Upcoming Learning Sessions 2018

Teaching, Learning and Leadership Sessions

Course Portfolios: What are they? Why make one?
Have you ever finished a course knowing exactly what you would keep and what you would change the next time, but when the course came around again, you had to start all over?  Or had a burning question about why one lesson worked really well while other lessons didn’t?

Then this session on Course Portfolios is for you! You will learn about the different functions and benefits of a course portfolio; how to put one together; what making one can mean for your own professional development; and how a course portfolio can feed your scholarly interests.  This is part of the Design of Learning Experiences section of the Recognition of Achievements.


Recognition of Achievements:  Awareness Session
VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning program recognizes and celebrates faculty members who are implementing enhancements into their practice. Come to one of these sessions to learn more about this new program!

Collaboratively designed with feedback from faculty members serving on VIU’s 2016 – 2017 Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence, the program acknowledges and celebrates faculty who have implemented strategies and activities in their classrooms related to one of the four topic areas:

  • Student Engagement and Learning
  • Design of Learning Experiences
  • Scholarly Reflection and Inquiry
  • Leadership and Community

The program is VIU’s version of a ‘teaching and learning certificate program’ common at many institutions across North America. The intention of the program is about recognizing and valuing the teaching and learning achievements of faculty members. This session will provide an overview of the program and answer your questions. Website: About Program


Team-Based Learning Course Redesign
The evidence is solid in support of the teaching strategy called “Team-Based Learning,” developed by Larry K. Michaelsen.  Much more than the simple use of groups, Team-Based Learning is a method that fosters greater student independence and personal responsibility for learning. In any discipline and with any content. The key is a simple, coherent set of instructional protocols that, when adopted consistently, ensure that all the forces for engagement are aligned for high-level learning and analytical thinking.


New Faculty Orientation to Teaching
The purpose of the New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at VIU is to introduce you to resources for designing learning experiences for your students, to explore with you best practices for fostering critical thinking in students, and to provide you with an opportunity to meet and work with colleagues from across the disciplines at VIU. We will not only address several core ideas for teaching successfully at VIU, but also indicate specific ways of engaging students in the classroom and increasing the positive impact of the choices you make as a teacher.


Capturing Your Story: Designing Teaching Portfolios to Express your Professional Narrative
You know you’re awesome, but how will everyone else? How can you demonstrate your teaching excellence beyond that feeling you get when you leave a class, or when a course ends? Critical, reflective and personal, the teaching portfolio is an exhibition of the breadth and depth of your teaching strengths, achievements, and philosophy.

Teaching portfolios celebrate your efforts as a critical and reflective educator. They go deeper than ‘the what’ of teaching, or the content, to also articulate ‘the why’ and ‘the how’. In many ways, a portfolio is a collation of your exemplary teaching artifacts, including your personal teaching philosophy and the evidence of how you enact that philosophy. 


Learning Technology Sessions

Virtual Classes and Meetings: Introduction to VIU's Web Conferencing Platform - Zoom!
VIU has recently introduced a new web conferencing tool, Zoom, to support VIUOnline Rooms, a much improved system to facilitate virtual classes and meetings.

Join us for an interactive, hands-on session where we will provide an overview of everything you need to know to start using VIUOnline Rooms. This will include the basic look and feel of the system and how to operate the key functions, as well as addressing some frequently asked questions.

We will also introduce features such as polling, screen sharing and recording.

Questions are encouraged!


Get the Semester off to a Good Start (VIULearn Checklist)
Do you need a quick refresher getting your VIULearn course ready for a new semester?

Many of these “semester start” tasks only happen once a semester. We find even experienced faculty members need a bit of help to make sure everything is ready to go in their VIULearn courses to ensure a smooth start to the semester.

In this hands-on session we will review the most common things you will need to do to get your VIULearn course ready for a new semester.


Learning Technology Consultations: August - Enhanced In Person Time | 8 dates available – Email learnsupport@viu.ca to set up a time for 20 minute consultations
We are offering support for faculty and instructors in a more accessible form during this busy time. We are booking 20 minute consultations between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm during the days listed below on a first-come, first-serve basis. We hope that these short meetings will allow faculty to feel welcome to ask us any learning technologies question, show us a VIULearn course component that needs editing or pop in to learn a new technology skill.

Please email learnsupport@viu.ca with your name and topic for your 20 minute consultation. Please provide at least two blocks of time (on the day you prefer) that would work for you. Letting us know your topic helps us better prepare for your consultation.

Although walk-in support is always offered by the Centre, we always prioritize support to those that have made a meeting.

  • August 21 – 24 and August 28 – 31 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm |InVIU


Teaching Across Campuses with Video-Conferencing: Pedagogy and Technology Tips and Techniques
VIU’s video conferencing tool is now able to integrate with our new VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom). This has broadened learning access for students because they can join video conferencing classes and meetings from off campus. If you are teaching a class this Fall or Spring with video-conferencing or want to know more about the process, this workshop is for you!

In this session we will go over how to set up the equipment in the room, explore the different tools that you can use and how to integrate VIUOnline Rooms to link students into your classes if they are unable to make to campus.

A good portion of this session will be about how to teach effectively with video and online components, what are the appropriate pedagogical considerations for having a smooth teaching experience, and common challenges a faculty may encounter teaching with this technology.


Portfolios, Blogs, and Websites: Using the VIUBlog Platform for Student Assignments and Activities

  • Do you want students to share their learning more visibly with their peers?
  • Are you interested in creating assignments that allow students to collaborate, remix multimedia, and develop literacies for contributing to the open web?

The VIUBlogs service can be used by faculty and students to communicate with peers and/or the community, write collectively, build a portfolio, or engage in reflective writing. An increasing number of faculty are developing learning designs which integrate VIUBlogs as part of student learning activities.

In this session we will showcase some of the possible ways which you might integrate VIUBlogs into your teaching practice and consider how doing so may make student learning more visible, collaborative, and authentic.


Meet the Lightboard: Creating Engaging Video Lessons
The Lightboard is a tool which enables faculty members to create engaging video resources for student learning.

The Lightboard is a large piece of glass behind which a faculty member stands and explains a concept by drawing on the glass. A video recorder is aimed at the glass but the image is reversed so that the video captures the text in a readable form.

The best way to understand how the Lightboard works is to see it in action and explore the different ways it can be used. It is all about facing the audience while capturing a short explanation or mini-lesson.

Join us for a chance to interact with the Lightboard and learn how it works, how faculty are using it, and consider how you might create your own Lightboard videos.