August 2019 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Teaching Online

“Online classes aren’t going away. Excellent online teachers are positioned to make a tremendous impact, not only on individual students, but on our society as a whole, as we teach tomorrow’s thought leaders today” writes Flower Darby in Small teaching Online. I can’t come up with a more powerful and insightful introduction than this, so I’m just going to add: Read on to find more ways that you too can enhance your online teaching skills.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

Status Update: Changing the Way We Deliver Instruction
Seven Things to Consider Before Developing your Online Course

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons
How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning?

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A reminder that Teaching & Learning offers assistance and recommends teaching tools and techniques to apply not only in online courses, but in traditional and hybrid ones, too.

To Tech or not too Tech?

An ADED instructor, Douglas Mauger, sent an in-depth and thought provoking article to our department on how students are distracted by the use of tech in the classroom vs. how instructors see it being used. The article, A Mixed Blessing? Students’ and Instructors’ Perspectives about Off-Task Technology Use in the Academic Classroom states that “There is no consensus on whether or not the introduction of technology into academic classroom brought with it substantial benefits to learning” (Neiterman & Zaza, p. 1). However, the consensus is that the opinions between students and instructors on tech use in the classroom are divided. more in our TLC Blog

Blackboard Learn - Introductory Workshop

Wed, August 14, 2019 - Chilliwack Campus, Rm A1202 (2:00 - 4:00pm)
Thurs, August 15, 2019 – Online Instruction (9:30 – 11:30am)
Wed, August 21, 2019 – Abbotsford Campus, Rm G181 (9:30 – 11:30am)

This workshop will provide you with an overview of Blackboard Learn. Topics include: how to navigate Blackboard, how to personalize your course, and how to use Blackboard tools to add and organize course content. We will discuss design issues and best practices for online courses. Lab: The TLC staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with your individual Blackboard course shells. Note: You may wish to bring a digital photo or avatar of yourself to create a welcome message during the workshop. You may also wish to bring a course syllabus, or other course content to upload.

For more information please contact


TLC New Faculty Kick Start

August 22, 2019, from 8:30am - 4:30pm

We are pleased to host this annual event for new hires at UFV (sessionals, B Faculty and Limited Term Appointment). They will be invited to meet and network with other new faculty members, meet professionals on staff who are available to assist them during their time at UFV, enjoy workshops and hands-on introductions to the UFV learning environment, teaching and learning strategies and our learning management system. 

For more information please contact

Please note: UFV Human Resources will be hosting the New Employee Orientation on Aug.19 (Aug 20 for tenure track)

UFV Launch 

The New Faculty Professional Development Program

The purpose of the New Faculty Professional Development Program is to provide 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.

For more information please contact:

Working with Multiligual 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


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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