Focus on Teaching - Mid-April Edition

Dear Readers,

We wanted to reach out and stay connected with you during these unprecedented times in teaching and learning.

Our in-person events remain cancelled until further notice; however, we are working to develop professional development specifically to pivoting to teaching using alternate modes of delivery (non face-to-face). Watch for details coming soon!

Support is available by contacting or via Moodle support open office hours 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m daily (via Big Blue Button) in the COVID-19 Preparedness Resource.

Enjoy what you can of this transition to spring. We genuinely hope you experience a peaceful and reflective time in the coming weeks.

--from all of us at CELT.

Support for Teaching

BCcampus Online Office Hours


Trades: Alternate Assessment Methods

Trades: Alternate Assessment Methods #2


ACE-WIL Virtual Coffee #2

April 15, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Register here.

Work-Integrated Learning: Funding Streams and Opportunities amidst COVID-19

April 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Register here.

Join BCcampus for a series of events related to remote trades education and assessment, and/or the second virtual town hall for Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACE-WIL). Faculty members, employers, community partners, and campus supports will share knowledge and ask questions as we collectively deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on WIL programs.

Sign up for the BCcampus newsletter to be informed of all upcoming events.

CELT Book Club Online Edition

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019) by Flower Darby and James Lang

Weekly: Thursdays at 1pm, starting April 30

Join the CELT team for a weekly facilitated discussion of this timely, research-based and fast-paced resource.

If ordering a book online, please do so before the April 30 launch session and check your preferred vendor's anticipated delivery dates before finalizing your purchase as these can vary greatly.

Register here.

TRU Video Conference Tools Comparison

Desktop video collaboration tools utilizes software installed on your computer to host remote conferences using a microphone and a webcam. Choosing the right tool for your purposes may requires some consideration. It is especially important to respect student and collaborator privacy by respecting guidelines of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

View comparison table here.

Recommended Readings

One Thought to Start Your Day

by Alex Usher, Higher Education Strategy Associates

Are you interested in a daily snapshot containing a thoughtful analysis of current events related to higher education in Canada and the world?  Visit this blog here.

Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Memorial University

Remote vs. Online Instruction

Article and Comparison Table available here.

Council on Undergraduate Research

Five in Five with Ashley Hager of Gaston College

Learn five tips on how to successfully get started with online learning. Ashley Hager has been designing and teaching online courses for the past 8 years. She offers tips on what has helped her. These tips will help whether you are designing an online course as part of your typical semester course load, or as an alternative form of instrution due to unexpected circumstances. Watch video here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

 As Covid-19 Erases Line Between Work and Home, Professors Learn to Teach Remotely While Watching Their Kids

March 27, 2020

An insightful and timely faculty perspective on teaching students and teaching offspring from home. Read article here.

Dr. Chitra Rangan of the University of Windsor

Tips for Quickly Converting a F2F to an Online Format

LinkedIn Article available here.

Learning Technology

Moodle Support for Faculty in times of COVID-19

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – noon  &  2 – 4 p.m.

Moodle Support and CELT are offering daily open office hours (using Big Blue Button)  to support of faculty who are transitioning to alternate delivery methods using Moodle. Connect by accessing the COVID-19 Preparedness Resource in Moodle.

Learning Technology

Connect with Learning Technology facilitators for Moodle support or advice on other tools. Email

Facilitators: Jamie Drozda, Dr. Brenna Clarke Gray, and Dr. Matthew Stranach


The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Mountains

July 19-23, Sun Peaks, B.C.

Hosted by TRU CELT

The Retreat Experience of a Lifetime for Post-Secondary Educators!

If you are a post-secondary educator who seeks to enhance your teaching and ensure greater learning on the part of your students, then this is the perfect seminar. Space is limited. Check here for more information and to register.

K-16 Mind the Gap

Grant applications will be re-opened in the near future.  The Mind the Gap program provides opportunities for teachers from local schools and TRU faculty to develop collaborative projects with the goal of spreading awareness and practice. For more information contact Dr. Susan Lidster or visit the website.

Apply to Review an Open Textbook

To ensure the content in the BC Open Textbook collection achieves or surpasses the academic requirements of the post-secondary institutions of BC, a review system to rank each open textbook has been developed. You are invited to apply to review an open textbook to help deliver quality content to students and faculty. Approved reviewers receive a nominal honorarium.

Visit BC Campus for more information.

Teaching & Learning Inquiry:  SoTL around the world

Call for submissions! The journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) invites colleagues from regions or groups typically underrepresented to submit descriptions of Sthe Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) from within specific geographical, national, and /or regional context. Visit the website to learn more.

Upcoming Conferences

Most conferences planned for spring and summer have been cancelled, postponed to 2021, or have moved online -often as webinars.

Visit our CELT list of upcoming externally-hosted professional learning opportunities focused on topics related to the praxis of teaching and learning.

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, teaching and assessment? Visit COVID-19 Preparedness in Moodle, or Contact CELT at