The Learning Hub: Issue 47

©Naz Maghsoudi

In this week’s issue…

Developing Sustainable OER at JIBC

Post by BCcampus’ editorial team |

The Justice Institute of British Columbia is leveraging a BCcampus Open Education Sustainability Grant to develop viable and supportable solutions that increase the use of open educational resources (OER) in their programs, despite a global pandemic.

In fall 2019 we announced that the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) was the recipient of a BCcampus Open Education Sustainability Grant, a program designed to help post-secondary institutions advance their on-campus efforts to create and deliver sustainable open education practices.

At the time, the JIBC team was focused on a range of open education projects that spanned the next two years, including hosting events, creating and hosting workshops, and creating and hosting a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) professional development series. Read More

Going All in on OER

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

Last spring, I joined a campus mentoring cohort that paid a generous stipend to consider the possibility of integrating open educational resources (OER) into all of our first-year composition (FYC) courses at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). At first, my interest in the available OER was sincere but, to be honest, non-committal. I was not about to release a perfectly good textbook that accommodated our program curriculum to take this next uncertain step into the world of OER-based teaching resources. Read More

Giving Meaningful Feedback

Post by Helena Prins, advisor, Learning + Teaching, at BCcampus |

Giving meaningful feedback was the topic of a recent FLO Friday session, facilitated by Monica Morris. Monica’s experience in teaching and learning spans from course design to program implementation to instructor development and everything in between! She is currently an instructor at Camosun College who understands the pressure of the online pivot as well as the added challenge of providing meaningful feedback in the virtual environment. Based on the high registration and attendance for this session, we knew this topic was not only of interest but of importance too. Read More

JIBC Library

Your Giving Tuesday Donations at Work

Photo by Perfecto_Capucine from Pixabay.

Many new eBooks have been ordered (including titles on equity, diversity and inclusion, and educational assessment).  “Giving Tuesday” donations made these purchases possible.

Thanks to everyone who donated – you are helping to bring books to our students and faculty wherever they are studying. Watch your inbox for these new eBook titles highlighted in our weekly What’s New in the Library emails.

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

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

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • Virtual Applied Research Day:
    Keynote Speaker: A call to Unarming: The ABC’s – Awareness, Bias and Compassion Renae Stevenson, MA, CMT-P, BC Municipal Police Officer and Mindful Badge and Curriculum Consultant and Trainer – First Water Performance.

    The event will feature:

    • Keynote speaker

    • Presentation by BESMS student Mona Zafar

    • BLES and BESMS Capstone student presentations

    • Virtual Capstone poster session

For additional information: Contact Karen Hodson at

Wednesday April 7, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Join 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


  • 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

LaTeX Learning Community
LaTeX (LAY-tech) is a math markup language that helps to make STEM resources more accessible and professional-looking. LaTeX is integrated into Pressbooks, a platform that many open textbooks are written in. LaTeX can also be used to create freestanding documents; although some people may know how to do a lot with the language, their knowledge doesn’t always transfer to Pressbooks, which employs a more limited version of LaTeX. Whether you’re a LaTeX whiz who needs help transitioning to Pressbooks, a newbie who’s still learning the basics, or somewhere in between, we invite you to attend monthly sessions with the LaTeX learning community. Together, we will meet to discuss LaTeX problems and solutions. Bring your questions and quandaries!
March 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 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

Cooking with H5P: Learning from Team Vital Signs
We are excited to host this panel discussion where our participants will share their strategy, methodology, and the lessons learned from their work on an H5P-infused textbook.
March 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am | 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

FLO Synchronous
This three-week course introduces participants to best practice strategies to plan for, facilitate, and follow up after synchronous online learning events. It will help you enhance the skills you need to confidently and effectively facilitate synchronous online learning.
April 12, 2021 – May 2, 2021 | Register Here

FLO Friday: Arts-Based Learning Online
Did you know that arts-based learning can bring a human element to the disconnection some students feel in online learning spaces? We will explore how to create inclusive spaces to engage learners’ minds, bodies, and spirits while supporting self-regulation in these overwhelming times.
April 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 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