Press Release: Students Supportive of Ontario’s Investment in Campus Mental Health

Course Learning Outcomes: Some Platonic Advice

Not long ago I had the pleasure of attending OUSA’s General Assembly, where delegations from all member schools discuss and debate new policy, direction, and future initiatives. We also meet up and compare notes, best practices, and stances between student unions. This led to several interesting debates, one of which inspired this blog post on obstacles facing the use of learning outcomes in Ontario.
I found myself facing a room filled with a delegation from another Ontario university. We were discussing learning outcomes, and how they were used. They expressed profound concern that learning …read more

Going the Distance With Online Learning

What does the classroom of the 21st century look like? Rather, does there need to be a classroom at all? The discussion surrounding online learning has taken hold in many of Ontario’s post secondary institutions, with many embracing this new pedagogy. Online learning challenges the traditional classroom environment, and allows learning to occur in any space.
The provincial government of Ontario has already managed to assist in the construction of online learning pedagogies through funding initiatives such as the Rural Connections Program, which assists communities that lack sufficient access …read more

Deconstructing Food Monopolies on Campus

With OUSA’s Student Health and Wellness policy paper having passed General Assembly in the past month, it’s fitting to discuss one of the most important aspects of campus health: nutrition and food services. Within this subject area, one of the most common issues campuses experience is the exclusivity and monopolizing of food contracts. This has been a particular issue at my campus of McMaster, with Paradise Catering being a food provider that has sizable presence in providing campus food through contracts between the MSU and McMaster University. However, recent work has been done to addre …read more

December Message From the President

Hello everyone! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is quickly coming to a close- OUSA has enjoyed a busy autumn and the time has raced by.
November is always a great month for the steering committee members at OUSA and this month was no exception! Last week, student representatives from across Ontario filled up Queen’s Park’s meeting rooms with student asks. Over the course of several days, OUSA met with more than fifty MPPs on behalf of students in order to enhance post-secondary education in Ontario.
OUSA’s approach to advocacy has always been informed by context, and last week was no di …read more