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BY FANIE PELLETIER & ELAINE STOTT | April 07 2022

Strategic investments are needed to support all stakeholders in the transition to research equity.

Canadian science could benefit enormously if all research articles in the country were made freely available to anyone immediately upon publication. But there are significant barriers that need to be overcome to achieve this. Last year, 30 per cent of Canadian research was published as paid open ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/is-canada-ready-for-open-access/
In my opinion
BY JAMES SOUTHWORTH | April 06 2022

Rather than transmitting course content, in-person class time should be dedicated toward deep and transformative learning.

After two years of remote teaching and learning, we are facing some strong headwinds. Habits have changed. Students have grown accustomed to learning course content in an asynchronous manner. This comes with many benefits. With more autonomy over when, where and how they learn, students have the fle...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/will-covid-forever-flip-learning/
In my opinion
BY MARIA ASSIF, SONJA NIKKILA & SHIVON SUE-CHEE | March 23 2022

One thing we are hopeful about is that as a result of the pandemic, our pedagogy will have to become more flexible and dynamic.

For most of us in North America, March 2020 marks the first COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent life-altering decisions and consequences. In education, we shifted to online teaching and learning almost instantaneously, and we extended ourselves to do what we do best: teach and inspire. We attended doz...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/finding-our-way-back-home-a-vision-of-post-pandemic-classrooms/
Sponsored Content
BY SARAH REUTER | March 07 2022

Thanks to new technologies it’s never been easier to have an inclusive, hybrid classroom.

March 2020 was a turning point for postsecondary institutions around the world. As lecture halls sat empty and classes resumed through a screen, centuries-old methods and processes of both teaching and learning were transformed. Now, nearly two years into the pandemic, it’s safe to assume that ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/magazine/sponsored-content/adapting-to-the-campus-of-the-future/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | February 03 2022
The Ottawa Citizen Continue reading As Canada transitions towards a gre...
https://universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-feb-3-2022/
In my opinion
BY WILLEMIEKE KOUWENHOVEN, SARAH GRASEDIECK & EDRIS MADADIAN | January 26 2022

Redefining how university and institutional administrations see this vulnerable population of highly skilled workers is an important first step toward countering inequity and mending the gender gap in academia.

This past summer, the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) proposed to its members to change the French version of its name, l'Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (ACSP). The reason behind this proposed change was to remove the word “stagiaire” which translates to...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-administrative-ambiguity-and-devaluating-language-hurts-canadian-postdocs/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | January 20 2022
CTV News Continue reading Freeland floated the idea of the tax credit in last year's fe...
https://universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-20-2022/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | January 17 2022
Times Higher Education Continue reading Trudeau government set to fulfil campaign promise for version of legendary U.S. innovation agency, amid mixed expert assessmen...
https://universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-15-2022/
Responsibilities May Include
BY SAMANTHA CHANG, CRISTINA D’AMICO & MICHAL KASPRZAK | January 10 2022

Educational development is an alt-ac career that leverages teaching experience and ‘enhances the work of colleges and universities, with a focus on teaching and learning.’

Continue reading for graduate researchers have grown over the past decade. Inside the university, these careers can be as diverse as grant...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/finding-your-voice-in-educational-development/
In my opinion
BY MERIC GERTLER | January 06 2022

The higher education community must act as a guiding light as we return to more in-person activities.

quote>Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written in November 2021, before the Omicron variant forced the shutdown of campuses across the country.quote> Many of Canada’s university campuses continue to come back to life this winter, as in-person activity ramps u...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/what-do-universities-owe-canadians/
News
BY TARA SIEBARTH | December 31 2021

December 23, 2021

 

Winter 2022 semesters will mostly start online across the country

  British Columbia Most universities in British Columbia are planning on returning to in-person learning for the Winter 2022 semester. This comes after a...
https://universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-december-2021/
Features
BY UA/AU | December 30 2021
As an eventful 2021 comes to an end, here are the stories and issues that shaped the year in Canadian higher education. Re-enjoy some of our award-winning content during your holiday break. And in the spirit of the season, share this newsletter with anyone in your network who may not know about UA. ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/2021-canadian-higher-education-in-review/
It’s never just academic
BY ALEXANDRE BEAUPRÉ-LAVALLÉE | December 07 2021

The University of Ottawa’s report on academic freedom is only the latest in a long list of reports that miss the opportunity to bring the discussion to a higher level.

The saga of academic freedom at the University of Ottawa is likely coming to a close. The committee on academic freedom has submitted its report, and while it will probably have an effect on U of Ottawa, https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/its-never-just-academic/the-bastarache-report-wont-set-any-precedents-but-i-hope-im-wrong/
In my opinion
BY EMIL MARMOL & TYLER EVANS-TOKARYK | November 30 2021

How a course on the science of learning evolved into the importance of mental health in academic skills development.

Our experience teaching a first-year transition course has highlighted the challenges that students have faced during the pandemic. The course presents peer-reviewed scholarship on the science of learning and explores recent research on the most effective ways to develop and practice foundational ac...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/what-the-pandemic-taught-us-mental-health-is-a-necessary-condition-for-learning/
News
BY TARA SIEBARTH | November 30 2021

November 24, 2021

USask will bring back in-person lectures of 200 or more students

The University of Saskatchewan is announcing more in-person instruction for the winter team, according to the https://universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-november-2021/
Global Campus
BY LYN-MARIE FARLEY & YASSIN SAGNIA | November 29 2021

The way forward should be collaborative if we are to retain the students we recruit.

According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), at the end of 2020 there were 530,540 international student study permit holders in the country. That represented a 17 per cent decrease from the previous year – a first in almost two decades – as reported by the Canadian Bureau fo...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/global-campus/leveraging-campus-partnerships-to-nurture-international-student-persistence/
Graduate Matters
BY ALAA ALSAAFIN, KEVIN KUANG, MARIA MERCADO, NANA LEE & REINHART REITHMEIER | November 11 2021

Making sure your program content is curated to your specific audience is key.

In an effort to support trainees in their transition from academia to a career, a group of graduate students and faculty members in partnership with the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences organized the Life Sciences Career Expo (LSCE), a multi-day career conference for life science trainees ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/graduate-matters/five-lessons-learned-planning-a-virtual-life-sciences-career-conference/
Features
BY JULIE CAFLEY | October 27 2021

An expert on leadership in higher education explores the reasons women are less likely to be appointed president, and why so many have unfinished mandates.

“Any unfinished presidential mandate is a failure in board governance – they either hired the wrong person or they fired the wrong person.” Those are the words of David Turpin, former president of the universities of Victoria and Alberta. My own work, as a rese...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-struggle-for-gender-equity-in-university-leadership/
In my opinion
BY PATRICK SANAGHAN | October 25 2021

Lessons learned from successful campus implementation efforts.

Over the past 30 years I have helped facilitate 120 strategic plans on campuses in the United States and Canada. Most plans are well written and aspirational. But when it comes to implementing them, unfortunately many campuses are less than successful. Over the past two years I have done a “deep d...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/7-tips-for-executing-a-strategic-plan-successfully/
Career Advice
BY GABRIELLE BREWER | October 18 2021

Universities need to offer more opportunities and resources to the 80 per cent of graduate students who will not end up as tenure track professors.

I find it troubling that an overwhelming majority of graduate students don’t know where their PhD is going to lead them. Simply asking, “when will you be finished?” or “what do you want to do after your PhD?” can be viewed as taboo. With tenure track position availability on the decline, a...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/empowering-the-other-80-per-cent-changing-graduate-student-career-outlooks-through-mentorship-programs/
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