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The Share Drive Episode 10: Imogene Lim: “I’m a noisy descendant.”


Podcast 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 →

VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom) Refresher

The last few weeks we have been running sessions reviewing the use of VIUOnline Rooms (powered by Zoom) for classes at VIU. These sessions included some best practices for using Zoom with students, an overview of all meeting controls (for… Continue Reading →

Community, Connection, Capacity and Coaching: Nona Brack and 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 →

So you recorded your Zoom session, now what?

The last few weeks we have been running sessions on how to upload your Zoom recordings to VIUTube and how to share your those VIUTube video’s with your students in VIULearn. There were lots of fantastic questions asked in these… Continue Reading →

VIULearn Assignments Tool: What can it do?

The past few weeks, we have been running sessions to introduce the VIULearn Assignments tool to those who may never have used it. This session walked through the key settings and fields in the tool from creating an assignment submission… 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 →

Survey Your Students in VIULearn

The Early Feedback Survey is now available in VIULearn. VIU faculty members are invited to use this tool to capture information—anonymously—on how students are responding to your course. The survey is already populated with a suite of questions tailored toward… 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 →

Fall Learning Technology Orientation Webinars for Students

This Fall, to better support the busy lives of students and employees at VIU while maintaining safe social distance, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) will be offering fully online orientations for VIULearn and other teaching and… Continue Reading →

Changes to VIULearn Login and Email, July 2020

The way that students and employees log in to VIULearn is changing July 23,2020.

In addition, there is an upcoming change to improve the email experience within VIULearn.

Postponed: VIULearn Course Cleanup 2020

To help support instructors, CIEL has decided to not perform the VIULearn Course Cleanup in 2020.

The following semesters will be permanently removed from VIULearn in July 2021:
Fall 2017, 2018; Year 2017, 2018; Continuous Intake 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019; Intersession 2018, 2019; Summer (May and June) 2018, 2019

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