New articles from Academic Matters

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There is more to Academic Matters than just the print issue. New articles are being added to the Academic Matters website every week. Here are some recent articles you might find interesting:

The art of good teaching
By John Oughton
“After I retired from a decade of leading faculty orientations and workshops at Toronto’s Centennial College, I wondered what to do with my insights about what new faculty should know to begin teaching. I emptied my ageing brain into a concise, practical manual that…”

Want to decolonize education? Where classes are held matters
By Shauna MacKinnon, University of Winnipeg and Kathy Mallett
“Murray Sinclair, who was chair of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has made clear the importance of “forging and maintaining of respectful relationships” in the process of truth and reconciliation. At the department of urban and inner-city studies at the…”

Reckoning with the truths of unmarked graves of Indigenous children, education systems must take action
By Lisa Korteweg, Lakehead University; Pauline Tennent, University of Manitoba, and Tesa Fiddler
“The education system needs to help teachers address, repair and heal education towards and beyond reconciliation. ’It’s clear that there will be more unmarked graves found at residential schools, but what are we (educators) supposed to do? How are we supposed to fix this?’”

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation: Universities and schools must acknowledge how colonial education has reproduced anti-Indigenous racism
By Lisa Howell, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Kiera Brant-Birioukov, York University, Canada, and Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
“As we move towards Sept. 30, many schools and universities will be talking about observing the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Many schools formerly observed this day as Orange Shirt Day to acknowledge the intergenerational impacts of the residential schooling system…”

Western University and other schools should cancel frosh week to stop rape culture
By Treena Orchard, Western University
“Fear and frustration hang over London, Ont., where many people are discussing four formal allegations of sexual violence reported to Western University and sharing unconfirmed rumours about wider sexual assaults. Members of the Western community say they feel unsafe, especially young women and other vulnerable…”

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?
By Dilani Gedera, Auckland University of Technology; Ashwini Datt, University of Auckland; Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury; Dianne Forbes, University of Waikato, and Maggie Hartnett, Massey University
“As any university student, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So it’s important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to no warning. Since 2020, there’s been a growing…”

Read the student survey responses shared by academics and you’ll see why Professor Hambling is justified in burning hers
By Pema Düddul, University of Southern Queensland
“If you’ve watched the Netflix sitcom The Chair you’ll remember the scene in which Professor Joan Hambling burns her student evaluations, after admitting she hadn’t read any of them since the 1980s. Many of us in academia whooped in delight when Professor…”

Hit hard by the pandemic, Australian researchers expect its impacts to linger for years
By Sora Park, University of Canberra; Jennie Scarvell, University of Canberra, and Linda Botterill, University of Canberra
“The impacts of COVID-19 on Australian university researchers are likely to have consequences for research productivity and quality for many years to come. According to an online survey of academics at the University of Canberra between November 2020 and February 2021, they have deep…”

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