Pandemic pedagogy

EDUCATION

We live in an age of disruption. The sharing economy has likely changed your behaviour around booking hotels, riding in taxis, or ordering food. These massive transformations have been made possible through a combination of technology and human creativity. Yet, nature has once again demonstrated its awesome power as the ultimate agent of disruption. COVID-19...

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It’s not hard being green

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

According to Andy Dicks, a Teaching Stream Professor at the University of Toronto, being green isn’t difficult. It’s being smart. Green chemistry is cheaper, principally from the perspective of environmental regulations around industry, as producing less unwanted material reduces the cost of waste management. Green chemistry also focuses on recycling chemicals, which reduces the cost...

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Networking instrumentation for remote access

EDUCATION

When I was younger, I remember visiting a friend whose parents were talking about how their work environment was changing. Their office had only just started using a new form of inter-departmental messages, called e-mail, instead of sending handwritten notes through the intra-office mail. The consequence of this transition was that everyone was required to...

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Making new educational connections on line

EDUCATION

During my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, I took Japanese as an elective. The course was offered as either an on-campus version or by distance education. That semester I was taking several chemistry classes with associated labs, so I decided to take advantage of the scheduling flexibility that distance education offered even though I...

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