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Welcome to the KPU Teaching and Learning Commons Blog!

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Contributions by KPU Teaching & Learning Community members for the broader community. KPU educators, students, staff and administrators are invited to post your T&L stories, experiences, resources and events. “Login” (bottom right) using your KPU credentials to post. N.B. Postings are moderated to ensure tagging consistency and will appear on the main TL Commons page 15 minutes after approval.

ISSOTL Call for Proposals (due March 15)

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The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)’s call for proposals for the conference on Oct. 11 to 14 in Calgary is now open until March 15. Theme: Reaching New Heights.

This is an opportunity for KPU educators involved in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning to showcase their work, establish networks, and to learn from others.

See: http://www.issotl.com/issotl15/node/173

UBC MOOC on Reconciliation through Indigenous Education

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A 6-week MOOC is being offered by UBC Faculty of Education by Dr. Jan Hare on Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education starting on January 24 to March 7. Registration is currently open. 

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.”

Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowship (BCcampus)

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The BC Open Education Team welcomes applications for the 2017- 2018 Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowships.

BCcampus is in the process of identifying post-secondary faculty in British Columbia for three 1-year Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowships.

Successful candidates will help raise awareness of open educational practices through advocacy and will work with the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow to conduct, present, and publish research on open educational practices (including, for example, the adoption of open textbooks) at BC institutions.

The Fellows will receive mentorship in OER advocacy and research along with funding to attend the Open Textbook Summit (May 2017), the Open Education Conference (November 2017), and one articulation committee meeting in their discipline. The overall funding support for Fellows will be approximately $3,500, to cover the cost of conference and meeting fees.

Note: BC faculty who currently hold an OER Research Fellowship with the Open Education Group at Brigham Young University are not eligible to apply for a 2017 OEAR Fellowship.
We are looking for academic leaders who are committed to improving the student learning experience through the use of OER and Open Educational Practices and who are eager to share their experiences with colleagues and peers across institutions

More information: https://open.bccampus.ca/call-for-proposals/faculty-fellows/

Indigenizing the Curriculum (UFV Jan. 18 – 20)

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The University of the Fraser Valley is running its highly acclaimed, three day workshop, Indigenizing the Curriculum, in January.

Indigenizing the Curriculum is a fascinating opportunity that provides strategies and techniques which addresses the absence of Indigenous ways of knowing and history in the curriculum. For the most part, faculty members agree that being more inclusive in their teaching provides a greater depth of learning for students, however, most are unsure how this can be done. At times, the fear of making a mistake prevents faculty members from including this information. More than just having a reading or guest speaker, to indigenize the curriculum is to weave this material throughout the course.

In this hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will be provided the opportunity to experience aspects of Indigenous traditions, scholarship and learning strategies that can be incorporated into a wide variety of courses and programs.

Facilitator: Dr. Linda Pardy
Date: Wednesday, January 18 – Friday, January 20, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Room: B121

Registration fee: $349.00

To register or for more information, please email tlcevents@ufv.ca

Moodle Courses for Spring 2017

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Moodle courses for the spring 2017 semester will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 14.  If you can’t find a course you are expecting, please check with your department to make sure that you have been assigned as the instructor in Banner.

Note: Requests to the IT Service Desk are still required to combine multiple sections into a single Moodle course. (You can do this online at http://sm.kpu.ca). As KPU will be closed this year between Dec. 24-Jan. 2 , please have all requests in before Dec. 21 if you need your combined Moodle course before classes start on Jan. 4.

We will hide Fall 2016 courses from students on Jan. 3 and remove them from the system on Jan. 16. Please make sure to backup your fall courses and download your backup files before Jan. 16.


Connecting Landscapes for Learning Conference

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Learning Forward’s 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada Dec. 3-7 provides educators with outstanding content and valuable tools to bring the most powerful forms of professional learning back home to the educators with whom they work. Gain practical solutions to the challenges you face in your classroom, school, or district every day. Our conference offers powerful strategies to build school leader capacity.

Keynotes: Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Avis Glaze, Milton Chen and Denise Augustine.

OER Grant Recipients

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Congratulations to our inaugural OER Grant recipients to date:

  • Sarah Hickinbottom Brawn: Open Education Resources for CNPS 3310: Theories of Counselling Psychology
  • Karen Davison, Nick Inglis and Jane Hobson: HSCI 1220 and HSCI 3225
  • Alice Macpherson, Brian Haugen, and Lyn Benn: Millwright Math for Apprentices Modules
  • Robert Menzies, Jack Hayes, and Colin Green. Textbooks for introductory History and Asian Studies courses
  • Katie Warfield: Social Media, Technology and Society: online parallel open access course development with COMM322

Call for Proposals: STLHE 2017

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The Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the upcoming STLHE 2017 annual conference that will be held in Halifax, NS. 

Our conference theme this year is “Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions and Transformations.”

This is an opportunity for KPU educators to showcase your efforts and learn from peers across the nation.

Proposals due: Monday, December 12, 2016
Conference dates: Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23, 2017
Conference website: http://www.stlhe2017sapes.ca/
Hosts: Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Community College, NSCAD University, Université Sainte-Anne, and the University of King’s College.

VIU Team-Based Learning Institute

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Vancouver Island University Team-Based Learning Institute

Inclusive Classrooms by Design: Ensuring that Group Work Really Works

Wednesday, December 7 and Friday, December 9, 2016

** Limited spaces available for KPU educators. Register now (see below). **

The broad diversity of students within institutions of higher learning makes it critical that our classrooms become not only inclusive, but proactively so. Having community is, for many students, the catalyst for academic engagement. But the existence of generally inclusive environments may not always be enough to ensure success.

How do we leverage a positive social dynamic for deeper student learning? A growing number of our colleagues at VIU have found an answer to this question through the use of a teaching and learning strategy called Team-Based Learning.

Team-based learning, in this case, is not simply the use of groups or even permanent student teams. It’s a comprehensive design strategy (developed by organizational behaviour specialist Larry Michaelsen) for turning our classrooms into close-knit communities of highly motivated learners.

Here is what faculty members using this method are saying:

  • “My students said they didn’t want to miss class so as not to let down their team mates.  In that same course, I noticed students who the semester before were under-performing were now leading in their groups.”
  • “I appreciated seeing the emergence of a healthy classroom community. And those moments when students begin to shine, particularly the marginal, shy, or reluctant – well that was awesome.”
  • “What I love about team-based learning is the power shift from the lecturer to the students – the students become responsible for learning the basics; and in learning the new material they are empowered to apply it to real-world, meaningful problems.  And in solving the problems in-class students struggle, fail, work collectively to try again, and sometimes with (or without) a little insight from me or other teams students eventually ‘get it’.”
  • “I watched students break free of their former cliques and learn to work with new people. I also witnessed students suddenly take a genuine interest in each other and explore their different cultures.”
  • “Almost all of [my students] were engaged in the discussions and activities. They were talking about the subject matter before and after class and they asked me deeper more insightful questions than in previous years.”

The team learning strategy is increasingly popular internationally, and has worked effectively in both large and small classes, both theoretical and applied courses, in science, math, philosophy, literature, history, health and nursing, business, technology and trades. It can be adapted to nearly any teaching situation. It is particularly effective in bringing energy to courses that are extremely heavy in dry content.

VIU’s Team-Based Learning Institute will be facilitated by Bill Roberson and Tine Reimers of VIU and UBC’s Jim Sibley. The program takes you through the complete design process for transforming a course using the Michaelsen Team-Based Learning Model. This offering is primarily for faculty members who will implement a Team-Based course beginning in January 2017. For a brief introduction to what this entails, please read this overview.

For more information on registration, please proceed to our Application-Registration page and provide us with a bit of information about your plans. 

Please address questions to Bill Roberson (bill.roberson@viu.ca), Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning


Inaugural Teaching Fellows

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Congratulations to our inaugural Teaching Fellows who will start their 1-year appointments starting January 2017:

  • Larissa Petrillo: Experiential Learning
  • Rajiv Jhangiani: Open Studies
  • David Burns: Learning Outcomes

I am confident that these colleagues will have a significant impact on advancing and supporting these areas within KPU and beyond. 

A huge thank you to all applicants as we had a strong candidate pool, the selection committee members who’s active participation and commitment made this happen, and the sponsorship and support of the Provost, members of Senate, KFA, KSA and University Community.