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Sheridan College, Cisco Canada and Partners In Research Collaborate to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

May 30, 2013

New MoU to promote science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2013
Oakville, ON

Sheridan College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cisco Canada and Partners In Research (PIR), to promote science and technology as a career path and transform the way K-12 students learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the classroom.

Under the terms of the MoU the parties will collaborate on activities and projects that take advantage of advanced video technologies. Cisco has contributed over $1 million worth of collaboration equipment to enable the project. To deliver these solutions, Sheridan College is providing the data centre space and IT resources to support the enterprise-class Cisco Show and Share® webcasting and video sharing solution.

The collaboration seeks to expand and enrich the opportunities for students presented by the VROC (Virtual Researcher on Call) program across Canada. Run by Partners In Research, the VROC program seeks to inspire students in STEM subjects by bringing experts directly to the classroom through two-way video. The VROC program offers five- to ten-minute spontaneous video conferencing sessions, hour-long interactive presentations and semester-long mentorship style sessions. Using technology like the Show and Share webcasting and video sharing application, Partners In Research are also able to create accessible videos which are distributed through its website to students and teachers.

“As a leading postsecondary institution in Canada, Sheridan is passionate about immersing people in learning.  We are delighted to offer our considerable experience and resources to the VROC program to help facilitate this goal," says Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and CEO.  "Once students leave grade 12, there are tremendous opportunities for them to pursue applied studies in science, technology, engineering or math at Sheridan.  Our programs help to prepare Canada’s young graduates for the careers that they will have over the course of their lifetimes.”

“Sheridan is also using the experiences gained in developing the platform to support, scale and enhance our own curriculum innovation and integration,” adds John McCormick, Director of Information and Communications Technology at Sheridan College.  “We’ve introduced hybrid learning to deliver some of our programs and made the technology invisible to stakeholders so that it can be used seamlessly.  In addition, Sheridan students have benefitted from having access to the equipment to facilitate group meetings or to contact a faculty member who is on a different campus.  With four campuses in three different geographic locations, our faculty members also use the technology for teleconferencing, which saves time, cuts down on travel costs, increases employee comfort and safety and decreases stress levels.”

About Sheridan

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity.  Its aim is to become Ontario’s first university exclusively dedicated to undergraduate professional education – a model that will be based on applied learning and Sheridan’s renown for creativity and innovation.  The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Szustaczek
Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations, Sheridan College
Tel: 905-815-4169
Email: christine.szustaczek@sheridancollege.ca