The University of Alberta recently launched an online course designed to answer all your (or your children’s or student’s) burning questions about Dinosaurs, the fascinating animals that once walked the earth many years ago. Dino 101 offers the opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost dinosaur experts, Philip Currie, who founded the Tyrell Museum for Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, and registration is now open. The course requirements? An internet connection and a sense of adventure. Developed in partnership with Coursera, an online education hub that hosts students from around the world, the course also has a free version.
The Edmonton Arts Council has launched a new website sure to please many locals and tourists alike. The new website, edmontonpublicart.ca showcases the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection, a collection of works that the City has acquired in various ways over its history: some may have commemorated a special event, some may have been gifts to the City. Many of the artworks acquired in recent years have been generated by the City’s Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas Policy.
From the founders of SnowSeekers, an online and mobile guide to winter in Western Canada, comes FestivalSeekers, an online and mobile guide launched in June 2011 that unlocks the bests of festivals year-round. Traditional marketing channels routinely showcase only the most internationally recognized Canadian festivals, leaving out many other amazing opportunities. “Everybody knows about the Calgary Stampede and the Edmonton Folk Fest and all these outstanding, world-renowned festivals,” said FestivalSeekers’ Manager of Communications Rick MacDonnell. “But there are so many smaller, out-of-the-way festivals and events happening in this part of the country that people should be taking notice of. From the Falher Honey Festival to the Battle of the Rockies to the Taber Corn Fest, there are dozens of cultural experiences to be had if people just had a way of learning about them.”
ATBCares.com, powered by Calgary-based software provider, Benevity, is the first branded giving site from a financial institution in North America where people can easily give to their causes of choice and access real-time matching funds. Benevity won the Digital Alberta’s Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation award for its work on ATBCares.com, a branded giving site launched by ATB Financial that enables people to easily make donations of any amount to any registered charity in Canada and to receive real-time matching funds for thousands of causes that align with the bank’s community investment goals.