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Suzanne Bowness (University Affairs) examines the growing popularity of research competitions amongst students in higher education.

Ted Talks

Author John Green (Paper Towns, Our Fault in the Stars) explores how maps shaped came to shape how we see our world, and how learning in the 21st century is more and more based in online learning communities.

Ted TalksShai Reshef, founder and president of the University of the People, shares his insight into the benefits that exist globally for a low-cost post-secondary education system. The talk touches upon open educational resources (OERs), online learning vs. traditional methods, and the impact that low-cost education could have on a global scale.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 08:00

Why do Students use Wikipedia and Google?

Why do Students use Wikipedia and Google?I was at coffee one Friday afternoon, when a faculty member asked me, “Why do my students consistently use Wikipedia and Google as resources for an academic paper?”  Without citing the numerous studies on the topic, I simply responded with, “I believe your students are information illiterate.”

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 08:00

Libraries Support Distributed Learning

Libraries Support Distributed LearningAcademic libraries must support students and instructors involved in distributed learning initiatives by providing access to online products and services, as well as be accessible to those studying off-campus. Here’s how libraries go about it.

Effective Instructional Method and Strategies: A ManualCandace Lewko, a Curriculum Consultant at Lethbridge College, has conducted an applied research project that focuses on the transitional experiences of refugee students in tertiary education and instructor experiences teaching English language learners enrolled in college programs.

Monday, 05 November 2012 08:00

21st Century Competencies

21st Century CompetenciesIn their recent article “A Comparative Analysis of International Frameworks for 21st Century Competencies: Implications for National Curriculum Policies,” Voogt and Roblin (2012) refer to our society as a “knowledge society” where “ideas and knowledge function as commodities” (299-300).

Online education becomes even more democratic with CourseraAside from this study having possibly one of the most hilarious charts, including such variables as "baby animal," "adult animal," and "pleasant food," the study, "The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behaviour and Narrows Attentional Focus," conducted by researchers from Hiroshima University...

Friday, 05 October 2012 08:00

Social Media in an English Course—Part 3

Social Media in the English Classroom—Part 3Part of our role as instructors is to help students become better digital citizens, and part of being a digital citizen is filtering out all the distractions that can be found online. In previous articles, I discussed using Facebook and Twitter in an English course.

Monday, 06 August 2012 08:00

Applied Research

Applied ResearchApplied research is an ever-growing field of inquiry that evades a fixed definition, but it is identified by the practical application of information to solve a problem. But how does it differ from pure research and why is it important?