The Learning Hub: Issue 46

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Universal Design for Learning, the JIBC Perspective

A few of JIBC faculty members who attended the online UDLHE Digicon Conference a few weeks back have shared their notes with us. We are going to publish those here in our blog with their permission. Read More

APPlicable Ways to Close the Online Distance

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

With the onset of COVID-19, new approaches and technologies are being explored and implemented by instructors at all levels, but what is new is not always better. Having been in distance education for 15 years, I can attest to some best research-based practices and applications to use and implement that result in improved retention and learning in online students. Using such apps and practices will improve your reach and connection to students, thereby enhancing the overall learning environment for all. Read More

Open Education Resource development

By Dave Smulders

  1. “OERs” by AJC1 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    Before the pandemic, Florence Daddey had organized an Open Education Resource working group. We are interested in reforming this working group and looking for interested volunteers. If this is something you’d like to be part of, send me an email at

  2. We are also curious about anyone’s interest in developing Open Education Resources (OERs) for their courses. We are considering developing a hands-on workshop series for those who want to do some OER development but could use guidance in getting started. Contact for more information.
For general info on OERs, start with the JIBC LibGuide at

Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) curriculum review expression of interest

“An inclusive curriculum is one that is accessible, meaningful, and relevant to all learners, drawing on and valuing a range of different perspectives. It recognizes the diverse characteristics inherent within each student as a result of their past experiences and personalcircumstances, andacknowledges that these can impact learning.” University of Exeter.

If you are interested in reviewing and revising your course/program’s curriculum with a view to applying principles of EDI, there may be an opportunity to receive funding to do this as part of a research project. The research project would involve a JIBC program area and a community partner.

For some basic info on EDI, see our page at

A one-pager on inclusive curriculum: inclusive_curriculum.pdf (

If you want to know more about doing research in this area, contact or

JIBC Library

Photo by JIBC Library


Again, we are pleased to highlight the Library collaboration with the Office of Indigenization.  Thanks to funding from the OI, the Library has added eBooks and print books to the collection.

This week Jason and Heather have highlighted their choices which reflect on International Women’s Day.

New Indigenous Titles



Coming up:

New Faculty & Staff Library and Copyright Orientation is on:

  • Thursday, March 18th from 10 am to 11 am via MS Teams.


We will send the meeting link to those who RSVP!

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

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

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • 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


  • ETUG Workshop: Brave New Spaces: Solutions now and for the future – A call for presentations and registration links will be coming soon. As we stand now, within the bounds of the pandemic, but seeing the end approaching, what has worked and what will persist in future years?
  • 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

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

Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Drop-In Session
Need help with the HIW Weekly Activities? Is editing Wikipedia daunting or confusing? Want company as you edit? Join us for this casual Zoom hangout event. Bring your questions, ideas, or just come to chat as we improve articles in Wikipedia on Indigenous authors.
March 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 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