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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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 Socrative.com

…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.


Innovations in Educational Technology – May 16, 2016

heading-homeOn May 16, 2016, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was pleased to present our second “Innovations in Educational Technology” showcase. Held at the VCC Downtown campus, this was an opportunity for our faculty to showcase a wide variety of education technologies and to learn from colleagues.

The Showcase was held on the fourth floor of VCC’s downtown campus, and encompassed 18 presentations over about 3 hours. You can see event details at the VCC EdTech Showcase registration site, and read twitter activity at the hashtag #vccedtech

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


Panel Discussion: What’s Happening with e-textbooks and Open Education Resources at VCC and in BC?

Presenters: Shirley Lew, Sally Gibson, David Porter

Our panelists discussed e-textbook and open learning initiatives at VCC, particularly an
e-textbook pilot hat was undertaken by VCC’s Hospitality department, and initiatives to develop common Digital Learning Resources for BC.

VCC 2016 Ed Tech Showcase – eText Panel:

Sally Gibson – Slideshow on VCC Hospitality eText Pilot Project:
https://www.slideshare.net/secret/ALe8DhET43CGkP

About the Presenters:

Dr. David Porter is the Associate Vice President, Education Support and Innovation, at BCIT. David has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Earlier in his career, he spent 11 years at BCcampus, where he led a team that brought several innovative initiatives into the BC post-secondary sector, including Canada’s first open textbook program.

Shirley Lew is the Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services at Vancouver Community College. In her role, she provides Academic leadership for Library, Learning Centre, Centre of Instructional Development, and School of Instructional Education.

Sally Gibson is an Instructor in VCC’s Hospitality Management Degree program.


“Can words and music move the world?”

Presenters: Jane Parker, Margaret Buxton

Jane and Margaret demonstrated how technology can enhance student analysis and comprehension of text in an organized systematic way, using YouTube videos, and online apps like Quizlet, Socrativ, Twitter, and Lino to develop an analysis of two songs.

This highly interactive session engaged participants in an authentic lesson on literary texts, including distinguishing figurative language, comparing and contrasting text, and evaluating a text’s purpose.

Two videos were shown, as part of the Music Video Analysis exercise:

Quizlet Quiz on Figurative Language:
https://quizlet.com/_29qutw

Attendees were encouraged to Tweet their feedback using the hashtag #mandjvcc

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.


Adaptive Technology Services for Students with Disabilities

Presenters: Brianna Higgins, Brian Lau, Amber Inglis

Brianna Higgins from VCC Disability Services, and Amber Inglis and Brian Lau from AT-BC demonstrated the technology available to support students with permanent disabilities. Disability Services works with VCC faculty, students, and departments to make education accessible to students with a disability. We provide services, equipment, and supports to help students reach their educational goals. When students require technology and equipment in class and during exams, we consult with and/or refer them to Assistive Technology BC (AT-BC), which provides assistive technology resources to make learning and working environments usable for people with disabilities in BC.

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About the Presenters:

Brianna Higgins is the Disability Services Department Leader, Vancouver Community College.
Brian Lau
is the Assistive Technology Coordinator, Assistive Technology of BC.
Amber Inglis is the Assistive Technology Coordinator, Assistive Technology of BC.


Using Camtasia as a “How to” Tool

Presenter: Graham Huckin

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 videos:


About the Presenter:

Graham Huckin started his VCC career as a term instructor in the mid-nineties. His first career was in the steel construction industry in the UK, North Africa and Canada, working on many large projects including the Alex Fraser Bridge, Canada Place cruise ship terminal, and the WM Keck astronomical observatory on Mauna Kea. He is qualified as a steel building inspector with the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), and is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). A previous department head for the VCC Drafting Department, he’s currently Instructing in the VCC CAD & BIM Technologies Dept.


Using Adobe Indesign

Presenters: Lorena Espinoza

Lorena gave a ground-level introduction in Adobe InDesign; the professional layout program that graphic designers use. Lorena’s demonstration of the software also included a cheat sheet filled with helpful tips and resources.

Lorena Espinoza, Using Adobe Indesign:
https://www.slideshare.net/secret/anqTWfMrkMNt7z

About the Presenter:

Lorena Espinoza is the Department Head and an Instructor in the Digital Graphic Design Department at VCC.


SMART Board, Sympodium and Interactive Projector Technology at VCC

Presenters: Julieta Herrera, Maria Matus

In this workshop, Julieta and Maria demonstrated the basics of different interactive technologies in use at VCC, including providing hands-on experience with an Interactive Projector. Attendees were also shown how VCC Faculty can enrich their classes and enhance learning using SMART boards and the Sympodium.

SmartBoard workshop – VCC EdTech Showcase:

http://www.slideshare.net/secret/DYI5gCVqzcMjjI

SmartBoard demo video:

About the Presenters:

Julieta Herrera is the Education and Media Technologist in VCC’s IT Dept. Maria Matus is the AV Maintenance & Repair Technician in the VCC IT Dept.


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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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.


 

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.

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

Conference Notes Continued: WIPTTE

By Robin Popow, Instructional Associate

Notes from Days 2 & 3

Click here to read Day 1 notes…

Pen + Touch Computing: From Research to Resource

Professor Andy Van Dam, Brown University.  "Inventor of hypertext and father of digital graphics"

Professor Andy Van Dam, Brown University. “Inventor of hypertext and father of digital graphics”

Andy Van Dam, Professor of Technology, Education, & Computer Science at Brown University kicked off day 2 with a look back at the origin of pen and touch technology. Considered by many as the inventor of hypertext and father of digital graphics, Van Dam has spent the last four decades working on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in education and research. He has contributed a great deal of industry leading research and taught many of the current leading researchers.

Fujitsu tablet PCsVan Dam expressed general dissatisfaction and frustration towards Apple and Microsoft, suggesting they have been developing products without paying attention to leading research that suggests people benefit from using pen + touch technology (as opposed to the current pen OR touch). Current products such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Fujitsu’s Stylistic Hybrid tablets offer the ability to use a pen OR touch but none offer the ability to use pen AND touch at the same time. Van Dam suggests pen + touch is what is needed to attain a truly natural user interface (NUI). Van Dam referred to the original two-handed technology and the origins of this research in a 1963 project called Sketchpad where Ivan Sutherland at MIT’s Lincoln Labs developed, “A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System”, described as one of the most influential computer programs ever written.

Van Dam showcased Hands-on Math as another example of affordances offered by pen + touch technology (I loved the crumple gesture). It was interesting to see how much negativity there was towards Apple and Microsoft from University researchers in attendance. It was suggested that while the iPad brought a great deal of popularity to tablet devices, it’s touch-only technology is somewhat shortsighted in the context of leading research. And although Ken Hinckley of Microsoft seems to be paying attention to the research (as noted from his Day 1 keynote) Van Dam and others at the conference acknowledged the progress Microsoft has made but were critical in pointing out that Microsoft has not yet developed consumer versions of pen + touch products 50 years after their original conception.  It will be interesting to see what happens in coming years.

Large Artwork Display on the Surface (LADS)

Van Dam also showcased a cool program developed at Brown University called LADS (Large Artwork Display on the Surface), a platform built for museums for viewing large, digitized artworks in a novel fashion. It uses Microsoft’s DeepZoom technology to dynamically load portions of images at different resolutions. This allows a user, in the case of the Garibaldi project (see video below), to see an entire 370 foot long panorama at once or the brushstrokes on the ocean in one square inch of the piece. Additional information can be accessed via hot spots in the image. LADS is open source and available as a free download for institutions that wish to use it. I couldn’t help but think how a program like this could be used by students as a group project to build interactive timelines, etc.

InkSurvey

InkSurvey is a free, web-based software designed to facilitate real-time formative assessment by collecting graphical, white board style responses from students. During our session I used my iPhone to submit my hand-written responses to questions asked by Frank Kowalski (the person next to me used her Kindle tablet), featured in this comical video. A major affordance of this software is that instructor can provide direct feedback to graphical student responses. This software appeared simple to use and quite effective,  and works across most mobile platforms (Android 4+). Click here to begin using it now…

Courseload

Dale Pokorski showcased Virginia Tech’s use of Coarseload, a company that provides source-neutral aggregated digital textbooks at up to 70% savings by integrating open source as well as (or in place of) proprietary content. In the spirit of active reading, students are able to highlight, annotate, share notes with other students. For additional functionality Virginia Tech students export materials to Microsoft OneNote.

Screen capturing

iPad image

Eric Marco’s iPad featuring a Doceri pen to prevent palm-drag and an “indestructible” M-edge neoprene case. (Click image to enlarge).

On Day 2, middle school teachers Eric Marcos and Stacey Roshan provided more tips in support of video in a flipped classroom. Select takeaways for me included screencaptuing apps such as Doceri for iPad, with a pen that effectively eliminates palm drag, Educreations (one of my favourites) and ScreenChomp. (ScreenChomp is about the simplest screen capturing tool you’ll find). Also, Eric made his tablet seemingly indestructible with a M-edge neoprene case (see image at right).

More on Tablets

In my Day 1 post I noted the popularity of the tablet PC hardware with interaction/sharing software such as ClassroomPresenter, DYknow and Microsoft OneNote. On Day 2 I had chance to use more of these tablets and must admit that they do provide functionality beyond that of touch-based tablets, laptops and desktop computers. A major take away from this conference beyond the affordance-rich tablet PCs has been the potential of cost effective technologies that can be used to innovate based on affordances rather than just integrate technology as a flashy tool. While some delegates rattled off bold statements like “every student in America should be using OneNote on a 11.6″ Fujitsu tablet PC” some institutions have dropped their brand-specific tablet programs altogether in favour of a bring your own device (BYOD) option. Some have found that free software such as ClassroomPresenter provide enough usability to support their learner-centred initiatives.

(BTW, during the conference I also learned that $20 Android tablets with VGA camera are being produced in India – 4 million on order).  

In Closing

VCC offers such a wide variety of programming that it is impossible to apply a one-size-fits-all approach to educational technology while maintaining pedagogically sound teaching and learning strategies. While I sometimes find myself envious of the relative ease to which K-12 and Academic institutions chose and implement blanket technology solutions I quickly think of the depth and richness of learning we can offer our students as an applied learning institution and the potential to go even further!

Click here to read Day 1 notes…

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.

peperdine

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 creationsforlearning.net and the ironically named, teacherscreate.org. 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…