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Now in its third consecutive year, Red River College is thrilled to be delivering the RED Forum on Friday, May 25, 2018 .

RED Forum is a day-long experience that brings all RRC employees together to focus on Relationships, Education and Direction. We do this through a combination of keynotes and professional development sessions, networking opportunities, and an address from our President.

Call for Proposals

Thank you to those who submitted a proposal. The RED Forum Planning Group is now reviewing the proposals (with a few approved extensions still coming in). We will confirm sessions in mid-March at which time we will contact all those who submitted, and we will post the program in early April on the event site.

The Role of Staff Learning and Development

The Staff Learning and Development department partners with all presenters from proposal to presentation day. Here’s the role we play with you:

Checklist Before you Begin

Before starting the submission process, please complete the following steps.

  1. Read the Tips to Completing a Good Submission.
  2. Ensure you have read the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint for Universities and Colleges, known as “The Blueprint” (you are encouraged to contact the School of Indigenous Education before you submit, if there is any Indigenous content)
  3. Examine the Professional Development Streams and pick one
  4. Examine the presentation Session Formats and pick one
  5. Prepare an abstract, learning outcomes and a lesson plan – see the template below
  6. Need a hard copy to look at while you prepare your submission? Print this: Word Version

Tips to Completing a Good Submission

  1. Get to know the Strategic Plan. Become familiar with the four themes and respective Initiatives. How does your topic align to the plan, and why? Decide how your session will add value to the RED Forum and help us achieve our organizational goals.
  2. Consider who will present. Will you facilitate the session on your own or team up with others? Consider your counterparts in other institutions, or colleagues/leaders in business or community. What value could they add?
  3. Brainstorm.  Think about what you know of the needs and interests of RRC’s 2,200 staff. What tool will they walk away with from your session? How can you actively involve them? How will you ensure that your presentation is both engaging and memorable, and that you are viewed as a prepared and dynamic speaker?
  4. Consider your format. Have a topic that could be worthy of some thoughtful debate? Propose a point-counterpoint format with a moderator! Have a project that you’d like feedback on? Use the RED forum to invite interaction and input through an exhibit or open café! Want to let us experience what you do? Offer an experiential tour and activity. Bottom line here: Challenge your own comfort zone!
  5. Draft it. Complete each section thoughtfully. Request feedback from your supervisor or another knowledgeable colleague or experienced presenter.

Professional Development Streams

Which stream does your topic fit best into? Consider the descriptions below!

Elevate Student Success

An integrated and collaborative effort is required to create the conditions necessary for successful student experience from recruitment to alumni and beyond.

This stream can encompass a wide range of topics, both inside and outside the classroom, within the college and extending out to industry; from recruitment to alumni. We encourage presenters to consider a variety of possible formats to model good learning experiences:

  • Share or demonstrate applied methods, techniques and technologies that enhance learning and teaching
  • Explore good teaching and learning and link practice to learning theory
  • Provide an update on interesting projects and/or initiatives in your area that contribute to student success and improved learning
  • Facilitate or inspire debates / discussions with other colleagues modeling classroom engagement techniques
  • Spark ideas through a new presentation format that showcases possibilities and passion

Advance Indigenous Achievement

Through a strong commitment to advancing Indigenous achievement, RRC has made this initiative a strategic priority through to 2021. The College aspires to deliver excellence in Indigenous achievement through partnerships and networks, incorporating Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and content. How does the RRC community achieve this?

Topics that might be explored include:

  • Learning about ongoing College activities and community partnerships that are contributing to the success of this initiative
  • Understanding the impact of historical events on the Indigenous community
  • Learning more about Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing through participation in ceremonies and traditional teachings
  • Understanding how the RRC community will infuse the Indigenous voice and holistic approach into all programs and services
  • Explore initiatives on how RRC can comprehensively implement recommendations of the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint for Universities and Colleges in RRC programs, classrooms and services.

Cultivate Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships provide opportunities for our students and employees to work with industry and community-based partners locally, nationally and internationally. But what does it mean to cultivate strategic partnerships at RRC either internally or externally?  Do you have a great idea but not sure how to start?   Learn from those who have created successful partnerships.

We encourage presenters to consider a variety of possible formats and topics such as:

  • What are the ways that RRC engages in strategic partnerships?
  • How to develop a partnership within the college– factors to consider for both sides. How to enter these types of conversations. What are front doors and long hallways?
  • Internal and external partnerships. How to identify internal partnership opportunities within and across departments.
  • How to leverage current internal and external partnerships at RRC?
  • Partnerships that bring impact to RRC, to students, staff.
  • Intentional partnerships aligned with vision and mission
  • Work done/partnerships developed by students that benefit the college and community – could this also land under the Elevating Student Success stream?
  • Bringing in a partner that has benefited from an RRC partnership to share their story

Foster Sustainable Growth

When you think of sustainability, what comes to mind? It’s the stewardship of our people, our dollars and our environment combining to meet the interdependent goals of our organization and its people – now and forever.  Our College exists in a competitive, dynamic and financially challenging time, and this compels us to look for ways to innovate, focus, and be open to culture shift. Sessions in this stream will illuminate, inspire, challenge and invite you to be part of fostering sustainable growth at RRC – economically, socially and environmentally. Topics examine a holistic approach to the individual and the organization and could include:

  • Thriving in change
  • Connections between employee engagement and innovation
  • How can a continuous improvement approach add value to our work?
  • Wellness and mental health
  • Interpersonal skills
  • The pillars of sustainability – what do they really mean?
  • Our buildings, facilities and open spaces
  • Approaches to accessibility and inclusion

Session Formats

Please become familiar with the different format options –

Pecha Kucha

Teaching is part performance art: No matter how well we know our subject matter, to communicate knowledge and teach skills requires instructors to be confident as presenters in the learning space, whether that’s a lab, workshop, classroom – or a session at RED Forum! If you’re planning to present a session at 2018’s RED Forum and you want to up your presentation game, join us in learning the PechaKucha method. First developed in Japan, it’s not your average PowerPoint, that’s for sure! It’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide – set on auto timer. It’s highly effective but takes some planning and practice, so Teresa Menzies, Michael Whalen and Amanda Le Rougetel will be leading a Pecha Kucha learning group. Watch Staff News for the sign-up details. NOTE: Due to the short delivery (7 minutes). more than one Pecha Kucha may be bundled into a 60-minute session or they may be placed at other times during the day.

Conversation Panel

This format involves presenters with varying perspectives on the same issue in a conversational dialogue, either in armchairs or in a standard panel set-up. Presenters participate in a moderated discussion with dialogue, storytelling, case studies, and lessons learned to help participants apply concepts to their areas.

If you have a moderator in mind, let us know. If you don’t, let us know too, and the RED Forum Planning Group can assist you with suggestions.

Debate Point/Counterpoint

Similar to Conversation Panel but with more edge, this format is intended to stimulate conversation and generate fresh perspectives. Take a risk! Select a thought-provoking topic and create a panel with two opposing viewpoints. Add a third panelist to moderate the discussion, frame the conversation, and engage the audience. We’ll bring the podiums!

If you have a moderator in mind, let us know. If you don’t, let us know too, and the RED Forum Planning Group can assist you with suggestions.

Facilitation with Group Exercises

The facilitator presents a segment of content and then leads engaging activities, group breakouts, and participant reflections on how to apply their new knowledge to practice. Session time is split approximately half into content and half into exercises appropriate for large groups to maximize interactivity.

Information Session with Discussion

These involve one or more experts providing information or teachings to a group. Discussions are part of the experience. Sharing and Teaching Circles and other roundtable-style sessions can be included in this format.

Interactive/Experiential Activity

This format provides an opportunity for you to invite your fellow employees to see the work you do, precisely where you do it. Maybe part tour, part demonstration, and part activity, this provides employees with a sense of your area in action. Consider offering an experiential/hands-on activity for your participants. Not just a walking tour of someone’s office, this is an illuminating experience that surprises and enriches the participant.

Open Café and Gallery

Working on a project at the College that needs buy in and perspectives? Inspired by the 2015 Strategic Planning sessions, the Open Cafe and Gallery format can be used to collect feedback  to help shape a project, program or practice. You can use your room space to move people through a “gallery” of ideas, each with a clear question, and collect input on each. You can also invite participants to sit down with facilitators in small groups for on-the-spot focused discussion that probes further.  Participants can see and build on others’ input as they travel through the cafe/gallery experience. If this format is selected, there should be enough presenters to facilitate each segment.

Feedback Exhibit

More open in concept than an Open Cafe/Gallery, a feedback exhibit is an opportunity to share or collect input in any purposeful way. This can include poster presentations or other ideas. Tell us what you have in mind, and how you plan to do it!

Lesson Plan

We ask you to download the appropriate template and use it in your submission form. Thanks!

For Indigenous Achievement Stream  click here: Lesson Plan Template – Indigenous Achievement Stream

For all other Streams click here: Lesson Plan Template – all other streams

Selection Process and Criteria

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Proposals are selected to ensure the RED Forum offers a comprehensive, objective, and diverse program.

Attention will be given to diversity of facilitators, subject areas, and campus representation.

Selections are ranked by RED Forum Advisory Groups specializing in each stream, and final selections are approved by this year’s RED Forum Planning Group. Outcomes will be communicated to all submitters in mid-March or earlier.

The criteria for selection are:

Shows a demonstrated alignment to one or more RRC Strategic Plan themes

Offers value to a wide range of employees

Contributes to a well-balanced slate of topics within the stream

Articulates clear learning outcomes, abstract and lesson plan

Provides employees with at least one practical tool or ‘takeaway’ that can be applied immediately

Presentation and/or presenters connect to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion

Submission package is complete

Ready to get started on your submission?