Message from the Dean — Spring 2018

With the end of the semester, the veil of winter has finally lifted. The sun is shining, the grass has changed from brown to green, flowers are in full bloom and birds can be heard singing all over campus. We will be celebrating with our graduates and their families on June 12, and Dr. Raj Pannu, a long-time friend and contributor to our Faculty will be presented with an honorary degree at the afternoon convocation.

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The future is friendly

The trope of artificial intelligence (AI) systems rising up to make human beings obsolete is a common one in science fiction. But University of Alberta educational psychology professor Jason Harley says its dominance in the public imagination does a disservice to the potential for AI to help human learners succeed in educational contexts—and to ensure access to educational supports for all students.

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Education grad earns Rhodes Scholarship

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, the adage goes. Mackenzie Martin might add that if you pack your days with the things you love, you’ll never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Given that Martin was recently awarded one of eleven Rhodes Scholarships in Canada this year, her advice might just carry a little extra weight.

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Pride Week 2018 celebrates past, present and future equality

A temporary all-gender change room set up in the University of Alberta’s fitness and recreation facilities for Pride Week 2018 is emblematic of the strides the Pride movement has made and the work that still needs to be done to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for all on campus, according to a Pride Week organizer.

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Trip to Finland fuels student's passion for empowering Indigenous communities

A trip above the Arctic circle in Scandinavia showed a University of Alberta student that Indigenous people in distant countries have a lot in common and can support each other in preserving their culture and traditions. Kaitlyn Walcheske says she’s drawing on her first international travel experience to find ways to support Indigenous students at home and to help amplify their voices—with the help of a grant from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC).

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Message from the Dean — Fall 2017

I am so honoured to return to the University of Alberta, and to serve as Dean of such a dynamic Faculty of Education—one that has played a significant role in my formation as a teacher, researcher, scholar and leader.

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Aboriginal Teacher Education Program welcomes first urban cohort

For Stephanie Angus, moving to a big city was easier than staying close to home to finish her education degree.

It may sound counterintuitive, but for the mother of three from Frog Lake First Nation, it made more sense to have her classes and family all in one place—in Edmonton—than to stay home and travel an hour by car for classes in St. Paul.

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FNCARES works to turn education into advocacy

While the topic of reconciliation has become a prominent part of public discourse in Canada over the last few years, many people still think of it as focused on past wrongs inflicted on Indigenous peoples, especially through residential schools.

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