Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Focus on Teaching – October 2018

What a start to the year! We have been thrilled to welcome so many new faculty and see such strong participation in our CELTalk and K-16 Mind the Gap events. We look forward to working with even more of you as we move through the fall term and our programming expands.

In this newsletter you will see that we have a whole new slate of TRU speakers joining us for CELTalks this term. Save the date for our upcoming talks, as well as a series of webinars hosted by the Educational Developers Caucus. We are also very excited to be hosting a full-day Liberating Structures Workshop, in collaboration with Open Learning, supported by TRU World.

We are also very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast!  Adventures in Teaching is a look into the lives and stories that make up our diverse roles as educators. Hosted by John Churchley, our first episode is now available. Let us know how you like it.

Workshops and Courses

Liberating Structures Workshop

November 1 9-3:30

Panorama Room

When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?

Join us for this full-day workshop with Tracy Roberts from BCcampus to learn more about Liberating Structures. Liberating Structures are a collection of powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in classrooms, meetings, planning sessions, team days, workshops, presentations, etc. They are seriously fun methods to engage and work together. Everyone will leave with new tools and ideas to bring to their facilitation practice! Everyone welcome.

Lunch will be included.

Register Here

Program Learning Outcomes Workshops

Is your program looking to develop learning outcomes? Do you have learning outcomes, but no curriculum map? Are you looking to make any curriculum changes?

The Teaching Fellows run interactive, faculty-centered workshops to meet the needs of your program. Contact CELT to set up a 10-minute presentation and answer your questions at your next department meeting.

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.

Not Just Another Webinar

Wednesday, October 10th | 9am -1:15pm | OL344
Thursday, October 11 | 10am -1pm | OL340
Tuesday, October 16 | 9am -12pm | OL344
Friday, October 19 | 9am -1pm | OL 344

The Educational Developers Caucus is hosting a series of online, interactive workshops and discussion-based sessions. CELT has booked space for people to come and participate as a group.

Webinar topics will include preventing burnout and promoting well being,  Indigenization, Reconciliation & Inclusion, and evidencing the work of educational development.

View the full schedule here.


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 live, or later on our Livestream.

All talks take place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in OL127.

Fall Schedule

October 11: Redesigned Classrooms – lessons from Arts and Education
Panel: Nan Stevens, Susan Lidster, Ted Howe, Annette Dominik, Cara Cadre, Josie Fischer

October 30: 3D Printing for Educators – Rob Higgins  & The Power of the Brick – Andrew Fergus

November 8: Democratizing Assessment in Higher Education – Gloria Ramirez & Intercultural Learning and Place-based Pedagogy – Robin Reid

November 27: Weytk – the importance of introductions in Indigenous culture –
Roxane Letterlough & The Culture of Curiosity: Inductive Teaching keeps them Engaged – Dian Henderson

Awards and Opportunities

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.

Awards for Excellence in Open Education


The Awards for Excellence in Open Education recognize outstanding contributions to the open education movement in British Columbia. These contributions may include significant leadership, OER development, research, or advocacy by faculty, students, support staff, or administrators at post-secondary institutions in B.C. or others that support the post-secondary system in B.C. Individuals or teams may be recognized.

Anyone may propose a nomination, but individuals may not self-nominate. Individual award nominations are made in writing via the online form (see below). The open education team at BCcampus adjudicates the award each month. Award winners will receive a certificate of recognition and be profiled on the BCcampus website.

Note: There is no deadline for nominations as one award is granted each month.

Nomination Form

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. The call for proposals closes on Tuesday, October 16.

Read the call for proposals. Deadline is October 24

Educational Developers Caucus 2019

Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C).

Feb 19-22, 2019, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. via Big Blue Button

The Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) invites proposals for sessions at our 2019 EDC Conference. Proposals are welcome from both EDC members and non-EDC members.

The conference will be held virtually using Big Blue Button. We invite sessions that will discuss, explore, and challenge the theme of positive resilience and the future of the EDC as a community of educational developers in Canada and abroad.

There will be two types of presentations: concurrent sessions and the EDC Showcase. For more information about concurrent sessions, including the proposal submission form, click here. Concurrent session proposals are due October 30, 2018.

For more information about the EDC Showcase, including the proposal submission form, click here. EDC Showcase proposals are due November 30, 2018.

Teaching and Learning Conferences

Social Innovation in Alberta: Reports from the field Symposium

Bow Valley College, Calgary

October 26, 2018

This event at Bow Valley College promises to be enlightening and thought-provoking as the Symposium showcases how Alberta colleges and other post-secondary institutions are making a difference in our communities through research and development of social innovation initiatives. This inaugural symposium brings together recipients of recent funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, to relate their project findings and experiences. Project partners and stakeholders from our communities will be given a platform to discuss the implications and next steps for these initiatives.

Learn more and register here.

Reigniting Curiosity and Inquiry in Higher Education

University of Prince Edward Island

November 2-4, 2018

Are you interested in reigniting your students’ desire and ability to inquire? Are you interested in being part of a group of SoTL researchers actively investigating issues of curiosity and inquiry in the university classroom? This working conference will bring together teaching professors/researchers from across North America to discuss effective ways to increase and maintain student inquiry in our higher education classrooms and explore how to help our students to transfer those attitudes and skills to other academic learning experiences, the workplace, and beyond. During the three day working conference, attendees will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and learn from those of others, participate in the creation of professor and student curiosity and inquiry materials, and form research interest groups which will begin actively collaborating on curiosity and inquiry research questions particular to higher education.

Learn more and register here.

Cost of registration for this conference is only $75 for professors/researchers and $25 for graduate students.

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