Kate Tairyan, Senior professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC has won a $100K grant because of an innovative idea for the world’s first free university for health care workers. . . . → Read More: Kate Tairyan wins $100K for her idea of a Free University
Nipissing University education student and environmentalist Kate Jeffery has been awarded a Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship from the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School in recognition of her work in pre-service Environmental Education of elementary school children. Jeffery will use the fellowship—for which she will receive a monetary gift and the chance to spend a week immersion at the at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School—to further her work in Environmental Education. “My goal is to be a life-long promoter of Environmental Education. I see myself working with kids as a teacher to promote Environmental Education both inside and outside the classroom.”
Schulich student wins Suzuki Fellowship [Nipissing University]
Dr. Jamie Metsala (Credit: University of Western Ontario)
Dr. Jamie Metsala has been appointed as the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities for Mount Saint Vincent University—the first Chair of its kind in Canada.
Dr. Metsala, who most recently worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, has focused her career research on cognitive and linguistic influences on children with learning disabilities.
As Chair, Dr. Metsala will work to teach, research and develop courses to provide MSVU graduates with the knowledge and skills to identify and teach children with learning disabilities in a classroom setting. “The appointment of Dr. Metsala as the Chair in Learning Disabilities is an important part of the Mount’s commitment to research and education,” says Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, University President and Vice-Chancellor. “With the generous contributions of our supporters, the Mount is positioned to play a lead role in . . . → Read More: Movers and Shakers: First Canadian Chair in Learning Disabilities at MSVU
In a world where most of us are far more likely be playing Angry Birds in our spare time than reading a good book, it is no wonder than literacy skills are being threatened. With this in mind, Simon Fraser University education professor emerita Selma Wassermann is investigating ways to supplement traditional teaching methods with modern technologies as a way to bolster literacy levels among elementary and secondary school students.
Wassermann developed a new app for the iPad, called the My Word! Reader, as a resource for students struggling with reading to learn and improve their reading skills at their own pace.
“In my dream world, I would hope the high-tech tools can be used as supplementary resources that complement what a teacher does, thus freeing the teacher to do much, much more with individual kids and with the curriculum,” says Wassermann.
The app strives to assist users . . . → Read More: Oh My Word! SFU Professor uses Innovate Apps to Promote Literacy
When looking up at a city skyline, have you ever marveled, “who builds these architectural wonders?”
Buildings can evoke strong emotions within us, but now more than ever how do we make daring and beautiful buildings and still be kind to the environment? Carleton University has an answer. The university is offering a new Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability that can us teach how to build greener buildings.
Overall, the program — which begins in September of 2011 — focuses on efficiency and creating environmentally-friendly buildings: building restoration and the energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly building design.
Pulling inspiration from the environmental focus, the degree has two specializations for students to choose from: the structural stream and the environmental stream. The structural stream concentrates on conservation and sustainability in the design of new structures and the assessment and retrofit of existing structures. The environmental stream focuses . . . → Read More: Building Sustainability from the Bottom Up: New Architectural Degree at Carleton University
Lissa Paul. (Photo Credit: Brock University)
Most modern children’s books focus on messages of sharing and caring, often through the lens of some sort of cuddly-wuddly kid-friendly cartoon animal. A hundred years ago, however, children’s literature was quite different.
In conjunction with the approaching 100-year anniversary of the First World War, Brock University professor Lissa Paul is investigating themes in early 20th century children’s literature. According to Paul’s studies, much of the writing geared towards children in that time period focused on encouraging them to prepare for war.
For example, popular kids materials at the time included books like An ABC for Baby Patriots, in which B stands for battles.
Paul suggests the promotion of war and fighting for king and country was an integral part of pre-war culture as a tool for retraining children’s minds against natural instinctual and religious hesitations towards killing others. By investigating the . . . → Read More: Darker Than Dr. Seuss: Brock Professor Investigates How Pre-WWI Children’s Literature Promoted War Involvement
A cohort of ambitious psychiatric nurses assembled at Brandon University this week to mark the beginning of a new educational experience—the first Canadian Masters program in Psychiatric Nursing.
The 13 students will ultimately achieve a graduate degree in either education, administration or clinical practice of psychiatric nursing.
Students in this program will complete the bulk of their course work online from their various parts of the country. For students already working as psychiatric nurses, the online flexibility of the program allows for advanced education in the field without abandoning current careers. want to advance our profession.
“We want to advance our profession. We’re all very dedicated to psychiatry and personally, I want to make a difference,” says BC student Shannon Flannery, “You can work full time while you’re doing this and get full support online — from instructors or the help desk — and what I’ve seen so . . . → Read More: Advancing Degrees: First Master of Psychiatric Nursing Program in Canada Launched at Brandon University
Welcome to our new blog/news service for canadian-universities.net. After being in operation for over 7 years, we thought it might be appropriate to (finally) start to share with you our passion for the world of higher learning.
Our inspiration in starting this blog is to celebrate the real heroes in Canada. These are the people who spend time thinking and trying to solve the really important problems in society. Our blog aims to reveal the scientists, writers, philosophers, artists and medical researchers in Canada who are making significant and sometimes profound discoveries that are helping Canadians and providing benefit to the world as a whole.
We are also very interested in campus life and will also be discussing issues concerning campuses across Canada.
We also will post summaries of all of our job postings aimed at university/college students or grads.
We are interested in hearing from current students, former . . . → Read More: Hello Canada and the world!