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Innovine

June 26, 2017

Innovine

Innovine is a website that provides a space to steward ideas and innovations from all levels.

Senior leaders will have the ability to clearly define the issue they want solved.

The ideas going forward that have been approved will be visible to all teams, so that stakeholders will be able to track thinking and concepts across the organization.

Manitoba Association of Food Banks

June 26, 2017

MB Assoc of Food Bank

Students created a web-based application to enhance the current process of collecting food bank related information.

The collection of information for the Hunger Count Report is made easier with forms that
are filled out with a couple of clicks. A report summary can also be generated automatically so statistics about clients can be viewed at a glance.

CanU Canada

June 17, 2017

Currently CanU does all their attendance tracking through paperwork and excel spread sheets. This is not only time consuming but can also create error due to misprint in data. Every day after each program, their coordinator has to manually input all attendance for the day into Excel.

Three BTM students developed a custom app in Salesforce for the tracking and updating of users attendance. The application also automatically enrolls students into programs. Users are able to assign students to teams and buses for better organization and reports. Users can query who is on what team and what bus at all times. A complete and customized Salesforce experience for CanU to use. This will reduce downtime and increase accuracy of attendance tracking.

Skills Base – William Rae Industries

June 13, 2016

skillsBaseSmallCompany founders Dillon Perron and Kendra Garagan are former competitive swimmers at a national level and they created their company to help recreational and competitive athletes to develop their technical skills. As swimming coaches they recognized an area where it is difficult to track an athlete’s skills as they become more proficient in their sport.

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The Wedding Planner App – Penguin + Stone

June 13, 2016

PenguinStoneSmallBrides can spend up to 4 hours a day for up to a year planning their wedding. Penguin and Stone is providing a one stop shop with approved vendors to plan weddings. Couples will be able to plan their entire wedding in only a few hours using the Shopify application that students are creating. The main goal of the site is to expedite the planning of a wedding, but a couple can also use the application to explore the different possibilities for a venue, dress, flowers – or any other aspect of their wedding.

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The Winnipeg App – Consultica

June 13, 2016

IMG_1617_EDITEDLuc Bohunicky and Sergii Us are working with the City of Winnipeg to develop a system to manage multiple city services within a limited number of downloadable apps to allow citizens to easily access the services they are looking for.

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Rehabilitation Centre for Children

June 13, 2016

26620116082_3a3dd8b4a6_kDuring the winter of 2016, 6 students worked on an important project for the Rehabilitation Centre for Children who work with parents of children that have physical and developmental challenges. The students created a database, complete with user interface which provided a live, real-time “picture” of production scheduling for equipment. This application tracked equipment such as wheelchairs and prosthetics through the process of production from when they are entered into the system until they are provided to the client. This process was previously done using cards with signatures passing between clinicians and technicians and needed to be automated. This application also generated reports to show the progress of each job as well as weekly, monthly and annual reports. The students created a system that provided the following functionality:

  • Create jobs, create and track devices, list jobs, assign jobs to a specific professional, print jobs, list and edit jobs.
  • Create users, employees and clients.
  • View statistical reports and export data.

The students gained an in-depth experience using database technologies.

Professional Development Workshops

February 24, 2016

Professional Development Workshops

As part of the implementation of the E-Portfolio to students in the Accounting and Computer Education department we will be developing professional development workshops. Every week there will be two hours included in the student’s schedule for professional development and every semester will focus on how the students can expand and modify their portfolio as they learn new skills. By establishing regular classroom sessions students will be given direction on the creation and maintenance of their portfolio in both a group setting and individually. The importance of these workshops will be to prepare students for their co-op and industry project work terms and ultimately their job search for full time employment.

In the first semester students will be learning about what a portfolio is, how to create it, what to include in it and how to document their learning. At the beginning of each subsequent semester students will be taught how to reflect on their learning from their previous semester and include examples of the skills that they developed in and out of school. In the second semester the focus will be developing and enhancing their portfolio further and preparing for an industry mock interview.

In addition to the E-Portfolio students will be learning job search skills, cover letter and resume preparation, interview skills as they prepare for co-op. Students will be able to reflect on and get feedback on the co-op process as they apply for jobs and experience industry interviews. During their work term and upon return for their final semester students can use this time to add relevant skill sets to their portfolio and document their learning. In their final semester students will reflect on their overall learning, academically and from industry to modify their portfolio into a document that will impress employers.

As you have seen in previous blogs we are currently training to be able to show learners how to use an E-Portfolio and build it through Mahara. There are 8 staff members from the ACE department that are among those taking an 8 week course in E-Portfolios. We are looking to implement the concept of E-Portfolios to the Business Technology Management students in the second half of this semester. Then we will begin the Professional Development workshops in September for both the current BTM students and the new intake in the fall.

PanoPla

January 21, 2016

7deb5b6f-0681-4212-b937-a8305da65059We have just started into another iteration of the Business Information Technology (BIT) industry project course. We hope to continue giving students great learning opportunities building solutions from inception to delivery where all the things that can happen on a project – can and do happen.

I have found that some of the most valuable learning experiences that come out of project are born from, as one instructor described, “chaos in learning.” The unexpected will occur, assumptions that you made about the products you are creating turn out to be wrong, technology doesn’t co-operate, and communicating and dealing with your project team turns out to be harder than you thought. The students have to deal with all of this, and have the added pressure of interacting with and delivering to a real-world client. All of these aspects give the students the learning experiences that we can’t give them in the confines of a usual classroom setting.

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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