The Learning Hub: Issue 57

©Naz Maghsoudi

In this week’s issue…

Universal Design for learning (UDL) Workshop Series

Workshop 3 – Assessment Design: Perspectives and Examples Informed by Universal Design for Learning

⇒ DATE: June 15, 2020 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Center for Teaching, Learning & Innovation (CTLI) is offering a series of faculty development workshops to expand the application of UDL Principles, specifically in the area of public safety. The series consists of three workshops and this is the third in the series:

In our teaching, we use assessment to understand our learners’ progress of learning more thoroughly. In this workshop, we consider how we, as educators, can design assessments to be more inclusive, accessible, and engaging for our students. We also look at several examples in our JIBC courses and consider what features and characteristics can help us recognize and design UDL assessments in our own courses.


This Workshop will take place online. After registration we will send you a link to the virtual session.

DEADLINE: Friday June 11th



Seanna Takacs
UDL Consultant, Ph.D in Educational Psychology 

Seanna has extensive experience in UDL, accessibility services, and teaching in post-secondary settings.

Junsong Zhang
Instructional Designer, CTLI

Junsong is experienced in user-centered learning design, educational technology, and faculty development.


Jun and Seanna will be accompanied by colleagues from JIBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.


Simulating the Classroom Experience with Zoom

Photo by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay

By Deborah Testerman From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning |

Having to turn the face-to-face classroom into an online environment creates challenges, but it also creates many new opportunities for education. Teaching through Zoom, a video conferencing platform, this past year helped us realize that most of what we teach in the classroom can be taught effectively online, and in some cases, it can even create a better learning environment. Read More

10 Key Actions to Ensure Micro-Credentials Meet the Needs of Learners and Employers

From Contact North |

As colleges and universities start rolling out micro-credentials, 10 key actions must be taken to ensure these credentials meet the needs of both learners and employers. Otherwise, higher education risks missing out on opportunities to achieve meaningful outcomes and help people secure skills-based employment.

Micro-credentials are a key component of many government strategies for upskilling and reskilling. They are designed to help close the skills gap and get people back to work. They also reflect a trend toward on-demand, short-form learning that is focused on skills, competencies and specific capabilities — a shift away from long-form learning, such as degrees and diplomas. Read More

JIBC Library

Celebrating Indigenous History Month the Library highlights their Indigenous Resources Guide

It includes a section on Indigenization of the Curriculum!

More highlights to follow this month!

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, June 3, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

There is no drop-in on June 10th.

Register for your session here.


New Resources

  • 2021 Cascadia Open Education Summit – The 2021 Cascadia Open Education Summit recordings are now available to view online!
  • Using Hypothesis Social Annotation in Blackboard – Using the Hypothesis app hosted in Blackboard, instructors can make PDFs and web-based articles annotatable. Students can then annotate their course readings collaboratively, sharing comments, replying to each other’s comments, and learning in community. Instructors can also create annotation assignments using Hypothesis so that students submit their annotation “sets” for grading. Collaborative annotation assignments are a great way to encourage students to more deeply engage with course content and with each other. In this webinar, presented in partnership with Blackboard Learn, attendees learn how to make readings annotatable using the Hypothesis app, how to instruct students to submit their annotations, and how to grade those annotations in Blackboard.



  • “Supporting and Sustaining our Collective Well-Being” – The weight of teaching during a global pandemic and necessary shifts in how, when and where we teach, a national race crisis, and political unrest have greatly impacted faculty well-being. (And did we mention it is winter in New England?) How can we create space and support for faculty to foster their own well-being while also providing students with the best learning experience possible?
    Friday, June 4, 2021, 9:45am – 2:00pm.
  • Canadian eLearning Conference – Our conference plays a vital part in the continued growth and development of the Canadian eLearning community. It takes place over two half-days. Day 1 begins with our keynote address followed by concurrent sessions. Day 2 continues with concurrent sessions and provides time to connect with conference sponsors.
    June 10 & 11, 2021, 11:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m (Eastern Time)
  • Enhance Learning and Teaching through the Use of Technology. Organized by the Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc), UK. This event will be held online. June 14-17, 2021

BCcampus Upcoming Events

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

Q&A with Flower Darby, Author of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes
The BCcampus Book Club has been unpacking this practical and timely book over the past few weeks. The book club members now invite the whole sector to join them for a Q&A session with the author, Flower Darby.
June 8, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Register Here

Adult Basic Education OER Showcase
Did you hear the news? B.C. is launching a first-of-its-kind program: a tuition- and textbook-cost–free program for adult basic education (ABE)! Get an exclusive look at how faculty approached the development of these incredibly important open educational resources.
June 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm | Register Here

FLO Friday: UDL in Practice
Little steps in design can make a significant difference for students. Join us to hear and contribute ideas on what Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in practice looks like. Your FLO facilitator will be Carolee Clyne, who recently defended her dissertation on modeling UDL for faculty as learners.
June 18, 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