Top Ten

March 12, 2021

BVC to launch Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts

Bow Valley College has announced the launch of the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts through a partnership with the Centre for Entertainment Arts (CEA). The new centre aims to meet Calgary’s needs for education opportunities in the digital and creative industries. The college will launch programs in film, TV, and animation industries in 2022, including an Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling Diploma of Achievement, an Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production) Diploma of Achievement, and a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate of Achievement. “There is a huge demand right now for streaming content, films, and animation,” said BVC President Dr Misheck Mwaba. “Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will soon be contributing to this rapidly expanding sector by training the next generation of professionals in this field.” BVC (AB)

VCC, Ray-Cam partner on tuition-free basic education classes

Vancouver Community College has partnered with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer basic education classes to students in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Students 16 years and older will be able to access basic reading, writing, and math classes in order to develop the skills that will open the doors to greater opportunities. The classes are offered tuition-free, and participants can complete them online or in person. Students are additionally supported in completing the courses through supports such as child-minding, meals, and technology. VCC (BC)

Dal’s Dallaire Institute creates Latin American hub

Dalhousie University’s Dallaire Institute has started a Latin American base of operations called the Latin American Centre of Excellence for Children, Peace and Security. The centre was created through an agreement with the Uruguayan government. It will serve as a hub for the Dallaire Institute’s operations in Latin America and will focus on creating solutions to protect children from being used as weapons of war. “This Latin America Centre of Excellence will build critical bridges between parties around the region, and our collective advocacy efforts will demonstrate best practices and policies to prioritize the protection of children for the entire world,” said Dallaire Institute’s executive director Shelly Whitman. Dal (NS)

Incorporating ludic pedagogy to support student learning: Opinion

Using ludic pedagogy in the classroom can create positive classroom experiences that help students to be motivated, engaged, and decrease student stress, write Ontario Tech University Associate Professor Sharon Lauricella and Assiniboine Community College Instructor T Keith Edmunds. The authors give five recommendations for how instructors can incorporate fun into their classes, including using humour within teaching, gamifying learning, and engaging in social activities to help students to laugh and build cohesion in the classroom. The authors also encourage instructors to model playfulness and be confident when experimenting with attempts to engage students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

AU renews partnership with CCHL, gets involved with nursing association

Athabasca University has made two announcements recently that will see the university play a role in supporting Alberta’s health care system. The university announced a renewed, three-year strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Through the alliance, AU offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for Health Leaders program where students can earn both an MBA and the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation. AU also recently stated that it will be involved in the development of the new independent nursing association for Alberta, with several of its faculty members joining the association’s board. AU (CCHL) | AU (CARNA) (AB)

King's strengthens collaborative ties with international partnership

King’s University College and the Chandigarh Group of Colleges Jhanjeri Mohali (CGC) of Punjab, India have entered into a partnership agreement. The five-year agreement will see the institutions work together through joint research activities, joint training, research in disciplines of mutual interest, and faculty and student exchanges. “This virtual signing is a King’s first and clearly demonstrates that a global pandemic does not stand in the way of forging excellent partnerships,” said Marilyn Mason, King’s UC Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Strategic Partnerships. King’s UC (ON)

PolyMtl receives $3.5M for Valorisation Carbone Québec project

Polytechnique Montréal has received $3.5M for the Valorisation Carbone Québec’s second phase, which will look at captured gas valorization processes. The second phase of the project, which involves the collaboration of Université Laval and sector organizations, will build upon the research on CO2 exiting industrial chimneys done in the project’s first phase. “The VCQ project will enable us to continue developing technology to capture industrial CO2 and use it to upgrade green products,” said PolyMtl President Philippe A Tanguy. “All kinds of brilliant talent and skillful expertise are mobilized to offer concrete, responsible solutions to the climate challenges that affect us all – this is the very core of our engineering university.” PolyMtl (QC)

Brock opens Zone Fitness Centre

Brock University has opened its new Zone Fitness Centre. The 15,500 square foot centre includes an integrated cycling studio, private yoga, and fitness studio. It also has space for fitness assessments and consultations. “As a team, our priority was to equip The Zone with exercise options that would serve as a noticeable upgrade from what our members are used to,” said Eric Walter, Fitness Manager, Brock Recreation. “We also wanted to offer new training options to improve the experience and open it up to students whose needs or preferences may not have been met in the previous space.” Brock (ON)

How boards can prepare for leadership transitions during difficult times: Opinion

With the increasing age of institutional presidents and the unrelenting demands that the pandemic has put on their shoulders, writes L Jay Lemons in Inside Higher Ed, higher education may see an early wave of presidential departures in the spring. Reflecting on trends in the US, Lemons discusses how boards and board leadership can begin to have discussions now about the future of their institution. The author further encourages boards with upcoming leadership departures to launch a thorough and thoughtful engagement strategy to bolster a search during an unusual season, and reminds readers that the presidential search is only a third of the onboarding process. “Honest and candid conversations, paired with a thoughtful and intentional search process and onboarding plan,” writes Lemons, “are needed to find and nurture strong leaders and position them and their institutions for success in the future.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

UMontréal, Lakehead instructors face sexual contact, assault charges

A Université de Montréal instructor and a Lakehead University instructor are facing charges of sexual contact or sexual assault. UMontréal Professor Thierry Karsenti, Canada Research Chair in Technologies in Education, is reportedly facing charges of sexual contact with a person under age 16. UMontréal has responded by suspending Karsenti indefinitely from its education faculty. Lakehead Professor Han Chen has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault involving a Lakehead student. The allegations have not been proven in a court of law. CTV News (UMontréal) | Montreal Gazette (UMontréal) | TB News Watch (Lakehead) | CBC (Lakehead) (QC | ON)