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Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Albertanae; or WrestleMania: University SmackDown (Guest Post by Kathleen Lowrey)

I have read the recent contributions of my colleagues Michelle Maroto and Carolyn Sale on the debate around the use of teaching evaluations at the University with considerable interest and appreciation. They take up a question that has generated wide … Continue reading

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“Whatsoever things are true”? GFC votes to allow continuing use of possibly discriminatory USRIs

At its meeting Monday afternoon the University of Alberta’s General Faculties Council (GFC) voted to endorse a set of recommendations from the Committee on the Learning Environment (CLE) that allows the University’s Universal Student Ratings of Instruction (USRIs) to continue … Continue reading

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Comments on the Recent GFC USRIs Report (Guest Post by Michelle Maroto, Sociology)

Student evaluations and how to use them have been common topics for discussion here and at other universities for many years. As a result, I wasn’t surprised to see yet another report and set of summary recommendations from the UofA … Continue reading

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GFC and the USRIs: How Should Teaching Evaluations at the University of Alberta Be Used?

This is a brief post meant to stimulate conversation about a question faculty and other instructors across campus should be asking: in a decade in which studies indicating that student evaluations of teaching involve bias against certain groups of instructors, … Continue reading

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MLCS is going generic or, Why French will no longer be an exception (Guest Post by Sathya Rao, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies)

Modelled after the modern languages departments at the universities of Exeter (UK), Sheffield (UK), and Saint Louis (US), the controversial Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) major proposal – which passed last May 25 at Arts Faculty Council – is … Continue reading

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In the Journal today: Kathleen Lowrey (Anthropology) on “flexibility,” “experiential learning” and other curricular matters

In the Edmonton Journal today: Kathleen Lowrey (Anthropology) contributes to the debate on what the Social Studies curriculum for K-12 and our own should (and should not) involve. Or, as she puts it, “And now, a withering view of flexibility from … Continue reading

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Reflexions on the Arts Faculty Council discussion of the MLCS BA proposal (Guest Post by Marisa Bortolussi)

In response to the request for a summary of what happened at the Thursday May 25 meeting of the Arts Faculty Council regarding the BA proposal for Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS), here is a summary, with a few … Continue reading

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