Category Archives: Clippings

New Questions about Online Learning (26 February 2012)

Some recent articles and studies raise serious questions about the uses of online learning in college and university (updated 4 May 2013):

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Podcast: Digital Boon or Digital Doom? The Virtual Future of Higher Education (16 January 2013)

The panel discussion “Digital Boon or Digital Doom?” moderated by Ira Basen (University of Western Ontario, 16 January 2013), including panelists Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University Elizabeth Hanson, Queen’s University Doug Mann, Western University Jonathan Schaeffer, University of Alberta George … Continue reading

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QJ: Policy in the works for undergrad TAs (19 October 2012)

By Julia Vriend.  As published in Queen’s Journal, 19 October 2012.  See also Doug Nesbitt, President, PSAC 901, “Assisting Professors” (Letter to the Editors), Queen’s Journal, 23 October 2012. AMS launches investigation into outdated policies for Queen’s undergraduate assistants The policy … Continue reading

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Highlights from the CAUT Almanac of Post-Secondary Education, 2012-13 (9 October 2012)

The CAUT Almanac “documents the most current statistical information available on the status of post-secondary education in Canada,” using Stats Canada and other data.  Each chapter of charts and tables is prefaced with “Highlights,” as quoted below. 

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QJ: Dissolving Queen’s-Blyth abroad (5 October 2012)

Queen’s Faculty Letter printed in Queen’s Journal, 5 October 2012. To sign this letter, see:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/qbw/.  For the list of further signatories, see http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/qbw/signatures.  See also Jim Lee, Letter to the Editor, QJ, 19 October 2012, and Patrick O’Neill, Blyth Information … Continue reading

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OCUFA, Reality Check: Online education is expensive when you do it right (4 June 2012)

From the OCUFA Report, emailed by Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations to members on 4 June 2012. It is not cheap to provide a high quality university education online. At first glance, the operating expense per student appears lower … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Students accuse public agency of misconduct (28 May 2012)

By Holly Tousignant.  As published in the Queen’s Journal, 28 May 2012.  See also the readers’ comments on the QJ site and “Motions” in May Senate Notes. An Ontario government agency was accused of academic misconduct last month after two Queen’s … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Student strikes raise concerns (28 May 2012)

By Isabelle Duchaine.  As published in the Queen’s Journal, 28 May 2012.   Rising tuition costs across the country need to be evaluated to ensure quality education For over 100 days, students in Quebec have been marching, chanting and boycotting classes … Continue reading

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Michael Geist, Why Universities Should Not Sign the Access Copyright – AUCC Model Licence (24 May 2012)

Link to posting of 24 May 2012 on Michael Geist’s Blog.  “Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law […. and] an internationally syndicated columnist … Continue reading

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QNC: Access Copyright update (14 May 2012)

As posted on Queen’s News Centre, 14 May 2012.  No mention is made of the many liabilities of or protests against Access Copyright:  see also posts by CAUT and QULA. Queen’s will be signing a letter of intent to accept … Continue reading

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OCUFA, Analysis of the 2012 Ontario Budget (30 March 2012)

As emailed by the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 30 March  2012. Responds to the 2012 Ontario Budget.  See also OCUFA’s response of 28 March 2012. OCUFA Budget Analysis 2012

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Steve Iscoe, Changes to Faculty Board A&S structure and procedures (29 March 2012)

As emailed by Steve Iscoe to faculty in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, 29 March 2012, except that links have been added.  The email version attached Associate Dean Robert Lemieux’s Notice of Motion.   Background: Several meetings of Faculty Board (FB) … Continue reading

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OCUFA, Ontario budget adds up to less funding and more intervention (28 March 2012)

As emailed by the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 28 March  2012. Responds to the 2012 Ontario Budget.  See also reviews and analyses by Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA); CBC News; Globe & Mail; Globe & Mail; Eckler Consultants. … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Blended learning to draw more revenue (16 March 2012)

By Vincent Matak. As published in Queen’s Journal, 16 March 2012. New online components mean increased enrolment for first-year courses University representatives and local government officials met last Friday to discuss the finances of Queen’s blended-learning system. MP for Kingston and the … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Lawyer to revisit BFA decision (2 March 2012)

By Savoula Stylianou. As published in Queen’s Journal, 2 March 2012. University will hire lawyer to examine Fine Art suspension [photo caption:] Students and members of Occupy Queen’s protested outside Senate on Tuesday in support of the BFA program as Principal Woolf … Continue reading

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Ontario Government Policy Paper Recommends 3/5 Online Courses (23 February 2012)

First posted 23 February 2012; updated 28 May 2012. Details are still vague, but a policy paper generated within the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is reportedly proposing to the Ontario Government that three out of five post-secondary … Continue reading

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OCUFA Analysis of the Drummond Report: Long on cuts, short on insight (22 February 2012)

As posted by the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 22 February 2012.  Responds to the Report of the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, released 15 February 2012.  See also OCUFA to Drummond (15 February 2012). Introduction: What’s old is new … Continue reading

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OCUFA to Drummond: You can’t drive Ontario forward on a half-empty tank (15 February 2012)

As posted by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, 15 February 2012. See also the Report of the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, especially ch. 7, “Post-Secondary Education,” and OCUFA Analysis (22 February 2012). OCUFA … Continue reading

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Drummond Report, Chapter 7: Post-Secondary Education (15 February 2012)

Excerpt from the Report of the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, as released 15 February 2012.  See also OCUFA to Drummond (15 February 2012) and OCUFA Analysis (22 February 2012).

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Queen’s Journal: ArtSci faculty members at odds with admin over Fine Arts suspension (13 December 2011)

By Savoula Stylianou.  As published in Queen’s Journal, 13 December 2011. The Arts and Science Faculty Board voted to reinstate admissions to the Fine Arts program for the next academic year, but University administrators say this vote won’t affect the … Continue reading

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Mark Jones, “Queen’s University Academic Plan”: Complete and To Be Continued (12 December 2011)

As published in QUFA Voices, 12 December 2011: Our Senate unanimously approved a “Queen’s University Academic Plan 2011” on November 22.  Some have asked how the unanimous approval came about, for just before voting, Senate received a petition with almost … Continue reading

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Petition: Lift Queen’s BFA Suspension (December 2011)

The following petition was posted on 1 December 2011 and had over 800 signatures by the 4th. To sign, click here. The current suspension on the Queen’s Fine Arts program is causing irreversible damage to their vulnerable program.

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Star: Art Education (3 December 2011)

By Murray Whyte.  As published in the Toronto Star, 3 December 2011: It’s D-day at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, though hundreds of students and faculty at the 124-year old university won’t know what that means for … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Fine Arts students protest at Summerhill (2 December 2011)

By Savoula Stylianou.  As published in Queen’s Journal, 2 December, 2011. Twenty students gathered at Summerhill today to show their support for the Fine Arts program. The students created a formation on the grass to spell out the letters “BFA.” A … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal Op/Ed: Suspension needs explanation (1 December 2011)

As published in Queen’s Journal, 1 December 2011: Queen’s decision to suspend admissions to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program has left a significant number of questions unanswered. Students deserve a thorough explanation that includes the administration’s plan for the … Continue reading

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Russell Smith, Why the decline of art schools hurts more than just artists (Globe, 30 November 2011)

By Russell Smith.  Published in the Globe and Mail, 30 November 2011. I have lived in two towns where social and intellectual life was galvanized by art schools; both those art schools are now threatened.

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ARTINFO: EU Plans Largest-Ever Arts Funding Program, Pinning Economic Hopes on Culture Industry (24 November 2011)

As posted in ARTINFO, 24 November 2011.

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Carl Heywood, “Puzzled”: Letter to Faculty of Arts and Science Dean Alistair MacLean (18 November 2011)

As emailed by Carl Heywood, 18 November 2011; posted by permission. Dear Alistair: You may not remember me, but we have met. I am full professor emeritus Carl Heywood who taught in the Queen’s BFA program from 1974 to 2006. … Continue reading

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Irony Alert: UNESCO Adopts Queen’s Prof’s Resolution to Make Arts Education Accessible to All Students (18 November 2011)

As posted by Queen’s News Centre (under the title “Education professor’s resolution adopted by United Nations organization“) on 18 November 2011–shortly following Queen’s Administration’s announcement that it is closing admissions to its own Bachelor of Fine Arts program: A resolution … Continue reading

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Testimonials for Queen’s Fine Arts (November 2011)

First posted 17 November 2011, and most recently updated 14 December, this file includes 298 testimonial statements and prints out at 52 pages.  Among the “Responses” to this post (scroll down) are many  further testimonials.  See also postings by Carl … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Fine arts admissions suspended (11 November 2011)

By Savoula Stylianou, Queen’s Journal, 11 November 2011: AMS Assembly voted to create a committee last night that will investigate the University’s decision to suspend admissions into the fine arts program.

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Globe & Mail: Queen’s University suspends its fine arts program, citing shortage of resources (10 November 2011)

By James Bradshaw.  Globe and Mail Update, Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 11:13AM EST.  When this story appeared in the Globe it had not been announced on campus by e-Queen’s Bulletin.   Queen’s University is suspending enrolment to its Bachelor of … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Fine Art to suspend admissions (9 November 2011)

By Meaghan Wray and Katherine Fernandez-Blance, Queen’s Journal, 9 November 2011.  For related stories, see:   Testimonials for Queen’s Fine Arts (November 2011) James Bradshaw, “Queen’s University suspends its fine arts program, citing shortage of resources,” Globe & Mail, 10 November;  “BFA … Continue reading

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Senate Discussion of Draft Academic Plan (27 September 2011)

Excerpt from the Queen’s Senate Minutes for 27 September 2011 (pp. 3-7), as released in mid-October (posted here on 24 October 2011):

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Globe and Mail: Ontario shakes up postsecondary funding (1 June 2011)

As published in the Globe and Mail, 1 June 2011: By JAMES BRADSHAW Ontario is overhauling the way it finances universities and colleges, replacing some per-student funding with performance-based support intended to discourage an attitude of “growth at all costs” … Continue reading

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Queen’s Journal: Large class sizes raise questions (31 May 2011)

As published in the Queen’s Journal, 31 May 2011: University administrators weigh in on class sizes and evolving teaching methods BY TERRA-ANN ARNONE, FEATURES EDITOR According to a recent study, an average first-year class at Queen’s is one of the … Continue reading

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Hon. John Milloy: Notes on Post-Secondary Education: “Putting Students First” (30 May 2011)

As posted by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 30 May 2011: Notes for Remarks by the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Canadian Club, May 30, 2011 Watch the Minster’s speech hosted by the … Continue reading

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University Affairs: Enrolment will continue to climb despite demographic decline (26 May 2011)

Published in University Affairs, 26 May 2011: New report by AUCC predicts 125,000 more students, a 14-percent rise, by 2020. by Léo Charbonneau It’s a fact: the number of Canadians aged 18 to 21 peaked this year, and over the … Continue reading

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COU: ONLINE LEARNING (May 2011)

As posted by the Council of Ontario Universities, May 2011: Digital literacy and expanding access to higher education are the fundamental benefits of an online education ONTARIO ONLINE INSTITUTE With over 10,000 courses and a research portal online, Ontario universities … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail: Class Sizes by University (9 May 2011)

An infographic published in the Globe and Mail, 9 May 2011, “based on student surveys,” suggests that among Canadian universities, Queen’s is second only to McMaster in average first-year undergraduate class size.

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