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Hope for the future

I spent a few hours today and yesterday creating a blog for the New One program. Students wrote blog posts throughout the term and we are slowly adding this to our program blog. There are still a few things to fix up and I can’t wait to share it all with you in...

Catalonia

I have been following the lead up to the Catalan referendum on October 1st with great trepidation. For years, the government of Mariano Rajoy has refused to deal with the Catalan sovereignty movement politically and has chosen to follow a legal approach. Instead of...
Collaboration

Collaboration

The pressures of the new job and the beginning of term meant that I had to withdraw from submitting a article with my colleague Tyson SeburnĀ on how we collaborate to design assignments in our respective classes in the International Foundation Program to ensure...

Taking time off

It’s the first weekend of the term and I have not opened my email since late Friday afternoon. It’s now late Sunday afternoon and I have checked my email and did a couple small tasks before shutting down my laptop once again. Yesterday I drove to a fiber...

Wishing for more time

It’s labour day weekend and classes begin a bit earlier this year than usual. As I prepare myself to address two groups of first-year students – a little over 400 students between New One and IFP – I cast my mind back to my first week of university....

New position

On July 1st, 2017 I was appointed coordinator of New One: Learning without Borders. This program is designed to give first-year students at U of T a small-class experience while transitioning into university. The New College communications department posted a nice...

Rebuilding

I feel I need to write this post to justify the emptiness on this site. If all goes well, I should be able to delete it in a few months. I’ve had a blog for over ten years. It all began in the year I moved to Barcelona for my dissertation research. I wanted a...