Education and wellbeing in the time of COVID-19

UAlberta Education faculty and alumni have been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic just like everyone else. Some have taken time while adapting to the new realities of remote education, self-isolation and social distancing to offer expert advice on coping with these abrupt changes to how we live, learn and work. Here’s a round-up of their recent appearances on various UAlberta media.

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Celebrating teaching and research excellence

The Teaching and Research Awards ceremony scheduled for March 26 has been postponed. And though a global pandemic might have kept us from gathering, nothing can keep us from celebrating the faculty, sessionals and graduate students honoured with teaching and research awards in the Faculty of Education this year.

Congratulations to the following award and grant recipients, who are exemplary of the teaching and research excellence that have made the UAlberta Faculty of Education one of the top faculties of education in Canada and the world.

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Researcher seeks ‘purposeful collaboration’ between Indigenous communities, higher ed

According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action, post-secondary institutions have an important role to play in Indigenous knowledge recovery and mobilization, both as a site of research and in preparing future educators to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in their classrooms and curricula.

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Online MLIS student finds opportunities for engagement and connection

I began my master’s of library and information studies (MLIS) journey with all the invigorating excitement of a new semester but without the crisp fall air of Edmonton’s River Valley or the clusters of bustling students. Rather, in September 2017, I sat down at my desk in my quiet home office with a mug of tea and popped open my laptop.

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Message from the Dean — Fall 2019

The fall semester is in full swing at the Faculty of Education, and we’re pleased to have our full complement of undergraduate and graduate students, both on campus and online, engaging in the teaching and learning interactions and research innovations that have distinguished us for more than 75 years.

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Listening to Inuvialuit voices forms basis of digital storytelling project

Ali Shiri and his research team spent four years getting to know the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) of the far northwestern Arctic in order to help create a digital library platform that reflected residents’ information needs and respected the cultural heritage information the library was intended to preserve.

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JP Das Centre Conference delivers teacher-focused advice and resources

The JP Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities hosted its inaugural conference on September 23 at Esther Starkman School in Edmonton. The event provided a unique opportunity for more than 400 local teachers to meet the researchers behind the best practices in teaching reading—and for researchers to hear how their work is informing classroom teaching in elementary and junior high schools.

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Home truths: Education researcher probes history of residential schools on Blood Reserve

Tiffany Prete, an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, has a number of reasons for pursuing research on the history of residential schools in her home community, the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta. Some of those reasons are related to contributing to the body of research by Indigenous scholars. Some of those reasons are personal.

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