Congress 2016 Day #3 – Learning outcomes and the Weingarten Hypothesis


Two very interesting sessions today, but for two very different reasons. The first featured research by Mary Catharine Lennon on learning outcomes. This is a hot topic in Canadian policy circles, part of a push for universities to demonstrate to government and the public the value created by their teaching activities. Lennon suggests that we’re […]

HEQCO distorts faculty teaching loads: News media play along


In March, 2014, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), published a study purporting to show that Ontario professors only teach an average of 2.8 courses per year. The study went on to propose that professors who are not active in research should have their teaching loads doubled. News media such as the Toronto […]