Ten with Ken (Video)

Ken Steele is Canada's most trusted higher ed monitor and futurist, and in this webcast he rounds up emerging trends, research data, best practices and innovative new ideas for higher education. (For HD version see YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo or Facebook. Audio only podcast version available separately.)
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Dec 16, 2015

Ken Steele completes his survey of recent trends in college and university holiday greeting videos in this week’s 20-minute episode of Ten with Ken. (If you missed Part 1, watch it at ). This time, we look at highlights from 27 institutional videos from some of our favourite categories: comedy and parody, seasonal goodwill gestures, and campus choirs and musicians.

We’ve had to significantly edit these videos for the podcast, and although we’ve tried to retain their flavour and focus on their best moments, you may want to go watch the full, unedited versions:


Fanshawe College Reputation & Brand Management, 2014 -

University of Waterloo Communications & Public Affairs, 2014 -

Western University Creative Services, 2014 -


Bow Valley College 2014 -

University of Waterloo Faculty of the Environment, Kris Kringle Research Institute 2013 -

UBC Ubyssey, 36 Things to Do 2014 -

Sheridan College Bachelor of Animation, 2014 -


WestJet Christmas Miracle, 2013 -

University of Waterloo Faculty of the Environment, 2014 -

Trinity Western University, 2013 -

McMaster University, The Spirit of Giving 2014 -

Red Deer College, 2014 -

Humber College, Spreading a Little Humber Happiness 2014 -

Saint Mary’s University (Halifax), Be Thoughtful Be Festive 2014 -

University of Victoria, Holiday Wishes 2014 -

Durham College, Make it Merry 2014 -


University of Waterloo Applied Health Sciences, 2013 -

Carleton University VP Research, 2014 -

Upper Canada College, A Jingle Bells School Day, 2013 -

Huron University College, 12 Days of Christmas, 2013 -

Mohawk College, Holiday eCard 2013 -

Mohawk College, Behind-the-Scenes 2013 -

Huron University College, Decorating in the Chapel, 2013 -

Algonquin College, President’s Holiday Message 2014 -

Bow Valley College, 2014 -

King’s University College Chamber Choir, 2014 -

Capilano University, 2013 - (also used over our closing credits)

Cambrian College Choir, The Winter’s Night 2014 -

St Clair College Performing Arts Students, O Holy Night 2014 -

If you’ve seen a noteworthy campus greeting message this year, check to see if it’s on our 2015 Holiday Greetings playlist at . If not, please drop me an email at so we can add it. (We’ll discuss this year’s crop next December.)

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Best wishes for a peaceful holiday with family and friends, and for a happy and prosperous 2016! We’ll be back in early January with several “Year in Review” episodes of Ten with Ken!

Dec 11, 2015

As Canadian campuses wind down toward the winter holidays, Ken Steele surveys recent trends in college and university holiday greeting videos in 2 special extended episodes of Ten with Ken. In this week’s 19-minute episode, Ken shares extremely tightly-edited highlights from 49 institutional videos in 5 categories: animated greeting cards, short story vignettes, personal greetings, Q&A compilations, and multilingual greetings.

Thompson Rivers University's marketing department captures the challenges of being politically correct and gaining committee approval, 2014 -

Vancouver Community College, 2013 -
University of Waterloo, CECA, 2014 -
St Lawrence College, 2013 -
University of Winnipeg, 2013 -
Georgian College, 2014 -
Humber College, 2013 -
BCIT, 2014 -
Centennial College, 2013 -
Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013 -
Red Deer College, 2013 -
Carleton University, 2010 -
Ryerson University, 2014 -
Camosun College, 2013 -
UBC, Interactive Website, 2014 -
Nipissing University, 2013 -
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 2014 -
Royal Roads University, 2013 -
George Brown College, 2013 -
Acadia University, 2014 -
Nova Scotia Community College, 2012 -
Mohawk College, 2014 -
Niagara College, 2014 -
Western University, 2014 -

Sheridan College, 2013 -
Sheridan College, 2014 -
York University Lassonde School of Engineering, 2014 -
Western University, 2013 -

Collège Boréal, 2013 -
St Lawrence College, 2014 -
Briercrest College, 2014 -
Mount Royal University, 2014 -
Trent University, 2014 -
Simon Fraser University, 2013 -
Thompson Rivers University, 2014 -
University of Waterloo, 2014 -
Algonquin College, 2014 -
Nipissing University, 2014 -

Dalhousie University, 2014 -
King’s University College at Western, 2013 -
Saint Francis Xavier University Athletics, 2014 -
University of the Fraser Valley, 2014 -
Queen’s University, 2014 -

Vancouver Island University, 2013 -
Vancouver Island University, 2014 -
Cape Breton University, 2014 (no longer online)
Ryerson University, International Student Life, 2014 -
McGill University, 2013 -
Dalhousie University, 2013 -
Simon Fraser University, 2014 -

Stay tuned next week for part 2, in which we share excerpts from 27 more holiday greeting videos, from categories like comedy and parody, seasonal goodwill gestures, and campus choirs!

If you’ve seen a noteworthy campus greeting message this year, check to see if it’s on our 2015 Holiday Greetings playlist. If not, please drop me an email:

For exclusive preview access to future episodes of "Ten with Ken", be sure to subscribe to Eduvation's "in the loop" email newsletter, at

Dec 4, 2015

Ken Steele sums up trends in on-campus housing, as colleges and universities build more and more residences, to appeal to international students, teenagers and their parents. Western University has 5,346 residence rooms, and most built in the past decade feature a semi-private floorplan with private bedroom and study space, shared washrooms, kitchen and living area. Colleges have increasingly been following suit, such as Fanshawe College, whose Merlin House accommodates 428 students in a similar fashion. Amenities arms races in Canada are nothing compared to those at American colleges (consider for example the $7 million leisure pool at Texas Tech University), but nonetheless the bar keeps rising for luxury campus housing. For example, Brescia University College opened a new $30-million residence in 2013 with private rooms, queen-sized beds, individual thermostats, and even room service. The University of Winnipeg opened a residence, McFeetors Hall, that combines 172 student dorms with 25 ground-floor townhomes, half reserved for community housing.  

In many provinces, capital debt is discouraged for residence construction, so increasingly institutions are turning to P3s (public-private partnerships) to design, build, and sometimes manage student residences (such as Thompson Rivers University, Ryerson University, and SAIT Polytechnic). If institutions don't build enough residence space, private developers will often swoop in to build apartment towers adjacent to campus. In some cases, student residences are an integral part of the academic mission of the institution, such as the Velocity Residence at the University of Waterloo, a "dormcubator" designed to incubate new student-run businesses (and already a success, considering graduates like Ted Livingston, founder of Kik Interactive, who donated $1 million to establish a seed money fund for future student ventures).  

In a previous episode, we argued that there has been a rise in part-time and commuter students on campus, even when they are "invisible" (see the episode at ). Some institutions are dedicating dorm space to commuter students, such as Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. UBC Okanagan has created "Collegia" to provide space to study, cook, socialize, or nap for commuter students on campus. Ryerson University has opened a new commuter hostel, with 9 rooms available to students for $35 per night, on a limited basis. 

Some residences are considerably less luxurious. In Terrace BC, Northwest Community College opened a 49-bed campus residence using the same ATCO trailers used in remote work camps - not only a cost-effective solution, but an experiential learning opportunity for trades students. Although the campus housing market seems to be bifurcating, students often demonstrate a resentment of inequality -- most recently, Ryerson University students gained international media attention over the #TissueIssue (fancier 2-ply tissue in the administration washrooms on campus). Space in residence may become even tighter yet, judging by the example of modular dorms in Hong Kong, based on the capsule hotels of Japan. Students pay HK$3,500 per month for a 6x4x3' slot, barely larger than a morgue drawer. Most places in Canada will never see such cramped quarters, but if they do appear, it will likely be in downtown Vancouver, where international students may arrive with less and less expectation of personal space.

Finally, just #ICYMI, we share clips from a catchy new music video from the University of Victoria, "Discover Your Edge."  

(Oh, and a couple of bloopers follow the closing credits, for those of you who stick it out!)