Marilyn Funk

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist
(250) 753.3245

Early in my teaching career I came to the realization that lecturing, no matter how relevant and entertaining, didn’t allow students to live up to their potential as learners. So with an eye towards improving student engagement I’ve participated in professional development opportunities offered at VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and further developed my understanding of what it is to be a good teacher. Recently I implemented a teaching strategy called team-based learning and it has rocked my world! It has all of the components that I value in the classroom – it’s inclusive, promotes critical thinking, makes students responsible for their own learning, and fosters a sense of community in the classroom.  

Selected Presentations

  • VIU World Days, Don’t Leave Inclusion to Chance Nov 1 2016

Co-presenter: Team Based Learning Demonstration

  •  Festival of Learning Conference, Vancouver Jun 6-9 2016
  •  Invited Speaker and Co-Presenter: Indigenous Teaching and Learning: Using a Principled Approach

         VIU Indigenous Dialogue Sessions Dec 4 2015           

Co-presenter: Teaching in Aboriginal Communities

  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Vancouver June 15-19 2015

Presenter: Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy: Co-Educating with     First Nations Partners to Create Reciprocal Place-Based Learning Partnerships

  •  VIU Team-Based Learning Institute, Vancouver Island University Dec 11 2015

Guest Speaker: Team based learning reflection

  • VIU Science and Technology Learning Symposium May 14 2015                                


  •  VIU Teaching and Learning Symposium May 8 2015

Presenter: Effective Field Trips

  • VIU Excellence in Teaching and Learning Video Aug 22 2014 

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