UFV is excited to announce several changes, effective April 1, 2019.
1) Launch of the Centre for Experiential and Career Education
The Centre for Experiential and Career Education (CECE) realigns units and staff involved in career planning, experiential learning, co-op placements, internships, practicums, mentoring, and co-curricular experiences into one department. CECE will be housed within the Department of Teaching and Learning and will facilitate opportunities and programming which connects curriculum to workplace skills development. This will move experiential and career education from the periphery of the student learning journey to a place where it is integrated into our core academic activities.
Bringing together the activities and personnel of the Experiential Education and Co-Curricular Offices with those of the Career Centre, and housing them in the Department of Teaching and Learning, will be a major step toward the integration of career and academic education. This also creates one portal into the university for industry and community who want to engage students in experiential learning, work-integrated learning (internships and practicums), and co-op education.
2) Indigenous Student Centre
As of April 1, 2019, the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) will move its reporting structure to the Vice-President, Students (VPS). This will allow for greater collaboration across Student Services areas as we seek to support all students. It will also enhance and inform the Indigenization efforts of the VPS team and will provide members of the ISC with an expanded community of practice with fellow student services professionals.
3) Changes to Educational Technology Services and Information Technology Services
As the demand for pedagogical support for learning technologies increases, Teaching and Learning is responding by focusing efforts on instructional design. A job title change for three educational technologists to Learning Designer will reflect this focus on the pedagogical support for technology and teaching.
One educational technologist will become a Multimedia Technologist with a focus on audio visual technologies, equipment loans, and other multimedia support. Basic assistance for online support and classroom technology will move to Information Technology Services (ITS). This includes daily maintenance of Blackboard, our learning management system. Two educational technology staff will be transferred to ITS. As this transition occurs, there will be an overlap in service between the two departments.