November 15, 2018 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Assessment to Better Guide Your Students

 Assessment can be like zesty potato chips, students crave it.  Formative, summative, self and peer, formal, and informal assessment all play a critical role in achieving your course outcomes. By the end of the newsletter, you will be able to expand your repertoire of assessment tools and have a better understanding of how to deliver assessment that will better guide your students. But, you won’t be tested.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

How Students Perceive Feedback

An Exploration of Students Excuses

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons
Assessment Strategies for Flipped Learning Experiences


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Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Facilitator: Janice Johnson
Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus, Rm to be confimed

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:

ePortfolios: A Best Practices Guide for Faculty

An ePortfolio is more than a digital resume. It is a representation of the individual: it shows who you are, what you can do, and what these experiences and skills mean to you, and provides a place to present your goals, values and dreams. Finally, an ePortfolio is a process rather than a product. It is an evolving digital document that reflects your continuing experiences and life-long learning.

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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 to arrange your workshop time.

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BC Open Textbooks Collection: New Books and Resources

It’s been a busy month for the BC Open Textbook Project. We’ve curated many new textbooks and resources for all to use. Please see website for details.

Vancouver School District and the City of Vancouver
Launch SuperPlay, a STEAM project with Broadband TV.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Today, the Vancouver School District and City of Vancouver announce in collaboration with BroadbandTV (BBTV) the launch of FuturePLAY – a sustainable and scalable educational program aimed at fostering digital and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Mathematics) literacy in grades four to seven students.

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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