Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Author Kathleen Bortolin

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.”

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Big Pivot: Podcast Bites from VIU Faculty Shifting to Alternate Delivery

In this series of podcasts, I wanted to collect and share stories from VIU faculty who have pivoted, or who are pivoting, to an alternate delivery method. Which is all of us. I wanted to capture at this moment in… Continue Reading →

The Podcast that Wasn’t: Capturing Amber Hieb’s Pivot to Alternate Delivery

As someone who is supporting a small army of faculty transitioning to alternate delivery, I’m a bit shy (mortified?) to share my own cringe worthy tech fail. But I will. In that selfless sort of way that leaves one thinking,… Continue Reading →

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