Teaching and Learning

Jen Gerson

Independent journalist visiting VIU to talk about free speech

January 2, 2024

  What: National commentator Jen Gerson lectures on Free Speech in the Digital Age: The problems of censorship and the perils of regulation. Event is free and open to the public. When: January 10, 6 to 7:30 pm Where: Building 355, Lecture Hall 203, Nanaimo campus (see Nanaimo campus map). The growth of companies like Google and Facebook has meant traditional news outlets are struggling to remain... Read more


The Re-VIU: Top 20 stories of 2023

December 21, 2023

From climate anxiety to cheese rolling, psychedelic research and a big moment for mushrooms, these were VIU’s top stories of 2023. #1: Say cheese Our most unusual mention comes courtesy of VIU Theatre student Delaney Irving, who won a unique global contest – in a very unique way. Irving made headlines globally when she won the women’s competition in the 2023 Coopers Hill cheese-rolling... Read more

VIU expert spotlight

VIU News & Experts: September 6

September 6, 2023

As a new school year begins, educators are looking at how AI tools like Chat GPT will change teaching and learning. Also in this issue:  Climate action experts Should cellphones be allowed in the classroom?  How a VIU prof's research could change cancer treatments Featured experts Cellphones and AI in the classroom As students head back to school, a debate is raging about bringing two different... Read more

Welcome back from VIU President Dr. Deborah Saucier

August 30, 2023

Dear colleagues,  As we gather for the start of a new academic year, I am excited about the journeys of learning, discovery, innovation, and collaboration that will soon be underway on our campuses.  I am incredibly proud to support this work, and our culture of inclusivity here at VIU that empowers us to remove barriers to post-secondary education and welcome all learners. Our commitment to ... Read more

A wildfire burns near a road

Expert Q&A: Be wildfire ready

August 22, 2023

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson shares some tips Recreation and Tourism Management Professor Jenn Houtby-Ferguson is currently doing her doctoral work on emergency readiness and risk communications for the tourism and hospitality industries. She’s a delegate with the Canadian Red Cross and has supported responses to emergency scenarios ranging from wildfires to floods to COVID-19 across Canada. She has also... Read more

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Sault College and Vancouver Island University partner to expand opportunities for culinary learners

July 31, 2023

Sault College and Vancouver Island University have partnered together to offer an expanded opportunity for those interested in deepening their learning of the culinary arts. The new pathway agreement will allow eligible graduates of Sault College’s Culinary Management diploma program to complete a Bachelor of Hospitality Management at Vancouver Island University within two to three years. This ... Read more

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What is climate anxiety?

July 28, 2023

Expert Q&A with environmental psychologist Dr. Lindsay McCunn VIU Psychology Professor Dr. Lindsay McCunn Dr. Lindsay McCunn is a VIU Psychology Professor and the Director of VIU’s Environmental Psychology Research Lab. In her role as chair of the environmental psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association, and as the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental... Read more

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Expert Q&A: BC government changes to reporting student progress

June 30, 2023

The 2023-24 school year will be the first year that all school districts in BC will implement a provincial proficiency scale instead of letter grades on report cards from kindergarten to Grade 9. Students in Grades 10 to 12 will still receive letter grades and percentages on report cards. Education Professor Dr. Paula Waatainen, a former high school social studies teacher, studies classroom... Read more

Celebrating our Macebearers and Academic Emeriti

June 7, 2023

This year, we have a wonderful range of Macebearers and Academic Emeriti who are participating in our convocations ceremonies. Check out their bios below.  Read more

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Dr. Marni Stanley: Educator, Advocate, Mentor

June 7, 2023

By Alyson Winks A quick glance around Dr. Marni Stanley’s office is all it takes to learn a great deal about VIU’s outgoing Dean of Arts and Humanities. The space is full of significance; a precious gift, a meaningful book, reference material for a course, or a souvenir from a trip. It is approximately 28 years of accumulation, demonstrating a rich life, hunger for knowledge, eagerness to teach,... Read more