June 2020 – TEACHING MATTERS NEWSLETTER – MicroCourses – Online Learning Fundamentals / Virtual Chats / TLC Annual Report

Over the past few months we are sure you have used more than one online meeting tool, but hopefully less than a dozen. You have probably heard of many new educational tools that could add value to your online course, or complicate it. An effective course does not need to be complex –  it’s often clear and simple. However, keeping a course simple can be a challenge – what do you include and what do you leave out? How do students learn these concepts well when online? A reminder that Teaching and Learning is here to help you. Our virtual doors are always open. We’d love to see you and chat about online design, pedagogy and anything in between. You are not alone. We are here to assist you and your students.

Earlier this year, Teaching and Learning developed the Online Course Development Guidelines which were reviewed, revised and endorsed by the Teaching and Learning Advisory Council, the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee and the Senior Academic Leadership Team. These guidelines outline suggestions for good learning experiences in the online environment. UFV encourages faculty to use the guidelines to support the development of their online courses. If you have any questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact askTLC@ufv.ca.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

Transitioning for Distance Learning: Three Tips for Teachers
An Educational Shift: Encouraging Mission – Driven Online Learning

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons

How Can I Become a Better Online Instructor? 
How Can You Help Online Students Become More Successful in Your Course?

Teaching and Learning has subscribed to the Magna Mentor Commons, 20 minute videos designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused and short presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Need the password, contact askTLC@ufv.ca.


Teaching and Learning Centre Annual Report 2019-2020

Please enjoy reading our year in review. (Follow link and scroll to bottom of the page)



MicroCourses- Online Learning Fundamentals

The Teaching and Learning Centre is offering an ongoing MicroCourse series of workshops (essential Blackboard tools for online courses), with synchronous dates and times scheduled weekly.

The primary objective of these MicroCourses is the pedagogy behind the tools and how they can be used to:
*achieve learning objectives
*promote student engagement
*collaborate among peers and instructors
*creative easy-to-navigate course design
*assess student learning
*offer support to students
*create an online learning community

Each course consists of:
*a one-hour scheduled synchronous session
*an additional Blackboard course
*a one-hour asynchronous activity/reading/resource

Please Note:
MicroCourse 8 – Managing your Online Course,
has just been added to the schedule.

Workshop schedule and descriptions: events.ufv.ca/tlc/
Sessions are open to all UFV employees.

If you have any problems self-enrolling, please contact:  asktlc@ufv.ca
or phone 604-504-7441 ext 4546


Virtual Chats with our Teaching and Learning Specialists

Claire Hay and Victoria Surtees are available weekly to chat.
Please register at tlcevents@ufv.ca and join in!




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.

16. Support Black Lives Matter. #blacklivesmatter

Read more of the 150 Acts…and review UFV Indigenization



Register for the Facilitators Learning Online (FLO): tlcevents@ufv.ca
View all other events from the Teaching and Learning Centre: events.ufv.ca/tlc/



Please join Teaching and Learning Specialist, Indigenization, Lorna Andrews in her workshop.
For more information or to register, please email tlcevents@ufv.ca



iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network

Organized in conjunction with Educators in VR Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society

June 21-25, 2020, Now Fully Online and in Virtual Reality!!!

Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”

Conference website: http://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2020