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BTM Talent Mash

September 22, 2017

We are excited to announce that Manitoba’s first BTM Talent Mash will take place on Saturday, October 28 at Red River College’s Roblin Centre in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Talent Mash events are held at post-secondary institutions across Canada which offer Business Technology Management (BTM) programs.

This event will give students, industry representatives, and RRC staff the opportunity to talk about the BTM program and how graduates can help to bridge the gap between the business and technology functions of an organization. Speakers representing various industries will discuss the roles, skills, and career paths of business analysts and other related professionals in their organizations.

BTM is a new diploma program at Red River College and our first students will graduate in December. The program includes a co-op or industry project term so that students can apply the skills they have learned.

The BTM Talent Mash includes a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and a networking event:

9:30    Registration and breakfast
10:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks (Kirk Johnson, Jan Hall, David Jones)
10:15  Keynote Address – Loren Cisyk (IBM)
11:15  Business Analyst Alumni Panel
12:00  Lunch
1:00  Industry Panel
1:45 – 3:30  Networking session
2:30 and 3:30  Tours of the ACE Space at 321 McDermot Avenue

The Talent Mash is free of charge for BTM students and industry guests. If you register as an industry representative, we will contact you about options to showcase your organization during our afternoon networking sessions. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To register, please follow this link.

2017/2018 ACE & ACME Staff List

August 28, 2017

Applied Computer Education & ACME




Haider Al-Saidi – Chair of Accounting and Computer Education
Marnie Boulet – BIT and IBIT Program Coordinator
David Jones – BTM Program Coordinator
Dan Greenberg – Co-Op and Industry Project Coordinator
Rachell Acebo – Administrative Assistant
Karla King – Operations Assistant


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Essential requirement for successful technology learning in Manitoba Indigenous Schools

August 4, 2017

Ben Akoh, Ph.D(C), M.Ed., B.Tech
Instructor, Applied Computing Education, RRC

In 2013, I travelled by road for the first time to Thompson 760 kms north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to present a paper at the Manitoba Education Research Network (MERN) conference held at the University College of the North  (UCN) Thomson campus. It was my very first trip to the “North” and I was very excited. This trip would eventually define the course of my life. My initial stop over was at the UCN’s Center in Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids), 430 kms north of Winnipeg, where I experienced, for the first time, the technological challenges that Indigenous learners faced; not only with accessing content, but in pedagogy, planning, and in the delivery of learning. While I fell in love with the North and its people, I was disgruntled by the challenges that they faced, reminding me of my own humbling indigenous backgrounds. Read More →

BIT instructor honoured for efforts to promote government transparency and public education

June 27, 2017

Photograph of award recipients with Kyle Geske in the front row, third from the left

BIT instructor Kyle Geske (shown above in front row, third from left) co-founded ODM with fellow BIT instructor Jody Gillis in 2010.

A Red River College instructor has received national recognition for his work creating online resources that promote government transparency and accountability.

Kyle Geske, a Business Information Technology instructor at RRC, was in Edmonton this week to pick up an Open Data for Democracy Award at the Canadian Open Data Summit. Read More →

BIT Instructor Presents at the 2016 Wiley Accounting Workshop

March 15, 2016

On Friday, March 4th, 2016, the 2016 Wiley Accounting Workshop was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The workshop, which was sponsored by Wiley and CPA Canada, saw over 80 participants including educators from academic institutions across western Canada.

The workshop featured Valerie Warren and Red River College instructor Lori Novak who shared the results of a survey of accounting students across Canada on their readiness for and challenges faced in their accounting courses. The presentation challenged the audience to put themselves in the position of their students and to try to understand the challenges communicated by the students who participated in the survey.

The presentation was followed by discussion with other instructors as well as with students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University who were attending the workshop. After the discussions, ideas were presented for overcoming the challenges that students expressed in the survey.

loriBookLori Novak is the co-author of the accounting textbook, Accounting Principles Seventh Canadian Edition, Volume 1 and Volume 2 which was published in November of 2015 and March of 2016 respectively.

More information about the Wiley Accounting Workshop can be found here: https://cpaefblog.bccpa.ca/wiley-accounting-workshop-supports-bc-academics/









ePortfolio trial set to begin in January 2016 with Business Technology Management Students

December 1, 2015

The objective of this project is to provide students with the opportunity to create a professional portfolio using an ePortfolio product called Mahara. We will pilot this in the BTM program with a group of 30 students starting in January 2016. Lead instructors will be trained in portfolio facilitation and development to provide guidance to students. Students will create ePortfolios based on the program outcomes, course outcomes, college wide learning outcomes and other skills and abilities they may have.

Benefits of an ePortfolio implementation in the college

  • Portfolios are a great mode of assessment to determine knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA)
  • Students will self-assess their learning and take ownership of their learning as they complete their ePortfolios and program
  • Students will have an ePortfolio to show potential employers
    • During co-op placement
    • During Industry project placement
    • After graduation, as a lifelong learning resource
  • Students are accountable for mastering content standards in subject areas
  • Portfolios can help students who would like to continue their studies and receive RPL credits
  • Assessment portfolios promote communication between teachers and students
  • Faculty advising easier as students can show their learning progress through ePortfolio
  • Helps students get interview as it shows more than just a resume and cover letter
  • Help students reflection on KSA and develop skills in meaningful self-assessment
  • More student instructor collaboration

RRC President and CEO Visits the BIT/BTM Project Space

October 6, 2015

Graham Thomson using the Google Cardboard

Dean of Business and Applied Arts, Graham Thomson trying the Google Cardboard

On October 6th, 2015, the President and CEO of Red River College, Mr. Paul Vogt visited the BIT/BTM Project Space. He was given a tour of the project space as well as an introduction to the various projects being developed there under the guidance of BIT Space Development.

The chair of the Accounting and Computer Education department, Haider Al-Saidi, presented his vision for the future of the project space and his hopes that the project space will continue and grow and be the host for more innovative ideas and a way for Red River College students to learn valuable skills in a real world project environment.

Haider Al-Saidi presenting his vision for the BIT/BTM Project Space

Haider Al-Saidi presenting his vision for the BIT/BTM Project Space

2015 Fall BIT Projects

September 21, 2015

Photo of Fall 2015 BIT Project studentsA very successful spring and summer project semester (May through August) just wrapped up with our last two Brazilian students heading back home this week. Now a new group of eight BIT students is getting up to speed in the Massey Building (standing, left to right: Skye Valde, Jie Chen, Samara Hoffman, Cole Denslow, Parminder Singh, Aaron Bao; crouched: Chris Xuan; not in photo: Fiona Grant).

Their assignment: three separate fall projects (PanoPlā, Student LIFE App, Food & Farm Discovery Centre). Read More →

A real puzzler

August 31, 2015

Photo of Reuel Ramos RibeiroReuel Ramos Ribeiro is a computer science student from Brazil who, like his five other Brazillian BIT Project teammates, is getting extra experience in Canada thanks to the Brazilian government’s Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders) program. Though Winnipeg and the BIT Program were selected for him, Reuel said that Canada appealed to him “because of its good quality of life, the respectfulness of its population (which is easy to find), and the low level of corruption”. A puzzle games enthusiast and problem-solving driven programmer, Reuel’s technology preferences are Web-related, and his skills in that area are quickly growing these days. Easily the most quiet of the team, Reuel shines in back-end development and his database and coding skills have underpinned everything the rest of the team has built. Read More →