Panelists Highlight Better Blended Learning in Arts

On Friday March 4th, APRIL and CTL co-hosted the second of APRIL’s 2015-2016 Pedagogy Panels. Like our January experiential learning event, this second event, which focused on blended learning, brought innovative instructors together to talk teaching and learning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In his capacity as CTL director, Roger Graves kicked the […]

Is “Flipping” a Fad? A Closer Look at the Principles Behind Blended Learning

Here at APRIL, flipped classrooms are on our minds once again as we get ready for our upcoming Pedagogy Panel on Blended Learning. This Hung (2015) article recently caught my eye because it pertained to students learning English, and I’ve heard lots of anecdotal evidence from instructors that recorded content (e.g. lecture capture, podcasts and […]

The Faculty Role in Curricular Leadership

In his inauguration speech, newly installed University of Alberta President, Dr. David Turpin, made a very direct pledge to enhance the role of the university as a partner in “leading change in Alberta,” stating that the university’s future efforts will focus on “new and innovative ways to mobilize our excellence in research and teaching to […]

What is Experiential Learning?

Post-secondary institutions across North America are highlighting experiential learning to attract students, and improve their post-education employment prospects. It is widely evident in campus news reports, recruitment activities, and policy documents that higher education institutions, in both their teaching and research missions, are being compelled to draw on experiential practices to strengthen linkages between scholarly […]

Making Space for the Learning that Matters Most

In fall of 2013, and again in winter term, 2014 Rutherford Galleria displayed fascinating sculptures  composed entirely of discarded books. As discussed in this Curious Arts feature about these student art projects, the sight of tattered books, destroyed in acts of creation, “evoked discomfort in exhibit goers.” Some artists themselves had to take a few […]

Alternatives to the Research Paper

As an intrinsically motivated undergrad, I did not really appreciate what an oddball I was until I began teaching undergraduates myself. Unlike me back in the day, many of my students did not complete their readings. Their library research was frequently (ahem) misguided. They weren’t always wound up about good punctuation in APA style either. […]