Accessibility for All

UFV’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is asking that each person at the university take the time to participate in British Columbia’s feedback program to inform the new accessibility legislation. The B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has announced the preparations for new Accessibility Legislation beginning with a community engagement program which runs until November 29, 2019. 

B.C. is the largest province in Canada without some form of accessibility legislation to help identify, remove, and prevent barriers experienced by persons with disabilities. This is your chance to have your say about what accessibility measures are necessary in B.C. to ensure more inclusive learning, working and living environments. 

Anyone can submit their ideas in a questionnaire, by email, by meetings, or any of these listed below:

The Accessibility Committee will be holding two open houses to gather comments from our community.               

NOV.21 from 11am to 1pm

Abbotsford Campus:

  • Atrium by the Library in G Building 
  • Alumni Hall by Registration, Building B, room B201                                       

Chilliwack Campus: 

  • in the lobby of A Building
  • outside the cafeteria at TTC, room 1106 

Faculty, staff, admin and students are encouraged to attend. If you attend the Open House and submit feedback you have a chane to WIN a notebook!


Some Facts:

  • There are more than 1.000 students registered with a disability at UFV.
  • There are an estimated 926,100 British Columbians (24.7% of the population) that report having a disability.
  • The number of British Columbians with disabilities is expected to increase as the population ages.
  • Identity factors such as gender, race, or sexuality can strongly impact and inform the individual experiences of people with disabilities.
  • Indigenous people experience higher rates of disability (36% of Indigenous women and 26% of Indigenous men in Canada, excluding on reserve) and persons with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty.

If you have any questions please email tlcevents@ufv.ca



Join the FDW

The Facilitator Development Workshop is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the ISW at an institution. It is recommended that individuals 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. 

Location: Abbotsford Campus, Room G124

Trainers: Ken Harmel and Michelle Johnson

Workshop Schedule: 

Monday, December 9           8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 10        8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 11    8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday, December 12       8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday, December 13           8:30am - 1:00pm

If you have any questions or would like to register, please email tlcevents@ufv.ca


Join the ISW.

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to a group of four to six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 3 ½ day workshop, participants 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.

Facilitators: Samantha Pattridge and Robin Pittman

Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus, Rm G124

Workshop Schedule:
Tuesday, January 14           8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 15      8:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday, January 16         8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, January 17              8:30am – 1:00pm  

If you have any questions please email tlcevents@ufv.ca


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


Communication and Teamwork Workshop

Kerry Johnson has developed a 90 minute in-class experiential workshop on communication and teamwork skills for your students.  The workshop helps students to collaborate more effectively on group projects and develop the critical communication and teamwork skills they will need on the job. 

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to

  • Recognize communication patterns that may lead to miscommunication or communication breakdown
  • Analyze a common classroom scenario and identify ineffective group dynamics
  • Brainstorm ways to prevent similar instances during class group work and project teamwork
  • Use and practice clarification strategies to ensure that all group members are able to contribute to discussion, effectively repair miscommunication, and clarify meaning

Please contact Kerry.johnson@ufv.ca to arrange your workshop time.


The UFV ePortfolio Best Practices Handbook  

The UFV ePortfolio Best Practices Handbook is a resource for faculty who endeavour to improve their teaching by implementing the High Impact Practice of ePortfolios into their courses or programs. The Handbook, created by Claire Hay, Mary Gene Saudelli, Michelle Johnson, and Judy Jones, will continue to evolve as new information and insights pertaining to ePortfolio are added. Contained within the downloadable PDF document are practical lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, samples, and workshop slides that are relevant to ePortfolio practice here at UFV. 

ePortfolio Guide 


Check under the hood


‌‌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!

Complete this form to start the tune up... 


Save Your Ol' Faves‌‌‌‌

The Save Your Ol' Faves is a new initiative to support faculty in saving their old favourite teaching materials to a digital form. Let TLC convert your out-of-date VHS tapes, acetates used fro 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 favourites and receive a gift!  Register here!

Building strengths header

The online module, Building Strengths, is now available at http://ufv.ca/buildingstrengths. Created in partnership with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and UFV, this learning resource looks at how to make the classroom experience more accessible to students. Although it focuses on trades and technology fields, the learning gained from this module is applicable to any subject. It looks at universal design for learning, adapting practical spaces, cultural implications of disability, and inviting success. This module focuses on the whole student and provides strategies and tips for being more inclusive in our instructional practices. Those who complete the module will receive a Letter of Completion from Teaching and Learning that can be used in teaching dossiers.


Teaching & Learning Tool Kit

The University of the Fraser Valley and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology have put together an Accessibility Tool Kit for faculty and staff to complement the Building Strengths module. This online document is filled with resources and information to assist the learning for students with disabilities. Please download the document to your computer and keep it as a resource to refer to anytime. You can also print it and take it with you.

If you are having browser issues, try using Google Chrome.


Magna Mentor Commons is a subscription based website that provides faculty with on-demand access to 20 Minute Mentor programs covering a broad range of faculty development topics.

For access to UFV's subscription to Magna Mentor Commons, please send an email to etsbookings@ufv.ca.  We will send you a link to the UFV sign-up page along with an Authorization Code.  Access is free and unlimited to all UFV faculty.

What’s brewing in your classroom?

Meet with Dr. Maureen Wideman to discuss your ideas and challenges. She can help you reach your teaching goals and develop great learning experiences for students.

Book a meeting now

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