The Learning Hub: Happy Holidays!

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November 2021 Vol.2 Issue 3

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.

ho ho ho!

December is a bit of a wild time. We are looking forward to our winter break, but in the meantime there still seems to be so much to do. At the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation, we are working on new courses, old courses, and everything in between. We put this issue together thinking thoughts of completion and closure with some much needed renewal around the corner. Students are writing exams, final papers, and trying to wrap everything up, and Instructors are doing a lot of reviewing, grading, and evaluation. And just when that is all done, it’s time to think about next term. 

But before we get there, we want to get you thinking about what we can do to help to wrap up your work for the year. The resources provided here mostly relate to those end-of-term activities and duties.  

At the same time, we are thinking ahead to the new year and future issues, so we invite our readers to become contributors. If you have an idea that fits in with one of our themes or pretty much anything related to teaching and learning, we’d like to hear from you. We are really interested in knowing what’s going on around JIBC, who’s doing what, and finding out what we should all be paying attention to. There is a lot of good work that happens at the institute — great teaching, innovation, exploration — and we want to know about it.  

As this is the final issue of the year, we also want to wish you the best for a great 2022. Finish your work, get some rest, enjoy your time off if you get any, and let’s all meet again in the new year.  

End of Term Helpful Reminders!

As finals week comes to a close, it’s always a good time to remind those who are calculating and submitting their final grades a few helpful tips/tricks: 

  1. Running Totals set to: No!
    For those instructors who like to have their weighted columns visible to the students, it’s a good idea to keep this setting set to “no”. Calculations where columns do not have grades included yet will calculate as 0, rather than skipping the column completely when calculating the total. 
  2. Weighted columns
    While verifying that the grades in all your columns are correct, also review the weights that you have broken down in your weighted column. Confirm that the different percentages add up to 100% and that (you guessed it) your running totals are set to no. Last, make sure that your weighted total column is set to “external grade” and your secondary display is set to “Letter” so that the system can correctly upload your final grades when ready. 
  3. Have these polices handy!
    Get yourself familiar or, if you already are then, ensure your bookmarks are all up-to-date with where you can locate JIBC’s Student Polices. Click here to read specifically on JIBC’s Grading PolicyThis is a great place to start when students come to contest any of their grades.  

Want even more resources on the grade center? Watch our lovely Naz’s recording of her Blackboard Workshop: Grade Center! 

Blackboard Saas Upgrade reminder:

Blackboard will be unavailable between 12:01AM December 26, 2021 and 11:59PM January 1, 2022 due to server maintenance and upgrades.

This will affect all courses – there will be no access to any Blackboard courses or Ares reserves during this time frame.

CTLI Goodies

Do we have any questions?

Stay calm!​

Elf Yourself!

2020's Gingerbread Making Event

Junsong Zhang, looking off in the distance on a pier, with an island behind him.


Tune in to listen to Jun discuss simulations and Virtual Reality on the Lunchable Learning podcast from BCcampus.

Dave at DemoFest


Watch Dave as he explores the topic of “ungrading”, a practice that attempts to sidestep the demand to rate students against each other and replace it with something more reflective of student learning and achievement, on a previously recorded FLO Friday: Ungrading Unpacked for BCcampus.


Institute reminders

Writing Center

The Writing Centre is here to help your students! Please make note of the dates below.

DEC 2021

  • Writing Centre Drop-ins end Friday Dec 10th  
  • Appointments & email submissions will be accepted up to and including Dec 13th  
  • The Writing Centre will be available to answer quick questions during the week of Dec 13th to Dec 17th. 

JAN 2022 

  • The Writing Centre will re-open on January 10th, 2022!  
  • Instructors who wish to schedule in-class and/or assignment-specific workshops for the Winter 2022 term may be in touch with Hunter Hastings at 
  • There are loads of noon-hour APA and Academic Writing Workshops scheduled for the Winter 2022 term. Stay tuned to social media, Blackboard announcements, and, the Justin Times! 


The Library has created a new centralized contact for questions about copyright. You can get all your copyright answers at


CTLI Announcements


JAN 2022 

We start the new academic semester with a training on Collaborate:

Click this Collaborate link to join a session.



Our Winter/Spring Learning Hub edition will be all things Open Educational Resources (OER). Do you have something you want to share? Have you made your own OERs? Reach out to and let us know. We want to showcase YOU! 


Drop-ins commence on JAN 13, 2022

We are taking a break from drop-ins for the Winter break DEC 23, 2021 to JAN 06, 2022. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in the New Year! 

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