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Postponed: VIULearn Course Cleanup 2020

To help support instructors, CIEL has decided to not perform the VIULearn Course Cleanup in 2020.

The following semesters will be permanently removed from VIULearn in July 2021:
Fall 2017, 2018; Year 2017, 2018; Continuous Intake 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019; Intersession 2018, 2019; Summer (May and June) 2018, 2019

Zoom Security Updates, June 2020

Read this post to learn more about updates to Zoom security for VIU including the move to Canadian data centers only, a new Report Users feature, and upcoming requirements for meeting passwords.

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 →

Technology for Remote Teaching: Create a Document Camera at Home

Last week we explored some of the technology options for improving your video and audio on videos and web calls. Today, we want to take a look at options for replicating the use of a document camera or whiteboard over… Continue Reading →

Course Outlines and Syllabi

We’ve had lots of conversations with faculty members about what their teaching in the Fall semester will look like, and course outlines have come up regularly. Students need access to the basic information about the courses in which they are… Continue Reading →

Synchronous vs Asynchronous: What is the best blend?

As we continue to live in the world of Alternative Delivery, we are often asked “how much of my online course should be synchronous and how much should be asynchronous?”. There is no magic ratio that will work for every… Continue Reading →

Technology for Remote Teaching

Being seen and heard clearly online is extremely important in this time. Whether you are creating videos or just spending hours on video calls, many of us are finding our current equipment isn’t quite meeting our new needs. But how… 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 →

More Options for Improving Zoom Security

Zoom is continuing to add features and make setting changes to improve the security of their platform. In this post, we look at the new Security button, password protected meetings, data centre location settings, and keeping Zoom up to date on your device.

Gather Feedback from Students Using VIULearn Surveys

As we explore new tools in a world of alternate course delivery, we understand that many of you will also be looking to collect feedback from your students: either to confirm what’s working, or to focus your innovations and refinements…. Continue Reading →

Four Ways You Can Prevent “Zoom Bombing”

Zoom is a great way to stay connected in this time of physical distancing. However, with the recent massive increase in the use of Zoom around the world, we have also seen reports of “Zoom Bombing” – where participants in… Continue Reading →

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