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It'sNotAcademic: Episode Ten with Gary McCluskie
As institutions grapple with ways of attracting and retaining students who are underrepresented in higher education, more attention is being focused on the physical space. In this episode of It’sNotAcademic, we talk to Gary McCluskie, a principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects, a Toronto architecture firm.
It'sNotAcademic: Episode Nine with Val Walker
It’s an often heard complaint. University and college graduates lack the skills that employers seek. They don’t have what it takes to thrive in today’s rapidly changing workplace. To look at this issue, the Business Council of Canada brought together representatives from some of Canada’s largest companies and those from postsecondary institutions to create the Business Higher Education Roundtable. What skills are employers looking for in new hires? Do young Canadians have them? And what can universities and colleges do to ensure they are teaching the skills that employers require?
In this episode, we speak with Val Walker, vice-president of talent and skills at the Business Council and the head of the roundtable. Val tells us how employer expectations are changing, what this means for colleges and universities, and the mutual benefits of work-integrated learning.
It'sNotAcademic: Episode Eight with Brenda Small
Two years ago, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 calls to action, or recommendations, urging all levels of government to implement policies to acknowledge and redress the harm caused by residential schools to Indigenous people. Several of the recommendations urged governments, schools and postsecondary institutions to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into the classroom and to make instruction of residential schools, treaties and Indigenous people’s contributions to Canada a mandatory part of the curriculum. Several institutions have heeded the call.
But Confederation College, which is based in Thunder Bay, was way ahead. Together with the Negahneewin Council, it has been working since 2007 to embed Indigenous content into its programs through what it calls Indigenous Learning Outcomes. The Indigenous Learning Outcomes were created to help students foster an understanding of Indigenous culture and worldview. About 95 percent of Confederation’s programs include two or more Indigenous Learning Outcomes and the college’s goal is to have all programs do so. A project to create a critical-thinking assessment tool based on the Indigenous Learning Outcomes and Indigenous understandings of critical thinking is part of HEQCO’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium.
This episode of the podcast features Brenda Small, vice president of Confederation’s Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning, to discuss Indigenous Learning Outcomes, how they are being implemented at Confederation and their role in the process of reconciliation.
It'sNotAcademic: Episode Seven with Tim Fricker, Dean of Students at Mohawk College
Welcome to the latest episode of It’sNotAcademic: the podcast – education conversations from HEQCO. Enrolment rates at Canadian universities and colleges have gone up considerably over the past two decades. That’s the good news. But, for a whole host of reasons, not all students who enrol in a degree or diploma program successfully complete it. Postsecondary institutions have started to turn their attention to boosting retention rates. They offer a variety of programs and services to support students, like transition and orientation programs for first-year students, mentoring programs and academic-support classes. Since 2012, Mohawk College has teamed up with the Education Policy Research Initiative to test and evaluate strategies aimed at improving student retention. In today’s episode we look at what Mohawk has learned, and how the research has influenced the way the college supports its students.
It'sNotAcademic: Episode Six
Welcome to the latest episode of It’sNotAcademic: the podcast - education conversations from HEQCO. Last month, HEQCO invited experts from across Canada and the world to take part in a two-day workshop examining a big question: “How do you assess quality in higher education?” One of the participants was Hamish Coates, professor of higher education at the University of Melbourne. After the workshop, Dr. Coates and HEQCO President and CEO Harvey Weingarten sat down to discuss what’s been happening in Australia’s higher education system and what lessons this holds for Ontario. Here’s what they had to say.
It'sNotAcademic: Episode Five
In anticipation of our Rethinking Access conference we have explored many dimensions of access on this podcast, but one area we have not yet discussed is the skilled trades. The trades are often left out of conversations about postsecondary education, despite the demand and opportunities that are available to students.
Bobby Watt is a keynote speaker at the Rethinking Access conference and president of RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. He is an expert in the conservation of historic buildings, including a project on Canada’s Parliament buildings. He is also an educator who helped establish the stonemasonry program at Durham College and the Guild Institute, the training facility of the Canadian Guild of Stone and Restoration Masons.
In this episode of the podcast, Bobby talks about his fascinating personal journey into the trades and how he sees the current opportunities for students.