara A Arnold, and Saint Mary’s University Professor and Canada Research Chair E Kevin Kelloway. The authors describe how institutions will need to articulate their values and deal with challenges to their “6 Ps of Vision:” People, Place, Product, Purpose, Performance, and Period of Time. They conclude by asserting that these 6Ps can allow universities to articulate their own visions and differentiate themselves from one another. The Conversation (National) Considering the “6 Ps of Vision” as a new term begins Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Alberta has announced $98M in funding for 12 projects at universities, colleges, and polytechnics to restore learning spaces. The projects have ranged from large-scale redevelopment and expansion of existing buildings to upgrading heating and cooling infrastructure, and are part of a larger $10B in infrastructure spending as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. “This new funding will help us meet students’ evolving needs, give researchers new and better spaces to further their important work, and make sure our campuses stay safe and welcoming places,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. AB (AB) AB provides funds for 12 infrastructure projects Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba and Toronto-based Theralese Technology have partnered to develop a potential coronavirus therapy that CBC reports could help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. If successful, the technology could be commercialized for mass-scale production in late 2021. "Part of what makes the whole thing so special is that it’s unique in being not exactly a vaccine, but more of a therapy," explained UManitoba leading microbiologist Kevin Coombs. "Vaccines are an incredibly important health benefit, but they won’t help everyone — simply because not everyone has the proper immune system to make them work. That’s why therapeutic measures like this are equally important to work in a complimentary fashion." CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB, ON) UManitoba, Theralese Technology partner on potential virus therapy Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association has organized a new Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) prep course that is available to Black students with legal career ambitions. The free course will be taught by Toronto lawyer Haidya Roderique. "People from our communities may be more likely to have financial barriers getting into law school," said chapter co-president Dinah Holliday. “Our intensive [course] aims to level that playing field.” Holliday added that Black students also lack lawyer role models or mentors in their own community, which impacts job prospects. CBC (BC) UBC BLSA offers free LSAT courses to Black students Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has announced the results of a survey conducted earlier this year. The survey of over 4,000 academic staff revealed that the pandemic significantly increased the workload and stress level of staff members across the country. “Academic staff are worried about their students, their research, and their jobs,” explained CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “It is not clear how the concerns about remote teaching, research and jobs at universities and colleges are going to be addressed without more government and institutional support for post-secondary education.” CAUT (National) CAUT survey highlights concerns, challenges faced by postsecondary staff Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
In order to meet a need for personal support workers (PSW), Kenjgewin Teg and Wiikwemkoong are partnering to offer free courses on Manitoulin Island. The two-semester PSW courses are run in partnership with Canadore College, and will see students complete a practical placement with either Manitoulin Lodge, Manitoulin Centennial Manor, or the Wikwemikong Nursing Home (WNH). “There’s always shortages in PSWs everywhere, whether in LTC, home or community care,” said WNH administrator Cheryl Osawabine-Peltier. “The reason we’re really pushing for this program right now is we’re working on redeveloping our nursing home by 2025.” Manitoulin Expositor (ON) Kenjgewin Teg, Wiikwemkoong, Canadore partner to fill PSW need on Manitoulin Island Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
Parkland College is launching the Youth Employability & Skills Strategy (YESS), an initiative that will train youth aged 15 to 30 for future employment. The program runs from September to December and classes are scheduled at the main campus. Participants will receive advanced Essential Skills training, soft skill training, employment preparation, and industry certifications. They will also be provided with mentors and on-the-job training. Parkland (SK) Parkland program offers training for youth Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has announced that the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) service will be suspended for the Fall 2020 semester. The news is the result of an agreement between the three UWindsor student unions – the University of Windsor Student Alliance, the Organization of Part time University Students, and the Graduate Student Society – and Transit Windsor. Students will be able to independently purchase a bus pass at a postsecondary rate of $269.20, but will not be automatically charged for the Fall bus pass and will not need to opt out. UWindsor | UWSA (ON) UWindsor student unions, Transit Windsor agree to suspend U-Pass Top Ten 08/25/2020 - 03:44 08/25/2020 - 03:30
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has announced $32M for over 1,000 researchers at 69 institutions across the country. The funding is from the 2019-20 Insight Development Grants competition, which supports early stages of research and will support social sciences and humanities research. Topics include the impact of mental health climate on employees, the building blocks of constructing gender and race in primary education, and young Canadian’s success in career decision-making in the digital economy, among others. SSHRC (National) SSHRC invests $32M in research grants Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
The Government of British Columbia’s Education Ministry has accepted all recommendations made by BC Ombudsperson Jay Chalke, including issuing an apology and developing a compensation fund for students whose provincial exam scores were incorrectly reported last year. An investigation by CTV News reports that over 110,000 transcripts with potentially incorrect grades were received by postsecondary schools across British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The errors affected scores for three examinations in English, Communications, and French and impacted course registrations for some students. CTV News reports that approximately half of the scores were inaccurately low and the rest inaccurately high. CTV News (BC) BC to compensate students for transcript error impacting PSE in BC, AB, ON Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
A food accelerator program at York University is providing a boost for entrepreneurs in the sector. The York Region Food and Beverage Accelerator Program helps consumer-packaged goods companies accelerate sales, scale their businesses, and launch new products. Other perks of the program include virtual workshops, expert mentorship, and peer-to-peer circles. It is led by York’s innovation hub, YSpace, in partnership with The Regional Municipality of York and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. “The need for our Food and Beverage Accelerator Program is greater than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says David Kwok, associate director of entrepreneurship at Innovation York and YSpace. “Business owners are concerned about smaller retailers closing their doors for good, supply chain delays and the increasing cost of operating production facilities and research development labs because of requirements like personal protective equipment and redesigned workstations.” York (ON) York launches food accelerator program Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
The Montréal Gazette reports that Quebec’s CEGEPs will be operating mostly online this semester. The institutions and student associations described the hurdles they have encountered while preparing for the fall, such as maintaining a sense of student life and issues around scheduling courses of different delivery modes. “This year, the greatest challenge … will be keeping motivation up for students,” said Kareem Brochu, president of the Vanier College Students’ Association. “There’s just so many ways, I think, for students to lose motivation whether that’s because their classes just aren’t as engaging or just the fact they’re not getting out of the house.” Montreal Gazette (QC) CEGEPs to primarily operate online this fall Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recently announced that the CAD/CAM Engineering Technology program has been given a revamped curriculum and a brand-new name: Design and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Students will now be able to take a mechatronics stream in the program, which ties electronics, programming, mechanical design, and manufacturing together. “We’re excited to offer new mechatronics programming to our engineering students,” says Jamie Hilts, dean for the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing. “This multidisciplinary field is growing rapidly and with its focus on developing technologies of the future, we felt it was an important area for our students to gain hands-on experience in.” Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech unveils new program name, mechatronics courses Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
Statistics Canada has released the first group of data on university academic teaching staff from the Full-time University and College Academic Staff System (FT-UCASS) for the 2019-2020 school year. The data provides a detailed portrait of full-time academic staff in Canadian universities and includes details such as gender, academic rank, responsibilities, and salary and administrative stipends. The current data includes 90 of the 111 universities that have reported to date, and Stat Can states that the 2019-2020 data will be updated this winter to include all universities. Stat Can (National) Stat Can announces salaries, number of full-time teaching staff Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
At the University of Guelph, the Guelph Black Students Association have created a petition calling for the university to defund the Campus Community Police and reduce police presence on campus “significantly, with the ultimate goal of the abolishment of the CCP by 2022.” The association argues that many of the incidents that police are called to should be responded to by counselling and other departments. The organization cites the recent actions of the University of Minnesota, Ryerson University, and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board as examples of action being taken both locally and more broadly. Guelph Mercury | Guelph Today (ON) UoGuelph student group calls for defunded, abolished campus police Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security will be collaborating with other members of the Protein Industries Canada (PIC) consortium to develop technology that lowers pesticide use across Canada. The $26.2M project has received an investment of $12.8M from PIC and $13.4M from the other partners. “The university’s role is to develop a way to find out precisely where the weeds are so that they can be sprayed more efficiently to reduce pesticide use and help protect the environment,” explained lead researcher, USask computer scientist Ian Stavness. “We will develop software to automatically sort through drone images of fields to identify weeds.” USask (SK) USask partners on supercluster project to help lower crop pesticide use Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
Many institutions have reportedly confirmed their plans to increase tuition for the upcoming school year. The universities cited reasons such as the cost of switching to online learning and increasing financial aid for students in need. “We’re hearing from our members, students, who are extremely concerned whether they will be able to afford coming back to post-secondary institutions this fall,” said Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Chair Bryn de Chastelaine. The Star reports that University of British Columbia has increased tuition by 2%, McGill University and Dalhousie University have increased tuition by 3%, and the University of Manitoba has increased fees by up to 7% for some programs. The University of Saskatchewan is freezing most of its tuition rates, but will be increasing its law, veterinary, and dental school programs by up to 15%. The Star (National) Universities announce increased tuition for upcoming school year Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Community College Continuing Studies is launching a new program area called Transformative Learning. Courses are focused on helping people achieve success in their personal health and wellness, careers and relationships. “The world around us is rapidly changing. That’s why it’s important to build a knowledge base around critical topics and develop methods for embracing our unknown future,” says Transformative Learning program coordinator Sarah Murray. The courses feature a wide range of topics from stress reduction to urban farming to systems change and will be offered online this term. VCC (BC) VCC introduces courses in positive personal change Top Ten 08/24/2020 - 04:36 08/24/2020 - 03:30

The Ecuador Consul General Juan Pablo Valdivieso and his wife, Beatriz Amparo Jauregui Pinilla, have donated over 800 Spanish books to the Université de Quebec au Montréal. UQAM reports that the Ecuadorian Consulate General has closed its doors in Montréal in light of the pandemic. Jessica Payeras-Robles, director of UQAM’s Spanish programs, stated that the university is saddened by the departure of the consul, but grateful for the gift of books that can be used by students of the university’s school of languages. UQAM (QC)

UQAM receives donation of 800 Spanish books as Ecuador Consulate closes doors Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

The return of international students to campus has led institutions to offer various accommodations for those needing to quarantine prior to the start of school. Three institutions in British Columbia have different approaches to supporting students coming from abroad: University of Victoria and Camosun College students will be provided with information about hotels, along with check-ins from staff and a hamper full of food and other essentials for the two-week quarantine. Vancouver Island University is making 20 residence spaces available for those who need to quarantine and will provide meals daily. “Our No. 1 priority is supporting our students and keeping our community safe and we have a robust plan in place that follows the most current guidelines,” said Ian Johnsrude, VIU’s manager of student housing. Times Colonist (BC)

Universities preparing for return of international students Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

“If done well, the digital classroom experience can help students learn in new and compelling ways. In the process, students can hone their skills of resilience, self-efficacy and, of course, digital literacy,” writes Kevin Kee, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa. Kee speaks of the advantages and opportunities of the approaching online fall semester and the unforeseen possibilities brought about by learning and engaging in a virtual space. Such benefits include increased access to courses, interdisciplinary collaboration, and partnerships that will enhance learning opportunities and provide organizations with today’s students who are “internet-savvy, socially connected and passionate about the future.” Ottawa Citizen (ON)

Atypical school year offers unexpected opportunities: Kee Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

A $1.49M investment from the Ontario government will help a number of organizations in London, Ontario provide practical learning experiences and skills training for youth, job seekers, newcomers and Indigenous people. Organizations that will receive funds from the investment include Fanshawe College, Let’s Talk Science, Greenhouse Academy, CityStudio London, Habitat ReStore, and Pathways Skills Development. "This CityStudio London program is a great example of why we're making investments in training. It harnesses students' curiosity and problem-solving skills to benefit the City of London and advance the students' career prospects," said Monte McNaughton, ON Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. ON (ON)

ON invests in skills training for students and job seekers in London Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

Medicine Hat College will be a key partner in a new project receiving a $2.1M investment from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre in Edmonton. The project, which will see inactive oil and gas wells repurposed for community solar energy projects, involves a number of industry partners including Irrigation Canal Power Co-op Ltd (IRRICAN), Elemental Energy, Canadian Solar, and SkyFire Energy. MHC’s role will be to deliver a 5-day workforce training program for workers in the renewable energy sector. “Community colleges play a vital role in re-training Alberta’s workforce. This project is an excellent example of how we can utilize the expertise of our instructors and staff as subject matter experts for the design and delivery of these training programs,” said Erin Ferris, Continuing Studies program administrator at MHC. MHC (AB)

MHC to deliver training for climate change action project Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

St Francis Xavier University and Nova Scotia Health have partnered to establish the inaugural Nova Scotia Health Health Sciences Research Chair at St. Francis Xavier University’s Rankin School of Nursing. Awarded to Britney Benoit, the research chair will aim to build capacity for research in provincial health authorities. “In particular, there is a strong focus on conducting research that leverages academic and health systems partnerships to support knowledge generation and translation for the care of children and families across the province, with a focus on eastern Nova Scotia,” says Benoit, who will continue to teach in the university’s nursing program. StFX (NS)

Nova Scotia Health, StFX partner to create Health Sciences Research Chair Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

New Brunswick Community College Saint John Campus has received a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to create a large-scale simulated environment that will allow NBCC students as well as K-12 students and community members to learn about and gain experience in the realm of cybersecurity. Ben McHarg, an instructor in NBCC’s Information Technology: Cybersecurity program, describes the training-focused lab: “We’ll be bringing in a factory floor component that can simulate power grids, health care systems, even water treatment systems. It will be a fully-simulated business environment with both basic IT and industrial controls system components.” The lab is expected to begin welcoming students and community partners in early 2021. NBCC (NB)

CIRA grant provides NBCC with cyber expertise Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

The University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health has launched a new Institute for Pandemics alongside a $1M gift from the Vohra Miller Foundation. A key goal for the institute is to take a “one world” approach to research and education that emphasizes the importance of data, evidence and science being made accessible to the public and decision makers. “The complexity of pandemics in our interconnected world calls for solutions that don’t live in silos or stop at the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines,” says Christine Allen, U of T’s associate vice-president and vice-provost, strategic initiatives. “We are committed to creating new expertise that sits at the boundaries of public health, social science, medicine, geography, environmental health and equity.” UofT (ON)

U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health launches Institute for Pandemics Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

Researchers at York University have received project funding through the Insight Development Grants Program. The funds will support projects aimed at improving the quality of life of Canadians and advancing knowledge of sociocultural and economic issues. York Vice-President Research and Innovation, Amir Asif, noted the importance of some of the topics being tackled by researchers through the grants: “With topics including: Indigenous resistance; climate risk; chronic illness; artificial intelligence; and migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, it’s clear these ventures will make positive change for our students, our campuses and our local and global communities through the pursuit, preservation and dissemination of new knowledge.” York (ON)

York researchers receive more than $1.5 million in SSHRC funding Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 08:48 08/21/2020 - 04:30

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced Thursday that all postsecondary students entering Nova Scotia from “outside the Atlantic bubble” will need to be tested three times for COVID-19 before beginning in-person classes. Students were already required by some institutions to self-isolate for 14 days, but the new measure is an added layer of protection. Students Nova Scotia, a student advocacy organization, is supportive of this new mandate. Executive director of the organization, Clancy McDaniel, says it is an “excellent step to be taking” and notes that providing free testing will be especially beneficial for international students who are not eligible for provincial healthcare. CBC (NS)

NS requires COVID-19 testing for incoming students Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 05:24 08/21/2020 - 04:30

In Edmonton, postsecondary students are calling on the city to offer discounted transit fares following the suspension of the U-Pass. With classes moving online, the City of Edmonton and the four postsecondary institutions that participate in the Universal Transit Pass program suspended the program. Edmonton Transit Service is proposing to extend the youth fare to all postsecondary students, regardless of age, but the University of Alberta Students’ Union argues that this cost still exceeds the regular cost of a U-Pass. “ETS has not treated us with the respect that is due to an important stakeholder,” explained UASU vice-president external Rowan Ley. “For two months they turned down our proposals without offering one of their own."  Edmonton Journal  (AB)

Edmonton postsecondary groups call on city for discounted transit fares Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

Sheridan College has announced three microcredential programs that will launch this Fall semester. The programs – CNC RapidSkills, Python Foundations, and Cyber Secure Your Business – will support the Government of Ontario’s efforts to provide rapid re-training tools for displaced workers. “We are pleased to offer these microcredentials as a way to certify an individual’s achievement in a particular skillset and enable employment in specific roles,” said Sheridan Continuing and Professional Studies Executive Director Nazlin Hirji. “In addition to featuring a shorter duration and more personalized nature than traditional degrees and diplomas, these credentials provide distinctive value and relevance in the changing world of work.”  Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan announces microcredentials for retraining displaced workers Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

In a reflection on the preparations that students and instructors across Canada have been making for the upcoming semester, Humber College instructor Richard Warnica describes how several instructors have been forced to rethinking both their courses and their method of teaching. “That broad idea, of rethinking the teaching itself, is a challenge for every discipline, including mine” writes Warnica, “Like other instructors, I’ve spent parts of my summer taking seminars on online teaching, learning what works and what doesn’t remotely, and really trying to think through how I’ll get concepts across when I can’t sit down with a student.” With regard to students, Warnica reflects on the particularly difficult transition traditional students will need to make from an incomplete high school experience to online postsecondary learning. National Post (National)

Canadian higher ed prepares for a year like no other: Warnica Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

Keyano College has partnered with the Fort McMurray Catholic and Public-School Districts to provide grade 11 and 12 students with access to a new Dual Credit program. Upper year high school students will be able to take the college’s 4th Class Power Engineering – Computer Managed Learning course through flexible delivery. After graduating high school, the students will be able to apply for Keyano’s 3rd Class Power Engineering COOP or CML certificate Program. Keyano (AB)

Keyano offers new power engineering dual credit programming Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

"With traditional university sport on a pandemic-related hiatus for much of the school year,” writes Natalie Samson, “collegiate eSports are having a moment.” While student-run eSports clubs have been present on campus for nearly a decade, institutions are now beginning to recognize and support teams. The sector’s acceptance of eSports has grown in the past few years in particular with the announcement of the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports league; the introduction of dedicated scholarships; and the creation of academic eSports programming at institutions such as St Clair College, Seneca College, and Lambton College. University Affairs (ON)

Hiatus of traditional athletics sees eSports rise on campus Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

The McMaster Students Union and the Graduate Students Association have worked with McMaster University to reduce or eliminate several ancillary fees as the school moves online for the fall term. Among the changes will be a pause of the student transit passes and Athletics and Recreation fees, as well as eliminated fees for many student associations. Further, given that few students will be living in residence, meal plans will not be mandatory. Students will also have the option to pay their tuition and fees in interest-free installments. All changes are specific to the fall term, but McMaster states they may be reconsidered when plans for January are solidified. McMaster (ON)

McMaster, student unions work to reduce fees Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

North Island College’s Port Hardy campus will soon offer a human services certificate program in partnership with the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society and the Community Workforce Response Grant. The program, Human Services Certificate – Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus, provides a specific focus on integrating Indigenous culture and ways of knowing for students who wish to build their practice as a community support worker or educational assistant. “This program is first and foremost about providing support to individuals in the community,” said NIC Faculty of Health and Human Services Dean Kathleen Haggith. “It is work that people are passionate and excited about and we’re thrilled to be able to offer the content digitally in Port Hardy.” NIC (BC)

NIC launches educational assistant program at Port Hardy Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

The Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is investing over $96M into infrastructure projects at 55 institutions across Canada through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund. “Support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation ensures researchers are equipped for success at every stage of their career,” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO at the CFI. “The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps Canadian universities, institutes and research hospitals create the conditions necessary for their talented researchers to excel.” Among the institutions receiving funding are Vancouver Island University, McGill University, Cape Breton University, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, University of Winnipeg, and University of Toronto. Canada (National)

CFI invests $96M in infrastructure at institutions across Canada Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

“Academics are terrible at setting boundaries for ourselves. We are all driven, motivated, hardworking individuals and presumably got into our fields and disciplines to make a difference in some capacity,” writes author Angela Fowler. The author stresses the importance of academics setting boundaries not only for their own mental and physical health, but also to maintain productivity. Fowler writes that prioritizing tasks and saying no to certain requests may help those that are struggling, particularly during a time when the lines between home and work are blurred. Important aspects to consider before committing to another task or request include determining whether it is a requirement or just a perceived requirement, whether one is passionate about the task, whether it is helpful to themselves or others, and whether there is mental or emotional capacity to complete the request productively. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Setting boundaries to increase productivity and avoid burnout: Opinion Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30

From Virtual O-Week to online health and wellness groups, the Virtual Student life Centre at King’s University College hopes to maintain connection during a semester that is largely online. Students will be able to connect with peers through an online meeting space and attend online events and seminar series. Of the initiative, Dean of Students Joe Henry said: “the Virtual Student Life Centre aims to some extent mirror what takes place in the physical student life centre on campus. Whether a King's community member is in another country or around the corner they can engage with King's and vibrant experience we provide, just in a different way.” King’s University College (ON)

King’s UC launches virtual student life centre Top Ten 08/20/2020 - 05:04 08/20/2020 - 04:30
The Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA) has announced that it will be filing a civil case against the University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta over the “chronic underfunding” of Campus Saint-Jean. ACFA argues that the failure to fund the faculty appropriately amounts to a violation of a 1976 agreement between UAlberta, AB, and the francophone community as well as a violation of Section 23 Charter rights for instruction in French. The allegations have not yet been proven in court.   CBC  (AB) ACFA files suit against U of A, AB over Campus Saint-Jean funding Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
Western University and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association have signed off on Letters of Understanding that modify the Faculty Collective Agreement. One LOU, focused on Implications of Technology, indicates that the move to online delivery will be called “emergency remote teaching” rather than online teaching. The terminology acknowledges the temporary nature and extraordinary circumstances of faculty work for the upcoming school year. The other LOU, focused on Annual Performance Evaluations, will see APEs not carried out in the 2020-2021 academic year. A Joint Working Group will also be created to identify how the institution can take into account the impact of emergency remote teaching during COVID-19 in subsequent cycles of evaluation.  UWOFA  (ON) Western, UWOFA establish Letters of Understanding to modify Faculty Collective Agreement Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
Memorial University’s students’ union has called for improved security for those who live in residence. CBC reports that approximately 2,000 students live in one of MUN’s on-campus residences in St John, and MUNSU Director of Advocacy Katherine McLaughlin stated that the union has had reports from students about sexual assault and harassment. "It's something that is certainly not unique to Memorial,” said McLaughlin, “But it's something that Memorial has a lot of work to do to keep up with these instances that occurring right now.” MUNSU has issued 9 demands to the university, which include sexual assault training for all staff that work to support students, criminal record and vulnerable sector checks for all MUN employees, and survivor-centred policies that consider all complaints as equal.   CBC  (NL) MUN students' union calling for better security for those who live in residence Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
A proposed governance model for Aurora College’s future as a polytechnic university suggests taking steps to ensure the institution is at an arm’s length from the government. The discussion paper, released last week by the Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture, and Employment, suggests that the institution should have an academic senate populated by members of the institution, as well as a separate board of governors with members of the community and institution. CBC reports that the proposed senate would be in charge of class sizes, research policies, and conduct issues; while the board would handle finances and operations, legal duties, and the hiring of top administrators.  CBC  (NWT) NWT encourages board, academic senate for future of Aurora College Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
“Most people with a mental illness live in fear of others finding out," writes Stephanie Robertson, a US-based university director of community engagement and inclusion. “However, a large part of my role is to create a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all, and I know that I need to share my truth to create a space where others feel they can do the same.” Robertson reflects on how a commitment to authenticity and vulnerability is critical to creating an inclusive environment in higher education. The author encourages senior leaders who have experienced mental health conditions to share their experiences; urges institutions to create opportunities for sharing stories through mediums such as group conversations and artwork; and calls on institutions to provide training around mental wellness and mental health conditions for students, faculty, and staff.    Inside Higher Ed   (International) Ensure mental health is an integral part of EDI efforts: Op-ed Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
Vancouver Community College has announced a new Associate of Science degree that will enable students to analyze and interpret data collected through research or in a lab. The two-year program is a standalone credential that can be used to enter into a scientific career or to transfer into the upper years of a bachelor’s degree program. VCC Science department leader Jennifer Kelly explained that while the Associate of Science degree is common in the United States, they are not well known in Canada: “BC is the only province that offers them.”   VCC  (BC) VCC launches Associate of Science degree Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
A student at St Clair College has tested positive for COVID-19. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has confirmed the case and determined that the transmission risk associated with the case is “low.” “On behalf of the entire St. Clair community of students and staff, I wish a speedy and thorough recovery to the student affected,” said St. Clair President Patti France. “The larger lesson we’re taking from this is that our pandemic plan and all of its related procedures have been put in place for a very good reason, demanding conscientious recognition and adherence by students and staff.”  Classmates of the individual have been advised to self-monitor for 14 days and are able to continue their attendance at the college during this time. St Clair  | CBC  (ON) St Clair student tests positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
As tens of thousands of students return to their dorms next week, some health experts have expressed concerns that the safety protocols put in place are not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. "As much as universities are going to have rules, there's going to be an element of wanting to socialize and interact with people," said University of Toronto epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite, “Striking that balance may be challenging." The article describes the efforts that institutions across the country have taken, which range from closing common spaces to introducing take-out at cafeterias.    CBC  (National) Health experts express concerns about students returning to residence Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
Students at Queen’s University and St Lawrence College will have access to a discounted Kingston Transit bus pass, thanks to a new decision made in collaboration with the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s and the Student Association of St Lawrence. The city council also approved a refund of $355K to SLC’s student association and $495K to the AMS for the transit program, which covers the funds students paid for the 2019-2020 academic year before the transit system made rides free. “We have a long-standing partnership between the city and the student associations at both Queen’s University and St Lawrence College,” said the Transit Services director Jeremy DaCosta. “We know how important it is for students to be able to access public transit in our community.”  The Whig  (ON) Partnership with Kingston Transit yields Queen’s, SLC student associations refund, discounted passes Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
With universities largely offering distance learning, students in Quebec and Manitoba are requesting refunds or discounts on fees for services that they will not be using. Student unions in both provinces have pushed for reduced or eliminated fees given students’ financial circumstances. Concordia University and McGill University told CBC that they plan to charge students non-tuition fees unless services become “completely unavailable” this semester. The University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg described how they are waiving or reducing select fees, and reallocating other fees to support online services. Brandon University stated that all of its fees will be similar to the previous year.   CBC (QC)  | CBC (MB)  (QC | MB) Students in QC, MB request service fees discount Top Ten 08/19/2020 - 03:30 08/19/2020 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced an investment of $140M into 182 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The program, which is entering its 20th year, also received $4.6M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation in new funding for research infrastructure. “Innovation, research and discovery are key factors in maintaining and growing Canada’s socio-economic well-being, to benefit all Canadians,” states a public release. “Canada Research Chairs choose Canada to pursue their ambitious research goals, build their teams and maintain Canada’s position as a global leader in research excellence.” The release also states that a second cycle of funding will be announced this year. Canada (National) Canada invests $140M into 182 CRCs Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
Four postsecondary institutions in Toronto – Ryerson University, Seneca College, the University of Toronto, and York University – have announced that they will not hold an in-person convocation ceremony this Fall. The decision stems from the ongoing public health concerns resulting from COVID-19 and restrictions on public gatherings. York stated that it will hold a virtual ceremony where students will receive a package that includes their diploma, cap and tassel, and other items. “While the convocation ceremony and celebration will not be the same as in years past,” wrote York President Rhonda L Lenton, “the hard work and success of our graduates are not diminished in any way.” York | The Star (Subscription Required) (ON) Toronto postsecondary institutions cancel in-person convocation Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
NSCAD University students and faculty recently rallied outside the university to call for the Board of Governors to step down and for the reinstatement of former president Aoife Mac Namara. Among other demands, the Friends of NSCAD group are asking for provincial intervention if the Board does not step down voluntarily. "I think it has brought to students' attention that there is definitely a disconnect between the students as the largest group of stakeholders, and the board of governors," said group member Brody Weaver. The NSCAD Board of Governors has issued a statement addressing the situation, adding that reinstatement of Mac Namara “is not under consideration” and expressing that the board has “been disappointed by the amount of misinformation circulating online and, in the media, and has been disturbed by some of the personal attacks.” NSCAD | CBC (NS) NSCAD U board expresses disappointment with misinformation as group calls for changes Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University’s School of Nursing, with the support of the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Canadian Nurses Association, is creating a web-based network where newly graduated nurses can go for support. Nursing the Future gives registered psychiatric and licensed practical nurses a place where they can share information and connect socially as they enter the profession. “Nursing the Future is a wonderful initiative to support the transition of our graduates into the profession and to help them develop a strong professional identity,” said TRU Nursing Dean Rani Srivistava. “The impact of this work will be significant in terms of positive outcomes for the retention and engagement of nurses in the workforce.” TRU | Castanet (BC) TRU takes on national nursing project with CNF, CNA Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
Athabasca University’s PowerED and the Banff Centre have partnered to move one of the Centre’s core programs in Indigenous Leadership online. The program, Project Management for Indigenous Organizations, translates the language of project management into the systems and worldview of Indigenous wisdom in order to find a common understanding between the theory and the application of it in communities. “PowerED™ is excited to partner with Banff Centre to transform one of their face-to-face courses into an enriched, high-quality digital offering” said AU PowerED™ Director Jessica Scott. “We look forward to collaborating with Banff Centre on this initiative, as well as any future initiatives that may meet the needs of the learners, and that will bring together the strengths of both of our organizations.” AU (AB) AU PowerED, Banff Centre partner to move project online Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
Holland College has introduced a new esports club and formed the Canadian eMotorsports Network. “[Launching the club is] a no-brainer because there is a lot of interest," said club organizer Daniel Cudmore, who works in the college’s athletics department. "You can do it remotely. You do not have to be on a basketball court or a soccer field. You can do it from home or do it from your campus." Racers are currently required to have a simulator setup, complete with steering wheel and pedals, and all races are streamed live online. Cudmore expressed hope that the college expands their esports offerings in the future and hosts larger tournaments for emotorsports across Canada. CBC (PEI) Holland College introduces esports club, forms Canadian eMotorsports Network Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
The University of Manitoba has been ordered to pay $286K to former jazz professor Steve Kirby. Kirby left the school in 2017 after an internal investigation report found he repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments and contact with a female student. Kirby filed a union grievance after he left his tenured position, and CBC states that an arbitrator found that the university violated Kirby’s privacy. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) UManitoba ordered to pay $286K to former music professor Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
St Thomas University has announced that it is offering an Advanced Standing Pilot Program for Grade 12 high school students in New Brunswick and Maritime Canada. The program will allow high school students to take up to two introductory university courses on a part-time basis for academic credit. The courses available include topics such as communications, economics, and psychology. STU states that the program has been made possible by the implementation of advanced remote learning tools for the upcoming semester, which provide more flexibility in terms of engaging with course content. STU (NB) STU offers advanced standing program for grade 12 students Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
The Université de Montréal’s Saint-Hyacinthe campus will soon sport a centre with an ultramodern operating room for animals. The Centre d’excellence en médecine interventionnelle will enable veterinarians to train in surgical interventions and update their skills. The Journal de Montréal reports that the operation room will focus on cats and dogs, but will also have capacity for birds, reptiles, and more exotic animals. The $2M project is expected to start in Spring 2021 and was funded by UdeMontréal and the Royal Canin company. Journal de Montréal (QC) UdeMontréal Saint-Hyacinthe campus to build ultramodern operation room for animals Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30
Several postsecondary institutions in Canada have announced virtual orientations and frosh weeks for their incoming students this Fall. “I think that the student experience for university students will definitely be different this year,” said Ontario University Student Alliance President Julia Pereira, “I know that student associations and student leaders … across the province are trying to ensure that the student experience is not tainted." Student organizations and staff at universities such as McGill University, Carleton University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Ottawa described the virtual orientations that they are planning to hold for students. The activities include virtual escape rooms, Zoom-facilitated meet-and-greets; and weekly online game nights after Frosh week to help students get to know their classmates. National Post | CTV News Ottawa (National) Student associations and institutions announce online, virtual orientations Top Ten 08/18/2020 - 04:13 08/18/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions in Manitoba have announced their approaches to masks on campus for the upcoming Fall semester. Brandon University has announced that anyone on the campus and in the company of others will be required to wear a mask. "With the recent increase in Covid-19 cases here in Brandon, we remain committed to the safety of our community," BrandonU stated in a news release. "Wearing masks helps reduce viral transmission and keep each other safe." The University of Winnipeg and Assiniboine Community College have both not made masks mandatory, but are strongly encouraging those who come to campus to wear some form of face-covering or shield. Red River College has also said that mask use is encouraged, but not mandatory unless physical distancing cannot happen. CTV News reports that the University of Manitoba did not indicate any similar policies regarding facemasks.

MB postsecondary institutions release mask policies for the upcoming school year Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:26 08/17/2020 - 03:30

University instructors in Atlantic Canada have introduced a number of virtual initiatives in order to better teach content and reach a wider audience in the digital space. A Dalhousie University instructor designed virtual field trips for students to embark on; Mount Saint Vincent University’s Department of Business and Tourism has introduced virtual tours of businesses and fireside chats; and a Saint Mary’s University instructor has introduced virtual case studies for what is normally a hands-on, out-in-the-field archaeology course. “I’m hoping that, even though in some respects we’re functioning like athletes with an injury,” said SMU Associate Professor Jonathan Fowler, “we each might discover some creative new approaches to our teaching craft that we can then retain later on.”

NS university instructors use virtual field trips, immersive videos, international speakers Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:26 08/17/2020 - 03:30

Whether working from home or embarking on an online postsecondary program, time spent in front of a screen is likely to be increasing. University of Alberta professor Ian Gellathy, psychologist Jason Murray, and digital literacy researcher Linda Laidlaw write about how mentally draining full days in front of a laptop can be. They suggest ways to cope with this digital overload, including: taking breaks away from the screen, assessing the need for video meetings, breaking during meetings, keeping virtual meetings short, and avoiding multitasking during online meetings. They also suggest using stronger verbal cues to make up for the lack of nonverbal cues sent and received online, cutting down on video and audio “clutter” by muting or turning off your camera, and setting up informal online meetings for people to feel the social connection they may be missing from the physical workplace.

UAlberta experts offer tips for handling “digital overload” Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:27 08/17/2020 - 03:30

Laurentian University has suspended admissions to 17 programs due to low enrolment numbers. The programs range from anthropology to geography to modern languages. “It gets to the point where, if these programs are not appealing to the students, then you have to do things,” explained Laurentian President Robert Haché, “you have to move to improve the program, change the program, or in this case to suspend admissions.” The Laurentian University Faculty Association, along with the Canadian Association of University Teachers, has expressed that they will be seeking a judicial review of the university’s decision.

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Laurentian suspends admissions to 17 programs Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:27 08/17/2020 - 03:30

“For those of us who will teach large online classes in the fall, the challenge is clear:” writes Steven Mintz, “We must design and deliver courses that are engaging, interactive, well supported, and responsive to the times.” Mintz provides eight key tips for those who are looking to ensure that “Round 2” of online learning is stronger than the offerings from the Spring term. Among these tips, Mintz recommends that instructors be student-centric in their development: structuring online classes in a way that helps students to stay focused; encouraging community between students; and building relationships with and providing supports to individual students, especially those who struggle with the online offering.

Eight tips for improving online courses: Mintz Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:27 08/17/2020 - 03:30

Thanks to the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is gaining a competitive edge among international students, write the leaders of several internationally-focused language schools, colleges, and universities in Canada. The authors describe how international students have played an increasingly significant role in the Canadian economy in recent years, and how the country’s success in flattening the curve will make Canada a better option for students to safely pursue higher education. “We need these students,” write the authors, “and we can safely manage their transition to Canada by following the robust public health guidelines that are available. It is time to seize this opportunity before students look elsewhere.”

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Canada gains competitive edge among international students: Op-ed Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:27 08/17/2020 - 03:30

In late July, Keyano College launched a new International Student Ambassador Program. The program will see students receive a $500 tuition credit for each successfully registered international student that they refer to the college. The program also includes the International Student Support Initiative, where Keyano students can assist international students in their transition to the college and receive a credit of between $50 and $100.

Keyano launches ambassador program, tuition credit for international students Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:28 08/17/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University, along with five US-based universities, are joining the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). The CIRTL network includes major research universities across North America and enables members to share resources and support one another. “Our newest member universities will bring an even greater diversity in the expertise that the network is giving our future faculty,” says CIRTL Director Robert Mathieu. “Several of our new partner institutions emphasize teaching Indigenous students, while others contribute valuable experience serving students in urban multicultural environments.” CIRTL currently involves a total of 38 members, including the University of British Columbia.

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Dal joins CIRTL as second Canadian member Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:28 08/17/2020 - 03:30

College of New Caledonia’s Burns Lake campus has laid off four faculty members from its one-year Academic Upgrading program due to under-enrolment and will be scrapping the program. “We have been working on it for several years to find different ways of delivering, different ways of reaching the community;” explained CNC Vice President Academic Chad Thompson, “unfortunately, the continued lack of enrollment in the program has required us to proceed with the layoffs.” BC Local News reports that the college will instead be offering two new programs that better match community needs. CNC states that one of the four faculty members was successfully reassigned to a different role in the institution.

CNC Burns Lake academic upgrading program cancelled, faculty laid off Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:29 08/17/2020 - 03:30

The University of Guelph’s Successful Habits in Education (USHINE) program is now accessible virtually through videoconference meetings. The program, which was piloted last year, is aimed at helping students change their habits to live a healthier lifestyle. The program provides participants with a peer mentor to guide them towards their wellness goals. “It’s hard enough to set good habits when you’re a student,” explained Jean Thompson, a wellness education at UofGuelph’s Department of Student Wellness, “but with the move to remote learning, it can be even more challenging to create new routines or to make connections with new friends so we’re hoping this program will help.”

UofGuelph moves student wellness behaviour change program online Top Ten 08/21/2020 - 14:29 08/17/2020 - 03:30
A new collaboration called Open Education Alberta seeks to provide students and instructors with access to free digital learning materials. The platform has been in the works for two years and is the product of a collaboration between postsecondary institutions across the province, including the University of Alberta Libraries, Mount Royal University, MacEwan University, the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. “Faculty [members] are already looking at ways to revisit how they're going to deliver their courses for the fall," said project co-lead and MRU librarian Cari Merkley, “and OERs might solve some of the problems that they're encountering in terms of student access to learning materials.”  Folio  (AB) New collaboration sees creation of Open Education Alberta Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
First-year students at the University of Guelph who will not be living in residence will be able to connect virtually with their peers this Fall. Gryphons Nest is a Student Affairs initiative that will support new students in their transition to university by assigning them to communities of up to 50 students all within the same academic program. Upper-year online mentors will also be assigned to each group. “The program will help students with things like being successful in virtual classrooms, accessing counselling services, finding a balance with their academic work while at home and building their résumé in a virtual setting,” said UoGuelph Associate Director of Residence Life Patrick Kelly.  UofGuelph  (ON) UofGuelph creates virtual community for first-year students Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
When academic integrity or student misconduct matters start to scale the legal ladder, institutions can find themselves involved in stressful, time-consuming, and expensive court cases. Lawyer and instructor Jill Edmonson outlines five instructive cases that range from disagreements over suspensions to degree revocations to explain how universities can avoid climbing that legal ladder. Edmonson encourages ensuring that institutions have a process that includes procedural fairness, including providing an opportunity for the student to share their side and accompanying any institutional decisions with clear reasons.   University Affairs  (National) To avoid following academic matters to court, ensure procedural fairness: Op-ed Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
The Government of the Northwest Territories has created two grants for students studying full-time in the upcoming academic year as part of the province’s COVID-19 relief action. The funds are aimed at supporting students in their transition to online learning by helping with associated costs such as internet services, equipment and technology. “Over the last several months students in particular have had to adjust to the changing circumstances and environments due to COVID. Understanding some of the new financial implications students are facing we have made numerous changes to further support to our post-secondary students,” said NWT Minister of Education, Culture and Employment RJ Simpson.   NWT  (NWT) NWT announces new grants for postsecondary students Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has announced the renaming of the Centre for Applied Technology to the Feltham Centre, in honour of former NAIT president Glenn Feltham. The 550,000 square-foot centre was constructed during Feltham’s tenure and has served as a learning space for 5,000 students. “I feel blessed to have served as President and CEO of NAIT—there is truly no better institution or people,” said Feltham. “I am moved to be recognized by the naming of this truly polytechnic building. I want to thank NAIT and its board for bestowing this honour upon me.”  NAIT  (AB) NAIT renames centre in recognition of former president Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
Nunavut Arctic College has cancelled the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) for first-year students this fall. The program, which is seen as essential to bringing Inuktitut-speaking teachers into the classroom, cannot enrol a new cohort without more instructors. The college is offering to keep students’ applications for the September 2021 school year or to allow students to switch programs. “This isn't a decision we wanted to make,” said acting Arctic College President Rebecca Mearns, “but for operational reasons this was the decision that was made at the program level with our university partner."  CBC  (NV) Arctic College cancels teacher training program for first-year students Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
Sault College has extended its withdrawal period for full-time, first year students out of recognition of the circumstances created by COVID-19. Students will have “an extended opportunity to make an informed decision regarding their academic year by extending the withdrawal period with no financial or academic penalty until October 9, 2020.” The extension is only available for the upcoming Fall semester. “We are focused on helping our students succeed and providing them with the tools to do so is paramount,” explained Sault President Ron Common. “This extension for withdrawal is one more way we can support them in their decision to pursue post-secondary education.”  Sault  (ON) Sault extends withdrawal period for first-year students Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
An internal investigation at the University of Manitoba has allegedly found that a senior employee mismanaged and misused money, and also directed other employees to do so. The review board recommended that the university’s vice-president of the administration do a further analysis of issues around the university’s monitoring of spending patterns and its system of controls around the use of discretionary funds, which the university has accepted. CBC reports that the university has not indicated who the subject of the investigation is or their employment status. The Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba is reportedly considering auditing the university.   CBC  (MB) UManitoba internal investigation finds senior employee misused, mismanaged money Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University has announced it will no longer use its varsity athletics team name, the Clan, following a stakeholder engagement process that revealed widespread support for a name change. The university intends to unveil a new name for its varsity athletic teams before the end of the year. “As a university, our number one duty is to foster a supportive environment for our students,” said SFU President Andrew Petter. “Our student athletes are dedicated to their sport and education, and negative interactions with others about the persistent misinterpretation or misuse of their team name should not be a burden they have to bear.”     SFU   | CBC  (BC) SFU no longer using varsity team name  Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has received an accreditation renewal on its Leadership Skills program from the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Certification program. The accreditation renewal allows graduates of the program to become Gold Seal Certified after completing the required exam. “Our partnership with the Canadian Construction Association demonstrates that Sask Polytech is committed to the construction industry and to providing high quality technical training to our students. GSC is recognized nationally and opens doors for graduates as they start their construction management careers,” said Paul Carter, dean of the Sask Polytech Joseph A Remai School of Construction.    Sask Polytech  (SK) Sask Polytech receives accreditation renewal Top Ten 08/14/2020 - 04:15 08/14/2020 - 03:30

Olusola Akintola, the recently reinstated President of the Brandon University Student Union, has resigned from his position. Akintola won the BUSU re-election earlier this year, but his win was not immediately ratified due to accusations of intimidation that led to an internal investigation. Akintola filed a lawsuit against the union in May to regain his position and his win was ratified as of July 13th after the student union’s internal disciplinary board determined the accusations could not be substantiated. "I needed to move on. I just wanted to fight to get my name back,” said Akintola. “I didn’t like the way I was being treated and I fought to get it back." Brandon Sun (MB)

BUSU president resigns after reinstatement Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

Several postsecondary institutions in Alberta and British Columbia have announced that they will require non-medical masks on campus. Effective Monday, Simon Fraser University has indicated that masks must be worn in indoor public spaces – including building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, and study areas – at each of its campuses. The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College have both mandated the use of face masks or other coverings, and CBC reports that the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and MacEwan University have announced measures that include mandatory masking and physical distancing as they prepare for the Fall. CBC (BC) | CBC (Edmonton) | Lethbridge News Now (AB)

AB, BC postsecondary institutions introduce mandatory masking policies on campus Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

“Working from childhood bedrooms, we struggled to manage the many unfamiliar facets of remote learning,” write students Zoe Phillips, Amber Galvano, and Ellie Maly. “What could we learn from a virtual classroom that we could not find in a free online lecture series?” The authors describe their experience studying a course from home that was intended to be delivered while travelling abroad and identify the four elements that make their experience successful. Specifically, they state that the course was divided according to clear themes, used online apps to connect the students with other students around the world, adapted tests to formats that suited the digital space, and included a single, collaborative final project that blended student autonomy with accountability. “Rather than focusing on what we could no longer do,” the students conclude, “we learned to appreciate the possibilities of what we could still accomplish.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Four key elements of a successful online classroom Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

Aurora College has opened on-campus housing to students at its Yellowknife, Fort Smith, and Inuvik campuses, despite the fact that the semester will be mainly online. The residences will provide students with better access to technological support. "While our fall semester will be mainly online, Aurora College student housing provides a place to stay where students can focus on their studies," Aurora stated. While the college did not share enrolment information with CBC, Aurora expects to see students from across the territory return to campus this Fall and indicated that it will follow physical distancing rules set by the chief public health officer. CBC (NT)

Aurora opens on-campus housing to students Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba is putting its president’s residence up for sale this week. "As the University of Manitoba transitioned from one president to another in 2020, it seemed like a good time to sell the property,” said UManitoba Associate Vice-President of Strategic Communications and Government Relations John Danakas. “Entertaining is a lot easier and economical on campus. There’s also the challenge of actually living in a residence that you’re holding these functions at. If you have a family and so on, there can be challenges." The Winnipeg Free Press states that UManitoba’s new President Michael Benarroch and future presidents must make their own living arrangements. The sale is expected to save UManitoba approximately $60K a year in maintenance costs. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

University of Manitoba to sell president's residence in break with tradition Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

A collaboration between academia, government, and industry is seeking to reduce plastic waste and emissions in Alberta. The new alliance, the Plastics Alliance of Alberta, will be chaired by NAIT Industry Solutions and co-chaired by the Recycling Council of Alberta. Its 20 founding member organizations will work together to encourage a plastics circular economy and ensure that the sector creates products that can be reused and recycled, generates no waste or emissions, and restores ecosystems harmed by hard-to-recycle or single-use products. NAIT (AB)

New alliance chaired by NAIT Industry Solutions maximizes innovation, reduces plastic waste in AB Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

Durham College’s Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning has launched four micro-credential and three certificate programs for the Fall 2020 term. The seven programs were developed to meet the demands of rapidly growing sectors. The micro-credentials are focused on Artificial Intelligence Privacy and Compliance, Medical Terminology, and Veterinary Office Assistant Specialization, as well as a two-micro-credential program focused on Jobsite Readiness. The certificate programs include Coding Essentials, Construction Management, and Veterinary Office Assistant. Durham (ON)

Durham launches new micro-credential, certificate programming Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

The Investor Protection Clinic at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School has partnered with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to help the community access free legal services for vulnerable retail investors. The partnership will see IIROC provide IPC with major funding annually over the next five years to enable the Clinic to create value through file work and investor education. The clinic is staffed with Osgoode students who work with supervising lawyers from law firms across Ontario to provide legal assistance to the community. “Support from generous partners such as IIROC is absolutely critical to the Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic's success," said Professor Poonam Puri, Founding Director of the Clinic. "Our partners help to ensure that the Clinic is able to provide professional and effective services to harmed investors.” Newswire (ON)

York Osgoode Clinic partners with IIROC to provide services to community Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

Two new training projects are being launched at McMaster University to help job seekers reskill and prepare for careers in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The projects, made possible by a $1.3M investment by the Ontario government, include a training program to help unemployed or underutilized employees learn new manufacturing technologies as well as a work placement program for postsecondary students and graduates that will provide practical experience in the fields. "We know that employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in high-demand sectors. These programs are designed to help people bridge the gap between the skills they have, and the skills employers need," said Donna Skelly, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. ON (ON)

New training programs help job seekers reskill Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30

Carleton University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ) has issued a statement describing changes that the institute will be undertaking in order to address issues related to settler colonialism, white supremacy, and systemic racism. The changes include the launch of new student bursaries for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized students working in criminology; new anti-racism education and curriculum development; the creation of a faculty committee to pursue anti-racism and anti-colonialism initiatives; and the cancellation of all placement positions with police and prison authorities. In the Ottawa Citizen, Political commentator Randall Denley criticized the institute’s actions, drawing particular focus to the potential impact that cancelling internships could have on student work opportunities. ICCJ Statement | Ottawa Citizen (ON)

Carleton criminology institute launches bursaries, withdraws police internships to drive change Top Ten 08/13/2020 - 04:13 08/13/2020 - 03:30
The University of Alberta has announced $2.9M in financial awards and supports for Indigenous students, thanks to a partnership with Indspire and CIBC. “Because of their [Indspire and CIBC’s] commitment to Indigenous students, 36 future leaders will receive the support they need to see their studies through to graduation,” said UAlberta President Bill Flanagan. “This gift will help build the momentum needed to create equity in health care, business, education, policy and other areas of society.” UAlberta states that, for Indigenous youth, lack of access to financial aid is the most significant barrier to further education after high school.   Folio  (AB) UAlberta announces $2.9M for Indigenous students following investments from Indspire, CIBC  Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has received $4.3M in federal and industry funding to pursue next-generation electric vehicle research in collaboration with the auto industry. UWindsor’s multidisciplinary team is partnering with Ford Motor Company of Canada, D&V Electronics, and Nemak to develop induction motors for electric vehicles, as well as motor testing technologies. The project will also see 40 students develop their research expertise and capabilities by interacting with supporting organizations to advance the technologies.    UWindsor   (ON) UWindsor receives $4.3M to pursue electric vehicle research Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
Interest in online training and certificate programs soared in March, April, and May as COVID-19 shut down workplaces and college campuses alike, and US online learning leaders state that this interest has since plateaued. Lindsay McKenzie writes that the pandemic and subsequent economic impact may see a lasting counter-cyclical impact on online enrollment as recent graduates and furloughed workers alike look to bolster their resumes and pivot to new careers. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Associate Dean W Brooke Elliot explained that working from home has forced people to become more familiar with technology and introduced more flexibility to the work day, which in turn is making people more receptive to online education. Inside Higher Ed (International) Surge in alternative credentials sees plateau, holds steady Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
Around the world, recent graduates are increasingly at a loss for work opportunities as the pandemic and economic uncertainty push employers to cancel their job searches. "All the jobs have all dried up — everywhere," said recent graduate Brittany St Leger. “It's still hard to be hopeful when you're not seeing anyone doing well at the moment." The Associated Press reports that Britain, India, and the Netherlands have seen major declines in job postings, but that countries such as Austria, Australia, Brazil, and France are also seeing double digit percentage drops. *|IF: INSTTYPE = Postsecondary|* For a better sense of how the Canadian job market connected to your programs is being impacted right now, connect with our research team about our industry-focused environmental scans.  *|END IF|*  CBC  (International) Graduates face a lack of career-starting jobs around the globe Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
Western University has received a $9.2M gift from Jeff and Shelley Parr to launch a centre dedicated to collaborative and innovative approaches to proactive student mental health and well-being. The Parr Centre for Thriving will be focused on generating awareness and providing new supports to Western students that help them to thrive academically and personally. “Becoming a leader in student mental health is a priority for Western,” said Western President Alan Shepard. “We are grateful to Jeff and Shelley Parr for recognizing the importance of this area, and for partnering with us to help ensure we continue to prepare our students to thrive and succeed in university, and in life.”  Western  (ON) Western receives $9.2M to create centre for student well being Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick has officially joined the European W-Power project as an associated partner. The W-Power project is led by the Karelia University of Applied Sciences, located in Joensuu Finland. It brings together women entrepreneurs and educational institutions, and aims to promote female entrepreneurship, share best practices, and build bridges for businesswomen. The project will see businesswomen from across New Brunswick matched with CCNB students, and will also see the services and products of NB-based businesses promoted in Europe.  CCNB   (NB) CCNB joins international W-Power project Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
Redeemer University has revealed its new brand, resound, which the university says signals “innovation rooted in a rich academic faith tradition.” The university consulted with students, faculty, staff, and alumni as it developed the brand, which refreshes the institutional colour palette and uses modern, simpler shapes throughout its imagery. “Redeemer’s Reformed Christian mission isn’t changing,” said Redeemer President Robert Graham, “but the world is and our academic program and overall experience are adapting to meet that change.”   Redeemer   (ON) Redeemer launches new brand Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
As the Fall semester approaches, postsecondary presidents – especially those new to the role – will be facing distinct new challenges on campus. Former US college presidents Katherine Haley and Tom Horgan describe five key skills that will be vital for new presidents as they arrive on campus: Listening and learning; communicating; expressing empathy; making tough decisions; and comfortably seeking outside expertise. “For a new president, leading during a pandemic will be both a challenge and an opportunity. More than ever before, well-informed, impartial, data-driven and humane leadership is essential in responding to the crisis,” they write. “And that leadership will have a profound impact on the future of the institution.”  Inside Higher Ed  (International) New presidents will need five key skills to deal with new challenges this Fall Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
A former member of the University of Victoria’s varsity women’s rowing team has sued the university and the women’s rowing coach over allegations of “demeaning and aggressive treatment.” A statement of claim alleges that Barney Williams subjected Lily Copeland to offensive and belittling language, as well as taking actions that caused her to feel physically threatened, while she was a coxswain with the team during the 2018-19 season. The lawsuit states that the team’s assistant coach, Sam Heran, took steps to minimize Copeland’s contact with Williams. “The university strives to provide a supportive and safe environment for all its students and takes allegations of behaviour contrary to the university’s policies seriously,” said UVic media relations director Denise Helm.  CBC  (BC) Former UVic rower sues coach, university Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg has launched the Remote Teaching, Learning and Research Hub, which will enable students and faculty to navigate online and alternate course delivery this school year. Resources include links to Student Services and learning supports, tips to help researchers find and store data online, advice on course content and strategies for remote learning, ways to support and engage students online, and information about managing stress. The hub was created by a committee made up of educators, librarians and academic technology experts. “We know that digital learning is new for many students and faculty,” said faculty member and committee co-chair Lesley Eblie Trudel. “We wanted to create a space that brings all the resources you need into one place, so whether you’re teaching, learning, or researching, you don’t have to go searching for the tools you need to succeed.” UWinnipeg  (MB) UWinnipeg launches hub to support online learning Top Ten 08/12/2020 - 03:42 08/12/2020 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta has announced that it will provide $500K in COVID-19 support funding to the province’s five First Nations colleges. Each college will receive $100K for improving technology and access to Wi-Fi, as well as supporting the development and delivery of online programming. It will also go towards ensuring cleaning protocols are in line with new COVID-19 standards. “Like our fellow post-secondary institutions, we have been working to provide our students with a learning environment that's safe and that also allows them to keep making progress toward their diplomas and degrees,” said Rachel Hertz Cobb, chief administrative officer at Yellowhead Tribal College. “This enhancement of the First Nations College Grant recognizes that PSE delivery under pandemic conditions asks extraordinary feats of small institutions like ours and goes a long way toward making it possible for us to meet our goals." AB  (AB )

AB provides new funding for First Nations colleges  Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 11:13 08/11/2020 - 03:30
Durham College and Centennial College are set to shut down operations at their shared location, the Pickering Learning Site (PLS) beginning September 1. The PLS primarily serves students looking to complete postgraduate studies, and Durham states that the site will offer online programming for the foreseeable future. “Unfortunately, difficult decisions are having to be made in these challenging times” said Centennial President Craig Stephenson. “In the immediate future, we will serve the PLS students through providing a high-quality online learning experience. We are engaged with the Durham Region and look forward to working closely with the community.” Durham (ON) Durham, Centennial to close Pickering Learning Site Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
A new online portal is available for international and domestic students interested in studying business in Canada. The portal, Study Business in Canada, is being launched by the Business Schools Association of Canada (BSCA) and offers information about 61 different schools, housing and visas, and other information about life in Canada. “Our objectives for the initiative are quite simple: to raise the awareness of Canada and Canadian university business schools as a preferred study destination for business and management education,” said Tim Daus, executive director of the BSCA. The Pie News (National) BSCA launches online portal Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
Universities in Manitoba will soon be able to ensure that their demographics resemble those of the province, thanks to funding and support from Industry Canada. Three institutions–the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Brandon University–have endorsed a charter on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The program, which is based on the UK’s Athena SWAN program, asks universities to log data and address “potential systemic barriers in their polices and processes.” The federal funding was boosted after universities expressed concern that constrained provincial budgets would make the cost of meeting the program requirements untenable. "The Government of Canada recognizes that in times such as a pandemic, it is even more important to address systemic barriers as these disruptive situations further exacerbate existing inequities faced by individuals from equity-seeking and underrepresented groups," wrote department spokeswoman Geneviève Sicard.  Winnipeg Free Press  (MB) New funding aimed at increasing inclusion in MB  Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
“We’re all a little nervy right now – students, instructors, deans, presidents – mired as we are in pandemic planning and uncertainty,” writes Kathleen Bortolin, a curriculum, teaching and learning specialist at the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University. In this piece, Bortolin outlines three key tenets of their “pedagogical manifesto” for the coming year: making use of resources, whether that be a teaching and learning centre or a knowledgeable colleague; incorporating feedback into teaching; and being attentive to one’s work load and labour rights. “There is a significant onus on faculty right now, but there is also a significant onus on institutions and their leadership teams,” concludes Bortolin. “When we walk through this storm, it is the good ones who will make sure that we don’t walk alone.” University Affairs (National) Tips for surviving an academic year like no other: Bortolin Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
Brock University has received a $2.7M gift to provide students with new, career-building workplace experiences. The gift was given by Stephanie Mitchell in honour of the late global business leader, Gerard Mitchell, and Brock states that the funds will go towards establishing the Dr Gerald B Mitchell Centre of Excellence in Career & Experiential Education. “Brock’s students are the direct beneficiaries of Stephanie’s remarkable generosity and philanthropy,” said Brock President Gervon Fearon. “Her gift will change the lives of students today and through the years to come, by ensuring an education that provides experiential real-world opportunities coupled with our world-class teaching and research.” Brock (ON) Brock receives donation to support experiential education Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
International and domestic students in Ontario are “frustrated” and speaking out about issues surrounding tuition and fees this fall. The Lakehead University Student Union says it is still awaiting a response from the university regarding concerns raised in July about increases to international student tuition. Elsewhere in Ontario, CBC reports that students are still questioning the quality of online programs and whether they should be charged for services and facilities that they will not be accessing this fall. Some institutions have responded to calls from students by lowering or eliminated ancillary fees, but many maintain that the programming costs the same amount as in-person. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (ON) ON students push back against tuition and fees for fall semester Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
If sustainable, positive change is a desired result of postsecondary education, “we need to find a way to reduce financial pressures on students,” states University of British Columbia Professor Alison Taylor. Reflecting on how the pandemic has put additional financial pressure on the student population, Taylor describes how some students feel that the competitive, high-pressure, and high-stakes environment of postsecondary education exacerbates existing inequalities between students. To this end, Taylor advocates for better financial supports for students. “Reducing financial pressures means providing students with the gift of time to engage knowledge, to take missteps and be able to redirect without severe financial consequences,” concludes Taylor, “and to appreciate the diversity of people and opportunities in academic communities.”   The Conversation   (National) Reducing financial pressures for PSE students essential: Study  Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
Kingston’s city council will be considering a new agreement between Kingston Transit and the student associations at Queen’s University and St Lawrence College. The new agreement would allow students to purchase four-month transit passes for $119 as a temporary measure during a time where student activity in and around the city is less than normal, as opposed to the previous 12-month pass agreement. The new agreement also proposes that the city reimburse both institutions for over $850K, due to the free transit that has been offered to all citizens since March. The Whig (ON) Kingston council considers new transit deal for student associations Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30
Trent University has reportedly experienced a ransomware attack on the third-party software used to host its donor and alumni database. An email sent to 38,000 individuals indicates that data related to several members of the university’s community—including staff, faculty, alumni, donors, and external contacts—may have been compromised. The university stated that much of the information accessed was “public information” and that no financial or password information were accessed. They are asking those that received the email to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Global News  (ON) Trent experiences ransomware attack  Top Ten 08/11/2020 - 03:53 08/11/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University’s College of Continuing Education, the Government of Nova Scotia, and blocksEDU have launched new programming designed to up- and re-skill people in blockchain and sustainable energy technologies. Beginning in September 2020, programs will be offered online and will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to upskill, make a career move, and prepare to write relevant certification exams for each industry. "The team at blocksEDU are experts in these two growing and in-demand industries,” said Dal CCE Dean Dianne Tyers. “We are pleased to partner with blocksEDU to offer learning opportunities that give people a chance to learn new skills in cutting-edge technologies to re-enter the workforce or change careers," Newsfile (NS)

Dal CCE, partners launch courses in emerging technologies Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

Université Laval has received over $1.9M from the Government of Québec to develop and implement a training program on climate change geared toward professionals in urban planning, architecture, and engineering. Specifically, the program will provide professionals with an understanding of future climates and their potential effects on both natural and constructed environments, effectively improving their ability to integrate sustainability solutions in their practice. The new program, which will be delivered in the spring 2021 term, will be developed by Laval in collaboration with the Ouranos research consortium and the three professional orders concerned. QC (QC )

Laval receives over $1.9M to develop climate change training Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

Students at Simon Fraser University are calling on the institution to reinstate the Spring term’s pass/fail grading system for classes this Fall given that online learning is set to continue amid the pandemic. A petition, organized by “concerned students,” has garnered over 3,000 names and argues that performance expectations remain high despite the “stressful and overwhelming” pandemic situation. SFU explained that the previous pass/fail system was instituted due to the rapid, mid-semester transition. However, SFU returned to a traditional grading system at the beginning of the Summer term and extended the withdrawal period for courses to give students more time to assess their comfort with remote learning. Global News (BC)

Students at SFU launch petition to reinstate pass/fail grading schema Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced that an advisory committee has been struck to lead consultations to understand whether the university’s law school building should continue under the name of Sir John A Macdonald . The advisory committee—which includes students, faculty, staff, and alumni —will welcome and consider all views presented by members of the community and use them to inform the development of recommendations for the Board of Trustees to consider when making its ultimate decision. “Macdonald’s legacy is complex,” said Mark Walters, Queen’s Dean of the Faculty of Law. “It is now time to ask hard questions about the relationship between the building name and the identity, values, and aspirations of the community that learns and works within the building.” Queen’s Gazette | Whig Standard (ON)

Queen’s forms committee to lead community consultations about law school building name change Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

“Covid-19 has put immense pressure on all universities,” reports the Economist. “But the problems are about to get particularly severe for those in America, Australia, Canada, and Britain that have come to rely on international students to fill their coffers.” The piece acknowledges international students’ preference for in-person teaching, institutions’ unadjusted or heightened tuition and fees, and the lack of “cultural immersion” in another country as significant deterrents for pursuing international education this year. While the authors conclude that “[some] universities have a few reasons for hope,” they also acknowledge that prospective students may not have much to do amid the pandemic, that the gap year is not enticing to all students, and that institutions typically see an uptick in students during recessions. Nonetheless, this piece concludes that “the next few months are likely to transform the fortunes of many institutions.” The Economist (subscription required) (International)

The pandemic will make or break universities: Opinion Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned the nation’s universities and research institutions that Beijing is allegedly using academic recruitment programs to attain cutting-edge science and technology for economic and military advantage. Specifically, CSIS stated that the Thousand Talents Plan (TTP) is an example of the way China is attempting to get academics to share – either willingly or by coercion – the results of work conducted and financed in Canada. An investigation by The Globe and Mail identified at least 15 Canadian academics who have participated in the program, all of whom “defended the program as mutually beneficial for Canada and China, and said they did not encounter any untoward conduct during their involvement.” Globe and Mail (National)

CSIS warns about academic recruitment programs, Canadian participants refute claims Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

Students at some of Atlantic Canada’s universities are expressing disappointment with the cost and limited offerings of campus meal plans, as well as the lack of consultation with student unions and associations regarding such decisions. While plans vary from school to school, and even from campus to campus, common policies include reduced dining spaces, no self-serve food options, and reduced meal plan fees and serving hours. Some more unique plans include Mount Allison University’s institution of a mini food truck to create pop-up barbeques and deliver meals to sick students, and the University of New Brunswick Fredericton’s decision to house students in dorms with private kitchenettes so they can prepare their own meals in light of limited campus food services. CBC (NB)

Pandemic forces Atlantic universities to rethink meal plans, offerings for Fall Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

The Université de Sherbrooke and Cégep de Sherbrooke have launched a joint summer school, Sherbrooke derrière les barreaux. The summer program will focus on the Sherbrooke Common Prison and incarceration more generally. Students will be divided into five mixed teams which will address different facets related to confinement and crime, such as crime hot spots in Sherbrooke, women and crime, and serious criminals that have marked regional history. The program was made possible due to collaboration with various local partners such as La Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke, le bureau sherbrookois des Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, la Société de sauvegarde de la vieille prison de Sherbrooke, and the Pôle régional en enseignement supérieur de l’Estrie. USherbrooke (QC)

USherbrooke, Cégep de Sherbrooke launch joint summer program focussed on local prison Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

“Living in a COVID-19 world means businesses and institutions will need to pay more attention to the digital experience they offer,” write OCAD University graduate program director Kate Hartman and Digital Future Undergraduate Chair Nick Puckett. The authors argue that, as we reinvent our lives amid the pandemic, technology, art, and design will undoubtedly play a role in the collective recovery. From creating better, more “natural” feeling videoconferencing technology, to designing wearable tech that can help monitor health, postsecondary programs will be crucial to adapting to our current situation, as well as overcoming COVID-19. “As computer use becomes more ubiquitous and normal, the experiences have to be more interesting,” Puckett states. “It can’t just be about practical functionality. How do we design personality?” OCAD U (ON)

Digital tech program crucial to adaptation, COVID-19 recovery Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta has announced that both men’s and women’s hockey will be reinstated for next season due to financial contributions from donors. UAlberta previously suspended hockey, basketball, and volleyball for 2020-21 because of financial pressures wrought by both the COVID-19 pandemic and cutbacks in provincial government funding. However, UAlberta indicated that the Golden Bears and Pandas can “ice” their teams next season due to support from alumni. The Canada West board has approved the teams’ returns, stating that, "if it's determined that a Canada West hockey schedule is possible for this season, we are pleased that the University of Alberta's Golden Bears and Pandas programs will take part." CBC (AB)

UAlberta men’s, women’s varsity hockey saved due to alumni donations Top Ten 08/10/2020 - 03:51 08/10/2020 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has announced the creation of three new initiatives that will provide up to $4M in funding to support international students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Tuition Assistance Bursary is a needs-based program that will provide up to $2.5K to international students having difficulty paying their tuition; the Provost Incentive Offer will provide international students a one-time credit of $750; and the International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships will be enhanced so that previous recipients will receive a renewal amount of $4K for each of their second, third, and fourth years of study as long as they meet all renewal criteria. UofGuelph (ON)

UofGuelph announces up to $4M in supports for international students amid COVID-19 Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus has launched three interdisciplinary majors, a new project-based core, as well as an updated music program. New majors announced include Ethics & Global Studies; Creativity and Culture; and Law, Crime & Justice Studies. The project-based core will equip students with new skills that will help them excel in any industry. “The project-based core is kind of our approach to internships and co-op placements,” said UAlberta Professor Rebecca Purc-Stephenson. “By the time they graduate, our students will have worked with community stakeholders and will have applied what they’ve learned in class to complex, real-world problems.” In addition, a broader range of classes will be offered in order to support students who are not necessarily enrolled in the program or set on a future in music. UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta’s Augustana Campus announces three major program, curricular changes Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

Polytechnique Montréal has launched a Canada-wide initiative that brings together 20 Canadian and international universities and industrial partners to improve the way electric and electronic equipment waste is reused and recycled, and to promote eco-design. The Collaborative Research and Training Experience in Sustainable Electronics and Eco-Design (CREATE SEED) has received $1.65M in funding from the NSERC CREATE program to optimize the way valuable materials are gathered from e-waste, while at the same time rethinking how the electronics supply chain functions. Canadian partners include researchers from McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of British Columbia, as well as support from HEC Montréal, the Université de Montréal, and the Université de Sherbrooke. Newswire (QC)

PolyMTL launches collaborative research, training program for sustainable electronics, eco-design Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta is providing $17.27M in funding to Lakeland College for infrastructure upgrades. Specifically, the funds will be used to modernize the college’s Mead building, and create more student-centered and energy-efficient spaces. “Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs, now,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “We are committed to developing world-class postsecondary institutions, and today’s announcement of over $17M to redevelop the Vermilion campus at Lakeland College will help us meet students’ evolving needs.” AB (AB)

AB announces $17.27M in funding for Lakeland infrastructure projects Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has denied the University of British Columbia’s appeal regarding a large fine and conviction related to an ammonia release that ended up in a fish-bearing stream. Both UBC and CIMCO Refrigeration were charged under the Fisheries Act last year after ammonia was deposited into a sewer near the university's Thunderbird Arena, which found its way into the Fraser River and killed 70 fish. UBC appealed the conviction and the $1.2M fine on the basis that it could not be proven that the ammonia had entered the river, killing the fish. In the Supreme Court’s decision, UBC’s claims were dismissed and refused to decrease the fine. CBC | Times Colonist (BC)

BC Supreme Court upholds conviction, $1.2M fine against UBC for ammonia dump Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

“There’s every reason to think that if or when students return to campuses in the fall, Canadian universities will seek to limit their legal risk; [however,] we urge them not to,” write University of New Brunswick professors Jason MacLean and Hilary Young. Reasons that universities might choose not to implement COVID-19 waivers include the significant inequalities in bargaining power produced by these kinds of agreements and the potential for these waivers to remove institutional incentives to ensure their campuses are safe. “We sympathize with institutions whose insurance companies will soon stop covering losses due to COVID-19,” conclude the authors. “But universities […] have a higher calling than merely protecting the bottom line. Universities have a duty to provide a safe learning environment for their students.” The Conversation (National)

Why universities should not implement COVID-19 waivers: Opinion Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

International students are facing difficult decisions regarding their education as travel restrictions for non-Canadian citizens continue. With travel exemptions extended until August 31st, international students wishing to enter Canada must prove they need to be in the country in order to complete their studies to be granted entry. If students can attend classes entirely online, reports CBC, their travel will likely be seen as optional. Meanwhile, postsecondary institutions are implementing measures and policies to help international students adjust to the challenges of online learning from a distance, such as instituting asynchronous learning. “I have to work very hard for my grades but this makes it even harder,” said St Thomas University student Madeline Berry. “I have to make sure that I can handle both and live a healthy lifestyle in the middle of a pandemic." CBC (National)

Still unable to enter Canada, many international students face difficult decisions Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

“In our day-to-day and year-to-year lives, administrators drive interdisciplinarity forward,” writes University of Waterloo Professor Ian Milligan. “There is a moment, however, where the power of university academic administrators almost entirely disappears from the equation: tenure and promotion.” According to Milligan, part of the problem lies in the power of professional conventions and external experts within the tenure process that may not understand or value interdisciplinary as much as disciplinary norms. To address this issue, the author suggests making changes to shift the paradigm of entire professions. “Interdisciplinary practitioners, then, need to continue to target disciplinary journals and institutional venues: to stress the significance of what they do to the discipline, and how new voices and perspectives enrich rather than dilute the scholarship,” concludes Milligan. UA (National)

Normalizing interdisciplinary within professions: Opinion Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

North Island College has launched a fully virtual Fall term orientation to provide students with information and resources to be successful in their studies and to encourage connections between students. This year, resources typically delivered in-person will be presented to students virtually, and will include a full suite of online videos, webinars, tours and other resources. Pre-recorded sessions are live as of August 4th. “We really wanted to retain that human connection and engagement that is such a big part of NIC’s philosophy,” said NIC director of student affairs, Felicity Blaiklock. “We want to ensure students feel connected and know what services and supports are available to them while they’re at NIC.” NIC (BC)

NIC launches fully virtual Fall 2020 student orientation Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

“Obviously, anxiety can be both a symptom and a cause of economic distress,” writes Matt Reed, “but it’s also its own thing, worthy of attention in itself.” Prior to the pandemic, Reed and colleagues conducted a study that identified anxiety as a leading concern for American students, and the authors expect that levels of student anxiety are even higher now. Based on this prediction, Reed argues that as institutions continue to deliver support to students through virtual means, they will also need to continue to innovate such supports in response to what they suspect will be an increasing need this Fall and beyond. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Addressing student anxiety amid a pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 08/07/2020 - 04:06 08/07/2020 - 03:30

Smith School of Business at Queen’s University has announced a Master of Financial Innovation and Technology program, which will begin in November 2020. Described by Queen’s Smith School as the first program of its kind in Canada, the program is designed to address gaps in financial technology education and will train graduates finance, data science, and machine learning technologies. “Until now, employers hiring in the financial technology sector have had to choose between candidates who specialize in either finance or technology,” said program director Ryan Riordan. “With the launch of this new program, we’ve created a unique educational path that bridges both sectors and equips graduates to succeed in a quickly evolving marketplace.” Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s Smith School launches Master of Financial Innovation and Technology program Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

The Government of Nova Scotia is expanding their Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive to help improve Nova Scotians’ access to primary care. The program will cover the salaries of six additional registered nurses while they attend Dalhousie University’s two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program full-time. In return, recipients will commit to work in one of several designated communities for five years. “Today’s announcement is great news, especially for rural Nova Scotia as these new nurse practitioners are committed to working there,” said NS Nurses’ Union President Janet Hazelton. “Educating more nurses in the nurse practitioner program gets us closer to achieving NSNU’s goal of having a 500-strong nurse practitioner network across all sectors of care, based on our projected needs, by 2028.” NS (NS)

NS announces expansions to Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

George Brown College has launched an online certificate in service robotics to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in this industry. The program will be offered through George Brown’s Continuing Education and will guide students through the growth and development of the service robotics industry, as well as typical applications, current and future market trends, and technological impacts. “There is tremendous potential for service robots to improve experiences and augment the workforce in a wide range of industries, from health care to hospitality,” said Rick Huijbregts, George Brown Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation. “The demand for this type of technology is growing and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the possibilities for service robots in frontline sectors.” George Brown (ON)

George Brown launches online micro-credential in service robotics Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

A US survey has revealed that many higher education instructors feel academic integrity may be at risk as courses shift online. The report, produced by education publisher Wiley, shows that 62% of responding instructors “fully agreed” that students were more likely to cheat during online courses. Instructors who had taught online before the pandemic shared techniques for discouraging academic dishonesty, such as proctored or monitored testing, locked down browsers, Zoom testing, and plagiarism software, the latter two utilized far less often. Other suggestions from the report include: Increasing teacher-student interaction so students feel connected to the classroom; imposing time limits and dedicated testing times for all students; creating different versions of tests; and using open book exams, which often test higher levels of learning. Campus Technology (International)

Academic integrity a concern as courses shift online Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

Both postsecondary students and landlords in Ontario are experiencing challenges amid the pandemic situation that has caused many students to return home. A recent report released by Carleton University on the pandemic’s effect on the city’s rental market revealed that vacancy rates could rise as high as 10% as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile, some students in the Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo area report that they are struggling to pay rent on accommodations they are not currently residing in due to the pandemic. "The landlord said that because the apartment was still available and safe to live in, and because I was making a choice to go back home, it wouldn't be sufficient reason to break out of the lease," explained University of Ottawa student Nina Haroune. "I had to rely on CERB to continue paying for my rent because job opportunities were scarce and I was here worrying about an empty apartment hours away from me." CBC (1) | CBC (2) (ON)

Students, landlords continue to face housing, financial challenges amid COVID-19 Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

A Halifax-based charity and the students volunteers at the organization are expressing frustration and confusion at claims from the federal government that no students participated in the Canada Student Services Grant program. Nine students have been working at Souls Harbour thrift store, an organization that helps fund a meal program for families in need, with the expectation that the work would be reimbursed through the program. However, when asked how the government was going to reimburse charities and students who had begun the now cancelled student volunteer program, federal representatives denied the existence of such students and charities, leaving impacted students and charities questioning whether they will be responsible for footing the bill. In the case of Souls Harbour, the charity has agreed to pay the students, amounting to a cost of approximately $15K. Times Colonist (National, NS)

Students, charities frustrated with government claim that no students participated in charity program Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

Prince Edward Island postsecondary institutions are preparing for a much different return-to-campus for students coming to the island from “outside the Atlantic bubble.” Holland College is working with a hotel operator that will help quarantine and self-isolate the approximately 120 students set to arrive this Fall. The quarantine cost, which includes accommodations, meals, and security, is being covered by the provincial government. Meanwhile, the University of Prince Edward Island is preparing for slightly different student accommodations for this Fall, implementing measures such as transitioning double-occupancy rooms to single-occupancy and instituting physical distancing measures. "I think that for the most part what we're really trying to do is give students still the experience that we can, based in the time that we have, and how things continually are evolving" said UPEI director of ancillary services Johnathan Oliver. CBC (PEI)

PEI institutions prepare for students “outside of the Atlantic bubble" Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has announced that its new Barry and Flora Beckett Residence is slated to open in January 2021. The 40,000-square foot, geothermally heated building will feature 104 beds. Students can apply to be housed in the residence in August and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled this autumn. “Community is at the core of UNB’s identity,” said UNB Saint John Vice-President Petra Hauf. “The Barry and Flora Beckett Residence honours the vision that had guided this campus for more than 50 years, while inspiring our students to create a prosperous and sustainable future." UNB (NB)

UNB to open new residence January 2021 Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

Friends of NSCAD—a group of faculty, students, and alumni of NSCAD University—are raising concerns over the future of the university’s Fountain Campus amid a lack of public consultations regarding future plans and proposals. The historic campus was described in a 2013 report as requiring a “heroic” effort to upgrade, and NSCAD U board chair Louise-Anne Comeau told CBC that the board has received "various unsolicited proposals" related to infrastructure in recent years. Friends of NSCAD worry that the board’s lack of consultation with the community regarding the campus the potential sale of or continued rental of the campus space could cost NSCAD U. CBC (NS)

Faculty, students, alumni raise concerns over plans for NSCAD U’s Foundation Campus Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

“While designing inclusive courses is essential for effective teaching […] the uncertainty of this coming fall makes it more important than ever to address inclusion concerns,” write Tracie Marcella Add, Derek Dubb, and Khadijah A Mitchell. The authors discuss the outcomes of a survey tool they developed that enables learners to voluntarily and anonymously share information with their instructors to help toward the creation of a more inclusive classroom. Given the positive responses from both participating students and faculty, the authors conclude by encouraging instructors to craft their own anonymous and voluntary forms, and to “seek feedback from their institution’s center for teaching and learning and their colleagues to design more inclusive courses.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Using anonymous surveys to create a more inclusive learning environment: Opinion Top Ten 08/06/2020 - 04:01 08/06/2020 - 03:30

The Government of British Columbia has announced new COVID-19 guidelines for postsecondary institutions called the Go-Forward Guidelines. Recommended regulations include introducing limitations on the number of people in a space at a one time; providing adequate amounts of hand sanitizer and PPE when necessary; requiring masks if social distancing cannot occur; and increasing supports for students, faculty, and staff who may be uniquely impacted by the pandemic. However, BC stresses that these guidelines are not mandatory. "These protocols are not a list of requirements," the Go-Forward guidebook reads. "However, they should be considered and implemented to the extent that they address the current risks of COVID-19 for individual institutions." BC | CBC (BC)

BC releases Go-Forward pandemic guidelines for provincial postsecondary institutions Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

St Francis Xavier University has announced that the university has decided to move forward with their COVID-19 waiver in spite of criticisms. In a letter to students, the StFX Board of Governors stated that the “StFX Board of Governors’ Executive determined that the new Student Community Protocols and the legal waiver remain the best way forward and a necessity in order for the University to welcome students to campus in the fall.” The letter also indicated that the school signed a MOU with the StFX’s student union to clarify the university’s role relating to student concerns and to express commitment to openly engaging with students up to the start of the school year. Fifth-year StFX student Will Fraser stated he was disappointed to receive the letter. “My biggest concern is that the waiver is still restrictive in its language,” explained Fraser. “We think overall, the MOU doesn’t add a lot to the conversation, but it does add a sense of accountability.” Global News (NS)

StFX retains COVID-19 liability waiver Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

Radio Canada reports that the University of Alberta is considering restructuring scenarios which could see the closure of Campus Saint-Jean, the only French-speaking campus west of Manitoba. The university is reportedly facing financial difficulties, and a statement issued by Dean Pierre-Yves Mocquais indicates that the plans’ details imply assimilation of the campus’s offerings into other faculties or a centralization of administrative functions that would obscure the use of French. UAlberta Provost Steven Dew stated that no decision has been made about the campus, but that the university is evaluating all possible options to optimize its spaces and resources. The university recently went through administrative restructuring, which includes the merger of several offices and a 22% reduction in size of the senior leadership team. Radio Canada | UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta Saint-Jean campus at risk as institution considers restructuring scenarios Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

Queen’s University has posted guards at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre and announced that it will be installing additional security measures after a tipi was damaged. The damage to the tipi comes less than a month after five flags hanging outside of the Centre were vandalized. “I am tired. We are tired at 4D,” wrote Four Directions director Kandice Baptiste in a statement. “I cannot find words that are eloquent or articulate enough to express our deep anger, frustration, and sadness.” Baptiste noted that the ongoing acts of hatred demonstrate that the centre is “being targeted” for its position on protecting Indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities. Queen’s Journal (ON)

Queen’s Four Directions installs new security after tipi damaged Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

With the return to campus just around the corner, many Canadian postsecondary institutions are announcing policies and practices that will require non-medical masks or face coverings while on campus. Recent announcements regarding mandatory face masks have come from Acadia University, Laurentian University, the University of Lethbridge, and the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. Nevertheless, some students are still choosing to return to campus and are expressing excitement about their return. “I feel like my first year was cut short," said Laurentian student Lexey Burns. “I have a few friends moving back up there and I'm very excited to get back into my studies." Chronicle Herald (Acadia) | Lethbridge Herald (ULethbridge) | CBC (Laurentian) | Atlantic Universities (National)

Postsecondary institutions announcing on-campus face mask policies, other return to campus initiatives Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

When classes resume among COVID-19, counselling centres on campus will need to be prepared for a surge of students in need of mental health help. Noting that many students will be dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief this Fall – several of whom will have never sought counselling before – Lee Burdette Williams and David R Reetz provide a to-do list for centres to ensure they are best prepared to help these students. Among these tips, William and Reetz note that institutions should clearly articulate the mental health services that are available and how to access them; create an easily accessible list of resources to guide faculty and staff members that wish to refer students; expand nonclinical mental-health services, such as case management and support groups; and ensure that policies and protocols are in place to ensure that any in-person interactions are safe and compliant with local health guidelines. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Ways counselling centres can prepare for student mental health needs Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

Culinary programs and schools across Ontario are continuing to strategize in-person delivery options amid challenges spurred by the pandemic. For example, culinary students at Conestoga College will be returning to campus next week to begin an intensive three-week practical program to complete the winter semester. Such programs will be run at half-capacity, or about 12 students, and will include other protocols like screening students before they enter kitchens and mandatory PPE. Keith Muller, chair of Conestoga’s School of Hospitality and Culinary arts, said the hope is to get back to full-time, on-campus education soon. "Things should improve by January unless something else happens," he said. "I think it will be a year to 18 months before we stabilize completely. The important thing is the health of the staff and the students, so we can't rush into a full re-opening." CBC (ON)

ON culinary programs begin welcoming students back to campus with new protocols Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

The University of Victoria’s Students’ Society (UVSS) has successfully negotiated for increased transparency and training for the university’s Campus Security (CSEC). In terms of accountability, the UVSS is having ongoing discussions about what those measures will look like and is advocating for transparency within CSEC. The UVSS was also successful in campaigning for additional CSEC training that would be focused on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training. All CSEC staff will complete this training by the end of the summer. “One of the big gaps was the ICAT training that was neither mandatory nor encouraged really,” said UVSS Director of Student Affairs Dalal Tubeishat. “We recommended assistance in ICAT and they immediately said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it, we’ll have it done by the end of the summer.’ So that was great to see on UVic’s end of things.” Martlet | NationTalk (BC)

UVic student society negotiates increased training, accountability measures for campus security Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

Postsecondary students at McGill University and Ryerson University are rallying for the removal of statues of the universities’ founders, given their links to settler-colonial and racist policies and practices. At McGill, students are advocating for the removal of a state of the institution’s founder, James McGill. Arguing that as a slave owner, students state that McGill should not be honoured in this public space. Meanwhile at Ryerson, over 600 students, faculty members, and organizations have signed a petition asking the statue of Egerton Ryerson be removed due to his role in the residential school system. In response, McGill has indicated that the institution is launching a study into the university’s links with slavery and colonialism, while Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi said the school is open to discussions about removing the statue. CBC (McGill) | National Post (Ryerson) (National)

Institutions under pressure to remove campus statues of founders with ties to colonialism, slavery Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

Redeemer University is facing criticism from LGBTQ alumni and students who say that a school’s Student Conduct and Accountability Policy is discriminatory. CBC reports that the policy states that Redeemer disciplines students for “sexual misconduct” that includes “sexual intimacies which occur outside of a heterosexual marriage.” The policy reportedly applies beyond campus. Redeemer President Robert Graham pointed to the Ontario Human Rights Code sections 18 and 24, which protect Redeemer’s right to operate in accordance with its religious beliefs. Human rights experts stated that the policy could lead to lawsuits and human rights complaints for the private university. CBC (ON)

Redeemer alumni, students say policy is discriminatory Top Ten 08/05/2020 - 03:48 08/05/2020 - 03:30

The Government of British Columbia has announced $5M in funding to create a new research chair at Thompson Rivers University that will help improve wildfire prediction and response in the province. The British Columbia Research Chair in Predictive Services, Emergency Management and Fire Science will support wildfire data modelling in the heart of wildfire country, as well as explore the relationship between climate change and its effect on wildfire risk. “I would like to thank our research partners – the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) – and the mayors of Prince George, Kelowna and Kamloops who were integral in putting this forward,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “Continued collaboration with these partners and others, including First Nations, BC Wildfire Service and EMBC, will ensure B.C. has the latest and best information to prevent and respond to wildfires.” An appointment to the research chair is expected later this year. BC | CBC (BC)

TRU receives $5M for research chair to support wildfire prediction, response Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

Canada’s language schools have proposed the Study Safe Corridor initiative, a plan to bring 40,000 international students to Canada over the next months to learn English and French. Waiting on approval from the federal government, the plan would see Air Canada provide charter flights to bring COVID-screened students—ranging in age from teenagers to people in their 30s and 40s—into the country in order to inject an estimated $533M of export revenue into the Canadian economy by March 2021. Some health officials have expressed concern about “the health risks of bringing so many foreign nationals to Canada.” However, Emrah Oyman, executive director of operations at Toronto's Mentora Language Academy, said that he and his colleagues are confident that the safety measures of the plan are “bulletproof” and “very robust.” CBC (National)

Language schools propose initiative to bring 40,000 international students into Canada Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

McGill University’s Department of Philosophy has received a $2M donation from The Jarislowsky Foundation to help establish a new research chair position aimed at bridging the gap between technology and pressing ethical, social and political questions. The Chair, to be named the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Technology and Human Nature, will bring together a deep understanding of new technology along with a strong philosophical perspective on the many issues inherent in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies which are rapidly changing our world. The donation will be matched by McGill in order to endow the Chair’s total cost of $4M. “Having a Chair who straddles the world of technology and the world of philosophy will enable us to contribute to the public debate about some of the most important issues that are emerging in our society,” says Ian Gold, McGill professor. McGill (QC)

McGill receives, matches $2M donation to establish research chair in technology, human nature Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

Cape Breton University researchers have received $1.3M in funding to lead a national research initiative on the importance of affordable rental housing for those in greatest need. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the project will aim to inform affordable housing policies and programs nationwide. Regional partners, such as Public Health - Nova Scotia Health Authority, New Dawn Enterprises, and the Community Entity on Homelessness, will collaborate on the project, as will postsecondary institutions such as the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia. “The partnered research we have conducted with CBU over the past few years has been highly relevant and impactful,” notes Fred Deveaux, Executive Director of Cape Breton Community Housing Association. “This is an incredible opportunity to continue that work, to partner with others across the country, and to inform affordable housing policy and practice here and across Canada.” NationTalk (NS)

CBU receives $1.3M to lead national research on affordable rental housing Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

“While postsecondary students have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in numerous ways, they have been hit particularly hard in their ability to find work and earn wages over the summer,” writes Jeffrey Napierala. To understand the scope of postsecondary students’ financial challenges amid COVID-19, the author outlines the various ways students can be impacted, from acknowledging that students typically occupy some of the lowest skilled jobs in the Canadian economy, to an analysis of the shortfalls of the Canadian Student Emergency Benefit Program. “When students return to school in September — in whatever form that takes — instructors, administrators and student service professionals should be sensitive not only to students’ learning needs as they adjust to new modes of program delivery, but also to issues related to financial hardship that the pandemic may have caused them and their families,” concludes Napierala. It’s Not Academic (National)

Postsecondary students are struggling financially amid pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

BCcampus has launched a toolkit that will support postsecondary institutions and educators select and adapt resources for institutional sexualized violence and misconduct (SVM) training. Developed with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the openly licensed book guides users through brainstorming specific needs, to evaluating existing sexual violence training and resources. “It has been so rewarding to work with the subject-matter experts across the teaching and learning sector of BC,” said BCcampus Project Manager Robynne Devine. “The SVM Toolkit they’ve created is a phenomenal resource that will support PSIs in their evaluation of SVM training, so they can determine what is right for their post-secondary community.” BCcampus (BC)

BCcampus launches open, accessible sexual violence, misconduct toolkit for BC PSIs Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

Confederation College has announced a formal Commitment for its first year, first semester students that will allow them to experience a Confederation education risk-free until October 7. The Commitment stipulates that if students decide the current learning environment is not for them at this time, they can withdraw as late as October 7, 2020 without academic penalty and receive a full tuition refund, including their tuition fees and deposit. “This commitment underlines this fact and assures students that they can expect a positive learning experience this fall,” said Confederation President Kathleen Lynch. The Commitment is being made for the Fall semester only. Confederation | CBC (ON)

Confederation launches Fall term money-back commitment for first year, full-time students Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

A petition for all final exams for the summer semester to be held online has been launched by Dawson College students. While summer semester classes at the college were online, it was decided that certain exams for such courses would take place at the school in-person. However, signatories of the petition indicate that they do not feel safe writing exams at the school. “If the whole semester is online, then it doesn’t make any sense to bring us to the college to take the final exam,” commented one Dawson student, Miryam Guirguis. Dawson Academic Dean, Diane Gauvin stated in an email Thursday that measures for the exams – such as social distancing, waring of masks, and hand hygiene – “meet or exceed” government and public health guidelines. Montreal Gazette (QC)

Dawson students petition in-person summer exams, ask for move to online Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

Dalhousie University has launched a 12-week online course that helps learners develop the necessary skills to use positive reinforcement to train animals. Positive Animal Training: The Science of Applied Behaviour Analysis through Extended Learning features a collaborative approach to learning by working one-on-one with learners to track participants and their animals progress as they apply theory and scientific research to practice. The course is open to owners of any species. “Whether you are doing nail trims on a dog, taking blood from a tiger or teaching a horse to put on a halter,” states a Dal release, “this course is beneficial and will improve the communication and trust between you and the animal you are working with.” Dal (NS)

Dal launches online, extended-learning positive reinforcement pet training course Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has announced that the Psychology First Aid telephone line program developed by Psychology Professor Lesley Lutes will transition into two online solutions: A virtual walk-in well-being clinic, and an email-assisted online therapy program. The program, which allows anyone in BC free access to a clinical psychologist during the pandemic, has been supported by private donor funding, the university, and partnerships with BCPA, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Kelty’s Key. “After reviewing the data, both from the teletherapy service and the psychological impacts and implications globally, it’s clear that people are in need of the next step in care,” says Lutes. “The telephone-based service was the first step, but many folks are now in need of skills for psychological recovery or intervention.” UBCO | Global News (BC)

UBCO takes Psychology First Aid offering online Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 03:58 08/04/2020 - 03:30

Statistics Canada has released a new study that presents estimates of the cumulative earning losses that this year’s graduating classes could experience in the next five years, depending on the scale of the economic downturn. The study investigates five scenarios for this year's youth unemployment rate – 16%, 19%, 22%, 25%, and 28% – in comparison with the long-term historical average of 14.3%. The researchers note that, with an unemployment rate of 28% for example, students belonging to the 2020 class of high school, college, and bachelor's degree graduates could lose up to $44K over the next five years. While the report notes that these potential losses do not outweigh the potential long-term earning benefits for persons who attain a postsecondary degree, they warn that other factors will impact graduates’ earnings. For example, the report notes that “this year's female postsecondary graduates may incur larger earnings losses during the next five years than their male counterparts.” StatsCan | The Globe and Mail (National)

StatsCan releases study on potential earnings losses among high school, postsecondary graduates Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

Canada's Ocean Supercluster announced $29M in total funding for the Ocean Aware project, an initiative that will see Dalhousie University and Memorial University work alongside industry and government to develop and commercialize solutions for monitoring fish health, fish movement, and the environment. Ocean Aware will develop world leading aquaculture technology to monitor fish health; new approaches to stock assessment modeling and predictive fishing in the wild fishery, and; innovative and increased capability to monitor marine life around fixed subsea structures. “The Ocean Aware project is a great example of the supercluster's ability to bring together a variety of industry partners to develop new aquaculture technology and further support sustainable fishing practices,” said Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains. Newswire (NL, NS)

Ocean Supercluster announces $29M in funding for Ocean Aware project Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced a $19.4M investment in infrastructure upgrades at nine of Nova Scotia Community College’s 14 campuses. The upgrades include exterior wall upgrades, an upgrade to the culinary kitchen, and upgrades to the campus residence washrooms to make these gender neutral and fully accessible. “These funds are extremely important investments in our campuses, which are situated across Nova Scotia and serve as both important educational centres and community resources, said NSCC President Don Bureaux. “By addressing these much-needed repairs now, we’re able to reduce our future costs and extend the life of our campuses.” NS (NS)

NS invests $19.4M in infrastructure upgrades for NSCC campuses Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

The University of King’s College has extended its financial sponsorship of J-School Noire (JSN), an educational initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ). The financial commitment will ensure that Black youth across Nova Scotia will be trained and mentored by Black media professionals in 2021-22. “JSN is unique in that we are connecting Black youth with Black journalists for a hands-on, on-campus learning experience,” said Nadia Stewart, CABJ Executive Director. “By empowering youth to tell their own stories, we’re giving them the tools and connecting them with mentors who’ll help them find their voice and even launch their own platforms. These kids are the future of this industry.” U of King’s College (NS)

U of King’s College announces funding extension for J-School Noire Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

In this essay, George Velestsianos, Nicole Johnson, and Jeff Seaman provide “a snapshot of 273 faculty and administrator perspectives on whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of higher education over the next 2 years.” Overall, respondents reported to be slightly more optimistic than pessimistic over the future of higher ed; however, administrators are far more optimistic than faculty (55% vs 41%) and faculty are far more pessimistic than administrators (48% vs 22%) in terms of their perception of this future. Reasons for pessimism centered on the compounding financial challenges of higher ed, while reasons for optimism clustered around themes of higher ed’s role in times of crisis, how the pandemic provides an opportunity for positive change and the value of higher education. Academic Matters (National)

Imagining the future of higher ed in Canada from administrator, faculty perspectives: Study Top Ten 08/04/2020 - 11:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

Concordia University of Edmonton has launched a Master of Science in Information Technology program. The MScIT will teach students how to identify and deal with complex and unpredictable professional IT environments as they develop the necessary soft skills to communicate ideas, issues, and conclusions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. The program includes an industry internship designed to enhance students’ skills and real-world experience. “There is a demand and vibrant labour market for IT professionals across our province and country,” said Concordia Edmonton Dean of Science Patrick Kamau. “We look forward to welcoming our first MScIT students in September and seeing all that they accomplish throughout their professional careers.” Concordia Edmonton (1) | Concordia Edmonton (2) (AB)

Concordia Edmonton launches Master of Science in Information Technology program Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

The University of Victoria has established a new fund supporting researchers as they find solutions to make communities stronger and bolster their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UVic Research Accelerator Fund, will allow donors to empower researchers in various initiatives and projects such as a rapid, non-invasive tests and virus-resistant surface coatings. “UVic researchers are driving recovery from COVID-19,” said Lisa Kalynchuk, UVic Vice-President, Research. “Donor support unlocks and accelerates research with local and global relevance. The UVic Research Accelerator Fund advances big ideas to make real change in our everyday lives over the long term.” UVic (BC)

UVic establishes Research Accelerator Fund to support COVID-19 recovery research Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

The College of the North Atlantic has announced the launch of an Accelerated Software Development (Post-Diploma) program beginning September 2020. The one-year, full-time program will ensure that graduates are meeting skilled technological needs that today’s businesses demand, while at the same time, filling the labour gaps identified by industry. “We are confident that these programs will provide existing graduates with a strong combination of technical and theoretical skills, as well as the ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom that will ultimately better prepare them for work in this burgeoning sector,” said CAN Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology Stephen Warren. CNA (NL)

CNA launches Accelerated Software Development (Post-Diploma) program Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

The University of the Fraser Valley and the UFV Faculty Association have ratified the 2019-2022 Collective Agreement under the Government of British Columbia’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. The three-year agreement, expiring March 2022, includes an annual general wage increase of 2%, updated gender-neutral collective agreement language, and increased extended health care coverage. In addition, the agreement includes advances in Indigenization. Other notable aspects of the agreement include, the establishment of a Service Improvement Training fund for staff employees, as well as the creation of a Faculty/Student Research and Scholarly Activity Fund. UFV (BC)

UFV, Faculty Association ratify 2019-2022 Collective Agreement Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

“In order to fulfill their commitments to EDI [Equity, Diversity, Inclusion], Canadian universities must critically evaluate the selection and retention of racialized people at various stages of the academy,” writes Evelyn Asiedu. However, in order to accomplish this, the author argues that such institutions should begin collecting race-based data to help understand the scope and breadth of the problem. While there are many steps that need to be taken to ensure the integrity of such data collection processes, the author suggests other ways individuals and institutions can begin to address equity issues, including talking to friends and colleagues, as well as considering if EDI policies are being effectively implemented. Maclean’s (National)

Addressing equity issues through race-based data collection at Canada Universities: Opinion Top Ten 07/31/2020 - 03:52 07/31/2020 - 03:30

St Clair College has signed an articulation agreement with Lawrence Tech University that will provide a pathway for St Clair advanced business diploma graduates into two Master’s degree programs at the American university. Specifically, the agreement will allow graduates of the college’s three-year Business Administration diplomas in Marketing, Accounting, Finance, or Human Resources to enter directly into a Master of Business Administration program or Master of Science in Information Technology program at Lawrence Tech. The agreement will also see St Clair students’ application fee waived and the students will receive a 30% discount on tuition and fees. "The fact that Lawrence Tech is also offering our students significant discounts of their tuition and fees will, I believe, lead many St. Clair grads to take advantage of this unique cross-border partnership," said St Clair President Patti France. St Clair (ON, International)

St Clair signs cross-border agreement to provide pathways to master’s degree Top Ten 07/30/2020 - 03:57 07/30/2020 - 03:30

Memorial University has launched a new Indigenous research policy as part of their ongoing, interconnected work of truth, reconciliation, and renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples. The policy is designed to ensure MUN researchers are accountable to the existing research, priorities, and ethics processes of Indigenous groups, and requires researchers to engage with Indigenous groups at the very start of the research process in order to put them on a good path as projects develop. “This policy formalizes the importance that Memorial University places in creating a reciprocally beneficial partnership that is strengthened through early dialogue and relationship building – one that is designed to create inclusive, responsive and mutually useful research,” said Michele Wood, a community member in Labrador who is Inuk. MUN | CBC (NL)

MUN launches Indigenous Research Policy Top Ten 07/30/2020 - 03:57 07/30/2020 - 03:30

Western University and St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation have partnered to establish the William and Lynne Gray Research Chair in Mobility & Activity within Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Described by Western as the first of its kind in Canada, the new position was made possible due to a $2.5M donation from William and Lynne Gray, which Western has matched through its Matching Chairs Program. The Chair will play a central role in the Faculty’s research, which aims to understand, improve, restore, and manage mobility outcomes that affect people throughout all stages of life. “We are thrilled to be growing our partnership with St. Joseph’s and Parkwood and are thankful for this investment in the Faculty of Health Sciences that will help us advance our joint mission of creating better tomorrows,” said Jayne Garland, Faculty of Health Sciences Dean. Western (ON)

Western, St Joseph’s partner to create Research Chair in Mobility & Activity Top Ten 07/30/2020 - 03:57 07/30/2020 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Legal Studies for Fall 2021. The program will provide students with an understanding of law and judicial processes in Canada and, in the global context, will enable students to evaluate the relationship between legal institutions, society, and governance. “We have developed an expertise here at U of G in law and politics that extends beyond criminal justice, with the largest faculty complement of law and politics scholars in Canada,” said UofGuelph Professor Troy Riddell. “We want to share that expertise with students so they understand the broader law and justice issues in the stories they’re reading about in the news every day.” UofGuelph (ON)

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Due to low enrolment numbers, the New Brunswick Community College has announced that they have had to suspend some of their Fall programming. CBC reports that NBCC’s Saint Andrews campus was especially impacted, as both the culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management program and international travel and tourism program have been suspended. Students entering their second year of the suspended programs will still be able to finish their studies. Other suspended programs include welding, carpentry, and child and youth care. NBCC President Mary Butler attributed low enrolment to the closure of international borders and students’ hesitancy to enrol in programs connected to industries that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. CBC (NB)

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“It’s not too late to make the Fall semester a worthwhile experience for our students,” writes Steven Mintz. In the spirit of making “the best of a bad situation,” the author offers seven strategies for making the Fall semester better than the Spring. These tactics include dividing first-year students into learning communities that share a common interest; employing work-study students as coaches and peer mentors; making career preparation opportunities widely available; and offering large interdisciplinary problem-solving courses. “The institutions that will most successfully navigate today’s treacherous waters are those that will offer and deliver the experience that students and their parents find most compelling,” concludes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International)

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Canadian students attending postsecondary education in the United States this Fall are continuing to weigh their options amid continued non-essential border travel bans. While education is considered essential travel, reports indicate that some students have had trouble trying to cross the border, especially those enrolled in summer semester courses that were offered primarily online. Amy Senger, Assistant Director of the University of North Dakota, believes that such challenges should not be a problem given that many American schools will offer some in-person classes. However, students also expressed broader concerns about not being able to bring friends and family across the border to provide support during move-ins and transitions, as well as planning for a 14-day quarantine period when they arrive. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

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