Oct-Nov 2010

Who are your students?

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Knowing Your Undergraduates

By Ken Steele

With career-oriented students seeking variety in their university experiences, universities are diversifying their appeal. The downsides are often talked about, but this evolution could well help universities in regions of population decline survive, while offering students clearer choices among a broader range of educational options.

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Back to school days

By Mark Bernstein

The challenges and joys of the professor-student. At age 51, a neurosurgeon returns to school.

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You Can Lead Students To Knowledge, But How Do You Make Them Think?

By Steve Joordens

The psychological defences students have get in the way of learning critical thought. How can university teachers encourage student to confront these defenses?

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How Influential are Faculty Today? Responses from the Canadian Professoriate

By Amy Scott Metcalfe, Donald Fisher, Yves Gingras, Glen A. Jones, Kjell Rubenson, and Iain Snee

How are the pressure to publish or perish, fiscal austerity, and the growing ascendancy of managers combining to affect the influence of faculty on academic life?

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Bridging the Digital Divide

By Joan Flaherty

A Non-Technical Approach to the Use of New Technology in Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning.

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Is the Teacher-Researcher Faculty Model Just Too Expensive?

By Ken Snowdon

The authors of Academic Transformation argue the current faculty model of teaching-research is too costly, short-changes students of variety, and relies excessively on part-time faculty. Does their case stand up to scrutiny?

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Humour Matters – Plagiarism: How about a Canada Research Chair in Surveillance?

By Steve Penfold

By now, students probably think all my courses are about plagiarism. I seem to talk about it constantly: reviewing its definition, enumerating […]

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Editorial Matters – Understanding University Students

By Mark Rosenfeld

“Who are today’s university students?” The answer to that question is not so neatly encapsulated in a simple response. Ken Steele notes […]

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