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Teachers v. billionaires
Value-Added Measures (VAM)
The fiction of most school mission statements
From ‘yes, but’ to ‘how can we?’ and ‘why not?’
‘Closed’ v. ‘open’ systems of knowing
Ed tech behaviorism
Let’s remove editorial subjectivity from peer review
The times, they are (always) a-changin’
University rankings – a game of snakes and ladders
MOOCs are not dead, but evolving
Art can enhance humanity’s survival
How is Canada’s PSE system doing?
The hidden costs of success are too high for low-income students
What does the new tri-agency open access policy mean for researchers?
Here’s the difference between research and innovation
High-profile academic fraud a symptom of underlying dysfunction
It’s time to rethink academic conference funding
The PhD is in need of revision
Philosophy'S Makeover
How Technology Is Transforming the Lecture
How will our bricks-and-mortar universities survive?
Majority of Canadian universities sign licence with Access Copyright
U-15 begins to formalize its organization
Call for a national forum on academic freedom
A Global Information System Needs a Culture of Sharing
The Bottom Line on Open Access
Survey Reports Canadian Tech Transfer
U.S. Patent Claim Against Waterloo Firm Concerns Researchers
The Wild Web
Learning Long Distance
A new look for University Affairs
Improve the wheel, don't reinvent it
Knowledge mobilization
Documenting and decoding the undergrad experience
Navigating course prerequisites
It's time to transform undergraduate education
Surgery podcasts go viral
Australian researchers bypass media to tell their stories
Annual survey shows a satisfied student body
The case in favour of more PhDs
Muzzling of Canadian federal scientists makes international headlines
Court rules students may sue universities, in some cases
Medical groups recommend sweeping reforms to resident training in Canada
Why Canadian universities should collaborate with Asia
All about MOOCs
Students prefer good lectures over the latest technology in class
Dispelling the misconceptions of online education
The rise of the experience industry on campus
Online learning isn’t as inclusive as you may think
Canada joins network to improve the international exchange of student data
“My grief lies all within” — PhD students, depression & attrition
The scholarship of teaching and learning: what works, and why
Some academics remain skeptical of
Peer review appears to be a poor predictor of impact
University websites: The so-so, the bad, and the egregious
The value of where you earned your PhD
The emptiness of branding universities for “success”
Six strategies for Canadian universities to foster innovation
Academic rankings: The university’s new clothes?
Beware! Academics are getting reeled in by scam journals
Feds launch networking site for academics, students and public servants
Canada’s accidental brain drain
Social entrepreneurship gains ground on Canadian campuses
SoTL: the party that no one really wants to go to
Academic publishing at a crossroads
Andrew Pelling challenges conventions in science and academia
Canada needs a national overhaul of university IP policies
How Canada has emerged as a leader in artificial intelligence
National Research Council lays out a four-year reform plan
A night at the gun club
Why one professor live-streamed lectures for free on social media
The seeds of commercialization start at the beginning of innovation
Journalism programs struggle to adapt to changing times
I attended an academic conference and didn’t go to any sessions
Advancing academia with Wikipedia
Editors Canada releases new guidelines for the ethical editing of students’ work
Kim TallBear speaks truth to power
Think tanks fill an important niche within Canada’s public policy landscape
The realities of journal publishing: a view from Canada’s not-for-profits
Future Skills Centre looks at scaling up best practices for Canada’s workforce
Kill the Canadian Common CV, researchers urge the tri-council
U of T’s Citizen Lab reaches out to academics targeted by spyware
The sudden urgency of online academic conferences
Writing in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Vulnerability to Solidarity
COVID-19: Scientists have lost their passive social check-in
The PhD conversion experience
Learning management systems are more important than ever
The mismatch continues between PhD holders and their career prospects a one-stop shop to bring researchers and industry partners together
New ‘digital wallet’ puts students’ credentials at their fingertips
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment is gaining ground in Canada
How producing videos on TikTok is impacting teaching
How lessons learned in delivering courses last year may affect the mode of course delivery this fall
Is philosophy having a moment?
Why we must, and how we can, make the post-pandemic university a more intellectually productive learning commons
Is sharing recorded lectures all at once as effective as releasing them week by week?
Global Skills Opportunity program launches across Canada
Questioning the ethics of online proctoring
‘Beware of oysters’ and other remedies for donor threats to academic freedom
Canadian universities are quietly being repurposed
1 in 4 youth ‘may ignore science,’ leading to calls for improved communications
Rethinking student transcripts to include skill development
Can lower tuition fees grow a population?
Universities are ramping up targeted hiring to meet CRC equity goals
A requiem for CARPA: how Ottawa is rethinking innovation policy
We need to deal with data privacy in our classrooms
University researchers are helping to create a Canadian guide for social connection
Why it's wrong to blame online learning for causing mental health issues during COVID-19
The online meeting chat is dead: long live the online meeting chat!
Niagara Falls bets on a new private university for economic growth
Athabasca U, Alberta government reach agreement
How can undergraduate degrees meet the demands of the workforce?

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