Focus on Teaching – April 2019

Since September, 17 K-16 Mind the Gap projects have connected TRU and SD73 students. Join us as we showcase the work of the partners, with a special performance by the TRU Chamber Choir and SD73 Honour Choir. All are welcome on April 10 from 4:30-6:30 in the Grand Hall. Refreshments provided.

We also have an exciting lineup of professional development opportunities planned for this spring! From a Facilitator Development to Instructional Skills Workshops, a Course (Re)Design Institute, and a new SoTL Scholars Program! Read below to learn more about each of these opportunities.

Lastly, CELT's Teaching Fellows are an integral part of the work we do to facilitate curriculum development. Serving a two-year term, the Fellows facilitate engaging conversations across programs and departments, supporting faculty as they align learning outcomes with courses and assessments. Visit our webpage to learn more and apply to be part of the 2019-2020 team. Application deadline is May 15.

Workshops, Courses and Events

K-16 Mind the Gap Project Showcase

April 10,  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

TRU Grand Hall (Campus Activity Centre)

This event will be a celebration of projects connecting TRU with SD73. The showcase will include performances, short presentations, and posters about the activities and lessons learned.  All educators and administrators from TRU and SD73 are invited! 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).  Register here before April 11.

CELT Road Trip - Williams Lake

April 29 - May 1

May 27 & 28

Members of the CELT and Educational Technology teams will be travelling to Williams Lake to offer the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), Moodle Support, Chats and Discussion with Mattermost, Quick Teaching Tips, Surveys and Audience Response Systems, and more.

Please scroll to our calendar for more details and to register.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum

May 6, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., HoL 269

In this AASHE-inspired workshop, you will learn how to modify your course to include sustainable practices and learning opportunities.  Register here.

Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the New SoTL Scholars Grant Program

April 11 & May 7, 12 - 1 p.m., OL 344

If you’re interested in engaging in SoTL research but don’t know where to start, come out and learn about a new grant program that will support you through the development of a SoTL project from beginning (crafting a research question) to end (disseminating findings)—and all that happens in between.  Register here.

Interculturalizing the Curriculum

May 8-10, 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m., HoL 269

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. Register here.

Instructional Skills Workshop

May 8-10, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., OM 3612

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a professional development program designed for faculty members who are interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. Register here.

Course (Re)Design Institute (CRI)

May 13-17, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., AE 100

Have a course you'd like to create or tweak? This five-day workshop offers you the opportunity to apply evidence-based design principles to create or revise a course. 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 via our Vimeo page.

Last talk of the term!

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

CELT Teaching Fellowship

The CELT Teaching Fellowship provides an educational leadership opportunity for faculty members. They receive partial course release from their departments to work on special projects related to the enhancement of teaching and learning and in support of the Academic Plan. Fellowship period is June 1, 2019- April 30, 2020. Application deadline is May 15, 2019. 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

3M National Teaching Fellowship

In 1986, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada partnered to recognize exceptional contributions to teaching and learning in Canadian post-secondary education. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner.

Up to ten Fellowships are selected annually. We encourage faculty interested in applying for the 3MNTF to contact us early so we can help you prepare a strong nomination package prior to the September deadline. A helpful introduction to the program is on this livestream. Visit the STLHE website to learn more.


ISW Spring Institute

Naramata, BC, May 29-June 2

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 11-14, 2019

ETUG 25th Anniversary Conference

TRU Kamloops, June 20 & 21, 2019

Call for Proposals

Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, June 20 & 21, 2019

Call for proposals deadline April 5

Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference

University of Waterloo, Ontario, July 31-August 1

Call for proposals open now

Currents in Teaching and Learning

Submission deadlines: December 15 & August 15 each year

Save the Date

April 9 : CELTalk

April 10: K-16 Mind the Gap Project Showcase

April 11 and May 7: Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the New SoTL Scholars Grant Program

April 23-27: FDW

April 29-May 1: CELT Road Trip - Williams Lake

May 6: Sustainability Across the Curriculum

May 8-10: Interculturalizing the Curriculum

May 8-10: Instructional Skills Workshop

May 13-17: Course (Re)Design Institute

May 21: Liberating Structures Workshop

May 27 and 28: CELT Road Trip - Williams Lake

June 3 and 4: Promotion and Tenure Sessions

June 12 and 13: Leading Academic Departments (Chairs only)

 August 19 and 20: New Faculty Orientation

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.