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Episode 4: Willing Partners: VIU’s Writing Centre and International Academic Support (IAS) on their commitment to student success

“…helping them to perform the best they can.” -John Hill, Coordinator Writing (and Thinking) Centre VIU’s Writing Centre and International Academic Support (IAS) provide essential and valued services to hundreds of VIU students every semester. In this podcast, I sit… Continue Reading →

Pedagogy of the Poinsettia: Teaching and Learning in VIU’s Horticulture Program

In this third episode of the Share Drive, I talk to Jessica Gemella from VIU’s Horticulture Program.  Jessica and I (along with Marilyn Funk and Sally Vinden) have been working on a curriculum enhancement project over the last two years,… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive Episode: #2 “Spread the Nerd Around”

In this episode of the Share Drive, I sit down with the vibrant and tech-savvy Anwen Burk, former Learning Technology Support Specialist (LTSS) at VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. Recorded before Anwen left VIU, this podcast highlights… Continue Reading →

Open Access Week – Open Textbooks A Brief Commentary

If you are reading this, you may have heard of open textbooks and be wondering what they are and why they may be of benefit to your students and your teaching practice. Here I will briefly make a few arguments… Continue Reading →

A Brave New Pedagogical World: VIU’s Council for Teaching and Learning Engages with Open Pedagogies for 2019-2020

This year, VIU’s Teaching and Learning Leadership Council is engaging with the brave new world of open pedagogies. According to BCcampus (2019), open pedagogy, also known as open educational practices (OEP), “…is the use of open educational resources (OER) to… Continue Reading →

Why Trades Education needs to open its doors to open education

Since the turn of the 21st century, Trades Education has been subjected to rapid changes due to advances in technology, changes in global markets, and other influences such as climate change. A prime example of this pace of change can… Continue Reading →

Open Access Week 2019: Reflections on Open Access, OER, and Community of Practice

The International Open Access Week theme for 2019, #OAWeek2019, is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”, a call to reflect and act so that the future we build is one where “strategies and structures for opening knowledge must be co-designed in… Continue Reading →

Are you ready to UN-Teach?

(This project fulfills the course requirement—“Roles and Responsibilities” –- for the VIU Recognition of Achievement for Student Engagement.) Successful teachers are agents of deep change. They can be singlehandedly responsible for altering permanently the way students think, act, and view… Continue Reading →

The Share Drive: A Teaching and Learning Podcast for Vancouver Island University

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) is collecting, recording and sharing stories of teaching and learning from across our campus. Acknowledging how fortunate we at the CIEL are to hear so many inspiring, interesting, and cool stories… Continue Reading →

August 2019 VIU New Faculty Orientation to Teaching

On August 27th, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence offered its bi-annual New Faculty Orientation to Teaching (NFOT) to 30 new faculty at VIU.  This day-long session is offered to “new and kind of new” faculty within their first two… Continue Reading →

Starting the semester off right: Tips and strategies for a great first day

by Kathleen Bortolin In my earlier days of teaching, I dreaded the first class of the semester.  At the beginning of term there was so much nervous energy—mostly mine.  These nerves always threw me, so I did what made the… Continue Reading →

Three Exciting New VIUTube and VIULearn Features!

There have been some exciting updates to our learning technologies this summer. Keep reading to learn about three new tools available right now.

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