The Learning Hub: Issue 45

Dave Smulders

In this week’s issue…

Open Textbook Development at JIBC

As part of the Open Education Week CTLI put together a panel of JIBC faculty who have created, adapted and used open textbooks. If you missed our discussion on creating and using open textbooks for teaching and learning, we have recorded the session and you can watch it here.

Practitioner Perspectives: The DOERS3 Collaborative on OER in Tenure and Promotion

By Andrew McKinney, OER coordinator at the City University of New York (CUNY), and Amanda Coolidge, director of Open Education at BCcampus

A critical part of sustaining OER in higher education is recognizing the contributions by instructors who create and improve OER as part of their professional work. Anyone familiar with the OER community knows that questions about the role of OER work in tenure, promotion and reappointment are constants at conferences and on listservs where OER practitioners and administrators congregate. However, as the criteria for tenure and promotion can vary wildly between different types of institutions and even between different departments within an institution, answering questions about the role of OER in the tenure and promotion process can seem daunting. Read More

Bringing the Outdoors Online: Creating Online Field Labs

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

Photo by Pexels from Pixabay

Field labs, common in natural resource and agricultural education programs, have learning objectives that can be hard to transfer to an online environment. Covid-19 has necessitated the movement of many courses into an online environment; this creates challenges for all courses, but particularly for hands-on or lab courses. It is important to remember that all facets of online courses do not have to be carried out solely on the computer. Your university’s LMS (Learning Management System) is convenient for content delivery, but assignments, lab reports, and assessments can and should ask students to go outside to apply the topics covered in lecture. This basic expectation of field labs can be upheld in the online environment, though modifications to field labs are inevitably required. Read More

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JIBC Library

Check-out the Library collection on Women and Leadership. Arrange for curb-side pick-up or free mailing service! If you prefer eBooks please check these Recent Titles

APA Workshop – Students, Faculty and Staff Welcome!

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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!

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • A Conversation between Chronicle’s executive editor Liz McMillen and Proff Lynn Dobbs: Learn how an institution outside the United States is tackling the challenges of diversity and inclusion.
    Thursday, March 11 @ 2:00 p.m., ET |Register Here
  • Open Education Research Institute 2021: As open education initiatives mature, it is imperative to investigate their impacts whether it be to advocate for institutional support or to iterate, innovate and further advance the goal of equitable access. For this reason, open education research is becoming an important facet within a healthy and thriving open ecosystem. This three-day Open Education Research Institute (OERI) provides an opportunity for new and emerging researchers interested in open educational practices to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skillset while connecting with other researchers and joining a BC-wide mentorship network.
    Monday May 3- Wednesday May 5 – 9am – 12pm (PST) |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.
  • CICan’s 2021 Connection virtual conference: Our Connection Conference is back with three days, five keynote speakers, six streams, and 50+ sessions reflecting how colleges and institutes are rewriting the future of post-secondary education!
  • VR/AR Global Summit 2021 – The VR/AR Global Summit Online is an online conference, brought to you by the VR/AR Association, connecting the best virtual reality and augmented reality solution providers with enterprise and media entertainment companies.

BCcampus Upcoming Events

FLO Friday: Creating Inclusive Spaces Online – Considering the “Other”
This FLO Friday session will model how to use online apparatus to facilitate discussions about contemporary topics that consider society, culture, bias, and justice through the lens of your students’ experiences.
March 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register Here

BCcampus Book Club – Small Teaching Online
Book Club registration is open now for instructors who wanna learn more about Teaching Online.
April 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am – June 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm | 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


Thursday, Mar 11, 12pm – 1pm | Join session
Thursday, Mar 18, 12pm – 1pm | Join session
Thursday, Mar 25, 12pm – 1pm | Join session


Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide (PDF)

UDL Guidelines (PDF)

UDL: Strategies for Blended and Online Learning (PDF)


Facilitating Synchronous Online Learning with Collaborate Webinar

Watch a recording of the workshop here.

Follow along with a copy of the slides.

Suggestions for Synchronous Online Learning (PDF).


Pivoting to Online

Faculty Online Readiness Quiz

Instructional Continuity Checklist for Faculty

Watch a Recording of a Collaborate Training Workshop

Instructor Transition Course

Blackboard Help | For Faculty | For Students

Blackboard Training Workshops for LESD/BLES and PBDLES (Recordings):

Workshop 1: Course Template, Announcements, Discussions and Uploading Content

Workshop 2: Assignments & Groups

Workshop 3: Tests & The Basics of the Grade Centre

Workshop 4: Blackboard Grade Center Part 1 – Introduction

Workshop 4: Blackboard Grade Centre  Part 2 – Set up


Create Escape




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