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VIU's Recognition of Achievements Celebration September 5, 2019 - 1:26pm

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is pleased to invite the University Community to help us celebrate this year's recipients of VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning. These faculty are being recognized for their work to advance VIU's mission and enhance the institution’s impact: they have done so by actively developing new strategies to engage students and foster deeper learning, and by extending their teaching and learning work beyond their own classroom.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients:

UnTeach: Engage Your Students for Lasting Impact September 3, 2019 - 10:37am

Successful teachers are agents of deep change. They can be singlehandedly responsible for altering permanently the way students think, act, and view the world—no matter what their discipline, content, or area of expertise. And no matter their level of learning or place in the curriculum.

20 Minute Magic: Asynchronous Tools for Student Interaction September 3, 2019 - 9:24am

In this quick, 20-minute session, we will highlight several technology tools that can be used to enhance student engagement and interaction in asynchronous environments. We will focus on two tools in VIULearn: discussions and groups, as well as the VIUBlogs platform. We will also discuss collaborative documents like google docs and google slides, paying attention to how they can be used as well as privacy (FIPPA-compliant) concerns.

Date: Friday, October 11, 12:00 - 12:20 pm

VIU Faculty Studio: Making Your Lectures Consequential for Students September 3, 2019 - 9:08am

Many of us, when we teach, engage in some form of “lecture” or “presentation,” even if we adhere overall to an active learning strategy. Student response to a lecture, however, can be hit or miss, and one of our big challenges is to ensure that students experience a lecture in a way that causes them to discover and experience its value.

20 Minute Magic: Synchronous Tools for Student Interaction September 3, 2019 - 9:02am

In this quick-fire session, we will highlight three technology tools for student interaction and communication that can be used in synchronous environments. First, we will look at ZOOM, unpacking polling features and break-out rooms. We will also take a look at using clickers in the classroom, as well as the emerging popularity of web-based real-time polling and quiz tools like Quizlet and Socrative.

This session aims to give some quick ideas and inspiration for student engagement using technology tools in synchronous settings. 

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT August 8, 2019 - 9:01am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

Delivering Lectures with greater IMPACT August 8, 2019 - 8:59am

There are some very good reasons to lecture when you are teaching - and equally good reasons why you may have heard that lecturing does not always support student learning.

Whether you have a “performer” personality or not, or whether you lecture a lot or a little, it’s useful from time to time to re-visit those practices that make your lectures effective for students. The key is “strategic activation” of the information and ideas that you are trying to communicate, so students are actively engaged with what you are saying.

Wikipedia Editathon - #OAWeek2019 July 17, 2019 - 9:12am

Join us during Open Access Week for Nanaimo and VIU’s 4th Wikipedia Edit-a-thon & Community of Practice Meet up!

Starting the Semester off Right: Capitalizing on the First Day of Class June 13, 2019 - 1:35pm

Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities August 20, 2019 - 10:04am

New Learning Technology Request May 22, 2019 - 11:17am
Keep Your Courses Safe: Backing Up Course Content in VIULearn March 7, 2019 - 11:23am

Exporting and saving courses offline is the best method for keeping copies of old course content and activities. Anyone who can edit course materials can export and save the course at any time. Back up your course to ensure you do not lose anything you wish to keep!

Keep Your Courses Safe: Backing Up Course Content in VIULearn March 7, 2019 - 11:19am

Exporting and saving courses offline is the best method for keeping copies of old course content and activities. Anyone who can edit course materials can export and save the course at any time. Back up your course to ensure you do not lose anything you wish to keep!

Faculty Focus: A Conversation on Teaching and Learning March 5, 2019 - 1:53pm

 

This semester, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning will be hosting sessions that bring faculty, staff and students together to talk about teaching and learning, informally and with refreshments. We are inviting instructors to share their stories, their strategies, their challenges, and their successes. It’s an opportunity to hear about what others are doing, get some new ideas, and share your thoughts with colleagues you might not usually connect with. Please think about joining us if you’d like to participate, as a speaker or a participant.

Welcome to WordPress: Getting Started with VIUBlogs February 6, 2019 - 4:24pm

The VIUBlogs service can be used by faculty and students to communicate with peers and/or the community, write collectively, build a portfolio, or engage in reflective writing. This interactive session is designed to get faculty started on designing and creating content on VIUBlogs. We will overview the basic tools and common tasks in Wordpress, and showcase some existing successful projects on VIUBlogs.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Tuesday, April 30, 9:30 - 10:30 am

The UnMarking Studio: Balancing Student Needs with Faculty Realities January 31, 2019 - 11:51am

How much marking is optimal? How many assignments are best for student learning? Could we mark and grade less yet still be respectable? Or more surprising yet: Could less marking and fewer grades be causally related to more student learning? These are just a few of the inquiries you are invited to explore with your VIU colleagues in a “studio” format.

Faculty Focus: A Conversation on Teaching and Learning January 16, 2019 - 10:56am

This semester, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning will be hosting sessions that bring faculty, staff and students together to talk about teaching and learning, informally and with refreshments. We are inviting instructors to share their stories, their strategies, their challenges, and their successes. It’s an opportunity to hear about what others are doing, get some new ideas, and share your thoughts with colleagues you might not usually connect with. Please think about joining us if you’d like to participate, as a speaker or a participant.

Dover Bay Grade 8's Coming to VIU to Share Learning: How Does Where We Live Impact How We Live? January 15, 2019 - 10:06am

Dover Bay Grade 8's Coming to VIU to Share Learning: How Does Where We Live Impact How We Live?

The Dover Bay Learns team is once again bringing all 253 of their grade 8’s to VIU’s Nanaimo campus to share their learning from an interdisciplinary unit focusing on Canadian Indigenous communities.

The Dover Bay students are working with the Faculty of Education’s cohort of student teachers in the secondary education stream, who will be hosting the event. The Grade 8’s have been exploring the question: How does where we live impact how we live?

Portfolio Slams Lunch January 9, 2019 - 10:57am

 

A fun, fast-paced “Portfolio Slam” over a celebratory lunch to congratulate participants on the work they have done and show drafts of portfolios developed throughout the week. Opportunities for brief Q and A/feedback for each participant.

This session is part of a 4-day "Portfoliopalooza" designed to offer hands-on sessions to help you prepare your portfolio, whether or not it is for submission to the Recognition of Achievements.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Writing Intensive: Portfolio Statements, Evidence, Peer Feedback January 9, 2019 - 10:56am

 

Participants will continue to draft portfolio statements, reflections on evidence, and frame their portfolios with an eye to integrating any new information from session.  Guidance and feedback will be available from CIEL staff and there will be opportunities for structured faculty peer feedback.

This session is part of a 4-day "Portfoliopalooza" designed to offer hands-on sessions to help you prepare your portfolio, whether or not it is for submission to the Recognition of Achievements.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

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