Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – June 2018

We would like to thank everyone for attending Instructional Development Weeks this year. Between May 7-18 we offered 12 workshops run by 25 TRU faculty and staff members, brought in five invited speakers, and had  over 120 faculty and staff who participated.

If you attended the workshops, we welcome your feedback. As we begin planning for next year we would love to know what else you would like to learn!

As we move into the summer months CELT programming will slow down, but we are always here to help you with curriculum and course design, to discuss teaching activities and to support you in your scholarly teaching and in developing your scholarship of teaching and learning projects.

Book an appointment by emailing Teresa  at celt@tru.ca. We look forward to working with you!


Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

Workshops open to all faculty members


Monday June 4, OL 127

9-12 pm: Preparing for Promotion and Tenure (Livestream Available, Password Celt2018)

1-3 pm: Preparing your Professional Portfolio

Tuesday June 5, OL 127

9-11 am: Evidencing your Teaching

11-12 pm: Writing your Philosophy of Teaching Statement

1-3 pm: Developing your e-Portfolio

3-4 pm: Preparing your Academic CV

Learn more and register on the CELT Calendar

Williams Lake Promotion and Tenure Drop-in

Friday June 8, 12-2,  Rm. 1251

Faculty who are interested in learning more about the promotion and tenure process are invited to drop by Room 1251 to chat with Karen Densky, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning about topics related to the Tenure & Promotion process.  Karen has been through the promotion process and sat on the Senate Promotion & Tenure Committee for three years.

Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP)

The BC Provincial Instructor Diploma provides new instructors with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to instruct adults. Course activities and assignments are intended to provide the skills needed to be an effective, competent instructor. The practicum provides an opportunity for participants to integrate and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge. We are offering PIDP courses at TRU in Kamloops. 

The next course- PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning begins June 14 (spaces still available)

Course Calendar

Project Funding

Open Educational Resource Grant

Call for Applications

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 provides 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, create, 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.

Instructions and Application Form

 Review of applications will begin on Monday, June 18, 2018 and will continue until funds are exhausted.

The OERDG Steering Committee:

• Brenda Mathenia, University Librarian

• Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian

• Naomi Cloutier, Associate Director, Curriculum Services

• Catharine Dishke Hondzel, Director, CELT

• Ken Monroe, Instructional Designer

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

June 4 & 5: Promotion & Tenure Workshops

June 7-10: Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) TRU Williams Lake

June 8: Promotion & Tenure Drop-In TRU Williams Lake

June 14- July 7: PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning

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

August 9-10: Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario

August TBD: New Faculty Orientation, Kamloops

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.