The Learning Hub: Issue 64

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Enhanced Flexibility in Our Classes

By Dave Smulders, Program Manager, Faculty Development at CTLI


But as soon as the dean started yesterday, I sensed trouble. He started talking about the need for the department to be more ‘flexible’ in its teaching. What the hell does that mean – yoga exercises at the beginning of each lecture? (Bates, 2019)

Last week, the good people at BCcampus organized a “microcourse” called Getting Started with Hybrid and HyFlex Learning. The course is “micro” in the sense that it’s a short offering — only a week long –with a mix of online synchronous (facilitator-led sessions conducted on the Big Blue Button video-conferencing platform) and asynchronous activities (threaded discussions and resource sharing). The course is part of BCcampus’s Facilitating Learning Online series of microcourses, courses, and webinars, and it drew attendance of about 70 educators from across Canada and at least one participant from South America. On my rough count, there were at least five of us representing the Justice Institute of BC.  Read More

Portable Voice Amplifier

Special Needs Computers (n.d.). Audita II – Portable FM or Digital Soundfield System.

JIBC Library

Portable Voice Amplifier 

The Library is now lending a Portable Voice Amplifier to help amplify instructor’s voices who are teaching while wearing a mask. The amplifier projects your voice louder and further to ensure your students can hear and understand you even with a mask on. You can find the amplifier on the Library’s equipment lending page, as well as on our AV equipment booking form on the intranet. 

Wondering what other equipment you can borrow from the library? Visit our Library Equipment Guide or email for more information.  

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

Our lead article above highlights a few key resources related to flexible course modalities like Hybrid and HyFlex. If you are new to the subject and need a quick primer without getting overloaded, the following resources will get you started:


  • FREE Virtual Event – OER: What’s Next? Equity & Diversity
    Join Ann Fiddler and Dr. Rebecca Karoff for a panel focusing on what is next for OER concerning equity and diversity. Event hosted by the CJCLS OER Committee. Use the link at the bottom to register for the first of the special series.
    Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 1:00 PM PT | Register Here
  • 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!
  • 2021 Leadership in Higher Education Conference
    The Leadership in Higher Education Conference helps new and experienced higher education leaders learn innovative strategies, trends, and best practices for effectively managing staff and resources. In a welcoming environment that fosters learning and collaboration, the Leadership in Higher Education Conference provides actionable strategies to help participants improve efficiency and effectiveness in their positions, and to network with like-minded peers facing similar challenges.
    October 11 – December 31, 2021, 8:00 am – 11:55 pm | Register Here

BCcampus Upcoming Events

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

Finding, Using, and Sharing Open Educational Resources
This webinar will provide an introduction to how to find, use, and share open educational resources (OERs). Are you new to open education and not sure where to start? Or are you just starting your own OER project and wondering where to find other openly licenced materials and what to do with them? This webinar will answer all these questions by providing an introduction to open education and OERs, discussing copyright and Creative Commons licenses, and going over how you can find, use, and OERs.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.
August 11, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 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

Pivoting to Online