Summary of Showcase

Diana Chan, a student working with BCcampus, put together a great summary of each session complete with photo and video link over at the ETUG website.  It’s really the most comprehensive place to look if you want to see what was presented and get a quick and not-so-quick recap.

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Showcase recordings are up!

JIBC Tech Services did a fabulous job of turning the webcast into recorded clips.  They are all viewable on our Youtube channel.


If you are looking for a specific presenter, I’ve pointed you to the relevant clip below.

PART 1:  Mobile Moodle, Jason Shaw, VCH

Anytime, Anywhere: Mobile Companion for Face-to-Face Course, Paul Hibbitts SFU

PART 2 :  Tablets in the Fire Service, Jerome Rodriguez, JIBC, Don Jolley, Fire Chief, Pitt Meadows Fire Department

PART 3:  Panel 1


PART 4: Accessibility in Online Learning, Chad Leaman, Neil Squire Society

PART 5:  Moodle for the Visually Impaired, VCC

PART 6:  Panel 2

PART 7:   Student Panel

Post Secondary and Beyond

PART 8:   Soilweb: An OER for the study of Soil Science in BC— Chris Crowley and Saeed Dyanatkar

PART 9:   Business Communications using ventriloquism and multimedia, Gary Green, JIBC

Early Childhood Education, Barb Mathieson, Capilano University

PART 10:  Rouxbe, Carolyn Levy, Blank Design

Medical Radiography, Rosario Passos and Ali Shabar, BCIT

Self Study Learning Object for Nursing, Maureen Mackey & Tim Paul, Douglas College

PART 11: Panel 3


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Info for the day

hashtag   #ocshowcase2011

Guest Wireless:  jibcguest01/ClusterOne


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Final Details

We’ve had several people ask about whether they are confirmed for the showcase or not.  The google form system doesn’t send out confirmations, so we’ve sent what follows to everybody on the registration list.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 30 at the JIBC in New Westminster, or via the web stream.

Schedule:  the schedule for the day has been posted at:

Getting to and from the JIBC New Westminster:
Some transit info is here:

Parking:  Parking is free

Wifi:  There will be guest wifi access in the theatre

Bring a sweater:  Some parts of the theatre can be chilly at times
Bring a coffee cup and water bottle:
Keep in touch with emerging information at

Participating via webstream:
This is the JIBC webcast entry page: .  You will need to enter the required field (First name and Last name) to view the webcast.

Sylvia Currie and some fabulous co-op students from Bccampus will be facilitating web streaming participants via a Twitter Stream which you can follow by using #ocshowcase2011. Bccampus will also have an Etherpad ( check here for more info about what Etherpad is setup for collaborative notetaking which will be accessible to the virtual participants.  The link for the BCcampus set up is:

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The Tech

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We are striving for a set up  that works for our presenters and our webcast  and f2f audience.

The theatre has one screen and projector, a PC podium with the basics (Firefox and Explorer). Presenters will have a lapel mic and there will be a roaming mic for the f2f audience questions.  We also have an Apple TV setup for presenters who want to use their iPad 2 for their presentation instead.  There will be wireless access for all theatre guests.

We will have some student volunteers who will be monitoring the #ocshowcase2011 twitter activity. Sylvia Currie from BCcampus will be facilitating the webcast participants in Twitter as well.  BCcampus is helping to make an etherpad setup for those want to help/try out live collaborative notetaking.

And lastly, we are so grateful that Leva Lee from ETUG/Bccampus will be our MC for the event, to free up Karen and I do the other running around.

Of course will ask for your forgiveness at the outset for the inevitable tech glitches that may occur. Hopefully the fabulous lunch will  make up for it.

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Event Schedule is Finally Up

2011 Event Schedule

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Accessibility Preview

Since we only give presenters 15 minutes to show us their ‘best’ we asked presenters to consider making available any additional information (screenshots, other material) in advance. We also asked presenters  to consider preparing a short screencast as a way of making their presentation available beyond the showcase.

Chad Leaman has responded to the challenge, and you can get a peek here.

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All session descriptions are up!

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The complete list of 2011 showcase presentation descriptions are up on the Session Descriptions page .  Stay tuned for the schedule.

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Session descriptions: Accessibility

We only have 2 presentations in this category, but they are going stretch our thinking about instructional design and accessibility.

Category Accessibility

Accessibility in Online Learning, Chad Leaman, Neil Squire Society

There is no perfect “accessible” website – even Google, who’s mission is to make the world’s information universally accessible, continues to struggle in making user environments that are accessible to all users.

At the Neil Squire Society, we utilize a variety of e-Learning delivery models to provide computer skills, career development, and health and wellness courses online to a variety of Canadians with a variety of disabilities.  Accepting that there is no “one-size fits all” for the needs of all learners, nor for all disability use cases, we have found two major themes in accommodating a variety of learners: universal design and open source / open APIs.

In the showcase, a variety of free, open tools and simple programming techniques will be shown in practice.  The focus will be on simple things you can immediately do to make your learning environments more inclusive and accessible to all learners.

Moodle for the Visually Impaired, VCC

One never know what someone else sees, or hears, until they put themselves into the other person’s shoes. We had heard in a couple of occasions that the Visually impaired (VI) program was having some challenges with Moodle, but didn’t really understand what that could be all about.  The project was assigned to the new DLSupport person. She took this task very seriously, with a pair of earphones, and working through the material like a Visually Impaired person, she worked on the course for 1 month. She consulted with the department every step of the way.  Some of the most important changes were:

*       Removed blocks that were unnecessary or inaccessible

*       Consolidated information (week 0 and week 1)

*       Changed links and labels so everything starts with a number to correspond to the week

*       Removed formatting in the content to read more smoothly in a screen reader

*       Organized content to view in pop-up windows so it is easier for visual impaired navigation.

We also considered some best practices in this process:

*       Simplicity is best

*       Taking into account screen reading capability when designing text and content

Currently the course is a good model and template for other accessible courses and future development. We know that if we develop Moodle courses with these guidelines in mind, they will be accessible and wont need a complete overhaul of the existing courses.

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Session Descriptions: Mobile

We were pleased to see some good entries for the Mobile category, which will most likely kick off the day.  Here are the three presentation descriptions for Mobile.

Tablets in the Fire Service, Jerome Rodriguez, JIBC

Tablets have been historically viewed as toys or fancy cell phones by first response agencies. This presentation will showcase how tablets and applications are being used in the fire service not only to teach and train, but also to save lives, enhance fire ground and inspection capabilities, track equipment and monitor supply levels, training records, incident reports, and team member availability.

In a recent course development project, JIBC course designers took key features out of the course, made them freely available /publicly downloadable outside of the LMS as standalone tools via a digital object repository.  A year later, we will explore how the portal has assisted learners, practitioners and organizations and how the use and development of mobile tools can sustain learning, enhance professional development and support public service through operational usage.

Anytime, Anywhere: Mobile Companion for Face-to-Face Course, Paul Hibbitts, SFU

What would be the challenges in creating a mobile-friendly course companion website using an “off the shelf” Content Management System? For the Fall term of CMPT-363 User Interface Design, user experience consultant and instructor Paul Hibbitts wanted to explore how to best provide his students mobile access to an extensive collection of learning resources that were tightly coupled with his face-to-face classes.

Paul pursued a “Mobile First” strategy, creating initial designs for viewing the website on mobile devices but with the same content base and tools that would be available when viewed on a desktop browser. He also evaluated a variety of Content Management Systems (CMS), choosing WordPress along with the Headway Framework to help streamline the design and development of the desktop presentation of the website. The WordPress Plugin WPtouch Pro, along with various customizations, were an essential component to enhance mobile viewing of the course website content. For further details, explore the Mobile Companion case study at

In this presentation, Paul will share some of the key lessons he learned along the way, ranging from his viewpoint on numerous user experience design challenges to specific feedback he received from his students.

Mobile Moodle, Jason  Shaw, VCH

System: Moodle New Physician Orientation.

The course was developed from day 1 to be accessible via a mobile device. This includes  tabs that open up side blocks, online quizzes, and all of the Moodle activities/resources. The aspects of this can be easily implemented on other Moodle sites. None of the customizations will make the instance of Moodle upgradeable.

  • Course format, Interface is based off an iPhone interface. With custom icons based off tradition Moodle activities/resources.
  • Moodle Theme, The interface changes when the screen becomes compact, for example ipad, iphone, or BB.
  • Moodle Media Filter, Video is inserted in a HTML5 manner, but a filter actually swaps out that code and determines the player based on device.
  • mp4 video that plays on any device.
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