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The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a diverse range of learning opportunities related to teaching, learning, and educational leadership.

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Upcoming Events

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Events A-Z


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Animal Ethics on Campus Community of Practice The implications and ethics of the humane treatment of animals. Explore everything from teaching compassion, supporting vegan students, links to racism, the science of sentience, and sustainability. Events Calendar
Applied Learning in Action Workshop Learn about the eight principles of Applied Learning and explore the new online faculty guide. Using these resources, we’ll work in small groups to develop an action plan for implementation in your fall courses. Snacks provided. Thu, May 24, 9:30-11:30am
Appreciative Inquiry Community of Practice This community of practice is for anyone who is interested in appreciative inquiry, strengths based endeavours, and positive change. Events Calendar


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Best Practices Around Integrating Media into D2L Workshop This hands-on workshop covers the technical consideration of integrating multimedia into a D2L course. Time will be set aside for you to integrate and test your multimedia components in D2L. Basic familiarity with D2L is recommended for participants interested in this workshop. Wed, Jun 6, 10am-noon
Book Launch! Special Event We are excited to celebrate with Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell as they launch their latest book, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A leadership journey through hope, despair, and forgiveness. Camosun has been a leader in embracing appreciative inquiry, with a long, mutually supportive relationship with these two amazing women. Most recently we have collaborated to develop an Appreciative Inquiry Community of Practice. Come join in the celebration! Hear them read from their book, and connect with other AI enthusiasts from the larger community. No need to register. Tue, Jun 5, 5:30-7:30pm


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Camtasia: Creating Multimedia Magic Workshop Are you interested in creating engaging media pieces for your courses? Not sure where to begin? Join Bob Preston for this hands-on workshop on one of the premiere media creation tools, Camtasia. Tue, May 29, 2-4pm
Chair Share Community of Practice Join other Chairs from across the college to discuss whatever is on your mind. This Community of Practice is strength-based and solution-focused, and will create a safe environment for you to talk about what matters. Events Calendar
Chairs Institute Retreat The Chairs Institute is based on the premise that leaders best learn how to be leaders from each other. Creativity in leadership is enhanced by mixing leaders from diverse fields, experience levels and interests. Jun 12-14, 2018
CICan Conference

Our time comes together as one—as one community committed to excellence in education delivery, community building, innovation and leading change locally, nationally and globally.

Apr 29-May 1, 2018
Concept Classroom Sandbox Workshop Come and play with the new technology in some of our classrooms. See a demonstration, share ideas for pedagogical application, and get hands-on practice. This will be of interest to you if you have been scheduled in these rooms, or if you would like to be in the future. Mon, Apr 23, 2:30-4pm
Conditional Release + Intelligent Agents Workshop This workshop will provide participants with an overview of how conditional release and intelligent agents can support the development of personalized learning paths for students within your course. Tue, Jun 12, 10am-noon
Creating Community in the Online Classroom Workshop What does it mean to create an online community for your students? What considerations do you need to keep in mind when developing online activities to support that online community? This blended workshop will give you the opportunity to engage in online community building, and to work with your peers face-to-face to develop strategies for integrating online community-building activities into your course. Wed, May 23, 11:30am-1:30pm
Creative Applications in eLearning Workshop This workshop will showcase some creative ways to deliver content, engage learners and put a twist on some of the common teaching tools in D2L. Thu, Jun 14, 10am-noon
Creativity in Education Community of Practice Addresses the design, application and evaluation of our creative teaching approaches, lessons and materials in a supportive peer environment. Events Calendar
Customizing Course Homepages and Navigation Bars Workshop This workshop will focus on setting up (or refining) your course homepage, widgets, navigation and themes. We’ll also show you some best practices surrounding course maintenance and how to manage release dates associated with your course from one central location in D2L (saving you time!). Tue, May 8, 10am-noon


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D2L Design Considerations for Mobile Devices Workshop More and more students are using mobile devices (phones and tablets) to work in their D2L course sites.  But how does it actually look to students?  Bring your tablet and phones to this workshop, and try out some design techniques to make sure your students can get the most out of your D2L site on their own devices. Tue, May 15, 2-3:30pm
D2L Quizzes – How, Why, and the Daylight Experience Workshop This hands-on workshop will cover creating, managing, and grading quizzes and the question library in the new version of D2L, Daylight Experience.  Basic familiarity with D2L is recommended for participants interested in this workshop. Fri, Jun 1, 10am-noon
Designing for Engagement: Moving beyond Text and Images Workshop Come learn how to transform your content to accommodate a variety of learning styles and abilities. We’ll begin with an overview of the content tool and its functionality to get you started with building content. We’ll then explore how you can transform various types of content (PDF/PPT/DOC etc.) to a web-accessible format that improves the teaching and learning experience. Tue, May 15, 10am-noon
Digital Pedagogy Community of Practice For faculty and other members of the Camosun community interested in using online tools to enhance their face-to-face teaching, to teach blended courses, or to teach fully online. Events Calendar


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eLearning Drop-In Sessions Drop-in

Weekly drop-in sessions are provided to allow faculty the opportunity to ask questions, learn new skills and work on building their D2L courses.

Lansdowne: LLC 156 | Interurban: LACC 235

Ethical Dimensions of Educational Technology Workshop This blended workshop (first part online, second part face-to-face) will support conversations around institutional policy, privacy, social justice, accessibility, and personal risk, when it comes to educational technology, and help you develop strategies for being creative and innovative while keeping these issues in mind. Mon, May 14 1- 4pm
Exploring Different Ways to Use Rubrics Workshop Come learn from a faculty panel on how you can streamline your assessment strategy, communicate expectations and feedback for your learners while also building in quality assurance measures and cutting down on manual marking. Various examples, lessons learned and planning tips will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to build or refine a rubric. Tue, May 29, 10am-noon


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Facilitating Discussions and Collaborative Work in D2L Workshop In this workshop we will examine a variety of online communication tools within D2L, and discuss various facilitation techniques that you can use to engage learners and promote collaboration online. Fri, May 11, 10-11:30am
Fair dealing, Open Education Resources, and finding materials to use in your D2L course site Workshop It’s not easy navigating the world of online copyright when creating your D2L course sites.  This workshop will give you some practice tips around how to add images, video, articles, etc. to your D2L site within the limits of fair dealing, OER, and copyright. Thu, May 24, 2-4pm
Finance 101 for Chairs Workshop Chris Jones, Director of Financial Planning & Accountability, discusses the development and monitoring of your program budgets.
Flipping Out over the Flipped Classroom Workshop Experience one way to flip a classroom in this 2-hour workshop. In this version of flipping, the first hour is online in D2L and the face-to-face portion is on May 16. Wed, May 16, 11am-noon
Foundations of Adult Education (PIDP 3100) Course The Foundations of Adult Education course introduces participants to knowledge and skills which will be developed in subsequent courses of the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP). This course session will be held at Camosun. Mar 9-25, 2018
Fun with Rubrics Workshop This hands-on workshop will discuss best practices around designing a variety of rubrics and integrating them into your assessment, participation, and feedback strategies. We will set up a simple rubric during the session to practice using the tool, but participants are encouraged to bring their own rubrics for discussion with the group.  Basic familiarity with D2L is recommended for participants interested in this workshop. Fri, May 18, 9am-noon tentative


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The impact of belonging: How student-inspired projects instill self-efficacy Workshop Kathy will share how an experiment to inspire female student retention in Engineering unexpectedly also increased male students’ sense of belonging. Learn about this student-focused activity that is easy to adopt, reduces teacher workload, and increases student engagement. Tue, May 15, 9:30-11am
Indigenous Education Circle Community of Practice Explore current issues related to Indigenous education, perhaps through discussing articles, documentaries, or a situation that arose recently in your classroom or department. Events Calendar
Integral Education Community of Practice An Integral worldview holistically incorporates internal, external, individual, collective, developmental, evolutionary and spiritual dimensions of knowing, being and doing. Join the conversation as together we work to catalyse positive change at Camosun. Events Calendar
Introducing D2L to your Students Workshop Using D2L, but not sure how comfortable your students are with it?  Come and find out what other faculty at Camosun are doing to introduce D2L to their students. Mon, May 7, 2-3:30pm
Introduction to Camosun’s Learning App Workshop Come learn more about Camosun's new Learning App, the brainchild of Marty Donatelli. Fri, May 25, 12-1pm
Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Workshop

The 3½ day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an excellent professional development opportunity for Camosun faculty.  Working in a fun, safe environment with colleagues from across the college, the ISW is a peer-based workshop designed to improve teaching practice.

Interdisciplinary Education Community of Practice If you get excited about innovating new approaches to education, and want to draw on a diversity of perspectives, then join us for stimulating conversation with an action oriented focus. Events Calendar


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Leading Effective Teams: A Coach Approach Community of Practice An opportunity for those who have taken the Leading Effective Teams workshop to continue to support each other and practice the coaching skills they learned. Events Calendar
Let’s Talk Social Innovation Workshop Come join us to learn about the new College specific funding opportunities for Social Innovation Projects. We’ll have dynamic speakers who exemplify the future of Social Innovation/Enterprise. Get inspired and connect with other Camosunites who want to become more involved. Lunch will be served!

Co-sponsored by CETL, Camosun Innovates, and Applied Learning
Wed, May 23, 8:30am-2pm
Liberating Learning: Activities for Participatory Learning in class and online Workshop In this one-day workshop, you will experience the most-popular and easy-to-adopt structures used in teaching and learning contexts, and consider how you might use them in your own teaching practice. TBD


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Making Your D2L Course Accessible: 7 Things You Can ALWAYS Do! Workshop Do you know if the digital course materials you're providing for your students are accessible? Would every student in your class be able to access required readings or videos or audio content? In this workshop we will cover 7 key things you can - and should! - always do to support equitable access to your course materials. And even better - these are transferable skills; you may want to invite your students to adopt them when completing their course assignments, too! Thu, May 24, 10am-noon
Mental Health Training Workshop To support employee (and student) success and strengthen our individual resources, Camosun is committed to providing employees with mental health literacy education and the appropriate tools and training to bolster confidence for effective mental health support for our students, and for each other. Review the resources for faculty & staff
Mindfulness in Education Community of Practice Engage in dialogue about contemplative pedagogy, and how mindfulness can be applied in the context of education with students and with colleagues. Events Calendar


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NISOD Conference With more than 300 sessions in a variety of focus areas and formats presented by your colleagues from across the nation and internationally, you’ll walk away with dozens of ideas you can implement immediately. May 26-29, 2018


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Parenting Community of Practice A gathering of college employees who are also parents seeking to find a work-family life balance. Events Calendar
Provincial Instructor Diploma Program   Students in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program build knowledge and skills to design, develop, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. Continuous intake


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Quality Assurance for Online and Blended Courses Workshop This workshop will guide participants through a practical quality assurance rubric used to evaluate blended and online courses. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to think about their courses through 7 key lenses related to instructional design, communication and collaboration, learner support, accessibility, web design, assessment and evaluation. We’ll also touch on the importance of soliciting learner feedback through formative and summative online evaluations. Thu, May 31, 10am-noon
Quizzes & Leveraging Course Analytics in D2L Workshop This workshop will begin with an overview of how to create, customize and grade quizzes. Participants will also learn how to take advantage of the D2L’s robust analytics to enhance the learner experience and identify redesign opportunities. Tue, May 22, 1:30-3:30pm


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Rapid Prototyping for eLearning Workshop In a nutshell, rapid prototyping (RP) is about learning about what works (and what doesn't) early on in the design and development process so there are no hidden surprises down the road. Focusing on developing a prototype or “proof of concept” of a lesson, module or learning activity provides the opportunity to test, evaluate and provide feedback in a timely manner. Come learn how to apply RP to a component of your course and transform your vision into a reality one piece at a time. Thu, May 17, 1-3pm


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Setting up Your Gradebook Workshop This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up your D2L Gradebook from start to finish. Please bring your course outline (or a breakdown of your assessment items) to the workshop if you wish to build your own Gradebook. Tue, May 22, 10am-noon
Situating Yourself to Indigenize Curriculum Workshop In this interactive and exploratory workshop series, you will join an interdisciplinary group of faculty who also share the desire to incorporate Indigenous scholarship, teaching methods and learning strategies into curriculum.  The learning experience includes teaching and learning circles, medicine wheel teachings and concept mapping, framed in indigenous pedagogy. May 8-Jun 12, 2018
Social Media use in Education Workshop Interested in integrating social media into your classroom? This workshop will examine various social media tools used in the teaching and learning and discuss best practices. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to share strategies on how social media can be incorporated into their own courses. Fri, May 4, 10am-noon
South Island Partnership Instructors Community of Practice Connect regularly with your peers, share ideas, support each other, and learn some strategies specific to your unique role as an instructor in the South Island Partnership Dual Credit program. TBD
Stepping into Daylight and Getting Started with D2L (New Instructors) Workshop This workshop will provide you with an overview of the essential teaching tools available in our learning management system, D2L. Participants will be able to take away a practical, course development checklist to assist with learning D2L. Whether you are looking to supplement your face-to-face classes, transition from using a basic course website or simply want to learn more about how to enhance your current teaching methodologies with using D2L, this workshop has a little something for everyone. Come explore the possibilities! Thu, May 3, 10am-noon
Stepping into Daylight and what’s New in D2L (D2L-experienced instructors) Workshop Designed for instructors who have previously taught with D2L, this workshop will focus on the new features available in the recent upgrade. This session will focus on new functionality and some of the benefits for faculty and learners. Thu, May 3, 1:30-3pm
STLHE Conference The Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Jun 19-22, 2018
Supporting Student Success Workshop Build bridges between what you expect students to do independently and what they can do only with your help. Learn how to scaffold the learning environment with tips for effective reading, breaking down assignments, and organizational skills. Develop an understanding of the “zone of proximal development” and the brain science behind effective learning. You will have an opportunity to experience and practice practical strategies to use with your students. Tue, May 22, 1-3pm
Sustainability in Education Community of Practice Meet regularly with others who are passionate about working towards a more sustainable world. This supportive community is a place to share ideas, and get energized into action. Events Calendar


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Taking a Closer Look at Communication & Collaboration in D2L Workshop Take a closer look at how instructors can use communication tools to connect with students and support collaborative learning experiences. Tue, Jun 5, 10am-noon
Teaching & Learning Strategies Community of Practice Come and share ideas and inspire each other around effective classroom strategies, assessment, marking, rubrics, engaged learning, supporting students with different learning needs, and any other topics that arise through collegial conversation. Events Calendar
Teaching Professor

Teachers with a passion for excellence have been flocking to The Teaching Professor Conference since 2003. There’s simply no better place to explore and celebrate the art and science of teaching.

Jun 1-3, 2018

Teaching Triangles at Camosun

Workshop The brand new Teaching Triangles program will run in Winter 2018 – we’ll kick it off with a one-hour workshop devoted to peer observation principles and best practice. TBD
TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW – Understanding Indigenous Peoples Workshop TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW  (TTW) is an award winning, blended delivery course which provides insight into an Indigenous world view; describes the impact of colonization and how it affects students attending the college today; and guides participants in the development of new teaching and learning methods. Lansdowne: Interurban:
Top 10 Online Learning Skills Strategies for Your Students Workshop Are you looking for strategies to support your students who are learning using digital resources? Whether you are using D2L to support your face-to-face teaching, teaching blended, or completely online, we have some tips and resources for you! Thu, Jun 7, 10-11:30am


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Walls Optional
Conference Hosted annually by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Walls Optional is the college's premiere teaching and learning event. This free conference is open to everyone: instructors, instructional and lab assistants, support staff and administrators. Thu, Apr 26, 9am-1pm
West Coast Great Teachers Seminar  Retreat Learn about and reflect on the teaching challenges faced by educators in post-secondary institutions in this four-day, intensive seminar. May 2019
What’s New in D2L: Daylight Experience Workshop Designed for instructors who have previously taught with D2L, this workshop will focus on the new features available in the recent upgrade. This session will focus on new functionality and some of the benefits for faculty and learners. Wed, May 2, 10-11:30am
Who are you in conflict? Workshop We are all familiar with difficult communication and yet rarely stop to wonder—how do I react in the face of conflict? What triggers my response and what might I do differently when conflict is in motion? If you are a Supervisor, Chair, Program Leader or someone aspiring to understand and manage conflict more skillfully, this workshop is for you. Tue, June 19, 8:30am-4:30pm
WordPress for Teaching and Learning using Camosun’s WordPress Workshop WordPress is a blogging and website creation tool now available at Camosun College.  In this workshop you will learn the basics of how to set up a WordPress site on Camosun’s WordPress instance.  Prior to attending the session, you will be set up with a WordPress account so you have a place to work during the session! Thu, May 31, 10am-noon
Working with Master Courses and Development Sites Workshop This workshop will highlight various models and collaboration strategies used by faculty to support the development, use and maintenance of master courses and development sites in D2L. A faculty panel will share their first-hand experiences on how master courses are being used to share content, resources, teaching strategies, activities and assessments. Thu, May 10, 10am-noon
Working with Student Teams Community of Practice An ongoing conversation about how we can effectively support our students to develop the critical team skills they will need in the workplace. TBD
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