The Learning Hub: Issue 65

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

An Era of Change: Remote Engagement, Multi-tasking, and Camera Policies

By Miriam Bowers-Abbott, MA, and Heather Hourchard, MPH From Faculty Focus |

It has grown cliché to say the pandemic has changed education both rapidly and permanently. Certainly, public health concerns have forced educators at all levels to master remote teaching, learning, and engagement. As technology, educators, and students continue to evolve, recommended practices change rapidly, even unto the point of contradicting prior guidelines. Notably, camera guidelines seem to shift with the wind: Cameras-off for privacy. Cameras-on for accountability. Cameras-off to preserve bandwidth. As software for remote engagement evolves, so also will best practices, social norms, and etiquette standards. Further complicating matters, students and faculty may have disparate and conflicting sensibilities regarding acceptable behaviors, creating unintentional uncivil environments. To foster healthy academic communities amidst change and social difference, evidence-based standards of behaviour must be identified. Read More

Resilient Pedagogy: A Foreword

By Jesse Stommel |

I’m guessing my resistance to at least a few of these words is obvious. Zoom is, quite literally, tiresome, and there is now copious research about “Zoom fatigue.” When we’re in rooms together (or even in traditional online courses), we aren’t generally staring at close-ups of heads and torsos for hours on end. Being constantly framed by a camera (and in personal spaces) is exhausting, as is seeing ourselves in a sea of boxes arranged neatly and tidily into rows and columns. I still flinch at the word “reopening.” Just over two weeks ago (from the day I wrote this), I got my first COVID vaccination shot. I’ll get my second shot in less than a week. I’ve been “locked down,” and more strictly than many, for over a year, because my mom is immune-compromised. (She had a brain hemorrhage just before the pandemic and is recovering … probably much more slowly than she otherwise would.) The idea of “reopening,” or “returning to normal,” or whatever other colloquialism is favored on the day, is bewildering. I have no idea what I can do now that I’m vaccinated. I still haven’t fully reckoned with or made sense of the last year. Read More

JIBC Library

Ares Course Readings Upgrade – July 26th

We upgraded the Ares course readings application Monday morning.

You will see two changes:

  1. Students will see the readings open in a new window (previously they opened in the same BB frame).
  2. Readings will NOT automatically clone when the course readings tool link is clicked.
    Only the Library will now be able to clone readings from the Ares Master to the classes once the BB class is cloned.

If you have any questions, contact:

If you would like to add your course readings to Ares course readings in BB, contact:

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

  • Six Ways Text Can Make (or Break) Effective Online Course Design Faculty Focus. Text is our primary medium of communication in online environments. But have you thought about the different purposes of using text in your courses? This article helps break things down for you.
  • Integrating Technology with Bloom’s Taxonomy. University of Arizona. Take your knowledge of Bloom’s Taxonomy to the next level with questions around appropriate use of technology for achieving learning outcomes.
  • Solve a Teaching Problem. Carnegie Mellon University. Have I got problems for you! Use this handy database to address pressing teaching problems and find succinct and sensible solutions.
  • The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. New York Times. Hey you, working remotely from your kitchen table…your back is aching. Get back in shape in the quickest time possible.
  • 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

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


Facilitating Synchronous Online Learning with Collaborate Webinar

Pivoting to Online

Pivoting to Online


Want some one-on-one help? Have something specific you need assistance with? Reach out to the CTLI team by emailing us at