more about meeting their assessment targets
than they do about actual teaching,” he said. “It
completely transforms the way teaching works;
it completely transforms the university and not
in ways that are beneficial to education by any
stretch.” Also contentious among faculty members is the use of American-style methods and
tests to identify, implement and assess learning
An issue for professors is that they don’t want
to “give up sovereignty over what happens in the
classroom,” said Alex Usher, president of Higher
Education Strategy Associates. But, as more and
more countries adopt learning outcomes, Can-
ada will have little choice but to follow, he added.
“If I want my students to be mobile, if I want to
have international students, and as this becomes
more and more of a global standard, it’s actually
dangerous not to join in.”
European countries were early adopters of
learning outcomes through the Tuning Process,
an initiative now more than a decade old, that
seeks to harmonize skills and competencies at
the subject or program level. Its aim is to facili-
tate degree recognition, credit transfers and the
mobility of students across jurisdictions. The
approach has spread throughout many other
parts of the world including Latin America, Rus-
sia, Africa, Asia, Australia and the U.S.
YEARS OLD. YEARS OLD.
FOR WHAT IS RIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT
They try to teach us everyone has rights. They try to tell us everyone is equal.
I sit in silence and listen. I am young but I am not a fool. I see discrimination
and I know I won’t sit still forever.
A passion for equality and human rights has been a part of me as long as I can
remember. It is a cause that I will never abandon. My time at the University
of Manitoba has brought me closer to others who feel like I do and are more
than willing to act on that belief. We have a long way to go before all people
are treated as equals, but transforming the law to protect everyone, regardless
of sexual orientation, gender, sex or race can begin to even things up.
The University of Manitoba has supported me and helped me make a
difference for thousands of Canadians. Now I teach others how they can
bring social justice and equality to Manitoba and the rest of the world.
I AM A DEFENDER.
Karen Busby is a professor of Law and the
director of the University of Manitoba
Centre for Human Rights Research.