August 2019 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Clear Destination

Imagine you are going on a road trip. You pack the necessary items in your car, you plan to stop at a few interesting points along the way to…well, that’s the problem, you don’t have a destination. Where do you want to go? Imagine students not having a clear destination at the beginning of their learning journey.  We typically design our road trips backwards, we have a clear destination (outcome), and plan some interesting spots (activities and assessments) along the way. Read on and discover some possibly new approaches to designing your courses and starting your classes in this month’s edition of BCAA’s…sorry, TLC’s Teaching Matters newsletter.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

Creating a Roadmap for Success by Beginning at the End
Backward Design, Forward Progress

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons
How Can I Plan (or Revise) My Courses More Efficiently?

Teaching and Learning has subscribed to the Magna Mentor Commons, which provides 20-minute videos designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused and short presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Sign up today by emailing

Virtual Office - Blackboard Collaborate - ongoing availability (9am - 3pm) 

Email Lorna to schedule an online session and receive the link.

Please watch for more scheduled workshops at

For more information please contact

UFV Launch 

The New Faculty Professional Development Program

After a successful pilot, Teaching and Learning is excited about UFV Launch, the new faculty professional development program. UFV Launch provides newly hired full-time faculty members with the foundation of educational support, resources and a learning network as they move into their new role at UFV. The program consists of two nine-week courses delivered consecutively in the fall and winter semesters. This year’s program begins the week of September 23rd.

For more information please contact:

"How To Videos" in UFV MediaSpace

Teaching and Learning has developed “how to” videos to introduce you to some of the essentials in Blackboard Learn. Whether you teach only in the classroom, hybrid or fully online our videos outline some activities our own faculty are using in their courses.  Some videos topics include: providing video feedback, creating video essays, creating video assignments that evaluate process and not just the end product, and how to add closed captioning.  Have a look: Go to UFV’s MediaSpace and type in “how to” and “blackboard” as keywords in the search.

For more information please contact:

It is UFV’s mandate that this tool be used as a learning tool for students. Faculty members can set up a Turnitin assignment where students can submit papers several times up to the assignment deadline. Once the deadline arrives, the assignment currently submitted is the final version. By allowing students to see the originality report prior to final submission, students can ensure their papers are not plagiarized. (Proper set up of the assignment is required as paper titles, bibliographies, and common phrases can be highlighted as plagiarized text. Visit the Teaching and Learning Centre for assistance.)

To sign up with, contact They will sign you up, provide you with a login and any necessary training if you require. 

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

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: Save Your Ol' Faves


BCcampus Newsletter  - Highlights from August 2019

Get the word out about the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation at Coast Mountain College on October 25th, 2019! 

Pre-and post-conference events! Experiential, place-based learning! 2019 Symposium is going to be amazing this year. Everyone is welcome and childcare is available for the pre-conference and conference event!

Register for 2019 Symposium
Calendar of Events - full listing of events on BC Campus

Duncan Wardle is back!

That’s right, I’ll be returning to Vancouver October 4, 2019 to run a special, intimate version of my acclaimed workshop, Demystifying Design Thinking. Picking up where Disrupt Innovation Masterclass left off, Demystifying Design Thinking is a hands-on, deep dive into the Initiate and Investigate stages of Innovation…stages that can drive a massive competitive advantage for your business. Read more...
Our first day together provided you with Ideation and Activation tools and framework, allowing you and your organization to think big and generate moonshot ideas that resonate with customers. Demystifying Design Thinking will build on this training, and show you how to clearly define opportunities, align your team around them, and uncover the human truth that helps meet a business goal or uncover a new business innovation. 
Due to the engaging, intimate atmosphere Demystifying Design Thinking requires, tickets are extremely limited to 100 tickets! But as an alumnus of our Disrupt masterclass, were giving you first crack at securing your seat before tickets go on sale to the general public. Here are all the details.:

Get your tickets now:
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