Publications & Conferences

Publications: Master’s Project

Title: A first year course in digital technologies designed to support adult learners using a blended delivery model


My Goal was to design a first year blended transitional course on the effective use of digital tools for academic purposes that also includes the implications of the student’s digital footprint, professionalism and personal learning networks

Conference & Workshop Presentations

D2L Connection: BC Edition, November 10, 2017

Presentation Title: Working together – Creation of a fully online Math course

Co-presenter: Stephanie Boychuk

As the demand for flexible learning solutions continue to grow, we are faced with the unique challenge of creating high-quality online learning opportunities for our students. At Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty are empowered to engage with the course design and development process with technological and pedagogical support.

In this presentation, hear from both a faculty member and learning technology support person about how they worked together to leverage Brightspace to create a self-paced, fully-online Mathematics course. We will discuss the successes and challenges of using Brightspace to deliver Mathematics content and explore how our unique partnership lead to a more robust and user friendly course.

Teaching & Learning Show ‘n Share, Presentations to the VIU community, March 22, 2017

Presentation Title: TOTAL RECALL: Metacognitive Strategies to Help Students Learn More Effectively

Co-presenters: Rita Gower, Nancy Page,Les Barclay

Abstract: Join Rita, Nancy, Lisa and Les as they demonstrate four quick and effective self-regulated learning strategies: interweaving course content, procrastination management, retrieval practice and increasing metacognitive awareness.

Teaching & Learning Show ‘n Share, Presentations to the VIU community, January 17 2017

Presentation Title: Using Infographics and Stories to Assess Student Understanding

Co-presenter: Charlene Stewart, Instructor, VIU

Abstract: Looking for ways to reinforce and expand their students’ understanding of the concepts within Biology 067, Lisa and Charlene decided to incorporate infographics and stories into two major projects in the course.  In this session, Lisa and Charlene will describe these two projects, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, and share student feedback on the projects.

Institute for Innovation in Education, Canada 2016: Nanaimo, November 4, 2016

Workshop Title: Using Storytelling as Formative Assessment in Science Classes

Abstract: Storytelling is one of the oldest and most enjoyable methods of communicating important knowledge from one person to another. In this workshop you will learn methods for using storytelling as a means of formative assessment in science classes, though the methods can be transferred to other subjects. By getting students individually, in pairs, or in groups, to write stories about challenging & difficult topics, educators will easily be able to assess the level of understanding in the class and students will enhance their familiarity and recall of the topic.

VIU Teaching and Learning Conference: Nanaimo, May 2016

Presentation Title: The IN Crowd: INclusive, INtegrated, INnovative

Co-presenter: Rita Gower, Instructor, VIU

Abstract: Have you been wondering how to create a cohesive classroom from a group of students who are young, old, international, domestic, or have a learning disability? Join Rita Gower and Lisa Lewis for an inspiring hands-on presentation about creating learning communities in trades programs, and promoting community and personal learning networks in science programs. Using strategies such as Universal Principles of Design, Indigenous ways of learning, and building community through storytelling, Lisa and Rita have been able to leverage diversity as a tool to build tightly knit classroom communities. Come and learn how to use these tools in your classrooms!

Presentation Title: Community Building within the Classroom: Creating a Supportive Community

Co-presenter: Janet Sinclair, Aboriginal Student Transition Advisor, VIU

Abstract: This workshop will look at sharing ways of creating a supportive community within the classroom, and presenters will share their experiences and identify key outcomes as to how their practice is being enhanced through collaboration and by following the values of interrelatedness, respect and reciprocity. Learners therefore have a sense of belonging and inspiration for their future goals in higher learning.

Teaching & Learning Show ‘n Share, VIU, 2016

Presentation Title: Accessible Learning and Inclusive Design

Co-presenters: Katharine Rollwagen, Nancy Page, Alison Taplay, Rita Gower

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Digital Learning Conference: Vancouver, April 2015

Presentation Title: Student Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Digital Mind Maps

Co-presenter: Charlene Stewart, Instructor, VIU

Abstract: Mind-maps are a great way to review, retain and organize information, make connections between concepts, and brainstorm ideas. Many digital mind-mapping websites are available to create individually or collaboratively generated maps. This presentation will demonstrate a few of these sites as well as their capabilities, requirements, collaborative learning possibilities, potential risks and possible activities.

Delegates will come away with a resource (handout) with variety of digital mind-mapping websites. The session will include program capabilities, technical requirements, and potential privacy risks as well as examples of lesson ideas and activities.

Also Presented At VIU 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, May 2015

Presentation to VIU community, March 2015

Presentation Title: Integrating VIULearn (D2L) into Courses: What are VIU Instructors Doing?

Co-presenters: Alison Taplay, Les Barclay, Jessie Key, Rachel Moll, Dean Cadieux, Charlene Stewart

Abstract: This show and share session is the third event in a speaker series designed to advance the use of technology at VIU.  This session will highlight how our own instructors are using VIULearn (D2L) to enhance teaching and learning in face-to-face, blended and online courses.

An interdisciplinary group of instructors will begin with 5 minute demonstrations of the various ways they are integrating VIULearn into learning activities, assignments, group work, labs, and more. They will share what they are excited about and why. The intent of the session is to share what is working well from a grass roots perspective, to spark ideas among ourselves, and to better connect VIULearn users with one another.

Conference & Workshop: Attendance



Workshops & Presentations

  • Understanding Project Management – Certificate of completion (June)


Workshops & Presentations

  • Portfoliopalooza – 4 days of choose your own “hands-on sessions to help you prepare your portfolio” (May)
  • Lights, Camera, Action!: Screencasting with VIUTube’s CaptureSpace (March)
  • Bring Your Lunch & Learn about … Born in the Age of Constant Internet Connectivity: Now that the millennials are moving on, what do universities need to know about the iGens? (March)



  • D2L Connection: BC Edition (November)
  • ETUG (Educational Technology Users Group) Spring Workshop 2017 (June)
  • VIU Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 (May)

Workshops & Presentations

  • Changes in BC K-12 Curriculum: Impacts on Post-Secondary Education (Fall)
  • Lunch & Learn about … Leadership for Adaptive Challenges
  • Finding What Works For Me: Student Perspectives on Learning (May)
  • Promoting Inquiry in the Classroom: What Did We Learn? (March)
  • Teaching and Learning Show ‘n’ Share – Assessment in the Messiness and Variety of Student Creativity (March)



  • Institute for Innovation in Education Gathering, Nanaimo BC (October)
  • EdMedia 2016, Vancouver BC (June)
  • VIU 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference, Nanaimo BC (May)
  • Festival of Learning, Burnaby BC (June)

Workshops & Presentations

  • Teaching and Learning Show ‘n’ Share – Indigenous Portfolios and Interdisciplinary Simulations (December)
  • Learning through Structured Inquiry (November)
  • Mash-ups, Focus Groups and Health Care Systems: Experiential learning is not just about Field Trips! (November)
  • Shift Happens? Paradigms and Syntagms in Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning – Leaders on Learning (April)
  • Peer Observation: How Faculty Can Support Each Other (March)
  • Flipped Learning: Changing Up the Ways Students Learn (March)
  • Finding What Works For Me: Student Perspectives on Learning (May)



  • Scholarly Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education, Vancouver BC (November)
  • Teaching and Learning Symposium, Nanaimo BC (May)
  • Digital Learning Conference: Vancouver BC (April)

Workshops & Presentations

  • Blending and Flipping: Strategies for Enhancing Student Engagement and Learning in Class (November)
  • Teaching and Learning Engagement Club: Assessment of Student Learning (November)
  • Teaching and Learning Engagement Club – Peer Observation: How Faculty Can Support Each Other (November)
  • Teaching and Learning Engagement Club – Flipped Learning: Changing Up the Ways Students Learn (November)
  • Clickers: Classroom Response Systems in Action (November)


  • Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice, Vancouver BC (November)
  • UBC’s  Learning Conference, Reflecting on Scholarly Approaches, Kelowna BC (May)


  • Faculty Development Spring Institute, Nanaimo BC, (May)
  • ABEABC: The Education Jigsaw: Fitting Adults into the Puzzle, Harrison Hot Springs BC, (April)


  • ABEABC: Life is a Highway: Connections and Crossroads, Harrison Hot Springs BC, (April)


  • Facilitators’ Development Workshop, Nanaimo BC, (June)
  • Instructional Skills Workshop, Nanaimo BC, (February)