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COMMUNICATIONS BULLETIN

August 20, 2019
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Lakehead is Launching a Revamped Website!

As of Monday, Sept. 9, you will see that the Lakehead University site will have a brand new look, feel and enhanced navigation.

Over the past year, Communications, Marketing and Web Development has been working closely with the Web and Portal Advisory Committee, Steering Sub-Committee and the Executive Team Working Group on a plan to enhance the design and user experience of our website.

The impetus behind the revamp is to ensure our site has a clear, defined vision and design that aligns with our brand and our audiences, with a focus on telling our story. We have also made navigation, content and usability improvements to define and enhance the user experience of these key audiences.

There are a few necessary steps to ensure a seamless transition to the new site. As we work towards migrating content to the new site, we will have to pause administrative access to the site from August 26 – September 9.

If you require changes to your respective pages, they can still be done, but you will be required to submit a ticket to the Web Development Team, who will expedite your requested changes. Please submit your tickets at the following URL: https://wds.lakeheadu.ca. 

A special thank you to the Web and Portal Advisory Committee, Steering Sub-Committee and the Executive Team Working Group for their invaluable input and assistance with this project.

The site will continue to evolve to ensure we are meeting the needs of the University, and we welcome your suggestions and input to make it better. Please send your comments to Clayton Browne, Communications, Marketing and Web Development Director, at cbrowne@lakeheadu.ca. 

For any technical queries, please contact Spencer Ranta, Manager, Web Development, at sranta@lakeheadu.ca. 

We will provide updates over the next few weeks as the site transition progresses.


New University Policies and Procedures Website

Lakehead University is pleased to announce that the University Policies and Procedures section of the website has been updated in response to the Policy Governance Framework, and in order to facilitate easier navigation and promote transparency. Enhanced features of the new sections include:

  • Search engine that allows searches based on keywords, University affiliation, and policy category
  •  AODA compliant policy format
  •  List of Senate and Board approved policies currently under review with the opportunity for the University community to provide feedback

If your department, faculty or school web page, or other documents have links to specific policies or the previous policy section of the website please update the broken links as soon as possible by August 23. After that date, please submit a ticket to Web Development to have any links updated: https://wds.lakeheadu.ca

Click here to view the new policies and procedures section of the website.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the polices to the University Secretariat office at univsec@lakeheadu.ca or 807-346-7929.


MHSc Thesis Defense - C. Viel - Wednesday, Aug. 21

Chris Viel, a Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Sciences, will present his Thesis Proposal, "The association between supervisor mental health training and workplace mental health stigma" on:

DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21
TIME: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EST)
LOCATION: ATAC 5035

Chris's Thesis Committee members are Dr. Vicki Kristman, Supervisor; Dr. Michel Bédard, and Dr. Marc Corbiere.

A copy of Chris's thesis is available for review in SN1006, Thunder Bay campus. Please note that this event is available through Zoom and the invite information is below.

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Topic: MHSc Thesis Defense - C. Viel
Time: Aug 21, 2019 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/483566749

Jocelyn Bel's Biotechnology PhD Thesis Proposal - Friday, Aug. 23

Jocelyn Bel will present her Biotechnology PhD Program Thesis Proposal: Dexamethasone-induced fetal programming: Its effects on glucose metabolism and inflammation in adipose tissue.

Friday, Aug. 23
10:00 AM
ATAC 5036

Committee Members:  Dr. Neelam Khaper, Dr. Simon Lees (co-supervisors), Dr. Marina Ulanova, Dr. Zach Suntres, Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi (chair)

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Brenda Magajna at phd.ses@lakeheadu.ca for more information.


Student Feedback on Teaching 2019-20 - Method Preference Selection Now Available for Instructors

The Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) management form is now open for instructors to indicate their survey method preferences for their scheduled courses.

By accessing the form, instructors can change their preferred method from the default of online administration to paper administration. Choices can be customized for each course section the instructor teaches.

In 2018, the SFT management form moved to MyInfo, replacing the former ‘Opt-Out’ form in MyInfo. The current SFT Management form is found in the same location within MyInfo under For Faculty / Academic Profile, or by visiting this page. The SFT management form will be open from Tuesday, Aug. 20 until Thursday, Sept. 19. Another collection period will occur in January, 2020 for winter term courses.

The SFT management form is consistent with the April 2013 Senate decision; the default option in the new SFT management form will continue to be online survey administration. Instructors can continue to opt-out of the online survey administration annually using the SFT management form in MyInfo at the beginning of the fall/winter academic terms.

There are no changes to the policy on Student Feedback on Teaching at Lakehead University, the SFT survey, current paper and online administration procedures, or results distribution and storage procedures.

Instructors who have questions about the SFT process including the Student Feedback on Teaching Management form can contact Sarah Prouty, Survey Specialist (Institutional Planning and Analysis) at surveys.ipa@lakeheadu.ca or 807-343-8734.


Need an online course site for an upcoming academic session? Submit your request now!

Instructors requiring an online mycourselink (D2L) course site for an upcoming academic session can submit their requests now.

Click the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of your class roster in myInfo, and you'll receive an email to your Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of your online course site.

For more information, please contact the Teaching Commons at mycourselink@lakeheadu.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: A new site request will need to be made each time a course is offered. Content can be migrated from a previously used site to the new one by selecting the Migrate Course option on the Request Form.


Reminder: Part-Time Hiring Process

The Office of Human Resources requests your assistance and patience with regards to the processing of part-time employment forms.

Complete hiring packages must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible but no less than two weeks prior to an employee commencing their appointment.
Note: If the hiring package is not complete, processing delays may be experienced.

For a list of the hiring package contents and information on completing the Employee Information Form please visit this page.


Teaching Commons August Workshops

The Teaching Commons is offering several workshops in August via Zoom web conferencing and in-person for faculty and instructors. Most will be repeated at a later date.

Some of the workshops include:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 10:00 am - Introduction to mycourselink for Instructors
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21 @ 10:00 am - (Re)Designing Assessments with Video Assignments
  • Thursday, Aug. 22 @ 2:00 pm - Learning Technologies Support Drop-In (Thunder Bay only)

For the full list of workshops, their descriptions, and to register visit our events calendar at http://libcal.lakeheadu.ca.


Lakehead is piloting Kahoot

 

The Teaching Commons is pleased to announce that Lakehead University will pilot KahootPro this academic year. Kahoot is an online game-based application that instructors can use to pose questions, facilitate discussions, collect data, and much more.  

Some of the features of KahootPro include:

  • sharing and co-creating Kahoots within the university's team space;

  • access to customizable game templates;

  • free use of an extensive image library;

  • a teaching and learning support blog;

  • advanced reporting.

KahootPro is free to students, faculty, and staff.  Instructors can request a pro license by sending an email to Leslie Malcolm at lmalcolm@lakeheadu.ca.

A Kahoot resource site is under development on the Teaching Commons website.

Department of Chemistry MSc Thesis Proposal - Wednesday, Aug. 28

Everyone is invited to attend the Department of Chemistry MSc Thesis Proposal:

“Sustainable production of functional textile fiber from cellulose”

Md Hafizur Rahman

Wednesday, Aug. 28
AT 1010
10:00 am

Karanbir Singh Ghai's MSc. Thesis Defense - Friday, Aug. 30

Karanbir Singh Ghai will present his Computer Science MSc. Program Thesis: Network Functions Virtualization: Problems and their Solutions.

Friday, Aug. 30
1:00 pm
ATAC 1010

Committee Members: Dr. Salimur Choudhury (supervisor), Dr. Zubair Fadlullah, Dr. Waleed Ejaz (external), Dr. Vijay Mago (chair).

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Rachael Wang at xwang152@lakeheadu.ca for more information.