Let’s Talk… and Let’s Listen

Let’s Talk… and Let’s Listen

Bell Canada has popularized the yearly “Let’s Talk” campaign to draw attention to mental health and to combat stigma. Now in its eleventh year, the campaign aims to get people talking about mental health issues. However, such talk cannot be confined to one day a year....

Down, But Not Out

We repeat cliches because they contain truth. Such is the case with the phrase “down, but not out.” After a difficult academic term of online learning, this cliché might describe how many of us feel in academic circles. Remember that every person in authority in your...
Reflections on the Term That Was…Not So Great

Reflections on the Term That Was…Not So Great

I love teaching, in part, because I love students. I teach first-year university students, so their adjustment to and comfort with the culture of the institution matters. Their first-year experiences often determine whether they continue with their academic studies...
Getting Your Head Back in the Academic Game

Getting Your Head Back in the Academic Game

Academic study is like playing sports in some respects. There are goals in both. Focus matters. Discipline is critical. Momentum can overturn what seems like a certain outcome. Despite how one has played, one can only achieve success if one truly commits to playing...
Making the Most of Asynchronous Learning

Making the Most of Asynchronous Learning

I confess that last March I could not have told you what asynchronous learning was. Now with universities across the country offering classes remotely, I am teaching an English class asynchronously for the University of Saskatchewan. Asynchronous is an adjective that...
Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience

Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience

Let’s face it. Online learning can be difficult, and our experience of it right now is shaped by COVID-19 forcing institutions and students to adapt. Truth be told, most instructors and students would not make this choice. The situation has forced us to make changes....