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).
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
- 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
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
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
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.