Focus on Teaching - June 1, 2020

Dear Reader,

This month we're looking forward to what the future might hold. After a spring that's been filled with the unexpected, we're ready to set our sights on the summer and consider what's next.

We hope you'll check out our series to help you map your academic careers. This week, June 2 - 6, we're hosting sessions in BlueJeans relating to Tenure & Promotion. Next, on June 17 join Dr. Brett McCollum, 3M Teaching Fellow (2013), also in BlueJeans to find out about Applying for the 3M Teaching Fellowship. This session will include tips and advice relevant to other kinds of teaching awards.

Our community of colleagues interested in exploring teaching and learning topics and techniques in unprecedented times keeps growing (FLIM & Book club); thank-you for joining us on this journey!

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

Learning Design Support

What are best practices in course design and assessment for online learning? How can you adapt your face to face activities and assessments to a digital environment? How can you use technology most effectively to  design an engaging learning experience? Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of teaching remotely for a whole semester? How will you manage your own workload and set boundaries so you are able to fulfill your other commitments?

The Learning Design team has answers and strategies for you. Our work is situated at the intersection of technology and pedagogy with a focus on the learner experience. We are here to help, whether you want individual consultation on your specific course or a larger group discussion with your department.

Reach out to and an instructional designer will contact you to offer assistance.

Professional Development

Tenure & Promotion Seminar Series

June 2 - 5, times vary, online via BlueJeans


• Preparing for Tenure & Promotion - with Donna Petri and Monica Sanchez-Flores  Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

• Is a CV the Same Thing as a Resume? Yes & No - with Larry IlesTuesday, June 2, 1 - 2 p.m.

• Evidencing Your Teaching for Promotion, Tenure and Awards - with Catharine Dishke-Hondzel  Wednesday, June 3, 1 - 2 p.m.

• Tenure and Promotion - Candidate Panel - with Iain Stewart-Patterson, Ryan Gauthier, and Chelsea Corsi  Thursday June 4, 10 -11 a.m.

• Document Management Online - with Brenda Smith  Friday June 5, 10 - 11 a.m.

• Writing Your Educational Philosophy - with Carolyn Ives and Kara Loy  Friday June 5, 1 - 2 p.m.

Consult the CELT online calendar for more information and to register.

Provincial Instructor Diploma (PIDP) Summer Institute (Online) - July & August

PIDP 3100: Foundations of Adult Learning

July 6 - 29, synchronous sessions Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

PIDP 3210: Curriculum Development

July 7 - 30, syncrhonous sessions Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning

July 7 - 30, synchronous sessions Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Synchronous Zoom classes will take place two times each week for the first four weeks. These classes are designed to foster discussion, the sharing of ideas, insights and examples and to make the learning experience more interactive and engaging.

To register contact: School of Instructor Education

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

June 2-30, 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.

• Best assessments practices for remote learning Tuesday June 2

• Academic integrity in remote learning contexts Wednesday June 3

• Building community with tech tools Friday June 5

• E-portfolios Tuesday June 9

• Managing Your Marking Wednesday June 10

• Five Moodle tools you’ve never tried Friday June 12

• Splots Tuesday June 16

• Badges: By Popular Demand Wednesday June 17


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

Fear and Anxiety Related to COVID-19

Wednesday June 3, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

During these times of uncertainty, many of us, even if we don’t usually experience anxiety, are worried. We could be worried about getting sick with COVID-19 or infecting someone we love, thinking about finances is also stressful, as are the realities of physical distancing. A myriad of difficult issues is facing us all during these times of pandemic.

In this webinar, we will discuss issues related to fear and anxiety. We will share with you strategies that foster healthy mental well-being during these trying times. Please bring your questions to the webinar as this is an interactive session! Register here.

Problem Solving the Pivot to Online Teaching

June 4, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

BCcampus is partnering with friends at Campus Manitoba for a session about teaching in the age of COVID-19 and making the transition to online learning. Join librarian Brianne Selman and instructor Arley Cruthers as they talk about how they are preparing for upcoming courses and some of the problems they have solved in the pivot to online. Please bring questions as there will be a Q & A section. Register here.

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) - Design

June 29 - July 24

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) – Design is a complementary course to FLO Fundamentals, which supports educators to learn how to facilitate learning in asynchronous environments. FLO Design is focused on important elements of educational design and the intentional steps to developing effective learning environments. FLO Design logo

FLO Design will prepare you to:

• Identify the pedagogical choices that inform the design of a learning module and prototype activity;

• Discuss important elements of user experience and multimedia design;

• Decide on the type and use of quality guidelines or standards;

• Discuss and debate design choices; and

• Create an online learning module and a demonstration activity for a topic relevant to teaching and learning.

Registration opening soon.

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 at Sun Peaks, B.C. has been rescheduled for July 18-22, 2021

We hope you will be able to join us in summer 2021!

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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