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‘Daylight’ Has Come and Gone: VIU’s Experience Moving to D2L’s New Responsive Design Interface

On April 30, Vancouver Island University switched its learning environment, called VIULearn, to the “Daylight Experience” from D2L. Daylight is a change in the look and feel (colours, buttons, icons, text), but it really updates the learning environment to one… Continue Reading →

Enhancements to VIULearn: My Home, Course Home and Nav Bar (April 30)

On April 30, VIULearn will undergo a  change in terms of look and feel as we upgrade to a new version called Daylight. We are also going to slide in a few enhancements to the My Home, Course Home and the… Continue Reading →

Best Practices for Facilitating Online Learning: VIU Community of Practice Recap

We hosted our first fully online VIU community of practice discussing best practices for facilitating online learning last Friday over lunch. While the initial group was small the session went very well. We had established some structure to and prompts… Continue Reading →

Blackboard Collaborate Modernization: The Ultra Experience

I am quite excited about the upcoming release of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous communication tool that has been available at VIU for some time now.  It is most similar to familiar programs such as Skype, which… Continue Reading →

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Jessie Key on creating video lab tutorials

Jessie Key from Chemistry discusses his use of video tutorials for lectures and labs.

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Louis Mattar on getting to know students, gathering feedback and flipping the classroom

Louis Mattar from Sport, Health & Physical Education shares his strategies for getting to know students, gathering feedback and flipping the classroom.

Mobile Education – Lessons from 35 Education Experts on Improving Learning with Mobile Technology

Mobile Education – Lessons from 35 Education Experts on Improving Learning with Mobile Technology from Studio B Productions, Inc. This is a great presentation (which actually reads like a book) providing a number of excellent ideas for using educational technology… Continue Reading →

Fast and Furious Learning – An Overview of Desire2Learn Fusion 2013 – Part 1

For the past few months I have been busy converting a multitude of courses from Moodle to Desire2Learn at VIU. When I heard that I was going to have the opportunity to go to Desire2Learn’s Fusion 2013 (Website).I was ecstatic!… Continue Reading →

Wiggio: Online Group Collaborative Learning Tool Coming to Desire2Learn

In March, Desire2Learn acquired the company, Wiggio (http://wiggio.com/). Wiggio creates a product to help students self-organize campus groups. Desire2Learn is working on integrating Wiggio into their Learning Suite, and are aiming to make Wiggio available to all clients in the… Continue Reading →

Achieving Better Balance: Learning First, Technology Second

There is a better balance yet to be achieved – between technology and learning in higher education (well K-16 education for that matter). I don’t believe we are there yet. There is a lot of “technology talk” these days….. technology… Continue Reading →

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