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.


The Aboriginal Adult Basic Education Dogwood (AABE) e-Portfolio Project

The AABE e-Portfolio Project is a three year collaboration between the Native Education Centre (NEC) http://www.necvancouver.org and VCC. Since September, 2008, NEC students have been engaged in a process of gathering, evaluating and presenting evidence to demonstrate competencies met for English12 and Math 11. These e-portfolios form part of the BC Adult Graduation Diploma requirements for English 12 and Math 11.

NEC Logo


What are e-Portfolios?

Why e-Portfolios?

Definition and Role in Education

“A purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student’s efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas.” (Del Vecchio et.al, 20001)

A portfolio assessment is the evaluation of knowledge about a particular subject area, supported by a written reflection of the learning that has been experienced. Students gather, evaluate, and present  authentic examples to demonstrate meeting course learning outcomes.

What’s in it for students?

Project manager, Wendy Seale-Bakes, suggests the educational value of portfolios and e-portfolios specifically include:

  • Demonstrates progression and depth of learning achieved
  • Invites reflection
  • Encourages creativity
  • Encourages integration of factual and creative
  • Focuses on the experience of learning & metacognitive thinking
  • Provides evidence of learning

Why does it fit well with the profile of AABE students?

  • Focus on self directedness
  • Holistic approach to assessment and learning
  • Opportunity to enhance self-esteem
  • Documentation of learning and competency
  • Students own the portfolios and may use them for employment or further education

Native Education Centre Longhouse, Vancouver, B.C.

Native Education Centre Longhouse, Vancouver, B.C.

Some Pedagogical Reflections

How do we know our students are learning?  How do they know?  Through the portfolio process, students become more aware of the learning outcomes for their courses, and engage in a regular process of reflection on how well they are achieving those outcomes. The portfolio process enhances learning at the same time as it contributes to learner self-awareness, confidence, and a sense of control over learning.

Working with the instructors and students at the Native Education College has helped Wendy and other VCC instructors involved in this project appreciate Aboriginal ways of knowing, learning, and being, and to understand that culturally appropriate education means more than just adjusting content for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis learners. It involves a different way of seeing the world and how we live in it.

For further information on e-portfolios visit the CID website  Distributed Learning Development Guides  http://cid.vcc.ca


[1] Del Vecchio, A., Gustke, C. & Wilde, J. (2000).  Alternative Assessment for Latino Students.  In J.V. Tinajero & R.A. DeVillar (Eds.), The Power of Two Languages (pp. 365 – 382).  New York:  McGraw-Hill