The Learning Hub: Issue 54

©Robert Walker

In this week’s issue…

Designing and Developing VR Learning Experiences for Paramedics

Our very own in-house AR/VR expert, Junsong Zhang, is presenting at an up-coming ETUG conference. Stay-tuned for more information and registration link.


Situational awareness and decision-making are key to paramedics in the field. However, traditional classroom learning does not provide adequate opportunities for students to assess risks and make decisions independently.

In order to address some of the challenges, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia partnered with Centre for Digital Media to design and develop a customized VR application for paramedicine students to assess risks and save lives on their own. Specifically, our design includes: 1) a 3D immersive environment for risk assessment and SOP practice; 2) a cloud-based dashboard to track and analyze how students made their decisions during the simulation; 3) and a tutorial for students and instructors to get started.

In this presentation, we’ll share with you our design process, collaboration between multiple partners, technical challenges, and pedagogical considerations. We’ll also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities designing and implementing VR simulations in the area of public safety.

Format: 50 mins Panel

Junsong Zhang, Instructional Designer CTLI, JIBC

Robert Walker, Director CTLI, JIBC

Farbod Tabaei, 3D Visual Artist, Immersive Tech

Julia Read, Creative Director, Supercell 3 Consulting

Eris Lam, UX Developer, Fortinet

Kyle Liu, Technical Director, Versatile Media

Sooq Hyeun Won, Video Editor, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Yuan Zhang, 3D Lighting Artist, IGG Canada

Reimagining Classroom Community, Assessment, and Our Own Self-Care

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

As I reflect on my teaching since last year and review the pedagogical lessons learned, I have started to reimagine my teaching practices and shift in small ways to ensure that upcoming semesters are aligned with my intention to encourage and empower the learners in my classroom—including myself—throughout these transitional times. Through this reflection, three areas in need of my attention have emerged: cultivating an inclusive, compassionate classroom environment; offering flexible and creative assessments; and creating a foundational daily wellness practice. Read More

3,052 College Students on the Good, the Bad and Learning Post-COVID

Photo by Avery Evans on Unsplash


By Susan D. Blum|

More than a year has passed under the shadow of COVID-19. While there are bright spots and important lessons for institutions preparing for a return to campus, students remain deeply ambivalent about learning online. Most concerning, 58 percent do not feel the learning experience has been worth the cost of tuition. In many ways, the pandemic has exposed challenges within higher education to provide accessible, engaging and high-quality learning experiences. Read More




Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash

JIBC Library

We have a new subject guide! Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide

This includes books, eBooks, streaming media collections AND a huge selection of websites (compiled by JIBC Library and CTLI).

If you have any questions contact

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity 2021 CSAI 2021 – Registration and Call for Proposals
    Academic Integrity in the Wake of COVID-19: Let’s Learn from Each Other
    Thompson Rivers University is pleased to be hosting the 2021 Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity on June 22nd and 23rd.
    This year’s conference will be virtual and free for all participants. Our keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Lancaster on June 22nd and there will a plenary panel on June 23rd on the topic of contract cheating.
    We welcome presentation proposals from staff, faculty, and students on all topics related to Academic Integrity.

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