Learning Design for Deep Learning

Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

The Share Drive (Episode 17): nutsamaat uy’skwuluwun. Collette Jones (Instructor, Studies of Women and Gender)

In this powerful podcast, Collette Jones (Instructor, Studies of Women and Gender) describes her Indigenous approach to teaching and learning during the pandemic.  Collette draws on her experiences– personal, professional, and academic, including research on Coast Salish teaching methods–to highlight… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive (Episode 16): “We in Horticulture are often very adaptable” (Christine Quist, Instructor)

According to Christine Quist (instructor, Horticulture department), horticulturalists are naturally adaptable, moving and shifting constantly with seasons and conditions.  In this podcast, Christine describes her and her students’ adaptability, outlining the way in which her greenhouse skills class took to… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive (Episode 15): “That extraordinary event that rippled out of those beginning places” Heather Wilson (ECEC student); Cheryl Cameron (ECEC practicum coordinator ); Antje Bitterberg (ECEC Instructor)

In this first episode of our “What Went Well” series, we sit down with Antje Bitterberg, Cheryl Cameron, and their student, Heather Wilson, to discuss how the Early Childhood Education (ECEC) program moved through this last remarkable year.  Specifically, our… Continue Reading →

What went well: A Story-telling Call for VIU Teaching and Learning Moments from 2020-2021

A couple of years ago I started a teaching and learning podcast called The Share Drive. My intention was to share more broadly stories of teaching and learning, and general awesomeness, across our campus. I was also looking for a… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode 14: Mackenzie Sillem and her commitment to Intercultural Studies at VIU

Many listeners will know Mackenzie from her long-term and broad-reaching efforts to support Intercultural learning across VIU, most recently with the development and teaching of Intercultural Studies 100: Exploring and Developing Intercultural Competence. In this podcast, we sit down with… Continue Reading →

LearnSupport Phone Line is Back in Service!

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is happy to announce that the LearnSupport phone line is back in service! Faculty and students can now either reach out for support by sending us an email to learnsupport@viu.ca or by… Continue Reading →

UnMarking Institute 2021 at VIU

Liberate Learning: How to Untangle the Web of Feedback and Grading May 12 and 13, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM This two-day workshop includes a series of Zoom interactions, independent faculty work on their chosen course, and consultations with facilitators…. Continue Reading →

Creating Purpose by Letting Students Frame the Questions

For our final blog post on Purposeful Assignments, we spoke with Sandra Johnstone from VIU’s Earth Science Department. Sandra Johnstone’s fourth year Earth Science class was about climate change, and the first thing she did was to have the whole… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode 13: Shannon Bence: The Ultimate Online Learning Survival Guide

After witnessing the fear many of her students were experiencing in the transition to online learning, Shannon asked herself the question, “How can I help?” And the answer that came to her was, “I know! I’ll get up before my… Continue Reading →

Enduring and Public: Blogs as Purposeful Assignments

In today’s post, we’re going to look at two instructors who have used VIUBlogs to facilitate purposeful assignments that both give students meaningful choices and have lasting, public relevance beyond the length of the course.

New Way to Set Up Quiz Accommodations in VIULearn

There is a new way to set up quiz accommodations in VIULearn. Previously, student accommodations had to be set for each quiz individually using the Special Access feature. While Special Access isn’t going anywhere, a new Accommodations option allows you to set quiz timing and right-click behaviour for a student at the course level eliminating the need to do this for each quiz individually.

Set Up VIULearn to Facilitate Student Choice

Giving students meaningful choices about how they demonstrate their learning can help students become self-directed learners who can apply the skills they learn with us in their future endeavours. However, for instructors in an online learning environment, giving meaningful choices can quickly become a logistical nightmare. Thankfully, there are things you can do to facilitate meaningful choices in an online learning environment without creating a mess in your course.

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