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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 https://youtu.be/iImd9p1O3nQ ). 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:


MARKETING DEPARTMENT GREETINGS:

Fanshawe College Reputation & Brand Management, 2014 - https://youtu.be/o-DdAhlUbBY

University of Waterloo Communications & Public Affairs, 2014 - https://youtu.be/DuwCR7PGJqg

Western University Creative Services, 2014 - https://youtu.be/WFC-tiKVvBE


HUMOUR & PARODY:

Bow Valley College 2014 - https://youtu.be/dT6s4A8X8GM

University of Waterloo Faculty of the Environment, Kris Kringle Research Institute 2013 - https://youtu.be/jx-tI5rLi3s

UBC Ubyssey, 36 Things to Do 2014 - https://youtu.be/qinukwkwzwk

Sheridan College Bachelor of Animation, 2014 - https://youtu.be/aHhLNCsytRs


SEASONAL GOODWILL GESTURES:

WestJet Christmas Miracle, 2013 - https://youtu.be/zIEIvi2MuEk

University of Waterloo Faculty of the Environment, 2014 - https://youtu.be/ycx6mOHh0uk

Trinity Western University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/3uVk_f4xT7k

McMaster University, The Spirit of Giving 2014 - https://youtu.be/b1C7hU45eC0

Red Deer College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/T51u6kxFmnc

Humber College, Spreading a Little Humber Happiness 2014 - https://youtu.be/PHWrbFwEkZg

Saint Mary’s University (Halifax), Be Thoughtful Be Festive 2014 - https://youtu.be/51He8sxwSTA

University of Victoria, Holiday Wishes 2014 - https://youtu.be/SvcSfPFcGi8

Durham College, Make it Merry 2014 - https://youtu.be/BhcrMrd2-AI


MUSICIANS & CHOIRS:

University of Waterloo Applied Health Sciences, 2013 - https://youtu.be/dRhmITUxEc4

Carleton University VP Research, 2014 - https://youtu.be/7QWWF63VNMY

Upper Canada College, A Jingle Bells School Day, 2013 - https://youtu.be/OSkPQVhJRdg

Huron University College, 12 Days of Christmas, 2013 - https://youtu.be/N81ybB-kqlA

Mohawk College, Holiday eCard 2013 - https://youtu.be/6NV-S_l9DJA

Mohawk College, Behind-the-Scenes 2013 - https://youtu.be/sNx_qr-SxPk

Huron University College, Decorating in the Chapel, 2013 - https://youtu.be/EkUNNrxYjt0

Algonquin College, President’s Holiday Message 2014 - https://youtu.be/Wla_j1g0nSA

Bow Valley College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/-eWLBmdIswI

King’s University College Chamber Choir, 2014 - https://youtu.be/m3QV1J9O1lQ

Capilano University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/DOCAgUMcvrc (also used over our closing credits)

Cambrian College Choir, The Winter’s Night 2014 - https://youtu.be/ca9RX3nLjr0

St Clair College Performing Arts Students, O Holy Night 2014 - https://youtu.be/uHXPvjBCWW4


If you’ve seen a noteworthy campus greeting message this year, check to see if it’s on our 2015 Holiday Greetings playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLodJ8ParJmYULq5f-_JsusgbW1V8BNfSd . If not, please drop me an email at ken@eduvation.ca 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 - https://youtu.be/5S5h_x8vLCQ

ANIMATED CARDS:
Vancouver Community College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/l_xwoG4e4CM
University of Waterloo, CECA, 2014 - https://youtu.be/Bv5DoNH2PK0
St Lawrence College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/0KzxSuDVak8
University of Winnipeg, 2013 - https://youtu.be/yjTKfdn2Pjw
Georgian College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/APdQM1wWKYM
Humber College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/UECuf6MblwI
BCIT, 2014 - https://youtu.be/kiJmwr1Oop4
Centennial College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/jt5Zm_HamLE
Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013 - https://youtu.be/GHSyo8uygs4
Red Deer College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/uW2gWhbsJs0
Carleton University, 2010 - https://youtu.be/jYJvv9cJ2e4
Ryerson University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/RA3RdWDgWQY
Camosun College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/lcTvWbO3PZg
UBC, Interactive Website, 2014 - https://support.ubc.ca/ecards/holiday-card-2014/
Nipissing University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/WwOM1-CWBNE
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 2014 - https://youtu.be/aliM2MOwzvs
Royal Roads University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/kUf0A3jx8Jk
George Brown College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/orUM1PPPV2k
Acadia University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/_QWIUq9JsZw
Nova Scotia Community College, 2012 - https://youtu.be/99mCxoykG-Y
Mohawk College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/S9GrSNxdGnk
Niagara College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/sQBxQQfuN1w
Western University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/BHU5GPrqxps

VIGNETTES:
Sheridan College, 2013 - https://youtu.be/GOXFAN4gRRM
Sheridan College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/jU3Rb1ZYkh8
York University Lassonde School of Engineering, 2014 - https://youtu.be/BvcELvQimPc
Western University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/McDzHIkKMco

PERSONAL GREETINGS:
Collège Boréal, 2013 - https://youtu.be/yNw1Po8tPMg
St Lawrence College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/DTbnoNYqKBI
Briercrest College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/KRUHGnms9rM
Mount Royal University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/mYANycbBYUE
Trent University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/xf9HawOXgr4
Simon Fraser University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/OV67RXMCd2o
Thompson Rivers University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/YCuS-bGItfA
University of Waterloo, 2014 - https://youtu.be/Peb_Dpvjqbc
Algonquin College, 2014 - https://youtu.be/Wla_j1g0nSA
Nipissing University, 2014 - https://vimeo.com/113403258

Q&A COMPILATIONS:
Dalhousie University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/Wu_J8Nmn8X8
King’s University College at Western, 2013 - https://youtu.be/G557sfnMxTw
Saint Francis Xavier University Athletics, 2014 - https://youtu.be/v-MLNQOj6uY
University of the Fraser Valley, 2014 - https://youtu.be/v-lR1708CDI
Queen’s University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/1pcIt7vuFFc

MULTILINGUAL GREETINGS:
Vancouver Island University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/s4eRu4R3a3g
Vancouver Island University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/iEjJpctxWoU
Cape Breton University, 2014 (no longer online)
Ryerson University, International Student Life, 2014 - https://youtu.be/3-ulasYNuXU
McGill University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/M8NgbWtezGI
Dalhousie University, 2013 - https://youtu.be/cUvNrgNTJCg
Simon Fraser University, 2014 - https://youtu.be/Ql92s8LaL2Q

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: ken@eduvation.ca.

For exclusive preview access to future episodes of "Ten with Ken", be sure to subscribe to Eduvation's "in the loop" email newsletter, at http://www.eduvation.ca/subscribe/

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 https://youtu.be/e5GGxa2Z7EY ). 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!)

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