Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Category Collaborative Learning

Introducing VIU’s Open Education Working Group

Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash The VIU Open Education Working Group (VIU-OEWG) brings together key stakeholders from across the institution to provide advice and support for VIU’s open education initiatives, which include the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources while… Continue Reading →

Fostering Greater Student Independence: VIU’s August Team-Based Learning Course Redesign

On August 20-23, the Centre launched its 6th cohort of Team-Based-Learning Course Re-Designers Michaelsen’s Team-Based Learning Model is a method that fosters greater student independence and personal responsibility for learning. The key is a simple, coherent set of instructional protocols… Continue Reading →

D2L FUSION Conference: Key Take-Aways for Higher Ed

D2L’s annual FUSION conference (Reach Every Learner) for its customers was held July 19-20 in Las Vegas. This is a summary of the key take-aways for higher education faculty and support staff with a focus on Brightspace (D2L’s learning environment). Much… Continue Reading →

Teaching Excellence Video Series: Alan Gilchrist on coordinating group work and using problem based learning

Alan Gilchrist from Geography shares his strategies for organizing successful group work. In this video Alan shares his strategies for implementing problem-based learning

Group Exams – A Testimonial

by Sandra Johnstone, Teaching Faculty, Faculty of Science and Technology, VIU Finally jumping on the bandwagon I’ve been intrigued by the idea of group exams for a while, but hadn’t got around to testing out the idea in any of… Continue Reading →

Teaching Circles: Using Skilled and Experienced Alumni

by Greg Klimes, Teaching Faculty, RMOT, Faculty of Science and Technology, Vancouver Island University One of the nicest rewards I’ve experienced here at VIU occurs each year when I invite several alumni from the RMOT program to assist in the… Continue Reading →

Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Reflections on Learning

by Doris Carey, Faculty Member, Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation, VIU When designing a course, writing a syllabus, preparing assignments and deciding on assessment strategies, I try to remember how I felt about my instructors’ design decisions when I… Continue Reading →

Best Course Ever!

by Marilyn Assaf, Communications Officer, University Relations, VIU Reflecting upon my undergraduate experience at Vancouver Island University, my thoughts immediately turn to the best course ever! It was a third-year elective called Fostering Leadership Development, and it was the last… Continue Reading →

Collaboration and Creativity in Action

By Sherryl Maglione, Teaching Faculty Member, Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation, VIU Today revealed one of those ‘aha’ moments that teachers are occasionally humbled to experience. At the beginning of the term, my main focus as facilitator is to… Continue Reading →

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 ( 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 →

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