The Learning Hub: Issue 50

© Kavita George

In this week’s issue…

Student Experiences with Technology in the Pandemic

By D. Christopher Brooks & Dana C. Gierdowski from EDUCAUSE |

In the fall of 2020 EDUCAUSE conducted a special study to gain insights on the student experience during what has been an exceptional time of disruption. In these reports, we share our results from the study related to student experiences with technology in the for-credit courses they were taking in fall 2020 in which they felt they were learning the most, as well as experiences, issues, and pain points students had with connectivity—specifically internet and device access—as they did their academic work in 2020. Read More

Moving Online Learning from Challenge to Opportunity

By Dr. Mark Lombardi from Campus Technology |

Necessity is the mother of invention. And within the context of a global pandemic, necessity was the mother of wholesale transformation. The monumental challenges educators overcame in 2020 is astounding. From preschool to grad school, the race to adopt and adapt online learning platforms hit a pace and scale previously unimagined. Read More

Strategies for Antiracist and Decolonized Teaching

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

Photo by geralt from Pixabay

In the wake of the 2020 summer of racial reckoning, faculty and educators have increasingly felt the pressure to examine the role of institutions of higher education and their teaching in challenging white supremacy and oppression. Many educational institutions and academic associations published statements condemning police brutality and racism; signaling that academia was embarking on a journey of self-reflection and renascence. Despite the efforts of many faculty across the United States to display their commitment to racial justice, curricular and campus reforms have been slow to come. Read More

JIBC Library

New Faculty and Staff Library & Copyright Orientation

  • Tuesday, April 13th at 11 am – 12 noon.

RSVP to and the MS Teams link will be sent to you!

Any and all new JIBC employees are welcome to join us to learn about the fabulous services the Library offers!

Photo by MasterTux from Pixabay

National Film Board presents!

  • Thursday, April 15th 12 noon to 1 pm

A special session presented by Ross Johnstone, Education Manager for the NFB.

Discover thousands of films and resources in areas of study including, corrections, counselling, justice, health and community support. Discover teacher guides, curated playlists and one of the world’s largest Indigenous film collections. Learn how to edit clips from your favourite NFB films, and how to create and share thematic playlists with your students.

RSVP to and the MS Teams link will be forwarded to you.

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

We are offering a special drop-in sessions this week:

  • Blackboard Grade Center – Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your questions about Grade Centre set up, organizing columns, calculating final grades, submitting final grades and etc.

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

Blackboard Workshop:

  • Workshop 3: Grade Centre –  This session focuses on working with the Grade Centre. The session will be recorded for those that can’t attend.
    • Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
    • Time: 5:00-6:30 pm PT


  • ABC LD and the challenges of online
    ABC learning design is a widely used ‘sprint’ method to help busy university and college teachers review and redesign their courses for blended modes. Originally run as face-to-face workshops, in just 90 minutes teaching teams work together to create a visual ‘storyboard’ of activities representing the student journey. Assessment methods, programme-level themes and institutional policies can all be integrated easily. International ABC user groups soon emerged to share ideas, translations and localisations.
    Wednesday April 21 @ 6:00 – 7:30 PDT | Register Here


  • Educating the Whole Student – The 2021 Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning, April 27, 28, & 29. FREE for all registrants (faculty or graduate students).
  • 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
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!
April 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | 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

FLO MicroCourse: Considerations to Indigenize Your Work
In this course, you will explore how you might reframe Indigenous pedagogies in online environments, including encouraging participants and creating relationships. Read more about your lead facilitator María del Carmen Rodríguez de France here.
May 17, 2021 – May 23, 2021 | Register Here

Fun FLO Friday: Choose Your Own Adventure
We know that giving students choice fosters engagement and equity, but how much is too much choice? Facilitated by Arley Cruthers, you’ll “Choose Your Own Adventure” and explore student choice, student agency, and how to facilitate meaningful choice without adding to your workload.
May 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register Here

Click here for the list of BlueJeans recordings from #AskBCcampus


Want some one-on-one help? Have something specific you need assistance with? Reach out to the CTLI team by emailing us at


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