The Learning Hub: Issue 38

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Why we shouldn’t go back to “normal”​ in the workplace

By Mary Burgess, Executive Director at BCcampus 

Photo by konsangjira from Pixabay

Given the recent health order from Dr. Bonnie Henry to stop any unnecessary return to working in person, I’ve been thinking a lot about how BCcampus has handled the shift and about working from home in general. I’ve spent the last two decades in jobs that required computer and internet use, as well as working with people who were not physically located where I was. As an early career instructional designer, I worked with faculty who were teaching online, and thus could and did teach from anywhere. Still, my employers, like so many others, required me to do my job from my desk in an open office setting, and later from a shared office in the basement of a library. When I took over leadership of a unit, I had a 10-month-old and lived a 45-minute drive away from work. As a single-vehicle household, my partner and I hired a sitter who could come early and stay late to accommodate workdays of eight hours and counting, plus travel times. A year or so later, our child was in a family daycare, and the daily commute now included all three of us. As any parents will recall, getting out of the house in the morning was not the ideal way to start our day. Read More

Planning a Great Online Class Through Roundabout Design

Higher Ed Teaching Strategies From MAGNA PUBLICATIONS |

Teaching a great online class requires more than an understanding of pedagogical strategies powered by technology. It requires a cohesive course design that enables all of our students to learn and succeed.

In asynchronous online courses, students navigate organizational structures, class materials, and activities, all without the real-time guidance of their instructor. And Learning Management Systems (LMSs) do little to help. These platforms have great potential to facilitate interaction and learning, but they are not (yet) intuitive environments. Read More

JIBC Library

Welcome to 2021!!
Library & Copyright Orientation

New (and old!) Faculty & Staff Welcome!

Thursday, January 21st
10:30 am – 11:30 am

MS Teams link will be sent to those who RSVP!

APA Virtual Noon-Hour Workshops!

How to format a paper and cite your sources!

Dates & link:
No registration required

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.

Free Online Event

A Conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer 

UBC Library presents, in partnership with UBC Forestry and the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST). The acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will be joined by moderators, Dr. Daniel Heath Justice and Corrina Sparrow to discuss the author’s influence on multidisciplinary understandings of her work and how readers can integrate this into our connections with land and each other through our respective disciplinary lenses. Register here


Interesting Finds

Blackboard Training and Resources

BCcampus Upcoming Events

BCcampus Research Fellows 2021 – 2022
BCcampus invites research proposals from B.C. post-secondary educators and students who are committed to exploring and improving student learning and eager to conduct and share research with others. For this call, only projects with Indigenous lead researchers and/or projects that are equitably and reciprocally partnered with Indigenous peoples and communities will be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 14, 2021. Awards are typically up to $6,000.

For more information, visit the BCcampus Research Fellows 2021–2022 page.

FUN FLO Friday: Create a Digital Escape Room as a Learning Activity
Join us for this fun hour with Jamie Billingham, as she demonstrates how to create your own escape room activity to engage or encage your learners!
January 15, 2021 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register here

FLO Friday: Ideas and Inspirations to Break Out of the Online Discussion Forum Rut
The goal is to create discussions that are challenging, elicit participation, encourage exchange, and avoid repetition.
January 22, 2021 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register here

FLO MicroCourse – Open Options to Enrich your Career
Are you looking for ways to improve your teaching practices or develop your digital literacies? We will explore the amazing diversity of open or free options to enhance your career and broaden your perspectives.
January 25, 2021 – January 31, 2021| 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