VCC 2017 Educational Technology Showcase – May 29, 2017

On May 29, 2017, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present our third Educational Technology showcase, called “The Flipped School”.

Held at the VCC Broadway campus, it gave our Faculty a way to showcase educational technologies, best practises, and to learn from the experience of their VCC colleagues.

The Showcase was located in and around Room 1228, Bldg B of the Broadway campus, and encompassed over eleven presentations over six hours. You can see this year’s event schedule at the VCC EdTech Showcase registration site and check out Twitter activity at the hashtag #vccedtech

Here’s a little video welcome (and a look at how far we’ve come!)

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

Keynote Speaker: Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Jhangiani gave an impassioned presentation in defence of open educational resources and open textbooks, particularly commenting on the impacts of rising textbook costs on student success.

(Dr. Jhangiani’s full lecture notes are available online.)

Related Resources:

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).

Workshop: Moodle / BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Presenter: Robin Popow, VCC Auto Collision Program

Auto Collision Instructor Robin Popow demonstrated how he and his students maximize the power of their mobile devices to enable a truly flipped learning environment.

Robin showed how his Students use their own mobile devices to participate in on-the-fly polls using

…and he also showed the advantages of using Moodle and the student’s mobile devices to run on-the-spot assessments from the shop floor, and to manage attendance in real-time using Moodle’s Attendance module.

About the Presenter:

Robin Popow is a third generation Collision Repair technician and Paint technician with a Red Seal designation in both. Robin has held a variety of different roles relating to the auto industry including a small family collision repair shop, a major dealership, and two stints at ICBC.

Robin began his career at VCC in 2001, gained a teaching diploma, then a Master’s degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. He served as an Instructional Associate at VCC for 7 years followed by a position as Standards Manager with the Industry Training Authority of BC before returning to his true love – teaching trades skills at VCC. Robin’s speciality is the development and delivery of flexible learning programs and currently instructs his department’s distant learning high school program to students all over BC.

Health Sciences Simulated Learning Experience (SLE) Lab Demonstration

Faculty and Technicians from the Health Sciences Program led two group demonstrations of their high-fidelity patient simulation system. Their robotic “patients” can be programmed for a wide variety of conditions and responses, in order to provide realistic Student challenges.

The Simulated Learning Experiences (SLE) lab is designed to help learners practice skills and interventions in a simulated hospital environment. These opportunities recreate realistic scenarios that reflect the complexities of patient care. The goal is for nurses to practice patient care and to experience the positive and negative impacts of on-the-job decision-making, in a safe environment.

Workshop: Skype for Business

Presenter: Julieta Herrera, VCC IT Dept.

Julieta demonstrated how to use Skype for Business to schedule and set-up video conferences between people at VCC and/or at external institutions, and also showed how to use the presentation recording feature.

About the Presenter:

Julieta Herrera has worked with Educational Technology in the IT department at VCC for the last five years. While evaluating practices and technologies on an ongoing basis, she collaborates with faculty and students on using technology to support educational experiences. Julieta have worked in other universities in Mexico and Canada and she holds degrees from a university in Mexico. She enjoys working with the faculty at VCC to better understand the Educational Technologies that will assist them in their teaching.

Panel Discussion: Culinary Arts Curriculum Project

This panel discussion reviewed a large curriculum redevelopment project undertaken by the VCC Culinary Arts program. The panel will discuss the new Culinary programs and the lessons learned from the development of a blended delivery model using Moodle.


View the slides from the Culinary Arts project panel

Panel Presenters:

  • VCC’s VP of Academic and Research, Dr. Kathryn McNaughton
  • Shirley Lew, VCC Dean of Library and Teaching & Learning Services
  • Ysabel Sukic, Asst. Department Head, Culinary Arts
  • Garth Manning, Instructional Associate, Centre for Instructional Development
  • John Love, Moodle Media Developer, Centre for Instructional Development

Lightning Talk Presentations

Inspired by the rapid-fire format of Pecha Kucha, presenters were given a chance to describe their topic in about three minutes.

Workshop: ePortfolios at VCC

Presenter: Andy Sellwood, Centre for Instructional Development

This presentation takes a look at what ePortfolios are and how they can be used in different educational programs. The Exabis ePortfolio system is being piloted at VCC, and was briefly demonstrated to show one possibility of implementing ePortfolios into programs.

View the slideshow from the ePortfolios session

About the Presenter:

Andy Sellwood is an Instructional Associate in the Centre for Instructional Development (CID) at VCC. Prior to joining CID, Andy was a physics instructor as well as being the department head of Science at VCC between 2010 and 2015. Andy’s interests lie in student motivation, program design and program implementation.


CID Activity Reports: 2012 to 2013


Each year, the Centre for Instructional Development posts its annual CID Activity Report, which documents the consultation, development and support activities delivered to the VCC community.

The 2012-2013 Activity Report is now available on the CID website.
It covers a wide array of topics:

  • Program Renewal
  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Development
  • Distributed Learning
  • Study of Teaching and Learning
  • Policy Review Groups and Committee Work
  • IRA Support
  • Faculty Postings: Selection, Election and Area Hiring Recommendations

Learn more about the CID, its mission, and previous Activity Reports on our “About Us” page.

Conference Notes: Workshop on the Impact of Pen & Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE)

By Robin Popow (Instructional Associate, Centre for Instructional Development)

Notes from Day 1

Well it sounds about as obscure a subject for a conference you could imagine but the 2013 WIPTTE workshop kicked off today in Los Angeles and just couldn’t wait to share my experience.


But first, a bit of background. As per their official website, the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology in Education (WIPTTE) exists to share research and effective practice on the use of these tools in education.

It quickly dawned on me that these aren’t bunch of app-mad ipad users as I had anticipated. On the contrary, I think they are truly aware that they have discovered the one educational technology tool most able to help us move towards modern teaching and learning pedagogies. Yes, that world where knowledge is socially constructed and teaching is learner-centred.

Back to earth…

The day began with a truly revealing and visionary look at the future of pen & touch technology

Ken Hinckley

Ken Hinckley, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

from Ken Hinckley, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. His research on sensors, mobile devices, pen computing, and pen + touch interaction has been widely covered in the press and tech blogs and left us pondering what is to come.

Ken suggested that we are currently shifting from indirect to direct input (from keyboards to touch screen) noting, “You can’t type the soul of an idea”. Research into reading shows that there is more to it than just reading and this is why the Kindle readers are not thriving. Ken suggested that we are active readers – we read with both hands, constantly moving the page or book while reading, writing notes and flipping pages back and forth using our fingers as active bookmarks. Ken shared several concept projects he has been or is currently working on that aim to serve active readers.

Some of the concept projects he shared with us can be found on Ken’s blog including:

Ken’s keynote left me with feelings of eager anticipation turning immediately by anxiety for determining how to fund and implement this exciting future technology.

After Ken’s keynote I learned about an interesting classroom presentation program while using a really cool Fujitsu tablet PC (very powerful with Windows 8). Classroom Presenter (developed at University of Washington) provides some core features of the popular DYknow software (enterprise) but as a free download.

tabletIn the words of the developer, Classroom Presenter is a Tablet PC-based interaction system that supports the sharing of digital ink on slides between instructors and students. When used as a presentation tool, Classroom Presenter allows the integration of digital ink and electronical slides, making it possible to combine the advantages of whiteboard style and slide based presentation. The ability to link the instructor and student devices, and to send information back and forth provides a mechanism for introducing active learning into the classroom and creates additional feedback channels.

Also of interest to me was a self-study done at Boston University with the following select findings:

  • While ipads were provided for student use students prefer to use their own devices. Tablet PC were favored but bring-your-own-device (BYOD) selected as best solution
  • Faculty preferred to use Dropbox to collect student work
  • Windows 8 allows for touch screen so Smart Boards no longer necessary
  • Wacom Bamboo tablets preferred for image annotating

Conference host, Pepperdine University actively promotes student created content and provided staceysome great resources and examples such as and the ironically named, Teachers and several students from Long Beach Unified School District presented a series of student-created math tutorial videos featured on this site using Camtasia with minimal technical instruction. Additionally,  Stacey Roshan of Maryland showed samples of videos her students made using Screenchomp on iPads.  Stacey, also shared with us one technique she is using to flip her classroom by providing them with Camtasia videos she created. While long in duration by today’s standards at 15-30 minutes she wowed us by showing new Camtasia features in her videos such as intermittent quizzes and popup glossaries.

A significant theme emerged on day 1: Tablet PC + Microsoft OneNote provides a powerful teaching tool and Andrew Asikainen of St. Lois showed us how in a hands on session. Teachers in Andrew’s schools use OneNote as a personal learning environment for their student and require them to produce a portfolio of their work for all classes. Students use MS Skydrive to access and store their files (currently available to VCC students).

On this same theme and also building on the inspiring morning keynote, John Cristy of Virginia Tech presented an innovative add-on for Microsoft OneNote called VText. VText provides a framework for the creation and display of eTextbooks adding features such as:

  • Linked Split Screen
  • Window focus change on hover (as opposed to click)
  • Gestures for navigation and bookmarking
  • Bookmarked pages for quick returning
  • Notes Page
  • Bluetooth Scanner
  • Simple quiz system

Download John’s presentation

Click here to read the Day 2-3 notes…

Best Practices in Curriculum Development: Digital Graphic Design @ VCC

What makes good curriculum development?

For many people this might a difficult question to answer.

Interestingly enough, everyone knows what good curriculum looks like when they see a well-developed PCG and Course Outlines.

I was sitting in Curriculum Committee a few months ago, and Graphic Design was presenting their new program.

There was no question in anybody’s mind that the documentation that was in front of them was an example of good curriculum.

Tene Barber and Jessica Rush worked for six – nine months putting this together. The goal of the process was modularizing the content and ensuring that no matter who came in to teach the class at any point in time in the 9 months of the diploma, they would know where the class was and what they needed to teach.

The motivation was student centered. The result…

The documents presented at Curriculum were like a well-developed puzzle. All the pieces fit together so nicely, every piece has a unique place in the puzzle, and without any piece, the puzzle is not complete.

In curriculum development language you would call it alignment;  if you read the Program Learning Outcomes, the Course Learning Outcomes, the Course Description, Evaluation and objectives…. Everything seems to work together, everything makes perfect sense.  The course and program content guide would not be complete of any if those pieces was missing.

Design aside, this proposal was amazing.

We have attached their PCG and curriculum map… so you can see what we are talking about.



VCC’s New Kitchen and Bath Design Diploma

VCC’s Kitchen and Bath Design program has had a makeover! This past year Bernie Lyon, Program Coordinator for the Kitchen and Bath Design Program, has taken her curriculum to a whole new level – literally! What was formerly a certificate program is now a diploma program, combining the rigorous and highly regarded Interior Design Certificate with new and updated Kitchen and Bath courses to give students the opportunity to learn cutting-edge design techniques, qualify for National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) licensure and ladder into degree programs at other post-secondary institutions.

The field of Interior Design and its specialized niche in Kitchen and Bath Design require graduates with a professional and forward-thinking approach. Bernie and her team of award-winning instructors have worked hard to ensure students become innovative and knowledgeable professionals in this highly competitive field.

The project began in November 2010, when instructors gathered at VCC to identify their collective vision for the program. From there they worked with Anne Larson of Compass Adult Learning Solutions to define the learning outcomes that would enable graduates to occupy a variety of entry-level positions and to map the curriculum in its entirety. The process not only provided instructors with the opportunity to collaborate and share their expertise, it also enabled them to design a curriculum in which learning activities, assessments, and instructional activities complement one another across courses. The result is a coordinated and well-aligned curriculum that is supported by the shared vision and expertise of its instructional team.

The new program introduces learners to sustainable and state of the art technologies including the 3D modeling program SketchUp to create their designs, and OLED lighting (incredible!). Students are initiated into the profession via numerous field trips, competitions (including the prestigious GE Charette), and events, including the annual IDSwest international tradeshow. They also attend NKBA local Chapter meetings that include dinner, networking, and attendant speakers. Once graduates earn their NKBA Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer credential, it takes seven years of industry experience to be certified as a Kitchen Designer or a Bathroom Designer and another three to earn the uppermost Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer credential.

“We are both thrilled and grateful to be able to offer a Diploma in Kitchen & Bath Design at Vancouver Community College. Thrilled, because this is the first program of its kind in British Columbia, and grateful because without the tremendous support and assistance of Susie Findlay and the Centre for Instructional Development it might never have happened. While working on the curriculum over the past several months, Susie has acted like the Captain of a ship taking us through the swirling waters of Active Pass. Her knowledge, kindness and patient guidance made the challenging work glide smoothly along to our final destination.”

Bernie Lyon, Program Coordinator

Annual Employee Recognition Event

At the annual Employee Recognition Event held on Thursday, December 3rd in the Event Space at the new Broadway Campus, we raised a glass of champagne to congratulate employees celebrating their 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th year of service at VCC and recipients of the 2009 Employee Excellence Awards.  With the gorgeous snow capped mountains as backdrop, and plenty of colleagues, family and friends present, the event had great community and celebratory spirit.
The CID particularly wants to spotlight Sue Birtwell from the School of Instructor Education (SIE) for winning the Excellence in Education Award. Sue really deserves this award for re-designing, teaching and breathing life back into SIE’s excellent certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
The certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction prepares instructors of online eLearning with knowledge and skill sets directly related to the new web based teaching and learning environment. This certificate program builds on a foundation of professional preparation in instructor education and experience as an educator. Completion of the certificate is a follow-up to prior instructor training. This might be your time to take this very worthwhile program. Click here to review the courses and schedule in the program.
The CID congratulates all the other recipients of the 2009 Employee Excellence Awards.
Colleen van Winkle from ESL Outreach for Excellence in Leadership
Nancy Nesbitt from the Foundation for Excellence in Community Involvement
Greg Hamilton, Carlo Mate and Elizabeth Burnyeat from the HelpDesk for Excellence in Teamwork
Ali Oliver from Counselling and Disability Services for Excellence in Customer Service
Chris Schofield from the Dean of Arts/Science Office for Excellence in People Spirit


VCC Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction

Are you considering teaching on-line, putting one of your courses on-line or just exploring Web 2.0 learning management systems like Moodle? Do you believe that the transition from onsite teaching and learning to online instruction is either way too hard or just too easy? Are you hoping to retire or win the lottery before you actually have to face teaching online? Well I certainly had all these thoughts just before I enrolled in VCC’s School of Instructor Education Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.

I thought that all my years of teaching experience and taking courses up to graduate school would make the transition to teaching online relatively easy. I was very proud of my knowledge of adult education theory and practice. The outcomes of my experience in the first course of the certificate were unexpected to say the least.

Online teaching and learning is absolutely not just about reading volumes of text instead of listening to PowerPoint lectures. It is not just about navigating websites instead of sitting in a classroom or laboratory and asking questions. I would say that the first course was more like a practicum or an apprenticeship than a cyber-classroom. It allowed me to apply prior knowledge and experience and really learn how learning takes place online and how traditional adult education theory applies online.

Our instructor Sue Birtwell really designed the course in an interesting way so that she taught and role modeled new ways to collaborate and learn online but she also assured that we learned from our experiences as teachers. Most importantly fellow students were encouraged to learn from one another as we worked effectively in groups and reflected on our learning together. Yes even made new friends in our cyber campus bonding with people you have never met in the physical world.

So why not try it now? You will be pleasantly refreshed by what the ecertificate may open up to you in terms of opportunities to teach and learn in different and surprising ways. Log onto and see if there is a course being offered that fits your schedule and lifestyle.

The Internet has become a medium for people to carry out a whole range of life’s activities, including education. Instructors of online eLearning need to prepare themselves with knowledge and skill sets directly related to this teaching and learning environment.

This certificate program builds on a foundation of professional preparation in instructor education and on professional experience as an educator. Completion of the certificate is a follow-up to prior instructor training. The three course descriptions in the VCC Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction

1. Online/eLearning: Principles and Processes (EDUC 4150)

In this course, multiple perspectives on learning are reviewed as a foundation to examine various concepts, principles, and processes that relate to online/eLearning instruction. With a focus on characteristics and preferences of different groups of learners, course participants assess, select, and implement appropriate learning strategies in the development and delivery of eLearning. Credits: 3.0

2. Design and Develop Interactive eLearning (EDUC 4151)

In this course, participants design and develop suitable online/eLearning environments to support instructional and learning interactions that accommodate multi-dimensional learning. Credits: 3.0

3. Design and Develop an Online Course (EDUC 4152)

In this course, participants employ the necessary and appropriate processes and technologies to design, develop, implement, and manage an online course. Credits: 3.0

Mapping the Learner’s Journey

PIDP Faculty Mapping their Program

PIDP Faculty Mapping their Program

Mapping A Learner’s Journey Through the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program

On February 19 & 20 SIE & CID faculty accompanied by PIDP Advisory Committee representatives undertook a journey through a program design process based on The Learning Outcomes Primer series by Ruth Stiehl. Our guides and facilitators on the trip were the program mapping team of Christina Tulloch and Anne Larson from Compass Learning Solutions, Calgary. Employing a river rafting metaphor, Anne and Chris guided us toward our destinations which were to craft program learning outcomes and create a program map of the  learning experience through the PID program.

Through a series of guided conversations (journeys), participants explored the:

  • PID Program mandate
  • Intended roles for  program graduates
  • Statements that express what a graduate of this program can do “out there”
  • Best pedagogical approaches and assessment strategies to ensure the learners can demonstrate that they have met program outcomes
  • Essential curriculum for meeting program learning outcomes
  • Capturing the Ideas

    Capturing the Ideas

Two full days of conversation and exploration left participants with a strong sense of direction for the PID program, however; some participants would agree with SIE Department Head, Eva Murray’s comment “My brain hurt at the end of the two days”.

Digital Graphic Design Students Give the CID a ‘New Identity’

The new CID office is nestled in between two very innovative VCC departments: Drafting and Digital Graphic Design. This past fall we had the privilege of having our logo designed by the latter of these two, and the arduous task of choosing one among the 17 amazing and unique submissions!

Mahtab Ghavami and her instructor, Tene Barber

Mahtab Ghavami and her instructor, Tene Barber

There’s no question though that the actual hard work came from the DGD students and faculty, who executed well over 500 sketches before narrowing them down to the designs they felt best captured the CID identity. The design process was directed by Tene Barber, both an instructor and the Department Head of the program. She began by presenting her students with three clear objectives:

1. clearly identify the ‘Centre for Instructional Development’

2. exude the personality and spirit of the dedicated CID team and the support and services they provide

3. ensure the new brand respects and compliments the VCC identity

…and they certainly did! The amount of creativity, research and vision that informed their designs was truly remarkable.

Overall, the logo design process captured the true essence of our college community as a collaborative team who worked together to inform each others’ experiences. Out of this came a new logo for the CID, a “real-life, real-drama design challenge” for the students, and an innovative and dynamic design that will take us into the future!


Thank you class of 2009 and a special thank you to our winner, Mahtab Ghavami, for her fresh, dynamic and nurturing design! We’re truly enjoying our new image!