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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?

UnTeach: Engage Your Students for Lasting Impact January 4, 2019 - 11:25am

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.

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

Writing Intensive: Portfolio Statements, Evidence, Peer Feedback January 9, 2019 - 10:57am

 

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 Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning 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.

Peer Observations for Richer Faculty Conversations January 9, 2019 - 10:56am

Post-secondary classrooms have traditionally been highly private places, but a growing number of VIU faculty members are opening theirs up, to create opportunities for feedback and discussion. A few of them have shared their thoughts publicly:

Presentation of your Portfolio: How WordPress can help January 9, 2019 - 10:57am

 

Writing Intensive: Portfolio Statements January 9, 2019 - 10:41am

 

Participants will draft portfolio statements, reflections on evidence, etc. Guidance and feedback will be available from Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning 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

Writing your Teaching Philosophy Statement January 9, 2019 - 10:41am

 

A teaching philosophy statement is a reflective document that makes connections between your professional practice, and those thoughts, ideas, and experiences that have led to you becoming the teacher that you are today. This session will focus on the questions that you might ask yourself as you are developing a teaching philosophy statement. We will build on ideas introduced in the Teaching portfolio workshop, but there is no pre-requisite to attend.

Building your Leadership Portfolio January 9, 2019 - 10:40am

A Leadership Portfolio is a reflective record of a faculty member’s involvement in “Instructional Leadership.” Instructional leadership is working beyond the classroom to mobilize colleagues, students, community members or others to achieve shared goals that add value to our work at VIU and to our community.

Capturing your Story: Designing Teaching Portfolios to Express your Professional Narrative January 9, 2019 - 10:39am

Recognition of Achievements: Inofrmation Session Lunch January 9, 2019 - 10:39am

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning was collaboratively designed with feedback from faculty members serving on VIU’s 2016 – 2017 Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence. This initiative acknowledges and celebrates faculty who have implemented strategies and activities in their classrooms related to one of four topic areas:

Course Portfolios: What are They, and Why Make One? January 9, 2019 - 10:38am

Have you ever finished a course knowing exactly what you would keep and what you would change the next time, but when the course came around again, you had to start all over? Or had a burning question about why one lesson worked really well while other lessons didn’t?

Mini-Portfolios to Celebrate Big Impact January 9, 2019 - 10:38am

Let's celebrate small victories. A Mini-portfolio is a 3-6 page collection of texts, artifacts, images, or document fragments, organized to illustrate the implementation of a single instructional technique or strategy within a course. It is usually framed by a written narrative or short video essay.

The Tao of Marking: Finding Joy by “De-Complicating” Grades and Feedback January 16, 2019 - 10:54am

We care deeply about our students—that’s why we teach. But caring for our students can also lead us to adopt practices that are non-sustainable and maybe even joyless, such as long weekends bent over papers, grading sessions that extend into the holidays, or hours crunching numbers to produce final course marks. If these behaviours are the result of our caring, we have to begin questioning “why?” Why has it been possible for our caring to displace our pleasure and satisfaction as educators. Where did the fun go, and what can we do to get it back?

Meara Kimball January 2, 2019 - 11:55am

Meara began her academic career at VIU with no clear goal beyond a minor in math. She discovered that she greatly enjoyed her requisite computer science courses, and this inspired her transfer to UVIC to pursue a BSc with a combined major in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Making Your Course Learning Technology Ready December 20, 2018 - 11:01am

 

This overview session will provide information about what learning technologies are available at VIU and what supports are available for you. We will make sure you leave this session equipped to make decisions about what technologies you want to use.

Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program: Awareness Session December 20, 2018 - 10:54am

 

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning program recognizes and celebrates faculty members who are implementing enhancements into their practice. Come to one of these sessions to learn more about this new program!

Collaboratively designed with feedback from faculty members serving on VIU’s 2016 – 2017 Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence, the program acknowledges and celebrates faculty who have implemented strategies and activities in their classrooms related to one of the four topic areas:

Making Your Course Learning Technology Ready December 20, 2018 - 10:51am

 

This overview session will provide information about what learning technologies are available at VIU and what supports are available for you. We will make sure you leave this session equipped to make decisions about what technologies you want to use.

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