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BY MOIRA MACDONALD | June 09 2021

Moving to online delivery of programs and services forced universities to be creative. Here are some of the initiatives they’ll keep as we return to campus in person this fall.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the last year has yielded a motherlode of innovations at Canadian universities as they responded to the everchanging demands due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What might first have been a temporary shift made in the thick of a c...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-new-normal-on-campus/
Career Advice
BY CHRIS CORNTHWAITE | June 04 2021

Why more PhDs should transition to public policy and how they can do it.

I didn’t really know what public policy was before I came to Ottawa. My PhD was in religious studies and I happily spent my days studying papyri from Hellenistic Egypt and religious observation in ancient Greece. Of course, I’d heard of public policy, usually on the news where they would talk ab...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/from-phd-to-policy-leader/
Responsibilities May Include
BY ANDREW CHURCHILL | June 02 2021

You still need compelling content while also giving extra focus to your voice and visual elements of your presentation.

Imagine you walk into an auditorium for a keynote and there are two screens instead of one. On the right is a smaller screen with a picture of the speaker. On the left is a larger screen featuring a beautiful scientific illustration with a title. Where does your attention go? Where does it linger? ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/presenting-your-research-effectively-online/
News
BY IAN MUNROE | June 01 2021

As universities prepare a return to on-campus activities, many are hoping to keep advantages of remote teaching.

More than 1,600 staff and faculty from the University of Waterloo gathered in front of their computer screens in mid-May to hear from senior officials, including President Feridun Hamdullahpur and associate provost of human resources Marilyn Thompson, about how the institution plans to navigate the ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/how-lessons-learned-in-delivering-courses-last-year-may-affect-the-mode-of-course-delivery-this-fall/
News
BY UA/AU | May 31 2021

May 31, 2021

Western to make vaccines mandatory for students in residence

With a planned full return to in-person classes in September, Western University is stepping up its health and safety measures. Along with it...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-may-2021/
Career Advice
BY CHELSEA MIYA, OLIVER ROSSIER & GEOFFREY ROCKWELL | May 28 2021

How the traditional conference format has been reimagined in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns.

One of the largest gatherings of scholars in the country will be moving online this year. Thousands of Congress 2021 attendees will not be flying or driving across Canada to the University of Alberta. Instead, they’ll be gathering virtually. It is a reminder of how the traditional conference fo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/embracing-e-conferences-a-step-toward-limiting-the-negative-effects-of-conference-culture/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | May 20 2021
Calgary Herald Continue reading Some domestic University of Calgary stude...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-may-20-2021/
Career Advice
BY SASHA LAVOIE | May 11 2021

Simple, actionable changes to consider as we continue remote learning.

As most of us continue to work from home, the way these spaces are set up and used can make a significant impact on our health. While it’s unlikely we can replicate our on-campus environments, there are small improvements we can make to look after our bodies and create a comfortable experience con...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/5-ways-to-make-study-and-work-environments-healthier/
News
BY UA/AU | April 30 2021

April 28, 2021

Atlantic universities under lockdown

The Continue reading is reporting an outbreak at its Magee House residence. ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-april-2021/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | April 26 2021
The Globe and Mail Continue reading The Northern Ontario School of Medicine didn’t approach th...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-april-26-2021/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | April 22 2021
CBC Continue reading With the Northern Ontario School of Medicine possibly gaining independent...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-april-22-2021/
Features
BY ISHANI NATH | April 20 2021

Counsellors say the transition has been like ‘building a plane mid-flight.’

On March 11 last year, the same day that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, York University student Sarah Pope* met with her therapist on campus. “At first, I was one of those people who legitimately thought we’d be locked down for...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/how-mental-health-services-for-students-pivoted-during-covid-19/
Career Advice
BY TANYA NOEL | April 19 2021

Take the time to determine how your course is structured and run; it will make a huge difference in deciding which method to choose.

In the past few months, I’ve been hearing very broad statements about synchronous vs. asynchronous classes from faculty colleagues concerned that “students need synchronous classes to learn” or “students prefer asynchronous courses.” As an academic adviser I’ve also had the privilege of ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/to-sync-or-be-async-some-thoughts-and-questions-to-consider-when-teaching-online/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | April 19 2021
CBC Continue reading For Osob Mohamed, finishing her final semester at Simon Fraser University is bittersweet. Despite feeling ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-april-19-2021/
The Skills Agenda
BY LOLEEN BERDAHL | April 14 2021

Give your students clear learning objectives and concrete opportunities to apply what they are learning.

After Continue reading, some instructors may realize that they have already been indirectly seeking to develop their studen...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/the-skills-agenda/moving-skills-instruction-from-implicit-to-explicit-outcomes/
In my opinion
BY ERIC CHAMPAGNE & ARACELLY DENISE GRANJA | April 08 2021

The shift online demonstrated the convenience of distance learning and has convinced some learners, including workers and unemployed people, to study.

As of mid-March last year, governments worldwide imposed quarantines and social distancing practices as health measures in response to the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions disrupted millions of university students’ education worldwide and significantly altered university operations. Universi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-the-covid-19-pandemic-may-have-changed-university-teaching-and-testing-for-good/
News
BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS VENNE | April 07 2021

The government is preparing an action plan to improve university access and success – and it may bring additional funding to the sector.

Quebec’s minister of higher education, Danielle McCann will unveil an action plan this spring to promote CEGEP and university access and success. This document is the result of more than a year's work on the Chantier sur la réussite en enseignement supérieur [higher education success pr...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/quebec-wants-more-university-graduates/
Sponsored Content
BY FRED KING | April 05 2021

Now is the time to refresh your approach to cybersecurity.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the conversation around security in postsecondary institutions was focused on physical safety. Virtual security was often an invisible afterthought for educators and dealt with by IT administrators focused on protecting the campus’s network and the devices tha...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/sponsored-content/3-security-practices-educators-should-consider-adopting/
In my opinion
BY ANANYA BANERJEE | April 01 2021

Including social justice in public health curriculum will equip students with an equity lens.

Recently, I transitioned from being a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health for the last four years to McGill University’s School of Global and Population Health. As a https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-the-pandemic-has-shown-social-justice-needs-to-be-central-to-public-health-education-in-canada/
News
BY UA/AU | March 31 2021

March 31, 2021

Don’t gather over Easter

As most universities prepare to close for Good Friday, public health authorities (as well as https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-march-2021/