AlumniED Newsletter - Spring 2013 Convocation Issue

Dean's Message from Dr. Harry Janzen

photo of Dr. Harry Janzen

Greetings and welcome to the January 2013 Convocation issue of our AlumniED newsletter. The newsletter serves to keep our Alumni and teaching colleagues up to date with our Education programs and our Education program graduates.

Convocation offers an opportunity to reflect on our students' successes over another academic year and to congratulate our deserved graduates.

Our January 28th Convocation celebrated the success of our Post-Bacchalaureate program graduates. 95 enthusiastic grads are eager to begin their teaching careers after 18 months in our program.

Last Fall 2012, 17 school districts and 62 schools (including one First Nations school)supported our student teachers on practica. Our students were hosted locally and by 6 off-island school districts. Thanks to all our 130 sponsor teachers, along with our faculty supervisors and district elementary and secondary students who collectively help our student teachers achieve their career and personal goals.

We are excited to encourage all our program graduates to continue your studies in one of our excellent Graduate programs. We offer both Graduate diploma and degree programs; SETS diploma, Graduate Diploma in Global Education, Graduate Diploma in Online Learning and Teaching (OLTD), Masters of Special Education, Masters of Education (Leadership) and Masters of Education (International Focus). Our programs offer AlumniED partners the opportunity to continue their pursuit of life-long learning opportunities.

Our Education Program grads continue to support student success in our schools locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations to all our graduates-- past and present.

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of Education

 January 2013 Convocation

Happy grad Jeff Saunders with his proud family. Jeff heads to London, England immediately after Convocation to begin teaching with Classroom Connect, a UK placement agency. Happy travels Jeff!

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January 28th was the date for our recent Convocation ceremony, held twice yearly at Nanaimo's Port Theatre. This semester's celebration was just that as administration, faculty, family and friends gathered to share in our students' successes.

As is custom, VIU's Chancellor, Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offered the Convocation address to graduates, this year via a podcast. His words offered encouragement and congratulations to graduates and their deserved families.

Canadian artist Gordon Appelbe Smith received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from VIU at the ceremony. VIU President Dr. Ralph Nilson and Art Education professor Heather Pastro presented the award.

Our Featured Graduate: Lauren Bush is Lovin' Life in London

Classroom Connect is a recruitment firm dedicated to providing qualified, enthusiastic teachers to service schools in the London area in the UK.

Lauren Bush (Post-Bach Grad 2012) headed to London immediately after graduation last Fall and was given a temporary, long term position through Classroom Connect for 2 days a week.  She is also a busy TOC doing daily supply teaching, often at the same school as her temporary position but also works at other schools around London as well.

A typical day looks something like this...

"I wake up at 6:30 and get ready and if I don't have a placement, I call Classroom at 7:00am and let them know I'm available to teach.  The agency gives me directions to the school and they often give me a route to work (my closest tube station or fastest way there--they're really knowledgeable).  Usually there's someone to show you around and take you to the classroom and another teacher or a TA to explain what the students have been doing or will be doing. We just go through the day as normally as possible and I try to throw in some fun supply teacher-y things to try and compensate for routine changes that students sometimes don't adjust well to.  At lunch or after school, I mark the notebooks of the lessons we've done that day so when the teacher returns everything is up to date then I head home for the day.  Sometimes the school will invite you back if the teacher is off for a long time or sometimes its just a one-off."

"Having a "go with the flow"attitude is really important here.  The number of things that could go "wrong" are endless but if you just change your mind-set and accept that things are always going to be different and constantly changing it makes it a lot less stressful."

"That and on days that I don't get called to teach, or weekends, take advantage of this AMAZING city!!  England schools have lots of term breaks that are perfect for relaxing, shopping and tons of sightseeing.  I am definitely taking advantage of them.  I love it here!"

For more information on Classroom Connect and its' services visit their websiteThey are currently hiring for April 2013! 

Online Learning & Teaching Graduate Diploma (OLTD) Program Launches Into Spring 2013

VIU's newest Graduate diploma program launched last September and students are now well underway with their third course OLTD 503- Introduction to Online Communication. The program offers students holding a B.Ed the opportunity to investigate the myriad of tools and technicques to design, develop and deliver quality and engaging online learning opportunities. The program engages a cohort model and offers learners the chance to investigate such topics as social media, mobile devices and gaming, Open Educational Resources (OER)and cloud computing-- all facilitated by industry leaders in their fields.

Students have commented:

"Primarily it has completely shattered my former conception of how education should and can be delivered using technology. Secondly it has made me so much more functionally confident with an array of programs and learning tools. Finally, through exploring educational models and philosophy it has forced me to refocus and reshape my own personal philosophy of education."

"The practical nature of the course assignments and the introduction to diverse content, paired with a strong focus on reflection has made this experience a deeply rewarding rejuvenation of my own practice. Ultimately I feel the course is making me a stronger teacher and so much more focused in the classroom. My confidence with technology has exponentially grown since we started in September"

"Online learning challenges me to rethink how I teach and how learners learn. I provides options and ideas for students for whom the traditional classroom/lecture model does not work. I get so excited about the ideas and the possibilities."

For information on our September 2013 intake please contact
Mary O'Neill, OLTD Program Coordinator.

For more information on all our Graduate Program offerings.

2012 PB program grads James Dodd, Casey Westergaard , Rory Peffers and Ross Mackinnon get ready to ride in China where they are all currently teaching at the Sino-Canada High School near Shanghai. Have B.Ed, will travel...

2012 PB program grads James Dodd, Casey Westergaard , Rory Peffers and Ross Mackinnon get ready to ride in China where they are all currently teaching at the Sino-Canada High School near Shanghai. Have B.Ed, will travel...

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