U of A to launch online mountain course
This fall, the University of Alberta—in partnership with Parks Canada—will be launching a 12-lesson Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that provides a comprehensive overview of mountain studies. Led by four interdisciplinary instructors, Mountains 101 will be based on the current curriculum of Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative’s introductory course—INTD 280—which touches on the environmental, scientific, cultural and historical issues surrounding mountains in Alberta, Canada and around the world. The course will be free to the general public; however, students wanting to receive a course credit for the MOOC will be required to pay a small fee for the course. To learn more, visit uofa.ualberta.ca/courses/mountains-101
EPL offers online learning
With an Edmonton Public Library card, you can enrol in a wide range of free interactive, instructor-led classes through Gale Courses. The courses run for six weeks, with new sessions beginning every month, covering topics in accounting and finance, business, computer applications (Microsoft Excel, Java programming, etc), design and composition, health care and medical, language, writing and more. Students are required complete an exam at the end of the course, and an award of completion will be given if they achieve a passing score. To learn more, visit education.gale.com/l-edmo95361/
U of A researching Zika virus detection device
Led by Tom Hobman, virologists at the University of Alberta have enlisted the help of the campus’s Ingenuity Lab—an interdisciplinary team that brings together researchers to solve complex issues—in the development of an inexpensive, handheld device that can detect the Zika virus. The device is similar to a handheld glucometer, which detects blood sugar levels in diabetic people. The group is currently in step two of its research, which involves making antibodies of the virus and identifying peptides required for the assay.
Alberta signs deal to help First Nation students
In an effort to improve attendance and high school graduation rates among First Nation students, the provincial government has signed a deal with the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council. The agreement—the first of its kind in Alberta—outlines an educational framework that is more culturally relevant while incorporating traditional skills such as hunting and fishing into the curriculum. The deal will benefit about 1000 kindergarten to Grade 12 students from five communities including Loon River, Lubicon Lake, Peerless Trout, Whitefish Lake and Woodland Cree First Nations. V