Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – January 2018

Welcome back!

We hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating break.

January is often a time for resolutions, which may include taking the time to learn something new, trying out a different routine, or making plans for the year ahead. After a busy fall term, all of us at CELT are eager to work with faculty in supporting teaching excellence and continuing to foster a sense of community. Take a look at our calendar of events and keep reading to see some of what we have in store for 2018!

Of special note:

Nominations are now open for the President's Merit Awards. Consider nominating an inspiring colleague for a teaching award. Applications are due February 16.

CELTalks return on Friday January 26. Mark your calendars for these informative and fun lunch hour sessions.

Interested in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP)? Take our survey if you are interested in taking PIDP courses at TRU, and watch for an upcoming info session.

With warm wishes for 2018,

Catharine, Karen, and Nav


Friday January 27

OL127 from 12:30-1:30. Refreshments provided

The Universal Indigenous Ethic of Reciprocity and The First Moment of Encounter in the Social Work Classroom – Jeffrey McNeil, Social Work

A majority of social work students arrive in their undergraduate experience bereft of a depth of understanding and empathy of the experiences of Indigneous Peoples in Canada. This unknowing results in feelings of anger, resentment and finally guilt—this tension however reveals opportunity for the decolonizing instructor to shift feeling into action and thus reveal a path towards a decolonized heart-centered practice. 

My Experience as a Teacher at Quest University – Peter Tsigaris, Economics

During the winter semester I was invited to “teach” a first-year course on political economy at Quest University. In this presentation, I will talk about my experience with a small-size class (capacity is 20 students) which is delivered as a block of three hours a day for three weeks and where my role is more of a facilitator than a typical professor of chalk and talk.

If you missed any of the talks, don't worry! You can watch all of our previous CELTalks on TRU's Livestream.

President's Merit Awards

Teaching excellence is central to TRU's mission. The Centre is proud to recognize and honour faculty members who make exceptional contributions to teaching and learning through three annual awards. 

Please consider nominating a TRU faculty member—get started now with nomination packages at these links: 

Teaching Excellence Award
Master Teacher Award
Faculty Award for Excellence in Internationalization

The 2018 nomination deadline is Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.

SoTL Accelerator Grants

The CELT SoTL Accelerator Award (CSAA) is provided to support research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). It is designed to enhance and support applications to other internal and external funding competitions, including but not limited to the TRU Internal Research Fund, BC Campus Funding, EDC Grants, SSHRC, or other relevant agencies. Those who receive Accelerator Awards are expected to become a part of the CELT SoTL community of practice, and to share, when relevant, the outcome of their projects with colleagues at TRU.

Awards will be a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $1500. For projects that have co- or multiple applicants, each applicant must detail his or her role and level of contribution. The CSAA is a small seed fund which is not intended to provide funding for major projects.

Full-time TRU faculty are eligible to apply. Eligibility includes all faculty members with ongoing or tenure-track appointments, and term-certain faculty holding appointments of more than one year and not in the final year of those appointments. Those holding sessional or one-year term-certain appointments may contribute to and receive funding from an approved project, but they are not eligible to apply directly for funding from the CSAA.

Submission instructions: applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are depleted. Email completed application in one file to celt@tru.ca.

We will be hosting an information session on Wednesday January 31 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register here.

Workshops & Courses

CELT is considering a partnership with Vancouver Community College (VCC) to bring the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) to Kamloops and would like your feedback. The program will use a cohort approach and we anticipate starting late spring or early summer 2018. An information session will be held at TRU in February or March.

We are currently seeking to determine interest in offering PIDP courses at TRU. Please complete this survey if you are interested in the PIDP.

COIL (Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning)

March 12 and 13 2018

TRU Faculty will work towards creating blended and online curricula for students to collaborate across cultures and disciplines with international partner institutions. Typically, faculty work with an international partner to co-create collaborative online learning opportunities for students in various parts of the world.

Facilitated by Greg Tuke, University of Washington – Bothell and Kyra Garson, TRU

Contact Kyra to learn more or to register.

Moodle Drop-in Sessions

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

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


D2L Innovation Award

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn (D2L) are pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This award recognizes innovative approaches that promote student-centered teaching and learning.

The award is open to instructors, both nationally and internationally, who are currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment; however applications will only be accepted in English or French. Candidates need not be members of STLHE to apply.

Award winners (up to five per year) receive the following:

1. Up to $2,200.00 to offset the registration and travel costs to attend the Annual STLHE conference and an Award Recipients retreat the day before the conference
2. Two year membership in STLHE
3. Certificate of Recognition

Submission Deadline

The deadline for applications is Feb. 18, 2018.

For detailed information about the application process, including the application dossiers, examples of innovation in teaching and learning and the selection process, please visit the STLHE website.

CELT is here to help. If you would like to nominate someone or would like support preparing your application, please email Catharine to book a planning meeting.

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. The nomination deadline is Jan. 31, 2018.

Teaching and Learning Conferences

Teaching Practices Colloquium

We invite you to attend to TRU’s 14th annual Teaching Practices Colloquium and share your stories, ideas, and successful practices. Take time to reflect on your own teaching and learning and connect with others. Together, let’s reach out to spark new ideas and conversations around these important issues and concepts in contemporary teaching practices.

Register Here

Educational Developers Caucus 2018 Conference

The Educational Developers Caucus is a community of practice that facilitates the advancement and evolution of educational development as a field of practice and scholarship by communications, networking, professional development opportunities and advocacy strategies. The annual conference is an opportunity to network with educational developers, share information, and raise the profile and improve the quality of teaching and learning in the post-secondary sector. This year it is hosted by the University of Victoria from Feb. 14-16, 2018.

Register Here

SoTL Opportunities

Reading across the Disciplines: Studies in SoTL

Call for Articles (edited by Karen Manarin, Professor of English, Mount Royal University)

500 word abstract due: Feb 15, 2018; Complete draft (tentatively) due: Dec 15, 2018

This collection of essays will explore how higher education students read from a range of disciplinary perspectives and a range of educational settings, including technical schools, undergraduate and graduate studies, and professional programs. Faculty from many different disciplines are concerned that students cannot or will not read for academic purposes as they see students struggle with the transition to college reading (Joliffe and Harl, 2008). Arum and Roksa (2011) claim that students even select courses to minimize reading. However, the absence of engaged and effective reading prevents individuals from pursuing and contributing to the disciplines and limits participation in a literate society.

Learn More

SoTL Art and Art History Bootcamp

The College Art Association's Education Committee will be hosting a special one-day "bootcamp" for faculty in art and art history interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Visit the SoTL Bootcamp website for detailed information.

Held in conjunction with CAA's annual conference in Los Angeles, the SoTL Bootcamp will be on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will include participant-led breakout sessions, expert lightning talks, and a hands-on SoTL workshop led by Nancy Chick, recipient of the 2017 ISSOTL Distinguished Service Award. Funded with the generous support of the Samuel R. Kress Foundation, Art Historians of Southern California, University of Southern California, and CAA, the Bootcamp is offered at no charge. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required.  

Learn More

Save the Date 2018

January 8: BC Campus Teaching Fellows Application Deadline

January 15: TRU Internal Research Fund Deadline

January 18: TA Orientation

January 31: 3M National Student Fellowship Application Deadline

January 31: Accelerator Grant Information Session

February 14-16: Educational Developers Caucus Annual Conference Victoria

February 16: Nomination deadline for TRU President's Merit Awards

February 20-22: Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) TRU Kamloops

February 18: D2L Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award Deadline

February 19: TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium

April 30-May 2: Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) TRU Williams Lake

May 7-18: Instructional Development Weeks at TRU

May 14 & 15: Sustainability Course Design Workshop

May 16-18: Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) TRU Kamloops

May 16-18: Interculturalizing the Curriculum TRU Kamloops

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

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.