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 (www.cell-ed.com), 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.


 

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ETUG 2015 Spring Workshop

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On June 4th and 5th 2015, members of the Centre for Instructional Development attended the ETUG Spring Workshop at SFU.

ETUG 2015 Spring Workshop, SFU

Here are highlights and observations from the fun and informative presentations:


Day 1

Keynote Address: “Anatomy of 21st Century Educator”

Simon Bates, UBC

In his slide show, Simon described different aspects that make up a 21st Century educator:

  • Teacher for Learning: design effective instructional activities to support active learning
  • Research-based investigation
  • Technology in delivery/assessment
  • Curator (facilitator) of existing resources
  • Collaborator (work wi others; share)
  • Experimenter (how we incorporate new ideas/methods)

Another aspect Simon emphasized was student control in constructing content and context. In contrast to a Learning Management System (like Moodle), which  is an institutionally-controlled learning space, Students could use other online tools, such as PeerWise to collect and curate their own course content.

Peerwise is a course-based question repository, developed by students, that leverages student creativity and collaboration to develop course content. In effect, it is a student-moderated space, and is particularly effective for larger classes. Students can also tag content, creating their own keywords (or use teacher’s own taxonomy).


Basic iPad Training Session for VIU Forestry Students

Michael Paskevicius, Vancouver Island University

Michael’s presentation was a”broad overview of the iPad and basic device management for students entering a program which requires the iPad.”

Preferred Mobile Platform

From the perspective of the project and institution, it was easiest and most practical to support only one brand of mobile device, and the participants were encouraged to buy their own device.

For this project, iPads were selected as the preferred platform to:

  • Reduce textbook purchase costs for students: students will be offered free and/or openly licensed digital textbooks access through the device.
  • Mirror industry standard practices from the field: iPads are emerging as an industry-standard device for the collection of data in the field.
  • Enable collaborative learning in the classroom: allow students to use iPads for group work in class and to share to the projector via AppleTV.

Polling and Quizzing in the Field

Real-time online polling tools (such as Socrative and Polls.io) also played a big role in gathering student feedback and facilitating discussion. QuesTinSitu was used for its geolocationing ability, allowing questions to be asked that relied on knowledge of geography or a physical presence in a particular location.

Mobile let’s students access more text + documents, and easier to transport than many expensive texts.

Additional Resources:


Day 2

Marginalia Annotation Tool

Lannie Kanevsky, SFU
http://www.sfu.ca/education/faculty-profiles/lkanevsky.html

Marginalia is defined as “scribbles, comments and illuminations in the margins of a book.” This old human habit has been found in manuscripts dating back to the 4th Century AD.

Lannie Kanevsky’s Slideshow:
http://scope.bccampus.ca/pluginfile.php/52542/mod_resource/content/1/ETUG%20Marginalia%20Slides%20Kanevsky.pdf

Prior to putting 75% of one of her courses online, Lannie had her students respond to assigned readings in a printed “triple-entry journal” format in order to critically engage them with the texts prior to each class meeting.

Offline, a “Triple entry notebook” can engage students offline, before class so you don’t have to lecture. (Kooy + Kanevsky)

In a Triple-entry Notebook, Students write in margins, working in groups of 3-4, not talking, but interacting by writing in margins of a page of prepared writing.

Lannie resisted pressures to move this process online until she could find a way for students to interact with the assigned readings and each other with the same pedagogical richness and learning outcomes.

This finally became possible when she found Marginalia, a free, friendly, downloadable tool that can be embedded in Moodle discussion forums. It enables students to select portions of a text posted in a discussion forum on a Moodle (a learning management system) and annotate it with their comments appearing in the margin beside the text they’d selected.

As they had in printed responses, active conversations among classmates, the author of the posting and the instructor emerge as others comment on the comments that accumulate in the margins. Lannie demonstrated Marginalia, shared student guidelines for this process, and her students’ work, and encouraged participants to play with Marginalia on their laptops.

Marginalia integrates with the Moodle LMS, and was designed by Jeff Glass with support from BCCampus.

(Note: This tool is Javascript-based, and must be used on a laptop. Unfortunately, touch-based devices such as tablets or smartphones will not work.)


Keynote Address: Exploring Learning Ecologies: Models and Experiences So Far

Paul Hibbitts, SFU

Given that mobile access is now the new baseline, what is the next step for us to help better support our students in this age of networked information?

For Paul Hibbitts it starts with anytime/anywhere access, utilizes a development process where learning and technology are complementary partners, and evolves into the support and creation of learning ecologies. With a learning ecology, learners have an environment and tools to help better foster their own growth and meet their individual needs.

In this discussion-style session, Paul presented a learning + technology development model and a learning ecology framework for group discussion and feedback. He also shared a recent course where he leveraged both of these models as he undertook the creation of a learning ecology for his students.

Paul Hibbitts’ Presentation: 
http://slides.com/paulhibbitts/etug-spring-2015-plenary-keynote-exploring-learning-ecologies/embed

 


More about the ETUG 2015 Spring Workshop:

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Lisa O’Neil – “Media in Education”, May 20, 2015

On Sept 17, 2014, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the Learn @ Lunch Workshop “Researching Conditions That Embed Media in Education; Is It Really Just a ‘Matter of Time’?” by Lisa O’Neill.

In January of 2013 a case study was launched at BCIT that sought to identify essential conditions that embed media in higher education learner experiences. This educational media study gathered learner-directed study habits, utilized findings to redesign faculty-directed activities, and uncovered the value and impact of both approaches to frame five essential conditions to embed media in teaching and learning.

The first half of the workshop briefly situates the investigation within the current media and adoption literature (by providing an overview of media ecology and situated learning) and introduces attendees to 4 characters who are supported by media enhanced learner experiences. The second half of the workshop discusses how the case study identified conditions could be implemented within VCC courses/programs.

Learning Preferences: Peter Fenrich

On Sept 17, 2014, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the Learn @ Lunch Workshop “Learning Preferences” by Peter Fenrich.

This workshop allows you to assess your own learning preferences and then presents some research findings and practical ideas for designing lessons that effectively accommodate the varied learning preferences of students.

Peter Fenrich is an Instructional Development Consultant at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He supports instructor and curriculum development. He also creates innovative computer-based training and simulation software. His work has won international awards. Peter’s book entitled, “Creating Instructional Multimedia Solutions: Practical Guidelines for the Real World”, provides practical information gained through years of experience. Peter also works internationally as a consultant.

Accessibility in Online Learning Environments: Betty Noble and Karon Lee

On Sept. 24, 2013, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the Learn @ Lunch Workshop “Accessibility in Online Learning”.

VCC Instructor (and former head of the Visually Impaired Program) Betty Noble, and SFU Distance Learning Consultant Karon Lee presented their experiences with accessibility issues in developing online courses.

Some of the key topics covered in this hour-long presentation were:

  • Accessibility support in different Learning Management Systems (WebCT, Canvas, and Moodle).
  • How Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports accessibility.
  • Compatibility issues of web browsers and the JAWS screen reader.
  • Key points to remember when striving for accessibility.

CID Activity Reports: 2012 to 2013

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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.

VCC Receives NSERC Applied Research Eligibility Status

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Dr. Karen Belfer

Congratulations to Dean Karen Belfer and to Vancouver Community College (VCC) for this great achievement.

Dr. Karen Belfer, VCC’s Dean of the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Applied Research & Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Science, attained eligibility for VCC.  Dr Belfer meticulously completed the rigorous application for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) eligibility status to apply for research funding.

Dean Belfer’s education and experience in applied research and active participation on VCC’s Education Council Policy Committee and her work as chair of the VCC Research Ethics Board greatly assisted with VCC’s NSERC application.

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post secondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. (Cited Sept 3rd 2013 at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/index_eng.asp)

This status is only granted to institutions that meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements to administer funds granted by them. The eligibility sets out the general terms and conditions governing the institution’s administration of grants and awards by federal granting agencies.

NSERC eligibility status is not a guarantee of funding. Each research proposal is investigated and assessed further by the NSERC peer review committees which assess the excellence of the applicants and the merits of their proposals on an individual basis.

The eligibility agreement is a document common to three federal granting agencies including NSERC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council    and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

VCC’s eligibility is confirmed by NSERC only. The eligibility status and the agreement between NSERC and VCC represents an important and tangible element in the accountability of granting agencies and institutions in support of research and in their responsibility for the effective management and use of the research investment made by the Federal Government of Canada.

Congratulations to Dean Karen Belfer and VCC for this great achievement!

Enhancing Post-Secondary Students’ Work Readiness for Multicultural Environments through Sociocultural Competence Training

On July 9, 2013, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the Learn @ Lunch Workshop “Enhancing Post-Secondary Students’ Work Readiness for Multicultural Environments through Sociocultural Competence Training”, presented by Dr. Anita Mak.

In order to develop post-secondary students’ work readiness in culturally diverse societies and international environments, educators have advocated that program leaders should engage faculty members in embedding intercultural competence development in the curriculum, and evaluate the subsequent impact on faculty and student outcomes. This approach has been adopted in an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Project titled “Internationalisation at Home” (IaH), which involved providing Business and Health faculty with professional development adapted from an established sociocultural competency training resource – the EXCELL (Excellence in Cultural Experiential Learning and Leadership) Program.

This VCC Learn@Lunch seminar reported the action research processes and outcomes of the IaH Project implemented at two Australian universities. Also, Vancouver Community College faculty and professional staff members shared their reflections on teaching innovations and first-hand experiences with embedding sociocultural competency training in the curricula of diverse disciplines.

About Dr. Anita Mak:

Dr Anita Mak is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education, Faculty of Education, UBC. She is Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australia and a fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Research. Anita’s specialist research areas are acculturation, sociocultural competence training, adolescent and immigrant mental health, and employment-related stress.

Anita is a co-developer of the EXCELL (Excellence in Cultural Experiential Learning and Leadership) Program. EXCELL is an evidence-based behavioural program for developing sociocultural competencies that has been introduced into over 100 educational institutions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK,
and Europe.

Motivating Students: Peter Fenrich

On May 13, 2013, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the Learn @ Lunch Workshop “Motivating Students”, presented by Peter Fenrich.

This session discussed the ARCS motivation model and how it can be applied to address the attributes of attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction.  Attendees were asked to reflect on their own experiences and how the model can apply to their own classes.

Peter Fenrich is an Instructional Development Consultant at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He supports instructor and curriculum development. He also creates innovative computer-based training and simulation software. His work has won international awards.

Peter’s book entitled, “Creating Instructional Multimedia Solutions: Practical Guidelines for the Real World”, provides practical information gained through years of experience. Peter also works internationally as a consultant.

Peter Fenrich, Motivating Students, May13/13 – Clip 1 of 3

Peter Fenrich, Motivating Students, May13/13 – Clip 2 of 3

Peter Fenrich, Motivating Students, May13/13 – Clip 3 of 3

Internationalization of Curriculum: Terry Fuller

On Nov. 5, 2012, the Centre for Instructional Development proudly presented the workshop “Internationalization of Curriculum”, presented by Terry Fuller.

Terry Fuller worked for BCIT for many years before retiring in 2010. She has lived in other countries and traveled to Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. In 2008, while at BCIT, she headed a research project on internationalization of the curriculum. BCIT has initiated several of the recommendations from her research.

In the video clips below, Terry Fuller highlights her recommendations and suggests strategies to internationalize curricula.

Terry Fuller, Internationalization – Clip 1 of 2

Terry Fuller, Internationalization – Clip 1 of 2