September 30 2019 – TEACHING MATTERS NEWSLETTER – UFV Launch / FDW / Semester Rhythm

University of the Fraser Valley students and teachers. Rick Collins Photography – UFV

Semester Rhythm

Midterm is rapidly approaching and we are looking towards the final stretch making sure we have all our academic ducks in a row before we push ahead. In the thick of the semester, instructors are looking at alignment, assessment, actively learning strategies, and anything associated with achieving learning outcomes. So, this issue’s theme is that it doesn’t really have a theme and offers articles on a number of timely topics. Take a well-deserved break and set aside the stack of ungraded assignments and peruse this issue of Teaching Matters. You’ll be glad you did.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

The Rhythms of the Semester: The Implications for Practice, Persona
Rethinking Deadline and Late Penalty Policies …again

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons
How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?

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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.

1. Learn the land acknowledgement in your region.

Read more of the 150 Acts…and discover UFV’s Indigenization resources




Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: November 4 – 8, 2019
Trainer: Ken Harmel
Location : Clearbrook Campus, room CCL135

The Facilitator Development Workshop is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the ISW at an institution. Individuals must participate in an ISW prior to applying for the FDW.  The FDW provides individuals with an opportunity for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere and provides connections to a larger instructional development network.
The FDW is a peer-based model providing participants with a small group setting in which to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day featuring such themes as: diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models.

Click for more information or to register

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.


Reserve Technology Equipment Online

Online Request Form

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


Working with Multiligual 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


Is it time for a course tune-up?

Take advantage of our Check Under the Hood program. Provide us with your course documents and we will put the course through our 10 Point Checklist. Quick and easy, you will receive feedback on your course and have the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with one of our teaching and learning team. The first 25 faculty members to sign up receive a fantastic gift!
For more information, email us at:


Save your ol’ Faves

The Save your ol’ Faves is a program to support faculty in saving their old favourite teaching materials to a digital form. Convert your out-of-date VHS tapes, acetates used for overhead projectors, or paper resources to a digital format so that they can be saved and shared with students easily. All for Free!

Be one of the first 25 people to bring in your old favourite and receive a gift!

Info and Registration: Save Your Ol’ Faves


BCcampus Newsletter  

Get the word out about the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation at Coast Mountain College on October 25th, 2019! 
Pre-and post-conference events! Experiential, place-based learning! 2019 Symposium is going to be amazing this year. Everyone is welcome and childcare is available for the pre-conference and conference event!

Register for 2019 Symposium
Calendar of Events – full listing of events on BC Campus

UDLHE DIGICON 2019: An Inaugural UDLHE Global Event- Online Conference

Save the Date: October 18, 2019, 9am – 4pm EST

Vision for the Digicon:

The #UDLHE Digital Conference will be an opportunity for UDL-interested (and invested) faculty, staff, and graduate students from around the world to convene and learn together without the burden of geographic and cost-based barriers. It will offer an opportunity to hear from people that we otherwise would not have access to, call for and facilitate presentations that advance the work of UDL in higher education and catalyzes individuals to bring their work and findings to other non-UDL focused conferences.

We will meet via structured online meeting space. We are hoping to include people from around the world both synchronously and asynchronously.

Register here!