Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – May 2018

Hopefully many of you have arrived at the time when you can take a breath and reflect on the past academic year. What went well? What challenges did you encounter? For others, the summer term is about to begin. Either way, this is a great time to connect with CELT to explore opportunities for your professional development.

Look no further than the Kamloops campus for half-day and multi-day workshops during Instructional Development Weeks, Instructional Skills Workshops, and our Promotion and Tenure Workshops.

There is definitely something for everyone this May, so check out the schedule, register, and plan to continue your journey of life-long learning before you head out on your summer adventures.

We look forward to seeing you!

Welcome to CELT

We are thrilled to welcome some great new people to CELT!

John Churchley (Education) will be joining us as the Coordinator, Centre for Teaching and Learning for a one-year appointment.

Nina Johnson (English) and Blair McDonald (Journalism, Communication & New Media) will be joining our CELT Teaching Fellows team for the upcoming year. They will be working with senior fellows Nancy Carson (Economics) and Christina Cederlof (Education and Skills Training). The Teaching Fellows will be continuing the work of developing program learning outcomes and curriculum mapping.

We would like to offer our thanks and best wishes to Christine Petersen (Biology) who served as a Teaching Fellow for the past two years, and to Susan Forseille (Career Education) who was with us as a Teaching Fellow this past year.

 Instructional Development Weeks


Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

Monday June 4 & Tuesday June 5

• Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

• Preparing your Professional Portfolio

• Writing your Philosophy of Teaching Statement

• Evidencing your Teaching for P & T

• Preparing your Academic CV

• Introduction to E-Portfolios

Learn more and register on the CELT Calendar

Instructional Skills Workshop

June 7-10, Williams Lake (limited seats remaining)

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a professional development program designed for faculty members who are interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. It caters to individuals new to teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills.  Participants will benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment.  The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to each instructor’s context. During the workshop you will teach short lessons and receive feedback. You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators. Through a supportive atmosphere you will have opportunities to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas.

Learn more and register on the CELT Calendar

Project Funding

Open Educational Resource Grant

The University Library in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Open Learning are pleased to announce the Open Education Resource (OER) Development Grant Program for 2018/19. This grant program has been generously funded by a 2018/19 Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) Grant.

The OER Development Grant (OERDG) program at TRU will provide funding (up to $7,000 per award) and support to TRUFA and TRUOLFA faculty members who wish to integrate open educational resources into their TRU courses. This direct support can be used by faculty to adopt, adapt and/or integrate open educational resources as primary materials within their TRU courses.

 The purpose of this initiative is:

• To  support faculty to integrate OER into their courses (through course release or other financial support/incentive)

• To build capacity at TRU for creating and adapting open textbooks and other OER that are up to date and appropriate for TRU curricula

• To demonstrate TRU’s commitment to student needs as outlined in TRUSU’s Open Textbook Grants Program proposal

Successful applicants to the grant may receive up to $7,000. The grant would consist of up to $6,500 as course release or financial incentive to help faculty redesign a TRU course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose. An additional $500 may be available to support travel costs related to dissemination of results of their efforts. This SIF-supported grant program is intended as a pilot and anticipates funding up to five (5) grants in the initial year of the program.

Additional information on the application process for the TRU OERDG will be available shortly.

SoTL Accelerator Award

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 are 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 CSAA funding.

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

Save the Date 2018

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.