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eTV Spring 2019 Update

April 17, 2019

The beginning of 2019 has certainly presented some new and exciting opportunities for eTV/CLPE. We completed our first Ojibway Language course, streamed out to Pine Creek First Nation with the School of Indigenous Education (SIE), that included some fun experiences with bingo and bannock. Our streaming program continues to grow and accommodate new users with accessibility features including closed captioning and interpreters. Our winter convocation stream reached over 20 countries and over 1000 viewers. The purchase and installation of symmetrical streaming technologies (for real-time two-way video/audio communication between users) promises some great opportunities for teaching, learning, and communications at RRC.

On the production front, eTV traveled to Opaskwayak Cree Nation for a production that focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for nursery and kindergarten classrooms. While there we also captured some awesome 360° video footage of the Trappers Festival in The Pas – stay tuned for that. Our Indigenous education video series is well under way with videos promoting Social Enterprise, Community Economic Development, and Languages courses within SIE.

Over the past few months, we presented a VR tour of selected RRC locations at the 2019 Rotary Career Symposium and flew drones in the south gym with grade 12 students from Garden City Collegiate, in conjunction with RRC Teacher Education. In addition, two eTV staff members just returned from the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, which is the largest show for media and technology in North America. Lots of fantastic technology there that has tremendous potential for teaching and learning innovation at RRC.

So a lot of things continue to happen here in eTV – as always feel free to contact us if you’re interested in hearing more or stay tuned to this site and our Facebook page for further updates.

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Happy New Year!

January 10, 2019

2018 was certainly a busy year for eTV with many exciting initiatives serving Red River College, community and industry. We were very fortunate to work with partners who took us from remote indigenous communities to virtual reality worlds that offer incredible teaching and learning experiences. On this journey we worked collaboratively to create materials for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, a Disability Awareness Course, 360 videos about early child development, RRC recruitment panoramas, Lynda.com initiatives, as well as hundreds of hours of course and informational content that reached out around the world.

In the spring of 2018 we formally became part of the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence which will most certainly present many new opportunities to contribute to RRC’s Vision and Mission. The new year promises to be busy and exciting as well with technologies, partnerships, and projects that help define RRC as a leader in post-secondary education. Keep checking in on this site for updates, but for now, we’ll leave you with this piece on Hide Tanning and Drum Making which reminds us what education and community is all about.

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MAETL Presentation

September 20, 2018

Today ETV was invited to speak about Virtual Reality and Drones for use in the classroom environment at the September MAETL (Manitoba Association of Education Technology Leaders) meeting. ETV was excited to share our knowledge and give educators and technology leaders a chance to experience these technologies in a hands-on way. The event was held at the Louis Riel School Division board offices.

RED Forum 2018

May 30, 2018

RRC’s college-wide professional development day, RED Forum, on May 25th, was a busy one for eTV. The day started with live streaming of the morning kick-off featuring a keynote by Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, who discussed advancing student achievement and RRC’s evolving Indigenous framework. eTV contributed to the day with a presentation on the “Practical Uses of Immersive Media” and another joint presentation involving our partnership with the Science of Early Child Development project, “The SECD Journey – Around the World and Back Again”. Often our posts speak to the contribution eTV makes towards the college’s strategic initiatives but for this post we’d like to simply, and with appreciation, draw attention to the talented eTV team who always put in the extra effort to contribute and get stuff done. Cheers team eTV!!

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Streaming Media East 2018

May 18, 2018

This month eTV had the exciting opportunity to attend and participate in the Streaming Media East (SME) conference in New York City. SME is a three day long conference/workshop that brings together the world’s leading organizations and experts in live streaming delivery, such as Netflix, Google, and Facebook to present and discuss the latest in streaming technology and innovation.

The insight gained at the conference is extremely relevant to Red River College’s current strategic initiatives in increasing flexible learning options for students and broadening access to course content and materials. eTV has been utilizing streaming technology for over 10 years in course areas like Nursing, Paramedicine, and adult education with tremendous success. Given the increasing demand for agile and blended learning throughout the College, these workshops, demos, and discussions with industry leaders provided an opportunity to further explore and expand on the significant potential of this technology, as eTV continues to be a leader in streaming technology for Red River College.

If you have ideas or questions about live streaming, eTV invites you to come to visit our department to further chat and explore these options!

Drones in Education

November 30, 2017

Always at the forefront of emerging technologies in education, eTV is part of the PIF research team exploring the application of drones in education. This week eTV and research partners Eva Brown and Daryl McRae presented their initial findings, explaining how drones are becoming part of the educational landscape, and provided information, resources, and ideas for instructors and programs to provide opportunities for students to experience drones.

The team members have been researching feasibility, interest, regulations and legalities — while also becoming certified drone pilots themselves — to assist in the development of drone-based curriculum at the College. Brown says the RRC project team based its research on the New Media Consortium Horizon Report (Higher Education Edition), which forecasts the emerging technologies that will be integrated into learning within the three years. According to the 2017 report, drones are a technology that should be on the radar of educators across the world.

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MTSPD Day

October 24, 2017

Last Friday, CTV and City TV dropped by our studio to cover the Manitoba Teachers’ Society’s professional development day. eTV and Teacher Education instructor Eva Brown hosted a lecture on emerging technologies in education, specifically in regards to drones, virtual reality and interactivity and games in education. This professional development day offered teachers the opportunity to experiment with these emerging technologies.

CTV News story

City News story

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RRC Academic Interest Areas Complete Video Series

July 19, 2017

“I am extremely proud to share with you the completed RRC Academic Interest Areas video series. This massive project – which took two years to complete – was made possible thanks to a tremendous partnership between RRC Marketing and RRC eTV studios. With the exception of hired voice talent and music track licensing, all work was completed using in-house personnel, equipment, and resources. Each video was carefully shot and scripted for a long shelf life, to align with and showcase RRC’s brand, and with the ultimate goal of providing prospective students from all over Manitoba and around the globe with rich media content to help them as they consider a RRC education – another set of powerful tools in our marketing and recruitment arsenal.”

– Christian Robin, Director, Marketing & Web Presence

The individual videos are embedded on the Academic Interest Area Microsite landing pages:

Business
Community Services
Computer and Information Systems Technology
Engineering and CAD Technology
Health Sciences
Hospitality
Indigenous Education
Skilled Trades
Teacher Education
Transportation Technology

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Winter Convocation

February 14, 2017

Congratulations to all Red River College winter 2017 graduates. Once again eTV streamed the event live from the Centennial Concert Hall to hundreds of viewers all over the world. This year international views made for 40% of our viewership highlighting Red River College’s reach around the world. Below you also find a sample of our live (piloted) 360 degree video stream which promises some exciting opportunities for education and communications at Red River College.