Online News Service Focuses on Academic Matters
A new online news service designed to inform U of G's academic community about matters related to teaching and learning at Guelph was recently launched.
Guelph Academic Matters, which will be e-mailed to faculty and academic staff through deans, directors, chairs and administrative assistants at the beginning of each semester, features articles on topics such as innovation in the classroom, the progress of the 21st-Century Curriculum Committee, teaching awards and upcoming events, says Prof. Serge Desmarais, associate vice-president (academic). He is collaborating on the project with representatives from Communications and Public Affairs, the Learning Commons, the Office of Open Learning and Teaching Support Services.
“In our roles as educators at Guelph, we are in the advantageous position of having an excellent pool of colleagues from which to absorb knowledge and give us pause for reflection on our own approaches to the academic mission in, and out of, the classroom,” says Desmarais.
In addition to articles, Guelph Academic Matters features links to each of the collaborating departments, an RSS feed for those who want new posts e-mailed to them as they're published and a comments option at the end of each story.
To read the current issue, which features an opinion piece by Prof. Maurice Nelischer, director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, and stories on Prof. Sharon Mayne Devine, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition; Prof. Massimo Marcone, Food Science; John Cassidy, new director of the Office of Open Learning; and the discussion group “Teaching on the Edge,” go to www.uoguelph.ca/academicmatters/.