Teaching and Learning

VIU Hosts Free Lecture on Canada's Exploration of The Universe Feb. 11

February 6, 2015

Did you know that astronomy is repeatedly ranked as an area of excellence in Canadian science? Canadian expertise in astronomy has helped build and develop major international facilities such as the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, the twin Gemini telescopes, the James Clark Maxwell Telescope, and the Attacama Large Millimeter Array, the largest astronomical project in existence. Dr. Alan... Read more

VIU Hosts Free Lecture on Legacy of Glaciation in Canada

February 2, 2015

In the next Vancouver Island University (VIU) Science & Technology lecture on Feb. 4, Dr. Jerome Lesemann will debunk the myth that glaciers are lumbering masses of ice that grind rocks and ‘bulldoze’ sediments. Dr. Lesemann, a professor in VIU’s Earth Sciences department, will present glaciers as fascinating geomorphic agents that have shaped the Canadian landscape. Glaciers are dynamic... Read more

VIU Faculty Leading the Way in Exploring Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

January 15, 2015

“It kind of fills you up.” This was the reflection of VIU faculty member Alison Taplay, Disability Studies Coordinator and University instructor, on a sold out symposium she attended recently on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning. Organized through BCcampus, the symposium brought together faculty members from institutions across BC for in-depth discussions on how they could improve... Read more

VIU Offers Workplace Essential Skills Training

December 18, 2014

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is offering a Workplace Essential Skills Training program at the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses that will appeal to volunteers, and employees of non-profit groups and social service agencies. Funding for the training is provided to eligible participants.   Training consists of three courses: working effectively in non-profits, retail service skills or food and... Read more

VIU'S Buy-A-Bone-To-Raise-A-Whale Campaign sold out

December 16, 2014

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) innovative ‘buy-a-bone-to-raise-a-whale’ campaign is sold out but public support is still needed to create a permanent educational exhibit at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. “We’re ecstatic and truly overwhelmed at the public enthusiasm towards this project,” says Brian Kingzett, Manager of VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station. “All 156 whale bones have been... Read more

Dean Twynam Awarded for Leadership in Tourism Education

November 25, 2014

Dr. Dave Twynam, Dean of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Faculty of Management, has been recognized for his ongoing work on the BC Tourism Program Articulation Committee. A committee of the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), the BC Tourism Management Articulation Committee works to ensure that collaboration and collegial relationships between BC’s post-secondary tourism... Read more

VIU Forestry Department Goes Paperless

September 9, 2014

Goodbye textbooks, hello iPads. First-year Forestry students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, BC are using iPads instead of textbooks as the department goes paperless. “We’re embarking on an exciting new approach to learning,” says Doug Corrin, instructor in Forest Resources Technology program, who launched the initiative with colleague Bill Beese. “We’re going digital with all of... Read more

VIU is First Canadian Member in National College Testing Association

August 18, 2014

Sweaty palms, racing minds, and nerves set on edge by the intense pressure of applying your knowledge in a high stress, time-constrained environment. These describe a few of the normal human responses to exams and test situations faced by students everywhere. As Canada’s first accredited member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA), and the first non-US based institution to earn... Read more

VIU Students and Faculty Explore Aboriginal Health Perspectives

May 15, 2014

A rare opportunity to learn about First Nations healing and cultural practices brought together 370 students, faculty and members of the region’s health professions for two days last month at the Snuneymuxw Nation’s Big House. Organized by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Office of Aboriginal Education and Health and Human Services (HHS), the second annual “Seasons of Health and Healing”... Read more

Discover Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises And Sea Turtles In BC Waters

April 11, 2014

Discover whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles living in BC waters at a special presentation hosted by Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station on April 24 at 7 pm. In a presentation entitled “Wild Whales of the BC Coast”, Tessa Danelesko, coordinator of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN), will discuss which species are commonly seen around Vancouver Island, their... Read more