Top Ten

April 6, 2022

YorkU opens Media Creation Lab in Scott Library

York University’s Scott Library has opened a new Media Creation Lab. The Media Creation Lab is equipped with audio and video recording equipment, an audio-visual media creation space, VR spaces and headsets, and a sound-isolated podcasting booth. Through the lab, students and faculty will be able to access new tools, develop their skills, and try out media production technologies. The lab is developed with both remote and in-house use in mind, and the library will provide instructional workshops and assistance to users needing direction. “Here at the York University’s Media Creation Lab, we facilitate the discovery and the creation of knowledge using digital media,” said YorkU Digital Scholarship Librarian Kris Joseph. “This is a place where knowledge is moved, consumed, repurposed and created.” YorkU (ON)

UBC implements new sexual misconduct reporting system, reports increase by 83%

CBC reports that the number of sexual misconduct reports at the University of British Columbia increased by 83% between May 1, 2021 and February 15, 2022. UBC Director of Investigations Carly Stanhope explained that the university has implemented a new reporting system that allows victims to report misconduct virtually, at their own pace, and without cross-examination. Stanhope explained that the increase may be a result of people feeling more comfortable reporting sexual misconduct since the new reporting setup allows victims to report misconduct virtually, at their own pace, and without cross-examination. “My hope is that in taking this approach, we’re creating a process that people actually trust and feel safe enough to go through,” said Stanhope. “It’s always hard to talk about a traumatic event, but we do everything that we can to minimize traumatization through our processes.” The centre has hired an additional investigator to provide support on the increased caseload. CBC (BC)

NBCCD launches Honeybee Folk School

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design has launched the Honeybee Folk School. The folk school school is a continuing education initiative focused on regenerative living that will offer non-credit sustainability and traditional skills classes to the public. The school will host Seasonal Gatherings with courses in topics such as knife-making, urban gardening, basketry, natural dyes, and the Wolastoqey language; as well as evening and weekend classes and workshops throughout the year. The school will not have exams or final grades, but will focus on letting students express themselves and develop a passion for lifelong learning. “NBCCD recognizes the importance of doing better, living better, and creating better,” said NBCCD Director Dr Carrie Nolan. “As an institution of learning, it is our responsibility to weave knowledge into our community that will benefit its regenerative practices for years to come.” NBCCD (NB)

BC doubles number of subsidized seats at WCVM to address vet shortage

In response to the veterinary shortage across Canada, the Government of British Columbia has doubled the number of subsidized seats available for BC residents at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. BC will invest $10.68M in doubling the funded seats available for first-year veterinary students to allow 40 students to enter the school with funding this Fall. The funding will allow more students to complete veterinary education without paying the high tuition costs associated with an unfunded seat. To address veterinary burnout, CBC reports that WCVM has added a resiliency program to its curriculum that teaches students personal and business finance, communication, and teamwork so that they are better equipped to manage the difficult circumstances they are likely to experience in their careers. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Energetic City (CP) (BC)

Canada announces over $45M for 102 research projects

The Government of Canada has announced over $45M in funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund to support 102 research projects in social, cultural, economic, health, and technological areas. The funding will go to 751 researchers across the country who are conducting research on topics such as amphibious housing for Indigenous populations, root system architectures, and Black creativity, “Today’s investment in Canadian researchers demonstrates our government’s confidence in Canadians to find innovative solutions,” said federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. “With ambitious Canadian talent, we are drastically improving the lives of all Canadians.” Canada (National)

BCcampus announces launch of ABE ZTC program

After four years of work developing materials, BCcampus has announced the launch of the BC Adult Basic Education (ABE) Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) program. The ABE ZTC program includes 40 total resources in topics such as English, math, and computer studies. All resources align with the appropriate learning outcomes in BC’s ABE articulation handbook, and many include materials such as assignment guides, answer keys, and lab manuals. Using these resources, students can complete all four ABE certificate levels and complete a British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma without spending money on textbooks. BCcampus (BC)

SLC integrates International Education team, Student Affairs division

St Lawrence College has announced that it has integrated its International Education team and its Student Affairs division to support SLC’s vision of global engagement and improve student success through the “one college, one student” approach. Shelley Aylesworth-Spink, SLC’s new Vice President, Student Success, will lead the integrated team. “This integration weaves a global perspective through all of the ways we support our students and aligns to our commitment to operational excellence and student enrichment,” says SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “[O]ur College looks at opportunities like exchange experiences, hosting international students, and our global alumni network as extensions of our core business and services, not the primary responsibility of any one division.” SLC (ON)

UQAM launches Observatoire québécois de l’autisme

The Université du Québec à Montréal and its partners have announced the launch of the Observatoire québécois de l’autisme. The Observatoire will develop an understanding of people with autism, their families, and the challenges they face. Researchers will develop a confidential and voluntary database to inform the creation of an information dashboard for people with autism and their families, as well as organizations providing services. The Observatoire will also develop a chatbot adapted to autism that can help people communicate more effectively. UQAM (QC)

ULethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business launches new finance diploma

The University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business has launched a new finance diploma. The diploma includes experiential training opportunities such as simulations, live portfolio management, and a paid work term option. Graduates can pursue professional designations such as the Qualified Associate Financial Planner and Canadian Securities Course and will be prepared for careers in banking, finance, and risk management. The program is offered through primarily face-to-face instruction with blended and online courses. Graduates will be able to ladder into the Bachelor of Management. ULethbridge (AB)

Researchers should include historical context for problematic researchers: Opinion

Scientific researchers should be able to include information about racist, supremacist histories advocated for by the researchers they are citing, writes Clara del Junco. Del Junco describes the experience of submitting a paper that cited an equation proposed by a British statistician for the purpose of eugenics. The author included a footnote providing context on the statistician’s supremacist and discriminatory views that was eventually removed by the journal editor, as the editor considered the note to be a personal statement. Del Junco argues that such context belongs in scientific articles and should not be relegated solely to other forums and seminars, which some researchers may not engage with. Instead, the author recommends including information in places where all scientists are already active, such as conference talks, classes, and papers. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)