Final exams are coming up, so from May 1st – 5th, we’ve scheduled some extra drop-in learning sessions, peer tutor tips tables and de-stressing activities, including visits from the St. John Ambulance dogs, the Student Life Ambassadors, the Pollinators and some plant pot painting. Hope you can join us! Get the full schedule here.
Archives for April 2023
The Burnaby Festival of Learning is a multi-day festival of lifelong learning taking place in venues throughout Burnaby (including BCIT!)
From May 5th – 9th there are five full days of thought-provoking community-led events and programming.
There’s truly something for everyone and all events are free!
BCIT workshops include:
- Universal Design for Learning
- Showcasing Sustainability & Energy Features in BCIT’s New Health Sciences Building
- 3D Scanning and Extended Reality (XR)
- Guichon Creek Tour
- Mastodon: A New Way to Network
- Take a Foraging Tour Through BCIT’s Edible Gardens
- Creating Avatars with Photoshop
- Buds, Branches and Bark: a Guide to Winter Identification in the Pacific NorthWest, A BCIT OER Textbook
- Guichon Creek Nature Meditation Session
Just a few of the other great sessions being offerered by other Festival partners:
- How to Keep Earth Cool: A Climate Solutions Modelling Workshop
- Invasive Species Basket Weaving
- Disability Awareness Workshop
- Nature Without Borders – The Wondrous Migration of Monarch Butterflies
- 15 Minute Neighbourhoods – Co-creating Connected Communities
Check out all the events here: https://festivaloflearning.ca/events/
All events are free, but many require registration!
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where: Summit Centre (BCIT main campus library, room 213)
The content of the session will concentrate on learning about our ourselves to be prepared for any uncertainties and challenges we face in the classroom that we can’t quite foresee. Utilizing SWOT will help us become agile and truly using EI to work on our approach to our interactions with others, specifically our students; it is important to deliver a quality instruction and to manage our own expectations and overall outlook about the courses we are involved with.
As a good quality professional, I always think that there is room for improvement.
The scholastic environment at BCIT has morphed due to factors such as Covid, and the ever changing demographics of our students, so let’s add another tool to our toolbox to deal with the changes.
The key learnings:
SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis, key points of each element to use in our journey toward improving ourselves and our classroom experience.
PDCA – (Plan, Do, Check Act) and EI (Emotional Intelligence) brief descriptions and how they relate to SWOT.
Sandra Amador is an experienced quality professional with over 30 years in the field of Continuous Improvement and Quality Assurance. She has been an instructor since 2019 and as an avid learner, she strongly believes in providing as many easy opportunities for learning as possible, both at school and work; for her it is important to ensure students transform all the information they receive into real knowledge.
Sandra has worked in a variety of industries, from pharmaceutical to automotive and has been leading teams under different titles; her favourite title is change agent.
As a Certified Quality Auditor from ASQ, Sandra has taken audits to the level of collaboration and improvement catalyst that they are intended for, while ensuring fair compliance evaluation.
Sandra has been the Voice of the customer chair in the ASQ Vancouver leadership team in the past and a frequent speaker in annual ASQ Vancouver conferences. She has also participated instructing sessions at the BCIT’s Professional Development Day.
This talk is open to all members of the BCIT community.
A light lunch will be provided as we welcome ‘Food’ back to the in-person ‘Food for Thought’ series.