Teaching and Learning

VIU Teaches Kids To Code

September 28, 2017

Nanaimo club inspires kids to learn Computer Science in a fun, engaging way Colourful animated characters, a bit of string and interactive puzzles are some of the tools Vancouver Island University (VIU) Computing Science students will use to help kids grasp the concept of coding. VIU is partnering with University of Victoria’s (UVic) Science Venture, a non-profit organization that offers hands-on... Read more

Birth, Death and the End of the World Explored in VIU's Fall Colloquium Series

September 25, 2017

Free public lecture series hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities starts Friday, September 29 From a birthday party, to the apocalypse, to what happens after death, community members can explore a range of themes and timely issues during The Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series fall lineup. Every year, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts and Humanities Faculty members share... Read more

VIU Faculty Strengthen Global Ties With Colleagues in Tanzania

August 28, 2017

Partnership between VIU and Tanzania’s National College of Tourism aims at launching new program by 2019 Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty embarked on a trip through Kenya and Tanzania this summer to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new ones. One of the main goals of the trip was to reconnect with partners at Tanzania’s National College of Tourism (NCT). It was a reciprocal... Read more

VIU Offers New Graduate-level Business Program for People with No Formal Business Education

July 13, 2017

The Graduate Certificate in Business, launching in September 2018, provides the specialized education needed to run a business effectively A new graduate-level program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) aims to give people with no formal business education the information they need to run a business effectively. The Graduate Certificate in Business is a one-year, three-semester program that... Read more

Where Coding and Jane Austen Meet: Digital Humanities at VIU

June 30, 2017

Course uses computing tools to look at traditional texts in new ways Vancouver Island University (VIU) Creative Writing and English alum Melisa Jones loves Victorian novels. She also loves computers, and a new course at VIU helped her combine these two passions and discover a talent for research that has driven her to pursue a master’s degree. That life-changing course is English 392: Topics in... Read more

VIU Baking Students Head to Belize for Two-week Baking Field School

April 27, 2017

Nearly two dozen students and faculty from VIU and two other institutions go to Belize May 2-14 to learn more about key ingredients bakers use every day Learning how to make chocolate from scratch is something Eve Barrieau never thought she’d get the chance to do, but in a week, the VIU Professional Baking and Pastry Arts student will be doing just that – in Belize. Barrieau, 21, from Ladysmith... Read more

VIU students touring the Health and Science construction project

Construction starts on Vancouver Island University's Health and Science Centre

April 25, 2017

The largest capital project in Vancouver Island University’s history is well underway. Construction work has begun on the university’s $39.9-million Health and Science Centre. Once completed in the fall of 2018, the four-storey building will be home to health and chemistry programs, teaching labs for nursing and an environmental research laboratory. Read more of Nicholas Pescod's article in the... Read more

VIU Carpentry Students Partner with Habitat for Humanity to Build Houses

April 12, 2017

The University’s partnership with the non-profit group allows students to experience working on a real job site while helping out families in need Vancouver Island University (VIU) carpentry students are building a strong foundation for a career in the construction industry, thanks to a partnership between the institution and Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island. Five years ago, the... Read more

Team-Based Learning at VIU Energizes Professors and Engages Students

April 10, 2017

More than 30 instructors have implemented Team-Based Learning in their classrooms since its introduction by VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning  A teaching method called Team-Based Learning (TBL) that flips the traditional classroom model on its head is showing positive results in dozens of classrooms across Vancouver Island University (VIU). Take Hospitality Management... Read more

VIU Presents Eight Talks on Teaching in a World of "Alternative Facts"

April 3, 2017

Teaching in a Post-Truth Era, a free event open to the public, explores the impact a mistrust of facts has on society from multiple perspectives Oxford Dictionaries has identified “post-truth” as their 2016 Word of the Year, citing a “general decrease in the influence of objective facts on people’s opinions.” On Wednesday, April 12, eight VIU professors and instructors with a wide range of... Read more