The Learning Hub: Issue 52

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

21 Ways to Structure an Online Discussion

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

This is a five-part series. Each Monday, Annie Prud’homme-Généreux will be publishing the next consecutive part of the article series. Enjoy.

Photo by pencilparker from Pixabay

PART 1 – Five Online Discussion Ideas to Apply Learning

Discussion forums. Love them or hate them, they are an essential component of online learning. They give introverted learners a chance to articulate their thoughts. They enrich the learning environment by giving everyone an opportunity to share their experiences. And they are a space for the co-creation of knowledge and meaning. Read More

PART 2 – Four Online Discussion Ideas to Explore Concepts Through Divergent Thinking

In the last instalment of this article series, I described five ideas for structuring online discussions when the aim is to encourage learners to apply concepts that they have learned, mostly by recognizing examples or generating them. Read More

PART 3 – Seven Online Discussion Ideas to Explore Concepts through Convergent Thinking

n this five-part article series, we look at ideas for structuring an online discussion. These inspirations were chosen because they address concerns that discussion forums need to give learners options in the way they participate, in the way they give each learner the opportunity to contribute something unique that is worth reading (i.e. the responses are not repetitive), and learners have an opportunity to express themselves and form communities (Schultz et al., 2020). Read More

PART 4 – Five Online Discussion Ideas to Foster Metacognition

In this post, the fourth in a series of five articles describing ideas for structuring an online discussion, we will explore ways to foster metacognition through online discussion. Read More

PART 5 – Online Discussion Ideas – Multimedia and Resources

The past four articles in this series have suggested 21 ideas for structuring an online discussion. These proposals addressed learner suggestions that online discussions should encourage unique (and non-repetitive) contributions that foster community and engagement (Schultz et al., 2020). One last point worth making about online discussions is that these conversations can be conducted using a variety of media. While text is the most readily available format in most Learning Management Systems (LMS), it is not the only way to do it. In fact, the more a discussion is media-rich, the more learners can absorb cues about the intent of the author of a post (the way in which the thoughts are expressed), which results in learners getting to know one another as people and builds community. Read More

JIBC Library

JIBC Library adds Canadian Titles to the Virtual Bookshelf

We have added a new collection of eBooks to the Library!  The focus is on Canadian titles, ranging from education and Indigenous content to health, law, social sciences and so much more!

Books (20,000) from Canadian scholarly and independent publishers are supplemented with reports (64,000) drawn from government sources, think tanks and research agencies.

Find them through a search on the main Library page, or explore them on their own website:

As always, these titles are available to JIBC students with their student number & password; and, for faculty and staff with their network credentials.


Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

The following resources are from ABC LD and the Challenges of Online event that took place on Wednesday April 21st:


  • Research and Innovations Partnerships Expo 2021 Okanagan College | Wednesday, May 4th, 2021
    The fourth annual Research Innovation Partnerships Expo (RIPE), is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
    RIPE is an opportunity for community members, industry, educators, researchers, and students to network and learn how applied research is growing new partnerships and enriching students’ educational experiences and influencing curriculum.
  • Building for a Flexible Future Okanagan College | Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
    Okanagan College faculty and instructors will once again have the chance to connect via sessions on a variety innovative teaching, learning and technology topics. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from an internationally-renowned keynote speaker with a background in critical digital pedagogy.
    Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jesse Stommel. He is the co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: the journal of critical digital pedagogy. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder. He is co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy.
  • 2021 Teaching & Learning Symposium, Land & Decolonized Place-Based Learning Capilano University | May 4 – 7, 2021
    Our Symposium is an opportunity to connect and create a space to think, reflect, recognize and support each other after a challenging year.
    To apply the principles of decolonizing and indigenizing education we must first experience them. Decolonizing and indigenizing principles have been woven throughout the development and delivery of this year’s symposium. This symposium offers you an opportunity to make meaning in your own teaching practice – an opportunity to ask yourself, how do I apply these ways of teaching and learning to my pedagogy?
  • 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

FLO — Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
This is a short, practical course to introduce you to the UDL framework and how you can apply it to create inclusive learning environments. Using UDL fosters inclusion, putting learner engagement at the center of your activities in your course design.
May 3, 2021 – May 14, 2021 | 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

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!
May 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | 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

FLO MicroCourse: Design with Liberating Structures
You will learn what liberating structures are and why they can be so powerful for online and face-to-face learning events; design a group activity using a liberating structure; experience a few key liberating structures online; and share ideas and advice on the application of liberating structures in your own context.
June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021 | 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