Renison profs sweep the podium at inaugural Online Teaching and Design Awards

winnerLast week, the Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), together with Associate Vice-President, Academic Mario Coniglio, announced the winners of the inaugural Online Teaching and Design Awards. Both awards were given to Renison professors. An article in Waterloo’s Daily Bulletin describes the new annual awards: "In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, each recipient will receive a monetary prize of $1000, sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic. Students, teaching assistants, faculty, instructors, chairs, and deans are all eligible to nominate any fully online course for the Online Course Design Award." Renison profs sweep the podium at inaugural Online Teaching and Design Awards

Former Renison Principal retires

Glenn Cartwright standing in front of Renison circa 2009Former Principal and professor Glenn Cartwright announced his retirement this spring, concluding a teaching career that goes back to 1965. Professor Cartwright came to Renison after teaching in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University and acting as interim dean of the Centre for Continuing Education there. Some of Renison’s most notable accomplishments under Cartwright's leadership have been the establishment of the Master of Social Work program, the founding of the Sakura Japanese Language School, the building of the East Side Extension (to house the School of Social Work), and the conception and construction of a 2-story building in 2014 to support the growing demand for international and language programs. Former Renison Principal retires

SDS 311R class takes on the subject of reconciliation

March for truth and reconciliation in Vancouver Reconciliation has been a recurring theme in Canada recently. At Renison, a number of initiatives are aimed at raising awareness and sharing some of the darker stories of Canada's past. In Social Development Studies, one course in particular (SDS 311R: Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada) confronts the issue of reconciliation directly. SDS 311R class takes on the subject of reconciliation

The importance of perspective

a different perspective of earthFor Earth Day last week, the Rev. Matthew Griffin, a member of our Board of Governors wrote an article featured in “The Community” section of the website of the Anglican Church of Canada. In it, he tells of the grief of a child who has lost a pet and suggests how it reminds us to cherish all of creation. Griffin talks about agreeing to find a prayer to share with the child’s mother that they could use as they buried her pet and the idea that something may seem trivial to some but to others it is very important. The importance of perspective

Why Open Educational Resources are essential for online learning

Open sourceOn Tuesday, April 25, Renison was host to a presentation by Professor Rory McGreal, UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources. Entitled Why Open Educational Resources (OER) are essential for online learning, the presentation was available via livestream. One of the problems that societies have always dealt with is that a gap develops between those who have access to information and those who do not. According to Professor McGreal, open educational resources (OER) exist to reduce this gap because they are available to all. OER are learning resources that have been released under an open licence allowing for free use and modification. Why Open Educational Resources are essential for online learning

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