Focus on Teaching – February 2019

Think about who you were as a student. What facilitated and supported your learning? What did your instructors do that made a difference? How do we support our students to help them reach their goals?

If you would like to dig deeper into these questions as part of a campus-wide project looking at first-year student success, email CELT, and we'll tell you more about our data-driven first-year student success working group (acronym coming soon). Thanks to those who have already volunteered!

For anyone looking for inspiration and interaction, please join us for all or part of the 2nd Creativity in the Open (un)Conference happening next week. There will be opportunities to engage with music, poetry, physical activity, drawing and more, during this day and a half long event.

There are many more events and opportunities we have been working on, so take a look below and sign up (or just show up!) if they seem interesting.

Thanks to our wonderful student social media assistant, we also now have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Follow us for regular updates on our events and workshops. But don't worry, our calendar and program guide are always available.

Workshops and Courses

Walking Group

Building community, one step at a time

Mondays 4:30-5 p.m. & Thursdays 7:45-8:15 a.m., starting February 4

If you’re interested in joining a walking group that is open to everyone, come join us!  Our route is paved and relatively flat, so all are welcome—whether you are a speed walker, a leisurely stroller, or assisted by walker, cane, crutches, or wheelchair, someone will be moving at your pace.

How can you participate? Just show up! We’ll meet just outside the entrance to the Old Main Building that is closest to the Starbucks. No registration required.

Continuing the Journey of Transforming Education in BC

Tuesday, February 5, 2-3:30 p.m., Mountain Room

TRU faculty and administration are invited to hear about changes to the K-12 curriculum from Pat Duncan, Superintendent of Learning at the Ministry of Education. A panel of secondary teachers will also talk about their experiences with the curriculum. All TRU faculty and administration are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register here

Course Evaluation Dashboard

Tutorial Session (Last one)

Friday, February 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., OL340

Integrated Planning and Effectiveness (IPE) and CELT are pleased to be rolling out the new course evaluation dashboard reports on January 7th, 2019. IPE and CELT are offering workshops on how to use the new dashboard reporting tool. In each session, we will demonstrate how to navigate through the dashboard reports, how to use filters and set benchmarks, and we will help you understand your results so you can get the most out of your data. We encourage you to bring your own device so that you can be hands-on with your own reports. Register here 

Creativity in the Open

Thursday, February 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, February 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Various locations

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Open Learning are hosting a day and a half of learning about creativity in a fun and informal unconference format.  Workshops and sessions will involve authentic learning with hands-on opportunities to contribute and create. You are invited to join us for a single workshop, a few sessions, or the entire event. Registration is free! Register here

Rushing through your presentations?

Streamline your content at our Timed Talks workshop

Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-5 p.m., OL340

This workshop is intended for faculty, staff, students, and administrators… anyone who has to speak in front of a group in a limited amount of time.  This could include a presentation at an academic conference, sharing some key information at a meeting, or any other time when you’re asked to speak “…but please be brief”. This workshop will offer tips and strategies for planning your talk and for managing yourself as you present. You will get an opportunity to practice in a non-threatening exercise. Register here

Classroom Assessment Techniques

Formative Assessment for Better Teaching and Learning

March 20, 27 & April 3, 12-1 p.m., OL344

Do you ever question if students are on track with their learning in your courses? Do you ever wonder if your teaching strategies are effectively reaching them? If so, this workshop is for you! Based on the book Classroom Assessment Techniques by Angelo and Cross, this three-session series will offer you the opportunity to explore formative assessment strategies to help you determine how well your students are learning and how well your course is progressing. Register here

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

April 23-27,  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cost $800, 

TRU Kamloops

The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) is a five-day training event to prepare facilitators to lead the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). Participants refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons and, with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process. Participants have the opportunity to develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, to discover new teaching methods, to explore formative evaluation techniques, and to receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills. Register here

Interculturalizing the Curriculum Faculty PD Program

May 8-10, 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m., TRU Kamloops

Since 2008, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has offered a unique and intensive professional development opportunity for faculty members to enhance culturally responsive teaching strategies and incorporate intercultural learning outcomes in curriculum. Over 90 faculty from 18 departments have completed the program; they have improved their teaching, revised curricula, presented at conferences, and published in education journals. Register here

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.

Upcoming Talks

February 12: Being "Courageously Holistic:" Reflections on Ecological Contemplative Practices - Jodi Latremouille and Garima Yadav & 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


TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium

February 19, 2019, Old Main

The Teaching Practices Colloquium is a chance for faculty to come together and learn from each other in order to share knowledge and experience about teaching. This year, the central theme of the 2019 TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium is "Adventures in Teaching." Register Here

Learning at Intercultural Intersections

Toward Equity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation

TRU Kamloops, March 13-15, 2019

This international conference brings together researchers, practitioners, learners, and community to envision and explore the intersections of intercultural learning, internationalization, and Indigenization with a focus on educational approaches to equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Learn more

Cascadia Open Education Summit

SFU Harbour Centre, April 17 & 18, 2019

This event is for new and experienced OER advocates, offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research. Register here

Awards and Opportunities

Teaching Awards

Submission Deadline: February 14, 4 p.m.

Newly re-named, the Faculty Excellence Award, President's Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Award for Excellence in Interculturalization recognize individuals who make a significant contribution to TRU. Learn more here.

Awards for Excellence in Open Education

BCcampus, Nominations accepted every month

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. Nomination Form

Call for Proposals

Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning

Halifax, Nova Scotia May 1 & 2 2019

Call for proposals deadline: February 8, 2019

Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference

University of Waterloo, Ontario, July 31-August 1

Call for proposals open now

UBC Okanagan Learning Conference

Kelowna, May 6-7, 2019

Call for proposals deasdline February 20

Currents in Teaching and Learning

Submission deadlines: December 15 & August 15 each year

Save the Date

February 5: Continuing the Journey of Transforming Education in BC

February 7 & 8: Creativity in the Open

February 12: CELTalk

February 13: Timed Talks

February 14: A Book, a Bowl, and a Bun

February 19: Teaching Practices Colloquium (TPC)

February 20: TRU PD Day - Everyone is a Teacher

March 11-15: I-Days

March 20, 28 and April 3: Classroom Assessment Techniques

April 10: K-16 Mind the Gap Project Showcase


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.