February 15, 2019 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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What stages are the term right now?

 We have been hearing from instructors that students are through the “honeymoon stage” of the term and entering the “Wow, I’ve got a lot of work building up!” stage. Students are now expected to produce and demonstrate what they’ve learned so far this term. This means they must have a plan, which includes time and stress management, effective study skills and above all, accepting that learning is now more on their shoulders. What can we recommend to students? Read on to learn about helping students get over the upcoming mid-term hump. 
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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. Save the Date - April 30, 2019 for this amazing day. 

The PD Day Workshop proposal submission window is now closed 
For those of you who submitted a PD Day Workshop proposal, we thank you and we will be in touch.

"Who Is Coming?" Keynote speaker details and the agenda for the day will be revealed soon. Please check your email and the website for more information. 


Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Trainer: David Tickner
Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus, G124.

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:

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO)

Dates: (tentative) April 15 - May 13, 2019
Trainer: Michelle Johnson, Ken Harmel, and Leonne Beebe
Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus

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:

myClass Inline Grading (Box View): Winter 2019:

Blackboard inline grading allows instructors to annotate and grade student assignment files directly within the browser. Student file submissions are stored in your Blackboard Learn instance in Canada. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called New Box View located in the US. A copy of the submission is transmitted to New Box View for conversion. For more information, Box View.

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is committed to the fundamental values of preserving academic integrity as defined in UFV policies. Students are require to remove identifying information, such as name or student number from the text of any assignment submitted. If a instructor requires students to add identifiers, they will need to submit a consent form to the disclosure of my personal information outside of Canada. Instructors can ask students to use a anonymous name as identifiers if they do not consent.

To access consent form, click, Notification for Disclosure of Personal Information Outside of CanadaA weblink menu linking to the form can be added to your course shell if you request it through If you have questions or assistance, please contact,

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June 2 - 6, 2019

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STLHE/SAPES Conference in Winnipeg June 11th to 14th, 2019

Book your calendars for Canada's largest teaching and learning conference.The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference is being held this year at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. 
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