July 6, 2008, Vol. 2 Issue 6
Following a successful trial in March, Okanagan College has acquired a 25-seat license for Elluminate vClass.
Webconferencing lets people connect over the web in real time to talk, sketch, share presentations and documents, and demonstrate computer applications from wherever they happen to be at the time. The only requirements are an internet connection and a computer headset. For small groups sharing a single computer connection, Okanagan College has echo-cancelling USB speakerphones available through the AV loan program at all four campuses.
Webconferencing is often used for virtual meetings, interactive online seminars, and to provide a live component for distance learning courses. In a blended learning environment webconferencing can, with suitable preparation, take the place of one or more face-to-face sessions.
As a moderator, anything you can put on your computer screen can be shared with conference participants, including a live webcam. Any participant can be given moderator status to share their own presentation or desktop. For more details on the capabilities of the Elluminate vClass visit the EdTech Webconferencing page at this link.
Okanagan College’s 25-seat vClass is available 24/7/365 and can be booked by contacting Educational Technology Coordinator Mike Minions
50/50 winner announced
Congratulations to Arch Doody
from Facilities in Kelowna who won today's payday draw for $447.50. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources (Landmark V, Kelowna) or online
Records & Registration and Admissions staff hotlines
Okanagan College always has lots of queries during the registration periods for both Records & Registration and Admissions. With so many calls from the public, Okanagan College staff often have a difficult time reaching staff in those departments to ask questions or confirm information.
Last fall Records & Registration and Admissions set up hotline numbers for staff only so internal users were able to get the information they needed during these peak periods. These hotline numbers are still active and available for staff use.
Records & Registration staff hotline: 250-575-4461
Admissions staff hotline: 250-575-4462
Please ensure that these hotline numbers are not given out to students – staff are available to answer student questions on the student hotline number 862-5414.
Okanagan College golf shirts
All departments interested in getting staff golf shirts for September are encouraged to get their orders in to the Campus Store by July 31 to ensure adequate sizing is available. The golf shirts are a great way for students to easily recognize Okanagan College staff members.
Please contact Carla Macfarlane
, General Merchandise Buyer, at the Kelowna Campus Store, ext 4675 for further information.Aug. 26-27
- Connections 2008 will take place at the Kelowna campus. If you have yet to register for one of the days of the employee learning conference follow this link
to make your workshop selections.
In memory of Joanne Schick
Flags at the Penticton and Kelowna campuses of Okanagan College were lowered to half-mast on Thursday in honour of Joanne Schick, who passed away on Saturday, June 28. Joanne began working at Okanagan University College in January of 2000 as a vocational instructor in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation department in Penticton.
During her time with OUC and eventually Okanagan College, Joanne also taught AACP at the Kelowna campus, biology in Penticton and Distance Education labs. She is remembered by colleagues as someone who was committed to her students and was always willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed.
A celebration of Joanne's life will take place at Linden Gardens in Kaleden (351 Linden Avenue) on Wednesday, July 9. Entry to the gardens can begin any time after 6:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 7 p.m.
What’s up Docs?
The Okanagan School of Business hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of Dr. Margo McMahan
and Dr. Lynn Sparling
, both of whom earned doctorate degrees this year.
Margo completed a Doctor of Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology in California. Her dissertation focused on the life of one of Canada’s first female university presidents, Dr. E. Margaret Fulton.
Lynn completed a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Her thesis was titled: Adoption of E-Commerce by Small and Medium Enterprises in the Central Okanagan. Congratulations to Dr. McMahan and Dr. Sparling.
A Verse to Summer
Following colleagues Sean Johnston
and Alix Hawley
, creative writing professor Francie Greenslade
presented her original poem on CBC Daybreak this morning as part of A Verse to Summer. Francie was given the topic of the end of summer music by one of the CBC's listeners. Follow this link to hear Francie's poem, Summer Song for Maggie
On Friday, June 27 Jason Dewinetz
presented his poem, The end of children
. Jason was given the topic of the end of summer transition when children no longer stay at home but head off to school. Next week Mary-Ellen Holland
will begin work on her poem for a Verse to Summer.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on July 18, 2008