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 […]

Learning Outcomes Aren’t All Bad

A recent post to the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) blog got me thinking again about the role that learning outcomes have played in my own professional development as a teacher, and about some of the reasons why learning outcomes can get a bad rap among professors. There are some fair reasons why […]

Do We Teach Disciplines, or Teach Students?

Over the 2014 holidays, a New York Times education feature highlighted the need for more “active learning” strategies in introductory math and science classes (Pérez-Peña, 2014). Despite ample evidence that lectures are of limited value as teaching strategies, states the article, “the norm in college classes – especially big introductory science and math classes, which […]