Teaching by Design: How to Plan Your Lectures/Labs Efficiently and Effectively

August 29, G124, Abbotsford Campus, 12:00pm - 1:30am

August 29, A1212, Chilliwack Campus, 2:30pm -4:00pm

By the end of this session, you will have practical ideas about how to:

  • Plan your lectures or labs using a Lesson Plan
  • Promote Student-Centred Learning and Active Learning Pedagogy

Facilitator: Everett Igobwa, Faculty Development Consultant

To register please email everett.igobwa@ufv.ca and indicate the campus.


Active Learning: Team-Based Learning (TBL) Pedagogy

August 21, G113, Abbotsford Campus, 8:30am – 4:00pm

August 27, A1212, Chilliwack Campus, 8:30am -4:00pm

This one-day practical institute will explore active learning and in particular student-centred pedagogy through cooperative learning. Various forms of group work will be appraised and in particular Team-Based Learning (TBL). Educators will learn about:

  • how to nurture peer learning and peer mentoring in the classroom;
  • how to use authentic assessments to support the learners and the learning process;
  • how to incorporate TBL pedagogy into their teaching.

Facilitator: Everett Igobwa, Faculty Development Consultant

Please email everett.igobwa@ufv.ca, on or before August 19, and indicate the campus.


Course Design and Course Redesign Institute

August 26, G113, Abbotsford Campus, 8:30am – 4:00pm

August 28, A1212, Chilliwack Campus, 8:30am -4:00pm

This one-day hands on course design and course redesign institute will focus on “Backwards Course Design.” Additionally, we will explore/appraise “course alignment” with reference to “outcomes,”/competencies,” assessment that supports learners, and strategies to nurture student-centred activities.  Educators attending the institute are encouraged to have a course to design or redesign.

Facilitator: Everett Igobwa, Faculty Development Consultant

Please email everett.igobwa@ufv.ca, on or before August 22, and indicate the campus.



Blackboard Learn - Introductory Workshop

Wed, August 14, 2019 - Chilliwack Campus, Rm A1202 (2:00 - 4:00pm)

Thurs, August 15, 2019 - Online Instruction (9:30 - 11:30am)

Wed, August 21, 2019 - Abbotsford Campus, Rm G181 (9:30 - 11:30am)

This workshop will provide you with an overview of Blackboard Learn. Topics include: how to navigate Blackboard, how to personalize your course, and how to use Blackboard tools to add and organize course content. We will discuss design issues and best practices for online courses. Lab: The TLC staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with your individual Blackboard course shells.  Note: You may wish to bring a digital photo or avatar of yourself to create a welcome message during the workshop. You may also wish to bring a course syllabus, or other course content to upload. 

For more information please contact  tlcevents@ufv.ca


TLC New Faculty Kick Start

August 22, 2019, from 8:30am - 4:30pm

We are pleased to host this annual event for new hires at UFV (sessionals, B Faculty and Limited Term Appointment). They will be invited to meet and network with other new faculty members, meet professionals on staff who are available to assist them during their time at UFV, enjoy workshops and hands-on introductions to the UFV learning environment, teaching and learning strategies and our learning management system. 

For more information please contact  tlcevents@ufv.ca


Facilitating Learning Online (FLO)

Please join us for the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) facilitated by Michelle Johnson, Leonne Beebe and Ken Harmel.

FLO Online Schedule - August 6 - 30, 2019

FLO is a four week online asynchronous course with scheduled synchronous sessions. The course is designed for UFV faculty who wish to improve or have little online teaching or online learning experience. The course covers four of the key components of an online course.

  • In week one we build community
  • in week two we explore the characteristics of adult learners online
  • In week three we learn about team building
  • in week four we consider self-assessment and application

Using the tools available in Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, FLO participants will experience being an online student and practice online facilitation in small groups.

To contact us please email: tlcevents@ufv.ca

If you have any questions or to register please email tlcevents@ufv.ca


Join the FDW.

The Facilitator Development Workshop is designed primarily for individuals who will be conducting the ISW at an institution. It is recommended that individuals participate in an ISW prior to applying for the FDW.  The FDW provides individuals with an opportunity for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere and provides connections to a larger instructional development network.

The FDW is a peer-based model providing participants with a small group setting in which to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day featuring such themes as: diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models. 

Location: next FDW to be announced

Trainer: TBA 

Workshop Schedule: TBA

If you have any questions please email tlcevents@ufv.ca


Communication and Teamwork Workshop

Kerry Johnson has developed a 90 minute in-class experiential workshop on communication and teamwork skills for your students.  The workshop helps students to collaborate more effectively on group projects and develop the critical communication and teamwork skills they will need on the job. 

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to

  • Recognize communication patterns that may lead to miscommunication or communication breakdown
  • Analyze a common classroom scenario and identify ineffective group dynamics
  • Brainstorm ways to prevent similar instances during class group work and project teamwork
  • Use and practice clarification strategies to ensure that all group members are able to contribute to discussion, effectively repair miscommunication, and clarify meaning

Please contact Kerry.johnson@ufv.ca to arrange your workshop time.


The UFV ePortfolio Best Practices Handbook  

The UFV ePortfolio Best Practices Handbook is a resource for faculty who endeavour to improve their teaching by implementing the High Impact Practice of ePortfolios into their courses or programs. The Handbook, created by Claire Hay, Mary Gene Saudelli, Michelle Johnson, and Judy Jones, will continue to evolve as new information and insights pertaining to ePortfolio are added. Contained within the downloadable PDF document are practical lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, samples, and workshop slides that are relevant to ePortfolio practice here at UFV. 

ePortfolio Guide 


Check under the hood


‌‌Is it time for a course tune-up?

Take advantage of our Check Under the Hood program. Provide us with your course documents and we will put the course through our 10 Point Checklist. Quick and easy, you will receive feedback on your course and have the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with one of our teaching and learning team. The first 25 faculty members to sign up receive a fantastic gift!

Complete this form to start the tune up... 

Save Your Ol' Faves‌‌‌‌

The Save Your Ol' Faves is a new initiative to support faculty in saving their old favourite teaching materials to a digital form. Let TLC convert your out-of-date VHS tapes, acetates used fro overhead projectors, or paper resources to a digital format so that they can be saved and shared with students easily. All for Free!

Be one of the first 25 people to bring in your old favourites and receive a gift!  Register here!

Building strengths header

The online module, Building Strengths, is now available at http://ufv.ca/buildingstrengths. Created in partnership with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and UFV, this learning resource looks at how to make the classroom experience more accessible to students. Although it focuses on trades and technology fields, the learning gained from this module is applicable to any subject. It looks at universal design for learning, adapting practical spaces, cultural implications of disability, and inviting success. This module focuses on the whole student and provides strategies and tips for being more inclusive in our instructional practices. Those who complete the module will receive a Letter of Completion from Teaching and Learning that can be used in teaching dossiers.

Teaching & Learning Tool Kit

The University of the Fraser Valley and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology have put together an Accessibility Tool Kit for faculty and staff to complement the Building Strengths module. This online document is filled with resources and information to assist the learning for students with disabilities. Please download the document to your computer and keep it as a resource to refer to anytime. You can also print it and take it with you.

If you are having browser issues, try using Google Chrome.


Magna Mentor Commons is a subscription based website that provides faculty with on-demand access to 20 Minute Mentor programs covering a broad range of faculty development topics.

For access to UFV's subscription to Magna Mentor Commons, please send an email to etsbookings@ufv.ca.  We will send you a link to the UFV sign-up page along with an Authorization Code.  Access is free and unlimited to all UFV faculty.

What’s brewing in your classroom?

Meet with Dr. Maureen Wideman to discuss your ideas and challenges. She can help you reach your teaching goals and develop great learning experiences for students.

Book a meeting now

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