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New plan for U of C needs student input

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The University of Calgary is encouraging students to share their thoughts on a new plan that affects the next five years of the school's operation.

Dean of education Dennis Sumara said the Institutional Learning and Teaching Plan is the result of nearly a year of planning and research which looked into ways the U of C could improve. After assembling a draft document the school will host faculty, staff and students to comment.

"What we hope to do is, for students, find out what their experiences are and how are they finding their teaching and learning environment at the University of Calgary," said Sumara. "We'd like to hear their opinions. Do the changes that we've suggested make sense to students? Do they resonate with their experiences? And what ideas do they have?"

Kelly Goss, an engineering PhD student, sat on the committee which wrote the plan. She said the ILTP will directly affect students and how they engage in their studies.

"There's talk about more engagement, there's also talk about if students would be interested in more online working or more group work," said Goss. "There's all these new ways that are coming out that are engaging and changing the traditional lecture style and that input is really helpful from students."

Goss explains the report is online on the provost's website with a form students can click and fill out for feedback.

The first town hall takes place Jan. 14 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the CIBC Hub at the Rozsa Centre.

Students can go online to ucalgary.ca/provost/activities/iltp for more information.

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