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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CAPS Education Career Fair

CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre will be hosting its annual Education Career Fair on Monday, January 27, 2014. The fair will be in the Butterdome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CAPS is expecting over 50 employers to attend the event. Further, there will be a francophone fair at Campus Saint-Jean, Foire d’emploi en Education, on the same day from 6 to 8 p.m. at Campus Saint-Jean with over 30 employers in attendance. There is no charge for students to attend either fair.

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EDU 211 Team Wins University of Alberta Human Rights Education Recognition Teaching Award

By Peter Boer

In response to a question in the EDU 211 class asking why it's necessary for students to better understand racism when it comes to Aboriginal people, one student wrote the following:

“I believe the change in Aboriginal education begins with us future teachers and only once that change occurs within us can we be the change we want to see in the world.”

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Mark Gierl Advances to Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Educational Measurement

Think back to junior high school. You’re sitting in a hard backed chair with your pencil and calculator poised, while the teacher tells you it’s time to open the paper booklets and start answering the multiple-choice questions. Your palms are sweaty, your head is pounding, and you’re finding it hard to focus as the clock loudly ticks away the seconds. When your teacher announces there are 10 minutes left, your heart is about to leap out of your chest.

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Verna Kirkness Launching Autobiography

By Peter Boer

Verna Kirkness has much more wisdom to share with the world, and she has chosen a very personal perspective in which to do so — her autobiography.

“They say you have to know the past to understand the present to plan for the future so that’s behind what I did,” Kirkness said during a recent interview. “I wrote it not as an academic thesis, but it’s a story. Storytelling is the way we learned as children from a grandparents.”

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