January 1, 2019 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Happy New Year - Welcome Back!

Over the holidays perhaps we’ve treated ourselves to some fresh baked pastries, fresh gourmet coffee or tea, fresh fruit and even the crisp, fresh air in the great outdoors. We gravitate towards freshness, so let’s continue to indulge in 2019 with some fresh teaching ideas. This edition of UFV’s Teaching Matters Newsletter may spark some ideas so fresh that when you take a deep breath you can almost smell them. Read on…
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Save The Date

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. 

Facilitate a PD Day workshop(s)
We invite all UFV faculty and staff to submit proposals for workshops for UFV's Professional Development Day on April 30, 2019.

Submit your proposal 
Proposal Submission Deadline is January 25, 2019.                             

For more information, please visit:                       #UFVPDDay 

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Dates: January 11, 12, 26 and February 9, 2019
Facilitator: Michelle Johnson
Location: UFV, Abbotsford Campus – Rm G124 

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 feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. 

For more information or to register, please email 

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Trainer: Janice Johnson
Location: UFV Abbotsford Campus, Rm to be confirmed.

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:

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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Scheduled Workshops
myClass Essentials - Blackboard Learn Introduction Workshop

UFV Abbotsford - January 11, 2019 / Room G181 / 10am - 12pm
UFV Chilliwack - January 4, 2019 / Rm A1202 / 2:00pm - 4:00pm

University of Calgary presents:

Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Exploring Experiential Learning

April 30 to May 1, 2019

Call for Proposals now open!

Learn more here

BCCampus Events listing

Get the latest news and information on BC Campus here

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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