Teaching and Learning

VIU Library Group Study Rooms Get a Tech Makeover

March 31, 2017

The new technology includes digital displays and attachments to hook laptop computers and other mobile devices up to the displays Walk past the group study rooms at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Nanaimo Campus Library and you will see groups of students hard at work, typing away on laptops, scrawling notes in notebooks and talking and laughing with each other. Chances are good you will... Read more

Students from The High School at VIU are Inspired by Nature

March 17, 2017

A unique high school class joins science and art in a natural setting to inspire students to see the world around them in a new light  A student art show at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Museum of Natural History recently showcased some incredible work with nature as its theme – birds, trees, rivers, landscapes and more. The masterpieces were created by students from The High School at... Read more

VIU's Unique First Nations Housing Manager Certificate Program Fills Important Niche in Canada

March 9, 2017

The program is one of only two of its kind in Canada, and the only one that’s online and available for students nationwide When Lory Oberst took on the role of Housing Manager for Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack almost six years ago, she had to learn the job as she went. With a background in management and administration, Oberst was given a portfolio of 15 rental homes on the reserve. She also... Read more

VIU Joins the Green Chemistry Commitment

March 8, 2017

Two institutions in Canada are now part of the Commitment, which ensures the implementation and adoption of green chemistry educational objectives at participating schools Chemistry education at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is about to undergo a green transformation of a kind that only one other university in Canada has done so far. VIU recently joined the Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC... Read more

VIU Political Studies Professor Goes Above and Beyond for his Students

February 21, 2017

With cameras rolling, Shaw TV surprised Dr. Mark Williams during a lecture to honour him for their program Teachers Above and Beyond Dr. Mark Williams lectures in his classroom unaware that the producer of the Shaw TV series Teachers Above and Beyond, Bisola Alabi, is outside his door with a television crew, his partner Linda Brooymans, baby daughter Iris and colleague Alex Netherton. Alabi... Read more

VIU Baking Instructor Mixes Things up to Make Things Go Wrong

February 9, 2017

Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program Chair Martin Barnett introduces cause and effect into his classroom Sometimes you have to get things wrong to make things right, which is a lesson students in the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program are about to find out as they gather around eight just-out-of-the-oven loaves of bread. Each one was baked with... Read more

VIU Offers Red Seal Tradespeople Credits Towards Academic Programs

February 2, 2017

The new option, approved last March, gives people a head start towards a second credential Martin Barnett, Chair of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program, is spending a lot of his spare time reading textbooks and writing essays these days. Barnett recently crossed to the other side of the desk to become a student and is one of the first people to take... Read more

Perfect Pitch, the Thalidomide Crisis and Telling Difficult Stories in Film: VIU Professors Share Their Research

January 16, 2017

The University’s Spring 2017 Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series begins January 27 at the Malaspina Theatre Are you interested in learning something new – for free? The Spring 2017 Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series delivers with three Vancouver Island University (VIU) professors sharing their research and expertise on a range of different topics. This series of free public lectures... Read more

New Course at VIU Cowichan Explores the Science of Plants and the Environment from Indigenous and Western Viewpoints

December 21, 2016

INTR 211: Indigenous and Western Sciences of Plants and the Environment is the first of its kind at VIU and the first of two courses in which a Biology Professor and a Traditional Knowledge Keeper will teach these two different ways of learning and knowing science There are many ways of looking at the world, and a new science course at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan campus will... Read more

VIU Only Canadian Institution to Receive Funding through President Obama's 100,000 Strong Innovation Fund

November 29, 2016

100,000 Strong in the Americas will fund exchange opportunity for Indigenous high school students at California’s Pitzer College and VIU  Vancouver Island University (VIU) is the only Canadian university to receive funding through the US State Department’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund after a proposal submitted to the organization with California’s Pitzer College was successful... Read more