Walls Optional 2016

Walls Optional brings the college community together to share innovative ideas, best practices and resources surrounding teaching, learning and the use of educational technologies.  The day-long conference on April 27 is an excellent opportunity to connect with and learn from peers. This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of  Walls Optional with the theme Creativity and Innovation.

Our two keynote speakers:

Dr. Yael Katz
Dean of the Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus
at Sheridan College
"The concept of the Creative Campus is grounded in our continued desire to weave creativity into all that is Sheridan, so that teaching, learning and doing at Sheridan reflect a commitment to the advancement of creative capacity, creative engagement, collective wisdom, and people success."
 
Ben Weinlick
Founder of Think Jar Collective
"Creativity is now one of the most important skills people and organizations need to develop in order for services and products to continue to be relevant in our times."
 
 
8:30 - 9:00 Coffee and Registration  (Young building  Y219)
9:00 - 10:15 Territorial Welcome
Opening Remarks & Introduction - Young 216

Opening Keynote, Ben Weinlick

10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 Sessions
  Y216

Camosun Creates - Creative Writers


Kari Jones, Jodi Lundgren, Laurie Elmquist, Beth Kope
  Y217

Education Policy & The Student Experience


Katie Shaw, moderator; Panel: Steven Rumpel, Corrine Michel, Diana Shields, Chris Balmer
  Y211

Indigenizing Early Learning and Cares


Toni Hoyland, Jeanne Puritch, Colleen O'Dowd, Enid Elliot
  Y219

Optimizing Team Learning in the Classroom


Janet Stark, Michelle Clement, Susanne Thiessen, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst
  Y227

PLACE & LEARNING QUICK BITES

 

  • Spring Institute on Sustainability
    Marina Jaffey, Lee Aitchison
  • Logo’s, Laughs & Trading Cards in ETP
    Val Neaves, Jody Issac
  • Getting Dirty is Helpful
    David Greig 
comp-lab Y307 Poll Everywhere: Intuitive, Immediate, and Creative Questions & Answers Tool
Dan Reeve
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:45 Sessions
  Y216 Camosun Creates - Non-Fiction Writers
Charles Molnar, Marina Jaffey
  Y201 A Glimpse of the Creativity in Education Community of Practice
Jody Isaac, Martha Mcalister, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, Jacquie Conway, Jennifer LeVecque
  Y211 The Changing Landscape of Technology Infrastructure in BC Higher Ed
Laura-Lea Berna
  Y219 Killer Whales: A Different Perspective
Ian Browning
  Y217 English for the Professional Development of Recent Immigrants
Nannette Plant, Kirsten Bunton, Jenny Bourne, Selena Hebig, Kerry-Ann Dompierre

 

12:45 - 1:30 Lunch – Fisher Cafeteria
1:30 - 2:30 Sessions
  Y211 Intercultural Connections as Spaces for Creativity
Mavis Smith, Anna Stein, Dianne Biin
  Y201 Voice Up!
Mary Harber, Robin Fast, Martha McAlister
Student Panel: Jennifer Benner, Stefanie Tennant, Yvonne Mason, Riley Vaskic
  Y219

Discovering Engineering Through Education: Changing the Paradigm


Katherina V. (Kathy) Tarnai-Lokhorst
  Y227 Redesign or Accommodation?
Sue Doner, Eleanor Woodward, Jen Levecque
  Y217 Across Continents: Experiential Learning in a Multicultural Environment 
Yolina Denchev
Student Panel: Vassili Angelblazer, Leo Pinsonnault, MacKenzie Preece, Dawn Yang 
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00

Closing Keynote, Dr. Yael Katz  - Young 216

4:00 - 5:30 Hosted Wine & Cheese
Camosun Creates Gallery Walk
- Library and Learning Commons -
 

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Ben Weinlick

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Closing Keynote
Dr. Yael Katz

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Camosun Creates - Creative Writers
Kari Jones, Jodi Lundgren, Laurie Elmquist, Beth Kope

Four local Camosun authors will read from and discuss their most recent works and share their challenges in getting published.

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Education Policy & the Student Experience 
K. Shaw, panel

The Education Policy team invites you to participate in an interactive panel discussion exploring the connection between student experience and education policy. The discussion will infuse perspectives of student well-being, indigenization and internationalization and explore their potential intersections with education policy at the college. Your insight, questions and ideas will help promote an active and engaged session with the intention of surfacing opportunities to connect an exceptional student experience with our current education policy work.

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Optimizing Team Learning in the Classroom
Janet Stark, Michelle Clement, Susanne Thiessen, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst

Instructors working with team projects are aware of the potential challenges and benefits. We will share research results from cross-disciplinary student focus groups and faculty interviews and discuss next steps and considerations for building team learning opportunities.

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Indigenizing Early Learning & Care 
Toni Hoyland, Jeanne Puritch, Colleen O'Dowd, Enid Elliot

The ELC Program at Camosun has been involved in course review and this has provided an opportunity to think deeply about the program and to consider how the process of indigenization can fit within it. The Truth and Reconciliation recommendations include a specific focus on early childhood post secondary education and the need to provide indigenous principles and content so that indigenous children and families have access to programs that meet their needs. Our program team has embraced this call to action and has gone through a number of steps to understand the possibilities, the ways that we currently include indigenous content and how we can truly become 'indigenized'. We would like to share this journey with you.

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PLACE & LEARNING QUICK BITES

Spring Institute on Sustainability
Marina Jaffey, Lee Aitchison

Interested in finding out about a new and innovative learning model? Come and hear about this spring institute that offers students an experiential learning experience which focuses on sustainable business practice and social innovation. Students are able to receive six credits over a three week period. Content is team taught by two instructors - Marina and Lee. In addition to classroom time, students engage with subject matter through visits to local organizations / businesses, industry speakers, and a field trip to Sooke First Nations, Vancouver and Whistler/Pemberton.

Logo's, Laughs and Trading Cards in ETP
Val Neaves, Jody Issac

Join us in a wonderful journey through a student group project in the Employment Training Program (ETP)! From brainstorming to final outcome - students work hard through a group project of conceptualizing one another, their job skills, strengths and valuable lessons learned. This interactive, fun and reflective process is both a collective and individual learning journey. Join us about the story of a logo, a book and some fantastic ETP trading cards coming to life in ETP.

Getting Dirty Is Helpful
David Greig

Did you know that working with plants and putting your hands in soil can make you happy? Come to this short presentation and learn how the EARTH Gardening Program provides more than just employment preparation for work in the landscape and nursery industries. After this session you may want to "get down and dirty!"

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Poll Everywhere: Intuitive, Immediate & Creative Q&A tools 
Daniel Reeve

Dan will introduce a free and effective digital polling tool that allows instructors to see student answers in real time. Participants will learn the basic functions, discuss how it can be used, and then create their own Poll Everywhere account.

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Camosun Creates - Non-Fiction Writers
Charles Molnar, Marina Jaffey

Two Camosun authors will discuss their textbook writing projects. Hear about their writing and collaboration processes and about the additional learning aids and added value their texts bring to the classroom experience.

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A Glimpse of the Creativity in Education Community of Practice
Jody Isaac, Martha Mcalister, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, Jacquie Conway, Jennifer LeVecque

Drop by to see the Creativity in Education CoP in action. Take part in hands-on activities and processes we do in our group. We will share resources and discuss the benefits of incorporating creative approaches into your work.

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The Changing Landscape of Technology Infrastructure in BC Higher Ed
Laura-Lea Berna

The ITS department will explore the shifting landscape of technology infrastructure in the Canadian cloud landscape and what this means for the college. Plans for network infrastructure, Office 365 and data centres will be discussed. This is a virtual presentation.

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Killer Whales: A Different Perspective
Ian Browning

Ian will share and discuss the results of an innovation project "unmanned aerial vehicles for environmental research" which explored the use of drones for non-invasive wildlife (Orca) research.

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English for the Professional Development of Recent Immigrants
Nannette Plant, Kirsten Bunton, Jenny Bourne, Selena Hebig, Kerry-Ann Dompierre

Come hear how three pilot "English for Careers" programs are using multi-disciplinary teams for blended delivery. The panel will showcase the English for Health Careers program and share lessons learned and ways to collaborate in diverse learning environments.

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Intercultural Connections as Spaces for Creativity
Mavis Smith, Anna Stein, Dianne Biin

Explore intercultural competencies and how we mindfully navigate among cultures in the campus community. We will share stories from the "field" on how supporting the development of intercultural competence in teaching and learning can open space for creative dialogue and collaboration in the classroom.

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Voice Up!
Mary Harber, Robin Fast, Martha McAlister
Student Panel: Jennifer Benner, Stefanie Tennant, Yvonne Mason, Riley Vaskic

Get a taste of "Theatre of the Oppressed" from a recent student and faculty project that creatively tackled the issue of discrimination. Hear project highlights and explore how a "hands on" theatre experience shapes outcomes.

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Discovering Engineering Through Education: Changing the Paradigm
Katherina V. (Kathy) Tarnai-Lokhorst

Kathy will share current research on how discovery teaching (project-based, team-based, small-group activities) increases comprehension and social learning for students. Methods and best practices and how discovery teaching influences students’ perceptions and beliefs will be discussed.

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Redesign or Accommodation?
Sue Doner, Eleanor Woodward, Jen Levecque

Join members from eLearning (CETL) and the Disability Resource Centre in a lively round of the Redesign or Accommodation? game. Challenge your understanding of barriers to student learning while you engage in a fun round of problem-solving.

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Across Continents: Experiential Learning in a Multicultural Environment
Yolina Denchev
Student Panel: Vassili Angelblazer, Leo Pinsonnault, MacKenzie Preece, Dawn Yang 

Faculty and students will reflect on their recent experience on the design, delivery and review of an international, applied learning course. Students from Canada and Germany investigated export opportunities for local businesses without leaving the country.

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Time and Place: 
Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Young Building Lansdowne