Dr. Paul Newton and the Teaching Principal

Far out in the northeast corner of Saskatchewan, Dr. Paul Newton learned firsthand the demands of the role of the ‘Teaching Principal.’ It’s a role that perhaps isn’t so unique; though less common in urban centers, it’s a reality in many remote Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba schools. Based on his past personal experience of carrying a 40% teaching load in addition to principal duties, he and a colleague from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Dawn Wallin, launched a pilot called “Descriptive Study of the Teaching Principal: Principals in Manitoba and Alberta.”

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Finding the right blend – the U of A partners with Aga Khan University to explore “blended learning”

By Andrew Patrick

Dr. Janet Welch is generally optimistic about the power of technology and learning, and it’s clear she has the weight of evidence supporting her. Welch is the assistant dean of Information, Technology and Computing at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, and part of the Educational Technology Services team. She is an expert in the field of ‘blended learning’, a mix of new teaching techniques that combine face-to-face learning in classrooms with digital or online activities.

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Revolutionizing Assessment: A Look at UAlberta's New Learning and Assessment Centre

The University of Alberta’s Learning and Assessment Centre (LAC) allows students to customize their exam schedule and the tools for taking the test. As more professors utilize the centre, it stands to revolutionize the way students take tests.

It’s spring. You’re studying for exams but are dismayed that you have three tests in one week. Why can’t you take exams when you feel most prepared instead?

Well, now you can.

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Roll Out the Red Carpet: It’s Time to Celebrate This Year’s Faculty of Education Award Winners

There’s lots to celebrate in the Faculty of Education at this time of year. The annual Faculty of Education Awards was held on April 10th in the Education North building where faculty, friends and family celebrated the best in teaching and research for the year.  Meet the individuals who’ve been recognized for their determination and contributions to the field of education at the University of Alberta. Let’s raise a metaphorical glass to their achievements!

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Former Governor General’s Talk at U of A Will Highlight Issues Facing African-Canadians

By Andrew Patrick

University of Alberta Professor Jennifer Kelly lights up when asked about the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean’s upcoming lecture at the university’s Convocation Hall.

“We’re really hoping this will set things off, and that we’ll have an event that highlights issues around Canadian Caribbean and African diaspora,” she says.

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A Tough Act to Follow: Remembering Dr. Larry Beauchamp

Before the memorial service for his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Parsons went through his CV and counted 27 different publications that he’d co-authored with Dr. Larry Beauchamp.

“We wrote books and articles together, reports for the Government of Alberta – everything,” says Parsons. In the four decades that the two education professors worked together, they never disagreed on a thing.  “I cannot say this about anyone else in my entire life. We never once disagreed. We shared a brain.”

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