Universities work to incorporate Indigenous learning

Among the 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a 2015 report were numerous references to the need for increased education about Indigenous issues, including a call for governments to “provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.” Some Canadian universities are working to better recognize Indigenous knowledge on their campuses, from the implementation of Indigenous content requirements, to the creation of buildings dedicated to Indigenous studies and culture. Lakehead University Following the implementation of an Indigenous content requirement in the fall 2016 semester, Lakehead University is working to address student concerns about the information being taught. “There have been some disagreements […]

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University of Calgary to send phishing emails to staff and faculty

Faculty and staff at the University of Calgary (U of C) are about to put their online vigilance to the test. The university is planning to send out a series of fake phishing emails to educate employees about the convincing appearance and dangers of online scams. Linda Dalgetty, the university’s vice-president of finance and services, said the school has been openly discussing phishing since 2010 and wanted to add a practical component. “Phishing is becoming so prevalent and so regular at the university that we just felt this was a logical next step,” Dalgetty said. Last year, the U of C was victimized by a ransomware attack that resulted in the university paying $20,000 to a hacker to regain access to computer files. According to Dalgetty, the new phishing education program aims to protect the university and its employees’ […]

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Most universities don’t collect data on student race, including Carleton

Many Canadian universities have little to no substantial data on how their students identify racially, according to a recent CBC investigation. Over the past five months, CBC asked 76 Canadian universities to provide racial information about their student population, and more than 60 universities—including Carleton University—said they don’t collect that data. Jeremy McDonald, the executive producer of the CBC report, said in an email the investigation was prompted by a recent increase in discussions about race and discrimination on campuses, and the information was gathered during CBC investigations on sexual assaults at universities. “In what is supposed to be an enlightened environment, racialized students say they are dealing with challenges that can have implications for their academic performance and overall […]

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University of Manitoba slate borrows branding, platform points from One Carleton

The name and some platform points of the winning slate in the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) election earlier this month shared a resemblance to the winning slate of the recent Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election. Similar to the “One Carleton” slate in the CUSA election, the “One UMSU” slate at the University of Manitoba (U of M) won every executive position in the UMSU election, all while sharing some of One Carleton’s branding and campaign promises. According to The Manitoban, the U of M’s student paper, One UMSU promised nap pods in the school’s University Centre and to create more student jobs—both promises One Carleton made during their 2017 campaign. One UMSU promised to work with Winnipeg […]

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Ontario donates grants towards “technology-based learning” at universities

The Ontario government has announced it will provide funding towards technology-based learning to several post-secondary institutions in the province. eCampusOntario, a non-profit organization that represents all public universities and colleges in Ontario and is funded by the provincial government, said it will donate a range of research and innovation grants to several Ontario universities and colleges to “explore technology-enabled learning,” according to a news release. The grants will total $2.6 million. A few projects that will receive funding include a study involving gaming as a teaching method for science programs, a project evaluating the impact of virtual simulations as a teaching tool in nursing programs, and an online space for Indigenous students to gather, record, and discuss stories from local […]

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