The Teaching & Learning Centre through the lenses of Dr. Carl Peters

Carl, an English professor, Writer, Author and Scholar, writes about his experience over the years with our department, TLC. What better way to write a testimonial than through a medium he is most comfortable with, the “essay.” We hope you will enjoy reading the conversation as much as we did. BB & the Contemporary Visualization … Read more

Guess Who’s Coming?

Final Reveal! Guess Who’s Coming? We are pleased and thrilled to introduce Duncan Wardle, our innovative keynote for PDDAY2019. Most recently Duncan was Vice President of Innovation & Creativity for The Walt Disney Company.  The Creativity Team works across Disney’s Theme Parks, Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Films, ESPN, Animation and Imagineering, as “creative ideation consultants” and “cultural … Read more

Guess Who’s Coming?

Clue #4 Guess Who’s Coming? Follow the weekly reveal campaign to find out who is coming to PDDay on April 2, 2019. _____________________________________________________________ Save the Date Join us on Tuesday, April 30 for the 2019 Professional Development Day at the Abbotsford campus. ‌‌‌All faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to a day of professional development to connect with colleagues, learn tools, tips, and … Read more

Ed Tech in Action – Success Story #169

Radical new deliver adopted with (relative) ease Imagine this: 23 students in the classroom and 15 remote students attending your class online simulations. Technology bridges the gap and creates one learning community engaging in the same class activities. Sound overwhelming? Maybe a little. But yes, it is possible, and yes, instructors are making that happen … Read more

Educational Conundrum of the Week – Learning through Video, Why the Demand?

An instructor suggested that more Blackboard video tutorials be made available reminding us that video is a great learning tool. I reflected on why video is such an effective means of teaching and learning. I then reflected on YouTube and asked myself why it was my go-to source to learn many new things. Sequential learning was what first came to mind; the … Read more

Instructor and Tech Success Story – Ted Zak Offers Students Classroom Captures

EdTech in Action: Ted Zak offers students classroom captures When you introduce a new teaching tool into your everyday teaching and students can’t stop asking for more then you know you’re on to something, and Ted Zak, Carpentry instructor, is definitely on to something with his classroom capture. Ted has found a need to record his classes … Read more

Another Way to Make the Magic Happen: Contact the Teaching and Learning Centre

  We’ve all seen this simple graphic, or something similar too it, but it speaks volumes about our teaching practices. Sometimes we are thrown out of our comfort zone unintentionally and find amazing outcomes. For example, a few times while teaching many classes, I brought the wrong material to a class which quickly threw me out of my comfort zone. … Read more

Educational Conundrum of the Week – Impact many students by catering to few with UDL

Students’ learning needs and preferences are being recognized as being more diverse, which is why the demand for UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is becoming a greater focus in curriculum design. We’ve seen many exciting UDL activities in Blackboard course shells. Blackboard offers a wide variety of UDL tools that can address the variety of … Read more