Granting digital badges is a worldwide trend in the field of educational micro-certification. As part of a pilot project conducted between 2017 and 2019, the ITREP Network experimented with a project granting digital badges to recognize and certify the mastering of skills from the ICT Profile for College Students. The team is continuing its reflection on the emergence of micro-certifications.
Each year, the ITREP Network prioritizes objectives that are handled by work teams and by the Network’s facilitation team. Some work teams are intended to develop resources while others are groups for exchange and reflection. Organizations from the College Network can also participate in these projects.
In 2015, a work team from the ITREP Network put the CyberSelf.ca site online, listing resources related to digital citizenship (cyberreputation, cyberbullying, identity theft, etc.). The work team continues its reflection on digital citizenship (cybersecurity, healthy habits when using the internet, etc.).
Colleges are increasingly invested in developing distance education courses, and online assessment often brings unique challenges. Distance teaching, regardless of their formats, need to respect policies, specific requirements, and criteria (assessments carried out 100% remotely, accommodation for people with physical disabilities, etc.).
The objective of this work team is to reflect on and develop a set of proposals and assessment methods for to each type of assessment. This work team is working together with Profweb for the revision of texts from the Cadre de référence de l’évaluation des apprentissages intégrant les technologies numériques (TN) (Reference framework for assessing learning that integrates digital technologies).
Distance learning and perseverance
This ITREP-REPCAR work team is dedicated to reflecting on the issues between perseverance, motivation, and digital learning, and to make an inventory of best practices related to these issues.
Digital action plan
The mandate for this work team is to exchange and collaborate for the local implementation of the Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education (PAN) in colleges, as leverage for the digital transformation of the organization.
Plagiarism and intellectual integrity
Plagiarism is a concern for all colleges, and the expansion of distance education makes this issue even more important to address. Between 2018 and 2020, the Plagiarism and Intellectual Integrity work team (ITREP-REBICQ) developed the Guide on Plagiarism and Intellectual Integrity, providing to teachers and students alike a set of practices, approaches, resources on avoiding plagiarism and cheating, and on respecting the principles of intellectual integrity.
Digital skills of students
The ICT Profile for College Students is a frame of reference that includes research skills, information processing and presentation, and skills in networking and the effective and responsible use of ICT. These skills are essential for pursuing higher education and entering the job market. L’espace ProfilTIC.ca, hosted by Profweb, provides resources for teachers and students to support the mastering of the skills from the ICT Profile (scenarios, tutorials, assessments, etc.).
This work team contributes to the adjustments of the ICT Profiles Space (L’Espace Profil TIC) and to consider the dimensions of the Digital Competency Framework (resource indexing) and to broadcast the work linking the ICT Profile to the Digital Competency Framework.
More and more colleges are developing learning materials linked to immersive technology. These resources are often time consuming and costly. The goal of this work team is to exchange on the experimentation with and implementation of immersive technology (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality), in a perspective of sharing.
ICT and student success
The ICT and Student Success work team put together the CAAP Guide votre conseiller pour accompagner la réalisation d’une activité pédagogique TIC (your counsellor to support the implementation of an ICT educational activity), a guide for planning, conducting, and assessing a pedagogical activity integrating ICTs. The CAAP Guide was presented to several groups in 2019-2020, and its distribution is still ongoing. The team is currently working of the validation of an interactive tracking tool for teachers, creating an activity using the CAAP Guide and documenting the use of the guide in colleges.