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A light-bulb moment 30 years in the making

by Sandra Johnstone, Teaching Faculty, Faculty of Science and Technology, VIU Illumination A few weeks ago I had a busy day. I attended a morning meeting to discuss learning outcomes for our programs in the Earth Science department. In the… Continue Reading →

What’s the purpose of higher education?

by Andrea Noble, Online Course Support Assistant, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) 100% Human Connection If the purpose of higher education is to gather information, the Internet would’ve replaced teachers by now. When teachers bring the human… Continue Reading →

Auditory Learners and the Lecture Format

by Doris Carey, Faculty Member, Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation, VIU In my decades as an educator, few students have ever claimed that their preferred learning modality is auditory. Not that it matters, since no research evidence exists to… Continue Reading →

Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Lovey

By Carrie Johns, Secretary Registrar and Convocation, Registration Centre, VIU My grandmother had magical hands. Oh, she couldn’t move solid objects with a flick of her wrists but she was exceptionally gifted at transformation.  Flour, sugar, and butter were magically… Continue Reading →

I love it when a plan comes together

by Rob Ferguson, Teaching Faculty Member and Co-Chair, Department of Recreation and Tourism Management, Faculty of Management, VIU While I refuse to acknowledge that I am well past my youthful prime, I am old enough to remember the popular TV… Continue Reading →

Color vs Colour

by Darlene Goodrick, Supervisor – Printing & Duplicating, Vancouver Island University Have you ever been involved in a debate on how to correctly spell the word ‘colour’?  Ever wonder why British English spells ‘color’ with a ‘u’ and the American… Continue Reading →

Watch and Learn

By Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant, Professional Development and Training, Faculties of Health and Human Services & Trades and Applied Technology, VIU   Watch, my child, and learn Watch us stay instead of roam Watch a camp become our home Watch… Continue Reading →

History Lessons

By Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant, Professional Development and Training, Faculties of Health and Human Services & Trades and Applied Technology, VIU Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do learn from it are privileged… Continue Reading →

Aboriginal Education: Humility Through Service

By Sherryl Maglione (Miss Magz), Cowichan Campus, ABE English Instructor, Vancouver Island University As an Aboriginal educator, teaching Aboriginal students has, over time and very simply, become my focus, passion, and life’s work.  My life’s journey as an Aboriginal educator,… Continue Reading →

QuickWrites

By Sherryl Maglione (Miss Magz), Cowichan Campus, ABE English Instructor, Vancouver Island University I used to have an exercise like that back in elementary, but with computers, and the exercise was quick-type. I hated it, though. But with this quick-write,… Continue Reading →

International Education Creates Value-Added Opportunities For Faculty and Students

By Sharon Kelly, Teaching Faculty Member and Degree Advisor, Faculty of Management/Educational Counsellor, Student Affairs, VIU I feel ever so lucky to be able to work at Vancouver Island University where international students are welcomed and international experiences for students… Continue Reading →

Goal Setting, Planning (and Monitoring) Skills Part 2: How To Avoid Becoming A One Trick Pony

By Sharon Kelly, Teaching Faculty Member and Degree Advisor, Faculty of Management/Educational Counsellor, Student Affairs, VIU Pardon the mini essay tone of this blog post: I think I wrote this as much for me as for you! Goal setting and… Continue Reading →

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