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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 →

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 →

K-12 and VIU Classroom Visit Initiative

The K-12 and VIU Classroom Visit Initiative is 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, 69 and 79,… Continue Reading →

What makes VIU Excellent in Teaching and Learning?

In May 2018, Vancouver Island University was named a finalist in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards from the Higher Education Academy headquartered in the United Kingdom. Just one of 17 finalists from more than 40 countries, VIU was the only… Continue Reading →

Join us for the New Faculty Orientation to Teaching!

Join us!  Meet with VIU colleagues, learn more about the students we have at VIU, and connect with the staff who are ready to help with your teaching questions. The event is built around lively discussions with other new (and… Continue Reading →

Cleaning Up VIULearn: New Process for VIU as of July 2018

New Process for VIULearn Course Cleanup Status: Currently we have over 40,000 courses dating back to Intersession 2012 when we began using D2L’s Brightspace software (branded VIULearn). Many of these courses were never used or are not used anymore. The accumulation of… Continue Reading →

5 Key Changes in BC’s New K-12 Curriculum: What are the Implications for Post-Secondary?

By Liesel Knaack, Director, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Vancouver Island University PDF of Blog Post (1.5 MB) British Columbia’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system is being updated and enhanced. New mandated curriculum for Kindergarten (K) to… Continue Reading →

Engaging students with Open Education at VIULearns 2016

Last week during the VIULearns event on the Nanaimo campus I had a chance to engage students directly with the idea of open education. I positioned our booth to draw students in around all aspects of open education; including open… Continue Reading →

Learning to Learn: Student Study Strategies for Success!

The start of the school year is always an exciting time for learning. It is also an excellent time to share learning strategies with students (and faculty) to assist them in being better learners. The past month I’ve visited many… Continue Reading →

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