DECEMBER 2020                                 View this email in your browser
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How Are You?

A Story about Being Well.
Written by Carol Suhr, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Internationalization.

Normally, the end of the semester and the nearing of winter break would mean a relief for many instructors. Yet, this year, what I hear and observe instead are concerns and scheduling of more meetings to better prepare for the year ahead. It would be a lie if I told you that I did not feel anything being the “new kid on the block” and realizing that I probably have more blank slots on my Outlook Calendar than others. Asking to meet faculty and staff members, who are putting in every effort they can to make the most out of this unexpected curveball that is Covid-19 has also made me question if I am doing my very best to support the UFV community.  In short, I feel as I am a novice driver, and the feeling is a bit unsettling, to say the more

UFV Online Learning Toolkit 

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TLC How-to Instructional Videos

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Virtual Learning Communities Best Practices

We have shared a document about best practices in virtual learning communities. It's worth a read.

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events & workshops


NEW FACULTY KICK START - Winter session December 7 - 11, 2020 . . . read more

Tech Tools for Teaching

The newest learning Apps available to help you enhance your online classes are PeerScholar, WeVu, Padlet, Blackboard Ally, Zoom, Turnitin, H5P, and Camtasia.  Check the listing on our website.
Workshops will continue to be scheduled at, but request help anytime at:


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MicroCourses - Online Learning Fundamentals 

The primary objective of these MicroCourses is the pedagogy and teaching methodology of online tools and how they can be used. 
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Blackboard Essentials

Adapting Instruction

Discussion Forum
Course Video
Synchronous Sessions

Inclusivity Online

Managing Your
Online Course


I    Dec 15  (11-12pm

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I    Dec 17  (2-3pm)

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I    Dec 17 (2-3pm)

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Chat-R (Reconciliation)

Have an online chat about Reconciliation, Decolonization, Indigenization, or anything association with Reconciliation.
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Connect with Carol Suhr

Have a virtual chat about anything associated with Internationalization, or just say hi and get to know Carol.
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Visual Appeal

Tired of discussion forums? Looking for asynchronous interactions that are more visual and interactive?
Maybe it is time for you to consider introducing Padlet into your courses. Discussion forums are presented to students in a linear fashion – requiring students to click on each thread to read posts. The visual appeal is minimal, and students do not always read the posts of others unless required.
Padlet embeds beautifully into Blackboard and offers discussions with visual appeal in a format that entices students to read the entries of more

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