Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – November 2017

Welcome to CELT!

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at TRU has had a busy start to the academic year with the launch of our CELTalks, two Instructional Skills Workshops, TA training, our speakers Helen Lomax and Fiona Shaw, and the invigorating Creativity in the Open conference last week. We are also proud to welcome four new CELT Teaching Fellows. These faculty members will be working with programs to develop learning outcomes. Read on to learn more about who they are.

You may have noticed that we have adopted a new format for our Focus on Teaching newsletter. This, along with a new website (coming soon) will keep faculty and staff up to date with the activities happening at CELT and share opportunities across TRU.

At CELT we are committed to providing meaningful learning opportunities and professional development for faculty across campus. Come visit us in OL349 to meet our team, learn about our programs and chat about teaching. I look forward to meeting you.


Catharine Dishke Hondzel
Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Make the most out of your lunch hour—join your colleagues and hear a great speaker. These sessions are intended to foster campus-wide collaboration, communication, and resource sharing about new and emerging areas related to teaching and learning.

Each CELTalk will feature two lively, 20-minute presentations from faculty and staff across the disciplines on topics relevant to teaching practice. Bring your lunch and your curiosity, and we’ll provide the coffee, tea, and dessert. These sessions will occur bi-weekly through the fall and winter semesters. Click the session titles below to view descriptions and register.

Not able to attend in person? Missed one of the previous talks? Watch our previous CELTalks on TRU's Livestream.

Friday November 17

Leveraging the Power of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the Classroom  - Lian Dumouchel, Tourism Management

Finding and Evaluating OER: Tips and Tools - Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian

Thursday November 30

Take out Your Phone: Using Mentimeter for Class Surveys - Kyra Garson, Coordinator, Interculturalization

Creating Links from Classroom to Career  - Susan Forseille, Career Education


Wellness Centre Talks

The Wellness Centre is presenting three workshops that will inform and support faculty in handling diversity and engaging in difficult conversations around these sensitive topics:

Nov 7 @ 9:00-10:00am | Trans Care with Dr. Lisa Harvey

Nov 7 @ 4:30-6:30pm  | Strengths of Vulnerable Conversations with Corey Keith

Nov 9 @ 4:30-6:30pm  | Sex, Sexuality and Gender with Corey Keith


CELT SoTL Accelerator Award Workshop

November 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. OL340

Do you have a research idea related to teaching and learning that needs support? Join Catharine Dishke Hondzel, Director of CELT, along with Cindy James, Senior Coordinator, Assessment Centre, and Susan Forseille, Career Education, both successful Internal Research Fund recipients, to learn about available funding opportunities, what it takes to create a successful proposal, and the funding support CELT can offer to help projects get off the ground. Register Here.

Critical Inquiry Groups

Critical Inquiry Groups (CIGs) are small communities of practice that meet regularly to discuss, share, and implement strategies related to a common theme. 

The following themes have been established for the fall:

• sustainability across the curriculum

• inquiry-based learning in first- and second-year courses

• learning through simulations

• team-based learning                                   

If you have an interest in any of these areas, contact Karen Densky, Coordinator, Teaching & Learning to join or to learn more.

Moodle Drop-in Sessions

November 2017,  OL 346

Bring your questions about Moodle! Drop-in sessions every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 12 are open to beginners through to advanced users.

If these times are not convenient, contact moodlesupport@tru.ca to book an appointment at time that works for you.

News & Events

Meet the CELT Teaching Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce our four CELT Teaching Fellows for 2017/18.

Christine Petersen is a returning teaching fellow and senior lecturer in Biological Sciences. She has taught and prepped several different biology laboratory courses ranging from general biology, anatomy, botany and ecology. She has experience working with diverse faculty groups to create a vision and shared program goals.

Nancy Carson is a senior lecturer in Economics. She has worked with the School of Business and Economics undergraduate curriculum committee and is motivated by the opportunity to ensure students are able to learn the necessary skills and knowledge important to their degrees.

Christina Cederlof is a senior lecturer in the Education and Skills Training Program (ESTR). She is an engaging ISW facilitator, and has done extensive work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as well as with the Provincial Instructors Diploma.

Susan Forseille is passionate about helping student secure meaningful work once they graduate from TRU and articulate what they have learned. Her research explores students' employment readiness upon graduation from the perspectives of alumni, employers, and labour groups.

Christine, Nancy, Christina, and Susan are starting to schedule engaging program learning outcomes retreats. If your program would like to work with the teaching fellows, please email celt@tru.ca to set up a meeting or drop by the centre.

3M National Student Fellowship

Do you work with outstanding students? Nominate them for a 3M National Student Fellowship.

For many years, 3M Canada has funded scholarships and awards for undergraduates in colleges and universities across Canada. In 2012, 3M added a student fellowship using the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowship Program for university professors as a model. The 3M National Student Fellowship Program arose out of consultations and collaboration with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Board of Directors and the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows Executive.

The nomination process is demanding, but CELT is here to support you in preparing the application.

Save the Date 2018

January 8: BC Campus Teaching Fellows Application Deadline

January 15: TRU Internal Research Fund Deadline

February 14-16: Educational Developers Caucus Annual Conference, Victoria

February 19: TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium

May 7-11: Instructional Development Week at TRU

May 14 & 15: Sustainability Course Design Workshop

May 16 -18: Instructional Skills Workshop Kamloops Campus

May 28-30: Festival of Learning: Celebrating Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Vancouver

June 19-22: Society for Teaching & Learning In Higher Education (STLHE) Annual Conference, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Instructional Skills Workshop

The 20-hour Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a professional development program for faculty members who are interested in further enhancing their instructional skills. It is designed for individuals new to teaching as well as those with years of experience. ISW participants benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a supportive and cooperative environment. The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to each instructor’s context.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

February 20-22, Kamloops

May 16-18, Kamloops

April 30-May 2, Williams Lake

October 19/20 & 26/27, Kamloops

Register on the CELT website starting in December.

CELT activities at a glance

For an overview of all upcoming CELT workshops, speakers and other events, view the monthly calendar hosted by the TRU Library. Workshops are intended to support teaching faculty at TRU and 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. Questions about learning and teaching? Contact CELT.