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BB "How to test edit options"

Online workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics associated with the Blackboard test tool: why practice tests are important; How to use your preview user to check if the test really works well; How to extend test times for some students; Set Timer vs Force Completion; One at a Time vs All at Once; How to release the questions/answers/feedback after the test date; and, Announcement on the test.

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BB Grade Centre

Online workshop

The topics include column organization, navigation tips, manually-created columns, weighted total vs total, categories, smart views, and how to download a Grade Centre file.

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BB Ally

Online workshop

Blackboard Ally is an accessibility application that works with Blackboard to help ensure that your digital course content is accessible by learners. Ally provides course content in accessible formats, including electronic braille and audio files.

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Camtasia

Online workshop

Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor that can be used to create and edit video tutorials and other instructional videos. Bring your questions and goals and get help virtually!

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H5P

Online workshop

In this workshop you will learn how to develop rich interactive content in Blackboard (myClass). Reuse and modify content in at any time.

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Padlet

Online workshop

This is an extremely flexible synchronous and asynchronous application that can help transfer your in-class activities to online, such as brainstorming by posting Post-it notes to a virtual whiteboard. It is an engaging alternative to a shared whiteboard.

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PeerScholar

Online workshop

PeerScholar is a great way for students to learn from their peers through self and peer assessment. This is a very structured yet flexible way to provide self and peers assessments and to delve into really reflective learning practices every step of the way.

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Turnitin

Online workshop

Turnitin promotes academic integrity and writing skills by helping students paraphrase and cite accurately and check their grammar. This tool also enhances academic skills of the students by providing feedback on the content authorship.

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WeVu

Online workshop

A platform that can host videos made by students and faculty. WeVu allows video annotations and time-stamped feedback. An easy to use tool where students and instructors can comment inline with a video.

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Zoom

Online workshop

Zoom is an synchronous virtual classroom that is an alternative to Collaborate Ultra. With more participants' video feeds and stability, Zoom is a great tool for meeting your students out of Blackboard. Zoom requires the installation of an app.

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Storyboard your Courses

Online workshop

This course will introduce a new approach to course design using storyboarding. We will be using Miro and Trello as optional tools that will allow us to storyboard our courses. You can also use a pencil and paper.

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Building a Student-Centred Syllabus

Online workshop

In this workshop we will explore ways to make your course syllabi more student-centred.

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New Faculty Kick Start (NFKS)

Annual event

A full day of workshops and hands-on introduction to the UFV learning environment, learning management system, and teaching and learning strategies. Network with other new faculty members and meet the professionals on staff who are available to assist you throughout your time at UFV.

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Visual Syllabus: An Introduction workshop

Online workshop

A long contractual syllabus may not be read. Learn how to create a visually engaging syllabus with the potential to boost student interest, motivation, and their perception of you as an instructor.

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Basics of Universal Design

Online workshop

This workshop will focus on the three principles of UDL – Engagement, Representation, and Expression. We will explore UDL concepts and easy ways to implement UDL into your courses.

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Annual Accessibility Awareness Event (AAE)

Annual event

The goal of this annual event is to promote and raise awareness of accessibility. The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), partnering with Centre for Accessibility Services (CAS) host an event featuring keynote presenters, workshops, and other relevant sessions to showcase and learn about accessibility. It coincides with National Accessibility Week.

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Building Strengths

Online course

Created in partnership with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and UFV, the online module, Building Strengths looks at the whole student and provides you with strategies and tips for being more inclusive in your instructional practices and to make the classroom experience more accessible to students. Although it focuses on trades and technology fields, the knowledge gained from this course is applicable to any subject. As part of the module, you learn about universal design for learning, adapting practical spaces, cultural implications of disability, and inviting success.

Also available for faculty and staff: an accessibility tool kit to complement the Building Strengths module. This document is filled with resources and information to assist learning for students with disabilities.

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Chat-I (Internationalization)

Video chat session

This session is meant as a casual time of dialogue around cultures, inclusive approaches to teaching, working with international & multilingual learners, or any other topics on internationalizing your curriculum, teaching, and assessment.

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Conversations about Culture

Online workshop

This workshop provides guidance for interacting across cultures with both students and colleagues. It provides background information on international student experiences, tools for spotting and interrupting microaggressions, and practical suggestions for creating inclusive spaces in your courses or student services.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

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What is internationalization anyway?

Online workshop

Learn about internationalization as it applies to teaching and learning (not just student recruitment). Discover ways to internationalize your curricula by incorporating intercultural elements that appeal to all students.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

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Test Questions for Multilingual Learners

Online workshop

Learn to revise your existing multiple-choice questions to promote student success… all without compromising course content.

According to UBC research, these revision strategies can impact students’ final exam scores by as much as an entire letter grade. The effects are especially strong for multilingual and international students, making this a good addition to your EDI toolkit.

This is a hands-on workshop, so bring a test question or two and prepare to get revising.

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Assignment Feedback for Multilingual Learners

Online workshop

In this workshop, we will explore ways to give effective feedback for student assignments. Learn about some typical features of multilingual student writing and how to address them in your course.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

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Educators Journey Towards Reconciliation (EJTR)

In-person workshopOnline workshop

During this workshop we will go through a journey to discover challenges and best practices in decolonizing the classroom and, our education practice. We will explore strategies for creating a culturally safe learning environment and indigenizing through reconciling Indigenous worldviews, ways of knowing and being while we Indigenize our teaching practice and curriculum. We will practice reciprocity, respect, responsibility, and relevance throughout our journey together.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

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Weaving Knowledge Systems (WKS)

In-person workshopOnline workshop

This workshop provides you with hands-on experience and resources that will bring together Indigenous and Western worldviews based on your subject area. We will explore experiential activities to weave cultural safety/humility, Indigenous Ways of knowing and being, Indigenous worldviews, into your course(s)/practice.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

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Chat-R (Reconciliation)

Video chat session

This session will provide space for conversations around Indigenization.

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Territorial Acknowledgment

In-person workshopOnline workshop

Learn about Stó:lō’s relationship with S’ólh Téméxw. We will connect with the land and create a personal and culturally appropriate territory acknowledgment.

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Circle Works Session

In-person workshopOnline workshop

This workshop will provide an overview of the history, cultural protocols, and Indigenous worldviews of Circles. Learn about using Circle Works as a pedagogical tool in both the face-to-face and online classrooms. Strategies to facilitate a culturally appropriate Circle will be discussed and modelled.

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UFV Launch - First Year Faculty Professional Development Program

Annual event

The purpose of this year-long program is to provide newly hired permanent faculty members with the foundation of educational, support, resources and a learning network as they move into their new role at UFV.

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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

In-person workshop

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to groups of five or six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the workshop, you design and conduct three "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, you are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one's teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

Workshop request form

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

In-person workshop

The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at an institution. It is recommended that you participate in an ISW prior to applying for the FDW. The FDW offers opportunities 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 offered within a small group setting in which you get to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day to explore and discuss themes such as diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models.

This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.

Workshop request form

Professional Development Day (PDDAY)

Annual event

UFV PD Day is a Teaching and Learning annual event supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic, Human Resources, and the Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee. UFV faculty, staff, and administrators can register to enjoy a day of professional development, connect with colleagues, and learn about tools, tips, and trends in higher education.

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About TLC learning formats

 


MicroCourses


  • MicroCourses include an online workshop session and optional course material in Blackboard
  • MicroCourses focus on on teaching strategies in hybrid and online spaces

 

 

 


Workshops & Chats


  • Workshops cover teaching apps, Blackboard skills, and course design elements
  • Most workshops are interactive and practical.
  • Chat sessions provide space for helpful conversation.

 


Annual events & programs


  • Programs to equip new faculty & instructors
  • Longer-format workshops
  • Annual events & conferences

 

 

 

Over the summer I completed the Building Strengths online module. This program consists of five units that you can work through at your own pace. And you get a certificate of completion!

I found the module to be thoughtfully constructed and easy to follow. It includes useful interviews and follow-up quizzes to assess your comprehension of the material. Most important is that I learned more about what "inclusiveness" really means and how to prepare and deliver my courses to a diverse audience that might have challenges of which I am not, necessarily, aware.

  • – Dr. David Harper
  •    Kinesiology

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