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VIU Course Retention Process: Why Are We Deleting VIULearn Courses?

Photo Courtesy of: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash VIU has implemented a Course Retention Process to protect and streamline course and student data in VIULearn, our virtual learning environment (Brightspace by D2L). Since implementing VIULearn in Spring of 2012, there were over… 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 →

Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education: Responding to British Columbia’s New K-12 Curriculum

British Columbia has a new Kindergarten (K) – Grade 12 curriculum. K to Grade 9 was rolled out in Fall of 2016. Grade 10 curriculum will be mandatory in Fall of 2018 and Grades 11 and 12 will follow in… 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 →

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 →

Enhancements to VIULearn: My Home, Course Home and Nav Bar (April 30)

On April 30, VIULearn will undergo a  change in terms of look and feel as we upgrade to a new version called Daylight. We are also going to slide in a few enhancements to the My Home, Course Home and the… Continue Reading →

VIUTube moves to a New Location at UBC

VIUTube, VIU’s streaming video platform for uploading and watching videos in a secure and private location is being upgraded (and moved to a new location). VIU is now part of a centralized shared service for post-secondary institutions in BC for… 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’s Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence: Takes on Institutional Challenges

VIU’s Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence is Taking on Institutional Challenges: Seeking New Members for 2017-2018! Handout (PDF): Summary Handout For the 2017-2018 year, faculty members will explore solutions, resources and activities to support these two institutional challenges. Identified… 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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