October 1, 2018 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Harness the Learning Power Inherent in Multicultural Classrooms

 We all teach in multicultural classrooms with each classroom presenting its own opportunities. Contrary to teaching in a homogenous classroom where limited perspectives on topics and issues are typical, the multicultural classrooms can offer a plethora of perspectives. Students and instructors can greatly benefit from the wealth of cultural diversity in their classroom with diversity not just limited to their country of origin. Read on to find how to harness the learning power in multicultural classrooms. 

Featured Article from University Affairs
Defusing Class Disruptions

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

English Language Learner's Voices
Supporting Transgender Students in the Classroom

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor

How Can I Manage the Disconnect Between Faculty and Student Perceptions of Rigor to Increased Learning?

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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Challenge


Be part of the change

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action repeat over and over the need for all of us to know and understand the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Do you? 

Fact:  It took nearly 10 years for Canada, the final official objector, to sign on to the UNDRIP – but on May 10, 2016 Canada adopted the UNDRIP.

What does this mean?  To me? To you? To students at UFV?  

Follow this link to access the Challenge

Register today!

SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING - Exploring the Curriculum

Friday, October 19, 2018 

This one day event will bring together university faculty, high school teachers, academic advisors, and guidance counsellors to build knowledge around the new curriculum.


Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Dates: October 15 - 18, 2018

Facilitators: Michelle Johnson and Ken Harmel
Location: Abbotsford Campus, Rm B121

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 student-perspective feedback from the other participants.

Early registration is recommended, as registration is on a date-order basis.

For more information or to register, please email

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO)

Please join us for the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) facilitated by Michelle Johnson, Leonne Beebe and Ken Harmel

FLO Online Schedule – November 13 to December 10, 2018

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

For more information, or to register, please follow this link

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: November 26 - 30, 2018

Facilitator: David Tickner
Location: UFV Clearbrook Centre Campus, Rm CCL112

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:

When: Oct. 24, 2018
 Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

Don't miss this year's Symposium 2018: Scholarly Teaching & Learning in Post-Secondary Education! This Symposium is an annual one-day event presented by BCTLC and BC Campus that brings together speakers, presentations, discussions, and networking with colleagues who share an interest in scholarly teaching and learning in post-secondary education.


myClass Tip

You can Drag and Drop your file uploads from your desktop when you see a Dashed box around the "Attach File" button.

You can drag and drop individual or multi-files in the Content Collection.

Educational Conundrum 
Learning Through Video, Why the Demand?

An instructor suggested that more Blackboard video tutorials be made available reminding us that video is a great learning tool. I reflected on why video is such an effective means of teaching and learning.


TLC BYTES BISTRO MENU 2018 - Freshly Baked Edu-Tools

...smell the aroma of learning...the results are golden...freshly baked ideas for your teaching...liven up your courses.

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