A virtual field trip for Environmental Technology students

Peterborough ON – January 20, 2021

Professor Erin McGauley teaches the Applied Ecology course in the Environmental Technology program. Normally, the course begins with a field trip to a provincially significant wetland on Lake Ontario near Port Hope. But 2020 was not a normal year, so Prof. McGauley got creative.

To emulate the rich learning experience from the field trip, she created a virtual field trip using Fleming’s ArcGIS license and ESRI’s StoryMap product.

The resulting StoryMap (https://arcg.is/0Oqe4e) allowed her to:

  • showcase wildlife observations
  • compile air photos for comparison
  • embed a video about wetland boundary delineation
  • incorporate historical information, and
  • include a call to action re wetland conservation

StoryMaps lend themselves to general-interest review, and as a result, she was able to share the link beyond the Fleming community. The result:

  • The StoryMap provided a platform for outreach to the numerous private landowners with whom she has built relationships, and who permit Fleming students and faculty to tromp through their backyards each year.
  • By sharing the StoryMap, she was able to initiate conversations with landowners. She learned about childhood horse-drawn sleigh rides and shinny games on frozen wetland ice, the strong connections between protecting this wetland and the formation of the local Willow Beach Field Naturalist group, and the neighbourly relationships at work in the stewardship of this provincially important habitat. She was also able to share what Fleming students study during their wetland field trip.
  • The StoryMap allowed her to reach out to colleagues at the Municipality of Clarington, one of whom holds the position of GIS Technologist (a Fleming grad). Through her network, she was able to obtain fine-detail elevation mapping and a fly-over elevation video of the Port Britain wetland to enhance the Story Map for next year.

This StoryMap will continue to enrich student experiences as a reference resource, even in years where ET students have had their boots in the wetland muck. It also provides an alternative learning opportunity in instances where students might miss the field trip or can’t attend because of physical accessibility challenges.

Prof. McGauley says that is the best part of this push to pivot to online delivery – it’s not a one-off effort, but work that faculty and students can continue to reap benefits from into the future.

Take a look for yourself! You can access the StoryMap here.

School of Business and IT seeking applied projects and field placements for CSI students

Peterborough ON – December 8, 2020

Applied projects and field placements are a key component of students’ learning in the Computer Security and Investigations program at Fleming. The School of Business and Information Technology is seeking partner sponsors to provide students with this important practical experience.

Field Placement: Student(s) work under direct supervision of the sponsor or their staff, performing job functions and responsibilities relevant to the course of studies. Field placement opportunities sought:

  • Security Operations Centres (SOCs), and financial and forensic firms
  • Corporate security and information security service providers
  • Cybersecurity with government agencies
  • Security and penetration testing engagements with industry organizations
  • Forensic analysis and creation of standards for a security corporation
  • Development and deployment of a computer network intrusion detection system

Applied Projects: A group of 3 to 4 students work as an autonomous project team to develop a product or technical solution that meets specific requirements of their sponsor. Past projects have included:

  • Secure servers for a health network
  • Secure cloud environment in support of distributed analysis
  • Network intrusion detection and alerting system

For more information, please contact Haider Al-Saidi, Academic Chair, at haider.al-saidi@flemingcollege.ca or Debbie McEachern, Applied Projects and Field Liaison, with the School of Business and Information Technology at debbie.mceachern@flemingcollege.ca.

Dean of Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology to moderate event for young women

Peterborough ON – (November 30)

The Dean of the School of Trades and Technology Pam Stoneham will moderate a career discovery virtual event “Build a Dream” for young women on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

“Build a Dream” encourages and empowers young women in grades 7-12 and their parents to explore exciting career opportunities in skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), emergency response, and entrepreneurship. At the event, young women will be able to explore careers with their parents, hear from professional women in industry, and network with employers.

Other Fleming representatives on the panel include Susan Brown, faculty member with the Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program, and electrical pre-apprentice Cassandra Caveen. Lt.-Col. Janaya Hansen with the Canadian Armed Forces and Anna Hargreaves, McGill University professor in ecology, evolution and conservation biology, are the other panelists.

The event is in partnership with the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Visit here to register for this free virtual event.

Use hashtags #WeBuildADream and @FlemingCollege on social media to share with your network.