The Learning Hub: Issue 43

©Dave Smulders

In this week’s issue…

Congratulations to Faculty Gurinder Mann!

Surrey Now-Leader |

East Newton resident, and current faculty in the Justice and Public Safety Division, Gurinder Mann has received a prestigious Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Read More

Indigenization Guide: Myths that Impact Indigenous Student Experience

By JCALDWELL  | BCcampus | February 11, 2021

“Indigenous students are not always in culturally safe spaces on campus. The concept of cultural safety recognizes that we need to be aware of and challenge unequal power relations at all levels: individual, family, community, and society. The reality is that many Indigenous students experience racial microaggressions daily and this ongoing harm creates feelings of isolation and unwelcomeness. A racial microaggression is a “subtle behaviour that [conveys] hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to persons of marginalized groups” (Shotton, 2017, p. 33). Negative messages are based on myths and stereotypes. Below are a few common misconceptions to dispel as you work with Indigenous students and build your allyship.” Read More

Inclusive Approaches to Support Students Assignments

The following article, from the Tomorrow’s Professor Listserv, offers some great advice on helping students with assignments during this trying time. It is from The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Copyright 2021 Brown University

“Fortunately, for much of the time, Brown instructors and students are able to teach and learn as planned in the syllabus. However, whether due to weather, travel, or illnesses like COVID-19, there are times when these plans need to be adjusted. This resource offers approaches to making these adjustments, through both lower and higher-tech means. Recommendations from Brown’s Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) are also offered to address accessibility.” Read More

JIBC Library

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Are your students struggling finding information on their topic?

Students can set-up a Blackboard Collaborate session with the Library!

We will meet them in our “Consult” room and step them through their search strategies!

Email: to set-up a time

(Same service available for any faculty / staff – we will meet in MS Teams or Blackboard Collaborate and set you on the right path!)

Remember:  Video tutorials on searching and finding are here:

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

Designing for Our Students
What Students Want in Course Design: What Students Want: A Simple, Navigable LMS Course Design | Faculty Focus

Tech Tools for Instructors
Are you an instructor who likes to try out different technologies to improve your engagement with students. There are many tools out there available that are free or low cost and if used appropriately can add a new dimension to your teaching:

Evaluating Tech Tools


  • Online Training for EMD/FSD Instructors
    Workshop 3: Creating and Delivering Tests/Exams
    Wednesday, February 24th at 5:00pm
  • Interview Panel: Open Textbook Development at JIBC
    Come join us to learn more about Open Textbooks from those who have created them for their courses! We will be interviewing a panel of JIBC Open Textbook authors as part of Open Education Week.
    Wednesday, March 3rd 9:30-10:30 am | Register Here


  • Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021  – Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021 is an event offered by BCcampus; California State University, Long Beach; Open Oregon Educational Resources; and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.This free digital conference explores innovation, research, and best practices in open education around the theme of “Regional influence. Global impact.” We are featuring a keynote speaker from each of our four represented regions to celebrate the achievements in open education made here on the West Coast. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect virtually with new and old colleagues, watch live and pre-recorded presentations, and learn about homegrown open education projects that could go on to change the world.
  • VCC Teaching, Learning, and Research Symposium – February 25 & 26, 2021
    The first combined Teaching & Learning Symposium and Research Day event will explore the following theme:
    “Change Is the Only Constant: Sharing Experiences of Teaching, Learning, and Research in Times of Disruption.”
  • 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. Click here for event details and registration.
  • 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.

BCcampus Upcoming Events

Honouring Indigenous Writers Kick-Off with Smokii Sumac and Daniel Heath Justice
This event is part of the Honouring Indigenous Writers on Wikipedia event, which seeks to improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia and to encourage diverse community editors to actively work to dissuade assumptions about Indigenous literature by raising their profile in this increasingly influential information source. This year, instead of our annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon we have put together a schedule of author readings and workshops throughout the month of March, as well as asynchronous Wikipedia editing challenges designed to be easily accessed and doable online whenever you have time.
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Register Here

We Belong to Each Other: Cultivating Campuses Communities for Well-Being
BCcampus proudly supports Healthy Minds Healthy Campuses and their upcoming well-being summit. We encourage you to join us as we learn how to come together to build and strengthen our campus communities.
Join us from February 22-25

FLO MicroCourse: Micro-Credentials in the B.C. Context
Whether you work in post-secondary education or industry or are a student, join us to learn more about micro-credentials. In this course, we will discuss the basics, best practices from other regions, and more!
March 1, 2021 – March 12, 2021 | Register Here

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

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