The Learning Hub: Issue 48

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Finding Value in the Mid-semester Review of Teaching: Insights from Faculty

By Anthony Blash and Beverly Schneller, The Scholarly Teacher |

Photo by athree23 from Pixabay

Many faculty members find value in receiving feedback on teaching effectiveness from their students during the semester. Since 1992, Belmont University’s Teaching Center has offered faculty members the opportunity to have a Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) completed as a mid-semester review of teaching. Using survey data and responses from participants as both reviewers and review subjects, we advocate for a Mid-semester Student Review of Teaching (MSRT) that includes the SGID as part of a more inclusive process. Read More

How to Structure Your Online Class for Inclusion

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

Part 1

A bunch of black boxes on a video call. An empty discussion board. A student who hasn’t submitted any work all term. These might all be signs that students aren’t engaged with their online learning. But they also might be signs that students don’t have enough Internet access to participate in their online classes; they might be signs that students don’t know how to engage with their online learning; or they might be signs that students don’t feel included in their online class. Read More

Photo by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

Part 2: Two Principles for Fostering Engagement

A sense of community fosters a sense of belongingness and is critical to student engagement. Building a sense of community is a first step in ensuring that students are engaged in their classes, especially for historically minoritized students (Pacansky-Brock et. al 2020; Plotts 2019; Brown and Burdsal; 2006, Rovai and Gallien; 2005; Tu & Correy, 2002). To structure a class that includes everyone and promotes student engagement, we need to think about what goes into building a community and what that can look like when teaching online. Read More

JIBC Library

James Ridge recently completed the JIBC Organizational Review. His book “Welcome to the Hall:  A Practical Guide for Municipal Leaders” is available for loan through the JIBC Library.

Email or call the Library to arrange curb-side pick-up or to request the free mailing service.

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • Nàts’oodzùdii – A Talk with Drs. Tracy Bear & Paul Gareau
    Indigenization is the new watchword of universities across Canada. Everyone wants to do it, but no one is entirely sure how to. All too often the easy way out has been to simply make students take a First Nation studies course and/or to make Indigenous scholars do the heavy lifting. Factor in budgetary constraints and more and more professional programs wanting professional development in the area and even this becomes untenable. One option has been to look into online training. Join us on 9 April 2021 @ 2pm PDT as Drs. Tracy Bear and Paul Gareau talk about their own work towards Indigenizing the academy, especially with regard to their massive open online course, Indigenous Canada. Register Here
  • The Impact of the Pandemic on Canadian Higher Education: The Implications of a Shift Toward Digital Learning
    The UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is sponsoring a speaker series in lieu of an in-person conference for 2021. They have selected five speakers over the next few months to guide and reflect on pedagogical practices employed during the COVID19 response and how these practices will inform teaching and learning in a post-pandemic context. Register Here
  • 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

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