Horizon - November 2016
• The Editor's Note •
We're ready for the Winter semester!
Although the Fall semester has not yet come to an end, we are already ready to welcome the next semester!
As such, part of our Winter Workshop Program is already available on our website. If you took advantage and enjoyed the webinar format of our workshops, you will be happy to know that we will offer more webinars in 2017! This formula seems to please many professors who cannot come to our in-class workshops, but who still wish to gain new knowledge on various subjects related to university teaching, in a short period of time.
Furthermore, please note that in 2017, we will still support all faculty members who are interested in teaching a course in a blended format by offering our Four-Part Training Program, which focuses on how to design a blended course.
We will also invite all teaching assistants to participate in the Teaching Assistants Orientation Day, which will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017. More details will be made available to you in the upcoming weeks on our website!
• Feature News •
The Blended Learning Initiative Report is Now Online!
Have you heard of the Blended Learning Initiative at the University of Ottawa? If you recently joined the University, you may not have heard of this major initiative, which was launched three years ago.
Our institution's interest in offering blended courses started in 2013 and since then, the blended format has become part of our university's teaching and learning culture, and is known by the university community. To learn more about this initiative's background and evolution over the years, you can read our report available on our website!
Labster Introduced the TLSS to Virtual Laboratories
Have you heard of Labster?
“Labster is a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced lab simulations based on mathematical algorithms that support open-ended investigations. They combine these with gamification elements such as an immersive 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system which stimulates students’ natural curiosity and highlights the connection between science and the real world.” (as cited in Labster's website)
"The virtual labs allow students to go through every step, from start to finish, while completing their labs at home in their own time, and see how they are performing," explained Sam Butcher, who is a Scientific Collaboration Specialist at Labster.
In terms of learning objectives, it is no different with Labster than in-class laboratories, as this tool also aims to assess how students comply with safety standards, and allows for observing how students manipulate substances and tools at their disposal while being in a safe environment. To learn more, visit Labster's website today!
"Edit Your Own Work" Website: Another Great Resource Designed by The TLSS!
Yesterday, on November 17, the "Edit Your Own Work" website, an electronic resource allowing students, lawyers and professors to improve their skills in legal drafting, was officially launched!
Organized by the Faculty of Law, this launch aimed to present this new web platform, and describe the development process of this tool, which was the result of a collaboration between TLSS specialists and two visionary professionals who specialize in law, Virginia Mcrae, Program Co-Director, and Ellen B. Zweibel, Co-Founding Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Academy.
"Edit Your Own Work" is now one of the many online educational resources implemented and made available, thanks to the TLSS expertise. This is why we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the exceptional work of our team members who have invested time and energy in this initiative, and who have made this project a great success!
Kudos to Richard Pinet's team: Marc Bélanger, Elizabeth Campbell Brown, Erwan Pérès and Gisèle Richard.
If you missed yesterday's launch, you can still check out photo album posted on our Facebook page (and why not "Like" our page while you are there!).
• Did You Know •
Antidote 9: Become a Pro Thanks to the Student Academic Success Service!
You are invited to attend a workshop on the Antidote software, which will take place on Tuesday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the AWHC. Entitled Antidote 9: découverte et exploration (offered in French), this workshop is designed to help University of Ottawa staff use Antidote to its full potential when writing e-mails, newsletters, memos and reports. Through practical exercises, you will see the importance of configuring the software according to your needs, the relevance of using its analysis filters, and the advantage of consulting its many dictionaries and guides.
To register, please contact Bruno Cyr as soon as possible, as space is limited. Further details can be found on the SASS website.
Les Tablettistes 2017: A Discussion Forum on Education and Innovation!
Les Tablettistes is a one-day bilingual conference that brings together youths, experts, innovators and visionaries from the world of education, technology and media to reflect on the future of learning, wherever the place and whatever the context.
The third annual conference will gather speakers from Canada’s media, tech and education industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future in a digital world.
Please find below Brad Wuetherick's (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Co-Chair) invitation in its complete version:
"We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the upcoming STLHE 2017 annual conference that will be held in Halifax, NS through a partnership of Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Community College, NSCAD University, Université Sainte-Anne, and the University of King's College.
Our conference theme this year is "Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions and Transformations." The metaphor of gateway is used widely to represent passages from one location to another, from one undertaking to another, from one way of life to another. In the realms of the theory and practice of technology, pedagogy, and assessment, it seems as though higher education is continually at the gateway, a liminal space, where possibility and advancement is available. What is the role of the post-secondary institutions, classrooms, teachers in supporting the students in their quest for higher learning? Understanding where we have come from and where we are now is key to understanding where we are going, and how we can develop and change over the next century to meet the needs of our changing student demographics.
We invite conference participants to engage in questions such as these, and considerations of our collective contributions to social, political, economic and human well-being in the unique context of Halifax—a place that combines real and metaphorical gateways with a 200-year history of providing opportunities for higher education.
Proposals can be submitted for half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops, and for interactive workshops, research presentations, Pecha Kucha sessions, and posters during the main conference. The proposal submission site will be live in the next couple of weeks as part of the main conference site."
Proposals will be due on December 12, 2016. For more information, please visit the conference website.
• Sneak peak at the upcoming lectures and workshops •
Don't miss the next monthly lecture on November 25, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, in room VNR1042:
Playconomics – A Gamified Approach to the Principles of Economics Stephanie McWhinnie Ph.D., University of Adelaide, Australia Playconomics is a computer-based interactive experience designed to teach first-year economics by putting students in the shoes of economic decision makers. It uses the theory of gameplay to boost student engagement and academic performance, providing enhanced learning via an innovative approach that combines videogames, personalized feedback and experiential learning. The presentation will address some principles of gamification that can be applied in all discipline.
The presentation will be in English followed by a bilingual discussion.
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