Teaching and Learning

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Transforming Early Childhood Education in Canada

June 19, 2024

For too long, early childhood education in Canada has favoured indoor learning environments over the outdoors and lacked recognition of Indigenous Land-based approaches. Danielle Alphonse, VIU’s BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development, and Sheila Grieve, VIU Early Childhood Education and Care Professor, were part of a national working group aimed at changing this.... Read more

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VIU awards five honorary degrees at June convocation ceremonies

June 12, 2024

Degrees will go to prominent public servant, Elder, businessman, artist and author during VIU’s convocation ceremonies and Semélshun on June 12, 13 and 14. A public servant, Coast Salish Elder, businessman, artist and author are receiving honorary degrees at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) convocation ceremonies this month. Convocation ceremonies take place June 12 and 13. Semélshun, VIU’s... Read more

A split screen photo of Dr. Morgan Mowatt on the left and Dr. Michael MacKenzie on the right. Both are smiling at the camera in portrait-style shots with greenery in the background.

Political scientists coming to VIU for provincial conference

April 29, 2024

What: BC Political Studies Association Conference When: Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 Where: VIU Nanaimo campus Nanaimo, BC: An annual conference focusing on trust and leadership is coming to Vancouver Island University (VIU) this week. The BC Political Studies Association (BCPSA) Conference will take place at the Nanaimo campus on May 2 and 3. Hosted by VIU’s Political Studies department,... Read more

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Exploring ecological networks in a digital world

April 23, 2024

Getting to know Samantha Letourneau By day, Samantha Letourneau is Vancouver Island University’s Canada Learning Bond project lead and Volunteer Tutor Coordinator. She’s also a musician and dancer and for the past two years, she’s been collaborating with Swedish artist Mårten Spångberg, thanks to funding obtained through Crimson Coast Dance, to create a digital art installation that goes live on... Read more

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Vancouver Island University invites community to explore trades and tech careers at showcase

March 27, 2024

What: Trades & Tech Showcase When: Saturday, April 6, 10 am to 2 pm Where: Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108), Nanaimo campus (see Nanaimo campus map). Are you considering a career in trades? Come to the Trades & Tech Showcase on April 6 to learn more about the 20 different trades and technology programs on offer at Vancouver Island University (VIU). You can also try out an activity... Read more

Carpentry student Emily Behm standing in front of the tiny home she and her classmates are building at the Cowichan Trades Centre

VIU carpentry students learn by building tiny home

March 20, 2024

The home is being built at the Cowichan Trades Centre and will be delivered to a property in Saanich. Carpentry students are gaining real-world experience and providing a home in the process. The students are building a tiny home at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan’s Trades Centre. Program instructor Andrew MacLeod said the project came about somewhat unexpectedly after another... Read more

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5 Questions with Kristie Dewald

March 14, 2024

After teaching for two decades, Kristie Dewald, a VIU Accounting Professor and Chartered Professional Accountant, took on the challenge of co-authoring a textbook. Advanced Financial Accounting in Canada, first edition was published by Pearson Canada in 2022 and is co-authored by Nathalie Johnstone, an accounting professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and Cheryl Wilson, a professor at... Read more

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VIU library welcomes large comic book collection

March 8, 2024

Dr. Marni Stanley, former dean of VIU’s Arts and Humanities Faculty, has donated her graphic narrative collection of nearly a thousand titles to the library. ­­Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) library is now home to one of the largest comic and graphic narrative collections found at any university library. Dr. Marni Stanley, former dean of VIU’s Arts and Humanities Faculty, has donated her... Read more

Information Technology and Applied Systems Instructor Brandon Britt observes carl belie on a project.

Information technology students learn on state-of-the-art equipment

March 4, 2024

VIU received $100,000 from the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills to install new labs. ­Students in Information Technology and Applied Systems programs at Vancouver Island University (VIU) now have access to the most current and up-to-date technology. BC’s Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills gave VIU $100,000 to purchase 39 new computer systems for its... Read more

Dr. Kyle Duncan stands in front of a mass spectrometer with two students

From new insights to novel treatment options

February 26, 2024

Content reprinted from the Globe and Mail's Colleges and Institutes report Advanced imaging technology being developed at Vancouver Island University (VIU) could lead to new treatments to disrupt cancer growth and progression. Supported by an award of $2.4-million from the Terry Fox Research Institute, researchers at the university in Nanaimo, B.C., along with partners at other universities and... Read more