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Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
 
1. Three COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday at RRC NEW
Announcements
 
2. ITS Tips of the Week: Sharing files in OneDrive NEW
3. Take Our Kids to Work Day – Nov. 4 NEW
4. Cyber Security iPad Contest Ending Soon! NEW
5. Security Awareness Pop Quiz Winners! NEW
6. Save the Date – Anti-Racism: A Dialogue About Transforming Higher Education NEW
7. Grow with Gratitude – Cheers Online Card
8. Lights, camera, convocation…
9. IT Solutions Server Maintenance
10. Get Your Flu Shot
11. Final Week for the SA’s STTC Coffee Shop @ NDC
Teaching and Learning Supports
 
12. Teaching Resources NEW
13. Faculty Development: Academic Integrity NEW
14. eTV Instructor Support and Resources
Sustainability
 
15. Compost your pumpkin at NDC
Continuing Education
 
16. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session NEW
Student Supports
 
17. Diversity Training for Students at Academic Success Centre NEW
18. ASC Student Blog Series: How can emotions benefit my learning (during COVID-19)? NEW

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
NEW 1. Three COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday at RRC

Yesterday, Red River College was advised that three members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19. All three cases are unrelated.

  • In each case, the individual contracted the virus off campus and was asymptomatic during their time on campus.
  • Each individual’s on-campus exposure was limited, and those spaces have been cleaned. 
  • We’ve notified all individuals who were in those spaces at that time of the potential exposure. They have been advised to self-monitor for symptoms and to contact Health Centre at 204-632-2238, or seek testing should their condition change. As per our protocols, their situation will be assessed prior to their return to campus.
  • If you are not contacted by the College, you were not in an area that was potentially impacted.

We continue to work with Public Health during their ongoing investigations, and to support those who have been impacted. We will provide updates on both cases as needed.

The Notre Dame Campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted as a result of these cases.

Read yesterday’s announcements:

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Announcements
NEW 2. ITS Tips of the Week: Sharing files in OneDrive

Office 365 includes the most commonly used Microsoft products—Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, and PowerPoint—and it provides you with 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s online cloud-storage platform. When you log on to Office 365 using your College user name and password, you can upload files to OneDrive and access or share them from another computer or mobile device.

For detailed information about sharing files, please see the Share files in OneDrive webpage.

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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NEW 3. Take Our Kids to Work Day – Nov. 4

On November 4, Grade 9 students from across Canada are invited to participate in a virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day, planned by the Learning Partnership, a registered Canadian charity that brings together business, educators and strategic partners to design and deliver innovation education programs focused on early learners in schools across Canada.

At this event, RRC staff can:

  • Explore careers with their Grade 9 student through dynamic, engaging activities delivered online
  • Join other students, parents, employees and workplaces from across Canada for an exciting cornerstone event
  • Participate in four live breakout sessions on specific sectors and careers

Sign up at https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/take-our-kids-to-work.

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NEW 4. Cyber Security iPad Contest Ending Soon!

Don’t forget to upgrade your phishing skills and be entered to win a stunning iPad (donated by Powerland) by logging on to LEARN to complete the short Cyber Security Quiz – Staff

Time is ticking down! Pass the assessment at the end of the course before midnight, October 31, 2020

Eligibility
All staff (with the exception of ITS staff) are eligible to participate.

Questions?
Please send them to cyberaware@rrc.ca

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

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NEW 5. Security Awareness Pop Quiz Winners!

In the 24 hour period (Wednesday October 14, 10:10am to Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:09am) a total of 44,246 emails were received at the college’s email gateway.

How many were categorized as “clean” messages containing no threats?
Answer: Less than Seven percent: 2,603

This immense volume makes it impossible for even the best filter to catch every single spam and phishing email. It’s important now more than ever, to arm yourself with the knowledge to detect phishing emails at work and home. We encourage you to take:

• The short Security Awareness course provides the tools you need to identify phishing emails.

Congratulations To The Winners:

  • Lori Duncan
  • Paula Chorney
  • Paula Amaral
  • Ravneet Gill
  • Deron Warkentin

You will be contacted to make arrangements to pick up your prize

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

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NEW 6. Save the Date – Anti-Racism: A Dialogue About Transforming Higher Education

Red River College and the RRC Students’ Association are hosting a virtual panel discussion on anti-racism on November 18, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This panel discussion will unpack the ways in which racism presents itself in higher education and we will discuss how each of us can be anti-racist and a stronger ally on and off campus. All staff and students are invited to attend.

Mark your calendars! We will open event registration next week!

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7. Grow with Gratitude – Cheers Online Card

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy

Choose to share your gratitude today, send a Cheers for Peers online card to spread some positivity to a valued colleague.

Please note: The Cheers Rewards Menu and SPOTLIGHT opportunity are on hold until further notice. Contact the Cheers coordinator, Kristi at kdorian@rrc.ca if you have any questions.

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8. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our grads!

Calling all Deans, Chairs, and Faculty! Please help us make Red River College’s Virtual Convocation one to remember by recording a 15-30 second congratulatory video for the graduates.

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

Please send you video message to fcreta@rrc.ca, no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon!

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9. IT Solutions Server Maintenance

IT Solutions is planning a server maintenance window to support ongoing server operations, upgrades, and enhancements.

–Scheduled Maintenance Window–
Start: Saturday, October 31st @ 2100hrs (9:00 pm)
Completion: Saturday, October 31st @ 2330hrs (11:30 pm)

–User Experience–
During this maintenance window there will be an outage to the College wireless network and other systems.  We do not expect the wireless network outage to exceed 30 minutes, but it could extend if unforeseen problems are experienced. Most other systems will only experience a brief outage of a couple minutes.
Note: Learn will not be affected during this maintenance.

Plans for this maintenance window are subject to change.  This notice will be updated at https://www.rrc.ca/its/news/.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this maintenance window please submit a Caselog.

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10. Get Your Flu Shot

Safety and Health Services will be offering flu clinics to staff and students. Please come out and get your shot!

Notre Dame Campus

  • Dates: November 5 & 12, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: South Gym
  • Register: on-line by October 31 

IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR

  • Self-screening is mandatory to attend on-campus.
  • COVID precautions are in place – hand hygiene, masks, distancing at all times.
  • No walk-in appointments this year.
  • To book appointments, visit Health Services
  • The flu vaccine is MANDATORY for all students enrolled in the health care program.
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11. Final Week for the SA’s STTC Coffee Shop @ NDC

After two months of effort, the Students Association’s STTC Coffee Shop has made the difficult decision to close as of end-of-day this Friday, October 30.

Ancillary Services has taken steps to enhance vending services at both NDC and EDC. Snack and drink machine availability is being expanded, including the installation of a frozen entrée vending machine at NDC. Healthier snack and food alternatives, managed by our 3rd party vending partners Quality Vending and PepsiCo, are also being added to machines.

As always, please consider supporting local food establishments and take advantage of local food delivery service companies – many of which are common visitors to our campuses!

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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 12. Teaching Resources

We have a number of resources available to faculty as you continue to teach from home and/or on campus, including:

  • dedicated spaces on campus to help you record or deliver instruction,
  • supports for mobile video production, desktop recording, video streaming services, and media creation,
  • AV equipment for online teaching needs, and more!

Click here to learn more about the resources available to you.

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NEW 13. Faculty Development: Academic Integrity

This session will explore the role you as an instructor have in academic integrity as well as strategies that you can implement immediately to increase academic integrity in your course and program. The common reasons why students cheat, plagiarize, and commit other breaches of academic integrity will be explored. 

Date: Wednesday, November 4
Time: 1:30-3:00
Presenters: Lisa Vogt, Academic Integrity Specialist; Jo-Anne Spencer, Educational Developer; Claudius Soodeen, Faculty Development Consultant

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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14. 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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Sustainability
15. Compost your pumpkin at NDC

November is on its way! That time where your pumpkin looks too scary to stick around on the porch. Never fear – you can bring your pumpkin to the Notre Dame Campus and add it to our compost pile.

On November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, come toss your pumpkin at the drop off location at the NDC Bus Loop Doors from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, and make a contribution to next year’s gardens and sustainability here at the College.  

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Continuing Education
NEW 16. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session

The Manitoba Side Hustles: Side Hustle 101 online course, presented by The Maker’s Collective and Red River College, runs for 12 weeks in the evening starting Thurs, Nov. 5 and is designed for early-stage and aspiring side hustlers – makers, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs – to start and grow a thriving side business.

Register for the online course.

Interested in learning more? Join the free online information session on Wed, Nov. 4 at 7pm. Attendees will receive 10% off the course.

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Student Supports
NEW 17. Diversity Training for Students at Academic Success Centre

To support students’ development of their diversity awareness and intercultural competence as well as their understanding of gender and sexual diversity, Academic Success Centre offers Diversity Training for Students which provides frameworks and strategies for developing and applying an intercultural and diversity approach to respect and inclusion, and working effectively in our diverse and global environments.

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. 

For the suite of Diversity Training topics please visit this page. and if you would like to book a workshop, you can complete the form in this page or contact Nora Sobel (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca.

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NEW 18. ASC Student Blog Series: How can emotions benefit my learning (during COVID-19)?

We are feeling the weight that goes along with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s natural to be feeling anxious and stressed, which can lead us to feeling sad and worried. Reaching out to friends and family regularly, talking and sharing with others has been shown to help deal with stress and manage our emotions.

Focusing on positive events that happen each day and sharing those with friends and loved ones. Research has shown that sharing positive events with others can help build a resilient mindset. Having a resilient mindset will help us “bounce back” from harder days and lead us to finding our best way to cope. Read more.

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

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
Announcements
 
1. IT Solutions Server Maintenance NEW
2. Where’s Watson? See what our Vice President, Academic is up to NEW
3. Student mid-term survey now available
4. Join us for RRC’s Virtual Convocation
5. Lights, camera, convocation…
6. Get Your Flu Shot
Teaching and Learning Supports
 
7. Changing Early November – WebEx Integration for LEARN
8. eTV Instructor Support and Resources
9. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series
10. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses
Sustainability
 
11. Compost your pumpkin at NDC NEW
Continuing Education
 
12. RRC’s online micro-credential courses
13. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session
Student Supports
 
14. Student Accessibility Services NEW
15. Student Counselling Services NEW
16. Last Call…
17. November is Career & Workforce Development Month!
RRC Clubs and Groups
 
18. Do you need to improve your leadership and communication skills?

Announcements
NEW 1. IT Solutions Server Maintenance

IT Solutions is planning a server maintenance window to support ongoing server operations, upgrades, and enhancements.

–Scheduled Maintenance Window–
Start: Saturday, October 31st @ 2100hrs (9:00 pm)
Completion: Saturday, October 31st @ 2330hrs (11:30 pm)

–User Experience–
During this maintenance window there will be an outage to the College wireless network and other systems.  We do not expect the wireless network outage to exceed 30 minutes, but it could extend if unforeseen problems are experienced. Most other systems will only experience a brief outage of a couple minutes.
Note: Learn will not be affected during this maintenance.

Plans for this maintenance window are subject to change.  This notice will be updated at https://www.rrc.ca/its/news/.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this maintenance window please submit a Caselog.

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NEW 2. Where’s Watson? See what our Vice President, Academic is up to

Dr. Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic hosts a regular video series where she shares a behind-the-scenes look at what she’s up to on and off campus. Click to watch her latest videos

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3. Student mid-term survey now available

Our upcoming winter 2020 term programs and services will be a continuation of an online and blended learning delivery model. As we prepare our programs and services, we are taking this opportunity to reach out to students in the form of a survey, to gather feedback that will help guide decision making and assist in allocating supports and resources towards students and programs.

The survey is not an evaluation of courses or instructors, but instead is a direct effort to evaluate student needs and concerns so that we can better support and improve their College experience.

We would ask that you encourage your students to provide their honest feedback as soon as possible so that we can collectively navigate the way that we deliver education in the face of this pandemic.

Please let your students know the survey is now available via an email that was sent to their academic email account. It is confidential and will play an integral role with informing decisions and planning for a better College experience.

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4. Join us for RRC’s Virtual Convocation

Graduating is a big deal.

Convocation is an important moment.

While the pandemic continues to impact the College community and the way in which we offer our programming and host events, and even though we can’t be together physically, we can still celebrate together virtually – and that’s just what we plan to do.

We are excited to announce our Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation ceremony:

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. CST
Watch online at: rrc.ca/convocation

Please mark your calendars and join us in celebrating our graduates!

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5. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our grads!

Calling all Deans, Chairs, and Faculty! Please help us make Red River College’s Virtual Convocation one to remember by recording a 15-30 second congratulatory video for the graduates.

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

Please send you video message to fcreta@rrc.ca, no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon!

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6. Get Your Flu Shot

Safety and Health Services will be offering flu clinics to staff and students. Please come out and get your shot!

Notre Dame Campus

  • Dates: November 5 & 12, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: South Gym
  • Register: on-line by October 31 

IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR

  • Self-screening is mandatory to attend on-campus.
  • COVID precautions are in place – hand hygiene, masks, distancing at all times.
  • No walk-in appointments this year.
  • To book appointments, visit Health Services
  • The flu vaccine is MANDATORY for all students enrolled in the health care program.
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Teaching and Learning Supports
7. Changing Early November – WebEx Integration for LEARN

The new Webex integration for LEARN will provide an easy to use interface, new features, and will display on the student’s course calendars within LEARN.

The existing Webex integration found within LEARN will be removed at the beginning of November and all scheduled items will have to be manually transferred over to the new integration.

In an effort to avoid confusion for students we are doing a soft launch of this new WebEx integration. If you would like to try this new integration please email LEARN Support with your course section ID.

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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.

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, October 28 from 10:20  to 11:20 AM    Sign up here

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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10. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses

The Centre for Learning and Program Excellence invites you to the following Faculty Development session with Dr. Norm Vaughan.

Participants will use the Community of Inquiry framework to create student assessment activities and an evaluation plan for a blended or online course or module.

General Outcomes: 

  • Identifying and describing student assessment activities 
  • Developing an evaluation plan for your blended and online courses 

Specific Outcomes: 

  • Monitoring learning 
  • Interesting assessment methods 
  • What NOT to do
  • Giving and getting feedback 

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30
Register

Visit our Faculty Development site to see all our upcoming and previously recorded sessions.

For more information, please contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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Sustainability
NEW 11. Compost your pumpkin at NDC

November is on its way! That time where your pumpkin looks too scary to stick around on the porch. Never fear – you can bring your pumpkin to the Notre Dame Campus and add it to our compost pile.

On November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, come toss your pumpkin at the drop off location at the NDC Bus Loop Doors from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, and make a contribution to next year’s gardens and sustainability here at the College.  

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Continuing Education
12. RRC’s online micro-credential courses

Red River College is offering new, online micro-credential courses that allow you to upgrade your skill set in under a month and show off your skills with digital badges.

See all micro-credential courses

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13. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session

The Manitoba Side Hustles: Side Hustle 101 online course, presented by The Maker’s Collective and Red River College, runs for 12 weeks in the evening starting Thurs, Nov. 5 and is designed for early-stage and aspiring side hustlers – makers, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs – to start and grow a thriving side business.

Register for the online course. The early bird discount of 25% ends Wed, Oct. 28 at 12pm.

Interested in learning more? Join the free online information session on Wed, Nov. 4 at 7pm. Attendees will receive 10% off the course.

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Student Supports
NEW 14. 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
  • Laureen Janzen, Manager, Counselling and Accessibility Services, ljanzen@rrc.ca
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NEW 15. 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: Laureen Janzen at ljanzen@rrc.ca

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16. Last Call…

This is the final notice to pick up any items left in expired lockers.  to claim any belongings come to the campus store prior to Friday, November 6th during the hours listed below. all remaining items will be disposed of.

NDC: Monday to Friday: 9am to 3pm
EDC: Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm

Please email any questions to the campus store at Campusstore@rrc.ca

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17. November is Career & Workforce Development Month!

November is Career and Workforce Development Month in Manitoba. This month provides opportunities for job seekers to learn about the rich variety of sectors and industries in Manitoba. For more information on the career events that are being hosted throughout this month of November, click here: Manitoba.ca > Career Development > Career Month > Events Calendar 

In addition, below are some of the events to look out for:

Manitoba Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted by Jobs Canada Fair
The Virtual Job Fair is open to the general public and welcome candidates and organizations across the province of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, Winkler, Selkirk, Morden, Dauphin, etc.) Connect online with Manitoba’s hiring companies across the province. Real-time, interactive chat messages with Human Resource Managers. Browse jobs, apply online and explore Manitoba’s labor market.
For more information, visit: Jobs Canada Fair – Manitoba

Virtual Event: CWB National Leasing
Monday, November 9, 2020
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
via MS Teams
CWB National Leasing invites all Business Administration students to a virtual recruitment and information session!
For more information, visit: Virtual Event – CWB National Leasing

SES Employment Preparation Series
November 2020
Virtual
Red River College’s Student Employment Services (SES) has planned a month-long series of learning opportunities, live AMAs (Ask Me Anything) and interactive sessions to help students with their career development – plus a chance to win prizes! Students can test their employment preparation knowledge by joining the PREP-peroni Trivia for a chance to win a pepperoni pizza!
For more information, visit: SES Employment Preparation Series

Thank you for your help in sharing these events with the students!

SES is offering recorded and live virtual class presentations. If you would like to have an Employment Advisor present to your class about employment-related topics, as well as conduct mock interviews, contact us at ses@rrc.ca

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RRC Clubs and Groups
18. Do you need to improve your leadership and communication skills?

Visit Red River Communicators Toastmasters Club. We meet every Wednesday at 12:00 pm. Join us on Microsoft Teams for a relaxing time. You will meet experienced and upcoming toastmasters engaging in stimulating and exciting conversations. The benefits of toastmasters club include the development of communication competencies and honing of leadership skills. To be added to the invite list, kindly contact Dele at oola@rrc.ca or Joe at jdavid@bisontransport.com

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Announcements
 
1. ITS Tips of the Week: Your PaperCut print account NEW
2. Lights, camera, convocation…
3. Get Your Flu Shot
4. Facility Management Contact Information – Work Order Requests
5. Staff Eco Pass for NOVEMBER – Now Available.
6. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session
Teaching and Learning Supports
 
7. eTV Instructor Support and Resources NEW
8. Book a Library Instruction Session
9. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series
Student Supports
 
10. English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Writing Supports through the Academic Success Centre
RRC Clubs and Groups
 
11. Do you need to improve your leadership and communication skills?

Announcements
NEW 1. ITS Tips of the Week: Your PaperCut print account

Red River College uses PaperCut print management software that allows you to print documents using networked printers. The PaperCut software also provides convenient 24/7 access to your detailed account history and outstanding print jobs.

You can log on to your PaperCut account using your College user name and password and review detailed information about your print account. For additional tips about your PaperCut account, please see the Install PaperCut on your device and Staff PaperCut 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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2. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our grads!

Calling all Deans, Chairs, and Faculty! Please help us make Red River College’s Virtual Convocation one to remember by recording a 15-30 second congratulatory video for the graduates.

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

Please send you video message to fcreta@rrc.ca, no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon!

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3. Get Your Flu Shot

Safety and Health Services will be offering flu clinics to staff and students. Please come out and get your shot!

Notre Dame Campus

  • Dates: November 5 & 12, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: South Gym
  • Register: on-line by October 31 

IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR

  • Self-screening is mandatory to attend on-campus.
  • COVID precautions are in place – hand hygiene, masks, distancing at all times.
  • No walk-in appointments this year.
  • To book appointments, visit Health Services
  • The flu vaccine is MANDATORY for all students enrolled in the health care program.
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4. Facility Management Contact Information – Work Order Requests

In order to better assist you with any maintenance related improvements and repairs, please submit a work order.  Check with your supervisor to determine the person in your department who is authorized to submit work orders to Facility Management.

For repairs that may require immediate attention, please contact:
Notre Dame Campus:  Val Stewart, Acting Work Order Administrator at 204-795-8981
Exchange District Campus:  Nick Brown, Assistant Maintenance Manager at 204-619-1404
Regional Campus:  Matthew Crockett, Technical Officer at 204-260-9916

If you are unable to reach the person listed above for your site or for repairs required after hours, please contact Security at 204-632-2323.

AIR QUALITY / VENTILATION / ROOM TEMPERATURE CONCERNS FOR NDC:
Please call the NDC Powerhouse at 204-632-2384 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week).

HOUSEKEEPING:
For any Housekeeping concerns, please call 204-632-2138 (Monday-Friday 7:30AM – 4:00PM).  After hours, please contact Security at 204-632-2323.

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES:
Email facilitymanagement@rrc.ca

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5. Staff Eco Pass for NOVEMBER – Now Available.

Visit the Campus Store website. https://bookstore.rrc.ca

  • Click on the GENERAL MERCHANDISE heading.
  • Then RRC STAFF ECO PASSES.
  • Select WINNIPEG TRANSIT MONTHLY PASS.
  • Add the item to your cart and create a web order. 
  • You will be asked to create an account for our e-commerce store. Your Red River College credentials are not automatically attached to our site so you have to create an account.
  • In the “special instruction” field of your web order please provide us with your Eco Pass card number. We are unable to process your pass without this information.
  • Enter your RRC Staff ID # when asked for Student #.
  • You will receive an email when we have processed your web order. It can take up to 48 hours for your card to be synched to Transit fareboxes once the order is processed.
  • Our e-commerce site is unable to accept a combined debit/credit card.
  • Passes available through November 10th.
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6. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session

The Manitoba Side Hustles: Side Hustle 101 online course, presented by The Maker’s Collective and Red River College, runs for 12 weeks in the evening starting Thurs, Nov. 5 and is designed for early-stage and aspiring side hustlers – makers, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs – to start and grow a thriving side business.

Register for the online course. The early bird discount of 25% ends Wed, Oct. 28 at 12pm.

Interested in learning more? Join the free online information session on Wed, Nov. 4 at 7pm. Attendees will receive 10% off the course.

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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 7. 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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8. Book a Library Instruction Session

Will your students be completing research assignments and papers this term, or do they 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.

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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.

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, October 28 from 10:20  to 11:20 AM    Sign up here

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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Student Supports
10. English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Writing Supports through the Academic Success Centre

Are your students struggling with the communication skills needed for success in their program and industry? Whether English is their first, second, or additional language, the ASC supports students to develop the communication skills required for success!

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Tutoring is available to students who need support with developing their reading, writing, speaking, or listening skills. Please encourage students who are in need of EAL supports to complete the Tutoring and Coaching Request Form. Email EALsupport@rrc.ca with any questions.
  • Writing Tutoring can help EAL students improve their clarity, conciseness, organization, and confidence in writing to meet the demands of the program or industry. Email writing@rrc.ca with any questions.
  • Group EAL and Writing Supports: We offer a range of writing, communication skills, study skills, and diversity workshops, and we can tailor them to your program needs. Workshops can be delivered online in Webex or Teams or delivered through our hybrid LEARNing modules, and can be offered to courses with both EAL and native English speaking students.

Please review our ASC Online Academic Support webpage to learn more about the range of supports available.

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RRC Clubs and Groups
11. Do you need to improve your leadership and communication skills?

Visit Red River Communicators Toastmasters Club. We meet every Wednesday at 12:00 pm. Join us on Microsoft Teams for a relaxing time. You will meet experienced and upcoming toastmasters engaging in stimulating and exciting conversations. The benefits of toastmasters club include the development of communication competencies and honing of leadership skills. To be added to the invite list, kindly contact Dele at oola@rrc.ca or Joe at jdavid@bisontransport.com

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Monday, October 26, 2020.
Employee Engagement
 
1. Would you like to participate in a focus group? Watch your email! NEW
Announcements
 
2. Lights, camera, convocation… NEW
3. Legal Intake Tool– Quick Tips NEW
4. Final Week for the SA’s STTC Coffee Shop @ NDC NEW
5. Elevator Service Interruption – STTC – Monday October 26
6. Join us for RRC’s Virtual Convocation
7. Student mid-term survey now available
8. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session NEW
9. RRC Early Childhood Centre LC Gift Card Raffle
10. Get Your Flu Shot
11. Library Services Update
Teaching and Learning Supports
 
12. Changing Early November – WebEx Integration for LEARN
13. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series
14. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses
Staff Training, Workshops and Courses
 
15. Providing Constructive Feedback to Students in Online Courses NEW
16. Learning Strategies and UDL
17. RRC’s online micro-credential courses
Wellness and Sport
 
18. Register for This Week’s Yoga and Mindfulness Sessions NEW
Student Supports
 
19. Last Call… NEW
20. November is Career & Workforce Development Month! NEW
21. ASC Student Blog Series: What is this mindfulness everyone keeps talking about? NEW
22. Student Counselling Services
23. Student Accessibility Services

Employee Engagement
NEW 1. Would you like to participate in a focus group? Watch your email!

We’re working with Leger Research to host employee focus groups next month. Fourteen sessions will take place between Nov. 16 to 27 and will occur virtually using Microsoft Teams.

Today you’ll receive an email to your College account with information on how to participate. Click here to learn more.

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Announcements
NEW 2. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our grads!

Calling all Deans, Chairs, and Faculty! Please help us make Red River College’s Virtual Convocation one to remember by recording a 15-30 second congratulatory video for the graduates.

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

Please send you video message to fcreta@rrc.ca, no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon!

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NEW 3. Legal Intake Tool– Quick Tips

The new Legal Intake Tool has now been live for four weeks.  Thank you to everyone for your willingness to adopt this new tool.  As of writing this update, we have already received 266 separate referrals which we can now respond to, track and make transparent for you, our clients.  Please remember that we are here to help you if you are having any trouble with the new process or the Internal Client portal.  

Quick Tips:

1. Following up After you have submitted your Intake Form for a particular issue, your follow up communications with the Legal Team will happen as usual through email, phone and Teams.  You don’t need to start a new matter if you have additional documents, comments or new information.  

 2. Login to the Internal Client Portal A recurring issue is trouble logging in to the Internal Client Portal.  You should click on the “Internal Client Portal Login” found here rather than on “Client Login”.  

3. Matter Followers You can now indicate who should have access to follow the progress of your request in the Internal Client Portal when you initiate a new request.  Providing access to followers is not automated. This means that you will not see your new request immediately and will only see your new matter in your list of submitted items once we have triaged your request.  So far, our tracking indicates that triage occurs on average within 0.8 days of receiving each request. 

4. Service Standard All matters are different, but for day to day contracting matters, please allow two weeks in most cases for the Legal Team to review your contract and return it to you with our comments or approval.

5.  Status Initially your matter will be marked as “Not Started”.  As a result of the enhanced visibility that we have into College wide priorities, we are now able to deal with matters on a priority basis rather than on a first come first served basis.  Our commitment to you is to work on your matter as quickly as possible and ensure transparency through the Internal Client Portal through our notes and status updates.  

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NEW 4. Final Week for the SA’s STTC Coffee Shop @ NDC

After two months of effort, the Students Association’s STTC Coffee Shop has made the difficult decision to close as of end-of-day this Friday, October 30.

Ancillary Services has taken steps to enhance vending services at both NDC and EDC. Snack and drink machine availability is being expanded, including the installation of a frozen entrée vending machine at NDC. Healthier snack and food alternatives, managed by our 3rd party vending partners Quality Vending and PepsiCo, are also being added to machines.

As always, please consider supporting local food establishments and take advantage of local food delivery service companies – many of which are common visitors to our campuses!

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5. Elevator Service Interruption – STTC – Monday October 26

Elevator service will be interrupted to the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) starting this coming Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM, with service being restored by 8:00 PM. This shutdown is necessary to allow contractors to clean the interior of the elevator shaft and interior glass.

Please note that during this time the only access to the second floor of STTC will be via the stairs in either STTC or Building B.

If you have any questions about this service interruption, please contact Patricia Thomé at 204-391-7116 or pthome@rrc.ca .

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6. Join us for RRC’s Virtual Convocation

Graduating is a big deal.

Convocation is an important moment.

While the pandemic continues to impact the College community and the way in which we offer our programming and host events, and even though we can’t be together physically, we can still celebrate together virtually – and that’s just what we plan to do.

We are excited to announce our Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation ceremony:

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. CST
Watch online at: rrc.ca/convocation

Please mark your calendars and join us in celebrating our graduates!

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7. Student mid-term survey now available

Our upcoming winter 2020 term programs and services will be a continuation of an online and blended learning delivery model. As we prepare our programs and services, we are taking this opportunity to reach out to students in the form of a survey, to gather feedback that will help guide decision making and assist in allocating supports and resources towards students and programs.

The survey is not an evaluation of courses or instructors, but instead is a direct effort to evaluate student needs and concerns so that we can better support and improve their College experience.

We would ask that you encourage your students to provide their honest feedback as soon as possible so that we can collectively navigate the way that we deliver education in the face of this pandemic.

Please let your students know the survey is now available via an email that was sent to their academic email account. It is confidential and will play an integral role with informing decisions and planning for a better College experience.

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NEW 8. Manitoba Side Hustles – Course and Free Info Session

The Manitoba Side Hustles: Side Hustle 101 online course, presented by The Maker’s Collective and Red River College, runs for 12 weeks in the evening starting Thurs, Nov. 5 and is designed for early-stage and aspiring side hustlers – makers, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs – to start and grow a thriving side business.

Register for the online course. The early bird discount of 25% ends Wed, Oct. 28 at 12pm.

Interested in learning more? Join the free online information session on Wed, Nov. 4 at 7pm. Attendees will receive 10% off the course.

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9. RRC Early Childhood Centre LC Gift Card Raffle

Just in time for Halloween or pre Christmas shopping, RRC Early Childhood Centre is raffling 3 LC gift cards – $100, $250 and $500!!! Don’t miss your chance to get in on this fun raffle for a great cause supporting our amazing little centre.

Funds raised with this raffle will go towards new toys and equipment for the children, as well as additional costs due to Covid-19.

Please share this link with all your friends and family via social media, so they can get in on the fun too.
https://www.fundingchange.ca/rrc-early-childhood-center-inc/X1vcmVHrDzewnnSo
(Draw is open to Manitoba Residents only.)

Good luck to all!

* If there is issues with the link provided, please email Sam at shenry37@rrc.ca for assistance. 

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10. Get Your Flu Shot

Safety and Health Services will be offering flu clinics to staff and students. Please come out and get your shot!

Notre Dame Campus

  • Dates: November 5 & 12, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: South Gym
  • Register: on-line by October 31 

IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR

  • Self-screening is mandatory to attend on-campus.
  • COVID precautions are in place – hand hygiene, masks, distancing at all times.
  • No walk-in appointments this year.
  • To book appointments, visit Health Services
  • The flu vaccine is MANDATORY for all students enrolled in the health care program.
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11. Library Services Update

STUDY SPACE AND IN-PERSON ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Beginning on Monday, October 26, access to the Library’s study spaces and in-person academic support at NDC will change to MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS only (7:45 am–5:00 pm).
 
AV equipment and library resources will be available for pickup at NDC on Mondays and Wednesdays; or, by appointment, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (daytime). EDC resources are available by appointment only. Please contact the Library at library@rrc.ca to arrange a pick-up time.
 
Onsite tutoring and EAL supports are available by appointment at NDC on Mondays and Wednesdays (daytime) and at EDC on Fridays (daytime). To book an appointment, students can complete the Tutoring and Coaching Request Form.
 
ONLINE SERVICES AND SUPPORT
Virtual services and support provided by Library Services remain available five days a week during the following hours:

  • Monday–Thursday 7:45 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:45 am–4:30 pm

The Library’s online services remain as robust as ever, with continual improvements in programming and content. In addition to guides and mini-lectures on demand, the Library’s online collection is available 24/7 through OneSearch. Library staff continue to assist instructors and students online through chat, email, Teams, and WebEx. To ask a question or connect with the Library, visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us bubble.

The Academic Success Centre will continue to offer all academic supports and services online, by e-mail or phone – visit their website and connect with them! They have a dedicated group of tutors and specialists ready to support you in your course work. To request tutoring, academic coaching, EAL supports, or academic writing support, students can complete the Tutoring and Coaching Request Form.
 
Assessment Services will continue to conduct in-person testing as usual at NDC.
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This new academic year finds us in quite a different world, however, our commitment to providing you with the supports and services needed to succeed at RRC remains unchanged; in fact, it has grown stronger. We have expanded our online services, and also provide some onsite supports as requested, which means we are able to meet you where and when you need us. As we continue this fall term together, we are here for you.

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Teaching and Learning Supports
12. Changing Early November – WebEx Integration for LEARN

The new Webex integration for LEARN will provide an easy to use interface, new features, and will display on the student’s course calendars within LEARN.

The existing Webex integration found within LEARN will be removed at the beginning of November and all scheduled items will have to be manually transferred over to the new integration.

In an effort to avoid confusion for students we are doing a soft launch of this new WebEx integration. If you would like to try this new integration please email LEARN Support with your course section ID.

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13. 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.

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, October 28 from 10:20  to 11:20 AM    Sign up here

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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14. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses

The Centre for Learning and Program Excellence invites you to the following Faculty Development session with Dr. Norm Vaughan.

Participants will use the Community of Inquiry framework to create student assessment activities and an evaluation plan for a blended or online course or module.

General Outcomes: 

  • Identifying and describing student assessment activities 
  • Developing an evaluation plan for your blended and online courses 

Specific Outcomes: 

  • Monitoring learning 
  • Interesting assessment methods 
  • What NOT to do
  • Giving and getting feedback 

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30
Register

Visit our Faculty Development site to see all our upcoming and previously recorded sessions.

For more information, please contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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Staff Training, Workshops and Courses
NEW 15. Providing Constructive Feedback to Students in Online Courses

Providing feedback to students is an important part of teaching but is especially important in online courses. Receiving constructive, timely, and meaningful feedback enhances critical thinking, reflection, and helps students improve their performance. Providing constructive feedback can also enhance instructor-student relationships in online courses where opportunities for face-to-face and in-person interaction is absent. 

In this session, we will identify reasons why providing constructive feedback is particularly important to students’ success and learning in online courses and explore strategies for providing constructive written and verbal feedback to your students.

October 27
10:00-11:00
Click here to register.

You can also check out all our current Faculty Development sessions here.

For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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16. Learning Strategies and UDL

Do you want to take your lesson planning to the next level? Do you want your lessons, materials, and assessments to challenge and engage diverse learners? Want to learn the theory behind reducing barriers to learning? Come to this workshop and learn more about Universal Design for Learning and garner more ideas for putting theory into practice!

Please join Teacher Education instructor Janine Carmichael and Educational Developer Lorri McLeod for this collaborative session on UDL.

October 28
11:30-1:00
Click here to register.

You can also check out all our current Faculty Development sessions here.

For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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17. RRC’s online micro-credential courses

Red River College is offering new, online micro-credential courses that allow you to upgrade your skill set in under a month and show off your skills with digital badges.

See all micro-credential courses

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Wellness and Sport
NEW 18. Register for This Week’s Yoga and Mindfulness Sessions

Mondays are a great time to review your week’s calendar and book in some time to take care of your wellness. Why not register for a live yoga or mindfulness 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

Date: Fridays 
Time: Noon – 12:30pm
Location: WebEx, register here for the October 30 session

20 Minute Live Mindfulness Drop-in

  • Mondays at 11am
  • Tuesdays at 11am
  • Wednesdays at 2pm
  • Thursdays at 2pm (French)
  • Fridays at 11am

Register here. If you do not yet have a free MindWell U account, set one up here

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

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Student Supports
NEW 19. Last Call…

This is the final notice to pick up any items left in expired lockers.  to claim any belongings come to the campus store prior to Friday, November 6th during the hours listed below. all remaining items will be disposed of.

NDC: Monday to Friday: 9am to 3pm
EDC: Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm

Please email any questions to the campus store at Campusstore@rrc.ca

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NEW 20. November is Career & Workforce Development Month!

November is Career and Workforce Development Month in Manitoba. This month provides opportunities for job seekers to learn about the rich variety of sectors and industries in Manitoba. For more information on the career events that are being hosted throughout this month of November, click here: Manitoba.ca > Career Development > Career Month > Events Calendar 

In addition, below are some of the events to look out for:

Manitoba Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted by Jobs Canada Fair
The Virtual Job Fair is open to the general public and welcome candidates and organizations across the province of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, Winkler, Selkirk, Morden, Dauphin, etc.) Connect online with Manitoba’s hiring companies across the province. Real-time, interactive chat messages with Human Resource Managers. Browse jobs, apply online and explore Manitoba’s labor market.
For more information, visit: Jobs Canada Fair – Manitoba

Virtual Event: CWB National Leasing
Monday, November 9, 2020
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
via MS Teams
CWB National Leasing invites all Business Administration students to a virtual recruitment and information session!
For more information, visit: Virtual Event – CWB National Leasing

SES Employment Preparation Series
November 2020
Virtual
Red River College’s Student Employment Services (SES) has planned a month-long series of learning opportunities, live AMAs (Ask Me Anything) and interactive sessions to help students with their career development – plus a chance to win prizes! Students can test their employment preparation knowledge by joining the PREP-peroni Trivia for a chance to win a pepperoni pizza!
For more information, visit: SES Employment Preparation Series

Thank you for your help in sharing these events with the students!

SES is offering recorded and live virtual class presentations. If you would like to have an Employment Advisor present to your class about employment-related topics, as well as conduct mock interviews, contact us at ses@rrc.ca

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NEW 21. ASC Student Blog Series: What is this mindfulness everyone keeps talking about?

The 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: What is this Mindfulness Everyone Keeps Talking About?

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

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22. 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: Laureen Janzen at ljanzen@rrc.ca

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23. Student Accessibility Services

Red River College is committed to providing persons with documented disabilities fair and equal access to educational 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
  • Laureen Janzen, Manager, Counselling and Accessibility Services, ljanzen@rrc.ca
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Friday October 23, 2020.
Employee Engagement
 
1. Would you like to participate in a focus group? NEW
Announcements
 
2. Attention Chairs and Program Managers: New Program Capacity Authorization (PCA) Request Process NEW
3. Staff Eco Pass for NOVEMBER – Now Available. NEW
4. New high-tech composites training centre takes off at RRC NEW
5. Cyber Security Contests – Enter Today! NEW
6. Elevator Service Interruption – STTC – Monday October 26 NEW
7. Faculty: Invite our leaders to become your learners!
8. Lights, camera, convocation…
9. Student mid-term survey now available
10. Get Your Flu Shot
11. Library Services Update
12. RRC Early Childhood Centre LC Gift Card Raffle
Teaching and Learning Supports
 
13. LEARN Training Sessions Offered This Week NEW
14. eTV Live Mediasite Desktop Recorder Series NEW
15. Providing Constructive Feedback to Students in Online Courses
16. Fall OER Session – Recording Available
17. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses
Wellness and Sport
 
18. Yoga With Holly: Live Online Today at Noon NEW

Employee Engagement
NEW 1. Would you like to participate in a focus group?

We’re working with Leger Research to host employee focus groups in November. Fourteen focus groups will take place between Nov. 16 to 27 and will occur virtually using Microsoft Teams.

Would you like to participate in a session? Click here to find out how.

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Announcements
NEW 2. Attention Chairs and Program Managers: New Program Capacity Authorization (PCA) Request Process

The Program Capacity Authorization form has been converted to a Maestro process that can be found at https://hub.rrc.ca/Maestro/Start/MP016 

You can also find it via Hub:  Processes > Enrolment Services Program Capacity Authorization Form 

This is a new process that we are still tweaking, so feedback and suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks,
Barb Cobb
Associate Registrar, Admissions
bcobb@rrc.ca 

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NEW 3. Staff Eco Pass for NOVEMBER – Now Available.

Visit the Campus Store website. https://bookstore.rrc.ca

  • Click on the GENERAL MERCHANDISE heading.
  • Then RRC STAFF ECO PASSES.
  • Select WINNIPEG TRANSIT MONTHLY PASS.
  • Add the item to your cart and create a web order. 
  • You will be asked to create an account for our e-commerce store. Your Red River College credentials are not automatically attached to our site so you have to create an account.
  • In the “special instruction” field of your web order please provide us with your Eco Pass card number. We are unable to process your pass without this information.
  • Enter your RRC Staff ID # when asked for Student #.
  • You will receive an email when we have processed your web order. It can take up to 48 hours for your card to be synched to Transit fareboxes once the order is processed.
  • Our e-commerce site is unable to accept a combined debit/credit card.
  • Passes available through November 10th.
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NEW 4. New high-tech composites training centre takes off at RRC

Red River College is set to launch the careers of the next generation of skilled aerospace workers, thanks to a cutting-edge lab at the Notre Dame Campus. Using new technology from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Advanced Forming Training Centre enhances the skills of Canada’s highly trained aerospace workforce. The Centre will also serve as a composite forming training hub for small- and medium-sized businesses.

The Advanced Forming Training Centre places RRC at the forefront of Canada’s aircraft component production industry. Composite materials make aircraft stronger, lighter and more fuel-efficient — ultimately, a cost-effective method that creates a significant reduction in process defects — and those trained at RRC will lead the charge in this new technology.

Learn more here.

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NEW 5. Cyber Security Contests – Enter Today!

Hurry – Pop Quiz Entry Deadline Is TODAY
Win one of FIVE much sought after, limited edition RRC Logo Power Packs. It’s easy – simply send your guess to the below trivia question to cyberaware@rrc.ca by midnight tonight (extended from noon).

The five guesses closest to the correct answer will be declared winners. In the event of a tie, the email date stamp will determine the winner.

Trivia Question:
In the 24 hour period (Wednesday October 14, 10:10am to Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:09am) a total of 44,246 emails were received at the college’s email gateway.
How many were categorized as “clean” messages containing no threats?

Cyber Security Quiz – Deadline to Enter October 31, 2020
Wouldn’t a 32GB, 8th Generation, Wi-Fi, Space Gray, iPad be a great start your Christmas shopping??
Don’t wait! Complete the Cyber Security Quiz – Staff and pass the assessment before midnight, October 31, 2020, to be entered to win!

All staff with the exception of ITS are eligible to enter both contests.

Questions?
Please send them to cyberaware@rrc.ca

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

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NEW 6. Elevator Service Interruption – STTC – Monday October 26

Elevator service will be interrupted to the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) starting this coming Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM, with service being restored by 8:00 PM. This shutdown is necessary to allow contractors to clean the interior of the elevator shaft and interior glass.

Please note that during this time the only access to the second floor of STTC will be via the stairs in either STTC or Building B.

If you have any questions about this service interruption, please contact Patricia Thomé at 204-391-7116 or pthome@rrc.ca .

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7. Faculty: Invite our leaders to become your learners!

Our Senior Leadership Team is incredibly proud of your dedication to ensure students continue to receive high quality education during this time of significant disruption and change. As a result, we would welcome the opportunity to see your efforts in action to better support you.

We’ve heard from you – and we agree – that it’s important for senior leaders to understand the challenges and successes you’ve faced. To that end, members of our Senior Leadership Team would like to join your on-campus or virtual classes so we can see what teaching in this new reality is really like.

Learn more and read our full message on Staff Forum here.

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8. Lights, camera, convocation…

Submit a congratulatory video message and help us celebrate our grads!

Calling all Deans, Chairs, and Faculty! Please help us make Red River College’s Virtual Convocation one to remember by recording a 15-30 second congratulatory video for the graduates.

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

We will be compiling the congratulatory videos and streaming them at our Virtual Convocation on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00pm.

Please send you video message to fcreta@rrc.ca, no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon!

Tips for filming video:

  • Use a smart phone with best video quality settings on
  • Camera frame should be in a horizontal (landscape) position
  • Have someone aim and record the video for you
  • Find a natural source of light, but avoid back lighting (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

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

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9. Student mid-term survey now available

Our upcoming winter 2020 term programs and services will be a continuation of an online and blended learning delivery model. As we prepare our programs and services, we are taking this opportunity to reach out to students in the form of a survey, to gather feedback that will help guide decision making and assist in allocating supports and resources towards students and programs.

The survey is not an evaluation of courses or instructors, but instead is a direct effort to evaluate student needs and concerns so that we can better support and improve their College experience.

We would ask that you encourage your students to provide their honest feedback as soon as possible so that we can collectively navigate the way that we deliver education in the face of this pandemic.

Please let your students know the survey is now available via an email that was sent to their academic email account. It is confidential and will play an integral role with informing decisions and planning for a better College experience.

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10. Get Your Flu Shot

Safety and Health Services will be offering flu clinics to staff and students. Please come out and get your shot!

Notre Dame Campus

  • Dates: November 5 & 12, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: South Gym
  • Register: on-line by October 31 

IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR

  • Self-screening is mandatory to attend on-campus.
  • COVID precautions are in place – hand hygiene, masks, distancing at all times.
  • No walk-in appointments this year.
  • To book appointments, visit Health Services
  • The flu vaccine is MANDATORY for all students enrolled in the health care program.
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11. Library Services Update

STUDY SPACE AND IN-PERSON ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Beginning on Monday, October 26, access to the Library’s study spaces and in-person academic support at NDC will change to MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS only (7:45 am–5:00 pm).
 
AV equipment and library resources will be available for pickup at NDC on Mondays and Wednesdays; or, by appointment, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (daytime). EDC resources are available by appointment only. Please contact the Library at library@rrc.ca to arrange a pick-up time.
 
Onsite tutoring and EAL supports are available by appointment at NDC on Mondays and Wednesdays (daytime) and at EDC on Fridays (daytime). To book an appointment, students can complete the Tutoring and Coaching Request Form.
 
ONLINE SERVICES AND SUPPORT
Virtual services and support provided by Library Services remain available five days a week during the following hours:

  • Monday–Thursday 7:45 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:45 am–4:30 pm

The Library’s online services remain as robust as ever, with continual improvements in programming and content. In addition to guides and mini-lectures on demand, the Library’s online collection is available 24/7 through OneSearch. Library staff continue to assist instructors and students online through chat, email, Teams, and WebEx. To ask a question or connect with the Library, visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us bubble.

The Academic Success Centre will continue to offer all academic supports and services online, by e-mail or phone – visit their website and connect with them! They have a dedicated group of tutors and specialists ready to support you in your course work. To request tutoring, academic coaching, EAL supports, or academic writing support, students can complete the Tutoring and Coaching Request Form.
 
Assessment Services will continue to conduct in-person testing as usual at NDC.
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This new academic year finds us in quite a different world, however, our commitment to providing you with the supports and services needed to succeed at RRC remains unchanged; in fact, it has grown stronger. We have expanded our online services, and also provide some onsite supports as requested, which means we are able to meet you where and when you need us. As we continue this fall term together, we are here for you.

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12. RRC Early Childhood Centre LC Gift Card Raffle

Just in time for Halloween or pre Christmas shopping, RRC Early Childhood Centre is raffling 3 LC gift cards – $100, $250 and $500!!! Don’t miss your chance to get in on this fun raffle for a great cause supporting our amazing little centre.

Funds raised with this raffle will go towards new toys and equipment for the children, as well as additional costs due to Covid-19.

Please share this link with all your friends and family via social media, so they can get in on the fun too.
https://www.fundingchange.ca/rrc-early-childhood-center-inc/X1vcmVHrDzewnnSo
(Draw is open to Manitoba Residents only.)

Good luck to all!

* If there is issues with the link provided, please email Sam at shenry37@rrc.ca for assistance. 

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Teaching and Learning Supports
NEW 13. LEARN Training Sessions Offered This Week

These training sessions will be held online via WebEx. Register for the training using the links below and you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.

Fall 2020 LEARN training sessions offered through the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. You can sign up for this session and more on the Faculty Development registration page available here. For a list of upcoming Spring faculty development sessions offered through the CLPE click Here.

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NEW 14. 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.

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, October 28 from 10:20  to 11:20 AM    Sign up here

Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.

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15. Providing Constructive Feedback to Students in Online Courses

Providing feedback to students is an important part of teaching but is especially important in online courses. Receiving constructive, timely, and meaningful feedback enhances critical thinking, reflection, and helps students improve their performance. Providing constructive feedback can also enhance instructor-student relationships in online courses where opportunities for face-to-face and in-person interaction is absent. 

In this session, we will identify reasons why providing constructive feedback is particularly important to students’ success and learning in online courses and explore strategies for providing constructive written and verbal feedback to your students.

October 27
10:00-11:00
Click here to register.

You can also check out all our current Faculty Development sessions here.

For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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16. Fall OER Session – Recording Available

“OER” stands for Open Educational Resource’s. These are educational materials such as: textbooks, problem sets, lesson plans, info graphics, and other educational content that can be used for free, and without the copyright barriers to access and use, that tend to exist on traditional textbooks, and supplementary publisher resources. OERs are resources published under an open license, such as Creative Commons. Open Education has seen substantial growth at Red River College, and you can be part of this new wave of post-secondary teaching and learning.

The RRC library with support from Campus Manitoba provides the encouragement and support you need, no matter where you are, on your open education journey.

If you missed the Fall OER session you can view the recording here.

For more information on OER visit the library OER page or contact the Copyright Officer e.noakowski@rrc.ca

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17. Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses

The Centre for Learning and Program Excellence invites you to the following Faculty Development session with Dr. Norm Vaughan.

Participants will use the Community of Inquiry framework to create student assessment activities and an evaluation plan for a blended or online course or module.

General Outcomes: 

  • Identifying and describing student assessment activities 
  • Developing an evaluation plan for your blended and online courses 

Specific Outcomes: 

  • Monitoring learning 
  • Interesting assessment methods 
  • What NOT to do
  • Giving and getting feedback 

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30
Register

Visit our Faculty Development site to see all our upcoming and previously recorded sessions.

For more information, please contact Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca

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Wellness and Sport
NEW 18. Yoga With Holly: Live Online Today at Noon

We’re pleased to once again welcome Holly Pluchinski of Kayfabe Yoga to teach a weekly 30 minute yoga class, exclusively for RRC staff and students. Book the time in your calendar and do something good for yourself.

Date: Fridays (TODAY!)
Time: Noon – 12:30pm
Location: WebEx, register here for the October 23 session

Participants will be able to see Holly demonstrate, however participants themselves will not be visible to others. The class is suitable for all ability levels.

Questions can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator.

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