Highlights of the past few months (summer and fall 2017)

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

These past months have been very busy for the Faculty of Education. Not only did our students begin classes but also we’ve been recruiting future teachers, welcoming teacher-visitors from other countries and held a symposium! Read about our busy few months below.

SUMMER

West China visit
From June to August, 2017, the Faculty hosted teachers from West China! With the help of Gloria Romero, the program manager, and members of the Faculty of Education, these visiting teachers had the opportunity to learn more about Canadian culture and acquire skills they can apply when teaching back home. It was great having them here, and we can’t wait until next summer when more teachers from West China visit us!

SEPTEMBER

New student mentoring centre at the Faculty
The Mentoring Centre at the Faculty of Education opened its doors on September 25, 2017. At the Centre, five Faculty of Education student mentors offer education students tips on how to study, for example, and give workshops on topics like time management and how to handle stress.

Student mentors are available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They look forward to meeting you!

Wenger-Trainer presentation
On September 29, 2017, colleagues of the Faculty of Education welcomed Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner at a symposium under the theme of Sociocultural perspectives on education: Communities, identities, learning and teaching. Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner are leaders in social learning and communities of practice. Etienne is a renowned researcher and well known for his seminal work on situated learning and communities of practice where he lays out a theory of learning. Beverly is a learning consultant who specializes in social learning systems. Together, they develop conceptual frameworks and practices to address the learning challenges facing public and private organizations today.

The symposium provided an occasion for Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner to discuss how their work applies to education and for professors and graduate students to share their own work related to the theme through short paper presentations. It was a great opportunity for professors and graduate students to interact and discuss their work with leaders in the field of sociocultural perspectives.

The symposium was supported by CRECS and through proceeds from the 2017 ICSEI conference (an international conference hosted by our Faculty). Watch the TLSS-sponsored Wenger-Trayner presentation, recorded by CRECS.

OCTOBER

Open house
Every year, the University of Ottawa hosts an open house. Students from all over the world visit the campus to learn more about our University and its undergraduate programs. This year, the Faculty of Education hosted information sessions where hopeful future teachers could meet faculty members and ask about our programs.

Visit by Spanish teachers
Close to 50 teachers from Spain are participating in a year-long professional development program at an adult school with weekly classes at the University of Ottawa in learning theories and holistic education.

On November 1, 2017, these teachers, who are living with host families in Ottawa, took a day trip to Kitigan Zibi, a reserve of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec.

Read about their visit to Kitigan Zibi and check out the Faculty’s Facebook page for pictures of the day.

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