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- ItemReflective learning journals: a self-directed learning project(2007) Baptista, MargoThrough this self-directed learning process, I explored definitions of and reasons for reflection, descriptions of reflective learning journals, studies examining the value of journals in higher education programs, and examples of style, structure, and medium. I also sought insights on experience with keeping a journal during pre-residency, residence and the LEAD 535 online course. Finally, I looked for advice on techniques and strategies for starting and maintaining journals. My hope is that this document gives you an understanding of the value of reflective learning journals together with ideas that you can use.
- ItemHelping the Grant MacEwan College Board of Governors acquire and transfer knowledge about presidential search(2009) Baptista, MargoThe frequency of turnover within public post-secondary boards of governors presents particular challenges to the individual and collective ability of members to acquire and manage intellectual capital and practical knowledge on board roles and responsibilities. My study examined how, through the application of knowledge management theory, a board can learn and share knowledge on a vital board responsibility—presidential search. Normally, boards learn about presidential search while engaged in a recruitment process or through presentations at governance conferences. Seeking knowledge about this topic through a proactive and targeted approach is not common practice. Through a facilitated, qualitative action research exercise, participants engaged in a progressive learning experience to create a body of knowledge about presidential search experiences and develop strategies for transferring it when membership changes. This shared organizational learning experience is also expected to contribute to a comprehensive board succession plan for Grant MacEwan College.
- ItemStudent mental health in counsellor education programs: barriers to help-seeking for counsellors-in-training(2013) Dayal, HelenaThe article focuses on counsellors-in-training in post-graduate Counselling and Counselling Psychology programs, and the mental health issues they face. By considering the practical and psychological barriers to help-seeking, counsellor training programs have the potential to shape the personal and professional development of future counsellors who are struggling with mental health issues of their own.
- ItemA unique governance learning experience(2013) Baptista, MargoThis paper was prepared for presentation at the 2013 Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) conference, Victoria, British Columbia, June 3, 2013. It is based on a thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a Master of Arts in Leadership with Royal Roads University. The research project is entitled “Helping the Grant MacEwan College Board of Governors Acquire and Transfer Knowledge About Presidential Search”.
- ItemDeveloping the field of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in higher education: a scoping study and curriculum inquiry(2014) Rosse, StephanieThe goal of the research is to develop a unified description of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Curriculum and a cross-disciplinary curricular framework that identifies the elements and the relationships between them. This research combined scoping study and curriculum inquiry methods and featured three cycles of data analysis and two types of curriculum theorization. Data sources included a literature review, a survey, expert interviews, and a focus group. In theorizing the WIL Curriculum in higher education, the authors develop a definition of the WIL curriculum and on the basis of this definition, put forward a unified curricular framework, as recommended by Cooper, Orrell and Bowden (2010). It begins with a WIL schema to provide an underlying organizational structure that outlines the relationships between fundamental actors and factors in the WIL Curriculum and describes twelve shared dimensions of WIL which are defined in relationship to their function in WIL curriculum development. We also propose a template for curriculum development in WIL and CSL. Finally, based on the data analysis and on patterns found to occur in cross-disciplinary data, we developed eight WIL curriculum models: Awareness, Application, Competency, Synthesis, Deconstruct-Reconstruct, Iterative Reflection, Research-Based, and Problem-Based Models. The WIL models that are advanced in this research provide a starting place for further inquiry, curriculum development and research.
- ItemMacEwan Residence Life Staff: enhancing student leadership(2014) Lade, TimMacEwan Residence, on the City Centre campus of MacEwan University, opened in 2005 and houses 882 students in 450 suite-style units on a yearly basis. Offering a safe, secure, and academically focused on-campus living experience, MacEwan Residence is committed to assisting in the transition of all students pursuing a postsecondary experience and to offering convenient, affordable housing in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. MacEwan Residence delivers this commitment primarily through the Residence Life Staff team, which is made up of 27 residence assistants (RAs) who live within each floor community and who support all residents. It is a well-known fact in Edmonton that there are many off-campus housing options to choose from including condos, apartments, and living with parents. The on-campus experience has to be more than just a convenient and fun place to live, but also needs to be a developmental experience in which relationships can be built, learning can take place, and the cost of residence is a worthwhile investment—in other words, a student doesn’t just a get a bed to put their head in but is able to thrive as a student and an individual.
- ItemFrom shame to shame resilience: narratives of counselor trainees with eating issues(2014) Dayal, Helena; Weaver, Kathryn; Domene, JoseUsing narrative analysis, the experiences of 7 Canadian counselor trainees with eating issues were explored for meanings of shame and resilience. Shame was experienced as layers of discounting and disconnection from self and others, which served as barriers to help seeking and recovery. Trainees’ attempts to overcome shame were characterized by a dialectic conflict of protecting shame vs. prioritizing recovery. Finding a culture of safety and belonging, invalidating perfection, and redefining ideals emerged as elements that fostered resilience from the layers of shame. Recommendations for future research include exploring the important features of social support and examining how safe disclosure contributes to overcoming shame. Potential implications for counselor education programs include introducing self-care initiatives, discussions about counselor wellness and ethical practice, and education on eating issues.
- Item#Hashtags for change: can Twitter promote social progress in Saudi Arabia(2014) Chaudhry, IrfanSince the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, Twitter has proven to be a useful mobilization tool for citizens. The power of Twitter to mobilize citizens (as seen in the Arab Spring) worries some governments. In response, a number of countries have begun to censor access to Internet technology. The Saudi monarchy, for example, issued a decree banning the reporting of news that contradicts sharia (Islamic) law, undermines national security, promotes foreign interests, or slanders religious leaders. A key question requiring further examination is why the Saudi government issued this decree. Are these controls in place to manage the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s political image on a global level, or are they in place to regulate the morality of its citizens at the local level? Drawing upon the work of Manuel Castells and his discussion of network power, this article asks: Can Twitter usage promote social progress in Saudi Arabia?
- ItemSupporting the prevention conversation: a developmental evaluation of an innovative FASD awareness and prevention initiative(2015) Dayal, HelenaThis document presents findings from the developmental evaluation of this initiative, the purpose of which was to provide key information to stakeholders in order to inform their future decisionmaking regarding this FASD prevention initiative. The evaluation also served to track the development and implementation of the initiative, in order to assess its transferability to new contexts. This developmental evaluation employed a mixed-methods approach, collecting data from Facilitators, Service Providers, and key project team members to answer four key evaluation questions. Data collection took place between May 2013 and January 2015, during the period of development and the first year of the implementation (2014) of the initiative.
- Item#Hashtagging hate: using Twitter to track racism online(2015) Chaudhry, IrfanUnder our current social context, discussing issues related to race are often very difficult and perceived as impolite. As Malinda Smith notes, “there is a belief that to talk openly about race matters is an affront to good manners.” . As a result, there is strong sentiment from people to feel that race (and consequently racism) is a thing of the past. While it is important to acknowledge this may be a byproduct of living in a multicultural and pluralistic society such as Canada, not being able to talk openly about issues related to race makes it difficult for Canada to become a place that is diverse and inclusive of all people, as both overt and covert forms of racism are able to persist. Although overt forms of racism in a public setting are less frequent than in the past (for the most part), one can shift focus to the online world, where overt forms of racism are rampant on social media sites, such as Twitter. A recent report released by Demos (a U.K.-based think tank), for example, found that on average, there are roughly 10,000 uses (per day) of racist and ethnic slurs in English being used on Twitter (Bartlett, et al., 2014). While this appears to be a high number, it is important to note there are no comparative figures which this finding can be contrasted with. For example, is this figure any higher or lower than what one might find on sites such as Facebook or Instagram? Although we currently do not have the information to make this comparison, it is important to remember that “new modes of communication mean it is easier than ever to find and capture this type of language” . In light of new communication technology, social media sites like Twitter allow us to view and track racist language like we have never been able to do before. In recent years, racist graffiti sprawled on the sides of businesses or homes would have been the most overt text-based form of seeing racist language in a public area, however, with the rise and growth of communication technology (and social media specifically), the online realm has turned into a space where racist language is used openly. As Manuel Castells points out, “the fundamental change in the realm of communication has been the rise of self communication — the use of Internet and wireless networks as platforms of digital communication” . The rise of digital communication tools (like Twitter) has given anyone with something to say a ‘digital soapbox’, where they can tweet their thoughts, values, and opinions on a variety of issues. While most Twitter users will tweet about news stories (Tao, et al., 2014), some users may take to Twitter to espouse hateful sentiment. The older Twitter gets, the more its service (like the rest of the Web) becomes a vehicle for trolls  to challenge the social contract in a way that they might not be able to on the street (Greenhouse, 2013). Although the use of racist language online is not a new phenomenon (see Foxman and Wolf, 2013), what is new is the ability for users to strategically track and monitor racism online. Due to Twitter’s “free speech” ideal (Greenhouse, 2013), it does not filter out terms or threads that are racist in nature. As a result, users can easily track and monitor racist language. The ability to track racist language on Twitter provides researchers interested in examining race and racism with a unique way to collect research data. While there are a number of paid services that can provide Twitter data for users (such as Gnip or Datasift), these services are often costly, focus on large sets of data, and require added expertise with different data formats for users to utilize. As a result, researchers have been hesitant to utilize Twitter as a data gathering source. Due to the structure of Twitter, however, users can still collect data in an efficient and strategic manner, without the need to rely on costly data providers or learning a new data format. In this paper, I will consider three different projects that have used Twitter to track racist language: 1) Racist Tweets in Canada (the author’s original work); 2) Anti-social media (a 2014 study by DEMOS); and, 3) The Geography of Hate Map (created by researchers at Humboldt University) in order to showcase the ability to track racism online using Twitter. As each of these projects collected racist language on Twitter using very different methods, I will provide a discussion of each data collection method used as well as the strengths and challenges of each method. More importantly, however, I will highlight why Twitter is an important data collection tool for researchers interested in studying race and racism. Before discussing these projects, however, I will provide a brief genealogy of Twitter and how it is transforming from a social media platform to a useful space for researchers.
- ItemA unique governance learning experience(2016) Baptista, Margo; Baptista, MargoThis paper reports on some of the findings of a 2008-2009 graduate study conducted as a shared organizational learning experience for the Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University ) Board of Governors to learn about a vital board governance responsibility-presidential search. Through a facilitated, qualitative action research exercise, participants engaged in a four-stage progressive learning experience to create a body of knowledge about presidential search experiences and to develop strategies for transferring this knowledge when membership changes. The study examined how, through the application of knowledge management theory, a board can learn and share knowledge. This learning experience contributed to the creation of a comprehensive board succession plan for the MacEwan Board of Governors and, in 2010-2011, this plan was used to guide the institution's search for its fourth president.
- ItemResistance is fertile: productive responses to student pushback(2017) Martin, PaulWhen we as faculty members get pushback from students about any kind of innovation, assignment, or teaching choice, we tend to react in a number of different ways. Sometimes we stubbornly carry through with our plan and other times we acquiesce and make changes based on what the students want. In both cases, we often feel resentful or wonder if we’ve done the right thing. In this session, we’ll explore the reasons behind student resistance and how we can place student learning at the heart of how we respond to it.
- ItemActive learning: what is it and why should I use it?(2017) Peck, Carla L.CALIBER welcomes Dr. Carla Peck as the keynote speaker. Dr. Carla Peck joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in 2007. Her program of research has two main foci: The first seeks to map the qualitatively different ways that teachers’ and students’ understand key democratic concepts such as diversity, citizenship, and citizen participation in a democracy. The second area of her research is on students’ historical understandings, and in particular, the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and their understandings of history. In 2013, Carla was awarded the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. As Associate Director (Curriculum) Carla is responsible for CTL’s Peer Consultation program, and is available for consultation for other curriculum-related needs as well.
- ItemIL Palooza: easy video creation using Screencast-o-matic(2018) Peacock, KimHands-on workshop with Kim Peacock on the free screencast video making tool Screencast-o-matic. Includes benefits and best practices.
- ItemEpisode 2: All walks of life: from hate to healing(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan UniversityAlberta is located on Treaty land. An acknowledgment of the historical legacy of hateful treatment towards the Indigenous community in Canada culminated with the federal government’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in 2015. In this episode, we outline what, if anything, has changed in Alberta and how Indigenous knowledge can help us heal from historical and current narratives of hate. Hosted by Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari.
- ItemThe common ground teaser(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan UniversityWelcome to The Common Ground, a new podcast from MacEwan University that explores the narratives of hate and counter-hate in Alberta. Each episode your hosts, Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari, will speak to guests and tackle challenging and polarizing issues in the province.
- ItemEpisode 5: Can we find a common ground?(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan UniversityThe final episode of this podcast will take a look at this question, drawing from the responses of all the interviewees from the series. Based on their collective response, do we have any hope of finding common ground in the face of increasing political and social polarization? Hosted by Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari.
- ItemEpisode 1: Context of hate in Alberta(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan University; Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, ImanIn an age of increasing political and social polarization, how do we understand the diverse and divisive viewpoints that are fueling the rhetoric of hate in Alberta? This episode outlines recent examples of hate in Alberta, and also speaks to groups involved on “all sides” of the debate to help us answer: What is the current context of hate in Alberta? Hosted by Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari.
- ItemEpisode 3: “Welcome to Canada. Now fit in, or fuck off”: immigration and the fear of the “other”(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan University; Bukhari, ImanIn recent years, strong and polarizing views regarding immigration, refugees, and resettlement have shaped many narratives in Alberta and Canada. These narratives have fueled hatred and misunderstanding about immigration - both online and offline. This episode explores the voices of anti-immigration in order to understand how this impacts newcomers and newcomer serving agencies in Alberta. Hosted by Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari.
- ItemEpisode 4: The next generation: youth perspectives on hate in Alberta(2019) Chaudhry, Irfan; Bukhari, Iman; MacEwan UniversityWhat do young Albertans think about what is going on in the province? Do they see any hope in looking past the hateful noise that appears to be dividing the country? This episode will explore youth perspectives on hate, and what this demographic thinks can be done to address the issue. Hosted by Irfan Chaudry and Iman Bukhari.