Business Information Technology

Wanna build a 100 mpg organization?

April 16, 2013 • Written by

Joe Justice of Team WIKISPEED can help you get there in Manitoba’s agile event of the year, WINNISPEED, coming to a college near you (Red River, actually) in June.

0 to awesome in 25,200 secondsRRC's 100 mpg WINNISPEED car

In just 7 hours (25,200 seconds) you will build a 100 mpg car from scratch, and in the process experience how Joe and Team WIKISPEED leveraged agile methodologies borrowed from IT to transform the manufacturing process.

Come learn how agile can transform your organization in 25,200 seconds (or less).

Details at winnispeed.ca.

WINNISPEED

March 28, 2013 • Written by

Following raves in Barcelona and Paris, you can be one of the few organizations to join Joe Justice in the first Team WIKISPEED workshops in Canada. In each of two “WINNISPEED” workshops June 10th and 11th, Joe will guide participants through the building of a car from scratch to demonstrate how Agile techniques can transform your organization.

After that, you can apply the same concepts and methodologies to your own context (corporate innovation, small hardware/design start-up, service based startup, NGO, education, etc…) and begin to change the world.

The event will be professionally video taped for later release.

 

Data Analytics Project

September 11, 2012 • Written by

Requested by the Winnipeg Foundation for the purpose of analyzing donor’s patterns & preferences.

The Foundation wanted to be able to obtain information available from current internal data sources through a very difficult and time-consuming process. The students’ main challenge was the obtaining of donation information as a function of time (several different perspectives).
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Flood Mapper Project

September 11, 2012 • Written by

The Flood Mapper Project was requested by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for the purpose of creating a proof of concept application that could be used to show the value of collecting LIDAR data. The Flood Mapper program itself was used to analyze the different watershed areas in Manitoba along the Red River basin.
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Educational Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game for Teaching Youth Finance

April 1, 2012 • Written by

Abstract: It has been stated that people need to improve their knowledge of finances and make better choices with their money. Many programs have been created to teach basic finances. These programs target people of all ages from adults all the way down to kindergarten students. The vast majority of opinions on teaching finances state that education begins with children – the younger the better. The goal of this research project is to create a fun to play (massively) multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) capable of teaching younger students how to better manage their personal finances. The game will be designed as an educational title with an attempt to balance both the entertainment and educational components. It will be a combination of a game and a simulation. Students will live out a virtual life in a generated game world making financial decisions for their character in an attempt to develop enough wealth to allow that character to retire.

Date of Publication: April 2012

Author: David Jones, Department of Accounting and Computer Education

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Virtual Robot Games Website

March 12, 2012 • Written by

A trio of Red River College students have received rave reviews from a local robotic software developer, for their work on a prototype website for the Manitoba-based Virtual Robot Games (VRG).

As part of their coursework for the fall term of RRC’s Business Information Technology program, second-year students Cyle Hunter, Scott Bevan and Nathaniel Dolynchuk paired with Winnipeg-based Cogmation Robotics, a software developer specializing in robotic simulation.

The students developed a web application that allows VRG competitors to register their virtual players and teams, to upload autonomous game behaviours, robots and arenas, and to view their resulting scores and rankings.

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Business Conference Helps Students Network

March 9, 2012 • Written by

RRC business students will have a valuable opportunity to rub elbows with leaders from Manitoba’s business community at Red River College’s 2012 Directions Business Conference.

Approximately 600 people, including past RRC alumni, are expected to attend this year’s event, which will be held on February 1 at Canad Inns Polo Park.

The annual business conference is aimed at engaging RRC students in the school of Business and Applied Arts, and helps provide them with a chance to meet people in the industry where they want to work. Participation also allows students to create contacts, and benefit from the experience of attending a professional business conference.

Students will be able to take in valuable career advice from Paul Soubry Jr., President and CEO of New Flyer, who is the event’s breakfast keynote speaker. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, Soubry went on to study at Harvard and began his career in Winnipeg at Standard Aero. He eventually became that company’s president before joining New Flyer in 2009, and now sits on the Board of Directors at Mondetta Clothing, the Associates IH Asper School of Business, Economic Development Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Airports Authority.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

October 15, 2010 • Written by

Have you taken a course at another institute (or at RRC) that is equivalent to a course you are taking now? Do you have life experience in an area that is equivalent to a course you are taking now? Maybe you should consider RPL.

Why do RPL?

It is not an effective and efficient use of resources if learners are having to relearn what they already know and can do. This also adds time, and sometimes additional costs, to the learner’s program. By providing opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the college is better able to meet the needs of learners.

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Red River College is achieved through one or more of the following process:

  1. Assessment of Educational Documents for Transfer Credits
  2. Portfolio/evidence assessment (i.e. a document that identifies and verifies prior learning)
  3. Challenge process assessment (written/oral examinations, interviews, projects, assignments, performance/skill demonstration, product assessments).
  4. External course/program assessment

For more information on RPL processes at the College, go to www.rrc.ca/rpl.

1. Assessment of Educational Documents for Transfer Credits


This involves the assessment of formal courses completed through recognized post-secondary institutions which may be equivalent to courses in the student’s program of study at RRC. The student is required to submit

  1. a completed RRC Transfer Credit Request Form (see below for link to form)
  2. original or certified transcripts
  3. detailed course outline(s).

Transfer of credit decisions are made by program faculty.

If you are interested in pursuing a transfer of credit by assessment of educational documents please fill out the following form and submit it to the student services desk at D101 (NDC) or P104 (EDC).

RRC Transfer Credit Request Form: http://www.rrc.ca/files/File/catalogue/CourseCreditTransfer.pdf

2. Portfolio/Evidence Assessment


This involves the assessment of learning documented in a portfolio(s). A portfolio(s) is a detailed document developed by the student which articulates and provides proof of the learning acquired through work and life experience which may be equivalent to the learning outcomes in a college course(s)/program. The portfolio is assessed for course credit(s) by program faculty. Students should contact the RPL Advisor (Lauren Waples, RPL Advisor, Email: lwaples@rrc.ca Telephone: (204) 632-3094) for assistance with the portfolio development process. A Portfolio Development Resource Guide is available for students.

If you are interested in pursuing RPL through the Portfolio and/or Challenge Process Assessments please fill out the following form and submit it to the Administrative Assistant in P414.

http://rrc.mb.ca/files/File/catalogue/RPLAssessChallenge.pdf

3. RPL Challenge Process


These are methods of flexible assessment developed and evaluated by the program faculty to measure an individual’s prior learning as it relates to learning outcomes of specific course(s) in a college program. These methods include:
Challenge Examinations (i.e. oral/written tests, projects, assignments, product assessments, interviews, etc.)
These are assignments, tests, projects, interviews etc. based on the learning outcomes of a specific course, which have been designed by program faculty to assess college-level learning. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with course information and have access to appropriate texts and other learning materials to prepare for the RPL processes. They are required to demonstrate through the RPL process that they have equivalent learning. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.
Skill Demonstrations (i.e. practical examinations, skill demonstrations, simulations)
Practical examinations, skill demonstrations and simulations involve the actual demonstration of an individual’s prior learning as it relates to the learning outcomes of a course(s)/program. Students who believe they have prior learning related to a particular course are provided with performance checklists and have access to texts and other resources. The specific learning outcomes and performance standards are assessed by program faculty. If successful in the RPL processes for the course then credit is granted.

If you are interested in pursuing RPL through the Portfolio and/or Challenge Process Assessments please fill out the following form and submit it to the Administrative Assistant in P414.

http://rrc.mb.ca/files/File/catalogue/RPLAssessChallenge.pdf

4. External Course/Program Assessment


The College has developed a process for the evaluation of programs/courses offered through industry, business or community groups to determine equivalency to college courses. This process includes specific policies, guidelines and a fee structure for the evaluation of workplace training.

If you are interested in pursuing a transfer of credit by assessment of educational documents please fill out the following form and submit it to the student services desk at D101 (NDC) or P104 (EDC).

http://www.rrc.ca/files/File/catalogue/CourseCreditTransfer.pdf

 

If you are interested in the RPL policies and procedures please review the policy at

http://www.rrc.ca/files/File/policies/new/A14%20Prior%20Learning%20Assessment%20and%20Recognition.pdf

If you have any additional questions or for more information please contact:

Lauren Waples, RPL Advisor
Email: lwaples@rrc.ca
Telephone: (204) 632-3094

Applied Degrees in Canadian Colleges

October 19, 2002 • Written by

Abstract: Bridging the last and new millennia, an issue which Canadian colleges have been debating is the changing roles of post-secondary institutions. The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) 1999, indicates that Canada, in 1995, had the highest postsecondary rate of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries at 48% vs. the mean of 23%. University graduation rates faired among the top countries but Canada’s college graduation rates were the highest (p.5). This respected international standing will not be easy to maintain. In this global context, colleges are exploring whether to seek approval to become degree-granting institutions. The myriad of factors involved in such discussion run from the impact on stakeholders, to redefining the role of colleges, to whether community colleges should evolve into polytechnics or university colleges (Auld, 2002), to speak nothing of articulation and certification dilemmas. This is a topic of considerable scope. To generate a focal point for an initial discussion, this paper will consider applied degrees and the benefits and challenges these would present stakeholders. It is predicted that the benefits, on the whole, will outweigh and accommodate for the disadvantages.

Date of Publication: October 2002

Author: Steve Lawrence, Department of Accounting and Computer Education

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