Horizon - August 2016


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**SPECIAL ISSUE** Given the many activities taking place in early August, the Horizon editorial team decided to publish the edition August 2016 in the first week of this month.

• Editor's Note

The TLSS is heading towards a new academic year with its new Associate Vice-President!


Last June, the TLSS said goodbye to its Associate Vice-President, Yves Herry, who spent 8 years at the head of the service. After his departure, the TLSS welcomed Aline Germain-Rutherford on board. 

Before taking on her new role as Associate Vice-President, she was the Director of the CUT from 2001 to 2006. Aline also managed the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) from 2009 to 2011. More recently, she has held several positions at Middlebury College in Vermont, as Director of the French School, and Associate Dean of the Language Schools, and was Associate Vice-President of the Language Schools and Graduate Programs.

In addition, she worked as Chief Learning Officer at Middlebury Interactive Languages, which is a company created by Middlebury College and K12 Inc. She also won the prestigious 3M Fellowship in Excellence and Leadership in Higher Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Didactologie/Didactique des Langues et des Cultures (Didactics/Teaching of Languages ​​and Cultures) of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III.

Needless to say, the TLSS will be in excellent hands with Aline!

• Feature News

From August 16 to 18, the TLSS will be greeting new University of Ottawa faculty members!

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Are you a new professor? Or do you know a professor who could benefit from our Orientation Program? From August 16 to 18, come and discuss teaching strategies and technology with the TLSS. Check out the schedule of this 3-day program, and register now as spots are limited!

Sign up for the various educational workshops this Fall!

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Good news! The Fall workshop program is officially launched, which means it's now possible to register for one of our 23 free workshops! Facilitated by experts in university teaching and educational technologies, these workshops offered in French and English will allow us to expand your knowledge in various topics. Unable to attend these workshops in person? Some of our workshops are offered in the form of webinars! Register today!

• Did You Know

Become an expert at managing your syllabi by using uoSyllabus!

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The academic year is fast approaching, and in every professor’s preparation routine, designing syllabi is a must do! Whether it is to modify or create them from scratch, they will need to spend time to develop them. After all, this document is, in some way, their game plan. In doing so, they provide valuable information to their students who are curious to know how their semester will unfold with them as their professor!

To make this task easier for professors, the TLSS designed uoSyllabus, an easy-to-use electronic tool, which allows them to create syllabi that meet students’ specific needs and that was built with the best practices in university teaching in mind. Check out this tool today, and register for our next workshops which will take place on August 9 and August 15!

Important notice: Blackboard's authentication system will change as of November 7, 2016

For security, stability and improvement reasons, the TLSS will replace the authentication system. The change will effective on the weekend of November 5, in conjunction with the change of the University's student information system (SIS) that transmits user's information to Blackboard and various systems.

As of Monday, November 7, you will have to access Blackboard with your University e-mail's credentials. Please note that you can already confirm your login information by logging into your e-mail account: Exchange for faculty members and staff, and Google Apps for Students.

Please note that during this process that will take place from November 5-7, Blackboard will be out of service. We therefore invite professors to schedule exams and assignments. Should you have any questions related to your account and your password, contact Information Technology.

Learning Management System Renewal Process: Test the LMS in the running!

So you’re a professor and you’d like to browse through the learning management systems (LMS) that are considered by the University of Ottawa as part of its LMS renewal process(currently Blackboard Learn)? Drop by the TLSS lab located at Vanier Hall, room 1020, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A minimum of an hour is necessary. No appointment required!

NOTE : Should you have questions about our articles, please do not hesitate to give us a call at: 613-562-5300.

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