Learning Design for Deep Learning

Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Community, Connection, Capacity and Coaching: Nona Brack and 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 →

So you recorded your Zoom session, now what?

The last few weeks we have been running sessions on how to upload your Zoom recordings to VIUTube and how to share your those VIUTube video’s with your students in VIULearn. There were lots of fantastic questions asked in these… Continue Reading →

VIULearn Assignments Tool: What can it do?

The past few weeks, we have been running sessions to introduce the VIULearn Assignments tool to those who may never have used it. This session walked through the key settings and fields in the tool from creating an assignment submission… Continue Reading →

Introducing a self-directed online module on how to be a successful learner: Ready for import into VIU courses

In an effort to support both students and faculty transitioning to an online learning environment, we have built an asynchronous, self-directed learning module for students that can be embedded into VIULearn courses. In this module, there are 6 themes for… Continue Reading →

Survey Your Students in VIULearn

The Early Feedback Survey is now available in VIULearn. VIU faculty members are invited to use this tool to capture information—anonymously—on how students are responding to your course. The survey is already populated with a suite of questions tailored toward… Continue Reading →

Embracing the Unknown: Why Online Postsecondary Study Is Worth the Risk

This blogpost was originally published by Educause Review Transforming Higher Education by  Kathleen Bortolin on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (Link to original article). The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown much of higher education into disarray, but amid this storm are opportunities to… Continue Reading →

Learning to Learn Online: An Open Educational Resource (OER) for Students and Instructors

For months now, members of the CIEL have been shouldering questions about how to help students be effective online learners. Now, thanks to some student authors and the power of Pressbooks, the world of higher education is privy to a… Continue Reading →

Fall Learning Technology Orientation Webinars for Students

This Fall, 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 teaching and… Continue Reading →

Changes to VIULearn Login and Email, July 2020

The way that students and employees log in to VIULearn is changing July 23,2020.

In addition, there is an upcoming change to improve the email experience within VIULearn.

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 →

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