• Week 52 in review

    Last one of this year, and a bit light since I’m technically on holidays… Big New Projects:  In January, we will be kicking off a big project with and for the University of Guadalajara. Although it’s going to occupy a huge chunk of my time in the new year, it’s exciting for us to be developing an Instructor Development Certificate in Experiential and Digital Learning for UG, of which a focus will be mobile learning.  It’s a nice opportunity to be part of something that really draws on JIBC’s strengths. SSHRC discussions:  We had 2 meetings about separate SSHRC proposals for the new social innovation funding pot for colleges and institutes.  No shortage of important…

  • Week 50 in review

    Innovation:Pushed along by one of our always keen and innovative instructors, investigated use of drones for Fire and Safety and SARS (search and rescue) training.  This alternately excites me and frightens me, but then again, my job isn’t really about staying in my comfort zone. Sat in on and learned a lot from Grant Gregson’s (Emily Carr U) TELL session and am ordering a WD cloud.  I’m grateful there are people in the ETUG community that can talk and do the technical, almost IT part of ed tech but still keep it simple for the rest of us. Reading and Responding:  Responded to Tony Bates’ excellent (and well-timed) post on experiential learning.…

  • Week 49 in review

    Demofest – The big event for us this week was our now annual showcase of ed tech. We had similar numbers to last year, and we were thrilled to have a good number of external visitors from UBC MedIT, Kwantlen, Royal Roads, and even one from the Island.  We’re still gathering some videos of stuff that was shown, but for now the Demofest Guide is the best source for info on  what was showcased. SSHRC discussions – There was a SSHRC call that fits in nicely with some research we want to do here at JIBC, and thanks to some good collaborative BC postsecondary folks we have a meeting scheduled to…

  • Week 48 in review

    Classroom of the Future:  Ordered a Belkin Tablet Stage which apparently replaces a document camera, works quite well, and costs less. Demofest organization:  This year we ordered t-shirts for presenters and have some great prize donations coming in as well. Via @etug, we extended the invite to attend to those in the lower mainland who can get to our New West campus on Dec 3 Budget: our budgets are submitted and now it’s just everything that comes after. Spent some time researching for a new Instructor Development certificate we are proposing in Experiential and Digital Learning. In a case of fortunate convergence I was pointed to some great resources on transmedia which I really hadn’t…

  • Week 43 in review

    Mobile learning: Our iPad program pilot looked like it was about to leap off the tracks, since the way we were doing it was causing too much admin work for the program, which was defeating the purpose of the pilot to some degree.  As the discussion evolved, we clued in that our bandaid workarounds were mainly caused by – believe it or not – the fact that our students don’t get JIBC emails.  Put simply, it appears that without some sort of active directory authentication these kinds of deployments don’t work seamlessly.  So we are trying a new way of doing things with the next cohort, at which point we should be able to determine whether this kind of tablet supported program is sustainable for…

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