Focus on Teaching – July 2019

Welcome to Nina Johnson, CELT Coordinator for 2019-2021. As both coordinator and teaching fellow with CELT, Nina's scope as an experienced and approachable faculty resource is expanded.

NIna holds an MA in English (McGill) and she is a senior lecturer in the English and Modern Languages Department at TRU.She enjoys teaching university writing related to themes of social justice, and creative writing with an emphasis on formative feedback and growth mindset. She participated on the President’s Task Force for Mental Health and Well-Being, and her SoTL research focusses on the contemplative effects of the finger labyrinth on student anxiety, concentration, and creativity. As an advocate for campus wellness, she supports the creation of a walking labyrinth and TRU Wisdom Garden as a teaching and learning, research, artistic, and contemplative space.

Faculty Perceptions Survey

Open until July 12, 2019

Your colleagues in CELT are designing future programming. Please take a moment to provide your thoughts and feedback on Learning & Teaching supports, services, and resources.

Participate here (click to open survey)

Workshops, Courses and Events

Preparing your 3M Teaching Fellowship Application

Monday, July 29, 9-10.30 a.m., followed by individual consultations (seating limited), TRUSU Boardroom

Dr. Colin Laroque is a 3M Teaching Fellow (2013), Metis scholar, and dendrochronology researcher in the Soil Science department of the University of Saskatchewan. He will lead TRU faculty participants through the process of connecting their unique professional identities and accomplishments to the 3M Teaching Fellowship award application. The content will also be applicable to other teaching awards and nominations processes.

Register here

New Faculty Orientation

Monday, August 19 & Tuesday, August 20, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., OL 127

Discover key information and make critical contacts to enable you to fulfill your instructional role. A series of expert-led sessions and stations will equip you with a repertoire of resources, supports, and services related to teaching, learning, and student success. Topics include teaching essentials, TRU culture and strategic priorities, and work/life aides for you and your students.

This August launch will be coupled with in-depth monthly sessions September to April.

Register here

Co-teaching for Professional Learning

Thursday, August 29 & Friday August 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Dr. Colette Murphy is an author of several books on co-teaching and she has delivered workshops worldwide. She is a professor of science and mathematics education at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. She is the director of the STEM (ERC) center there. She has been a teacher educator for 25 years. Her research centers on science learning and teaching, at all levels, and she is widely published in this area.

This session is hosted by the Faculty of Education and Social Work.  Please contact Carol Rees for more information, at

Teaching Assistants (TA) Orientation - TA Day

Tuesday, September 3, 4:30-7:30 p.m., TBA

Prepare to assist teaching and learning with this 3-hour orientation. You'll gain a sense of your community of peers, discuss need-to-know information about payroll and human resources, and advance your intercultural competencies so you can reach and respond to TRU's diverse student population. You'll also get familiar with the code of conduct through role playing exercises. All of this so you start your position with know-how and confidence.

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.

Awards and Opportunities

Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow

This is a unique opportunity to engage with BCcampus. OEAR fellows will:

• Engage in research on open educational practices

• Attend conferences and present on research progress

• Attend one articulation committee meeting in discipline (related expenses are part of the stipend) to advocate for open education

• Author one–two blog posts for BCcampus blog related to their open education advocacy and research work

• Receive funding for conference fees, travel, and attendance, and articulation committee attendance for an approximate value of $5,000

Faculty who wish to apply should submit a document outlining their interest and including their qualifications for a fellowship to by Monday, July 8 2019.

Full details here

3M National Teaching Fellowship

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

Nationally, up to ten fellowships are selected annually. Faculty interested in applying for the 3MNTF to contact CELT for support in preparing 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.

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, Open Educational Resource 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. View the nomination form for more details. 

Conferences & Workshops

Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference

University of Waterloo, Ontario, July 31-August 1, 2019

Team-Based Learning Institute: Deeper Engagement and More Fun with Team-Based Learning

Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, August 14-16, 2019

Call for Proposals & Papers

International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Author perspectives on the theory, development, and application of innovations in teaching and learning, including ideas, case studies, and original research on pilot projects, opportunities, and emerging technologies, and other interventions.

Currents in Teaching and Learning

Submission deadlines: December 15 & August 15 each year

Save the Date

July 29: Preparing your 3M Teaching Fellowship Application 

August 19 and 20: New Faculty Orientation

August 27, September 10 and 24: Collaborative Learning Techniques

September 3: TA Day

CELT activities at a glance

For an overview of upcoming CELT workshops, guest-speaker series 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.