The Learning Hub: Issue 61

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Ungrading: an Introduction

By Jesse stommel |

“Ungrading” means raising an eyebrow at grades as a systemic practice, distinct from simply “not grading.” The word is a present participle, an ongoing process, not a static set of practices.

If your institution just continued grading during the pandemic, “business as usual,” here’s what all those grades were measuring:

  • how well students and teachers “pivoted” to online
  • whether students had necessary access and support at home
  • the ability of students to “perform” in a crisis

What all those grades mostly weren’t measuring: student learning and/or content knowledge. Read More 

From Virtual Spectator to Participant: Engaging Students in Synchronous Online Learning Activities

Post by Meigan Robb |

Keeping students engaged in online courses takes careful consideration. Technology options are available to help create a virtual learning environment that promotes social interaction. Occasionally, engaging students in synchronous online learning activities is one option for facilitating connections and a sense of community between faculty and students. Virtual video conferencing platforms, such as ZOOM, have created unique opportunities for facilitating synchronous online learning activities. However, faculty are often faced with the challenge of students who are hesitant to participate in a synchronous virtual learning environment. This article will share simple strategies for transitioning virtual students from spectator to participant during synchronous online learning activities. Read More

Beyond COVID-19: What’s Next for Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education?

By John Nworie from EDUCAUSE review |

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly interrupted the normal operation of educational institutions worldwide is a huge understatement. According to UNESCO, the educational experiences of nearly 1.4 billion students—of all ages—were disrupted. In an uncharacteristically swift action for higher education, the COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their courses online while faculty, administrators, and staff worked remotely in order to protect millions of students and themselves. Since then, remote courses, remote student support services, remote graduation ceremonies, and remote campus tours became the new norm, all aimed at controlling the rapid spread of this deadly virus. Read More

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JIBC Library

Any and all faculty and staff are welcome to attend:

Library & Copyright Orientation
Tuesday, July 6th at 2 pm to 3 pm

This is especially valuable for new JIBC instructors as they will learn about services and resources available to their students, in addition to faculty and staff. Even if you have been with the JIBC for a while, you are welcome to attend.

We hope you can join us!

RSVP for the MS Teams link to be emailed to you.

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds


  • Teaching Professor Conference – Magna Publications – For those that prefer not to travel we’re offering a virtual conference that captures the spirit of the Teaching Professor Conference. It features on-demand access to conference plenary sessions along with on-demand delivery of the most popular concurrent sessions. There’s even an opportunity for you to network with others!
  • BbWorld – Share “best practices,” discuss changes in education and generate new ideas at BbWorld 2021. This year’s key topics include: teaching and learning experiences, the latest EdTech trends, data and analytics, student success, institutional change, accessibility, product integrations, and community engagement.​
    Free and taking place fully online.  July 13-15 & 20-22 | Register Here

BCcampus Upcoming Events

FLO MicroCourse: Getting Started with Hybrid or HyFlex Learning
This one-week micro-course will introduce the theory and practice of hybrid and HyFlex learning. Through asynchronous discussions, with opportunities for synchronous meetings with peers, participants will explore the theory and practice of hybrid and HyFlex learning and develop a plan or resource for use in a hybrid or HyFlex teaching situation. You can expect to spend six to nine hours of participation over the week.
July 5, 2021 – July 9, 2021 | Register Here

FLO MicroCourse: Authentic and Alternative Assessments
During this micro-course, you will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the purpose of assessments and how to prioritize outcomes, and you will dabble in some evaluation criteria and rubrics.
July 19, 2021 – July 23, 2021, 9–10 a.m. PST | Register Here

Cooking with H5P: The Project Banquet
A key component of the next phase of open education work for BCcampus is the enhancement of the existing open textbook collection through the development of open homework systems. In our upcoming H5P webinar, we’re excited to see the results of this work!
July 29, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:00 am | 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

Workshop 5: Blackboard Collaborate

Workshop 6: Kaltura