Learning Design for Deep Learning

Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

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Michael Paskevicius

Changes to the VIUBlogs WordPress Service

Since 2012, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning has supported two WordPress installations under the banner, VIUBlogs. One of these installations was intended for students (studentblogs.viu.ca), and one was for use by University employees (wordpress.viu.ca). The two separate… Continue Reading →

Best Practices for Facilitating Online Learning: VIU Community of Practice Recap of Session two

  We hosted our second fully online VIU community of practice session discussing best practices for facilitating online learning on October 21st. This was another great session with a number of faculty returning from the first session as well as some new… Continue Reading →

Engaging students with Open Education at VIULearns 2016

Last week during the VIULearns event on the Nanaimo campus I had a chance to engage students directly with the idea of open education. I positioned our booth to draw students in around all aspects of open education; including open… Continue Reading →

Best Practices for Facilitating Online Learning: VIU Community of Practice Recap

We hosted our first fully online VIU community of practice discussing best practices for facilitating online learning last Friday over lunch. While the initial group was small the session went very well. We had established some structure to and prompts… Continue Reading →

Using Classroom Response Systems to Gather Student Feedback

Recently we were approached by a department looking to gather feedback from students for a program review. As the feedback that they were looking to gather was in the form of multiple-choice responses, we decided to use student response systems… Continue Reading →

OpenEd 2015 Conference

I have just returned from OpenEd 2015 in Vancouver, a conference focused on exploring developments in open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices. I attended this conference when it was last hosted in Vancouver in 2012 and was delighted to… Continue Reading →

Blackboard Collaborate Modernization: The Ultra Experience

I am quite excited about the upcoming release of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous communication tool that has been available at VIU for some time now.  It is most similar to familiar programs such as Skype, which… Continue Reading →

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Marilyn Funk discusses her community-based project on Newcastle Island

Marilyn Funk from the Department of Resource Management and Protection discusses her community-based project which students participate in on Newcastle Island.

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Bernie Krynowsky shares his guiding principles for effective teaching and engaging students

Bernie Krynowsky from Education discusses how wisdom, passion, and caring shape his approach to teaching. Bernie discusses his strategies for keeping students engaged in the classroom through a variety of means and techniques. Bernie discusses his philosophy on being a… Continue Reading →

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Gail Krivel-Zacks on concept mapping and designing meaningful case studies

Gail Krivel-Zacks from Education talks about using concept mapping to help students organize information with complex relationships and to help students demonstrate learning over time. Gail discusses a process by which she had students create relevant case studies for other… Continue Reading →

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