• Weeks 19,20,21 in Review

    I’m a bit behind on my Weeks in review, partly because some of it I can’t really blog about, I was sick, or I was working on stuff I’ve already blogged about. Open Ed 2015:  Our abstract was accepted, to my surprise quite honestly, since as a reviewer for some of the submissions I happened to notice there were a lot of really good submissions. Really good.  So I’m pleased, and we’ll do our best to make sure our research and presentation is awesome. Guadalajara project:  In addition to @cogdog, @brlamb, @bkiddjibc, @ken_bauer (as coach), we added @nancywhite to our teaching and development team.  I’m elated at how this is shaping…

  • Weeks 17 and 18 in Review

    I got to spend a whirlwind week with a fellow JIBC colleague @bkiddjibc and @cogdog in Guadalajara this week, so I barely remember the previous week. It was great to introduce both of them to the really fantastic team of people we are working with at the University of Guadalajara, where we are creating a faculty development program for 300 UdeG faculty. I learned that the team we are working with have a mandate of faculty development and accreditation, but they’ve decided it’s important to go much further and are stretching the innovation envelope as well, so this explains their willingness and openness to roll with what we have proposed. The…

  • Week 13 and 14 in review

    Week 13 and 14 felt short and busy, my time mostly being consumed by a couple of projects rather than lots of little things. Video:  After the last blog post, Grant Potter at UNBC got in touch and offered to give us a peek of their Kaltura/BB setup. This is immensely helpful and is one of the great reasons for doing these weekly reviews and sharing what is going on over here. Quality and Accreditation:  I’m on an audit panel doing a quality and accreditation audit for a college in Ontario.  In Ontario, colleges have to periodically go through these reviews/audits which are governed by the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service…

  • Week 12 in Review

    I’ve been offline for a couple of weeks and it was all the good things it can be when you go on a vacation to Maui, leave the phones and ipads in a drawer and spend your days boogy boarding with sea turtles.  Nonetheless, I did manage to squeeze in a couple work days last week. Innovation Classrooms:  This year, we equipped a small classroom with a 60″ monitor and a WePresent.  Once a user has set up the WePresent on their device, it works like a dream, allowing you to walk into a room, get on the room wifi, and punch in a 4 digit code via an app.  No more…

  • Week 9 in review and a bit of nostalgia

    Innovation Classroom:  We decided we had a bit more room in our budget to set up  two more classrooms with the WePresent and will try out a room configuration with two monitors on perpendicular walls, perhaps with one on a flexible arm. Our instructors are often moving the furniture around and using the rooms in different ways, so we think that giving more flexibility to the placement of the monitors will better reflect that and get away from a bowling alley set up. SSHRC:  We submitted a SSHRC proposal and in true JIBC style it was pulled off in less than 2 weeks. Sincere kudos to my Dean for even attempting the impossible. Praxis:…

  • Applied research day, badging, faculty development and iPads: Week 8 in review

    WordPress theme:  I changed the theme for this blog, and it feels like a new pair of fabulous shoes. JIBC Applied Research Day: We seem to struggle to attract a big audience to our annual research day, but this year was one of the best IMO.  Instead of a keynote, the day kicked off with a series of presentations by students on research they are doing as part of their Bachelors program capstone projects. This was quite impressive and a testament to how integrated applied research has become in our programs, albeit quietly it seems.  The speed research presentations were also fun, and I continue to love this format. Missing…

  • Week 7 in review: TRU YouShow, faculty development, and slow travel photos

    TRU visit: I got to spend a couple of days at TRU this week with Alan and Brian and Irwin and lots of other great people.  I’m pretty sure I got more out of this visit than I gave, but what it also underlined for me was the importance of getting out of your own environment and discussing and sharing ideas outside of your own pond.  We typically frame these kinds of visits in an overly formal way and it got me thinking about how I could somehow makes some visits happen next year at JIBC.  Some things I learned: Brian and Alan continue to push Wordpress to be really indispensable ed tech tool for higher ed.…

  • Week 5 in Review

    I’ve missed a few weeks, but the scope of my activity is increasingly centred on our big University of Guadalajara faculty development project which is about to launch its development stage. Innovation: The big news of the week was this announcement of funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada for our simulation tool, Praxis (#jibcpraxis).  Getting to this announcement has been a 2.5 year work in progress with many highs and lows for the JIBC team involved.  Nonetheless, it was a big event of speeches and congratulations and included both the attendance and an earnest commentary from MP @MichelleRempel who flew in from @dlnorman– land (and who apparently used to work in Tech Transfer…

  • Week/s in review

    I’ve lost track of the weeks we’ve missed and even what week I’m supposed to be writing about, so this is a bit of a catch up. University of Guadalajara site visit:   We just got back from an intensely short visit to the University of Guadalajara, where we visited a couple of the U of G campuses in the city as well as 2 of their regional campuses about an hour outside of the city.  The U of G is hugely impressive and everyone we met seemed so incredibly committed.  Quite honestly, the BC post secondary sector could learn a lot from U of G, but that is a topic for another post.…

  • Week 2 in review

    It’s really Week 1 on the academic calendar, and a challenging one to get the gears going again. Presentation/faculty development:  the week kicked off with a presentation on new e-learning models to a group of Conflict Resolution program faculty. Conflict Resolution is one of our very well respected, high demand programs, lead by an impressively engaged and qualified group of faculty.  In prep for this, I had to update a 4 month old presentation on MOOCS, multi-access learning, micro-learning and subscription-based learning.  I find the micro-learning/subscription based learning space pretty interesting, and dare I say “disruptive” to continuing education. Certificate in Experiential and Digital Learning:   things at JIBC have a…

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