December 2019 – TEACHING MATTERS NEWSLETTER – Welcome CECE / Accessibility for all / PDDAY2020

Learn with Video

Did you know that “400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute”, “we watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube videos a day”, and “the average mobile viewing session lasts more than 40 minutes” (Brandwatch, 2019). Aren’t these convincing statistics that we love video? Wondering how you can offer students more video in your courses? You can even add knowledge checks and reflection questions to your Kaltura videos and add them to your grade book. Interested? Read on and find more ideas to satisfy your students’ craving for video.

How to tutorials from TLC Learning Designers
How to create a video essay using Kaltura capture space
How to add a video using Kaltura capture space (for instructors)

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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.

4. Attend a cultural event, such as a pow wow (yes, all folks are invited to these!)

Read more of the 150 Acts…and review UFV Indigenization



Thank you to the volunteers who helped, everyone who attended, and the 273 people who filled out the survey…simply amazing!

UFV’s Accessibility Committee held open houses last week to gather information regarding accessibility in people’s lives. Survey stations were set up at the Abbotsford and CEP campuses gathering 273 responses from students, faculty and staff. The survey supports the call from the BC government to gain feedback on accessibility issues in the province. BC is one of the few provinces in the country that doesn’t have comprehensive laws to support accessibility for persons with disabilities.

With support from SPARC BC, who works to advance accessibility and inclusion by conducting important research and public education campaigns, UFV was granted $2,000 to conduct the information gathering sessions. Accessible communities make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities; it is not just about physical access and technical devices—access is about equitable opportunity. Accessible communities are more inclusive.

For more information, please go to: accessibility for all



Welcome and Congratulations! 
UFV Centre for Experiential and Career Education (CECE)

Last week, UFV announced the creation of the Centre for Experiential and Career Education along with a generous grant from the RBC Future Launch program.

The University of the Fraser Valley wants to ensure that all students have the chance to integrate career-related planning and experience into their education. And RBC’s Future Launch program is helping to achieve that goal with a $300,000 donation from RBC Foundation to the newly created UFV Centre for Experiential and Career Education (CECE)…read more

The Abbotsford News release November 27, 2019




Join us Thursday April 30 for PDDAY2020

All faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to a day of professional development to connect with colleagues, learn tools, tips, and trends in higher ed, and grow UFV towards the future together. Join us at the Abbotsford Campus for this amazing day.

This year’s theme is Be well. Learn well. Teach well…the connection between good health and academic performance.

Health and well-being for everyone at UFV and in our community is of the utmost importance, and we recognize how it can affect our happiness, performance and success. PDDay2020 will feature wellness experts from UFV and the community who will encourage us to be our healthiest and happiest self. Healthy communities start with helpful and supportive members who think and act proactively despite our differing circumstances and challenges.

Try something new this PD Day!  Meet new people, learn ways to nurture a better you, and indulge in innovative self-care strategies.


Call for Workshop Proposals will be announced in January.

For more information please visit:

PD Day is supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic, the Teaching & Learning Advisory CommitteeHuman Resources, and the Teaching and Learning department.

It is UFV’s mandate that this tool be used as a learning tool for students. Faculty members can set up a Turnitin assignment where students can submit papers several times up to the assignment deadline. Once the deadline arrives, the assignment currently submitted is the final version. By allowing students to see the originality report prior to final submission, students can ensure their papers are not plagiarized. (Proper set up of the assignment is required as paper titles, bibliographies, and common phrases can be highlighted as plagiarized text. Visit the Teaching and Learning Centre for assistance.)

To sign up with, contact They will sign you up, provide you with a login and any necessary training if you require. is no longer – so use

You may have already heard that Teaching & Learning has a new email address for support, it’s Catchy, right? Please use this new email address for questions or support related to pedagogy and 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 If instructors want ideas on how to get better engagement in discussion forums (how-to use a tool more effectively), then contact 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:



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:



Call for Proposals

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2019 Annual Conference will be held at the Shaw Centre in the heart of downtown Ottawa from June 9 – 12, 2020.This year’s conference is co-hosted with the University of Ottawa/l’Université d’Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and La Cité collégiale.

We invite you to participate in the 2020 STLHE Annual Conference. This year’s theme is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the conference. Please click here for the full Call for Proposals.

The online submission system is available now for proposal uploads. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Central Eastern time) on Thursday Wednesday January 15, 2020.

For questions about the Call for Proposals please email: