Category: General

  • Using Teams to Build Connection 

    Using Teams to Build Connection 

    The importance of building connection into teaching and learning is not unique to online learning environments, but it can be more challenging when you are not in the same physical space as your students. To build connection into an online learning environment, there are three types of interaction to consider.  These interactions can be built into…

  • OLI! An Online Learning Institute

    OLI! An Online Learning Institute

    What is OLI? OLI is a 14 week institute that will guide you in designing a digital learning environment that is human centered, accessible, inclusive and mindful of your wellbeing and that of your students. Based on a proven history of successful online teaching and learning and the BC Post Secondary Digital Learning Strategy, we will help…

  • Increase Student Engagement and Persistence with Team-Based Course Design

    Increase Student Engagement and Persistence with Team-Based Course Design

    Student engagement and persistence depend on many factors, but a bonding experience with other students in the classroom can make the difference between staying or leaving and between excelling or merely drifting. We therefore invite you to reserve your seat now in the August 2024 Course Re-Design Project, Increase Student Engagement and Persistence with Team-Based Course…

  • Course Prep Week 2024: Hands On Curriculum Support for Faculty

    Course Prep Week 2024: Hands On Curriculum Support for Faculty

    Join us for Course Prep Week 2024: Hands On Curriculum Support for Faculty, May 8-10.  We hope that you will join us as we provide focused learning opportunities including course refresh, consultations with technology and pedagogy specialists, workshops on key aspects of course design and the opportunity to interact with your colleagues who are working…

  • Zoom to Teams Training for Instructors

    Zoom to Teams Training for Instructors

    Starting in the fall semester of 2024, all video conferencing and online meetings at VIU will move to Microsoft Teams. CIEL will be offering a range of options to help instructors with this transition in the spring preparation time…

  • Navigating Digital Technology in Teaching and Learning

    Navigating Digital Technology in Teaching and Learning

    With the rise of digital technology, such as GenAI, there is a growing need for heightened ethical considerations and the protection of student privacy. This blog offers recommendations and resources to support instructors in making informed decisions when integrating digital technology into their teaching. Whether teaching online, in-person, hybrid, or blended environments, it’s important to…

  • Transitioning from Zoom to Microsoft Teams

    Transitioning from Zoom to Microsoft Teams

    As you may have heard, VIU non-instructional employees will begin using Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings on January 31, 2024. Here at CIEL, we will be providing support which will include information sessions, instructional material, and 1-on-1 meetings to make the transition as seamless as possible. This blog post is intended to be a starting…

  • Why use Due Dates in VIULearn?

    Why use Due Dates in VIULearn?

    Many tools in VIULearn including content modules and topics, assignments, quizzes, discussions, and more have a start date, due date, and an end date that can be associated with them. You may share important deadlines with your students in other ways but it’s also a good idea to use these fields in VIULearn. Here are…

  • VIU Learning Technologies Orientation for Students

    VIU Learning Technologies Orientation for Students

    We offer live webinars to introduce students to the learning technologies available at VIU, especially our online course platform VIULearn. Go to our Events Calendar to view the schedule and register for a live orientation webinar! Otherwise, Not to worry – we recorded the orientation for you! You can watch it whenever is convenient &…

  • Academic Integrity and Generative AI: Best Practices

    Academic Integrity and Generative AI: Best Practices

    Over the past year, there has been remarkable progress, resilience, and adaptability around the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and education. AI is a broad term that encompasses generative AI (GenAI) and Large Language Models (LLM) like ChatGPT. The Oxford English Dictionary simply defines AI as “the capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit…

  • Save the Date…

    Save the Date…

    For VIU’s Learning and Teaching Conference May 8-10, 2024! More information on the conference and a call for proposal are coming this Fall. In the meantime, keep your eye on The Teaching and Learning Conference Website for updates, themes and how to register for this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • GenAi Learning and Teaching Mini-Conference

    GenAi Learning and Teaching Mini-Conference

    CIEL is hosting a mini-conference on October 26, 2023 from 8:30am – 3:00pm (hours subject to change) dedicated to exploring GenAI in the teaching learning landscape and we invite you to join us. There are so many things to say about GenAI and the teaching and learning landscape that we hardly know where to start:…