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….
Emily Carr University’s Research Centre in Social + Interactive Media announces the launch of Lightbeam, a new Add-on for the Firefox browser that enables users to visualize online data tracking in real time. Mozilla, the developer of Firefox, partnered with the University on a year-long research project to improve Lightbeam’s interactive visualization. Read more….
On April 17, hundreds of high-school and post-secondary students from across British Columbia gathered at Tradex in Abbotsford to compete in the 19th annual BC Skills Competition . With 40 competition categories ranging from aircraft maintenance to welding, students took on practical challenges designed to test—and prove—that they’ve got the skills to excel in trades and technology occupations. At the end of the day-long competition, 14 BCIT students emerged with medals after outstanding performances in a variety of categories. BCIT students dominated in … Continued
Anonymous donor gifts Medical Radiography lab with new equipment Thanks to an anonymous donor, students and faculty in the Medical Radiography program —and others—are now teaching and learning on newly upgraded equipment A generous donation allowed the department to remove what faculty member Vanessa Crawford describes as an “old relic,” and replace the dated machine with a digital, state-of-the-art X-ray unit. “It is a fully-functioning unit and does emit real X-rays,” says Vanessa. “The new digital machine does not have X-ray plates as … Continued
BCNET Welcomes New Members from BC Association of Institutes and Universities [Vancouver, November 27, 2012] BCNET , a not-for-profit, shared IT services consortium for higher education in B.C., and BCAIU (BC Association of Institutes and Universities), today announced that BCAIU member institutions will join BCNET. All BCAIU presidents have signed a letter pledging their institution to join the consortium and cited the value they see in collaborating with the research universities on shared information technology services. The BCAIU presidents agreed that aligning with … Continued
Imagine a child, sick in hospital, tubes and IV lines crisscrossing her small body. Her parents’ worry is compounded by a feeling of helplessness, of being separated from their child by the mass of medical tubing between them. Not only are the lines distressing and difficult to manage, but they also pose a strangulation risk, particularly for children aged between six and 36 months. Nevertheless, they are essential: literal lifelines for many children facing medical treatment. That was the challenge … Continued
Research conducted at our Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) Centre investigates the use of variable frame rates with the production of “L’ ÂME SOEUR (SOULMATES) 3D”. The short film incorporates scenes at 24, 48, and 60 fps to demonstrate the creative potential of using variable frame rates within a narrative context. The S3D Centre’s variable HFR research offers the creative community a valuable exploration of how variable frame rates can be used to tell compelling stories. Motion artifacts such as judder and blur are often visible … Continued
BCNET, a not-for-profit, shared IT services consortium dedicated to higher education and research in British Columbia, revealed today how shared technology services are helping B.C.’s research universities and institutes reduce IT costs by 30 to 55 per cent. BCNET highlighted the value of integrated technology services for its higher education and research member community during the 2012 BCNET Annual General Meeting held today at SFU’S Segal School of Business in Vancouver. “Our unique and cooperative model of sharing IT services … Continued
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s appliance servicing (APPL) program has increasingly become a popular career choice not only for those interested in learning a trade, but also for those new to Canada who are looking to gain the credentials needed to find work in Canada. With the gap of qualified tradespeople forecasted in the next five to 10 years, learning a trade is something more people are considering every year. Originally from Lebanon, Rabih Bobo holds a law degree, an international air … Continued
The BCIT Television program found several opportunities in the 2012 spring term to produce live event video for events at BCIT and around the Lower Mainland. Working in cooperation with event organizers, student and faculty volunteers have produced over 30 hours of live web-streamed video for events including FIRST Lego League Provincial Championships , Golden Ticket West Coast Cheerleading Championships, and the VEX Robotics Provincial Championships . Organizers of these events were thrilled with the extra coverage provided by the live web stream, with thousands of viewers around the world able … Continued