Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities

THE CANADIAN PRESS “Over the last 16 years, I have been working on the development of a new campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As a consequence, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined about the challenges of creatively engaging with the built environment in urban centres and with the ways in which cities like Vancouver are organized to both facilitate and impede the development of new areas of the city and the buildings … Continued

Yukon College and Vancouver Island University to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners

NANAIMO, B.C. In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today. Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will join Yukon College in a collaboration supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation that creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education.  Read more…..

Capilano University’s first student housing closer to reality

Capilano University is pleased to announce that its first phase of student housing will begin operation in September 2017, in time for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are listening to our students: the housing challenge on the North Shore is real and it is urgent,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “We worked on an ambitious timeline to prepare CapU Residence, offering our students an engaging, safe and convenient living environment.”  Read more.. .

Accelerating evolution in B.C.’s employee capability and institutional agility

The pace of industrial evolution is accelerating and the scope of change is expanding. While not necessarily a revolution, industry and government leaders are paying serious attention to an accelerated evolution. This changing pace of change will force our primary to post-secondary educational institutions to revisit just how they can foster innovation, agility and adaptability to a new industrial and economic reality. The phrase “Industry 4.0” seems to keep popping up in trade publications, higher education news sources and in … Continued

Preparing Graduates for Future Knowledge Practices

Teaching and learning environments as model workplaces.  By Thomas Carey  January 8, 2017 I was in several meetings last month with groups of higher education Vice-Presidents with oversight for teaching and learning, where the topics of discussion included the increasingly dynamic knowledge environment which our graduates are facing. The capsule summary of the workplace knowledge dynamics from one of these meetings was daunting: “We expect most of our graduates will enter work contexts where they will soon face the following new challenges: … Continued

Four ways PSE can treat the classroom as an innovative workplace

Higher education’s approach to fostering students’ innovation potential has focused mostly on developing innovation leadership among a select cadre of students, originally in entrepreneurship and more recently in social sector innovation. But what about the rest of our graduates: what capability do all our graduates need if they’re going to engage effectively with innovation in the workplace? Can elements of this capability be adapted to enhance their roles as community members and global citizens as well?  In order to develop … Continued

JIBC recognized with Open Education Award for Excellence

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) has recognized the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) for its creation of a faculty development program in collaboration with the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico. “The program drew on JIBC’s strengths in using technology to enhance student access to post-secondary education,” she said. “The international collaboration was particularly rewarding as we discovered two very different educational institutions from different countries and cultures share many similar challenges when it comes to faculty development.”  Read the full article….

Bateman to receive honorary doctorate from Vancouver Island University

Bateman, whose artwork has raised money for countless conservation and environmental causes, will accept an Honorary Doctorate of Laws during VIU’s afternoon Convocation ceremony on January 27th, 2017. Heather Pastro, a VIU Art Education Professor in the Faculty of Education, calls Bateman “a voice of reason and hope, with a clear and articulate vision to make our world a better place.”  Read the full article…..

MacLean’s: JIBC intelligence program is training students for data sleuthing

Picture it as mountains of highly detailed information. It’s largely out of the public eye, but it’s used to shape policy that will affect you and me. Making sense of that information is known as “intelligence analysis,” and it’s a skill used to combat cybercrime, bank fraud and terrorism. The Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC), a post-secondary school based in New Westminster, B.C., is at the forefront of this relatively new field in Canada, offering two graduate certificates, one in … Continued