January 2020 – TEACHING MATTERS NEWSLETTER – PDDAY2020 Call For Proposals – Deadline Jan 31 / Welcome Back!

Welcome back!

The first class of the Winter semester has come and gone, and establishing rules and expectations is just part of that inaugural class. The first week is a great time to rethink our kick-off strategies and think of what more, or less, we can do on the first day. Simply moving tables into islands from the first day can have a positive influence on our teaching by changing the dynamics and atmosphere of a class. Wheel your mouse down to peruse some ideas you can use in the early weeks of a semester.

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150 Acts of Reconciliation for Canada’s 150

On August 4th, there are 150 days left in 2017 – the year of Canada’s 150th birthday. There have been robust discussions this year around reconciliation and we would like to contribute to the conversation. Together, we have written 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 days of 2017. Many of these are small, everyday acts that average Canadians can undertake, but others are more provocative that encourage people to think about Indigenous-settler relationships in new ways. We encourage you to use #150Acts to share your engagement with each item on the list.

7. Read an autobiography written by an Indigenous person. A couple of ideas include Augie Merasty’s The Education of Augie Merasty, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s Fatty Legs: A True Story, and Mini Adola Freeman’s Life Among the Qallunaat.

Read more of the 150 Acts…and review UFV Indigenization



Call for Proposals

We invite all UFV faculty and staff to submit proposals for workshops for UFV’s fifth annual Professional Development Day (PDDAY2020) on April 30, 2020.

Be well. Learn well. Teach well…the connection between good health and academic performance is the theme for this year’s PD Day sub-themes:

  • Technology
  • Diversity/Inclusion
  • Wellness
  • Pedagogy
  • Research

Submit your proposal 
Deadline: January 31, 2020.

Proposals will be reviewed based on topic, potential audience, link to themes, and proposed outcomes. Confirmation will be provided to workshop facilitators by the end of February.





Detail(s): Abbotsford Campus, Rm G124, Wed. Jan. 29 (10 – 11am)
Facilitator: Ken Harmel, TLC Learning Designer
Bring: 3 of your favorite activities.

  • Review activities
  • Energizers
  • Specific skill, such as an active listening activity
  • Formative assessment
  • And anything in-between

Register/Info: tlcevents@ufv.ca



Register / Info: tlcevents@ufv.ca



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To sign up with Turnitin.com, contact asktlc@ufv.ca. They will sign you up, provide you with a login and any necessary training if you require.



online@ufv.ca is no longer – so use askufv@ufv.ca

You may have already heard that Teaching & Learning has a new email address for support, it’s asktlc@ufv.ca. Catchy, right? Please use this new email address for questions or support related to pedagogy and itservicedesk@ufv.ca for support related to technology. Here is an example: If instructors want to know how to add a discussion forum in Blackboard (a simple how-to) then contact itservicedesk@ufv.ca. If instructors want ideas on how to get better engagement in discussion forums (how-to use a tool more effectively), then contact asktlc@ufv.ca. Don’t worry, ITS and Teaching & Learning work together closely so we’ll make sure the appropriate department responds to your request quickly.

A reminder that Teaching & Learning offers assistance and recommends teaching tools and techniques to apply not only in online courses, but in traditional and hybrid ones, too.



Working with Multilingual Learners – Providing resources and practical classroom strategies

We hope that our resource website will provide resources and practical classroom strategies to help faculty members who are teaching the increasing numbers of multilingual learners in their classrooms. We have tried to organize the site so that you can find information you need as quickly as possible as well as links to other helpful resources.

Overview of the site

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact: Kerry Johnson



Reserve Technology Equipment Online
Online Request Form

Faculty and staff can order technology resources such as digital cameras, laptops, data projectors, swivl cameras, microphones, etc. from the listing available on the above link.

For more information, please contact: asktlc@ufv.ca



Festival of Learning

2020 Festival of Learning: Disruption & Transformation in Higher Education
May 11 – 13, 2020

The Festival of Learning is B.C.’s largest celebration of teaching and learning in higher education. Held every two years and welcoming about 500 attendees from all over B.C. and beyond, the Festival is a great opportunity for faculty, students, leaders, librarians, learning designers, educational technologists and accessibility/ disability educators and professionals to network and learn together.

For more information, proposal and registration details: festival.bccampus.ca/