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NIC Workshops + Sessions

This page lists the upcoming Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI) workshops, guided tours, hands-on studios and other learning sessions. All sessions are held via web conferencing through BlueJeans. Registration for all sessions is through or in response to an email advertisement. Registrations accepted at any time up to 24 hours prior to the session. Registrations will be confirmed via the sending of an Outlook invite with the BlueJeans connection information/URL and passcode.

Pedagogy and Practices – Teaching and Learning Strategies, Course Ideas, and Practices for Student Learning

Metacognitive Teaching Practices: How You Can Help Students Learn How to Learn
Students don’t arrive in our classes equipped with all the knowledge, skills and strategies about how to best learn. They typically rely on ineffective strategies or strategies that worked in other learning enivronments but don’t work in post-secondary classes. Metacognative teaching practices (simple activities that can take 5-15 minutes to do) can be embedded in your classes to help students learn about how learning works and how best to learn in your discipline area. Join me in exploring a few simple practices to help your students learn about learning.

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: Thursday, August 26 (10 – 11 am) OR Thursday, September 2 (9 – 10 am)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


New Faculty Orientation to Teaching
This session introduces new and nearly new faculty to the teaching and learning environment at North Island College. The purpose is to enhance your understanding of the organization and the students we serve. Participants will meet colleagues from across the disciplines, learn more about NIC’s culture, and review the essential groups, policies and resources that are integral to your professional practice as a new(er) faculty member. You’re encouraged to bring ideas and questions for discussion.

  • Audience: New and nearly new faculty in the past year or so
  • Facilitator: Jen Wrye
  • Dates: Friday, August 27 (11 – 12:30) OR Wednesday, September 1 (10 – 11:30 am)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Teach Anywhere Supporting Diversity
In preparation for the new academic year, in this session we’ll explore the new resources available on the Teach Anywhere Site for supporting diverse learners. Whether you’re planning on teaching face-to-face, online, or engaging in a combination of delivery formats, come and find out what’s new to support you and all your students. In addition to joining this virtual tour, you’ll be invited to share your insights for supporting diverse students and offer suggestions for which future faculty resources you’d like to see developed.

  • Audience: Faculty wanting to learn more about resources and tips on how to support diverse learners
  • Facilitator: Margaret Hearnden
  • Dates: Thursday, August 26 (12 – 12:50 pm) OR Tuesday, August 31 (11 – 11:50 am)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Balancing Act: The Art and Science of Teaching Without Burning Out
Are you feeling you could teach a bit more effectively yet not sacrifice quality of student learning or your learning outcomes? Might you have some practices that could be fine-tuned to reduce the time you spend on them? Do you sometimes feel that ‘teaching’ shouldn’t consume your weekends and evenings as much as it does? Do you feel burnt out way too early in the term? Can you have a more work/teaching and life balance? Come find out some tips to gain back your life and possibly enjoy teaching more!

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: Wednesday, August 25 (2:30 – 4:00 pm) OR Thursday, September 2 (1 – 2:30 pm)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Story Circles: An Introduction to a New Faculty Group Exploring Diversity
As the College begins a new academic year with the Build 2026 Strategic Plan and the Indigenization Plan as our foundation, actively exploring diversity will be a key aspect of our daily activities. Recent events have shown us more than ever the need for conversation and connection to promote action that will break through the root causes of discrimination to create a fairer and more empathetic world. We’d like to get those conversations started through a new series starting in the fall, called ‘Story Circles.’ Although the kinds of stories and the ways they are told may vary across cultures, the concept is timeless and universal. Stories are a powerful tool for creating connection and building empathy. Whether it’s about a journey across continents, growing up in the valley, navigating identity or exploring any other human experiences, we will come together to listen, learn and connect. Dates for Fall will include : Thursday, September 30, Thursday, October 21, Tuesday, November 9 and Thursday, December 2nd held both in person on Comox Valley Campus and virtually during the 11:30 – 1:00 pm time period for all to attend. Come along to this introductory session to find out more.

  • Audience: Faculty wanting to learn more about how to support diverse learners through engaging in ‘story circles’
  • Facilitator: Margaret Hearnden with Kelly Shopland
  • Dates: Wednesday, September 8 (11:30 am – 1 pm) OR Thursday, September 9 (11:30 am – 1 pm)
  • Format: Comox Valley Campus In Person & Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Open Educational Resources: What They Are and Why you Might Want to Use Them?
In this session we’ll explore some of the options available in open resources and texts, dispel a few myths and discuss adoption, adaptation, and creation of open materials.

  • Audience: Faculty wanting to learn more about open educational resources and how they may help your teaching and student learning
  • Facilitator: Terri Bateman
  • Date: Wednesday, September 1 (1 – 2 pm)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Team-Based Learning Review & Refresh
This session provides faculty members with some experience using team-based learning approaches an opportunity to troubleshoot TBL course design issues with other practitioners. The purpose is to ensure you’re prepared for TBL delivery face-to-face or digitally; synchronously or asynchronously. Participants will review core TBL pedagogical principles (RATs, appeals, 4S activities, grade allocation), workshop curriculum challenges, and share tips for successfully designing TBL courses. You’re encouraged to bring ideas, questions, draft assignments, etc. to workshop with colleagues.

  • Audience: Faculty with some knowledge of team-based learning pedagogies
  • Facilitator: Jen Wrye
  • Dates: Wednesday, August 25 (1 – 2:30 pm) OR Thursday, September 2 (2:30 – 4 pm)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Video Techniques for Teaching and Learning: When and Why You Should be Creating and Using Videos
Video is one the most effective ways to engage learners – from instructional videos, to orientation, summary and explanation videos. This session will provide you with examples of various types of video and some tips on how best to create effective videos with minimal Hollywood expertise!

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: Tuesday, August 24: 1 – 2 pm OR Tuesday, August 31: 10 – 11 am
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Accessibility Made Simple: Using Tools in Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF
Did you know you could create accessible content with the click of a button? In this session we will explore the accessibility checker in Microsoft Office. We’ll talk about some common accessibility issues and why accessible content is important for everyone.

  • Audience: Faculty wanting to learn more about MS Office and Adobe PDF tools to increase accessibility of documents for all students
  • Facilitator: Terri Bateman
  • Dates: Thursday, August 26 (2-3 pm) OR Thursday, September 2 (11 am – 12 pm)
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans


Blackboard Learn – NIC’s course learning platform 

Blackboard Learn: Refresher Session
For faculty on how to enrol other instructors, conduct course archives/exports, use the student preview mode, create announcements, use the new inline editor for assignments and how to use adaptive release features

  • Facilitator: Mike Valmorbida
  • Date 1: Thursday, August 26: 9-10 am
  • Date 2: Tuesday, August 31: 9 – 10 am
  • Date 3: Wednesday, September 1: 9-10 am
  • Date 4: Wednesday, September 8: 9-10 am

Blackboard Learn: Quizzes Session
For faculty on how to test out the assessment feedback settings using student preview, creating a quiz and adding in exceptions and test availability settings

  • Facilitator: Mike Valmorbida
  • Dates: Thursday, August 26: 10:30- 11:30 am OR Wednesday, September 1: 10:30 – 11:30 am


Blackboard Learn: Tips for Improving Navigation and Organization of Your Courses
A well-organized Blackboard Learn course with easy-to-use navigation is a wish all students have! Come to this session to see some examples and explore quick ways you can make your course less of a scavenger hunt for students and more of a clean learning environment.

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: Thursday, August 26: 1-2 pm OR Monday, August 30: 1:30 – 2:30 pm


BlueJeans – NIC’s video conferencing platform for meetings and classes

BlueJeans: Refresher Session
For faculty on the key functions for synchronous class use and managing groups online including breakout rooms, moderator controls, security and privacy features, setting your account to produce transcripts while recording, closed captioning and options for students to view content when in screen share etc. This will also include all upgrades to BlueJeans over the summer. Come get a refresher on all things BlueJeans!

  • Facilitator: Albert Balbon
  • Date 1:Tuesday, August 24: 2-3 pm
  • Date 2: Wednesday, August 25: 10-11 am
  • Date 3: Monday, August 30: 2-3 pm
  • Date 4: Thursday, September 2: 10-11 am
  • Date 5: Tuesday, September 7: 10-11 am


BlueJeans: Techniques for Effective Teaching and Student Learning
For faculty on how to use a collection of key tools to improve your digital classes, guest speaker sessions and student presentations with details and tips on how to use in teaching and learning situations.

  • Facilitator: Jen Wyre
  • Dates: Wednesday, August 25: 11:30 – 12:30 pm OR Tuesday, August 31: 2:30 – 3:30 pm


Kaltura – NIC’s video storage and streaming platform for Blackboard Learn and NIC MediaSpace

Kaltura: Refresher Session
For faculty on student submissions of Kaltura content, Kaltura Capture, My Media and Media Gallery in Blackboard, some of the settings in videos, settings for videos in Blackboard Learn, converting annotated PowerPoints to Kaltura videos. Also includes details about all new upgrades applied in late June 2021.

  • Facilitator: Albert Balbon
  • Date 1:Friday, August 27: 10-11 am
  • Date 2: Wednesday, September 1: 2-3 pm
  • Date 3: Friday, September 3: 10-11 am
  • Date 4: Wednesday, September 8: 2-3 pm


Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning: Discussion Series

These sessions are less of a workshop and more of a discussion. A few days prior a couple of articles/videos will be shared with registered participants. A minimum of three confirmed participants is required to run the session. The session will start off with a short summary of some key points and then open up for a conversation with the hopes to engage in a deeper dive and exploration time than most workshops typically allow for. This is a time to ask questions, share experiences, challenge opinions and really give you a chance to think a bit more about some of these pressing issues in post-secondary education. Come prepared to engage, share and learn! All sessions are 1 hour and 20 minutes.

1. Improving Evaluation of Student Learning: Ensuring Courses Have Varied, Frequent, and Authentic Opportunities
Providing feedback along with judgments about student learning – that is what assessment (informal/not for marks) and evaluation (formal assessment/with marks/grades) is all about. But are we sure we are providing students with varied, frequent, and authentic opportunities to demonstrate their learning? Are our assessment methods properly aligned with our learning outcomes and provide helpful feedback to students about how to improve? Are the assignments, tests, presentations, and projects really giving students a chance to demonstrate the learning outcomes to their fullest? Might we sometimes be grading how well someone takes a test or if they can read or write – rather than core concepts? We still have much work to do ensuring our evaluation methods are varied, frequent and provide authenticity for student learning. Looking at the 20 ideas presented at the link below, where are there areas for enhancement in our course design, our assessment methods and the ways in which we provide feedback on student learning? 20 Fair, Clear and Simple Ideas for Assessing Learning: Teach Anywhere > Course Design > Assessment


2. Ungrading Your Course: Radical Thoughts but Realistic Ways to Put the Emphasis back on Learning
Ungrading – a perspective and practice – is about realistic ways to put the emphasis back on learning and decrease the heavy reliance on grades, marks, letters, numbers, values, rankings, and ratings as ways of communicating to students about their demonstrations of learning. Ungrading is not a prescriptive set of processes you follow or one way to do it. Ungrading is not about removing feedback on student learning. Ungrading is not more work – and quite possibly less work. Ungrading is not contravening any institutional policy or process. Ungrading is what teaching and learning is all about – engaging learners in their learning journey. Ungrading is still rigorous and authentic. Ungrading is a humanistic perspective on teaching that focuses on enhancing student learning – not undermining and distracting students from learning. Come join us for a conversation. 


3. Open Learning: Practices and Pedagogies for Increased Access to Learning
Open – meaning a way of teaching and learning that provides more access and accessibility to education for all learners. Open – a teaching practice and pedagogy of how learning experiences are designed to focus on resources, assignments, activities and assessments that reduce barriers while offering learners authentic opportunities for engagement. Open – a philosophy of education and learning. This session will share with you the vast possibilities to become a more equitable, authentic and accessible educator while providing rich and relevant experiences that embody the fundamental principles and permissions of open learning: remixable, reusable, revisable, redistributable and retainable. BC is a leader in Canada and beyond around the number of educators employing open pedagogies and practices into their teaching and courses. BCcampus is funded by the Ministry of Education of Advanced Skills and Training to produce training, resources, funding and opportunities to learn more about open education. Engaging in open practices is a good thing to do – come find out more, share your perspectives and explore how you can be an open educator.

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