Focus on Teaching - May 19, 2020

Dear Reader,

We've got to hand it to you; the past weeks have presented instructional and student academic support staff with more unforeseen difficulties than during any similar time frame in recent memory. Yet, you held it together and rose to the challenge.

In supporting the Moodle help desk, handling email and calls with questions, and in launching over 90 faculty in the Facilitating Learning in Moodle (FLIM) course going on this month, we have heard of the incommensurable efforts, compassion, and enthusiasm you've exhibited for TRU students' learning.

If you're wanting to unlock new teaching techniques or the next step in your career, check out our June offerings offered virtually. We've opened a second cohort of Facilitating Learning in Moodle (FLIM), and we're hosting a series of online presentations and workhops for Tenure & Promotion. Look to the links below to learn more and to register.

We hope you'll join us if you haven't already,

Your CELT Team

Support for Teaching

Facilitating Learning in Moodle

Cohort 2: June 1-26

4 weekly modules & synchronous sessions on Wednesdays from 10 - 11:30 a.m. online in BlueJeans

Shifting from delivering a course face-to-face to an alternate mode of delivery? This flexible and collegial session will offer you sage advice for planning that shift in 4 weeks. It’s organized around four modules—course planning and design, building community, engaging and motivating students, and facilitating assessment—all via Moodle. We’ll provide you with the chance to try new approaches relevant to courses you teach and to exchange feedback with peers. The session will take you through approximately 6-8 hours of content and activity, including one synchronous session, per week. Register here.

Facilitators: Carolyn Ives and Catharine Dishke Honzdel

Professional Development

Lunch & Learn: Growth Mindset

Wednesday, May 27, 12 – 1 p.m. on MS Teams

Do you have faith in your abilities to learn new things? Would you like to learn strategies for overcoming setbacks? Join Nina Johnson, TRU Coordinator for Teaching and Learning, to explore the benefits of practicing a growth mindset. Register now to get a Teams invite.

Tenure & Promotion Seminar Series

June 2 - 5, times vary, online via BlueJeans


Sessions on:

• Policy and Procedures

• Evidencing Your Teaching

• Panel Presentation: with recent awardees

• Organizing your Dossier: document management

• Developing Your Educational Philosophy

Facilitators will be finalized shortly; consult the CELT calendar for more information and to register.

How to Apply for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship 

with Dr. Brett McCollum, 3MTF 2019

June 17 - 1:30 p.m. online via BlueJeans

We are delighted to connect you with Dr. Brettt McCollum, who was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (3MTF) in 2019. He will lead TRU faculty in an online workshop that will include a presentation with tips and advice, interactive components, and conversation. The session will involve information relevant to preparing for the 3MTF and other awards, as well as generally, to preparing your application for tenure and promotion.

Dr. Brettt McCollum is a chemistry professor at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta) who also earned the accolades of Nexen Scholar of Teaching and Learning and Apple Distinguished Educator. He focuses his scholarship on chemistry language learning, open education resources (OER), mid-career faculty development, and working in partnership with students. This workshop is part of the annual CELT 3MTF speaker series.

Register here.

Learning Technology and Innovations

Summer Camp: a suite of summer programming for a fall unlike any other

May 19-29, 1 - 2 p.m.

Learn about planning flexible courses that can respond to quickly-changing modes of instruction; learn how to make better screencasts and more accessible video content; learn how to think about academic integrity when students are learning remotely.

No registration is required. Visit the Support for Alternate Delivery Moodle Shell and check out the tab labelled “Summer Camp!” Sessions are delivered via Big Blue Button. Facilitators are Brenna Clarke-Gray, Jon Fulton, Jamie Drozda, and Brian Lamb.

• Introduction to Hyflex (planning for crisis) Tuesday May 19

• Editing in Kaltura Wednesday May 20

• Using Audio/Video for Feedback Friday May 22

• H5P Quick-Hits Tuesday May 26

• Captioning Videos in Kaltura Wednesday May 27

• FIPPA Compliance in the New Normal Friday, May 29


Moodle Support for Faculty & Learning Technology

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

Learning Technology facilitators are offering daily open office hours (using Big Blue Button) for faculty who are transitioning to alternate delivery methods using Moodle. Advice and instruction in implementing other tools is available on an ongoing basis. Connect by accessing the Support for Alternate Modes of Delivery (Formerly COVID-19 Preparedness) or email

Opportunities and Resources

Call for an Open Education Resource Coordinator

In collaboration with the Library, CELT, and Open Learning, the Open Education Resource coordinator supports OER grant holders by convening a community of practice, assisting grant recipients in accessing grant funds, directing grant recipients to the appropriate support resources and services and gathering evidence to help demonstrate impact. To obtain a copy of the full position description, and to learn more please email Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Pivot to Online for Nursing Educators

Friday May 22– 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

We offer space and support for nursing educators to connect, learn from each other, share ideas, and collaborate during this “pivot to online”. 

Please bring your challenges, questions, ideas, and solutions. Some questions that we’ll attempt to solve include:   

• How do you teach psychomotor skills remotely? 

• How do you provide feedback to students on their performance if they are at home? 

• How do you assess if the learning outcomes are to “demonstrate” competency in performing a skill?

• Are you providing “kits” for students to use at home?

• Creating authentic evaluations in this new environment.

• Creating community in an online environment

• Activities that can increase student engagement for courses that are more theoretical in nature

Register here.


Open Education Research Webinar Series: Authentic Student Participation — Information Literacies in Open Pedagogy


Thursday, May 28 - 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In 2018, Erin Fields, UBC Liaison & Flexible Learning Librarian conducted a case study on the intersections of open pedagogy and critical information literacy.  At its core, open pedagogy (OP) is teaching practices that facilitate the collaborative and transparent construction of knowledge made openly available through online communities. OP de-centers the instructor from the information expert to a facilitation role that supports student negotiation of ideas and transforms their learning into open knowledge sources (e.g. blogs, wikis, videos, etc.). Using the lens of critical information literacy within librarianship, this session will provide examples emerging from her research of integration of critical information literacy practices within the OP classroom, the kinds of information addressed to support students in these environments, and the transformative nature of these two complementary blended instructional methods.

Register here.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Online bilingual resources and webinars on the topics of teaching and assessing using alternate modes of delivery and maintaining well-being for faculty and academic development staff. Visit



The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Mountains  Sun Peaks, B.C.

Rescheduled for July 18-22, 2021

Check here for more information or to request a refund for 2020. We sincerely hope to be able to reschedule this event for summer 2021.

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

Stay up to date on what's happening and how to access online options with the CELT-curated list of upcoming externally-hosted professional learning opportunities focused on topics related to the praxis of teaching and learning.

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

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