The Learning Hub: Issue 36

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Blackboard and Course Design Training in January 2021 by CTLI

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

In 2021 we will have a series of workshops on different topics related to teaching and learning online as well as some blackboard functionalities… especially the GRADE CENTRE. We will help you get a jump start on your courses by scheduling the first workshop in January.

Please keep checking the weekly Learning Hub for more information .

Maintaining Momentum Toward Graduation: OER and the Course Throughput Rate

From Athabasca University – The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning |

Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to replace traditional textbooks in higher education. Previous studies indicate that use of OER results in high student and faculty satisfaction, lower costs, and similar or better educational outcomes.

Research shows that “students enrolled in face-to-face Z (Zero textbook cost) courses were almost 7% more likely to succeed than those who took non-Z courses. Read More

JIBC Library

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The new Library Catalogue has launched!

FIND it at the FIND card:



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

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds



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

FLO Bootcamp
Due to popular demand, FLO Bootcamp is back! Are you a B.C. post-secondary educator teaching a course online this fall? Did you have a rough “pivot” to online and want to fix up only the most important stuff before it runs online again? Or maybe you missed the pivot (lucky!), but still, have a course you want to optimize for online delivery? Join us for a four-day crash course on only the MOST important stuff: scanning and planning, lecture alternatives, assessment, and student and community engagement!
December 14, 2020 – December 18, 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