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Brought to you by Red River College (and edited for relevant content by your HG blog editor)
Friday January 22, 2021.
Announcements
1. School of Continuing Education Welcomes Jonathan Bauer
2. Parking Reminder
Teaching and Learning Supports
3. RRC Library – New Digitization Service
4. Library staff member works with instructors to create a “robust resource”
5. eTV Instructor Support and Resources
Wellness and Health
6. Yoga With Holly: Live Online at Noon Today NEW
Student Supports
7. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program
8. Help Desks: 30-minute Online Tutoring Appointments

Announcements
1. School of Continuing Education Welcomes Jonathan Bauer

I am excited to share that we have completed our competitive selection process for the position of Business Development Manager for Corporate Solutions. 

Jonathan’s passion is seeing local talent and companies succeed and grow in the Prairies.

From 2017-2020 Jonathan was with SkipTheDishes, where he led their recruitment and people operations as the organization grew from 500 to 2,500 team members and then supported the integration of Canadian technology teams into a global function under the Just Eat group.

He also brings experience from Manitoba Start, leading career services, and working with a variety of Prairie based businesses to achieve their recruitment and diversity and inclusion objectives. In addition, Jonathan has both local and international experience in training and development in both corporate and academic settings.

Please join me in welcoming Jonathan Bauer to Red River College as the new Business Development Manager for Corporate Solutions in the School of Continuing Education. 

Kathleen Kerr
Dean, School of Continuing Education 

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2. Parking Reminder

Hi all,

A friendly reminder that the February monthly permits are now available for purchase on the on-line portal (https://rrcparking.t2hosted.ca) or in-person at the Parking office (D-100). If you're on campus for a maximum of 8 days per month, consider casual parking at a pay station or our paybyphone app.

As always, send your questions to parking@rrc.ca

be well. 

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Teaching and Learning Supports
3. RRC Library – New Digitization Service

Do you miss our books as much as we do? At the RRC library we love our books! They are there to support our students in learning and our instructors in teaching from high quality resources. If you miss our books as much as we have during the Covid-19 restrictions check out our new Digitization Service. You can request chapters from our print collection through our catalog and we will e-mail them out to you. This works for hard copy journal articles too! Be sure to keep your requests limited to under 10% of a book or at 1 article per journal issue to stay in line with the RRC copyright policy. Visit the library Services Page for a list of all the great services the RRC Library offers to support students and staff, then click on “Digitization request” to get started.

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4. Library staff member works with instructors to create a “robust resource”

RRC Library staff member, Rosemary Woodby, recently collaborated on the creation of a Geotechnical Engineering Technology Guide especially for students in RRC’s Engineering Technology program. 

Learn why Library Guides are useful and what the collaboration process looks like in the latest Library News: Library staff member works with instructors to create a "robust resource" for Engineering Technology students.

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5. eTV Instructor Support and Resources

eTV/CLPE has a variety of services and resources available to support Flexible On-Line Delivery including studio and mobile video productiondesktop recordingvideo streaming services and media creation. For more information please visit eTV.

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Wellness and Health
NEW 6. Yoga With Holly: Live Online at Noon Today

Join us for another live, online yoga class with Holly as your instructor.

As usual, participants will be able to see the instructor, however participants themselves will not be visible to others. So feel free to practice in your pyjamas or however you're comfortable.

Yoga With Holly
Date: Fridays 
Time: Noon – 12:30pm
Location: WebEx, register here for today's session

If this time doesn't work for you, access recorded classes here.

Questions or comments regarding any of these sessions can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator.

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Student Supports
7. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program

The Academic Success Centre has created a new Warm Up: Onboarding Program where students can access online tutorials and workshop recordings to enhance their academic skills and knowledge of the ASC and Library's student supports. 

Here are a some examples of the recorded facilitated sessions, accompanied with handouts/worksheets, available in our onboarding program:

Housed in the Self-Directed Learning section of the ASC website, we've organized these fantastic resources into five subpages that students can work through independently across five days. We've included an "Appointments" page that provides a quick run-down of the ASC's academic supports and how students can connect with a tutor or coach as well as a calendar page that shows a month-view of all ASC and Library events.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with our new onboarding program and to share this valuable resource with students in your class or program.

For more information, please send an email to Melissa Coyle, Academic Support Coordinator (mcoyle@rrc.ca). 

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8. Help Desks: 30-minute Online Tutoring Appointments

Help Desks are appointment-based online meetings aimed for quick questions or content review. Students looking for individual help may book up to three 30-minute online tutoring appointments per week with a staff tutor who specializes in their program or course.

A full list of our staff tutors, their Help Desk sections, and the program areas they support can be viewed here.

If you know a student who will benefit from booking a Help Desk appointment, please direct them to our Book Your Help Desk Appointment page. Here students will find instructions and information on: 

  • Appointment Booking Rules
  • How to Book a Help Desk Appointment
  • How to Meet a Tutor Online
  • How to Reschedule or Cancel an Appointment

For more information about our Help Desks, please visit our Help Desk page or send an email to tutoring@rrc.ca.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions
Announcements
2. School of Continuing Education Welcomes Jonathan Bauer NEW
3. Lights, camera, convocation…
4. RRC Welcomes New Elder-in-Residence Una Swan
5. Textbook Adoption Forms – Spring Term- Due Date to Campus Store FEBRUARY 1ST
Teaching and Learning Supports
6. Library staff member works with instructors to create a “robust resource” NEW
7. Hybrid LEARNing Modules for Students: Online Learning NEW
Wellness and Health
8. Virtual Paint Night – TONIGHT! NEW
9. How's Your Sleep? NEW
Student Supports
10. Free virtual event: Will Mentorship Get Me a Job? A Fireside Chat today NEW
11. SES What's Happening
12. Student Accessibility Services
13. Student Counselling Services
14. ASC Student Blog Series: How can I manage my time better? PART II NEW
15. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, the Manitoba government released a survey on EngageMB.ca to receive feedback from Manitobans on priorities for potential easing the current COVID-19 restrictions.

We are sharing this information with you because we recognize that opportunities to offer feedback on decisions regarding gradually and safely restoring services and activities, are important to staff and students who live and work in our community.

The survey also asks for Manitobans’ perspectives on the risk of the virus, COVID-19 vaccines and their comfort levels with different activities.

Learn more here.

Take the survey here.

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Announcements
NEW 2. School of Continuing Education Welcomes Jonathan Bauer

I am excited to share that we have completed our competitive selection process for the position of Business Development Manager for Corporate Solutions. 

Jonathan’s passion is seeing local talent and companies succeed and grow in the Prairies.

From 2017-2020 Jonathan was with SkipTheDishes, where he led their recruitment and people operations as the organization grew from 500 to 2,500 team members and then supported the integration of Canadian technology teams into a global function under the Just Eat group.

He also brings experience from Manitoba Start, leading career services, and working with a variety of Prairie based businesses to achieve their recruitment and diversity and inclusion objectives. In addition, Jonathan has both local and international experience in training and development in both corporate and academic settings.

Please join me in welcoming Jonathan Bauer to Red River College as the new Business Development Manager for Corporate Solutions in the School of Continuing Education. 

Kathleen Kerr
Dean, School of Continuing Education 

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3. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our graduates at the Winter 2021 Convocation virtual ceremony on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3 p.m.  

Calling all Deans, Chairs, Coordinators, Faculty and Staff! Please help us make Red River College’s Winter 2021 Virtual Convocation ceremony one to remember by recording a short 15-20 second congratulatory video to our graduates.

Think of this as the moment you would normally take to speak to your students at the Concert Hall. This is your opportunity to send well wishes, offer advice and celebrate and share in their graduation.

Please send your video message to fcreta@rrc.ca no later than Friday, February 5, 2021 at noon! 

Tips for filming:

  • Use a smartphone with the best video quality settings on
  • Camera frame should be in a horizontal (landscape) position
  • If possible, have someone aim and record the video for you
  • Find a natural source of light, but avoid backlighting (bright lights or windows)
  • Avoid standing directly in front of a wall
  • If you are recording outdoors, try to stay out of the wind. You can always record a short sample and go inside to listen.
  • If you are familiar, you can use OneDrive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer to upload and send your video file. This ensures your video maintains a high quality when submitting

For additional shooting tips, visit our Marketing site.

If you have any questions or would like some creative ideas for your video please contact Emily Doer at edoer@rrc.ca.  

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4. RRC Welcomes New Elder-in-Residence Una Swan

RRC is honoured to welcome Elder Una Swan as an RRC Elder-in-Residence, joining Elder Jules Lavallee and Elder Paul Guimond in supporting students, classrooms, staff and College leadership.

Una Swan is a band member of Fisher River Cree Nation. She is 53-years-old and has three boys and one grandson. She says she is very close to her culture, both from a physical and spiritual aspect. She is a teaching and healing Elder. She has found this work to be giving, receiving and extremely rewarding.

Ensuring access to and including Elders and Knowledge Keepers is vital to embedding and supporting Indigenous ways of knowing being, teaching, learning and leading. We are so excited to welcome Elder Una and for all the gifts she will bring to RRC!

Click here to read more.

Students and staff are invited to join a Meet and Greet with Elder Una Wednesday, January 27 at 2 pm on Microsoft Teams. Contact Stephanie Wright, Indigenous Centre Coordinator, at sdwright@rrc.cato join.

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5. Textbook Adoption Forms – Spring Term- Due Date to Campus Store FEBRUARY 1ST

The Winter Term is barely begun but we need to ask you to look forward to the Spring Term.

The requested date for Spring Term Course Adoption Forms is February 1st, a short 3 weeks from now.

 The Campus Store is still closed to onsite shopping and all students will need to submit Web Orders for their course materials.

You need not wait until all course materials for the program have been selected to submit your form. Please send what has been confirmed and submit the rest as they are chosen.

Please email your Course Materials Adoption form to the staff member assigned to your Program and 'cc' campusstore@rrc.ca

  • Full Time Programs – NDC / EDC: Melanie Barton
  • Apprentice Programs: Melanie Barton
  • Contracts: Melanie Barton
  • Continuing Education: Claudette Stonehouse
  • Distance Education: Claudette Stonehouse
  • Regional Campuses: Claudette Stonehouse
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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 6. Library staff member works with instructors to create a “robust resource”

RRC Library staff member, Rosemary Woodby, recently collaborated on the creation of a Geotechnical Engineering Technology Guide especially for students in RRC’s Engineering Technology program. 

Learn why Library Guides are useful and what the collaboration process looks like in the latest Library News: Library staff member works with instructors to create a "robust resource" for Engineering Technology students.

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NEW 7. Hybrid LEARNing Modules for Students: Online Learning

Following Red River College’s Flexible Online Delivery Model, the Academic Success Centre and Library have developed a suite of Hybrid LEARNing Modules. The modules feature self-directed tutorials housed in LEARN and facilitated live sessions via WebEx (or MS Teams). The purpose of these modules is to offer learning strategies and resources that faculty can share with their students to further develop foundational skills for success in their studies. Visit the Hybrid LEARNing Modules website for details about each module. For more information or questions, contact Nora Sobel (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Module featured this week: Online Learning
The Online Learning module provides a bank of study skill tools for students to select, as they learn and utilize course content. Above all, this tutorial encourages academic success and a growth mindset by: drawing upon the affordances of online learning; creating a schedule that maximizes class time and assignment completion time; and underscores the value in connecting with the College community, especially in an online world. The tutorial provides a space for students to reflect on recent changes in learning, and to adopt research-supported actions and habits as they adapt to these recent changes.   

To request a Hybrid LEARNing Module or book a facilitated live session, please fill out this Request Form.

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Wellness and Health
NEW 8. Virtual Paint Night – TONIGHT!

The RRC Students’ Association and RRC Healthy Minds Health College would like to invite students and staff to participate in a virtual paint night!

Join us TONIGHT at 7 PM for a step-by-step painting tutorial. This event is suitable for all skill levels.

Register by 6:00 PM today to guarantee access to the event!

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NEW 9. How's Your Sleep?

If you're finding it hard to get enough good sleep, you're not alone. Join our virtual Q&A session with Dr. Elizabeth Hebert, licensed clinical psychologist and sleep expert, to find effective sleep solutions. 

Read more here.

Date: Thursday, January 28 
Time: 1-2pm
Platform: WebEx (register here)

(Please note: yesterday's news post incorrectly listed February 28 as the date. January 28 is indded the correct date. The WebEx registration and blog post reference the correct date.)

Questions or accessibility needs can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky.

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Student Supports
NEW 10. Free virtual event: Will Mentorship Get Me a Job? A Fireside Chat today

Ten Thousand Coffees is hosting a country-wide event with two special guests from RBC *today* at 2 p.m. CST. Sign up and encourage students to attend!

The event is free and open to all Red River College students, alumni, and staff. Whether you’re already a member of the Red River College Café or new to our mentoring and networking platform, you’re invited to listen in as two experts chat about how mentoring helped them get ahead in their careers.

Join RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete, Sam Effah, and RBC’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Mary DePaoli, as they share industry tips for landing a job at a top brand like RBC, and how to stand out in a pile of resumes. Learn directly from Sam and Mary as they give inside tips and advice on finding a mentor and job in 2021, and learn the importance of becoming a mentor yourself in this critical time.

Learn more here.

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11. SES What's Happening

Here's a list of upcoming employer events, opportunities and prep sessions:

Fraud Alert: There have been several reports of attempts to scam students through fraudulent job postings. Please share with students to help them avoid these scams: Fraud Alert – Job Scams

If you have any questions, please contact Student Employment Services at ses@rrc.ca.

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12. Student Accessibility Services

Red River College is committed to providing persons with documented disabilities fair and equal access to education programs, services, and facilities. If you would like information about Accessibility Services and how to best support your students with a documented disability, please contact:

  • Lori Walkow, Manager, Exam Accommodations and Assistive Technology, lwalkow@rrc.ca
  • Jill Patterson, Manager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, jpatterson@rrc.ca
  • Pam Rosen, Acting Manager for Accessibility Services at prosen@rrc.ca
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13. Student Counselling Services

RRC understands that personal well-being is critical to academic success and offers free counselling services for students. We also encourage students to subscribe to RRC’s Wellness Blog for helpful information on managing stress and anxiety and improved mental health during our current situation. If you would like information about Counselling Services and how to best support your students with personal or emotional concerns, please contact Mark Unruh, Acting Manager for Counselling Services at munruh191@rrc.ca

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NEW 14. ASC Student Blog Series: How can I manage my time better? PART II

Academic Success Centre’s Student Blog offers a deeper understanding of how different psychological concepts (e.g. memory, coping mechanisms for stress, emotions, mindset types, and motivation) impact students’ ability to learn. The blog also offers strategies that students can use to have meaningful learning experiences.

Today’s topic: How Can I Manage my Time Better? (Part II)

Click here for info about Academic Success Centre’s Student Blog – COVID-19 edition.

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15. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program

The Academic Success Centre has created a new Warm Up: Onboarding Program where students can access online tutorials and workshop recordings to enhance their academic skills and knowledge of the ASC and Library's student supports. 

Here are a some examples of the recorded facilitated sessions, accompanied with handouts/worksheets, available in our onboarding program:

Housed in the Self-Directed Learning section of the ASC website, we've organized these fantastic resources into five subpages that students can work through independently across five days. We've included an "Appointments" page that provides a quick run-down of the ASC's academic supports and how students can connect with a tutor or coach as well as a calendar page that shows a month-view of all ASC and Library events.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with our new onboarding program and to share this valuable resource with students in your class or program.

For more information, please send an email to Melissa Coyle, Academic Support Coordinator (mcoyle@rrc.ca).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions
Announcements
2. RRC Welcomes New Elder-in-Residence Una Swan NEW
3. RRC President & CEO speaking on CJOB this morning at 9:05 NEW
4. New Academic Success Centre Web Presence! NEW
5. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation
6. Parking Reminder
Teaching and Learning Supports
7. RRC Library – New Digitization Service
8. eTV Instructor Support and Resources
9. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series
Wellness and Health
10. How's Your Sleep? NEW
11. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!
Student Supports
12. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program NEW
13. SES What's Happening NEW
14. Help Desks: 30-minute Online Tutoring Appointments NEW
15. Peer Tutoring at Red River College

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, the Manitoba government released a survey on EngageMB.ca to receive feedback from Manitobans on priorities for potential easing the current COVID-19 restrictions.

We are sharing this information with you because we recognize that opportunities to offer feedback on decisions regarding gradually and safely restoring services and activities, are important to staff and students who live and work in our community.

The survey also asks for Manitobans’ perspectives on the risk of the virus, COVID-19 vaccines and their comfort levels with different activities.

Learn more here.

Take the survey here.

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Announcements
NEW 2. RRC Welcomes New Elder-in-Residence Una Swan

RRC is honoured to welcome Elder Una Swan as an RRC Elder-in-Residence, joining Elder Jules Lavallee and Elder Paul Guimond in supporting students, classrooms, staff and College leadership.

Una Swan is a band member of Fisher River Cree Nation. She is 53-years-old and has three boys and one grandson. She says she is very close to her culture, both from a physical and spiritual aspect. She is a teaching and healing Elder. She has found this work to be giving, receiving and extremely rewarding.

Ensuring access to and including Elders and Knowledge Keepers is vital to embedding and supporting Indigenous ways of knowing being, teaching, learning and leading. We are so excited to welcome Elder Una and for all the gifts she will bring to RRC!

Click here to read more.

Students and staff are invited to join a Meet and Greet with Elder Una Wednesday, January 27 at 2 pm on Microsoft Teams. Contact Stephanie Wright, Indigenous Centre Coordinator, at sdwright@rrc.cato join.

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NEW 3. RRC President & CEO speaking on CJOB this morning at 9:05

Fred Meier will chat with Lauren McNabb, host of CJOB's The Start, this morning just after 9 am. He'll be discussing the exciting year ahead for Red River College.

Tune in at 680 CJOB or online at https://globalnews.ca/radio/cjob/

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NEW 4. New Academic Success Centre Web Presence!

The Academic Success Centre (ASC) has a new look! In December, the ASC debuted a new web presence in the Library website. The new site features a cleaner look, enhanced navigation per audience, and an embedded approach for our online academic supports throughout the site.
We welcome you to visit the new site (www.rrc.ca/asc), and check out the features and supports available for both staff and students. 

A big thank you to Mark Nelson & Rosemary Woodby for their support through the redevelopment, and a round of applause to Nora Sobel for leading the project. 

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5. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation

“Our obligation when it comes to reconciliation is quite simple: I want to be your friend and I want you to be my friend, and if we are to be friends together then we will be able to accomplish more than if we are not.” – Senator Murray Sinclair

The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education training is now live on LEARN for all RRC staff and faculty. 4Seasons will provide a common foundation of knowledge that we can use in our classrooms, in the workplace, and in the community.

Through transformative learning on topics such as truth and reconciliation around the world, Canada’s history, treaties, Indigenous culture, and Canada’s roles and responsibilities moving forward, we can continue to build upon on our offerings and support the College in responding to the 94 Calls to Action.

We invite you to learn more about the 4Seasons and watch our welcome video with Melanie Gudmundson here.  

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6. Parking Reminder

Hi all,

A friendly reminder that the February monthly permits are now available for purchase on the on-line portal (https://rrcparking.t2hosted.ca) or in-person at the Parking office (D-100). If you're on campus for a maximum of 8 days per month, consider casual parking at a pay station or our paybyphone app.

As always, send your questions to parking@rrc.ca

be well. 

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Teaching and Learning Supports
7. RRC Library – New Digitization Service

Do you miss our books as much as we do? At the RRC library we love our books! They are there to support our students in learning and our instructors in teaching from high quality resources. If you miss our books as much as we have during the Covid-19 restrictions check out our new Digitization Service. You can request chapters from our print collection through our catalog and we will e-mail them out to you. This works for hard copy journal articles too! Be sure to keep your requests limited to under 10% of a book or at 1 article per journal issue to stay in line with the RRC copyright policy. Visit the library Services Page for a list of all the great services the RRC Library offers to support students and staff, then click on “Digitization request” to get started.

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8. eTV Instructor Support and Resources

eTV/CLPE has a variety of services and resources available to support Flexible On-Line Delivery including studio and mobile video productiondesktop recordingvideo streaming services and media creation. For more information please visit eTV.

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9. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series

Check out “Instructional Best Practices with Mediasite Desktop Recorder” with Instructor and Education Developer Tyler Steiner on the MediaSite Desktop Recorder page!

Getting started with the Mediasite Desktop Recorder Join Murray Toews and eTV staff for a live presentation and Q & A via WebEx. This will be an overview of the MediaSite Desktop Recorder for online course delivery.
  • Wednesday, January 20  from 1:50 to 2:50 PM – Sign up here 

Manage and Edit Your Mediasite Presentations Join Lauren Kullman and the eTV staff for a live presentation and Q&A via WebEx. This presentation will provide an overview of the Mediasite Desktop Recorder management portal, editor and show you how to embed your recordings in LEARN.   
  • Wednesday, January 27  from 10:20 to 11:20 AM – Sign up here 

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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Wellness and Health
NEW 10. How's Your Sleep?

If you're finding it hard to get enough good sleep, you're not alone. Join our virtual Q&A session with Dr. Elizabeth Hebert, licensed clinical psychologist and sleep expert, to find effective sleep solutions. 

Read more here.

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 1-2pm
Platform: WebEx (register here)

Questions or accessibility needs can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky.

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11. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!

The RRC Students’ Association and RRC Healthy Minds Health College would like to invite all staff and students to participate in a virtual paint night!

Join us this Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM for a step-by-step painting tutorial. This event is suitable for all skill levels. 

REGISTRATION & SUPPLY LIST

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Student Supports
NEW 12. ASC Warm Up: Onboarding Program

The Academic Success Centre has created a new Warm Up: Onboarding Program where students can access online tutorials and workshop recordings to enhance their academic skills and knowledge of the ASC and Library's student supports. 

Here are a some examples of the recorded facilitated sessions, accompanied with handouts/worksheets, available in our onboarding program:

Housed in the Self-Directed Learning section of the ASC website, we've organized these fantastic resources into five subpages that students can work through independently across five days. We've included an "Appointments" page that provides a quick run-down of the ASC's academic supports and how students can connect with a tutor or coach as well as a calendar page that shows a month-view of all ASC and Library events.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with our new onboarding program and to share this valuable resource with students in your class or program.

For more information, please send an email to Melissa Coyle, Academic Support Coordinator (mcoyle@rrc.ca). 

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NEW 13. SES What's Happening

Here's a list of upcoming employer events, opportunities and prep sessions:

Fraud Alert: There have been several reports of attempts to scam students through fraudulent job postings. Please share with students to help them avoid these scams: Fraud Alert – Job Scams

If you have any questions, please contact Student Employment Services at ses@rrc.ca.

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NEW 14. Help Desks: 30-minute Online Tutoring Appointments

Help Desks are appointment-based online meetings aimed for quick questions or content review. Students looking for individual help may book up to three 30-minute online tutoring appointments per week with a staff tutor who specializes in their program or course.

A full list of our staff tutors, their Help Desk sections, and the program areas they support can be viewed here.

If you know a student who will benefit from booking a Help Desk appointment, please direct them to our Book Your Help Desk Appointment page. Here students will find instructions and information on: 

  • Appointment Booking Rules
  • How to Book a Help Desk Appointment
  • How to Meet a Tutor Online
  • How to Reschedule or Cancel an Appointment

For more information about our Help Desks, please visit our Help Desk page or send an email to tutoring@rrc.ca

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15. Peer Tutoring at Red River College

The Academic Success Centre has Peer Tutors available for various programs across the college. To view a list of our Peer Tutors, their programs, and the courses they tutor, please click here

Students may book up to three 1-hour online tutoring appointments per week when a qualified Peer Tutor is available for their course. 

If you know a student interested in meeting with a Peer Tutor, please direct them to our Book an Appointment with a Peer Tutor page.

For more information about Peer Tutoring at Red River College, please send us an email at peertutoring@rrc.ca.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Top five things you need to know about campus life NEW
Announcements
2. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation
College Operations
3. 2021 Holidays and December Break
Teaching and Learning Supports
4. Book a Library Instruction Session NEW
5. ITS Tips of the Week: Using Microsoft Teams for Faculty use with students NEW
6. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series
Wellness and Sport
7. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!
Student Supports
8. Diversity Training for Students at Academic Success Centre
9. Recruitment events and employment prep sessions

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
NEW 1. Top five things you need to know about campus life

Our Winter Term is off the ground and employees and students are back to business, whether virtually or on campus. While we continue to operate and deliver education during the pandemic, we wanted to recap where things stand on and off campus.

Here are five things you need to know

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Announcements
2. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation

“Our obligation when it comes to reconciliation is quite simple: I want to be your friend and I want you to be my friend, and if we are to be friends together then we will be able to accomplish more than if we are not.” – Senator Murray Sinclair

The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education training is now live on LEARN for all RRC staff and faculty. 4Seasons will provide a common foundation of knowledge that we can use in our classrooms, in the workplace, and in the community.

Through transformative learning on topics such as truth and reconciliation around the world, Canada’s history, treaties, Indigenous culture, and Canada’s roles and responsibilities moving forward, we can continue to build upon on our offerings and support the College in responding to the 94 Calls to Action.

We invite you to learn more about the 4Seasons and watch our welcome video with Melanie Gudmundson here.  

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College Operations
3. 2021 Holidays and December Break

Updated 2021 Holidays and December Break dates are now available on Staff Forum.

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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 4. Book a Library Instruction Session

Will your students be completing research assignments and papers this term, or need to know what the Library can offer? Book a Library Instruction Session for your class. Sessions will be tailored to the needs of your students and delivered in WebEx or Teams. For more information and ways to book a session check the Library Services Reference and Library Instruction page. Two weeks advance notice is required, so book now.       

You may also be interested in the Library Basics module for Learn including sections on OneSearch, Research Preparation, and Research Skills. Find out more and request a copy from the Hybrid LEARNing Modules.

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NEW 5. ITS Tips of the Week: Using Microsoft Teams for Faculty use with students

Microsoft Teams is available to Instructors to use for communication and collaboration with, and between, students. You can access Microsoft Teams through HUB (in the Launchpad widget, under Applications, click Office 365). You will see Teams listed with your other Office 365 apps. You also can install the Teams app on your computer or mobile device by visiting the Microsoft Teams – Downloads website (recommended).

For more information, or to get started using Teams, please see the following webpages:

Need IT help?

  • ITS Help Resources has many self-help categories designed to help you solve common IT issues. ITS adds new pages all the time, so visit this resource often!
  • ITS Service Desk is the webpage to visit if you have already explored the Help Resources pages and still cannot find the answer you are looking for. You can request help directly from an ITS team member, receive up-to-date IT information and alerts, and search the College’s knowledge base for answers to your specific questions.
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6. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series

Check out “Instructional Best Practices with Mediasite Desktop Recorder” with Instructor and Education Developer Tyler Steiner on the MediaSite Desktop Recorder page!

Getting started with the Mediasite Desktop Recorder Join Murray Toews and eTV staff for a live presentation and Q & A via WebEx. This will be an overview of the MediaSite Desktop Recorder for online course delivery.
  • Wednesday, January 20  from 1:50 to 2:50 PM – Sign up here 

Manage and Edit Your Mediasite Presentations Join Lauren Kullman and the eTV staff for a live presentation and Q&A via WebEx. This presentation will provide an overview of the Mediasite Desktop Recorder management portal, editor and show you how to embed your recordings in LEARN.   
  • Wednesday, January 27  from 10:20 to 11:20 AM – Sign up here 

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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Wellness and Sport
7. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!

The RRC Students’ Association and RRC Healthy Minds Health College would like to invite all staff and students to participate in a virtual paint night!

Join us this Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM for a step-by-step painting tutorial. This event is suitable for all skill levels. 

REGISTRATION & SUPPLY LIST

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Student Supports
8. Diversity Training for Students at Academic Success Centre

The Academic Success Centre offers Diversity Training for Students to support students’ development of their diversity awareness and intercultural competence as well as their understanding of gender and sexual diversity. For more information, contact Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca

1. In-Class Workshops Faculty can request 1-hour interactive workshops for their students. The workshops are currently delivered via WebEx (or MS Teams) and include both lecture and discussion live. Workshops are also recorded for later screening, as needed. The suite of diversity training includes both intercultural competence topics, and gender and sexual diversity awareness topics.
– Intercultural Competence workshops are available to assist students in developing the cultural awareness and skills needed to study and work successfully in today’s global environment. This training series include:
    • Module 1 – Uncovering our Cultural Lens
    • Module 2 – Navigating Cultural Differences
    • Module 3 – Communicating across Cultures
    • Module 4 – Challenging Cultural Assumptions and Bias
– Gender and Sexual Diversity workshops are also available to support students in understanding the complexity of the gender and sexual diversity spectrum and develop inclusive strategies for respectful and affirming communication. This training series include:
    • Module 1 – Understanding Gender and Sexual Diversity
    • Module 2 – Uncovering Assumptions and Barriers

For more details, please visit this page. To request a Diversity Training workshop, please fill out the form included in this page.

2. Self-Directed Training (New!) Students have now online diversity training 24/7! Students can self-enroll in these Diversity Awareness Courses in LEARN based on their own learning needs. These courses feature video lectures, testimonies, learning activities, and accompanying resources. The suite of LEARN courses include:
– The Cultural Diversity Awareness Course aims to increase students' awareness of diversity and intercultural competence as they communicate, learn and work in the local diverse community, and the global environment. Students can self-enroll in this course here.
– The Gender and Sexual Diversity Awareness Course aims to increase students’ awareness about gender and sexual diversity, and strategies for respectful and affirming communication. Students can self-enroll in this course here.
– The Disability Awareness Course aims to enhance students' awareness about individuals with disabilities, and provide strategies for inclusiveness and social responsibility. Students can self-enroll in this course here.

3. Library Guides In collaboration with Library Services, the Academic Success Centre has also developed Diversity-related library guides. These guides include books, ebooks, videos, articles, community organizations, and other resources. The suite of Diversity-related library guides include:
– The Intercultural Competence & Diversity Guide offers a starting point in understanding our cultural identities and building the skills to bridge cross-cultural differences. This guide also includes specialty pages with a focus on Intercultural Communication, Gender and Sexual Diversity, and Disability Awareness. The Intercultural Competence & Diversity Guide is available here.
– The Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit does go over historical instances of racism but also focuses on what's happening now. Anti-racism aims to carry the dark side of history, learn from it, in order to remain mindful to do better, to listen to those voices and help effect true change and authentic diversity. The Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit is available here.

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9. Recruitment events and employment prep sessions

Student Employment Services is excited to share recruitment events and employment preparation sessions lined up for the next few weeks!

For an up-to-date listing of upcoming employer events, visit SES News & Events.

If you have any questions, please contact SES at ses@rrc.ca.

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Monday, January 18, 2021.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions NEW
Announcements
2. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation NEW
3. Parking Reminder NEW
4. Textbook Adoption Forms – Spring Term- Due Date to Campus Store FEBRUARY 1ST
5. Reminder: TD1MB 2021 Manitoba Personal Tax Credits Return
Teaching and Learning Supports
6. RRC Library – New Digitization Service NEW
7. Six Quick Tips for Using the RRC Library Online NEW
8. Revised Class Recording Agreement For Students – Flexible Online Delivery Model
9. eTV Instructor Support and Resources
Finance
10. Lunch and Learn: Maestro Electronic Accounts Payable (AP) Process NEW
Staff Training, Workshops and Courses
11. Library Lunch and Learn – January 2021 edition
Wellness and Sport
12. Live and On-demand Yoga Classes NEW
13. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!
Continuing Education
14. K-12 Training to Address Staffing Shortages
Student Supports
 
15. Recruitment events and employment prep sessions NEW
16. Peer Tutoring at Red River College NEW
17. Hybrid LEARNing Modules for Students: Academic Integrity NEW
18. ASC Student Blog Series: How can I manage my time better? PART I NEW
19. Manitoba Hydro Summer Employment 2021 – Apply Now!

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
NEW 1. Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, the Manitoba government released a survey on EngageMB.ca to receive feedback from Manitobans on priorities for potential easing the current COVID-19 restrictions.

We are sharing this information with you because we recognize that opportunities to offer feedback on decisions regarding gradually and safely restoring services and activities, are important to staff and students who live and work in our community.

The survey also asks for Manitobans’ perspectives on the risk of the virus, COVID-19 vaccines and their comfort levels with different activities.

Learn more here.

Take the survey here.

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Announcements
NEW 2. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation

“Our obligation when it comes to reconciliation is quite simple: I want to be your friend and I want you to be my friend, and if we are to be friends together then we will be able to accomplish more than if we are not.” – Senator Murray Sinclair

The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education training is now live on LEARN for all RRC staff and faculty. 4Seasons will provide a common foundation of knowledge that we can use in our classrooms, in the workplace, and in the community.

Through transformative learning on topics such as truth and reconciliation around the world, Canada’s history, treaties, Indigenous culture, and Canada’s roles and responsibilities moving forward, we can continue to build upon on our offerings and support the College in responding to the 94 Calls to Action.

We invite you to learn more about the 4Seasons and watch our welcome video with Melanie Gudmundson here.  

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NEW 3. Parking Reminder

Hi all,

A friendly reminder that the February monthly permits are now available for purchase on the on-line portal (https://rrcparking.t2hosted.ca) or in-person at the Parking office (D-100). If you're on campus for a maximum of 8 days per month, consider casual parking at a pay station or our paybyphone app.

As always, send your questions to parking@rrc.ca

be well. 

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4. Textbook Adoption Forms – Spring Term- Due Date to Campus Store FEBRUARY 1ST

The Winter Term is barely begun but we need to ask you to look forward to the Spring Term.

The requested date for Spring Term Course Adoption Forms is February 1st, a short 3 weeks from now.

 The Campus Store is still closed to onsite shopping and all students will need to submit Web Orders for their course materials.

You need not wait until all course materials for the program have been selected to submit your form. Please send what has been confirmed and submit the rest as they are chosen.

Please email your Course Materials Adoption form to the staff member assigned to your Program and 'cc' campusstore@rrc.ca

  • Full Time Programs – NDC / EDC: Melanie Barton
  • Apprentice Programs: Melanie Barton
  • Contracts: Melanie Barton
  • Continuing Education: Claudette Stonehouse
  • Distance Education: Claudette Stonehouse
  • Regional Campuses: Claudette Stonehouse
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5. Reminder: TD1MB 2021 Manitoba Personal Tax Credits Return

A reminder to update your TD1MB 2021 Manitoba Personal Tax Credits Return form if you have any changes from previous year(s). Please submit the completed TD1MB 2021 form to PayBenefits@rrc.ca. Please note that any updates to your TD1MB 2021 are not retro-active and will be applied to future pay cycles.

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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 6. RRC Library – New Digitization Service

Do you miss our books as much as we do? At the RRC library we love our books! They are there to support our students in learning and our instructors in teaching from high quality resources. If you miss our books as much as we have during the Covid-19 restrictions check out our new Digitization Service. You can request chapters from our print collection through our catalog and we will e-mail them out to you. This works for hard copy journal articles too! Be sure to keep your requests limited to under 10% of a book or at 1 article per journal issue to stay in line with the RRC copyright policy. Visit the library Services Page for a list of all the great services the RRC Library offers to support students and staff, then click on “Digitization request” to get started.

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NEW 7. Six Quick Tips for Using the RRC Library Online

From our live chat service to our digital collection, this short post will give you six quick tips for using the Library online: Six Quick Tips for Using the RRC Library Online.

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8. Revised Class Recording Agreement For Students – Flexible Online Delivery Model

The Online Class Recording agreement is delivered to students at the beginning of each term in HUB. Students are required to acknowledge and accept the agreement when they login to HUB and cannot proceed without doing so. This agreement has recently been re-written with the assistance of the Language Training Centre to be more understandable to students with lower levels of English. Please review the text of the agreement, which can be found in the Expanded Online Class Recording Guidelines in the Flexible Online Delivery Model.

Red River College is committed to preserving your right to privacy, the privacy of others, as well as ensuring compliance with all College policy and all applicable legislation.

  1. Instructors at Red River College record their classes so that students can watch and/or listen to them. I understand that the recordings are to help me study and should not be shared with others.
  2. I agree that the College can record my image (face) and my voice for teaching and learning only.
    I understand that I can turn off my camera and/or microphone and use the “Chat” to participate in my online class. It is my choice.
  3. I understand that I must talk with my instructor first if I choose not to be recorded.
  4. I understand that the recordings are to help me to study and should not be copied or shared with others without my instructor’s permission.
  5. I understand these recorded lectures are protected by law and cannot be published or quoted without my instructor’s written permission and that if I do get permission, I also need to name the instructor as the creator.
  6. I understand that I must follow these rules. I understand I could be disciplined or asked to leave the school if I do not follow these rules. I understand that I can read about the expectations and rules in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

I acknowledge that I have read this information and I consent (agree) to being recorded or I have arranged with my instructor to turn off my camera and/or microphone.

Questions about this agreement can be directed to Matt Miles, Manager of Learning Technologies and Educational Development at mmiles@rrc.ca. If you wish to know if your students have seen and accepted this agreement you can inquire with LEARN Support at learn@rrc.ca.

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9. eTV Instructor Support and Resources

eTV/CLPE has a variety of services and resources available to support Flexible On-Line Delivery including studio and mobile video productiondesktop recordingvideo streaming services and media creation. For more information please visit eTV.

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Finance
NEW 10. Lunch and Learn: Maestro Electronic Accounts Payable (AP) Process

The Accounts Payable (AP) Document Submission Process is now available through Maestro. The Financial Services team encourages everyone to use this streamlined, digital process as we move towards the College-wide adoption of Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

VP Finance & Administration message with the addtion of instruction resources RRC'S Accounts Payable (AP) process goes paperless

Many of you have taken the time to reach out to our team and participate in various information sessions to learn more about this new process and familiarize yourselves. If you have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of our information sessions to date, we have scheduled a number of Lunch and Learn sessions over the coming weeks:

  • January 20   (noon – 1:00pm)
  • January 27   (noon – 1:00pm)
  • February 3   (noon – 1:00pm)
  • February 10 (noon – 1:00pm)
  • February 17 (noon – 1:00pm)
  • February 25 (noon – 1:00pm)

If you would like to register for one of the upcoming sessions please contact Oleksii Gerasymchuk.   

We continue to work with various areas who regularly engage with this process as we move towards college wide adoption moving forward.

We appreciate your support as we work together to improve our Financial Service offerings.

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Staff Training, Workshops and Courses
11. Library Lunch and Learn – January 2021 edition

The world of information is increasingly vast and also tainted by a great deal of misinformation. Library Lunch and Learn is a series of mini-lectures designed to teach you the specifics of finding and evaluating information. We also demonstrate the ins and outs of individual databases, which offer a wealth of information catered to your area of expertise.

Learn about upcoming sessions: Library Lunch and Learn – January 2021 edition

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Wellness and Sport
NEW 12. Live and On-demand Yoga Classes

Refresh your mind and body with a healthy break. Try a live or on-demand yoga class.

For all of these sessions, participants will be able to see the instructor, however participants themselves will not be visible to others.

Yoga With Holly (Live!)
Date: Fridays 
Time: Noon – 12:30pm
Location: WebEx, register here for the January 22 session

On-Demand Classes
Each recorded class is roughly 20 minutes long.

These classes are suitable for all ability levels, each focusing on a different goal and can be found at the links below.

Questions or comments regarding any of these sessions can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator.

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13. Virtual Paint Night – This Thursday!

The RRC Students’ Association and RRC Healthy Minds Health College would like to invite all staff and students to participate in a virtual paint night!

Join us this Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM for a step-by-step painting tutorial. This event is suitable for all skill levels. 

REGISTRATION & SUPPLY LIST

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Continuing Education
14. K-12 Training to Address Staffing Shortages

RRC, in collaboration with the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and supported by the Government of Manitoba, is providing condensed, tuition-free training to individuals newly hired by school divisions to help facilitate effective entry into classrooms during the pandemic:

Online training begins on Monday, January 18 and is available in English and French.

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Student Supports
NEW 15. Recruitment events and employment prep sessions

Student Employment Services is excited to share recruitment events and employment preparation sessions lined up for the next few weeks!

For an up-to-date listing of upcoming employer events, visit SES News & Events.

If you have any questions, please contact SES at ses@rrc.ca.

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NEW 16. Peer Tutoring at Red River College

The Academic Success Centre has Peer Tutors available for various programs across the college. To view a list of our Peer Tutors, their programs, and the courses they tutor, please click here

Students may book up to three 1-hour online tutoring appointments per week when a qualified Peer Tutor is available for their course. 

If you know a student interested in meeting with a Peer Tutor, please direct them to our Book an Appointment with a Peer Tutor page.

For more information about Peer Tutoring at Red River College, please send us an email at peertutoring@rrc.ca.

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NEW 17. Hybrid LEARNing Modules for Students: Academic Integrity

Following Red River College’s Flexible Online Delivery Model, the Academic Success Centre and Library have developed a suite of Hybrid LEARNing Modules. The modules feature self-directed tutorials housed in LEARN and facilitated live sessions via WebEx (or MS Teams). The purpose of these modules is to offer learning strategies and resources that faculty can share with their students to further develop foundational skills for success in their studies. Visit the Hybrid LEARNing Modules website for details about each module. For more information or questions, contact Nora Sobel (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Module featured this week: Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity refers to the values of maintaining honesty and fairness in the learning environment. Students must demonstrate their knowledge and skills, while integrating the work and ideas of others in appropriate ways. The Academic Integrity tutorial uses positive language that encourages students to build their reputation in the classroom to prepare for their future careers.

To request a Hybrid LEARNing Module or book a facilitated live session, please fill out this Request Form.

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NEW 18. ASC Student Blog Series: How can I manage my time better? PART I

Academic Success Centre’s Student Blog offers a deeper understanding of how different psychological concepts (e.g. memory, coping mechanisms for stress, emotions, mindset types, and motivation) impact students’ ability to learn. The blog also offers strategies that students can use to have meaningful learning experiences.

Today’s topic: How Can I Manage my Time Better? (Part I)

Click here for info about Academic Success Centre’s Student Blog – COVID-19 edition.

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19. Manitoba Hydro Summer Employment 2021 – Apply Now!

Manitoba Hydro is gearing up to hire over 200 summer students in 2021.  Students currently studying in engineering, technology, accounting, environment, information technology and business administration related programs are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for summer employment, students must be:

  • enrolled in full-time studies both before and after the work term;
  • at least 16 years of age;
  • eligible to work in Canada.

The application deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The selection process begins February 1, 2021, for the May to August work term.

CLICK HERE for more information about the eligibility and application process.

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