Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Author Kathleen Bortolin

Staying successful in online classes: Tips for instructors and students

We’ve had a number of faculty ask us about how to help students be successful in online environments. The good news is that being a successful student in an online class is not that different than being a successful student… Continue Reading →

The Big Pivot: Podcast Bites from VIU Faculty Shifting to Alternate Delivery

In this series of podcasts, I wanted to collect and share stories from VIU faculty who have pivoted, or who are pivoting, to an alternate delivery method. Which is all of us. I wanted to capture at this moment in… Continue Reading →

The Podcast that Wasn’t: Capturing Amber Hieb’s Pivot to Alternate Delivery

As someone who is supporting a small army of faculty transitioning to alternate delivery, I’m a bit shy (mortified?) to share my own cringe worthy tech fail. But I will. In that selfless sort of way that leaves one thinking,… Continue Reading →

How to be a successful student during COVID 19

As our world deals with the COVID 19 crisis, we want VIU students to know that we are in your corner, now more than ever. You may feel uncertain about how your courses are changing, what is now expected of… Continue Reading →

How to be a successful student during COVID 19 Part 2

Student Success tip #2: Make a plan and stay organized Planning and setting goals is one of the most effective ways that students can stay on track and achieve success. Now more than ever, is the time to setting goals,… Continue Reading →

How to be a successful student during COVID 19 Part 3

Student Success Tip #3: Choose good study strategies What follows are some quick tips and strategies for studying, but many more in depth resources can be found at on VIU’s Learning Matters website. The most important ingredient when studying is… Continue Reading →

Transitioning to remote studies mid-stream: Teaching strategies for student independence and success

Introduction In the case of a crisis or unexpected emergency, instructors may have to work remotely, conducting their classes from beyond VIU. In addition to using robust online tools, instructors can also consider transitioning their coursework to a more self-directed… Continue Reading →

Episode 4: Willing Partners: VIU’s Writing Centre and International Academic Support (IAS) on their commitment to student success

“…helping them to perform the best they can.” -John Hill, Coordinator Writing (and Thinking) Centre VIU’s Writing Centre and International Academic Support (IAS) provide essential and valued services to hundreds of VIU students every semester. In this podcast, I sit… Continue Reading →

Pedagogy of the Poinsettia: Teaching and Learning in VIU’s Horticulture Program

In this third episode of the Share Drive, I talk to Jessica Gemella from VIU’s Horticulture Program.  Jessica and I (along with Marilyn Funk and Sally Vinden) have been working on a curriculum enhancement project over the last two years,… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode: #2 “Spread the Nerd Around”

In this episode of the Share Drive, I sit down with the vibrant and tech-savvy Anwen Burk, former Learning Technology Support Specialist (LTSS) at VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. Recorded before Anwen left VIU, this podcast highlights… Continue Reading →

A Brave New Pedagogical World: VIU’s Council for Teaching and Learning Engages with Open Pedagogies for 2019-2020

This year, VIU’s Teaching and Learning Leadership Council is engaging with the brave new world of open pedagogies. According to BCcampus (2019), open pedagogy, also known as open educational practices (OEP), “…is the use of open educational resources (OER) to… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive: A Teaching and Learning Podcast for Vancouver Island University

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) is collecting, recording and sharing stories of teaching and learning from across our campus. Acknowledging how fortunate we at the CIEL are to hear so many inspiring, interesting, and cool stories… Continue Reading →

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