How Vancouver Film School Uses Tech to Improve Remote Learning

Vancouver Film School, a distinguished entertainment arts school that offers yearlong programs for 1,500 students across eight campuses, faced quite the debacle when the school pivoted to remote learning in the spring.

VFS students must create hundreds of high-tech projects every year, ranging from 3D animation and game design to virtual and augmented reality design and development. How were students going to access the graphics-intensive technologies they needed from home computers?

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Business Continuity: How Solid Is Higher Ed’s Plan B?

While no one expects higher education to have a crystal ball and predict the future, IT and administrative leaders must be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that while many colleges had some business continuity plans in place, the formality and maturity of those plans left much to be desired.

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Jan 27 2020

Why Ottawa University Built a State-of-the-Art Esports Arena

While other campuses may have a room with a dozen computers set aside for esports, Ottawa University, located in Ottawa, Kan., provides its esports team with a fully outfitted arena in its Larry D. Peters Auditorium. The university set up the stadium with a state-of-the-art video production system and broadcasting capabilities, in addition to stocking it with computer power through a build-out with Horizon AVL and CDW. 

The arena supports the university's goal of training students for careers in esports after graduation.


    • Derek Beach, Captain, Varsity Overwatch Team, Ottawa University
    • Connor Alne, Esports Head Coach, Ottawa University
    • Arabie Conner, Director of Athletics, Ottawa University
    • Adam Caylor, Director of Technical, User and Esports Operations, Ottawa University

Video Highlights

  • Ottawa University, an 800-student school in Kansas, decided to build a major esports arena to recruit students and train them for jobs.
  • Ottawa Braves Captain Derek Beach is one of the students benefiting from the build-out, which he says is a major draw for his university.
  • Head Coach Connor Alne and others train the students in esports competition and multimedia production.

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