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- Item365 snaps: a digital story(2015) Wurfel, MarleneThe author combines 365 still images of her baby taken throughout the first year of her life with retrospective voiceover narration and music. This digital story, or, multimedia project, was produced at a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Educators at the Center for Digital Storytelling, now the StoryCenter in Berkeley, California. Some themes explored in the post-secondary classroom using this very personal story include humanizing pedagogy, social justice and feminist identity, and voice. To produce this creative research project, Marlene Wurfel explored camera techniques, digital storytelling techniques and the phenomenology of mother as documentarian. Photos were animated using Adobe Premiere Pro. Soundtrack by Frozen Silence via a Creative Commons license.
- ItemA digital story(2020) Wurfel, MarleneThis video (.MP4 HD) exemplifies the techniques of digital storytelling including layering images with sound and movement, and further, adding a voiced narrative, a subjective point of view, and dramatic tension. Digital storytelling is a research method operating within an interpretive paradigm whereby the storyteller shares insight and experience with an intention towards personal growth and social or organizational change. Stills gathered from various sources (2020), soundtrack (courtesy YouTube audio library), original footage gathered with gratitude to Indigenous communities in Treaty 8 territory using a Pixel 2 smartphone, editing environment is WeVideo, script and narration by Marlene Wurfel.
- ItemA good dog(2016) Wurfel, MarleneThis Tales From The Lilypad original bedtime story by Marlene Wurfel is a tribute to one of the best dogs who ever lived. We love you and miss you Gus!
- ItemA Halloween story too: Dave and Nightdash in Grimvale(2018) Wurfel, MarleneA sequel to Nightdash set in the used-to-be-spooky town of Grimvale. But now, the Candy Cane Committee has put Christmas lights EVERYWHERE. Will Nightdash and Dave the little Monster and his bat friend be able to save Halloween?
- ItemA place we call home: curriculum for land-based education(2022) Ruiz, AdolfoThis paper describes initial research into the creation of curriculum that combines visual communication design with local Indigenous knowledge in the Tłıchǫ ̨ Dene region of subarctic Canada. This curriculum is intended for regional youth, and to be accredited by the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Situated outside dominant models of design education, the following sections illustrate the significant role that embodied knowledge and relationality can play in land-based pedagogy. As part of this discussion, the field of design is situated as an intermediary between an Indigenous community and a Western academic institution. Through a reflexive, narrative form of writing, the following sections provide an account of consultations between the principal investigator and Tłıchǫ ̨ community members during the early stages of research in 2019. Consultation during this time led to the creation of two curriculum drafts that are presented in the following pages.
- ItemA place where it was acceptable to be unacceptable: twenty-first century girls encounter nineteenth-century girls through amateur theatricals and dance(2019) Fitzsimmons-Frey, HeatherThis self-reflexive article about girl-centered, performance-based historiography uses Carole Lynne D’Arcangelis’s cautions about self-reflexive research writing and Caroline Caron’s concerns about girl studies as activist research focused on social change to explore how the presence of girls and listening to girls shaped the knowledge that was created. By staging encounters between living 21st-century girls and 19th-century girls, the process reveals possibilities about the lives of girls in both eras. Encounters drew attention to issues concerning power, gender, agency, present-mindedness, emotion work, embodiment, and racialized identities. The article demonstrates how girls’ actions and insights complicated understandings about 19th-century girlhoods and at-home theatricals and, simultaneously, exposed power structures influencing their lives today and opportunities to work within or subvert them. Working through concepts like “radical reflexivity” (D’Arcangelis), “theatrical ethic of inappropriation” (Michelle Liu Carriger), “the wince” (Stephen Johnson), and the “foolish witness” (Julie Salverson), the article describes research pivot points and argues that ways of listening to girls alters how meaning is made.
- ItemA qualitative review of literature on peer review of teaching in higher education: An application of the SWOT framework(2013) Thomas, Susan; Chie, Quiu Ting; Abraham, Mathew; Raj, Sony Jalarajan; Beh, Loo-SeeThe issues of professional accountability, faculty member development, and enhancing higher education quality in universities are gaining importance. A strategy that could increase personal control over teaching practices in addition to improving professional development among faculty members is peer review of teaching (PRT). Five themes that are important in determining the feasibility of PRT are (a) benefits of peer review in developing faculty members, (b) barriers to peer review of teaching, (c) gaps in literature, (d) potential problems to teaching practice, and (e) opportunities. Of the 65 studies identified, 34 were selected for further analysis, and drawing on PRT and the SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) framework, 27 studies were selected for content mapping. Textual narrative synthesis was used to further categorize the review findings into the four quadrants of the SWOT framework. This analysis highlights a positive strategy in promoting PRT in higher education.
- ItemA strategic communication model for sustainable initiatives in higher education institutions(2017) Mazo, Lucille; Macpherson, IainCommunicating sustainable initiatives in higher education institutions presents a challenge, given that few to no universities possess or maintain a strategic communication plan that addresses the need to share this information effectively to stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community advocates). Drawing on secondary and primary research across universities in three countries, each representing distinct regional and national orientations – Canada, Ecuador, and Ukraine – the authors explain a sustainability/environmental communication model designed to be flexible enough for universal application, while providing strategic guidelines tailored to higher education institutions in each of its four described steps. The strategic communication model is informed by the critical synthesis of secondary research into two main areas of literature: (1) strategic communication theory and best practice; and (2) the organizational dissemination of sustainability initiatives, particularly within post-secondary institutions. Such secondary literature informs, and is in turn contributed to by, the authors’ primary research that was conducted, which consists of three parts: (1) discourse analysis of relevant institutional documents and promotional materials; (2) interviews about current practices in sustainability-related communication, conducted with higher education sustainability administrators; and, (3) focus groups with students, examining participant awareness and assessment of their institution’s sustainability communications. Based on such study, the authors advance a strategic communication model for sustainable initiatives, which comprises a four-step process based on a series of eight questions, with the first step providing comprehensive explication of a seven-component strategic planning framework that scales downward from the most abstract considerations to concrete tactics. In summary, the primary- and secondary-research data suggests that most universities, even if they implement sustainability initiatives or officially incorporate environmentalism into their institutional identity statements (mission, vision, etc.), fail to communicate these actions informatively and persuasively, thereby establishing widespread need for this paper’s offered strategic guidance.
- ItemA trip to Gingerbread Land(2017) Wurfel, MarleneIn this Merry Christmas 2017 episode, three children journey to Gingerbread Land on a Gingerbread Train. Inspired by the a 1934 version by Einar Nerman.
- ItemA. M. ; A. T.(1988) Mallon, DarciSuspects: this series of large portraits was informed by an acknowledgement that through the historical practice of artists depicting the affluent, they have influenced society in determining how beauty is defined. A. M. collection of MacEwan University. A. T. collection of the University of Alberta.
- ItemAbulia(2001) Mallon, Darci
- ItemActing charades in 1873: girls and the stakes of the game(2021) Fitzsimmons-Frey, HeatherIn February 1873, following the festive Christmas holiday season, Grace MacDonald, age nineteen, created a home newspaper—The Hastings Gazette—with her siblings and cousins. Included in the Gazette is Mac‑ Donald’s “[e]xperience at a tea party in a country town,” an entertaining report of a January country party she and her sister attended. Her essay candidly comments on the clothes, company, conversation, and activities of the country party, including their evening charades: “After tea, charades were proposed and those who were to act soon being chosen retired to the fire lit bedroom to consult and arrange.” MacDonald’s account of the charades offers a glimpse of her experience of this popular but ephemeral game, but it also reveals how Victorians played the game, what the conditions of playing could be like, and what the stakes were for participants and audiences, particularly girls.
- ItemAfrican rhythm as the foundation of contemporary bass performance(2018) de Toledo, RubimJazz and contemporary bass playing is a varied and deeply elaborate landscape. If jazz, American popular music, Caribbean, and Latin musical genres are taken into consideration, the breadth of bass styles is too broad to encompass in one lifetime. However, when the roots and traditions of these styles are examined, many common musical devices appear. With even more examination, these musical qualities can be seen and linked to West African ancestry. In this thesis, I outline several of these qualities and demonstrate these concepts from the perspective of modern bass performance. As well, I discuss the core rhythms in contemporary bass playing that have been retained from West African music. In conclusion, I present a handful of practical practice exercise to aid the bassist in internalizing some of the concepts discussed in the thesis. With such a broad topic it is clear to me that, while I present a unique perspective on contemporary bass performance, the study of African retention in bass performance goes far beyond the scope of a master’s thesis. It is my goal to open a gateway to a new awareness on the roots of contemporary bass playing and aid the bassist to build an authentic and profound connection to the ancestry of the art form.
- ItemAletheia: the unconcealedness of what-is present(1995) Mallon, DarciThis exhibition, Aletheia: the unconcealedness of What-is present, comprised two ink fingerprint drawings, one entitled Phosphenes and the other entitled, The Braille Pot. These works reflected a study on forms of blindness; blindness in the phenomenological sense as understood through philosophy and as well, as a consequence of the functioning of the brain and retinal system.
- ItemAmerican frontier myth and black humour: a study of Marsha Norman’s The Holdup(2017) Jose, Soumya; Raj, Sony JalarajanAmerican frontier myth, which can aptly be termed as a relic of the past is intricately woven into the plot of Marsha Norman’s play, The Holdup. This paper attempts to unravel how the playwright has employed black humour to stage the metamorphosis of a naïve teenager to an adult with broader world view. Besides, the paper examines the technique of meta-narration used by the playwright to narrate the events that had happened offstage.
- ItemAmerican goddess: a modern apotheosis(2011) MacDonald, Michael B.Since the 1970s America has inherited Britain's place as the world center of modern paganism. One of America's significant contributions to neopaganism is the transformation of Wicca into a feminist spiritual practice. Some American feminist witches have suggested that the roots of witchcraft may be found in goddess polytheism. American goddess worship seems to differ, however, from other named-goddess worship elsewhere in the world, in that the goddess of much American paganism has no single name or identity... Exploring the development of goddess worship in the United States since 1970 will show how this nonhierarchical, nondogmatic, spiritual practice has developed into very personal and community spiritual practices that celebrate the goddess. [Taken from work]
- ItemAmethyst(2016) Wurfel, MarleneAmethyst, a cinnamon-coloured black bear, develops a taste for people food at a Kootenay Mountain campsite.
- ItemAn Arctic fairy tale(2017) Wurfel, MarleneThree little arctic fairies learn from the crow who raised them that they aren't crows and need to make their own way in the world as fairies. Will these siblings work together to make magic?
- ItemAnghiari series(2015) Belliveau, Elisabeth