April 2019 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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What to Keep, Drop and Refine?

Just like doctors, lawyers, and martial artists, instructors are constantly “practicing” their profession. As educational professionals we should keep up to date, practice in the classroom, and share with others. From feedback we know what to keep, drop, and refine. Looking for some new ideas to practice? Well then, read on…

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

The Rhythms of a Semester: Implications for Practice, Persona
A New Twist on End of Semester Evaluations

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Save the Date - April 30, 2019 for this amazing day.
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.  

Registration is now closed.       #ufvpdday

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: June 10 - 14, 2019
Trainer: David Tickner
Location : A233

The Facilitator Development Workshop is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the ISW at an institution. Individuals must 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.

Click for more information or to register


Facilitating Learning Online (FLO)

Dates: May 21 - June 17, 2019
Trainer: Michelle Johnson, Ken Harmel and Leonne Beebe
Location : online

FLO is a four week online asynchronous course with scheduled synchronous sessions. The course is designed for UFV faculty who wish to improve or have little online teaching or online learning experience. The course covers four of the key components of an online course.

  • In week one we build community
  • in week two we explore the characteristics of adult learners online
  • In week three we learn about team building
  • in week four we consider self-assessment and application

Using the tools available in Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, FLO participants will experience being an online student and practice online facilitation in small groups.

To contact us please email:

2019 Distinguished Student Award Winners


Left photo (from left to right: Sandra Smith, Maureen Wideman, Emily Ross, and Gayle Ramsden)   
Right photo (from left to right: Gayle Ramsden, Maureen Wideman, Parvesh (Scott) Narang, and Sandra Smith.

Congratulations Emily Ross and Parvesh (Scott) Narang! 

These awards were presented by Maureen Wideman of the Teaching Learning Centre, Sandra Smith and Gayle Ramsden of the Academic Success Centre.

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!

For more information, email us at:

Save your ol' Faves

The Save your ol’ Faves is a program to support faculty in saving
their old favourite teaching materials to a digital form. Convert
your out-of-date VHS tapes, acetates used for 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 favourite and receive a gift!

Info and Registration:


Business and Educational Conference


November 4 & 5, 2019

Impact Fest is currently putting together their prominent list of speakers for workshops for this conference, held at 3800 Wesbrook Mall - Vancouver, BC V6S 2L9.

The Vancouver IMPACTFest business and educational conference is aimed at:

Day 1: Education - Middle and High School Students and Educators (500+)
Day 2: Business - CEOs / CTOs and Business Leaders (400+)

The Vancouver IMPACTFest is a technological conference like no other - geared towards presenting new technologies to local school students, educators and business leaders. Although the focus of the conference is Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Holographics and Coding, they are expanding this list to feature many other types of technological subjects in their workshops.

If you wish to host a one hour workshop in our 2019 program, please provide them with an outline of the topic(s) you would like to talk about, a photo and short biography.
If you are selected, they will email you back and let you when the schedule is created.

For more information on the festival, please visit:

11-14 June 2019 | Winnipeg, MB


The Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) will be held in Winnipeg from the 11th to the 14th of June 2019 with the theme “Guiding the Journey: Learner – Teacher – Learner”.

Located on the cusp of the Great Plains, and the point where the Assiniboine and Red Rivers meet, Winnipeg is the Gateway to the West. Enjoy the long summer days as the majestic skies greet you on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and homeland of the Métis Nation.

Registration is now open
Early bird deadline is 30 April 2019.

A Quality Framework for Work-Integrated Learning — Free Keynote Livestream

Dr. Norah McRae, PhD, associate provost, University of Waterloo 
April 30, 2019 | 9:00 — 10:45 a.m. MDT

This is a free livestream event offered by the 
University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, hosted by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning from April 29 — May 1, 2019.

Learn more

17th Symposium on Teaching and Learning | May 15-16, 2019 | SFU Vancouver 

Theme: Assessing and Celebrating Teaching and Student Learning
Pre-Symposium Workshops and Consultations | May 14, 2019 | SFU Vancouver

For more information, please follow this link

Vancouver Island Team-Based Learning Institute: Deeper Engagement and More Fun with Team-Based Learning
August 14 - 16, 2019  I  Vancouver Island University  I  Nanaimo, BC

Registration is underway. This event is designed to support faculty members in learning the TBL approach. By the end of the August Institute, participants will be ready to use the TBL course design strategy, and well on their way to implementing a fully redesigned course in the TBL format beginning in the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester.

For more info or to register, please follow this link.
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