VIU Teaching + Learning Handbook

Vancouver Island University Teaching and Learning Handbook

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The Teaching and Learning Handbook was created by The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. The Handbook covers many valuable topics including everything from the first days of class to teaching with technology. The link above is a link to an online viewable handbook. Below are the individual web chapters and a downloadable PDF for each.

Chapter 1: Who We Are as an Institution

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As a leader in providing high-quality learning, Vancouver Island University supports the well-being of the people of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia by promoting a high quality of life for their communities through commitment to student success, community engagement and associated scholarship.

Chapter 2: Who Are Our Students?

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Understanding our students plays an important part in preparing for teaching and designing learning experiences. VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-time and part-time learners.

Chapter 3: What Are We Trying to Achieve in Our Courses?

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Our purpose in teaching is to create a sense of responsibility for learning and agency in students that leads to students’ self-confidence and the ability for life-long learning in their chosen field and beyond. We do this through effective design and implementation of courses by actively engaging students in the thinking of our disciplines, whether online and at a distance, in a blended format, or in fully face-to-face courses.

Chapter 4: How Do I Design My Course?

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Careful planning that occurs before, during and after instruction is a foundation of effective teaching. Before you start updating your course or syllabus, make sure you have thought about the design of your course.

Chapter 5: How Do I Measure Student Learning?

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Sometimes called formative assessment, assessment is the informal gathering of data for feedback to students and instructors. Assessment has a huge impact on student learning, and research has shown the frequent and varied formative assessment benefits students and instructors, greatly.

Chapter 6: How Do I Put it All Together?

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It is essential that all students have access to the basic information about the courses in which they are enrolled.

Chapter 7: What Does the Research Say About Learning?

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Learning is the heart of what universities do. When we come to understand how the brain works, we can use this information to adjust our teaching strategies and the design of learning experiences for students.

Chapter 8: What Are the Characteristics of Effective Teaching?

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Teaching is a complex, multifaceted activity, often requiring us as instructors to juggle multiple tasks and goals simultaneously and flexibly. You will gain insight into how to become a more effective instructor as this chapter covers principles the effective teachers follow, as well as, what less effective teachers do.  

Chapter 9: How Do I Choose the Right Teaching Strategies?

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Choosing a teaching and learning strategy is not an easy task. Strategies need to be chosen carefully in order to contribute most effectively to student learning. This chapter highlights some strategies that may be used to enhance student learning.

Chapter 10: Why Integrate Technology Into the Curriculum

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Integrating technology into classroom instructions means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that shows deepen and enhance the learning process.

Chapter 11: How Do I Know I am Doing Well?

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All courses taught by sessional/term faculty members are evaluated using the student course evaluation survey. There are different question formats relevant to theory, clinical and practicum course.

Chapter 12: Process and Procedures

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This section of the handbook outlines various procedures related to teaching and learning which may be useful to familiarize yourself with. Procedures in this chapter include student attendance, academic integrity/misconduct, student appeals, copyright issues, and VIU's Early Alert System.

Chapter 13: Useful Resources

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The books listed in this section are excellent references for completing the Teaching and Learning section of the program review. Many of these books are available for signing our from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence of Learning (5th Floor, Nanaimo Campus Library)


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You can find out more information about FIPPA as well as a sample student consent form at Maintaining Privacy while Supporting Innovation