The Role of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

The Teaching and Learning section of the self-study report is an enhancement to the program review process (September 2013), and has been included to reflect Vancouver Island University’s unique teaching and learning focus and culture of a teaching-focused institution.  We want to celebrate our commitment to teaching and learning and provide an opportunity for programs and faculties to showcase their various strengths related to pedagogy. This section provides another opportunity for faculty to discuss elements related to teaching and learning in order to identify best practices within a program, as well as areas for improvement.  Please note that this process is not meant to be evaluative in any way; rather a chance for the program to investigate areas for enhancements and celebrate successes.

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning piloted their assistance with two program reviews during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Centre facilitated interviews with faculty members exploring questions regarding assessment, evaluation, learning outcomes, and scholarly activity. A Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist (CTLS) from the Centre collected answers, collated data, and presented summaries to the Program Review Chair. 

Reflecting on feedback, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning has made adjustments to the Teaching and Learning section and streamlined the process for upcoming reviews.  The changes were intended to make the process of collecting data on teaching and learning within a program as efficient and effective as possible.  For this reason, the Centre is offering its assistance in a variety of ways as outlined below. 

Programs are under no obligation to use the services of the Centre; the Centre supports and guides faculty members if their services are requested.  The assistance described in the next sections is not exhaustive, and if faculty members have other ideas of how the Centre could assist them, they are encouraged to contact them with those ideas. Each program is different, and there is not necessarily one way to complete the Teaching and Learning section of the Self-Study.

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning can assist programs with the Teaching and Learning section of the Self-Study of the Program Review in a variety of ways.  The Centre can:

  • Work with the Program Review Chair to explain and detail components of this section
  • Attend program/department meetings to discuss the Teaching and Learning section
  • Facilitate faculty member focus group discussions around topics related to this section
  • Facilitate student focus group discussions around topics related to this section

The Centre will also work with programs after the program review is completed to achieve related action items which may include a Program Mapping and Analysis Process (including a curriculum mapping component, gap analysis and other course alignment activities).

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