Focus on Teaching – December 2018

Welcome to our last newsletter of 2018! Thanks for reading Focus on Teaching this year, we have been thrilled to see the response to our programs and receive your feedback.

Some numbers to close the year:

• 439 unique registrants for events and workshops

• 937 total registrations

• 76 unique events and workshops

• 172 total workshops

• 73 Moodle drop-in sessions

• 643 CELTalk views on Livestream

• 50 podcast  downloads

As another semester comes to an end, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes for rejuvenation and refection during the break.

We will be back in January with a full slate of new programs and workshops. To find them all in once place, grab a copy of our new winter program guide.

Pick up a hard copy in OL 349

Workshops and Courses

New Faculty Orientation

Thursday January 3,  8:30-3:30  OL 340

All new (or nearly new) faculty to TRU are invited to attend this important orientation to your role and work at TRU.  

Learn about:
•       your TRU
•       your Campus Life – culture
•       your Work Life – services & information
•       your Academic Life – resources & policies
•       your Classroom - supports

Lunch will be provided. Register here

First Day of Class Activity Boot Camp

Friday, January 4, 9-12 OL 127

How much do first impressions count? If you’re not quite sure what to do on the first day of class but want to inspire your students right from day one, this workshop is for you. This session aims to inspire you to engage and excite your students about your course material right from the first minute they enter your class. Rather than spending most of the first class going over your course outline, there are multiple strategies you can use to stimulate reflection, critical thinking, and enthusiasm for the course content. An engaging first day of class can set the stage for an active and learning-centred classroom and foster classroom community. We’ll experiment with a few strategies throughout the session, so please come prepared to participate!

Register here

Assessment and Evaluation of Learning

8 Weeks  Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. January 8 - February 26  OL 344

In this course, we will examine the ethical, practical, and research foundations for the assessment and evaluation of student tasks for learning in courses and educational programs.  The purpose of assessment and evaluation in the learning process will be explored along with the ethics of how and when to evaluate learning.  The course will enable participants to create assessment tools and evaluation systems that are aligned with instruction and educational outcomes to reflect and communicate student learning.
 Participants must attend all 8 weeks in order to receive a certificate.

If you are enrolled in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program, upon completion of this course, you may apply for exemption on PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning.

Register here

Teaching Assistants Orientation Day (TA Day)

Wednesday, January 9, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.  OL 340

Teaching assistants are invited to a 3-hour TRU Orientation.

Topics include:
•     Community Building
•     Payroll and HR information
•     Intercultural awareness
•     Code of Conduct
•     Critical Role Playing

Dinner Provided

Register Here

A Book, a Bowl, and a Bun: Faculty Book Club for Better Teaching and Learning

January 17, February 14, and March 21 (Thursdays) from 12-1

Come join us for lunch at ESTR’s Market for lunch and a discussion about Small Teaching, a book by James Lang that outlines strategies for small-changes in the classroom that can create big impact on student learning. We’ll supply the book, the bowl of soup, and the bun, and you supply the discussion. Please register as soon as possible so we can get your book to you in advance; registrations are due by January 7 at the latest to ensure ESTR’s can provide lunch.

Register here

Program Learning Outcomes Workshops

Is your program looking to develop learning outcomes? Do you have learning outcomes, but no curriculum map? Are you looking to make any curriculum changes?

The Teaching Fellows run interactive, faculty-centered workshops to meet the needs of your program. Contact CELT to set up a 10-minute presentation and answer your questions at your next department meeting.

Learning Technology Workshops

New to Moodle, or would like to learn more? Along with our regular Moodle Drop-in sessions, we will be running a series of specific workshops for users. Check the CELT Calendar for specific dates, times and to register.

Orientation to Moodle  |  Using Gradebook |  Wikipedia for Education | Open Web Tools | Creating Interactive Content using H5P | Big Blue Button

For full descriptions of each workshop, visit our website.


Join your colleagues for our lunch-and-learn speaker series. Each 20-minute presentation will give you insight into teaching strategies, trends, or emerging research. If you can't make it in person, watch live, or later on our Livestream.

All talks take place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in OL127.

Winter Schedule

January 21: Visible Learning and What This May Mean in Higher Education Classrooms - Tory Handford & Motivating Students to Read - Alex Church

February 12: Being "Courageously Holistic:" Reflections on Ecological Contemplative Practices - Jodi Latremouille & Development of an Indigenous Rural Nursing Practice Course - Sheila Blackstock

March 12: Creating a Sensory Smart Post Secondary Classroom - Nan Stevens & Creating Better Open Textbooks - Steven Earle

March 28: Creating a Sense of Belonging: Value of Building Community and Connectedness with Students - Amy Tucker & The Brain on PlayDo - Kim Calder-Stegemann

April 9: MOOCs for Teaching and Learning - Matthew Stranach & Introduction to Group Testing - Carolyn Ives

 For full descriptions, visit the CELTalks webpage

Awards and Opportunities

D2L Innovation Award

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2019

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn (D2L) are pleased to invite submissions for the 2019 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This award recognizes innovative approaches that promote student-centered teaching and learning.

The award is open to instructors, both nationally and internationally, who are currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment; however applications will only be accepted in English or French. Candidates need not be members of STLHE to apply.

Award winners (up to five per year) receive the following:

1. Up to $2,200.00 to offset the registration and travel costs to attend the Annual STLHE conference and an Award Recipients retreat the day before the conference
2. Two year membership in STLHE
3. Certificate of Recognition

For detailed information about the application process, including the application dossiers, examples of innovation in teaching and learning and the selection process, please visit the STLHE website.

CELT is here to help. If you would like to nominate someone or would like support preparing your application, please email Catharine to book a planning meeting.Click here to add a title or text.

3M National Student Fellowship

Do you know an outstanding student? Nominate them for a 3M National Student Fellowship.

For many years, 3M Canada has funded scholarships and awards for undergraduates in colleges and universities across Canada. In 2012, 3M added a student fellowship using the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowship Program for university professors as a model. The 3M National Student Fellowship Program arose out of consultations and collaboration with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Board of Directors and the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows Executive.

Nomination deadline is January 31, 2019

Awards for Excellence in Open Education


The Awards for Excellence in Open Education recognize outstanding contributions to the open education movement in British Columbia. These contributions may include significant leadership, OER development, research, or advocacy by faculty, students, support staff, or administrators at post-secondary institutions in B.C. or others that support the post-secondary system in B.C. Individuals or teams may be recognized.

Anyone may propose a nomination, but individuals may not self-nominate. Individual award nominations are made in writing via the online form (see below). The open education team at BCcampus adjudicates the award each month. Award winners will receive a certificate of recognition and be profiled on the BCcampus website.

Note: There is no deadline for nominations as one award is granted each month.

Nomination Form

Call for Proposals

TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Call for proposals deadline: December 7, 2018

The Teaching Practices Colloquium is a chance for TRU 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."

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 11-14, 2019

Call for proposals deadline: January 10, 2019

Exploring Experiential Learning

University of Calgary, April 30-May 1, 2019

Call for proposals deadline: December 13, 2019

Perspectives on Experiential Learning

University of Guelph, April 30-May 1, 2019

Call for proposals deadline: January 14, 2019

University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference

Waterloo, Ontario,  May 2, 2019

Call for proposals deadline: January 23, 2019

Currents in Teaching and Learning

Submission deadlines: December 15 & August 15 each year

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CELT activities at a glance

For an overview of all upcoming CELT workshops, speakers and other events, view the monthly calendar hosted by the TRU Library. Workshops are open to faculty, staff and graduate students unless otherwise noted.

Focus on Teaching is the monthly newsletter of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). We showcase instructional development opportunities for TRU faculty and staff, and up-to-date information on our current projects, initiatives and learning opportunities. To read past issues of Focus on Teaching or to subscribe to our mailing list, visit our Newsletters page.

Questions about learning and teaching? Contact CELT or visit us in OL 349