Teaching and Learning

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RockVIU 2021: Welcome to Campus, a Message of Appreciation

November 9, 2021

Dear VIU Community, I hope you all are keeping well. We are emailing you with an update about RockVIU 2021, facilitated by the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement & Learning, an office within the Centre for Experiential Learning. RockVIU 2021 was re-imagined this year into an inclusive, hybrid orientation experience that supported VIU students from all campuses (Nanaimo, Powell River, Cowichan... Read more

Master of Community Planning student Sarah Folks

VIU Community Planning Students Host National Conference in November

October 19, 2021

PLACE21 is free to attend and features student and industry presenters from across the country.  Vancouver Island University (VIU) will play host to a Canada-wide conference this November, thanks to a group of students in the Master of Community Planning program. The conference, known as PLACE21, takes place virtually over two days and will feature presenters and students from across the country... Read more

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New Program for Indigenous Elders and Residential and Day School Survivors Launches at VIU

September 29, 2021

The Literacy Circle will be tailored to what each individual student wants to learn. A new course for Indigenous Elders and Residential and Day School Survivors as well as 60s Scoop Survivors who want to learn basic language skills such as reading and writing is set to launch this October at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The program came about after Indigenous Elder Linda Jack gathered... Read more

Recognizing Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

August 4, 2021

VIU welcomes yesterday’s news from the provincial government that BC will recognize the new federal statutory holiday – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – as a BC public sector holiday. VIU’s campuses and facilities will be closed on September 30 (except for the Library on the Nanaimo campus which is open 24/7); the day has been designated as a time to ‘recognize and commemorate the... Read more

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Indigenous Youth Exploring Issues through VIU Art-based Literacy Project

June 23, 2021

VIU community-engaged research team working with youth to use art as a conduit for self-care, language learning and as a relationship-building tool. A team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) community-engaged researchers is working with Indigenous youth on a project that is empowering them to explore important issues and share knowledge with the wider community through an artistic work. The... Read more

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Scaling up and Shifting online: 10th Annual MED Research Conference

April 29, 2021

Each spring Dr. Rachel Moll, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education, organizes and hosts the MED Research Conference so second-year VIU Master of Education (M.Ed) students who are working on their theses can share their work. It also provides first-year M.Ed students a chance to learn from the presentations as they develop their research proposals. The opportunity to present at the conference... Read more


BSN Students Make Positive Impact on Opioid Crisis

April 29, 2021

By Pat Woods, Nursing Instructor Last year, 2020, was British Columbia's deadliest in relation to drug overdoses, with 1,716 people dying due to illicit drug use -- a 74 percent increase over the 2019 number of deaths. To raise awareness and provide training and resources, third-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students Riley Kirkpatrick, Therese Pirie and Hanni Zhao planned and... Read more

New Online Learning Opportunity for VIU Employees

April 29, 2021

VIU recently announced a partnership with LinkedIn Learning, giving all employees access to the LinkedIn Learning platform. This is the closest thing there is to an actual learning party, especially during COVID times. The LinkedIn Learning educational platform takes professional and personal development to the next level, with 16,000 online courses that create the opportunity for you to learn at... Read more

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VIU Faculty Take Popular Extreme Science Show Online

April 12, 2021

Series of videos showcase daring and exciting physics and chemistry experiments to get youth interested in science. A show that has been getting kids excited about science for more than a decade went virtual this year – and caught thousands of elementary school-aged children up in a challenge that saw 11 lucky classrooms win science supplies. Every spring, Vancouver Island University (VIU)... Read more

VIU Students Find Creative Ways to Support Children and Families During COVID

VIU Students Find Creative Ways to Support Children and Families During COVID

March 12, 2021

Students in VIU’s Child and Youth Care program didn’t let physical distancing get in the way of developing activities that support children, youth and families in their communities this year. Over the years, students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Child and Youth Care (CYC) program have built strong connections with community agencies that help children, youth and families who are... Read more