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We Teach Ontario’s student video contest a big success

The We Teach Ontario student video contest closed this week after engaging more than 1000 people in exploring and celebrating the incredible things that happen when we connect research and teaching at Ontario’s universities.

Our first place winner is Brittany Dunbar of Brock University, told us about her journey to become a masters student in kinesiology thanks to the inspiring research and teaching of Dr. …

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We need educating professors, not just “teaching” professors

Over at the Globe and Mail, University of Waterloo professor James Skidmore has an interesting piece about the difference between a “teaching” professor and an “educating” professor. For Skidmore, teaching revolves around short-term goals and the transmission of information. Educating, on the other hand, involves enriching a student and preparing them to be creators of knowledge. As Skidmore notes,

An educating professor doesn’t teach

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Amazing university research connects with a man in a coma

Researchers at Western University have done something remarkable: communicated with a man in a “vegetative state.”

Using MRI technology, Professor Adrian Owen and Postdoctoral Fellow Lorina Naci have determined that a man in a coma – the result of a serious car accident – is aware of his surroundings and his identity. This is a breakthrough finding that challenges many of the assumptions about “vegetative” …

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Teaching and research helps team create human-powered helicopter

Where does connected university research and teaching lead? For a group of UofT grads and students, it led them to an award-winning flight in an incredible human-powered helicopter.

The team, led by UofT PhD grad Todd Reichert and featuring contributions by many current and former UofT engineering students, won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize for the first-ever sustained flight of a human-powered …

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“Universities need to innovate, but put down the sledgehammer”

Over on the Inside Agenda Blog, there is an excellent piece by Emmett Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Waterloo. In it, he explains that there is a need for universities to be innovative, but that the current proposals for change (such as MOOCs or teaching-only institutions) are not the panaceas they are made out to be. Moreover, the currently monologue around university …

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Barry Smit named to Ontario’s highest honour

Barry Smit, one of We Teach Ontario’s featured profs, has been named to the Order of Ontario. This honour recognizes Ontarians who have made exceptional contributions to “the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment.”

Here is Barry’s We Teach Ontario video:

Students in Barry’s courses are connected to this research in powerful ways. His graduate students travel with him to …

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Ontarians agree: Research and teaching should be connected in our universities

A recent OCUFA poll found that 62 per cent of Ontarians think it is “very important” that universities both teach students and do research. In addition 68 per cent believe that the combination of teaching and research is necessary for universities to fulfill their mandates.

Why such strong support for connected teaching and research? Ontarians understand that in order to ensure student success, build strong …

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Welcome to We Teach Ontario!

This website is about one simple – but extremely important – thing: the connection between teaching and research at Ontario’s universities. Great university education depends on this connection. It helps students learn the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. It drives innovation, kick-starts economies, and improves the quality of our lives. When professors are able to connect teaching and research, the results are extraordinary.…

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A Misguided University Prescription

A lot is being written about universities these days and much of it paints a rather troubling picture. Some of the more popular arguments were put forward by Margaret Wente—who seems to write the same column about post-secondary education every few months—this weekend: the system is in crisis, it doesn’t sufficiently prepare students for the job market, the quality of teaching has continuously declined, and …

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Every day, Ontario’s professors use teaching and research to make real, positive change. Do you have a story to share about a great professor? Did they use their teaching and research to make a difference in your community?  How did they bring their research into the classroom? Share your story below!

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  • RT : University profs connecting teaching & research to inspire students. See student videos here http://t.co/1xrWn…
  • Thanks to all our participants for sharing your inspiration! Together, we can help keep teaching & research connected at our universities.
  • Announcing contest winners! 1st place: from , 2nd: our group from & 3rd: Melissa from !
  • Don't forget to vote for your favourite video from our contest: http://t.co/CzFcOLfJ5c You have until midnight tonight!
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  • RT : Time is running out to enter 's student video contest! Great prizes, including a trip to Toronto! http://t.co/KXh…
  • thanks for the RT! Melissa from submitted a video, we would love more stories from your students!
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