The Learning Hub: Issue 55

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA

#AsianHeritageMonth #FaceRace

The Virtual Renaissance. Why online engagement is here to stay.

By Courtney Minden from INSIDE HIGHER

Photo by cuncon from Pixabay

With May 1 having come and gone, I find myself remembering with some amusement my thoughts on March 16, 2020 — the day that the admission and financial aid teams at Babson College packed up and prepared to be virtual until we could “flatten the curve.”

Of course, we were concerned about the health and safety of our friends and families, and we were sad that the students would miss the rest of the semester, but we believed that they’d be able to reunite at commencement in May. While we had no idea what this short break could do to enrollment (how will students deposit without seeing our campus in all its spring splendor?), we believed we’d make up for it with summer in-person tours and information sessions. And, of course, fall would be completely normal and we would be back in the routine, visiting schools on schedule. Read More

Collaborative Note-taking as an Alternative to Recording Online Sessions

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced me to move my courses online, I recorded my synchronous online class sessions so students could review them later. However, student feedback and reflection on my course goals revealed collaborative note-taking as an alternative way to provide a record of each class session. Read more


In the News

2021–2022 BCcampus Research Fellow: Heather Simpson

The BCcampus Research Fellows program provides support for B.C. post-secondary educators to conduct research on improving student learning and to share their results and experiences with peers in B.C. and beyond. Read more


JIBC Library

APA Workshops

The Library and the Writing Centre are hosting APA noon-hour workshops!

How to Format Your Paper and Cite Your Sources.

Workshops will be on May 27th and June 9th. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. You can join through the following Collaborate link:

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 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.
  • ETUG Workshop: Bold New Spaces
    We’re excited to share our keynote speaker! Jennifer Wemigwans is Anishnaabekwe (Ojibwe/Potawatomi) and the author of A Digital Bundle. Are you ready to talk about technological and pedagogical solutions during COVID-19 and how these solutions might impact our post-pandemic world?
    May 26-28, 2021

BCcampus Upcoming Events

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

Conversations about Outdoor Pedagogy in College ECE Programs
In collaboration with Bow Valley College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, New Brunswick Community College, the YMCA, and the University of Fraser Valley, you’re invited to a one-day conference on pedagogy, early childhood education, and more.
May 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 2:15 pm | 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

Cooking with H5P: In the Kitchen with Kyle Mackie
We’re back in the kitchen! This month, we will talk with Kyle Mackie about his approach to designing interactive activities. He will also share tips and tricks that he uses in his own H5P cooking. See you there!
May 27, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am | 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