For Faculty and Staff
Alternative Delivery vs Distance Education
The Office of the Registrar indicates that for courses normally delivered in the traditional face-to-face manner, special off campus sections are identified as "Distance Education" if there are no additional approved costs associated with the delivery of the section. If additional costs have been approved for the delivery of a special section then these sections are identified as "Alternative Delivery". If courses are ONLY delivered online, they will be identified as "Distance Education", even though there may be higher than standard fees for taking these courses (e.g. distance courses in the MES program).
Setting up Alternative Delivery Courses in the Faculty of Education
- Alternate delivery courses in which alternate-delivery fees are charged (fi 9) must first be approved by the Registrar's Advisory Committee on Fees (RACF). The contact on that committee is now Kristy Hollingshead-Rumsey at email@example.com.
- Once approved, the department can schedule a section and request that the section be offered with a fee index of 9. This request is made to Examinations and Timetabling which is the only unit that can make the change.
- Before the end of each fiscal year (usually), Accounts Payable will contact the department to verify the amount to be transferred and where it should be transferred.
- The alternative fee (fi 9) is charged at 1 1/2 times the standard charge. The department receives 75% of this surcharge and 25% is transferred to the University's overhead account.
The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) is an amazing alliance of expertise among provincial organizations and institutions with an interest in public education: Alberta Learning, the Alberta Teachers' Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta Regional Consortia, the Alberta School Boards Association, Alberta Home & School Councils' Association, Association of School Business Officials of Alberta and the University AISI Partners group. These groups work together with a common commitment to AISI's success.
The University of Alberta Involvement
The Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta became involved in February, 2000. Dean Larry Beauchamp named Professor Jim Parsons as the Faculty of Education’s AISI Research Coordinator, with the mandate to work with Alberta School Districts in three ways:
- To assist in developing a sound research base;
- To provide Alberta school districts with ongoing consultation in project planning, data collection, and other AISI-related school research activities; and
- To study and disseminate AISI findings in a systematic, public way as an aid to Albertans.
Teaching Award Information
The Faculty of Education publicly recognizes excellence in teaching through a number of specific teaching awards. These awards are adjudicated by the Faculty of Education Teaching Awards Committee. The links below provide Faculty specific eligibility requirements, adjudication criteria and instructions for each teaching award.
Faculty of Education Sessional Undergraduate Teaching Award
Submission deadline: First Friday of November by 4:00 pm
Submit digital nomination package to firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please note the email@example.com email address is only monitored during submission periods. At other times, please contact the Faculty of Education Teaching Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Clive Hickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Administrator, Heather Kennedy-Plant at email@example.com for assistance.
Faculty of Education Award for Excellence and Innovation In the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning
The Adjudication Committee for the Faculty of Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning consists of three members of the Faculty’s Technology Advisory Board, in addition to the Chair of TAB. Submission details and deadlines are outlined in the above link which also provides Faculty specific eligibility requirements, adjudication criteria and instructions for this award.
In some cases, applicants may be considered for related university level awards in addition to those at the faculty level. In such cases, separate applications are often required. Due to the limited number of nominees for each award, applications must be vetted through the Faculty of Education Teaching Awards Committee. The links below provide University of Alberta specific eligibility requirements, adjudication criteria and instructions for these teaching awards.
- Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
- Provost's Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
The University of Alberta recognizes outstanding teaching achievements by conferring awards on a regular basis in accord with university policies and procedures. Further information on such awards for teaching excellence can be found in the Awards for Teaching Excellence Policy.
Customized Services provided by Liaison Librarians:
Liaison librarians collaborate with faculty and students to develop services and collections to meet the needs and goals of individual departments and centres, in traditional and e-learning environments, both on campus and at a distance. Such services may include:
- Individualized or classroom instruction in information retrieval and research skills
- Reference/research consultation, including thesis consultation
- Conducting orientations for new faculty members
- Departmental presentations/workshops
- Facilitating the resolution of library-related concerns within each department.
- For additional information on liaison services, visit Liaison Librarians or Services for Faculty & Instructors.
Reference and consultation services
- In person reference
- Electronic reference (chat, email)
- To consult on your research and teaching needs, contact your Liaison Librarian.
For a full description of Library resources and services relevant to Education, visit University of Alberta Libraries.
Contact information for Faculty of Education Liaison librarians:
- Elementary Education: Kim Frail (#1463; firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Secondary Education: Debbie Feisst (#1456; email@example.com)
- Educational Psychology: Allison Sivak (#1469; firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Educational Policy Studies: Katherine Koch (#1460; email@example.com)
- Faculty of Education/Physical Education and Recreation: Allison Sivak (#1469; firstname.lastname@example.org)
- School of Library and Information Studies: Amanda Wakaruk (#780-248-1333 Amanda.email@example.com)
The Coutts Library provides a variety of instruction to assist students in making better use of the Library's vast resources and in becoming more "information literate". For general instruction see http://www.library.ualberta.ca/instruction/index.cfm. For instruction designed to assist students in carrying out learning activities for a specific course or program, contact your departmental Liaison Librarian to explore what best suits the needs of your course.
Distance students can find information on the library services available to them in this library guide
Between the Stacks is the Library's new blog that highlights current issues, news, trends and research relevant to the Canadian Education community. It includes frequently updated information about events (such as conferences, symposiums, and workshops), federal and provincial government reports and news releases, new library resources, teaching resources, current education news and issues, and new research. It also includes RSS-based resources and a forum for reader input and discussion.
As well, the four Proquest journals listed below have been highlighted as useful resources for current awareness / professional development:
The Coutts Library has enhanced traditional Reserve Service with electronic access to journal articles. If you wish to place a journal article on Reserve, the Library will check first to see if the fulltext of the article is available online in one of our many fulltext databases and e-journals. If if is, we will provide access to the electronic version of the article through the Reserve module rather than put a paper copy on Reserve. This improves access for all students, and saves time for both students and staff. For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at the Coutts Library or talk to your Liaison Librarian.
All University of Alberta Libraries now offer wireless access. If you have a laptop with wireless capability, you can use it anywhere in the Coutts Library. For more information about how to set this up, visit: https://ist.ualberta.ca/services/networking/uws.
Coutts Library Multimedia Lab (Main Floor): 30 iMacs, 2 scanning stations, 1 instructor station, 2 projectors and screens.
Rutherford Library Digital Learning Centre (2-03 and 2-05a Rutherford South): PC lab with 30 stations in Room 2-03 and 16 stations in Room 2-05a. Includes specialized Humanities applications such as Oxford Concordance, text analysis software (e.g. analysis of electronic texts). Available for class bookings.
Cameron Library Computer Lab (Main floor): PC Lab, 29 stations. Available for class bookings. Cameron Library Knowledge Common (Ground Level): 150 stations, standard lab services plus some specialized applications. Large facility, not available for class bookings.
For more information, visit Campus Computer Labs.
The Library provides access to an extensive and growing number of databases that enable you to search for information online and bring the fulltext of an article right to your desktop.
- ERIC (education-specific database, US/International)
- CBCA Fulltext Education (education-specific database, Canadian)
- Academic Search Premier (multi-topic database the includes education-related journals and provides some fulltext content)
- Web of Science (multi-topic database that include education-related journals)
- Education Abstracts (education-specific, fulltext content)
- ProQuest Education Journals (fulltext of over 400 education journals)
- Mental Measurements Yearbook
- Hospitality & Tourism Index
For information on accessing fulltext resources from home, view off campus access to library resources.
To make it easier to access fulltext articles, the Library has a new service called Get It that provides direct links from the citation to the fulltext article online, or to other options if fulltext is not available.
To assist students and faculty in organizing their citations online, the Library provides access to RefWorks, a new web-based citation management system. For more information visit RefWorks.
The Online Reference Centre (Alberta Learning) provides access to online databases of resources aimed at the K-12 curriculum. It is available to K-12 teachers and students as well as U of A Education faculty and students. Incorporating these quality learning resources into your teacher education activities will help your students use them effectively as students and as practicing teachers.
The Alberta Library (TAL)
The University of Alberta Library is a member of the Alberta Library, or TAL, a consortium of different types of libraries across Alberta - public, university, college, and special libraries. TAL allows you to search the catalogues of all member libraries, at http://www.talonline.ca/ and borrow materials directly from any member library using the TAL card. For information on obtaining a TAL card, consult any of the Circulation Desks at the U of A Library.
The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)
Registered U of A library users can obtain a COPPUL card from any UofA Library Circulation Desk, which allows them to borrow materials directly from university library across the country that is a member of the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.