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Vancouver Island Team-Based Learning Institute (August 14-16, 2019)

**Information for Non-VIU Guest Registrants**  August 14-16, 2019 | Vancouver Island University | Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada    Tine Reimers and Bill Roberson of Vancouver Island University, and Jim Sibley of University of British Columbia will be your facilitators for the Institute. As users of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and… Continue Reading →

VIU Students Saved $483,000 in Textbook Costs Since 2015

Open Textbooks Remove Some Barriers for Students to Learn Over half of B.C. students do not buy the required textbooks for a course, and over a quarter of potential learners choose not to register for a class due to excessive… Continue Reading →

University Faculty Members Visit Grade 8-12 Classes: Building Connections

In an effort to promote a stronger connection between local high schools and Vancouver Island University, a Grade 8-12 Classroom Visit Initiative was created and piloted in October and November 2018. The idea arose out of conversations with university faculty… Continue Reading →

Tao of Marking: Caring For Students through Unmarking Your Courses

Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University is putting on a series of activities this year about marking and grading. We are asking faculty to examine their marking and grading practices, and… Continue Reading →

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 →

Student Digital Learning Experience: Requirements for Learner Success at Vancouver Island University

Digital technologies are an essential part of student learning. The student digital learning experience encompasses the required technology services, supports, infrastructure, access and learning tools for ensuring graduates of post-secondary institutions have the necessary digital skills, knowledge and abilities to… Continue Reading →

Grade 8-12 and VIU Classroom Visit Initiative

The Grade 8-12 and VIU Classroom Visit Initiative was a new offering of professional learning for Vancouver Island University campus community members (faculty, support staff, administration) to visit local high school classrooms (grades 8-12) in School Districts 68 and 69… 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 →

VIULearn Looks Different! Updated to a Modern Responsive Design!

When Vancouver Island University students and faculty members log in to VIULearn for the first time this Fall 2017, they will experience a change in the look and feel of the learning environment. On April 30, 2017 VIULearn was upgraded… Continue Reading →

‘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 →

Maxwell Stevenson joins the Centre as new Associate Director

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning welcomes Maxwell Stevenson to the new role of Associate Director. Maxwell hails from Victoria where he grew up and attended the University of Victoria. After his undergraduate degree he headed to England… Continue Reading →

VIU Teaching and Learning Conference: Registration Filling Up Fast!

VIU Teaching and Learning Conference: Celebrating Impactful Assessment Wednesday, May 10 – Friday, May 12 Conference Website: bit.ly/viutlc2017 Program Sessions: Link (online schedule that allows you to bookmark sessions you may wish to attend; adding sessions to your schedule does not… Continue Reading →

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