Learning Design for Deep Learning

Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Design Purposeful Assignments

As we all navigate new ways of teaching and learning, we at the CIEL are hearing a lot of stress from both students and faculty around major assignments. This isn’t all because of hybrid and online learning. Assignments that carry a large percentage of a grade have always been a source of stress for both faculty and students.

The Share Drive Episode 12: Aggie Weighill: Innovative Ways to Mobilize Knowledge

After learning the correct pronunciation of Aggie’s last name, we decide Aggie is so well-known and influential, that no last name is even necessary and “Aggie” can stand alone (think Beyonce or Madonna).  When we get down to business, we… Continue Reading →

New Assignment Create/Edit Experience Available for Opt-In

Starting December 8, 2020, instructors in VIULearn can opt in to using the new Assignment creation interface. This new version of the Assignment tool will replace the current Assignment creation workflow in Summer 2021. In this blog post we will look at the new Assignment Creation screen in detail so you can see what is new and choose whether you want to adopt this change right now, or wait until the feature is turned on for all users

Watch the Student Technology Orientation anytime!

This year, we are running live webinars to introduce students to the learning technologies available at VIU while protecting the health and safety of everyone involved. Are you unable to attend one of our live Student Technology Orientation webinars this… Continue Reading →

Spring Learning Technology Orientation Webinars for Students

This Spring, to continue to better support the busy lives of students and employees at VIU while maintaining safe social distance, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) will be offering fully online orientations for VIULearn and other… Continue Reading →

Taking a peek: How do other instructors design their VIULearn courses? (Ravi Mohabeer and Stephanie Boychuk)

Would you like to take a peek into your colleagues’ VIULearn course shells? Do you have questions about how best to arrange material in VIULearn, or how to format the course material clearly and accessibly? In this recorded Show N Share session,… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode 11: Evandra Panych: Instructional Design for Dinner

Evandra Panych, an alumni of the CIEL’s course redesign “sailing,” shares her process in designing and teaching an online course in the interior design program. Evandra acknowledges how challenging it was for her to redesign a practical, lab-based course for… Continue Reading →

CIEL Consultations: One on one support with a course design specialist

What’s a consultation, and how do you get one? CIEL staff are available to answer questions and act as sounding boards for your ideas. If you have a question about how to use a specific technology, are considering a new… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode 10: Imogene Lim: “I’m a noisy descendant.”

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The Share Drive Episode 9: Paige Fisher: “How do we make our time together precious?”

In this podcast, Paige Fisher (Faculty of Education) reflects on her process of transitioning online, paying close attention to the ways in which she and her partner teachers build community for their students.  Paige discusses how she builds a sense… Continue Reading →

VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom) Refresher

The last few weeks we have been running sessions reviewing the use of VIUOnline Rooms (powered by Zoom) for classes at VIU. These sessions included some best practices for using Zoom with students, an overview of all meeting controls (for… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode 8: Nona Brack: Community, Connection, Capacity and Coaching–Moving nursing courses online

VIU nursing instructor, Nona Brack, discusses her experiences shifting a variety of her courses to an online environment.  Nona’s experiences in pivoting include moving a theory course online with only a few weeks to go, redesigning a 3rd year clinical… Continue Reading →

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