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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Waterloo gets eCampusOntario funding for projects

The Province of Ontario has announced funding that will support colleges and universities in developing new and innovative approaches to online learning. This year, 45 recipients will receive a broad range of research and innovation grants through eCampusOntario to explore technology-enabled learning and highlight best practices in student engagement. These new investments are intended to further position Ontario as a leader in the development of evidence-based strategies for online learning.

"Our government wants Ontario students to have access to high quality education and training so that they have the skills they need to get the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Minister Responsible for Digital Government. "Investing in innovative educational methods like technology-enabled learning is one of the ways we can make sure we’re providing learning options for students that will help them succeed."

The University of Waterloo was awarded $923,268 for the following projects:

Open Content Initiatives

Open Data Structures: open-content textbook, videos, and online exercises ($97,390)

Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Waterloo will partner to enhance the already successful eTextbook, Open Data Structures by adding approximately 80 interactive and accessible videos and online exercises. Each interactive module will be self-contained, so it can be used as a resource by instructors working from any textbook.

Introduction to Heavy Civil Engineering Operations and Equipment Management ($99,500)

In this collaborative project between the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Lakehead University, a set of learning modules will be developed to support the teaching of an introductory course on Heavy Civil Engineering across all Civil Engineering programs in the province of Ontario.

Online Program Development

Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Management ($330,000)

Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will partner to create a Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Management (GDip CRM); it will be the only university level graduate diploma program of its kind in Canada. The fully online, direct-entry program will be designed to meet the needs of early to mid-career professionals tasked with climate change risk management and adaptation as part of their regular professional duties.

Research and Innovation Projects

Assessing the Impact of Online Learning: A Model and Case Study ($99,930)

Waterloo will develop an evaluation model for assessing the impact of credit online courses and programs, and apply that model within the University.

Developing and Assessing Methods for Guiding Students to use Online Content Effectively ($99,726)

This project will develop an accessible set of assessment methods instructors and educational developers across Ontario can use in their personal online courses to improve the effectiveness of online content in supporting student learning.

An Investigation of User Experience Design for Learning (UXDL) Principles in Online Learning ($99,907)

Waterloo will conduct a research study that qualitatively examines students' perspectives of online learning.

Foundations of Academic Success: Innovative Mobile Learning to Enhance Academic Integrity ($96,815)

The Foundations for Academic Success project aspires to improve student engagement with academic material by exploring mobile learning to better resonate with the current student population. The objective is to develop strategies for enhancing student academic integrity (AI) knowledge and understanding by employing open access mobile technology with an innovative pedagogical approach.

Conrad launches part-time MBET program

Craig Hainey.

This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on the Conrad Centre's website.

The Conrad Centre has launched a part-time version of its Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, designed for individuals who want to develop the skills to lead change and launch new ideas while balancing full-time work. Course material will be delivered in weekend sessions over three years, with the first cohort starting classes in September 2017.

The MBET program is a graduate business degree for entrepreneurs which combines interdisciplinary courses with practical experiences in venture creation and commercialization. The new part-time program's weekend format offers greater flexibility for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills with the mentorship of acclaimed faculty and industry leaders, while applying this learning to their workplace or venture in real-time.

Read the rest of the article on the Conrad site.

School of Computer Science celebrates 50 years

Attendees speak with panelists at the 50th Anniversary event.

On March 31, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science kicked off a year of celebrating it's 50th anniversary with a panel of distinguished alumni. 

Members of the School were invited to join alumni panelists Kellogg S. Booth, Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Joanne McKinley, Software Engineer, Google, Sylvia Osborn, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Western University and The Honourable Liz Sandals, MPP, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, to reminisce and hear stories of their unique experiences at Waterloo.

Panelists discussing the School of Computer Science's history.

The panel is available for viewing via the ITMS studio.

Wednesday's notes

St. Paul’s GreenHouse will be announcing the winners of this year’s Big Ideas Challenge as well as the recipients of the Social Impact Fund during the end-of-term Social Impact Showcase event today.

The Big Ideas Challenge rewards promising social ventures with funding and fellowships in the GreenHouse program. The Social Impact Fund supports current GreenHouse students so that they can move their social venture projects forward.

The event is open to the community. Food and refreshments will be served. Please register in advance for this free event. The showcase takes place at 4:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall at St. Paul's.

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has extended the inter-library loan (ILL) period of OCUL items to OCUL patrons. Beginning immediately, University of Waterloo Library users will now be able to borrow OCUL items for up to 6 weeks. Items from the University of Toronto will have a loan period of 5 weeks. Learn more about this change on the Library's website.

Human Resources is reporting that retiree Christian Gendron died on March 22. Gendron started at the University in October 1960 and retired under the Special Early Retirement Program in July 1996 as Science Shops Manager. He is survived by his spouse Hannelore Gendron, also a Waterloo retiree.

Arts Undergraduate Office closed tomorrow

The Arts Undergraduate Office will be closed on the afternoon of Thursday, April 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Link of the day

30 years ago: Married...With Children

When and where

IGNITE, the 43rd Annual Senior Undergraduate Exhibition, Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, April 8, University of Waterloo Art Gallery.

Sustainable Campus Photo Contest, Monday, March 20 – Friday, April 21, across campus.

Green Office Energy Challenge, Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 21, across campus.

Renison 2017 Used Book Sale, Monday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., outside the Lusi Wong Library, Renison University College.

Pre-examination study days, Tuesday, April 4 to Thursday, April 6.

Waterloo 2017 Staff Conference, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.

Applied Health Sciences HeForShe Committee presents "Transforming Health Research," Wednesday, April 5, all day, Federation Hall.

University Club Staff Conference Buffet Special, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Faculty Applying for Probationary Contract Renewal Workshop, Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. János Vörös, Universität Zürich and ETH Zurich (Department for Information Technology and Electrical Engineering), “The non-specific binding problem and the diagnostics challenge”, Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 a.m., C2-361.

Faculty Applying for Tenure Workshop, Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

St. Paul's GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase, Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

Paths to Success, Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Quantum Nano Centre (Room 2502). Please register.

Faculty Association Spring General Meeting, Thursday, April 6, 12:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Women: Public lecture by Dr. Jean Kilbourne, hosted by the SMF Department and St. Jerome’s HeForShe, Thursday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall SJ2 1004.

Professional School Interviews – MMI, Thursday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., TC - William M. Tatham Centre room 2218.

UWaterloo Pharmacy Admissions Interviews, Thursday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., TC - William M. Tatham Centre room 2218

SMF Research Symposium, Multidisciplinary presentations on sexuality, relationships, and family, hosted by the SMF Department, Thursday, April 6, 8:30 a.m., St. Jerome’s University, Academic Centre (SJ2), registration required.

MBET Information Session, Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m., Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.

Examinations begin, Friday, April 7.

Online course examination days, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Fundamentals for writing your thesis, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Analytics Day 2017: From Data to Decisions, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m., QNC 0101.

Challenge/Coding Day for AquaHacking 2017, Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m., Engineering 5

Supporting Nurses with Health Information Technology: Cognitive Functions of the Kardex and 'Brains' Artifacts, Monday, April 10, 2:30 p.m., East Campus 4 2101a. Register for this FREE event. Coffee and snacks will be available.

NEW - CBB Bioinnovations seminar featuring Zhanfeng Cui, PhD, Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, Director, CRMI Technology Centre, University of Oxford, "From Fundamental Research to Commercial Bio-Manufacture," Tuesday, April 11 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., EC5 1111. Networking reception with light refreshments immediately following the talk. Registration is required for this FREE event. Please RSVP via EventBrite.

University Club Easter Buffet, Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

NEW - Pizza with the Profs, "Zero-effort Ambient Vitals Monitoring" with Jennifer Boger, Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m., Grand River Hospital Freeport Campus. Register.

Staff International Experience Fund Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC1-1227 (Philanthropy Room). Feel free to bring your lunch. Some light refreshments (coffee and cookies) will be provided.

WaterTalks Lecture, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, April 14, most university buildings closed.

Retirement celebration for Sandra Hayes, Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m., East Campus 1. RSVP online.

#PowerShiftWR: Transforming Energy in Waterloo Region, Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

WISE Lecture Series: Energy-Secure, Adaptable Housing and Infrastructure for Remote and Northern Communities, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

UWRC Book Club, The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee, Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

NEW - Vision Science Graduate Research Conference 2017, Monday, April 24, all day, Optometry Room 1129.

Pharmacy Research Day, showcasing graduate student research, Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., School of Pharmacy.

Staff Appreciation Lunch, Wednesday, April 26 to Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, "Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning," Thursday, April 27, Science Teaching Complex.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2017-1453 – ACE Project Scientist, Chemistry, USG 13
  • Job ID# 2017-1592 – Administrative Assistant, VP University Relations, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2017-1532 –  Manager, Residence Business Technology and Systems,  Housing & Residence, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2017-1588 – Outreach Coordinator, Dean of Engineering Office-Outreach, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2017-1590 – Patrol Officer, Police Services, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2017-1586 – Psychological Assessment Coordinator, Counselling, USG 10-13

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2017-1591 – Director, Integrated Communications, VP University Relations-Communications, USG 13