‘Fake’ news, ‘real’ dinosaurs and the quest for media literacy

An education professor at the University of Alberta noticed there was a lack of resources about media literacy aimed at young people. So, with the help of their partner who happens to be an illustrator, they made their own in hopes that readers would learn something about misinformation, emotion regulation—and dinosaurs.

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Associate Dean Research recognized for contributions to psychology

Dr. Denise Larsen, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Associate Dean Research, has been named a Canadian Psychological Association Fellow.

This honour recognizes Larsen’s distinguished contribution to the advancement of the profession of psychology along with her service to the association.

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Study calls for mandatory sexual health education in schools

Unfounded parental fears have always outweighed a student’s right to access comprehensive sexual health information in school, according to education professor and researcher André Grace. He says it’s time for provincial and territorial governments to put the health and safety of young people first by making sexual health education mandatory for every student.

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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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Adding meaning to marking

It can be challenging for instructors to provide useful feedback on exam performance to university students in a timely way, even more so when the classroom has upwards of 300 students. And it’s another challenge entirely to get students to heed the feedback.

Okan Bulut, a professor and researcher in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, is hoping to change that with an automated interactive process he calls “next generation formative feedback.”

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