Focus on Teaching - February 2022

Know a great teacher?

The President's Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes one individual who best represents significant long-term, career achievements in teaching, pedagogy and the promotion of excellence in learning and teaching. Do you know someone that you think should be recognized?  Application portfolios are due February 14, 2022.

And don't forget, faculty can still submit completed portfolios for the Faculty Excellence Award and the Award for Excellence in Interculturalization until February 14. The Open Learning Teaching Excellence Award nomination forms closes a bit earlier- on February 11.

Awards are given out at the Annual Merit Awards Ceremony in April.

Good luck to all nominated! 

Upcoming Events

Teaching Practices Colloquium

Tuesday, February 22

 9 a.m.-4 p.m., via MS Teams

Join your colleagues for this fun and engaging annual conference!  Keynote speakers Dr. Ronald Ignace and Dr. Marianne Ignace will be followed by a day of concurrent sessions by TRU faculty members. 

Registration is free!

Register or learn more about the TPC here


TIIG Deadline Extended

Proposals due Monday, February 28

Proposals are invited from University Instructors, tenure-track, and tenured faculty who are interested in enhancing and building the classroom experience by adopting or experimenting with instructional approaches that challenge, support, and encourage students.

Two information sessions are available so you can learn more:

February 1 from 3:00- 3:30

February 3 from 10:30-11:00 

Learn more about the grant and apply here

SoTL Scholars Grant Program

Deadline March 1, 2022

Whether you are an experienced SoTL researcher or just starting with SoTL, this 12-month grant program offers up to $2000 to support SoTL research projects. It is designed for SoTL researchers with any level of experience, ranging from those who are novice to those who have previously completed projects and who may not need assistance in all areas of project development or ethics applications.

Learn more and apply here

In Progress: the CELT Blog

Have a teaching idea you'd like to write about? Send us an email!

Professional Development

COVID Safety Protocols for TRU Classrooms and Campus

Wednesday, February 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m., via MS Teams

Join Sarah Martin, Manager, Health, Safety, and the Environment in TRU's Office of Safety and Emergency Management (OSEM) for a discussion on COVID protocols in the classroom, such as mask use, illness management, hygiene, group work, and general protocols and controls in place across campus.

Register here

How to Create Authentic and Transformative Land Acknowledgments

Monday, February 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., via MS Teams

Join Laura Grizzlypaws for this deep dive into understanding and creating meaningful land acknowledgements that recognize and honour Indigenous Nations and their relationship with their land and people.

Register here

Introduction to Teaching Triangles

Tuesday, February 8, 1-2 p.m., via MS Teams

Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall in someone else’s classroom or Moodle space?

If so, then the Teaching Triangles program is for you. This program provides faculty with the opportunity to gain insight into their teaching and their students’ learning through a non-evaluative, formative process of reciprocal classroom visits and guided self-reflection.

Note: to enroll, please attend the session. If you cannot attend, please email us at and we will arrange an alternative date to meet with you.

Register here

Making the Most of Peer Review of Teaching and Instructional Support

Thursday, February 10, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., via MS Teams

Join us to learn more about the revised peer review of teaching and instructional support process and how it can benefit you in your professional practice.

Register here

OE Symposium, including Open Pedagogy Lightning Talks

March 7 - 11

The University of Alberta, Centre for Teaching and Learning is celebrating Open Education Week (March 7 - 11, 2022) by hosting their second Open Education Symposium.  Join colleagues from TRU as part of this exciting and informative event!

New Faculty Community of Practice (Monthly)


If you're new or new(ish) to TRU and would like to connect with others to hear about topics pertinent to you, please join us for this New Faculty Community of Practice.

Email to join.

Show up and Write - Community Writing Group

Fridays, 9-11 a.m., HL 402

Based on the successful “Shut Up & Write” community movement, this weekly writing group provides community and, if you join in person, a quiet space to join with faculty and staff at TRU to make time to write. 

Register here

Learning Technology & Innovation

Learning Technology

Learning Technology & Innovation (LT&I) offers regular drop in sessions and a diverse selection of informative workshops, exploring innovative approaches to using technology.

Instructors and Faculty

» Workshops Without Walls
Learning opportunities on a range of topics

» Teaching Unbound (Moodle Campus)
Learning Technology Office Hours
Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.



» Learning Without Walls
Support for students in Moodle.  (enrolment key: help)



• You Got This! Podcast

• Teaching with Video

• Teaching Unbound

• Moodle Orientation


Visit our External Conferences page to get up to date information on upcoming conferences, including links and submission deadlines.

Here's a sneak peek at what's on there right now: [See More]

Mar 7-11 OE Symposium (including Open Pedagogy Lightening Talks) - University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Thompson Rivers University (Online) Conference website

Mar 8-10 BCNET CONNECT: Higher Ed & Research Tech Summit (Vancouver, BC) Conference website

Mar 10-11 Vancouver Community College Teaching, Learning and Research Symposium (Online) Conference website

May 1-3 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching (Hybrid/Calgary, AB) Conference website

May 2-4 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education 2022 Conference: Innovation Every Day: Moving Beyond COVID-19, Concordia University (Online) Conference website

May 4-5 Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (Online) Conference website

May 16-19 Open/Technology in Education, Society and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) (Online) Conference website

May 31-Jun 3 ICED22 - Sustainable Educational Development - International Consortium for Educational Development - Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education (Aarhus, Denmark) Conference website

Jun 14-17 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) (Ottawa, ON) Conference website

Nov 2-5 ISSOTL 2022: At the intersections of SoTL: Transfer & Transformation, Diversity & Inclusivity - Syilx Okanagan Nation (UBC's Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC) Conference website

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