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[ETUG 25] Flashback Friday – 2007 + 2008

As ETUG celebrates 25 years, we are taking the opportunity every Friday to dig into our archives and celebrate our 25-year history. Today’s Flashback Friday continues back in time to the late 2000s.

It’s 2007!

Workshop Location and Themes

ETUG Spring 2007 Innovation Award Winners
ETUG Spring 2007 Innovation Award Winners

In Spring 2007, the ETUG Workshop was hosted at Thompson Rivers University. The theme for the workshop was “Running the Rivers”. It was keynoted by Geoff Plant, Q.C., Special Advisor, “Campus 2020”, who articulated a vision at that time for the campus of the future.  Also at this workshop, we awarded the first group of SCETUG Members Emeritus honoring Jim Bizzocchi, John Blackwell, Irwin DeVries, Amanda Harby, and Cathy van Soest for their early work and long term dedication and service to the ETUG Community.
The Chair at this time was Gina Bennett, College of the Rockies and the Vice-Chair was Bryan Fair, BCIT.
2007 Innovation Awards were given to the following individuals :

  • Leadership Award: SCoPE- SFU’s Community of Practice for Educators”; Elizabeth Wallace and Sylvia Currie, SFU
  • Judges’ Award: “AskAway: B.C.’s Virtual Reference Project”; Michelle Pye, VPL and Trish Roseel, SFU
  • Support & Service Award: Accessibility Team, Faculty of Education, UBC; Natasha Boskic, UBC

Particularly memorable was the ensemble workshop session led by Paul Stacey, Dan O’Reilly and Sandy Hirtz on “Should You Get a Second Life?” and a guitar rendition by Mike Minions when he presented “MashUps and ReMixes: Borrowing in the Age of Digital Media”. Browse through the many wonderful photos captured at the Spring 2007 Workshop here
In Fall 2007, the ETUG Workshop was hosted at the BCIT Downtown campus again with the theme of “Web 2.0 – Educational Whats, Whys and Hows”.  Steve Dotto keynoted with a technology update in the morning and John Maxwell shared his ideas around developing communities of inquiry with wikis at the Canadian Centre for Publishing, SFU. These keynotes were followed by short ETUG institutional updates, reporting on activities of interest to members on campuses around the province. In the afternoon, participants took part in “Birds of a Feather” roundtable conversations on the following ed tech topics of the day: blogs/vlogs/wikis; collaborative content; Facebook & social networking sites; mobile content/cell/text messaging; Open source content; podcasting; safety in the Web 2.0 world; shared service model for Web 2.0 services; Second Life and educational applications; student contributed content/mashups.

It’s 2008!

Workshop Location and Themes
The SCETUG Chair at this time was Bryan Fair, BCIT and Vice-Chair was Michelle Lamberson, UBC.
In Spring 2008, the ETUG Workshop was hosted on May 29 and 30th at Emily Carr on Granville Island. The theme for the workshop was “Creativity” with a program that focussed on making, remixing and mashups. The keynotes were Liane Gabora, UBC Okanagan who spoke about “The Creative Process” and Steve DiPaola, SFU facilitated a session on “Modeling Human Creativity”.
Throughout the Spring 2008 workshop, Brian Lamb of UBC, led activities to encourage us to try hands-on making and remixing. Sessions at the workshop included Digital Storytelling, Grassroots video and “Open Source Content: Cultivating a culture of sharing our creativity”.
We had our first-ever graffiti wall, Wordle-inspired nametags and a closing plenary by Michelle Kearns, BCIT finishing all with a flourish of mocktails (complete with tiny paper umbrellas) and fruit kabobs. See photos by Michelle Lamberson.
A second group of SCETUG Members Emeritus was honoured: Jacqueline Bradshaw, Langara; Bob Clark, TRU and Patrick 0’Brien, UFV.
The Fall 2008 Workshop hosted at the Vancouver Island University. The theme was “Learning on the Edge: Exploring our Boundaries” and some workshop topics were: FOIPOP and working internationally: see this Slideshare.  One very popular session was one called the “Ed tech utility belt” facilitated by Grant Potter. Also memorable was the ETUG Pub night which involved everyone taking a short boat trip over to the Dinghy Dock Pub!  Lastly, the 2008 Innovation Awards were awarded to Geoffrey Glass, Cindy Xin and Andrew Feenburg, SFU for their project Marginalia Annotation Tool which is still going strong today.