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Blog on university teaching.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS). Blog entries are written in the preferred language of the blogger, which is why some contents may appear in English on the French version of the TLSS website, and vice versa. We do not translate and we do not correct spelling errors our bloggers’ blog posts that are considered as opportunities to exchange and create a constructive dialogue on teaching and learning. However, they should not be viewed, in any way, as resources or recommendations from the TLSS.

May 2019 Release Notes (20.19.5)

May 2019 Release Notes (20.19.5)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Release notes numbering change The product number of Brightspace Learning E...
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April 2019 Release Notes (20.19.4)

April 2019 Release Notes (20.19.4)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Release notes numbering change The product number of Brightspace Learning E...
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March 2019 Release Notes (10.8.11)

March 2019 Release Notes (10.8.11)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Assignments - Annotate learner submissions | New Instructo...
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February 2019 Release Notes (10.8.10)

February 2019 Release Notes (10.8.10)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Assignments - Edit Evaluation Properties permission added ...
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January 2019 Release Notes (10.8.9)

January 2019 Release Notes (10.8.9)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the Brightspace Community .  Upcoming updates Assignments - Assess learner progress using outcomes | New Instr...
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December 2018 Release Notes (10.8.8)

December 2018 Release Notes (10.8.8)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the Brightspace Community . Upcoming Changes Assignments - Change assignment and submission type | New If no learne...
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November 2018 Release Notes (10.8.7)

November 2018 Release Notes (10.8.7)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming updates (end of November) Assignments: Anonymous Marking Slight im...
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October 2018 Release Notes (10.8.6)

October 2018 Release Notes (10.8.6)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the Brightspace Community . Upcoming changes Assignments – Anonymized learner names | New To avoid unconscious bias...
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September 2018 Release Notes (10.8.5)

September 2018 Release Notes (10.8.5)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Content – Print/Download Function added to Overview | New ...
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August 2018 Release Notes (10.8.4)

August 2018 Release Notes (10.8.4)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Brightspace Learning Environment - Supported browsers | Up...
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July 2018 Release Notes (10.8.3)

July 2018 Release Notes (10.8.3)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Assignments - New Text Submission type and workflow | New ...
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June 2018 Release Notes (10.8.2)

June 2018 Release Notes (10.8.2)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Copy Course Components - Date Offset | New When instructor...
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May 2018 Release Notes (10.8.1)

May 2018 Release Notes (10.8.1)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Brightspace Daylight Experience – Banner images can be use...
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April 2018 Release Notes (10.8.0)

April 2018 Release Notes (10.8.0)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Discussions - Grading discussions | Updated This feature u...
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March 2018 Release Notes (10.7.11)

March 2018 Release Notes (10.7.11)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Brightspace Daylight Experience – Ability to override syst...
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February 2018 Release Notes (10.7.10)

February 2018 Release Notes (10.7.10)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Brightspace Daylight Experience – Navigation and Themes al...
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January 2018 Release Notes (10.7.9)

January 2018 Release Notes (10.7.9)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Exemptions - Improvements | Updated This feature introduce...
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December 2017 Release Notes (10.7.8)

December 2017 Release Notes (10.7.8)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the  Brightspace Community .  Upcoming changes Assignments – OneDrive attachments | New This feature enab...
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November 2017 release Notes (10.7.7)

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Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the Brightspace CommunityThis release will be applied to our PROD system during the last week of November. 

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Use of electronic devices in the classroom: Impact on student learning

Do you feel challenged, or are you bothered, by students who use their computers or smartphones in class for things other than learning what you are teaching that day? In his latest blog, Jean-Pascal Beaudoin, an educational developer at the Centre for University Teaching, shares tips and resources ...
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Communication Tips for a Successful Teaching Experience

Effective teaching is about communicating and interacting wisely with students: Integrating substance and style to your messages allow you to optimize learning by supporting intellectual excitement and interpersonal rapport. Indeed, students learn best when instructors are interested and interesting...
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Exposure to Classical Music: I Believe in the Tremendous Power of Classical Music to Heal, to Change, to Move, and to Inspire. It Adds Much Value to the Society (Saeideh Rajabzadeh)

Exposure to Classical Music: I Believe in the Tremendous Power of Classical Music to Heal, to Change, to Move, and to Inspire. It Adds Much Value to the Society (Saeideh Rajabzadeh)
Raising a question: Do we still need classical music? After 9/11 many orchestras gave some free performances to expose people to the beauty and harmony of classical music to help them deal with shock, anxiety and grief. As the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra’s executive director Sharon Litwin remem...
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Educational Developers' Cookbook

This blog entry shares information received from Celia Popovic • Director of Teaching Commons at York University : "I am delighted to share with you the Educational Developers' Cookbook. Thanks to the generosity of our community we now have a collection of ideas for ice breakers,...
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How to make your first presentation, or Is it worth to start giving talks

How to make your first presentation, or Is it worth to start giving talks
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great ent...
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La Journée d'orientation pour les assistants d'enseignement 2016 : un événement couru!

Le 10 septembre dernier, l'équipe du SAEA avait donné rendez-vous aux assistants d'enseignement de l'Université d'Ottawa en vue de sa traditionnelle journée de formation en début de semestre. Cette année, 400 assistants d'enseignement se sont présentés sur le campus, un samedi matin, pour recevoir l...
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“History must come alive”: breaking away from passive education learning

(Source: This media release was published by the University of Ottawa) OTTAWA, June 10, 2015 — Have methods for teaching history advanced as much as technology? Today’s teachers enter the education field with university degrees, deep commitment and passion. In addition, they’re technologically savvy...
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