Case Academy for Students and Coaches

Case Academy is a curated group of tools and resources to help students learn how to analyze case studies and train for business case competitions.

I began by consulting a number of my former case competition students to find out what types of training content they found most beneficial. We brainstormed different categories for content. I also ran a keyword analysis on Google Adwords around related phrases to see what was being searched the most. Continue reading “Case Academy for Students and Coaches”

Interactive documents: using audio + visual together

After producing an audio file/”podcast” on how to read a type of university policy document called an “RRSDA” or records retention schedule, I distributed the audio to various folks and asked for feedback.

One frequent piece of feedback was that, for new users, it was simply too difficult to follow along without looking at a sample document. The audio alone was fine for people who have already seen policy documents of this type, but new folks needed to SEE and HEAR in order to figure out what I was talking about.

This led me to ThingLink, an educational tool that allows you to embed sound, video, and links into a static document to construct an interactive experience for the user. The result is below.

If this document is not interactive (i.e., nothing pops up as you mouse over the doc), access it instead on ThingLink.

Mini teaching tool: How to handle photos in the archives

In the archives, we have thousands of photos that have been produced by SFU departments over the last 50 years, plus plenty of others that are parGIF files showing the proper way to handle archival photost of the records donated by faculty, campus community members or others.

Photographic prints are vulnerable to the oils on our hands, so we ask users to always wear gloves to provide a barrier between your hands and the prints.

The paper supports that images are printed on can also become vulnerable and fragile as they age, so we show users how to carefully turn one image at a time to protect the prints.

These images are part of the F-247 collection which contains material from the Media and Public Affairs Office of SFU.

Street Interviews on the “Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan”

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What do different groups in the DTES think of the Local Area Plan? (click on image for video)

In March 2014, Vancouver City Council approved a $1-billion plan to redevelop the Downtown Eastside, covering a large area from Richards Street to Clark Drive ( This comprehensive initiative, titled the “Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan”, has created controversy among the public.

It is the purpose of this video to contribute to making sense of the opposing viewpoints on the project. Conducted in the Downtown Eastside, the interviews seek to demonstrate to the students of urban sociology that the city, and social space in general, is a site of contention between different classes and communities.

The video will be shown in class (SA 364 – Urban Communities and Cultures), which will be followed by a short writing exercise where the students will be asked to discuss what they have seen in relation to urban sociological themes and concepts.

Capturing the Urban Experience

Student Photoboard for SA 364 - Urban Communities and Cultures
Student Photo Board for SA 364 – Urban Communities and Cultures (click on image)

This is one of the graded assignments for my urban sociology class. Throughout the semester, each student is expected to submit two photos they take within the Greater Vancouver Area. Alongside the photo, they provide information as to how that image relates to some of the themes and concepts that are covered in class, and they ask a question that is later discussed as a group in the seminar.

The learning outcome here is to develop students’ sociological perspective on the various manifestations of city life. The photo board is expanding every day!

Infographic on Community Growth in the Tri-Cities, British Columbia

This asset provides a recent snapshot of the population and land-use changes that characterize the Tri-Cities region, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Population density is calculated in two ways – first, using the total land surface area; and second, using only the residential land-use area. These two representations of density provide contrasting perceptions.


Use in course:
The goal of the asset is to provide a case study summary. The asset provides a context for discussing and applying the principles presented in the lecture. Typically, the lecture content is presented and then the asset is introduced for discussion.

View or download the asset: PDF format (4.34 MB)

Infographic on Global Water Use and Water Wars

This asset is a summary of the water use situation for the planet. It uses a systems approach to map the key stages of water availability, water usage and water consequences. Of particular importance is the impact of water scarcity and inaccessibility, and the use of technologies to manage water in order to mitigate against escalating conflicts.


Use in course:
The goal of the asset is to provide a case study summary. The asset provides a context for discussing and applying the theories presented in the lecture. Typically, the lecture content is presented and then the asset is introduced for discussion.

View or download the asset: PDF format (0.73 MB)

Educational media in Wordle form

educational_media_wordleThe above Wordle graphic illustrates the emphasis on “media” in the conceptualization of “Educational Media”. The Wordle was formed using text on Educational Media gathered from the Internet. The value of collaboration seems to be well represented as well, in the words “team”, “collective” and “people”. ‘Support” is prominent too.

Educational media as a process


Since the beginning of the EdMedia course, I was trying to wrap my head around the concept of “Educational Media”. The lectures to date have all been informative. In an attempt to clarify my own understanding, the above graphic was created to characterize Educational Media as a PROCESS. I would be bold and say the above figure is an Infographic!! Everything was created in PowerPoint and took about 1 hour to complete.