Chair: Dennis Sumara
Dean, Faculty of Education
Graduate Students' Association
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Schulich School of Engineering; Chair, Learning and Instructional Development Subcommittee of the Academic Program Committee
Vice-President, Academic, Students' Union
Faculty of Fine Arts; Chair, Teaching and Learning Funding Committee
Libraries and Cultural Resources
Faculty of Science; Tamaratt Teaching Professor in Geoscience
Support: Theresa Abel
Messages and Updates
We have all seen how a wide range of learning technologies are changing the ways students and professors connect, communicate and collaborate in learning and teaching. The launch of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the introduction of Desire2Learn as our online learning environment created a perfect opportunity for the University of Calgary to assess its place in the contemporary learning technologies landscape and develop an institutional plan for integrating technologies to enhance both learning and teaching experiences. Rising to this challenge, the Learning Technologies Task Force has been working since July to develop a strategic framework for high quality learning experiences that are enhanced and enabled by technology.
The work of the task force is well underway. Representing a wide spectrum of academic, student, and resource groups from across our University community, the task force has already collaborated to create a detailed plan to guide its work. Teams have undertaken a scan of learning technologies strategies in other institutions, as well as a literature review to ensure the University of Calgary’s strategic framework is strongly informed by research in the field.
Now the Learning Technologies Task Force needs your help. To create a learning technologies framework that will have the most positive impact on learning and teaching at the University of Calgary, we need your input. Task force members have created a short survey to collect information across academic units to help us understand how faculty and students are using learning technologies and how the University can better support efforts to integrate technology in learning and teaching. Like any survey, the value of the results depends on the participation of respondents.
I am writing to ask that you go to the Learning Technologies Survey and take 10-15 minutes to complete a short, anonymous questionnaire before October 31 – your response will provide vital information to guide future decision making about learning technologies at the University of Calgary, and will be appreciated.
If you have questions about the survey, or about the work of the Learning Technologies Task Force more generally, please contact a task force representative in your area:
- Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President Academic – Chair
- Lynn Taylor, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
- Representatives appointed by Deans of Faculties/Schools
- Susan Cork (Veterinary Medicine)
- Michael Ullyot (Arts-English)
- Beaumie Kim (Education)
- Tina Gabriele (Kinesiology)
- Michael Robinson (Business
- Ruth Swart (Nursing)
- Bruce Wright (Medicine)
- Leslie Reid (Science)
- Mike Potter (Engineering)
- Ellen Perrault (Social Work)
- Larissa Muller (EVDS)
- Renee Rheaume (Library)
- David Hawes (Continuing Education)
- Ken MacMillan (Arts-History)
- Michele Jacobsen (Education)
- Emily Macphail, Vice President Academic, Students’ Union
- Liam Cummings, Vice President Academic, Graduate Students’ Association
- Patti Dyjur, Teaching and Learning Centre
- D'Arcy Norman, Information Technologies
I would like to express my thanks to the task force members for their ongoing contributions. The active participation of a committed group of colleagues from across the University community is essential to creating a strong institutional learning technology framework. We look forward to sharing our report with you in March of 2014.
Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
- New Plan for U of C Needs Student Input: January 13, 2011, Gauntlet
- It's your turn to have your say!: January 13, 2011, UToday
- Draft Framework for Teaching and Learning Now Available: December 15, 2010, UToday
- Commentary Invited on Integrated Framework for Teaching and Learning: December 10, 2010
- Enhancing Learning and Teaching: September 30, 2010, UToday
- Update about the Plan: September 2, 2010, UToday
- Update from the Chair: April 23, 2010
- Q&A with Dennis Sumara: April 23, 2010, UToday
- Note from the Provost: March 26, 2010
Everyone knows what "good" teaching is. Or do they?
Although the definition of a good teacher has evolved over time, teachers have consistently been seen as responsible for effecting change. According to the current value-added model, effective teaching is not framed in terms of the specific actions of the teacher, but in terms of students’ progress relative to where they began. But emergent research teaching suggests that good teaching isn’t at all about changing students; it’s about challenging them. That’s a game changer that should prod us to rethink and redefine what teaching is all about.
Brent Davis, Professor and Research Chair in Mathematics Education, University of Calgary and Dennis Sumara, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary share their insights on this topic in their article, The Hard Work of Learning and the Challenges of Good Teaching, in Education Canada Magazine.