The Learning Hub: Issue 30

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Online Teaching with the most basic of tools – email and a phone and maybe one other tool

From Dr. Tannis Morgan |

There’s been a lot of great resources being shared by so many of us who want to help with the move-online-quickly situation that COVID has found us in. I don’t link to any of it here but I want to acknowledge this great work and generous sharing of it. This is my small contribution.

A lot of online teaching is really about communicating clearly and well (even if it feels like you are stating the obvious) and establishing and managing expectations. The good news is that you can do most of that by email. Early online teaching was focussed on good organization and structure, because there simply weren’t a lot of tech options to distract us. Read More

What is Mid-Course Feedback?


Mid-course feedback (MCF) involves collecting feedback from students near the middle of the course to give the instructor the opportunity to make adjustments and improvements before the course is over (Harris & Stevens, 2003).

Mid-course feedback can provide information about components of the learning process that students do not understand and therefore can be an important course development tool (Hodges and Stanton, 2007). Read More

How Making My Teaching Accessible Made It Better

By Stanford University |

Disability studies was my field of research for nearly a decade. But it wasn’t until I had a visually impaired student in my classroom that my teaching finally became accessible. Making my teaching accessible made my teaching better—for all of my students. Read More

CTLI hosts the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Workshop Series

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Innovation (CTLI) is offering a series of faculty development workshops to expand the application of UDL Principles, specifically in the area of public safety.

Workshop #1: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide
October 27, 2020 – 10am to 12pm

Do you wonder if there are steps you could take to make your teaching more inclusive and engaging? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to curriculum, assignment, and assessment design that can help. In this workshop, you will learn design thinking, providing choices to students, developing expert learners, working with accessibility issues, and making your classroom a more engaging place for your students and for you.
Deadline extended! Last day to register: Monday, October 26 | Register here

Workshop #2: UDL Strategies for Blended and Online Learning Environments
October 29, 2020 10am to 12pm

Blended and online learning has became a prominent feature of our educational landscape. This workshop will help you navigate some of the issues that the pivot to online has presented and how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can support both you and your students. This workshop is rich with practical tips, strategies, and examples whether you are new to UDL or a seasoned practitioner.
Deadline extended! Last day to register: Monday, October 26 | Register here

Your Facilitators

Seanna Takacs
UDL Consultant, Ph.D in Educational Psychology
Seanna has extensive experience in UDL, accessibility services, and teaching in post-secondary settings.

Junsong Zhang

Instructional Designer, CTLI, MEd. MDM
Junsong is experienced in user-centered learning design, educational technology, and faculty development.

JIBC Library

The JIBC Library has many subject-related Guides which have been developed for particular programs and courses.

Take a look at the list to see if any of these Guides can fit into your courses!

Questions?  Contact

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

Come meet us in Collaborate! Bring your Blackboard, Collaborate, Kaltura or other teaching & learning questions!

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

BCcampus Upcoming Events

FLO MicroCourse: Micro-Certifications in the B.C. Context
In this one-week FLO MicroCourse, we will refine the definition of micro-certifications with a from a local perspective, examine best practices from other regions, and identify at least one feasible application of micro-certifications to our province.
October 26 – November 1, 2020 | Register here

In the Kitchen: H5P Chef Svein-Tore Griff With
Joining us in the kitchen is “Top Chef” Svein-Tore Griff With, founder of H5P, who will be here to share and demo the new H5P OER Hub. We will learn how the H5P content being developed as part of this project can be shared in the Hub and about the future direction of H5P.
October 29, 2020 – 9:00am – 10:00am | Register here

Fun FLO Friday: Open Tricks & Treats
Join Alena Buis for a fun-filled facilitation experience using open practices that can decenter the instructor and bring learners into collaborative practice. We’ll have some fun in Zoom!
October 30, 2020 – 11:00am – 12:00pm | Register here

COVID and Beyond: What’s Your Metaphor?
Save the date! The ETUG community will get together to share stories, developments and practices that have met current challenges and that will serve us well into the future. Call for proposals are open until October 12.
November 6, 2020 | Register here

Studio20: Engaging Learners Online
BCcampus is proud to present Studio20: Engaging Learners Online. Prepare yourselves for a three half-day online workshop that will explore the art of engaging learners online and will feature keynotes and facilitators focusing on the themes of vision, voice, and active learning.
November 17-19, 2020 – 9:00am – 2:00pm | Register here

Click here for the list of BlueJeans recordings from #AskBCcampus

We’re still in the early days for pivoting learning online –
it’s best to practice simplicity, empathy, and compassion. #AskBCcampus

~ BCcampus