Horizon - December 2016
• The Editor's Note •
What's in Your 2017 "Teaching Resolution List"?
Another semester is coming to an end, another year is closing, and a lot of exciting projects are coming in 2017 for the TLSS!
In the past year, many changes have marked our service, such as the merger of two of its sectors and the nomination of our new Associate Vice-President.
The New Year will be an opportunity for our service to continue to redefine itself to better serve the university community. This is our resolution!
We also wish to take this opportunity to wish you a great Holiday season! Enjoy your well-deserved time off. We will be happy to see you again next year, and offer our pedagogical support!
• Feature News •
LAST CHANCE: Funding Program for Blended Courses - December 15, 2016
The Blended Learning Initiative (BLI) invites professors to submit expressions of interest to their Department or Program Directors for our annual Funding Program for Blended Course Design.
Determining how to effectively leverage technology and pedagogy to improve the students’ learning experience is a significant challenge. Over the past three years, the BLI has funded more than 150 courses and worked with over 500 professors to address these challenges and support the creation of quality blended courses on campus. Building on our previous commitments, this year our service will be allocating $270,000 in ongoing support for the development of blended courses.
If you are interested in applying for funding, please see the attached instructions. For further questions about the funding program or blended courses, contact our team today. Expressions of interest are due: December 15, 2016.
REMINDER: The Next Orientation Day for Teaching Assistants Will be Held in January 2017!
Will you become a teaching assistant in the upcoming semester, and you would like to familiarize yourself with your new responsibilities?
Register for the next Orientation Day for Teaching Assistants, which will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offered twice a year at the beginning of each semester, this training day is an opportunity for TLSS experts, as well as experienced teaching assistants, to provide you with advice, and tips, so you can be well prepared for this new professional experience.
Are you interested in the promotion and scholarly investigation of innovative teaching and learning practices? Are you interested in joining the research unit in teaching and learning in higher education by contributing to publications and scholarly activities?
We strongly encourage you to consider the University of Ottawa’s Chair in University Teaching with a 3-year appointment and an annual fund of $20,000.
For more information, visit the TLSS website. Deadline for expressions of interest is January 9, 2017.
News Update: Learning Management System (LMS) Process
Transition to a new Student Information System (SIS): Completed!
During the first November weekend, IT services completed the transition to the new SIS. The impact on Blackboard Learn was minimal and came with a few improvements. Visit our website for all the details.
Transition to the new LMS: In progress...
Now that the transition to the new SIS is done, the TLSS team focuses its efforts on the upcoming transition to the next LMS. As you know, a year ago we started a process to renew or replace our current LMS. This process is explained in details on our microsite, and the outcome of this exercise will probably be announced at the beginning of January 2017.
Coming Soon: The First University of Ottawa Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)!
MOOCs are defined as free online courses that are accessible to a large number of participants through a web platform.
Our institution’s first MOOC was developed by Professor François Chapleau, who teaches biology, in collaboration with the TLSS team. Entitled L'animal humain and designed in French, this course will be made available on France Université Numérique (FUN), a European platform.
If you have not yet viewed the promotional video of this course, please do so! It will give you a great idea how interesting this course is!
• Did You Know •
The uoSyllabus 2.0 Version is on Its Way!
You will have to wait until January 2017 to use the new version of uoSyllabus!
This e-tool has been enhanced through feedback and comments from faculty members who have taken advantage of the many benefits that this resource provides in the design and management of syllabi.
If you are not familiar with uoSyllabus, visit the TLSS website today and find out why so many professors use it!
Do You Need Textbooks From the University's Bookstore?
As one semester comes to an end and another is fast approaching, much preparation is underway to ensure the continued success of our students. With that in mind, I would like to take this moment to remind you that our window of opportunity is limited if we hope to get the books on the shelves in time for the beginning of class in January.
To the many of you who have already submitted your adoptions for January 2017, thank you. To those of you still wishing to do so, please feel free to respond to by providing the following information:
Course code: XXX-XXX-XXX Book title: XXXX ISBN: XXX-XXX
Stay tuned for more information regarding new and exciting changes planned for the uOttawa bookstore in 2017!
Ontario Bringing New Learning Tools to Classrooms
"Ontario is helping to make learning more engaging for elementary, high school and postsecondary students by bringing innovative technology from local companies to classrooms across the province.
AdvancingEducation, a partnership between the government and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), matches cutting-edge, Ontario-made technologies with elementary and high schools, as well as postsecondary institutions, to meet the unique needs of their students and classrooms.
The program will support projects that improve learning and wellness outcomes, introduce additional innovative teaching approaches and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, and will help open up a new market for innovative technology companies in Ontario. Past projects include a game-based approach to motivating children, a multisensory chair for children with autism and a new approach to distance education.
Making learning more engaging for all students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives."
REMINDER: Antidote 9: Become a Pro Thanks to the Student Academic Success Service (SASS)!
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.
REMINDER: 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 •