Horizon - January 2016
• Editor's Note •
And we're off to a new start!
In 2016, the TLSS team will pursue its objective of providing assistance to faculty members who wish to raise students’ interest and pass on their knowledge in the most effective way possible. This year will also be marked by significant organizational changes. As a matter of fact, we started the year with a bang with the merging of the Multimedia Distribution Service and the Centre for Mediated Teaching and Learning. This merging resulted in the creation of a new centre: the Centre for Innovation in Educational Technologies (CIET). In a few weeks, the TLSS website will reflect this new reality. The TLSS will now be made of three centres: The Centre for University Teaching (CUT), the Centre for e-Learning (CYBER), and the brand new Centre for Innovation in Educational Technologies.
As we are entering year two of our strategic plan, we also wish to celebrate Horizon’s first anniversary (that has replaced the The Thinker). And because we want to expand our communications, we will soon share news via Facebook and Twitter.
The TLSS workshop program: Renew your knowledge this winter!
*REMINDER* The TLSS training and events program is officially launched! As we usually do, we designed this Winter series with your specific needs related to university teaching. On our website, you will find workshops on the design of blended courses, teaching strategies, technology in teaching and Blackboard Learn, the University learning management system. We also added a new category that is linked with other professor’s skills. These workshops are not directly related with teaching. Check them out today!
Students in the Masters and PhD programs, and Postdoctoral fellows: Check out the Altitude Program and its workshops!
The Altitude program was developed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) and the TLSS to enable students in the Masters and PhD programs, as well as Postdoctoral fellows, to develop professional skills that will facilitate their integration and progression into the workplace.
Altitude offers a variety of events and workshops which help hone particular skill sets, such as communication, teaching, and writing. These free workshops allow students to not only improve their academic success, but also to gain an extensive understanding of the job market.
On December 31st, 2015, LectureTools became a thing of the past. As we have mentioned in previous messages, the University of Ottawa has opted for a new platform in June 2015: Echo360 - Active Learning Platform (ALP).