Top Ten

February 16, 2021

CAUL-CBUA launches OER platform

The Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA) has launched an open educational resource (OER) platform called the AtlanticOER-RELAtlantique. The platform allows educators to create OERs using Pressbooks, which students will be able to access for free, decreasing the financial burden of postsecondary education. Educators are also eligible for course development grants from CAUL-CBUA. “We are thrilled to see AtlanticOER officially launch, joining the incredible work of the open education community across the country”, said Cynthia Holt, Executive Director of CAUL-CBUA. “Both Educators and students can take advantage of AtlanticOER, enabling educators to create flexible and relevant learning materials while saving students money. It is a win-win situation”. CAUL-CBUA (National)

Mohawk opens Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology

Mohawk College has opened the Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology. The new complex includes classroom space, access to aircraft, and labs. The facility will allow all of Mohawk’s aviation programs to be delivered in one location and double Mohawk’s aviation enrolment capacity. “We are excited to have our students training in this impressive new facility. And we are grateful to all of the industry partners who have supported us in this huge project,” said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. “With this state-of-the-art training facility and the innovative training equipment we can now offer our students, we are confident Mohawk College will soon become one of the top Aviation training colleges in Canada.” Mohawk (ON)

Developing and offering cutting-edge programs: Opinion

Postsecondary institutions need to pay close attention to programs that have a connection to cutting-edge fields, writes Goldie Blumenstyk. The author describes five themes to guide those interested in offering innovative programs. Blumenstyk notes that it is important to teach basic skills rather than focus on trendy topics, to be cautious when starting new programs, and to own mistakes about programs and be willing to proactively cut programs that are not working. The author also emphasizes the importance of finding and retaining qualified faculty members and intentionally reaching out to students build awareness of the programs that are available. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Niagara announces three new apprenticeship programs

Niagara College has announced that it will be offering three new apprenticeship programs: Industrial Mechanic Millwright, General Carpenter, and Industrial Electrician. The programs aim to address the need for skilled workers in the region. Classes are offered twice a week at night so that apprentices can work while completing their education. “We are proud to offer these three new apprenticeship programs at Niagara College,” says Jeff Murrell, associate dean, School of Trades at Niagara. “We saw an increased need for these skills from employers in our community and we are looking forward to providing the technical, hands-on learning experiences that registered apprentices need to complete their training for these lucrative, in-demand trades.” Niagara | CBC (ON)

UQAT launches certificate in Aboriginal governance

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s École d'études autochtones has announced the launch of a certificate in Aboriginal governance. The certificat en gouvernance autochtone is geared toward meeting the needs of Indigenous people who are interested in deepening their knowledge in areas such as Aboriginal leadership, communication, and policy. The course covers topics such as Aboriginal legal traditions, the media, and land claims. The 30-credit program provides general and multidisciplinary training and is offered remotely with options for full- and part-time studies. UQuébec (QC)

SFU Student Society strongly supports proposal to construct gondola

Simon Fraser University’s Student Society has sent a letter of support to Burnaby City Council for a proposal to construct a gondola to the top of Burnaby Mountain. The gondola would replace bus routes between the Production Way University SkyTrain Station and SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus. Global News explains that accessing SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus can be chaotic during snowstorms and that transit is frequently over-crowded. “Transit right now is just not sufficient for the amount of people going up and down Burnaby mountain,” said Simon Fraser Student Society president Osob Mohamed. “On top of that, a lot of our students do care about having a safer, more time-efficient and eco-friendly method of transportation.” CTV News | Global News (BC)

No evidence personal data was stolen during Sask Polytech cyberattack

After an investigation by cybersecurity experts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced there is no evidence that personal data was taken in the cyberattack last fall. Sask Polytech has confirmed that they did not pay a ransom, and that the motive for the attack has still not been discovered. CBC says that out of caution Sask Polytech has used a phased approach to restoring online systems and services; almost all of its services have since been restored. In response to the incident Sask Polytech has increased its security and has provided education to students and staff on identifying malicious emails. CBC | Global News (SK)

UQTR receives $2.2M for Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent

The Université du Québec’s Trois-Rivières campus will receive $2.2M from the federal government to support the Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent (CNIMI), which is currently under construction in Drummondville. The investment will be used to acquire, install, and program digital technologies and equipment, and will support the acquisition and implementation of new software. CNIMI also plans to use the funds to help manufacturing companies in transitioning to smart manufacturing using digital technologies. The investment is expected to boost the regional economic recovery. UQuébec (QC)

ON postsecondary institutions discourage students from traveling over break

Ontario postsecondary institutions are encouraging students to avoid travel over the winter break. Guelph Mercury Tribune reports that the University of Guelph, which has had 67 cases of COVID-19 associated with an outbreak on campus, is recommending that students who are in self-isolation and students who live in residence stay put for the break. The University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo have sent notes to students discouraging them from traveling during the break. “If you must travel home for the break, consider a self-quarantine or reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before travel,” said UWaterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur. “You should do the same before coming back to Waterloo.” Guelph Mercury Tribune | CBC (ON)

Laurentian given deadline to create plan, community members advocate for provincial support

Laurentian University has been given until April 30th by Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz to present a plan to put its finances in order, reports The Sudbury Star. A special advisor has been appointed to help with the financial restructuring. CBC reports that a group of community members has formed to advocate for Laurentian. One of the group’s concerns is the provincial cuts to postsecondary funding. “I’d like to do anything I can to help save our university,” said Liana Holm, a member of the Sudbury and District Labour Council. “I’m very afraid that if we don’t step in now and ask Ross Romano to come to the table to talk about government funding, then we’re going to lose that opportunity.” The Sudbury Star | CBC (ON)