The Learning Hub: Issue 39

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Exam Design: Promoting Integrity Through Trust and Flexibility

Insights from Nurse Killam |

Photo by janeb13 from Pixabay

I spent a lot of time thinking about how to design my exam after a mid-semester pivot to online learning due to COVID-19. In the end, my exams this term are open book with no time limit. They have a due date but are open for a week or more. I am even open to extending it. Students can go in and out of the exam as many times as they want. I also provided them with a downloadable copy of the exam so they could work on it outside of Moodle. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and my decisions are founded in good pedagogy. Read More

WORKSHOP: Startup Toolkit for the New Academic Term

With the start of a new academic term, Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) is offering an online session to all JIBC faculty and staff. We will share with you a number of useful resources that could help you make sure your course is ready to go, learn about online teaching tools and in general get started on the right track.

If you are interested please register here:

Date: Tuesday February 9, 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

A meeting request with the workshop link will follow up this registration.

Distracted Minds: Your Classroom Can Be a Retreat in Dark Times

By James M. Lang, The Chronicle of Higher Education |

Years ago, the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi — using a technique he called the “Experience Sampling Method” — handed out pagers and asked people, at random periods throughout the day, to pause and describe what they were doing and their current mood. An early researcher in the field of positive psychology, he wanted to understand which kinds of activities made people feel happy.

JIBC Library

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Helping you (and your students) morning, noon, night….and weekends!

JIBC Library staff are available via phone or email: or 604.528.5599

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Meet us face-to-face (virtually) via MS Teams.  Students can meet us in a Blackboard Collaborate “Consult” Room.

Evening and weekend help is available via AskAway Virtual Chat Reference Service:


Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

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

We are offering two special drop-in sessions starting February:

  • Blackboard Grade Center Part 1- Basics: Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Blackboard Grade Center Part 2 – Set Up: Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • The BC Black Awareness society is hosting a great month (February) with five online events to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of historical and contemporary people of African descent. Event details and registration can be found here:
  • Black History Month Panel Conversation – Lessons for February
    Join human rights nonprofit FAST, and an esteemed panel to discuss ways to honour Black history and culture – in preparation for February: Black History Month with opening remarks from BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commisioner. link to register for the:
  • UDLHE DigiCon 2021: “Guiding this Moment in Higher Education”
    With so much happening in the world and in our education communities, there are new and unique challenges and opportunities for UDL in higher education. This second-ever UDLHE Digicon will focus on bringing together individuals who are invested in UDL in Higher Education contexts to share their research and promising practices and will serve as an opportunity to network and collaborate with others around the globe. 

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.

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