Surrey students help create website

Nov 14, 2002, vol. 25, no. 6
By Terry Lavender

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SFU Surrey students Marie-Claude Lavoie (left), Ian Buckley and Erika Glover examine the BCcampus website.

When Ian Buckley was asked to put together a team of Simon Fraser University Surrey students to create a mock-up for a proposed student resource website for the ministry of Advanced Education, he wasn't given much to work with.

The only thing the ministry was able to say last August was that they wanted a resource and communication venue for prospective and current B.C. post-secondary students.

And minister Shirley Bond would be visiting the campus one week later - would his team be able to present the mock-up then?

Buckley, a fourth year student, and fellow students Marie-Claude Lavoie, Erika Glover and Robin Johnson created the mock-up in time for the minister's visit to the Surrey campus.

It so impressed Bond that she invited them to Victoria to give the same presentation to ministry officials and to discuss how their ideas could be incorporated into BCcampus - the government's new initiative for coordinating distance and online education programs.

Buckley says it's too early to tell how much of their work will be incorporated into the final version of BCcampus. “But I think our mock-up gave them some ideas of the other online services students are looking for like scholarship information, financial aid, and online conferences to connect students with each other.”

Bond invited the four students, along with SFU Surrey campus director Joanne Curry and government affairs director Wilf Hurd, to the legislature for the introduction of the bill creating BCcampus on Oct. 10.

The trip to the legislature was an “opportunity to show the minister what the students of SFU Surrey were capable of,” Buckley says. “When we were asked to go to Victoria, I knew we had made an impact on the minister and sparked some ideas worth further exploration and discussion with her staff.” Along with Curry, Buckley has been appointed to BCcampus's imple-mentation steering committee - one of only two students on the committee. Glover and Buckley are both fourth-year interactive arts students, Lavoie is a third-year student in interactive arts and Johnson is in his second year in the information technology program.

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