ETUG - Educational Technology Users Group

April 2014

[Spring Workshop 2014] Registration

ETUG Spring Workshop 2014 Langara College, Vancouver, BC June 12 – 13 (Thursday & Friday) Pub night TBA Wednesday, June 11 Faculty, staff and students! This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ETUG (Educational Technology Users Group).  Join us at Langara College as we reflect on how we have used educational technology in the past and envision how …

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ETUG: visionaries, innovators, community of practice

This post is contributed by Leva Lee, ETUG steward since 2006 and current SCETUG member and Cathy van Soest, past SCETUG Chair and Member Emeritus. Watch for the upcoming celebrations for ETUG’s 20th  and contribute your memories of ETUG! Some of you may be surprised to know that ETUG dates back to the early 90’s. Back when connecting to the internet …

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Meet John Trimble at the Justice Institute of BC

Submitted by Krista Lambert at the Justice Institute of BC

Tell us a bit about where you work and what you do.

I work at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) in Tech Services as Blackboard Administrator. I am the tech guy for Blackboard and am responsible for server administration.

How long been involved in teaching and Learning and ed technology?

I’ve been at JIBC for almost 20 years and have been in this particular role for 12 years.

What’s one thing you really love about the work you do?

I really enjoy working with the people, whether it’s the multimedia developers, instructors, program administrators or students. I also love the challenge of learning new things. There are opportunities to learn more and take on new technologies and I’d say that always keeps me on my toes.

How long have you been a member of ETUG?

Since the Fall 2013 workshop – I’m a newbie!

What did you like best about your first ETUG event?

I really liked the different perspectives and especially enjoyed the UBC presentation on agile development. And I really enjoyed visiting another school’s campus. It’s a good opportunity to get out and see what other institutes are doing.

What would you like ETUG to provide more of in terms of benefits/value to members? Any input or help you want to ask members to provide?

I think it could be valuable to have something like an “old-school” listserv to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to help problem solve. It would provide for a great networking opportunity.

Do you have any special interests/hobbies?

I enjoy long walks on the beach, a good sense of humour and sunsets. Just kidding. I enjoy supporting my sons in baseball and BBQing.

[Institutional Report] BCIT

[Institutional Report] BCIT

This post contributed by Kyle Hunter, BCIT and SCETUG member. What’s happening at BCIT? Gathering information Turnitin Pilot Ending Technology for Trades Gathering Information The BCIT community has welcomed a new President, the former Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Kathy Kinloch. Kathy’s got some big ideas about how BCIT will be moving forward, but as with any renewal, it …

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[T.e.l.l. May ] Do you Poodll when you Moodle?

[T.e.l.l. May ] Do you Poodll when you Moodle?

Title: Do you Poodll when you Moodle? When: 12 Noon (PST) , May 6th, 2014 Where: T.E.L.L. sessions are held in the ETUG Blackboard Collaborate Room Who:  Gina Bennett, College of the Rockies << JOIN THIS SESSION >> Session Description Do you Poodll when you Moodle? Or do you use other apps to add audio and video to your course website? Our focus in this session will be …

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[T.e.l.l. March Summary] Designing a Multi-device Moodle Course site: A Case Study

This post contributed by Amanda Coolidge. The March T.E.L.L. session featured Paul Hibbitts of Hibbitts Design. He gave an engaging talk on “Designing a Moodle Multi-device course: Case Study” and shared a wealth of ideas and practical tips. Paul explained that with version 2.5, Moodle has incorporated some exciting functionality. One piece includes the Bootstrap framework which is now integrated …

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CNIE Conference Program and Registration

Registration is now open for the CNIE (Canadian Network for Innovation in Education) conference at TRU in Kamloops (May 13-16).  Visit their website ( and register now!