Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – September 2018

September always feels like a fresh start to me. It brings with it a cool breeze, a few new office supplies, and a sense of anticipation for what the academic year will become.

As you will see, our September newsletter is packed with professional development and learning opportunities we have planned for you throughout the fall. The highlights include lots of new workshops, the return of our popular CELTalk series, as well as enhanced support for teaching with technology.

It is also our pleasure to welcome and introduce our newest colleague in CELT!

Carolyn Ives will be joining the centre in early October as the Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development. For the past ten years she has worked at MacEwan University in Edmonton in evolving roles within their Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, including serving as the interim director, and the curriculum planning and development coordinator. Carolyn is an expert at supporting faculty development and has contributed widely to the field of educational development in Canada.  As some of you might know, Carolyn was previously a faculty member in the English department here at TRU, where she was actively involved in community service learning and engaged in working with TRUFA. We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn back to TRU. Please drop by CELT to give her a warm welcome in October.

Workshops and Courses

Teaching Assistants Orientation Day (TA Day)

Tuesday, September 4, 4:30- 7:30

HL 269

Please encourage your teaching assistants to register for TA orientation day. During this workshop, TAs will learn about payroll and HR, develop an understanding of intercultural awareness, review the TA code of conduct, and engage in simulations related to common issues. Dinner is provided.


New Faculty (Mini) Orientation

Monday, September 10, 11:30-1:30

OL 340

If you missed our August two-day orientation, please join us for this condensed version over lunch. We will provide you with the resources shared at the full orientation and answer questions you might have about campus services and supports. We welcome newly hired faculty (full-time and part-time) as well as faculty who did not attend orientation in January.


Moodle Workshops

All workshops and drop-in sessions are in OL 346

Dates and times vary

New to Moodle, or would like to learn more? Along with our regular Moodle Drop-in sessions, we will be running a series of specific workshops for users. Check the CELT Calendar for dates, times and to register.

Drop In: Tuesdays 12-2, Thursdays 10-12

Orientation to Moodle  |  Using Gradebook in Moodle |  Assessment in Moodle | Using Big Blue Button | Creating Interactive content using H5P

For full descriptions of each workshop, visit our website.

Technology for Teaching and Learning @TRU

Wednesdays, September 12 to November 21, 4:30 - 7:30 (no class October 31)

Free for TRU Faculty and Staff

In this ten-week face-to-face program, participants will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of technologies available to support teaching and learning at TRU including: Moodle, WordPress, Google Apps for Education, online conferencing (i.e., Big Blue Button), and others as determined by participant interest.

Attention will also be paid to Open Educational Resources (OER’s), e-portfolios, SMART boards, and how online technologies can be used to help redesign courses for improved success and student engagement.

If you are enrolled in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program, the certificate of completion can be used to apply for exemption on PIDP 3240: Media Enhanced Learning

To learn more about the course content, contact instructor Matthew Stranach.

Learn More & Register here

Ed Tech Team Kamloops Summit

October 19 & 20

South Kamloops Secondary School

Faculty and staff from TRU have been invited to attend SD73's educational technology summit. Sessions include two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session - plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.

Please let CELT know if you would like to attend, group pricing is available.
Learn more about the summit

Instructional Skills Workshop

Fridays, October 19 & 26, 4:30-9

Saturdays, October 20 & 27, 8:30-4

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a 24-hour 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. Throughout each day 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.

Register here


Mark your calendars, they're back!

Join your colleagues for our lunch-and-learn speaker series. Each 20-minute presentation will give you insight into teaching strategies, trends, or emerging research. If you can't make it in person, watch later on our Livestream.

The Use and Care of Instructors' Voices

Heidi Verway

Thursday, September 27, 12:30 - 1:30pm, OL127

Awards and Opportunities

3M National Teaching Fellowship

We are looking for outstanding faculty members!

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is Canada's most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university and college level. The Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university or college, regardless of discipline, program, level, or term of appointment.

We invite faculty who may be interested in putting forward a nomination to review the award criteria. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will work closely with faculty members and their nominators to prepare a strong package. Please contact us in July or early August to begin planning.

Learn more by visiting SLTHE

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2018

'Mind the Gap' K-16 Partnership Project Grant

We are excited to announce a funding opportunity for partnerships between TRU faculty and local school teachers! Funded by a TRU SIF, the intent of these $2000 grants is to support projects that help students navigate and successfully cross the bridge between secondary school and university. Projects can be aimed at sharing teaching approaches, curriculum, assessment, or elevating awareness of programs and opportunities. Full details of the project grant and the application forms can be found on our website.

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2018.

Projects must be completed by March 31, 2019.

Faculty Mobility Program

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Faculty Mobility Program provides Canadian faculty with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Visit the Faculty Mobility Program for more information and instructions.

The deadline to apply is October 18, 2018.

Call for Proposals

Research on Teaching & Learning Conference

December 12 & 13: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

This annual conference showcases research and emerging practices related to teaching and learning. The keynote speaker this year is Gary Poole from UBC.

Read the call for proposals

Save the Date

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 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. To read past issues of Focus on Teaching or to subscribe to our mailing list, visit our Newsletters page.

Questions about learning and teaching? Contact CELT or visit us in OL 349