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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 →

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 →

VIULearn Quiz Tool: What can it do?

This week I ran two sessions to introduce the VIULearn Quiz tool to those who may never have used it, or may be wondering what else they can use it for. This session walked through the key settings and fields… Continue Reading →

Teaching with Empathy in the Time of COVID19

We are in uncharted waters, have been dumped in very suddenly: and the water’s cold!  All of us—students, faculty and staff—have had our lives upended by the COVID19 virus: schedules have been revamped; kids are home from school; we’re self-isolating… Continue Reading →

9 Suggestions for Assessment in the Age of the Coronavirus

If you’re under pressure to reconfigure quizzes, tests, exams and other assignments because of time pressure or or lack of access to physical settings (such as during a pandemic), this is a good opportunity to revisit principles and practices that… 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 →

Open Access Week – Open Textbooks A Brief Commentary

If you are reading this, you may have heard of open textbooks and be wondering what they are and why they may be of benefit to your students and your teaching practice. Here I will briefly make a few arguments… Continue Reading →

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