VCC President’s Research Symposium – Oct. 4, 2017

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On October 4th, 2017, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present our first President’s Research Symposium.

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The Event Space, Building B, VCC.

The Symposium was located in the open Event space in Bldg B of the VCC Broadway campus. (You can check out the Twitter activity for this event under the hashtag #vccresearch or look at the Twitter widget on the right side of this blog).

 

In this brief introductory video, Kathryn McNaughton (VP, Academic) and Elle Ting (Research Ethics Board Chair) explain the difference between different kinds of research, and the values and goals of this Symposium:

 

Here are descriptions and resources from the day:


Introduction: Dr. Peter Nunoda, VCC President

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Dr. Peter Nunoda, VCC President

VCC President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, opened the day with gratitude for the large turnout, and praise for VCC’s diverse array of programs.

He described some of VCC’s innovative applied research initiatives, the college’s unique role in vocational training and experiential learning, and he also announced a new Research Fund of $10,000, which will become effective as of April 1, 2018. (Calls for Proposals and details of criteria will be announced at a future date.)

About the Presenter:
Dr. Peter Nunoda was appointed President, Vancouver Community College in August, 2014.  Prior to joining VCC, he held the position of Vice President, Academic and Research at Northern Lights College since August 2011.  Dr. Nunoda has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University College of the North from 2007 to 2011, the Director of Access Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2002 to 2007 and as a Program Director for Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2000 to 2002. His research projects include: reports on professional health education for Aboriginal People for Health Canada and HRSDC; an article on Japanese Canadian Perceptions of Canadian Citizenship; and a study of the retention of Aboriginal students at the University of Manitoba.


Keynote Speaker:Greg Anderson, Dean of Applied Research, JIBC.

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Dr. Greg Anderson, JIBC

Topic: Student Research Skills Development Framework

Does your institution have a planned approach to embedding research skill development in a student’s education? Do you have a clear understanding of how different student research activities are differentiated throughout their student life?

Dr. Anderson addressed these topics in a highly informative and entertaining presentation that used examples from a number of his past projects, involving the Justice Institute of BC and other higher education institutions.

Slideshow: Research Skills Framework – G. Anderson, JIBC

About the Presenter:
Dr. Greg Anderson is the Dean, Office of the Applied Research & Graduate Studies, at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). He provides oversight as Investigator and/or Administrative Lead with the application and management of individual and collaborative applied research projects totaling over $8 million in the last five years. He has been an advocate for undergraduate research experience for many years, and was the driving force behind the creation of a student research framework at JIBC.


Experiential Learning: A Research in Practice for Adult Literacy Fundamental

Thirty-some years ago, while doing her practical teaching year, a professor brought a lobster trap into class. A group of prairie student teachers gathered around the lobster trap, asked questions, examined it, made guesses, sang a Stan Rogers tune about the influx of maritime workers to the Alberta oil patch. That was the moment Lynn became hooked on experiential teaching and learning. Lynn’s research in practice study tested her assumptions about experiential learning and literacy student persistence, success and retention.

Slideshow: Research in Practice – L. Horvat

About the Presenter:
Lynn Horvat is an instructor in VCC’s Basic Education Department.


Longitudinal assessment of Baccalaureate Nursing students’ disposition to think critically

The purpose of this research was to evaluate baccalaureate nursing students’ critical thinking dispositions in relation to a curricular shift from traditional lecture-based learning to problem-based learning.

Slideshow: Nursing students’ disposition to critical thinking – K.Fukuyama, B. Arthur

About the Presenters:
Barb Arthur and Kathy Fukuyama are faculty members in the Bachelor of Science Nursing (“BScN”) Program.


From Surviving to Thriving: Young people and inter-sectoral partner feedback on a critical health literacy pilot project

This presentation outlined findings from a research project between VCC and community partners on health promotion practice with young people, including recommendations for a related wellness outreach initiative.

Slideshow: Young people’s wellness collaborative project – S. Laliberte

About the Presenters:
Anastasia Gaisenok is the Executive Director of Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network. She is currently the co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and a member of the Steering Committee for the BC Health Coalition. Previously she served on the Women’s Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver, and on the Board of Directors for Oxfam Canada.

Raagini is the Education Program Coordinator at Check Your Head. Raagini is deeply committed to educational transformation, social justice, and youth empowerment through a creative, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist framework.

Shari Laliberte R.N., Ph.D. is a faculty member and curriculum chair within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program of the School of Health Sciences at Vancouver Community College.


Applied Research in Collaborative Partnership: A Look at Baking, Natural Health and Contribution to Students

Fionna Chong (VCC) and Rebeccah Robertson (BCIT)

VCC and BCIT embarked on a multi-year research project with an industry partner to examine the contribution of sourdough bread-making methodologies towards the improvement of gluten digestibility.

This presentation shared the researchers’ process for initial idea development; preliminary testing; NSERC grant application; and research, departmental, and student inclusion.

Slideshow: Baking, Natural Health & contribution to students – F. Chong

About the Presenters:
Rebecca Robertson, Research Associate and Instructor at BCIT, has worked extensively in the food industry in areas ranging from food product development, food safety, sensory and quality assurance.

Elizabeth Mudge, Research Associate at BCIT, has worked in the food and natural health industry in areas ranging from analytical method development to food research and development.

Fionna Chong is the department leader for the Baking & Pastry Arts program at VCC and a baker at heart…


Lightning Talk Presentations

Inspired by the rapid-fire format of Pecha Kucha, presenters were given 5 to 10 minutes to present their topic…

  • “Communication Activity for Generation 1.5 ESL students”
    (Jane Parker, College and Career Access)
    Jane described a classroom-based research project using WordPress and EdModo to empower her ESL Students as Student Journalists, and her observations of how it improved their communication skills.
    View the student resource shown in this Lightning Talk

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    Jane Parker, College and Career Access

  • “The World of Institutional Research”
    (Brian Beacham, Institutional Research)
    Brian described examples of the role of Institutional Research at VCC.
    Slideshow: IR Presentation – B. Beacham
  • “Library Support for Applied Research”
    (Virginia Adams, Coordinator, Copyright & Scholarly Communications, VCC Library)
    Virginia described the role of the VCC Library in supporting applied research, and described specific Librarians and how they have helped various projects at VCC.
    Slideshow: Library support for Research – V. Adams
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  • “The Role of Research in Writing Children’s fiction”
    (Katarina Jovanovic, Early Childhood Education, VCC)
    Katarina gave an entertaining description of how and why she undertook different kinds of research to develop characters, story and scenarios for her awardwinning children’s books.
    Slideshow: The role of research in writing children’s fiction – K. Jovanovic
  • “VCC’s REB: Five questions in Five Minutes”
    (Elle Ting, Instructional Associate, Chair of VCC Research Ethics Board)
    Elle gave a fast-paced and animated presentation on the essentials of the VCC Research Ethics Board (REB).
    Prezi: The REB – “5 questions in 5 minutes”

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    Elle Ting, VCC REB Chair, and event host

  • Read more: Research at VCC


Comments from Attendees…

“I wished I had been able to stay longer this morning. Still, as I headed back to class with my students, I knew it was a very worthwhile interlude to our morning. They got to see what other activities teachers get up to. They got to see education at VCC from a different perspective.” – Lynn Horvat

“I’m looking forward to our next steps” – Brian Beacham

“I’m happy to hear it will be an annual event.” – Virginia Adams

“It was really inspiring and I can appreciate how much work went into coordinating it behind the scenes and facilitating it. Thanks so much for taking a lead on this and also for our website, which looks amazing” – Shari Laliberte

“I felt so energized afterwards and I was so excited to hear about research that instructors have done at VCC.” – Helga Mankhof

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Innovations in Educational Technology – May 26, 2015

On May 26, 2015, VCC was pleased to present the first-ever “Innovations in Educational Technology” showcase. Held at the VCC Broadway campus, this was an opportunity for our faculty to showcase a wide variety of education technologies and to learn from their colleagues.

Here are descriptions, videos and resources from some of the presentations:


“Aboriginal Gateways”

Allison Schubert, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement

Allison demonstrated “Aboriginal Gateways”, an online course designed by VCC’s Department of Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement. It is currently being piloted with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners at Ray Cam Community Centre and Pinnacle Alternate High School Program in Vancouver.

“Aboriginal Gateways to Careers is a flexible Moodle-based program that was developed to assist Learners with exploring careers and making decisions about both school and work.  The program takes learners through a unique learning experience as they gather information about their skills, knowledge, values and interests and how that relates to career choice.”

Allison’s Aboriginal Gateways demonstration video:

Allison Schubert is the Learning Facilitator for Aboriginal Gateways to Careers in Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement as well as the Department Coordinator for the Access to Careers and Education Department. Allison always looks for creative ways to serve non-traditional learners and support their transition to post-secondary education and employment. She has been involved in the development of Gateways for over two years and has served as the content expert on the project.


 

“3D Printing”

Graham Huckin, Drafting Department

“In the Drafting program, we use our 3D printer to make solid models of some of the exercises that our Basic Drafting students are learning to draw. It is important that the students develop a spatial ability, an ability to visualise in 3D what they are looking at in 2D. Having the physically-printed models of some of the objects they are drawing in AutoCAD helps them to develop that spatial ability. I don’t plan to demonstrate the 3D printer “live” at the showcase, but I have made a short 5-minute video to show how 3D printing is done, and will bring along some physical examples of the printed objects.”

Graham’s 3D printing introduction video:

Drafting’s 3D printer in operation:

A closer look at sample 3D printed objects:


“Using the iPad & Apple TV in Group English Editing Lessons”

Jane Parker, College and Career Access

Working in small groups, Adult Basic Ed. intermediate students can edit errors in sentences they’ve generated, and can see the results in real-time on the classroom’s big screen. Jane demonstrated this interactive lesson, using faculty and staff as simulated students.

“Word-processed sentences are photographed with the iPad and imported into the “Educreations” whiteboard app. Student groups then each take turns using the iPad to annotate sentences by drawing over the image with a different colour. Sentence annotations are projected up on the room’s big screen via Apple TV. Final corrections are annotated by the Instructor and tweeted out to be displayed in the class’s Moodle course. The result is that Students are more engaged in editing because they enjoy using the iPad and watching their peers make edits in real-time. They like the fact that the lesson becomes a kind of competitive game.”


“Educational Technology in the EAL Pathways Program”

Joann Chernen, EAL – Pathways Program

“Pathways course delivery and participation depends on a significant amount of educational technology, involving: the online learning platform Moodle; a reliance on authentic materials sourced and researched through the internet; extensive video recording via mobile devices and tablets; and software applications such as Excel; PowerPoint; and Prezi. Students recognize and appreciate the integration of educational technology for the currency it brings to the Pathways learning experience, and for the opportunity it provides them to improve their educational technology skills.”

Pathways Curriculum Developing Ss Tech Skills and Awareness
(Adobe PDF format)


“Using Camtasia Studio 8 to record screen-capture video presentations”

Graham Huckin, Drafting Department

Graham gave a video demonstration of the features of Camtasia Studio 8, plus a couple of videos he created for his Steel Detailing students. Graham’s goal was to stimulate the attendees’ imagination regarding how the techniques demonstrated may be adapted to their own program areas.

Graham’s Camtasia Studio 8 demonstration video:


“Demonstrating the Morpholio Board”

Ken Izumi, Dental Technology

“The Morpholio Board iPad app allows for a layout of images, concepts and ideas all on one “slide”. The app enables you to present multiple images seamlessly, and create annotations to enhance these concepts and ideas. The app can be used in presentations, quizzes and interactive learning exercises. I use the app on my IPad and stream it to a TV screen using Apple TV. Dental Technology students, for the most part, are visual learners. The Morpholio Board App allows me to present information in a format that hopefully optimizes their learning experience.”

Ken’s Morpholio Board demonstration video:


“Introducing Hydraulic Trainers”

Rick Cyr, Heavy Mechanical Trades

Rick demonstrates “How to bring Heavy Equipment Hydraulics into the classroom (without making a large hole in the wall)”. Participants had an opportunity to try out the Hydraulics Trainer and build active hydraulic circuits safely.

Rick’s Hydraulic Trainer demonstration video:

Rick Cyr is the Department Leader for the new Joint VCC/BCIT Annacis Island Campus- Motive Power Centre of Excellence. He is certified in heavy duty and commercial transportation.


 

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: