Educational Conundrum of the Week

Making the Grades – It’s that time again

End of semester grading is upon us, and many instructors come to Educational Technology Services (ETS) asking for a more efficient way of completing them and transferring them to Banner. We demonstrate the ease and efficiency of Blackboard’s Full Grade Center and we are really happy to see that more instructors are using it. Better yet, their responses are that it has saved them time and makes calculating, especially weighted total, much easier. How do you improve efficiency when grading and submitting grades to Banner?

Educational Conundrum of the Week

Access to accessibility

Educational Technology Services (ETS) was asked to provide a solution for a student who recently injured her hand and was unable to take notes, but desperately wanted to. Other students in the same class try to keep up with the note taking. What solutions would you provide this temporarily disabled student? Would this solution benefit all the students in the class?  ETS provided a solution, is it the same as yours?


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with an Equity Mindset: National Institute Conference

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with an Equity Mindset: National Institute

August 6-10, 2018
Rainbow Lodge
North Bend, WA

Space is limited. Apply Now!


This institute is designed for educators from two- and four- year institutions, including faculty from graduate programs, technical programs, basic skills, general education, liberal arts, allied health, and STEM fields.  The aim is to develop our capacity to understand and improve student learning opportunities within all teaching contexts by:

  • Using critically conscious, self-aware, and collaborative practices of inquiry;
  • Challenging inequities while recognizing the community cultural wealth of all students; and
  • Engaging in systematic scholarly investigation and analysis of learning (SoTL).

Creating a more equitable learning environment is no small task, but it can be achieved in small steps that have large and lasting consequences. The scholarship of teaching and learning can be a vehicle towards accomplishing this goal. This Institute brings together the idea of inquiry as stance, with concepts of how we build more equitable teaching environments and how we develop better understanding of the learning landscape.

The institute is designed to help you:

  • Learn how to use an equity framework;
  • Build the capacity to conduct classroom inquiry;
  • Prepare to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Come to a better understanding of your students and their cultural assets;
  • Work collaboratively to build a community of practice;
  • Develop and refine an inquiry project to pursue in your classroom practice; and
  • Engage with resource faculty who will support your journey.

This residential institute provides participants with a carefully coordinated mix of plenaries, workshops, and focused work time for developing an inquiry that examines, improves, and supports what happens in the classroom. Experienced educators will facilitate small and large group sessions and work directly with participants to develop inquiry projects.

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“I cannot underestimate my power. A small shift I can make [in my teaching] will not change systemic barriers by itself, but my contribution enriches the collective effort and student experience and myself. … Embrace and use my sphere of influence. It is significant.”

(2017 participant feedback)

Educational Conundrum of the Week


Capture that lecture

Lecture capture has been getting more popular and inquiries about it at Educational Technology Services (ETS) have been steadily growing. We can all see the benefits capturing a lecture for students to review. Also, note taking may be reduced allowing students to better connect with the content at hand.  But, when a lecture capture has been suggested some instructors say, “But students may stop coming to class and just watch online.” Would you include a lecture capture? If so, how would you include one? If not, why not?

Educational Conundrum of the Week

A Spark of Teaching Inspiration

The upcoming Ignite Innovation Series will be a great opportunity to get fresh ideas to adopt into our teaching as well as share our ideas with peers. As with any occupation, we can get caught up in a routine, but Ignite helps expand our routine by adding new strategies to our teaching repertoire. How else do you share teaching idea with your peers and support your colleagues in teaching?


Educational Conundrum of the Week – Yes, this “is” personal

Classes are filling up and wait-list are growing, we can expect a full house in almost every class. No, this is not the conundrum – this is due to exceptional teaching skills found at UFV*. The conundrum is how we can personalize the learning experience for each of our students? One instructor posts personal responses via email to each student’s discussion post in the first two weeks of class. This demonstrates to the students that the Instructor is present and engaged in all discussions. Can you offer one example of how you personalize the learning experience in your courses?

by Ken Harmel

*CUSC 2017 Middle-Years Student Survey Highlights

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) – Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9

Room: TBA
Facilitator:  Michelle Johnson and Ken Harmel

Workshop dates: held on 4 consecutive Fridays – Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 2 & 9 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to a group of five or six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 4 day workshop, participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons.

Location: Chilliwack Campus / Room TBA

To register or for more information contact Teaching & Learning at .