The Curriculum Re-Development Centre (CRDC) was restructured in August 2000 and has grown in many ways over the past six years. Its staff, expertise, mandate and impact have all expanded, and the CRDC has strived to find ways of filling unmet needs.
The team of highly skilled, enthusiastic, devoted and hard-working individuals are members of one of the most highly regarded and envied departments of its kind in Canada.
The CRDC is comprised of four divisions: teaching development (the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning); the effective and appropriate integration of technology into teaching and research; media production services; and educational technology research.
In 2000, when most similar educational technology centres were simply teaching professors how to use technology, the CRDC adopted the philosophy that professors would also benefit from a team that would provide specialized technical services that freed up their time for what they do best: teaching and research.
The CRDC’s success is due to the positive, optimistic and can-do attitude of the staff. They start each day by asking themselves how they can help others do their jobs better and constantly ensure their activities are in line with the University’s strategic vision of excellence in teaching and research. Their goal is to make every client of the CRDC feel like they are the only patron by giving them personalized service.
Most of the CRDC’s services to the University are free, but there are three areas that the CRDC charges a cost-recovery fee in: external research and collaborative projects, services for researchers with grants and other special funding, and internal projects that have significant costs.
The www.VcAlberta.ca web site, which was conceived by the CRDC, provides advice and best practices for all things videoconferencing. The project is funded by Alberta Education and is used around the world. It is just one of many examples where the CRDC has provided leadership and made a major impact far beyond the University.
The CRDC’s entrepreneurial and creative employees are always looking for ways to remove barriers so clients get the results they need. They know they are doing their jobs when they are helping to find ways to make other people’s jobs easier, even if that means their own gets harder. They aren’t just interested in the work they do, nor in just making the CRDC the best it can be – instead they are focused on helping to build a university of the first class.
U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:
Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173