December 15, 2018 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Just Do It - Pat Yourself on the Back and Kick Up Your Feet

 How long does it take you to truly take your mind out of the classroom and enjoy the holidays? Instructors, especially online instructors, have mentioned that it feels strange not having to check email or mark something between semesters. Well, just do it, job well done now enjoy the season. If you have to grade something, grade your significant other’s holiday cooking. Then, you’ll have some alone time while you’re in the doghouse to read these wonderful articles.
Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

The Rhythms of the Semester: Implications for Practice, Persona

Remembering our Mission to Teach

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Welcome Everett Igobwa !

UFV Teaching and Learning is pleased to welcome Everett Igobwa, PhD (ABD) as the new Faculty Development Consultant.

Everett is passionate about the design and redesign of face-to-face pedagogy, online learning, hybrid courses and MOOCs. He has a strong background in faculty development and mentoring, curriculum development, instructional design, decolonizing and internationalization of higher more

Contact Everett - email


All faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to a day of professional development to connect with colleagues, learn tools, tips, and trends in higher ed, and grow UFV towards the future together. Save the Date - April 30, 2019 for this amazing day. 

Facilitate a PD Day workshop(s)
We invite all UFV faculty and staff to submit proposals for workshops for UFV's Professional Development Day on April 30, 2019.

Submit your proposal                                    

For more information, please visit:                               #UFVPDDay 

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Dates: January 11, 12, 26 and February 9, 2019
Facilitator: Michelle Johnson
Location: UFV, Abbotsford Campus – Rm G124 

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. 

For more information or to register, please email 

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Trainer: Janice Johnson
Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus, Rm to be confirmed.

The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) 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.

For more information or to register please email:

UFV Online, Important notices:

myClass (Blackboard Learn) will be unavailable
Dec. 30 from 1:30 AM to 9:30 AM
myClass will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance update

myClass Inline Grading (Box View) will be available for Winter 2019 term:
Blackboard inline grading allows instructors to annotate and grade student assignment files directly within the browser. Student file submissions are stored on Blackboard Learn servers in Canada. However, the inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Box View whose servers are outside of Canada. Box View makes a copy of the assignment submission when grading. For more information click the link, Box View
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is committed to the fundamental values of preserving academic integrity as defined in UFV policies. As an instructor, if you intend to use Box View, students are required to sign and submit to you the consent form, Notification for Disclosure of Personal Information Outside of Canada, prior to using the Box View grading tool.
You can download the consent form and add it as a digital document to your course. Students would print, sign and submit the form. Or, Teaching and Learning can assist you by creating a web link within your course for electronic submission. You can request it through the

If you have questions or assistance, please contact,

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University of Calgary presents:

Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Exploring Experiential Learning

April 30 to May 1, 2019

Call for Proposals now open!

Learn more here

BCCampus Events listing

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Thompson Rivers University presents the
15th Annual Teaching Practices Colloquium

Register by February 15th for Early Rate! 
This year's TPC will be on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
 For more information:
The Teaching Practices Colloquium is a chance for faculty to come together to learn from each other and to share our knowledge and experience about teaching. This year, the central theme of the 2019 TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium is "Adventures in Teaching." More information is coming soon. Stay tuned!
Please note that due to the change in Family Day, the TPC will now be held on the Tuesday of Reading Week.  

The TPC is sponsored by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

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