Overview of Service

I am the Academic Director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. This important office of undergraduate research supports the involvement of University of Alberta undergraduate students in research activities.

I Co-Chaired the Teaching Learning and Technology Councile subcommittee on social media. Our report has been accepted and our recommendations are being used to develop guidelines for social media use at the university of Alberta

I Chaired the General Faculties Council Committee on the Learning Environment Subcommittee on Teaching, Research, and Discovery Learning. Our report has become part of the 2011-2015 Academic Plan!

I am finishing up coordinating the Department of Psychology Instructional Technology and Resources Lab. Check out the great Resources we have developed (including the template for this ePortfolio, developed by Chris Goetz) and the Services we offer.

I also loosely organize the Alberta Teachers of Psychology. Check out AToP. Although this site hasn't been updated in a while, it does provide an overview of some of the work we have been doing.


Recent Representative Invited Workshops and Presentations

Varnhagen, C.K. (2012, October). Controlling companion animal overpopulation: Techs make a difference around the world. Presentation to the CanWest Veterinary Conference, Banff, AB.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2012, October). Helping animals through research into the human-animal bond. Presentation to the Alberta Animal Welfare Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2012, February). High impact teaching, research, and learning. Keynote presentation to the Thompson Rivers University 8th annual teaching practices colloquium, Kamloops, B.C.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2012, March). Back to the future: Learning psychology in 2025. Keynote presentation to the Follow the Sun conference, online.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2009, May). Integrating teaching and research: Helping students learn to think like physicists and philosophers andů Keynote address to Looking for Success in Learning: The 5th Annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, Kelowna, BC.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2009, January). Festival of teaching 101: Using eClass to support teaching and learning. Invited presentation to the Festival of Teaching, Edmonton, AB.

Varnhagen, C.K. (2006, March). Forget bells and whistles: How do we help students get what they need to succeed? Presentation to University Teaching Services.







Department of Psychology – University of Alberta