Jul
14
Tue
Adapting to COVID-19: Understanding the challenges of International Learners (Part 1)
Jul 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Adapting to COVID-19: Understanding the challenges of International Learners (Part 1)

Audience:

This event is intended for faculty and staff of B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

About the Session:

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all students; however, different needs, challenges, and opportunities have emerged for international students.

Join us as we learn and share with representatives from 4 post-secondary institutions in B.C. in a three-part webinar series. In this first session, we will discuss some of the challenges faced by international students and how they have been impacted by the pandemic, especially as we draw nearer to the Fall Semester. The second session (July 15) will focus on some of the innovations these institutions have implemented to provide support to international students in creative ways.

Facilitators:

Rohene Bouajram is the Program Director, Global Campus Initiatives at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver where she provides strategic leadership and direction for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program as well as the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a hub for globally-focused student organizations on campus. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication, BA in Psychology and is certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Rohene has worked in areas related to intercultural dialogue, international recruitment, project management, ethical engagement, crisis intervention, policy evaluation and teaches courses related to Canadian immigration legislation. With over sixteen years of experience in post-secondary and international education, Rohene has coached and advised international students as an International Student Advisor and RCIC as well as led many teams at multiple Canadian institutions, including UBC.

Teresa Brooks is the Associate Director of International Student Services at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm Langara College. She has over 17 years of experience in international education and an MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of BC. Her work focuses on international student support, adjustment, and engagement. She is passionate about improving international student success by meeting students where they are at and empowering them to fulfill their educational goals. Teresa also currently works closely with Langara’s Centre for Intercultural Engagement to implement internationalization on campus, which includes supporting employees to work and live more effectively in diverse environments.

Anne Harris is the Operations Manager for International Education at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC, a position she’s held for the past nine years. She manages a team of international student services staff, and takes a lead role in the development and implementation of the College’s international recruitment strategy. She supports students on every step of their journey from recruitment through admissions, to on-boarding, retention and graduation. Anne believes in an holistic approach to ensuring student success, and advocates to champion this approach across campus. Prior to working in international education, Anne has worked in community and continuing education, also at CNC, and has experience in leading non-profit organizations focused on economic development and adult education. Educated mainly in England, she holds a Masters of Music (Composition), a Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management, and has her designation as a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CPHR).

Kate Jennings is the Director for International Student Services at Vancouver Island University where she has the great pleasure of providing leadership for the international admissions and registration team, the international advising, clinical counselling, and immigration advising team, and the homestay and off-campus housing team.  Kate is passionate about building inclusive and innovative programs and services for students.  She has over 22 years of experience in international higher education having held positions at 5 different institutions in 3 provinces in Canada.  Kate is known as a leader in international higher education and regularly presents workshops and seminars for colleagues in Canada and globally.  She also volunteers her time to the international education sector through knowledge and advisory committee roles.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Jul
15
Wed
Adapting to COVID-19: Innovative Approaches to Supporting the International Student Experience (Part 2)
Jul 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Adapting to COVID-19: Innovative Approaches to Supporting the International Student Experience (Part 2)

Audience:

This event is intended for faculty and staff of B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

About the Session:

Join us as we learn and share with representatives from 4 post-secondary institutions in BC in a three-part webinar series. This second session will focus on some of the innovation these institutions have implemented to provide support to international students in creative ways.

Facilitators:

Rohene Bouajram is the Program Director, Global Campus Initiatives at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver where she provides strategic leadership and direction for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program as well as the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a hub for globally-focused student organizations on campus. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication, BA in Psychology and is certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Rohene has worked in areas related to intercultural dialogue, international recruitment, project management, ethical engagement, crisis intervention, policy evaluation and teaches courses related to Canadian immigration legislation. With over sixteen years of experience in post-secondary and international education, Rohene has coached and advised international students as an International Student Advisor and RCIC as well as led many teams at multiple Canadian institutions, including UBC.

Teresa Brooks is the Associate Director of International Student Services at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm Langara College. She has over 17 years of experience in international education and an MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of BC. Her work focuses on international student support, adjustment, and engagement. She is passionate about improving international student success by meeting students where they are at and empowering them to fulfill their educational goals. Teresa also currently works closely with Langara’s Centre for Intercultural Engagement to implement internationalization on campus, which includes supporting employees to work and live more effectively in diverse environments.

Anne Harris is the Operations Manager for International Education at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC, a position she’s held for the past nine years. She manages a team of international student services staff, and takes a lead role in the development and implementation of the College’s international recruitment strategy. She supports students on every step of their journey from recruitment through admissions, to on-boarding, retention and graduation. Anne believes in an holistic approach to ensuring student success, and advocates to champion this approach across campus. Prior to working in international education, Anne has worked in community and continuing education, also at CNC, and has experience in leading non-profit organizations focused on economic development and adult education. Educated mainly in England, she holds a Masters of Music (Composition), a Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management, and has her designation as a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CPHR).

Kate Jennings is the Director for International Student Services at Vancouver Island University where she has the great pleasure of providing leadership for the international admissions and registration team, the international advising, clinical counselling, and immigration advising team, and the homestay and off-campus housing team.  Kate is passionate about building inclusive and innovative programs and services for students.  She has over 22 years of experience in international higher education having held positions at 5 different institutions in 3 provinces in Canada.  Kate is known as a leader in international higher education and regularly presents workshops and seminars for colleagues in Canada and globally.  She also volunteers her time to the international education sector through knowledge and advisory committee roles.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Jul
17
Fri
FLO Friday: Creating Inclusive Spaces Online – Considering the “Other”
Jul 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Come participate in an interactive session that unpacks the importance of fostering spaces that champion both vulnerability and empathy with your students.

This FLO Friday session will model how to use online apparatus to facilitate discussions about contemporary topics that consider society, culture, bias, and justice through the lens of your student’s experiences.

This session will be hosted in Collaborate Ultra.

Facilitator:

Olaolu Adeleye

Your fabulous facilitator for the session will be Olaolu Adeleye. Olaolu has a passion for social development issues seen through the application of an intercultural lens which is informed by his studies in international development and experiences with various global organizations. These include the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Right to Play, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and UNICEF Peru. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Dalhousie University (2008) and a Master of Science in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (2013). As an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University, Adeleye translates this international experience into engaging approaches that reframe contemporary global issues.

Registration:

Registration is free, but required. Please note that it will close at 4 pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Register now! 

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

 

Jul
23
Thu
Discovering Openness in Your Research
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Discovering Openness in Your Research

Open education focuses on making resources and knowledge accessible to and usable by everyone; however, this goal can be met in different ways. Through this webinar, I will invite you to consider different ways of viewing openness in your own research. To begin, I will share with you my research project, engaging communities in collaboration through online communities of inquiry. At its core, this research is aimed at making community engagement more accessible to individuals who are inhibited from attending face-to-face, synchronous events. Current participatory guidance does not include recommendations relating to online methods that allow co-construction of knowledge and exploration of issues. The study seeks to determine if the community of inquiry model could be applied to bring community members together online to collaborate on community issues. Openness can be seen in collaborative community engagement and the community of inquiry model which both aim to bring people together to co-construct knowledge, the goal of the research to make these collaborative opportunities accessible to everyone, the application of free, open tools as well as the goal of sharing a successful educational model with another field. Take the time to join the webinar and consider your own research through the broad lens of openness.

Bio:

Lorri Weaver is currently completing her Masters of Education at Thompson Rivers University.  She served in the Canadian Forces as an Aerospace Engineering Officer from 1999-2019.  During this time, her work experience included junior officer training, personnel management, training design and development, aviation maintenance, aerospace test and evaluation, aircrew standards, and airworthiness certification.  She also holds an MSc in Human Factors and a Graduate Diploma in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Design.

Register now!

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Adapting to COVID-19: Break-out sessions for International Student Onboarding and Support (Part 3)
Jul 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Adapting to COVID-19: Break-out sessions for International Student Onboarding and Support (Part 3)

Audience:

This event is intended for faculty and staff of B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

About the Session:

In this webinar, the facilitators will engage in an interactive session to workshop and brainstorm together with participants how we can better provide virtual onboarding and orientation for international students prior to the start of and during their studies this fall, including opportunities for collaboration with colleagues supporting all students at our institutions. This session will build on learning from two webinars presented by the facilitators in the previous week and we encourage participants to review the recordings prior to this session.

Facilitators:

Rohene Bouajram is the Program Director, Global Campus Initiatives at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver where she provides strategic leadership and direction for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program as well as the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a hub for globally-focused student organizations on campus. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication, BA in Psychology and is certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Rohene has worked in areas related to intercultural dialogue, international recruitment, project management, ethical engagement, crisis intervention, policy evaluation and teaches courses related to Canadian immigration legislation. With over sixteen years of experience in post-secondary and international education, Rohene has coached and advised international students as an International Student Advisor and RCIC as well as led many teams at multiple Canadian institutions, including UBC.

Teresa Brooks is the Associate Director of International Student Services at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm Langara College. She has over 17 years of experience in international education and an MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of BC. Her work focuses on international student support, adjustment, and engagement. She is passionate about improving international student success by meeting students where they are at and empowering them to fulfill their educational goals. Teresa also currently works closely with Langara’s Centre for Intercultural Engagement to implement internationalization on campus, which includes supporting employees to work and live more effectively in diverse environments.

Anne Harris is the Operations Manager for International Education at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC, a position she’s held for the past nine years. She manages a team of international student services staff, and takes a lead role in the development and implementation of the College’s international recruitment strategy. She supports students on every step of their journey from recruitment through admissions, to on-boarding, retention and graduation. Anne believes in an holistic approach to ensuring student success, and advocates to champion this approach across campus. Prior to working in international education, Anne has worked in community and continuing education, also at CNC, and has experience in leading non-profit organizations focused on economic development and adult education. Educated mainly in England, she holds a Masters of Music (Composition), a Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management, and has her designation as a Chartered Human Resources Professional (CPHR).

Kate Jennings is the Director for International Student Services at Vancouver Island University where she has the great pleasure of providing leadership for the international admissions and registration team, the international advising, clinical counselling, and immigration advising team, and the homestay and off-campus housing team.  Kate is passionate about building inclusive and innovative programs and services for students.  She has over 22 years of experience in international higher education having held positions at 5 different institutions in 3 provinces in Canada.  Kate is known as a leader in international higher education and regularly presents workshops and seminars for colleagues in Canada and globally.  She also volunteers her time to the international education sector through knowledge and advisory committee roles.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Aug
6
Thu
Instructional Designers and Open Education Practices
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional support professionals such as instructional designers and educational technologists often work on the front line of implementation of open educational practices (OEP). They are therefore in a position to influence awareness and adoption of OEP in course and program development. In this capacity, they function as change agents within their institutions, and thereby also face barriers and practical challenges on multiple fronts. Our goal in this research was to examine what about OEP these professionals most value, their current practices, and what factors may enable or inhibit them in their roles and their ability to have an influence on change within their institutions. Against the background of emerging open educational practices, a survey and interviews were conducted with instructional design professionals to establish, from their experience and practice, their roles and potential for advocacy for open educational practices (OEP) including open educational resources (OER).

In this session, we will share some of the most salient results and hope to generate discussion about strategies for effectively advocating for and implementing OEP in our institutions while also maintaining a critical stance. How can we best support our design professionals in their roles and support the work that they can potentially do to transform practice? What are the perceived barriers and enablers to making change and how can those inform strategic initiatives? These questions become increasingly relevant, particularly in the current situation where the urgency to pivot to online/remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis eventually shifts to more stable and embedded processes.

BIOS:

Michelle

Dr. Michelle Harrison is a Senior Instructional Designer and Assistant Professor at Thompson Rivers University—Open Learning, current Co-Chair of the Learning Design and Innovations Department, and also teaches graduate online courses for TRU and Royal Roads University. Her research interests lie in learning design, science education, open educational practices, and designing learning spaces with emerging educational technologies. She has a PhD in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University in the UK, where she focused on exploring how we perceive and use space in networked learning environments.

Dr. Irwin DeVries teaches and develops online courses in higher education at the graduate level and is currently Associate Faculty with the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University and Adjunct Faculty with Thompson Rivers University, School of Education. His work and research focus on open educational practices and teaching and learning with technology in open education environments. Most recently he was director of curriculum development and interim associate vice-president of Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University. He holds a PhD in Education from Simon Fraser University, where he researched open course design and development processes.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Sep
17
Thu
An In-Depth Look at the Pulling Together Indigenization Guide: Teachers and Instructors
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

BCIT and BCcampus would like to invite you to participate in two interactive Zoom sessions about the Pulling Together Indigenization Guides where we will focus on the Teachers and Instructors Guide.

Our first event will be on July 9, 2020 and our second event will be on September 17, 2020. In order to participate in the September 17 session, you must attend the July 9 session.

We will discuss how to Indigenize and decolonize the classroom in the pursuit of reconciliation.  Participants will be expected to have read the Guide prior to the sessions, and it is strongly suggested that you read the Pulling Together Foundations Guide. We kindly request participants join us for both events, as they are connected and build on each other.

Facilitator:

Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is Kwakwaka’wakw. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession. She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community. Good governance and supporting communities to move towards self-government is a specialty and passion. Innovative and creative solutions are needed to move Reconciliation into ReconciliACTION.  Education is the key and access to knowledge is vital to move everyone forward.

Registration:

Register now!

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

This notice is to inform you that the transcripts from this session will be made available publicly on BCcampus.ca.