August 25, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
GNED 500 textbook goes worldwide as a free-access OER
One of the lynchpins of Centennial’s Signature Learning Experience (SLE) is our general education GNED 500 course, Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action, which is anchored by the textbook with the same title. Our faculty-written book, along with the course, helps provide students with the knowledge and skills to achieve a greater global consciousness and impel societal change. SLE has permeated all areas of academic and college life, and it’s become a point of distinction for Centennial in a crowded post-secondary market. Building on that success, the college has turned the ground-breaking textbook into a free and interactive Open Educational Resource (OER) available worldwide on the Internet.
“The team thought critical thinking practice was just as important as updating the content, so that’s a strong element in this online textbook. These are skills that will be useful to students well beyond this course,” says faculty member and GNED 500 coordinator Paula Anderton, who served as the project lead and a content contributor, along with nine other faculty members. The OER consists of 10 chapters presented in the unique voices of its contributors. Its accessible format includes interactive features such as YouTube videos, voiceovers and concept pieces. The online textbook incorporates Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which guides the development of flexible learning environments. Combined, these features accommodate various learner needs and ensure the OER is relevant to today’s students. Read more about our new OER here.
Centennial students cover the Paralympic Games
To help tell the stories of Team Canada’s athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games currently underway, 28 Sports Journalism students are tracking our Paralympians and contributing content to multiple platforms, including the Toronto Observer. The students’ internet television show will feature some of the action at the games, including highlights and features, using the broadcast facilities at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre. It will appear on the program’s YouTube channel and the Toronto Observer website. Other students will focus on digital journalism, including stories, photos, social media, podcasts, stand-ups and more.
“We will be following the lead of most professional media outlets by covering the Paralympics from home, rather than being there, as had been our plan,” says Malcolm Kelly, founder and coordinator of the Sports Journalism program. Five years ago, Centennial students travelled to Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games live from the Olympic venues. “We dedicated our sports journalism program to Parasports back in 2015, and it has been an honour to cover these tremendous athletes and tell their stories,” says Kelly. The Paralympics, launched in the United Kingdom in 1948 as the Stoke-Mandeville Games, brings together thousands of world-class athletes from around the globe every four years to compete in events ranging from swimming to wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling and more.
Downsview Campus nominated for Heritage Toronto Award
Heritage Toronto has announced the nominees for the 2021 Heritage Toronto Awards, which celebrate bold architectural projects that rehabilitate Toronto's historical sites. There are nine projects nominated in the Built Heritage category this year, including The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Park. Once the centre of aviation manufacturing in Canada, the former de Havilland building has been transformed by ERA Architects to maintain its historic elements while preparing it for new uses, including an expanded hangar to accommodate large, modern aircraft. By repurposing one of Toronto’s most remarkable and yet least known historic sites, Centennial’s newest campus supports students in pursuit of aerospace innovation.
The 2021 Built Heritage Award recognizes property owners who have undertaken projects to conserve or adapt a historic property or architectural feature, as well as excellence in conservation practice and craftsmanship. The work being honoured this year spans the past two years, due to the 2020 cancellation of the awards. Other projects nominated in the category include the renewal of the Holy Blossom Temple and the redevelopment of Montgomery Square, a former post office that was built during the reign of King Edward VIII. Read about all the nominees in this Urban Toronto article. The Heritage Toronto Award winners will be announced on October 18.
Reminder: Use our new Academic and Planning calendar
Looking for upcoming important dates? Marketing and Communications established a new Academic and Planning Calendar that replaces our previous Important Dates Calendar PDF. Our easy-to-view online format highlights Centennial’s key academic and planning dates, such as semester start and end dates, holiday closures and more over the next two years. The calendar provides improved, easy access to important information, a considerable enhancement compared to sifting through the Events Calendar or downloading an outdated version of the PDF. Have a look!