Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Author Kathleen Bortolin

The Share Drive (Episode 18): Pedagogy Impassioned by a Pandemic (Anna Atkinson, English Department)

Anna Atkinson has always been passionate about English. But she traces her relatively newfound passion for pedagogy to the onset of the pandemic. In this podcast, I sit down with Anna to talk about her transition to online teaching, the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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.”


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 →

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