Camp balances fun and higher priorities

 August 17, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Who says summer camp can’t be fun and address bigger issues at the same time? Not only is the TRU Aboriginal Science and Health Science Camp chock-full of activities, opportunities to use high-tech instruments and overnight at the TRU Residence and Conference Centre, but there was also an emphasis on blending Indigenous science and culture with western science. Held July 30–Aug. 3 and for those going into grades 8 through 10, the camp also served as: an opportunity for prospective students to ex …


TRU makes textbooks free and available online

 August 15, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

TRU has taken bold strides forward in its commitment to save students hundreds of dollars in textbook costs. Eight faculty members have been awarded grants through TRU’s Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) to create new open education resources. When these resources are ready for use in the summer of 2019, they will be stored online and available on BC Campus, a repository of academic resource materials that are free to use, have been peer reviewed, rigorously tested and have received the appropriat …


Teaching educators to mind the brain

 August 13, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Dr. Kim Calder Stegemann had long been interested in the brain. A trained teacher and education scholar working with individuals with learning and behavioural issues, she yearned to know more about what was behind these manifestations. She found her training was lacking, however, as educators are rarely exposed to neuroscience courses. This was a gap that Stegemann believed needed to be bridged, and students of her Master of Education course Mind, Brain, Education: An Introduction to Educational …


Volume 4 of the CJCCL Now Published

 August 13, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

TRU Law is home to the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. Each year the Editors in Chief—TRU Law Professors Robert Diab and Chris Hunt, along with Lorne Neudorf of the University of Adelaide—solicit scholarly articles on a particular legal theme. The Editors in Chief work with a team of TRU JD students to edit these papers for publication in the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (CJCCL). This year’s volume, which features a thoughtful foreword by Justice Abe …


We know what you did this summer: Co-op edition

 August 3, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

In our We Know What You Did This Summer series, we are talking to students who spent their summer semester in one of the experiential learning programs that TRU offers. From Co-op to undergraduate research to study abroad, these students spent their summer learning from hands-on experience in the workplace, abroad or in the field. “Just do it.” It’s a catchy tagline for a certain clothing brand, and also the first piece of advice that three different co-op students would give to fellow students …


We know what you did this summer: Co-op edition

 August 2, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

In our We Know What You Did This Summer series, we are talking to students who spent their summer semester in one of the experiential learning programs that TRU offers. From Co-op to undergraduate research to study abroad, these students spent their summer learning from hands-on experience in the workplace, abroad or in the field. “Just do it.” It’s a catchy tagline for a certain clothing brand, and also the first piece of advice that three different co-op students would g …


Student research supports high-profile human rights cases

 July 31, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Research into alleged human rights abuses in Latin America led two TRU Law students to present at a recent conference in Ottawa. They revealed how inadequate regulation of Canadian mining companies operating overseas can lead to human rights abuses and environmental damage in local communities. The opportunity to conduct research on this issue—one that has generated such international debate—was a key reason that student Brandy Falkevitch chose to attend TRU. “I was drawn to TR …


STEM sellers: turning scientists, engineers and mathematicians into teachers

 July 27, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

The classroom in the Big Little Science Centre was electric with energy. Grade 8 boys and girls gathered around tables and explored wires, batteries, magnets and other gadgets that encourage experimentation. These young teens were hand-picked for a week-long science camp because of their avid curiosity and they were definitely keen. Crouched at each table beside the junior scientists were Thompson Rivers University students who aspire to teach. Wearing tags bearing titles of Mr. or Ms. and their …


Student pens free guide for lawyers and Indigenous clients

 July 26, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

For Indigenous people involved in criminal law cases, subtle differences in courtroom communication like an accent, amount of eye contact or tone could mean the difference between a guilty and not guilty verdict. Eliminating the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice and correctional systems is part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to actions. TRU Law student Lorna Fadden relied on her academic background in forensic linguistics, experience as an Indigenous …


40 years of Open Learning: one student’s success

 July 26, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

“I have a ton of respect and gratitude for Open Learning.” –Deb Bartlette Forty years ago, the provincial government created the Open Learning Institute in order to improve educational access for people in non-metropolitan areas. Ever since, Open Learning (OL), with its distance education options and open admission and transfer credit policies, has greatly widened access to post-secondary education by making it possible for many students to take the first step toward perso …



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