October 15, 2018 : Teaching Matters Newsletter
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Engage Your Online and In-Class Students 

 Did we as learners back in the day have as many distractions that competed for our attention as today’s learners do? In any higher education classroom it seems to be getting more challenging to retain the attention of learners and engage them for any length of time, which can sometimes lead to frustration. You may have found that engaging students when teaching online to be even more challenging as learners have a greater opportunity to give in to distractions and neglect their assignments. Read on to discover more ways to engage your online and in-class students and reduce frustrations caused by distracted Learners.

Featured Articles by Faculty Focus

Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony

Five Ways to Build Community in your Online Classrooms

Featured Videos by Magna Mentor Commons
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Amazing Artwork by Carrielynn Victor

Teaching and Learning has recently acquired artwork by Stó:lō artist Carrielynn Victor. The artwork will be a central part of an online course being developed on Indigenizing the Self. Ms. Victor says, “This piece shares a message of togetherness. The birds show us, sometimes, even when we are flying in different directions we can still be in synchronicity. This shows in flocks of birds, and it also can be recognized in our work as people.”   Please drop into the ThinkerSpace, G124, to view this artwork.

SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING - Exploring the Curriculum

Friday, October 19, 2018 

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


Facilitating Learning Online (FLO)

Please join us for the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) facilitated by Michelle Johnson

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 wish to improve or have little online teaching or online learning experience. The course covers four of the key components of an online course.

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


ePortfolios: A Best Practices Guide for Faculty

An ePortfolio is more than a digital resume. It is a representation of the individual: it shows who you are, what you can do, and what these experiences and skills mean to you, and provides a place to present your goals, values and dreams. Finally, an ePortfolio is a process rather than a product. It is an evolving digital document that reflects your continuing experiences and life-long learning.


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 interested in scholarly teaching and learning in post-secondary education.


ETUG Fall Workshop 2018

November 2, 2018

Our theme this fall is Just SHARE It!

Following the hugely successful Festival of Learning earlier this year, your ETUG planners decided on a complementary theme for our Fall 2018 workshop: Just SHARE it! Knowledge has the power to spark change, but only if it is shared!

ETUG is pleased to announce that our annual Fall Workshop will take place on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Registration Form

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.

UFV Teaching and Learning offers a variety of free technical knowledge sessions for you to choose from.

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