News archive - April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

KI exhibit a ‘Game Changer’ at Ontario Science Centre

From April 20th to September 29th, Faculty of Environment Knowledge Integration students are taking their museum studies to a whole new level by creating an exhibition that explores the topic of gaming, the emerging field of crowdsourcing in citizen science, and the growing social impact available to gamers.

In an exhibition titled, ‘Game Changer,’ Ontario Science Centre visitors enter the fictional Video Game Agency, with the opportunity to take a photo and obtain a VGA recruit identification card. Using digital and other interactive media they are asked to solve puzzles and encounter different data visualizations in order to understand numerous techniques video games use to make guests want to play them.

Friday, April 19, 2013

MAD’s goose-dodging map

New online map allows students to plot goose nest-free routes through campus

With goose nesting season in overdrive, faculties, departments and individual students across campus have been applying their diverse education to one simple shared mission: “survival.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Environment launches new teaching website

Green TEA logo

Following the university-wide establishment of the Teaching Fellowship program to enhance the depth and effectiveness of student learning at the institution, Environment has launched the website Green TEA to offer professors, instructors and tutors information that can be used to enhance their teaching.

The site, built by graduate student Maria Legault and organized by Environment Teaching Fellow Mary Louise McAllister aims to showcase the great work being done by teachers in Environment, and inspire teaching innovation across the faculty.

Along with the new website featuring news, resources, teaching-related events, video and practical advice, a new Twitter account has been established to facilitate a faculty-wide conversation around teaching in the faculty.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Prof shortlisted for prestigious Donner Prize

Jennifer Clapp

Dr. Jennifer Clapp has been announced as one of a handful of Donner Prize nominees for the best public policy book by a Canadian

Monday, April 1, 2013

School of Planning revolutionizes curriculum with SimCity

A student works on a 3D model of a building.

Popular desktop game seen as the future of education and practice in city building

Beginning in Fall 2014 the Faculty of Environment’s School of Planning will begin using the popular open-ended city-building computer and console video game as the focal point for their degree program.  Traditional courses are to be replaced with an integrative Planning education where student’s create, manage, and plan their own cities.

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