UCN acknowledges that we are on the traditional territories and homelands of many Indigenous peoples, who have existed here since time immemorial. The First Nations in the area that UCN serves entered into treaty relationships with the Crown and the territory has also become home to other Indigenous peoples. We uphold the treaties and collaborate with all Indigenous peoples to share truth, reconciliation and learning.
For a more comprehensive statement go to UCN Traditional Territory Acknowledgement.


The Centre for Learning, Education and Research (CLEaR) provides staff and faculty another avenue to access the resources of the Reconciliation, Research, and Academic Innovation (RRAI) department. The RRAI areas – instructional services, libraries, research, and academic development – work to together to support staff and faculty to strengthen teaching and research across all UCN programs. As an intricate part of RRAI, reconciliation is central to all work done by CLEaR.

The work of CLEaR focuses on:

· Program and course development

· Program and course reviews

· Teaching supports (focused on technology)

· Reconciliation, indigenization, and decolonization in teaching

· Research

· Quality assurance standards (such as evaluation of courses by students)

· Embedding library service in curriculum

· Faculty and staff professional development

An Advisory Committee comprised of members from across UCN provides guidance and direction to the work of the CLEaR.

Ann Barbour-Stevenson abarbourstevenson@ucn.ca

Director of CLEaR, Manager of Academic Development

Terralyn McKee tmckee@ucn.ca

Learning Technologies Specialist

Guru Chinnasamy gchinnasamy@ucn.ca

Manager of Research

Meaghan Buchanan mbuchanan@ucn.ca


Heather Smith hsmith@ucn.ca

Librarian (Oscar Lathlin Research Library)

Monica Mun mmun@ucn.ca

Librarian (Wellington and Madeleine Spence Memorial Library)

Cheryl Sinclair csinclair@ucn.ca

Regional Libraries Administrator



CLEaR provides training, resources, and activities to the entire UCN community which include:


•          Creating and maintaining an online repository of resources and website links;

•          Providing support, mentorship, and guidance in Indigegogy;

•          Organizing presentations and workshops on teaching and instructional technology topics;

•          Providing support for remote course delivery;

•          Coordinating a new faculty orientation (distinct from the human resources orientation);

•          Working with faculty to identify, develop, and share critical skills and best practices in research;

•          Providing leadership in projects and initiatives focused on Indigegogy, pedagogy, and research;

•          Offering mentorship between faculty members;

•          Recognizing exemplary faculty instructional practices and research endeavours; and

•          Creating a culture of collaboration among faculty to enhance instructor skills and improve the learning outcomes for students.


CLEaR Channel hosted within UCN MediaSpace to see videos of CLEaR PD presentations.


Thursday, December 8     12:00 – 12:50
Student Feedback on Learning Experience and Qualtrics
Meeting ID: 954 2323 7892
Password: UCN2022
This session will provide an overview of how UCN administers the collection of feedback from students on their learning experience. An introduction to Qualtrics, the new survey system that UCN is using and an overview of the Qualtrics Dashboard tool (which is used faculty reports) will be provided.
Facilitator: Ethel Nyabeze, Quality Assurance Coordinator; Ashely Blackman, Director of Institutional Analysis & Planning; Harvey Briggs, Associate Vice-President RRAI; and Ann Barbour-Stevenson, Manager of Academic Development
Accessible Educational Content Training
Mark your calendar and plan to attend one, two, or all three of these accessibility in educational content training session!
The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications (of the Manitoba Accessibilities Act) addresses barriers to accessing and providing information. This includes information provided in print, in person, on websites, or in other formats. UCN must comply with this standard by May 1, 2024.
Lisa Snider, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant and Trainer, from Access Changes Everything Inc , will facilitate three sessions designed to ensure that materials and information shared by UCN staff and faculty comply with the new standard.
Details on how to register for the session will be provided in the near future.
Wednesday     January 18     1:00 – 4:00
Accessible Communication in Education
The half-day Communications session will cover print, in person and digital communications tips that can be used right away after the session for course content creation, but also for in class communications. These tips will be targeted to academic course creation and educational materials, but also for the different forms of communications that relate to a class and teaching environment.
Thursday     January 19     9:00 – 12:00
Accessible Educational Content: Making Text More Accessible
The half-day course will focus on how to use plain language or accessible text in course creation and educational materials. This session will also show demonstrations of resources and tools that are low-cost or free. This session will include useful tips and resources that can be used right away after the session.
Tuesday     January 24     9:00 – 12:00
Accessible Educational Content: Making Digital Materials More Accessible
The half-day course will focus on how to make digital materials more accessible. The session will provide practical tips on how to make documents themselves more accessible, with topics such as images, headings, and options for different formats and accommodations. This session will include useful tips and resources that can be used right away after the session.