“It will be, I think, an evolution rather than a revolution in the approach to teaching but it will be a development process in which they explore new ways of communicating,” said Taylor.
“This is going to really set the bar, not only here in Calgary, but across North America,” said Cannon.
The state-of-the-art building was made possible by a $40-million donation from the Taylor Family Foundation and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening. It’s going to incubate great teaching, great new curriculum, the integration of technology more so into the classroom, so it enables wonderful programming that is going to support great teaching and great student learning,” said Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary.
“This is really going to be a hub for teaching and learning on our campus so it’s going to bring together faculty from engineering and arts and science and medicine because the way one teaches in those disciplines can be different and should be different and students learn differently.
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Universal Music Canada, which aquired EMI in 2012, gave the U of C over 5500 boxes full of music and artifacts that document its history from 1949 to 2012. Mellon Foundation will help the team to preserve the rare collection.
EMI brought a number of the world’s most famous artists to Canada including The Beatles and Pink Floyd and a cover by Tom Cochrane, which has never been heard before, was found among the thousands of recordings in the diverse collection.
This idea that has been created by the university team has, I think, created a new approach to teaching that will be a much more effective process in transferring education and knowledge from one person to another,” said Don Taylor, Taylor Family Foundation.
Taylor says he thinks it is a groundbreaking approach to education and that the new facility will be the seed for the adoption of the idea at other institutions around the world.
The recordings are in 40 different formats and tracking down the equipment to play and digitize them can be a challenge.
"The audiovisual material is perhaps the most fragile and the most likely to become obsolete," said Tom Hickerson, Vice-Provost and University Librarian.
A new facility at the University of Calgary was unveiled on Monday that will help instructors develop their teaching, design courses and integrate learning technologies for students.