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.


Mobile Devices at VCC: From Purchase to Practical Use

This blog post re-purposed from the Applied Learning in the Digital Age Learn@Lunch IMG_2067workshops for the VCC Day 2013 presentation.

The following information supports the VCC Day 2013 workshop ‘Mobile Devices at VCC: From Purchase to Practical Use’ as presented by Robin Popow on October 25, 2013.

Session Overview and Resources

1. Introduction

  • Session Overview
  • Socrative Setup
  • Early Years of Pen/Touch Technology
  • Devices changing lives
    • Developmental [Fattemeh, offline video]ipad
      • Apps used: Bitsboard, IXL Math Practice, 5 Little Monkeys
    • Accessibility for auditory and visual impairments
      • iOS
  • Trends/Tablet Petting Zoo

2. Teacher Tools

  • Socrative – Student Response Devicesocrative
    Price: Free
  • Swivl – Camera base that follows you as it recordsSwivl websitePrice: $219 US (plus shipping – with AC Adapter)
    Availability: Order online – manufacturer ships to Canada

    • Mike Tunnah [offline video]
  • Justand – Mobile Device Stand – Use your smartphone or tablet as a document camerajustand
    Price: $89. US (plus shipping)

    Availability: Currently n/a at local retailers.
  • Mobile Devices as Document Cameras
    • Smartphones and tablets, cross-platforms
  • Whiteboard Apps
    • Educreations App – Recordable cloud-based whiteboard application
      Price: Free
  • Note Taking Appevernote
  • Wireless Media Streaming
    • Apple TV – Project your device wirelessly  in your classroom
      Price: $110
      Availability: Apple StoreIMG_2068
      Notes:  Once purchased, this device must be programmed by IT to function within the VCC WiFi. Unit can be permanently installed by IT or, purchase an audio-enabled HDMI-VGA adapter ($20-$40) to connect to classroom Educational Technology Units.

      • Educreations demo
      • AST Demo [offline video]
    • Options for Androids

3. Moodle Integration and Classroom Managementipad-field-work

  • Attendance
  • Grades
  • Database
  • Passive media management
    • Educreations Lessons via Twitter
    • Embedded Youtube/Vimeo playlists
  • “Micro-Moodle” or Moodle 2.5 as an app

4. Student-created Contentepub-sample

  • Videos/Interviews
    • iPhones and Youtube – Mandy Davies
  • ePublishing with Creative Book Builder

5. Future trends

  • Active reading research and Pen+Touch [02:00 video]
  • Wifi – BYODGartner's Hype Cycle
  • Media server

6. Purchasing tablets at VCC

  • One size fits all approach obsolete
  • Predefine use a must
  • Funding sources
  • Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC)

7. Petting Zoo

Additional Resources:

Kevin Kovalycsik: An investment in mobile technology = an investment in a student’s future

Meet Kevin Kovalycsik, instructor of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Law and Math in the Hospitality Management and University Transfer Departments at VCC. Kevin holds an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University; an MBA in Economics from Seton Hall University; and a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Rutgers.

Kevin’s interests lured him away from his hometown in New Jersey to Vancouver in 2008 to manage Venue Transportation for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Kevin is a successful veteran of global sport and entertainment facilities and events management with nearly 20-years of experience, including professional sports stadiums and arenas, harness and thoroughbred racetracks and convention centers and events management. Before relocating to Vancouver, Kevin completed his third-year as a senior director of the United States Tennis Open in Flushing, New York.

While Kevin’s accomplishments are too vast to list in this article we are showcasing his innovative use of technology for providing his students with the most current and relevant curriculum.

Dynamic information turbo-charges the daily lesson

Kevin subscribes to a vast array of global economic publications and continuously scans his sources for current material that relates to what his students are learning ‘today’. He then sends this info to his Twitter feed giving his students immediate access to the info. Kevin often teaches concurrent courses and therefore tags his tweets so his students know which ones are intended for them. Kevin notes that by the time his students get to class they have formed opinions and are ready to discuss and even challenge and debate issues relevant to the day’s lessons. Kevin points out that his use of technology models a professional application of the Internet as opposed to the social application for which most of them are familiar.

Making the investment in technology

Kevin encourages his students to make an investment in technology as an investment in their future and provides them with opportunities and incentive to do so. He ensures that his students are aware of e-books as an alternative to purchasing expensive textbooks. Kevin notes, “…accessing text and audio materials from online libraries can reduce the cost of a $160 textbook to $70” and subsequently, he encourages his students to apply these savings toward the purchase of mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Furthermore, he adds that the $90 savings combined with an additional student discount offered by some manufacturers can further reduce the costs. For instance, the Apple Store for Education offers a 14% student discount which further reduces the cost. This means students can potentially purchase an iPod touch for only $140 over the cost of a textbook purchase. Once inside VCC’s Wi-Fi environment students are able to access these web resources without having to pay additional data download fees to their mobile phone service providers.

Online bookstores and subscription

Currently, Kevin’s students access text and audio books from online sources such as CourseSmart and Overdrive, which typically gives them access to the materials for 180 days to 12 months.

Some resources feature online interactive learning experiences and in some cases complete e-Textbooks are available. Some allow a single download, which allows for access to the materials when web access in not available. All are viewable on any computer or browser-enabled device connected to the internet mobile or desktop device including Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile.

Managing the flood of information

With a massive amount of information available Kevin uses Pulse, a free news feed reader application to filter select feeds directly to his iPad. New posts from sites like those maintained by popular economic bloggers such as Robert Reich, Paul Krugman, etc. are fed directly to Kevin’s Pulse application on his iPad where he can quickly and conveniently scan them all at once. Subsequently, Kevin finds that major economic and business information news sources such as the New York Times, Globe & Mail and Aljazeera, provide continuous updates (some every half hour) and therefore he checks such sites concurrently, along with his Pulse subscriptions. Relevant information from all sources is then ‘tweeted’ to his students in preparation for their daily lessons.

Student-created content

Kevin enthusiastically describes a popular assignment where his students post videos of their own reflections on their learning. He points out that students tend to get very creative here and sometimes add interviews with peers and relevant economic and business professionals. He further notes that this is a growing segment of his practice and anticipates an expanded use of mobile devices by his students in the future.

For more information regarding this post, please contact Kevin Kovalycsik at or contact the CID at