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September 2021 Vol.2 Issue​ 1

Welcome Back

If, as TS Eliot once wrote, April is the cruellest month, what does that make September after 18 months of a global pandemic? It’s been rough out there! Despite some false starts in a full reopening of society and on-site business as usual, we find ourselves adjusting and then readjusting to the changing conditions of our working and living environments, and on top of that it’s a new school year!

One thing is certain. At the Justice Institute of BC, we continue to provide the best public safety education possible for our students and community partners, whether on-site, online or somewhere in between. Even if we’re not done with COVID-19 just yet, this September represents a time for renewal and hopefulness for the future. Many of us are gearing up for the academic year ahead with new classes, new students and many new faces around the JIBC campuses, even if many of those faces are still half covered with masks. 

This issue of the Learning Hub represents a new direction for us at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. With each issue, we are providing more original content about how we do public safety education at JIBC. This means hearing more from staff, faculty and students about what’s going on, what’s new, what’s interesting, and what the rest of us need to know in order to maintain and improve our practices as educators, whether we’re teaching from the front of the classroom or working behind the scenes. 

In this way, the Learning Hub aspires to showcase and deliberate on the best ideas and practices that we can find around the JIBC. We also want to know what’s going on outside the JIBC so that we can be informed of ongoing developments and trends in education. In that spirit, we invite our readers to get in touch with us and tell us what’s going on in your world. If you are doing something unique or innovative or something that just works really well for your students, we want to know about it! This is a publication by the community for the community, and so we hope you’ll join us.  

The Learning Hub Team @CTLI

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s New Westminster campus is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Qiqéyt (Qayqayt), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Central Coast Salish Peoples.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Goodies from CTLI

Director’s Message:

Robert Walker – Director CTLI


Welcome back JIBC faculty and staff! I hope everyone had a great summer and are rejuvenated after what has been, to …

Welcome Stephen O’Hearn

Multimedia Instructional Designer/Producer

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Steve tells strategic stories. Stories about training, corporate culture, successes, and lessons learned. Whether it is creating …

Official Hub Playlist

The soundtrack to your home(work)coming

Brought to you by the musical stylings of Dave Smulders. Enjoy!

Faculty Corner

This month we asked our faculty: What’s new this September?




Bettina Williams


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Meet the Owl

Darren Blackburn, Program Director, Emergency Management Division

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JIBC Library

Do you create course content, upload resources to Blackboard, or copy materials for students? It is vital that all these practices follow Canadian copyright law.

The Library is hosting a Library Orientation & Copyright workshop for new and returning staff and instructors. Whether you are new to creating course content or you have been creating content for years, it’s always a good time to review your rights and obligations under copyright law.

Learn about using the library and how to legally use copyrighted materials while at the JIBC.


Thursday, October 14 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Link to October 14 Library Orientation & Copyright session.

Resources (What’s Happening)


  • Start-up Toolkit 
    CTLI has created a Start-up Toolkit with resources for both instructors who are gearing up for a new term and for program staff who are working with those instructors. Some of the resources are designed to get you thinking about your teaching more broadly while others are course specific that you can use right away.  If you want a guided tour of what these resources can offer, you can view the recorded webinar.  
  • Blackboard Workshops 
    If you are new to Blackboard or you’d like a refresher on a few key areas, we have recorded some of our Backboard Workshops (scroll down the page to see the list of recorded workshops).  
  • Drop-In Sessions and Support for Faculty  
    Don’t forget that if you are looking for help or feedback on any aspect of your classes, you can register for our Drop-In Sessions. Contact us at ctli@jibc.ca to arrange a session.  

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  • You 2.0: Cultivating Your Purpose (Hidden Brain- Podcast) 
    Having a sense of purpose can be a buffer against the challenges we all face at various stages of life. Purpose can also boost our health and longevity. This segment from the popular psychology podcast Hidden Brain can help you get centred for the season ahead.  
  • Jerks at Work (You Are Not So Smart – Podcast) 
    One of the great things about going back to work/class is to see all those familiar faces in person after 18 months of working from home. But what about those folks we didn’t miss during that time? What about the jerks at work? Wait a minute, you’re not one of those people…are you?? Dr. Tessa West helps you analyze your inner jerk and develop some strategies for surviving back in the workplace.  
  • CORE Principles of Effective Teaching (Faculty Focus – article) 
    The ever-changing conditions created by this pandemic have really shaken up the way we think about teaching and learning, especially as conditions continue to change and we adjust according. This article from Faculty Focus reminds us that we can maintain our integrity as educators by holding to a few core principles. Includes some very practical tips about getting set up for your fall classes.