The Learning Hub: Issue 35

©Dave Smulders

In this week’s issue…

2020: Lost Year of Schooling or Year One in a New Era of Education?


Photo by Comfreak from Pixabay

A computer science certificate from Google. Math lessons taught by Kevin Hart. Virtual reality art classes. These aren’t just hypothetical innovations in education, they’re real, unintended benefits catalyzed by the worldwide shutdown of schools.

Seventy-four of the 100 largest school districts in America opted to begin their academic years remotely, with worldwide closures affecting an estimated 80% of all school age children. Less than one quarter of colleges plan on resuming in-person classes this fall. Read More

Higher Ed Students Grade the Fall 2020 Semester

From TOP HAT |

Classes are well underway in the most challenging and uncertain time for higher education in memory. Faculty and administrators have had months to plan and prepare. The question now on everyone’s mind: how are students feeling about the move away from in-person classes to the experience of learning online? Read More

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Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

Our last drop-in for 2020 will be on December 17th and we’ll be returning for the new year on January 14th. Happy Holidays!”

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

Blackboard Resources on Best Practices in Education


BCcampus Upcoming Events

ACE-WIL Townhall: B.C. WIL COVID-19 Survey Results
Join us on December 1, when Julie Walchli and Camilo Peña from the UBC Planning and Institutional Research Office will share early results of the B.C. WIL Council Employer/Community Partner Survey that was distributed in September. With over 1,500 responses, this survey will shed light on COVID-19 impacts.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions.

December 1, 2020 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Register here

Thriving Beyond Campuses: Roundtable Discussions: Promising Learning Environment Practices that Enhance Student Well-Being

Are you a faculty member or instructor interested in exploring ways to enhance student well-being in your learning environments? Join us for these interactive roundtable sessions showcasing practical ideas for creating conditions for well-being. Faculty and staff champions at SFU and UBC will share promising practices that enhance student well-being in their pedagogy, curriculum, and programs. Through themed virtual sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their current approaches, as well as gain insight on how to embed practices that promote student well-being in their teaching and learning.
December 3, 2020 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Register here

FLO MicroCourse – Acknowledging Traditional Indigenous Lands
Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-topic, hands-on, practical, and free. In one week you will have an opportunity to dip into the FLO experience and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice.

In this course, we explore the purpose, intent, and ways of acknowledging traditional Indigenous lands. A meaningful acknowledgment involves locating the self in who we are as human beings, i.e. our ethics, values, and beliefs about how we are connected with one another, and the places where we live and work.
December 7, 2020 – December 13, 2020 | 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