30 November 2017 - 20th Anniversary
In 2017, the Division of Continuing Studies of the Royal Military College of Canada celebrates its 20th anniversary.
To mark the occasion, there will be a special celebration at the SSM on 30 November at 10 am.
7 December 2017 - 8th RMC Technological & Pedagogical Innovation in Education Forum
The forum will take place at RMC, Currie Hall starting at 08:30
Moderator: Sarah Creber
- 08:30 – Welcome: Grazia (Grace) Scoppio & Sarah Creber
- 08:40 – Phil Bates, RMC: Centre for Innovation in Teaching, and Learning and Learning Commons
- 09:10 – Leigha Covell & Eric Tremblay, Queen's University: Transitioning Queen’s Engineering Programs to Online Delivery
- 09:40 – break
- 09:50 – Maria Skordaki & Nicholas Vlachopoulos, RMC: Blended Learning Design in Civil Engineering Undergraduate Courses
- 10:20 – Xiaohua Wu, RMC: Producing lecture notes with the help of technology
- 10:50 – break
- 11:00 – Candace Parsons & Christina Dinsmore, Queen's University: Using Technology to Enhance Course Design and the Student Experience
- 11:30 – Diane Kelly, RMC: Pre-University Mathematics Education - What's Happening? And what do we do about it?
- 12:00 – Lunch
- 13:00 – Mathieu Gagnon, RMC: The Importance of Retrieval-Practice for learning
- 13:30 – Francois Rivest, RMC: The importance of academic rigor in the officer-cadets’ education
15 February 2018 - MARPAC Expo & Education Fair 2018 - Victoria, BC
Details to follow.
20 Years Later, distance education continues at the Royal Military College of Canada
Dr. Jim Barrett and LCdr (Ret’d) Robert Charest
Right from the start, Royal Military College Continuing Studies was built with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) students in mind. “Sir”, the CWO said, “The civilian university had been as good as gold to me. Then one day I came to work thinking I’d have supper with my wife, but before lunch I’d had my shot and by suppertime I’d be on the Herc. I called the university to say I’d miss the mid-term. They were sorry, but there was nothing they could do for me. I had to drop the course and forfeit the fees - those were the rules.”
So RMC designed a program with different rules. It’s a university program for working adults, whose jobs can make unexpected demands. Any CAF member is eligible to enroll, academic credit can be given for military training, and professors can accommodate students who have to interrupt a course for operational reasons.
With the blessing of the ADM(PER) and a little funding from the Officer Professional Development Working Group, RMC launched its pilot program in Continuing Studies in 1996, with 120 students. At the 1997 spring convocation, the program had its first two graduates. Just three years later there were more than 800 undergraduate registrations. Roughly half were NCMs. Today, enrolment exceeds 1100 in a broad spectrum of programs at the certificate, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.
Some twenty years later, that early success still surprises. It was expected to be a small side activity for the College, but the wave of enthusiasm from the CAF was tremendous. Younger members- captains and corporals- were looking for educational opportunities, reflecting a growing demand for lifelong learning in the wider world. Within the Department of National Defence, the fallout from the Somalia enquiry drove a push for a more educated CAF. At the same time, new developments in learning technologies and methods presented exciting new possibilities for educational outreach. The Minister, the senior leadership of the CAF, and individual Forces members all sensed the significance of these trends and were eager to benefit from them.
In 1996, the Royal Military College reached out to the entire Canadian Armed Forces. That decision changed RMC’s perspective from that of a small military university to one of the educational arm of a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Over the past twenty years, Continuing Studies has built on RMC’s recognized academic excellence and the organizational strengths of the CAF to become an important strategic focus for the College and a responsive, sympathetic educational engine for the CAF.
Biographical notes: LCdr (Ret’d) Robert Charest was the Officer in Charge of the RMC Office of Continuing Studies from 1996 to 2002. Dr Jim Barrett was the Chair of the RMC Continuing Studies Committee in 1996 and RMC Dean of Continuing Studies 1997 to 2002.