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Published November 18, 2014

Joining a Team

Avery Rueb Teacher, Vanier College

In my first story on Profweb, I talked about a serious game that I was working on called Prêt à négocier. Since that first article, I joined Affordance Studio, a serious game studio in Montreal, as a co-founder. If you haven’t heard of the term “serious game” before, they are games that have a goal other than pure entertainment. They are used in education, military, government and health care. They are starting to pop up all over the place. Here is a list of some of the more well-known serious games: Dragon Box, 3D Virtual Operating Room, and Government in Action.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published November 10, 2014

Using Camtasia’s Video Captures to Improve Access to Information

Nancy Acemian Senior lecturer, CES, Faculty of Computer Science And Engineering, Concordia University

I teach Computer Science at Concordia University. Within the discipline, my specialty is mainly the first year courses, the programming courses. I teach things like JAVA Programming and a C++ course which is my one online course for the moment. These are large classes which have students with varied backgrounds.

Language of Mathematics and Computer Programming

Real Life Stories

Published October 20, 2014

Using Atomic Learning for Biopharmaceutical Training

Michael Casey Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

John Abbott College opened the new Ann Marie Edward science building in 2012 providing custom built labs for a new Biopharmaceutical program. Students in this program come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and they must be able to get up and running quickly using Excel, Word and basic project management software. I discovered that John Abbott College has a site license for Atomic Learning (AL) from a poster on the wall behind my desk. AL is a web based training platform providing video tutorials on over 200 software applications, including the ones with which my students required help. In addition to the tutorials, AL also provides useful educational resources.

Medical Laboratory Technology

Real Life Stories

Published October 6, 2014

Second Language Adventure Tourism

Gina Lavine Coordinator of the Modern Languages Department, Collège Laflèche

International Baccalaureate (IB) students are generally motivated or they would not have chosen to go into such an intensive program. I wanted to give these students an experience where they would be working on their own, at their own pace and speaking with authentic Anglophones, a rarity in Trois-Rivières in order to deal with the multiplicity of language skills in my IB class. I knew that the Entente Canada-Quebec could provide a grant which would enable an actual immersion trip. All manner of information technology including Facebook and chat as well as a willing partner in a French as Second Language course at Cégep de Gaspésie des Îles made for a great way to realize these goals.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published September 30, 2014

A Mixed Media Approach for a Distance Education Course in Philosophy

Bernard Vallée Project Manager, Cégep à distance

The purpose of this story is to highlight some of the technological and pedagogical principles (videos, interactive exercises, forums, comic strips) that have underpinned the development of a distance education course in Philosophy. Let’s begin with a few characteristics of Cégep à distance’s model.

Philosophy

Real Life Stories

Published September 23, 2014

The TEKPHY Project: Integrating Technology into Kinesiology and Physical Rehabilitation

Patrick Marion Kinesiologist, TEKPHY
Ariane C. Rousseau Coordinator of TEKPHY Project, TEKPHY

In recent years, smart technologies have entered the health sciences. Whether the Nintendo Wii console in physical rehabilitation, a mobile application or postural analysis, technological innovations abound. Future health professionals will increasingly come to know, evaluate and employ smart technology. However, merely knowing that this technology is available is not enough; it is still necessary to choose applications well and use them properly.

Multidisciplinary

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