VCC President’s Research Symposium – Oct. 11, 2018

On October 11th, 2018, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present its second annual
President’s Research Symposium.

The Symposium was located in the open Event space in Bldg B of the VCC Broadway campus.

This year’s theme was “Collaboration and Community”. In their brief promotional video, Kathryn McNaughton (VP, Academic) and Elle Ting (Research Ethics Board Chair) demonstrate their collaboration skills by playing a drawing game called “The Exquisite Corpse”:

Here are descriptions and resources from the day:

Introductions from Tami Pierce, Kathryn McNaughton, and Elle Ting

Keynote Address: Rick Warner (NSERC-Pacific)
“W5+ of Collaborative Research”

About the Presenter:
Rick has worked in the academia/industry collaborative research domain since 1984, initially for 17 years at a provincial granting agency, followed by 5 years in a series of contract/consulting positions and, most recently, heading up NSERC-Pacific for the past 12 years. During this time he developed and delivered programs targeted at undergraduate and graduate students, academics and companies all with the intent of increasing collaborative research. He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster and is a graduate of SFU’s MSAT program.

Impact of the New VCC Treadmill Workstation for Health Sciences Faculty.

Linda Glatts, VCC Faculty, School of Health Sciences

About the Presenter:
Linda Glatts has worked at VCC for 6.5 years in the BSN Nursing program. She teaches in the classroom, in the clinical setting and enjoys coaching students in our VCC Simulation Lab. She received her Master’s in Nursing, emphasis in Cardio Pulmonary Nursing from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).

BCIT Diversity Circles
Shannon Kelly and Zaa Joseph, BCIT

How can we respond to diversity positively and leverage the diversity of teams and workplaces?
This interactive session discussed the changing context of postsecondary student demographics –which mirrors the changing demographics in our wider societies. They presented a strengths-based model which follows an Indigenous framework for positively encountering diversity.

About the Presenters:
Shannon joined BCIT in 2002 as an instructor in the Communication department and is also a Program Head. She has experience working in industry as well as a doctorate from the University of Waterloo, where she first began looking at diversity through the lens of dialogism. Shannon’s passion for teaching is matched by her passion for research. She has been a board member of the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association since 2013.

Zaa Derik Gammel Joseph is Dakelh, Tl’azt’en First Nation and Irish descent. He has been an Advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Indigenous Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT’s Indigenous Advisory Committee responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan2010-present); volunteers as a Director-at-large with the BCIT Faculty Staff Association (FSA, and sits on CAUT’s Equity and Aboriginal Working committees. He holds a BA from Capilano University and completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University in 2013.

Shannon and Zaa co-created the FSA Diversity Circles project as a way for faculty and staff to address the increasing diversity on campus through a grassroots, strengths-based approach drawing on an Indigenous framework; the project was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant in 2016.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills in BScN Students
Meridy Black and John Collins
, VCC Faculty, School of Health Sciences

About the Presenters:
John Collins is a Faculty in the VCC BSN Program, teaching mental health and research courses. John’s research interests include the prevention and management of aggressive behaviour, transition in curriculum and effects on teaching, education program evaluation, and the transition for migrant health care professionals.

Meridy Black is a faculty in the VCC BSN program with a focus in population and pubic health. Meridy’s research interests are investigating how students deal with various aspects of trauma in nursing practice.

Failure as an Effective Art Strategy
Karin Jones, VCC Faculty, School of Trades, Technology and Design

About the Presenter:
Karin Jones received a Diploma in Jewellery Art & Design from Vancouver Community College in 1993, and a Master of Fine Arts in Craft in 2018. She worked in many areas of the jewellery field before beginning her teaching career at VCC in 2013, where she is now Department Leader of Jewellery.

The Role of Perceived Competence in Academic Persistence
KJ Hills, VCC Faculty, School of Art and Science

About the Presenter:
KJ is proud to have worked at VCC for 29 years both in the EAL and ABE areas. Currently, she is department head of College and Career Access, where she is delighted to play a role supporting adult learners who are upgrading to reach their educational, career, and life goals.

Using Virtual Reality in Higher Education
Jacqueline Shehadeh, VCC Faculty, School of Art and Science

About the Presenter:
Jacqueline Shehadeh received both her MSc and PhD in neurodegeneration, and is a faculty member at VCC as well as an adjunct professor at UBC. She has been teaching students health sciences for over 20 years and has been involved in virtual reality for the last four years. Her research is focused on how to incorporate virtual reality in multiple disciplines for use in higher education.

The “Exquisite Corpse” Drawing Activity

In line with the “Collaboration” theme of this year’s Research Symposium, members of VCC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Research began an “Exquisite Corpse” drawing game. This drawing was finished in real-time by REB Chair, Elle Ting and VP Kathryn McNaughton while recording their promotional video for the event.
The drawing was unveiled at the event, and participants were later encouraged to collaborate on other “Exquisite Corpse” drawings around the event during the day.

Read more about Research at VCC


Facilitating FLO by Andy Sellwood

Back in May 2018 I took the Facilitator Development Online (FDO) course through BCcampus. It was great to get a sense of what it would be like to facilitate the FLO courses and to see the courses from a different perspective.

Later that month at the Festival of Learning I bumped into Sylvia Currie and we chatted about the FDO. Sylvia floated the idea of me co-facilitating a FLO course and I was definitely intrigued. Fast-forward to August 2018 – I took Sylvia up on her offer and was paired up with Ross McKerlich to co-facilitate FLO fundamentals in October 2018.

Over the last few months Ross, Sylvia and I have been getting ready to deliver the course. One of the key things that has helped has been a checklist of tasks that need to be done both before the course is offered and then while the course is running. Ross introduced me to a task organization tool called MeisterTask. This tool has been great for organizing what we need to do, who is doing what and when.

Ross and I have done several chats through collaborate to make sure we have everything covered. Our last chat (Sunday morning) was excellent – we looked at the week ahead and went over the slides Ross had put together for the first synchronous session.

MeisterTask sends reminders about what needs to be done and what has been done which is awesome. In addition I have been entering tasks I need to do into my work calendar which is not only a good way to make sure I remember but also means I have time blocked off to actually do the task!

VCC 2018 Educational Technology Showcase – May 24, 2018

On May 24, 2018, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present our fourth annual Educational Technology showcase: “The Future Now”.

Held at the VCC Downtown campus, this day-long event gave our Faculty an opportunity to showcase educational technologies, best practices, and to learn from their VCC colleagues.

The Showcase was located in and around Room 420 of the Downtown campus, and encompassed over eleven presentations over six hours. You can see this year’s list of VCC EdTech Speakers and Sessions, and check out the event’s tweets at the hashtag #vccedtech

Here are descriptions, videos and resources from the day’s presentations:

Vis Naidoo, Chief Educational Technologist, Cell-Ed

Vis Naidoo presented on mobile learning, focusing on language and workforce skills training. View this presentation.

About the Presenter: Vis is the Chief EdTech and Global Officer at Cell-Ed (, playing a leadership role in developing and implementing a strategy to take the use of mobile phones for learning (mlearning) globally. He is also a member of the CARICOM Technical Working Group on Open and Distance Learning (ODL), a Fellow of the Institute for Public Education – British Columbia and Board member of Education
without Borders. Before this, Vis spent much of the past 20 years involved in educational technology policy and applications, ODL systems, organizational development and building partnerships in support of the social and economic development of people and communities. His work in Canada, South Africa and globally spans industry, non-profit organizations, government, governmental agencies, and Education institutions. Vis has served on education Boards in South Africa, Africa, and Canada. He holds a B.Sc., Dip. Ad.Ed, M.Ed. and MBA..

Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Jhangiani presented KPU’s Zed-Cred program initiative: “What it is, why it’s important, and how they did it”. View this presentation.

About the Presenter: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. Dr. Jhangiani has revised two open textbooks—for Research Methods and Social Psychology—and advocates for the adoption of open educational and science practices. His books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017, Ubiquity Press).

Krista Lambert, BC Campus

Krista spoke about using Pressbooks at BCcampus to create and adapt open textbooks and other open education resources (OERs).

Pressbooks allows you to create content once and publish it in many different formats including as a website, PDF document, EPUB document (usable in most e-reading applications and devices), and MOBI (for Kindle specific applications).

Krista demonstrated Pressbooks, how it’s being used to create and edit open textbooks, and how it’s being used in classrooms. View this presentation.

About the Presenter: Krista Lambert is an Open Education Advisor at BCcampus where she coordinates the development of the Zed Cred (zero-cost for students for textbooks) programs.

Lightning Talk Presentations

Inspired by the rapid-fire format of Pecha Kucha, presenters were given a chance to describe their topic in about five minutes. The VCC Library Facebook page has images from this section.

  • Jolene Loveday – Kahoot! and Other Student Response Systems for Formative Assessment (View this presentation.)
    Jolene Loveday is an instructor in the Humanities Department of College
    Foundations, where she teaches university transfer and academic upgrading
    (ABE) English courses. Want to use a game-based app to formatively assess
    student learning in real-time? This short talk will introduce you to Kahoot! and
    other engaging student response systems that are replacing “clickers”.
  • Heather Fouquette & Heather Barclay – Flipgrid (View this presentation.)
    Heather Fouquette is a Blended Learning instructor with the EAL department.
    She is currently teaching an advanced level EAL class in Listening and
    Speaking. Her presentation will demonstrate how to use the application
    Flipgrid for asynchronous video class discussions.
  • Matt Capper – Blockchain (View this presentation.)
  • School of Instructor Education – Student feedback (View this presentation.)
  • Bill Nikolai – Storytelling
    Bill Nikolai is an Instructor/Librarian with a special interest in Learning
    Technologies. In two of several previous lifetimes, he worked as a blacksmith
    and taught English at Japanese universities, respectively.

Janet Latter, VCC Manager, Institutional Research

Topic: Tableau Desktop business intelligence reporting software

Janet described the mission of VCC’s Institutional Research department, and the Tableau data visualization platform. View this presentation.

About the Presenter: Janet Latter is the Manager, Analytics and Business Intelligence in the Institutional Research Office. She began her career at VCC in 1998, working in the Registrar’s Office before moving to Institutional Research in 2003. Working with all aspects of student data using BI tools such as Oracle Discoverer, Cognos and Tableau, she is responsible for creating reports that transform data into information giving insight to enhance and strengthen evidence-based decision-making.

James Fournie, VCC Manager, Institution Research

Topic: Data collection and analysis at VCC Library and Learning Centre

James described how the library collects user and system statistics from numerous sources (databases, websites, computer systems, and even entrance sensors), and uses a variety of methods to analyse, aggregate and report on the data.
View this presentation.

About the Presenter: James Fournie is a Coordinator of Systems and Technical Services for the Library and Learning Centre.

Jane Parker and Margaret Buxton, Instructors, College and Career Access

Topic: Theory and practice behind teaching resistance literature in an
English course

Jane described how her teaching project used online digital sources including video, Prezi, and podcasting to explore issues in student identity and culture in Resistance Literature. View this presentation.

About the Presenters: Jane Parker has been an ABE instructor at VCC for twenty years. In her class of Generation 1.5 ESL/ABE students (who are now Digital Natives), she uses educational technology to increase engagement in practicing editing skills.
Margaret Buxton is an Instructor in College and Career Access at VCC. She is currently
pursuing eLearning Certificate through the School of Instructor Education.

Mari Paz Vera & Elena Kuzmina, VCC Library

Topic: Streaming videos to support lectures and facilitate interaction in
the classroom

Mari Paz and Elena described the various video repositories that are available to Faculty in the VCC Library (Kanopy, Films on Demand, and Curio), and the benefits of using videos in a face-to-face or online classroom, and covered how to find and integrate library video resources into course content. View this presentation.

About the Presenters: Elena Kuzmina is an e-Resources, Collections and Public Services Librarian at VCC. Her experience in academic, special and public libraries has an emphasis on providing equal access and leading change guiding students to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers. She holds a Master of Information and Library Studies from the University of British Columbia and MA in Linguistics from the Kharkov University.
Mari Paz Vera has been a Public Services Librarian at VCC for eleven years and she is
currently the Records Management and Archives Librarian. She holds a Master of
Information and Library Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master
degree in Management from the University of Bath

Andy Sellwood, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Research

Topic: Facilitated discussion on the challenges and successes of using Moodle

Andy led a discussion with the attendees to explore their experiences with using the Moodle learning Management system at VCC.  This included successes in areas like video and screencast authoring, high and low-stakes quizzing scenarios, and using questionnaires to simplify student reflection. Challenges that faculty had experienced included finding the time and resources to develop, maintain, or enhance their online courses, keeping their Moodle training up-to-date, improving Student engagement, and finding ways to share authoring experience with other colleagues.
View this presentation.

About the Presenter: Andy Sellwood is an Instructional Associate in the Centre Teaching, Learning, and Research at VCC. Prior to joining CTLR, Andy was a physics instructor and the department leader of Science at VCC between 2010 and 2015. Andy’s interests lie in student motivation, program design and program implementation.