Teaching and Learning

VIU's Nanaimo, Cowichan and Parksville-Qualicum locations are closed for the morning (Thursday, January 16, 2020)

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, Cowichan campus and Trades Centre, Parksville-Qualicum Centre, G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, and Milner Gardens and Woodland are CLOSED for morning classes. Travel to VIU may still be a challenge, so these locations are closed while crews work to improve conditions. Next update will be at 10:30 am for the status of afternoon and... Read more

VIU Helps to Build the Green Economy in Belize

VIU Helps to Build the Green Economy in Belize

December 19, 2019

VIU partners with Belize to strengthen technical and vocational education programs aimed at building capacity and resilience in the face of climate change.  NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) is helping Belizean institutions develop programs that teach students how to adapt to environmental threats such as climate change, and create new programs in forestry.  VIU, in collaboration... Read more

Dr. Leigh Blaney helps build resilience in volunteer firefighters

Building Resilience in Volunteer Firefighters

December 11, 2019

A VIU professor is helping volunteer firefighters cope with the physical and mental effects they may experience when they are involved in a traumatic incident. ­­ Firefighters are the real-life heroes. The people who put their lives on the line to save our homes and rescue us from motor vehicle accidents. They also have a higher than normal exposure to horrific events than the average person. “... Read more

Culinary Arts and Baking Students design signature chocolate for VIU

Culinary Arts and Baking Students Design Signature Chocolate for VIU

December 3, 2019

VIU is the fourth Canadian educational institution ̶ and the fifth one in the world ̶ to create an exclusive chocolate recipe. Dark, milk, white, fruits and nuts and even spice  ̶  almost everyone has a favourite shade and type of chocolate, but not many get the opportunity to invent their own unique and exclusive taste sensation for the market.  The creation of a distinctive Vancouver Island... Read more

Removing Barriers to Online Learning For Trades Students

Removing Barriers to Online Learning for Trades Students

November 29, 2019

Examining Trades and Technical education learning and teaching in a digital age. Digital access to textbooks, lesson plans and research has been transforming the way people learn for the last two decades, but not across all disciplines equally.  “Education changes lives,” says Sally Vinden Instructor in the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology at Vancouver Island University (VIU). “As... Read more

VIU President Deb Saucier installation

Hope, Inclusion and Access to Education: VIU President Shares Vision at Installation Event

November 26, 2019

Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor since July 2019, was formally endowed with the powers and responsibilities of office in a ceremony at the Snuneymuxw First Nation Longhouse in Cedar on November 15. A regional institution such as Vancouver Island University (VIU) can change what it means to be a university, challenge longstanding perceptions on who goes and what can be taught... Read more

VIU Teachers-in-Training Help Communities

Teachers-in-Training Help Communities

November 19, 2019

VIU Education program students who are about to become certified teachers, spend their final weeks at University creating or participating in projects that fill a need in local communities. Preserving a child’s dignity by giving them a suitcase, collecting feminine hygiene products for women in need and creating the curriculum for a local nature centre all have substantial impacts on people,... Read more

People Plan Get Involved

The VIU People Plan: Getting Involved

November 6, 2019

The VIU People Plan is the plan for VIU’s people. It was created from the concerns, desires and ideas of VIU employees, which means it belongs to us all and its success depends on us. This means there is space for every employee who wants to participate in making it a reality. There are five Invitations For Action, all of which have comprehensive 12-month and 12-36 month action plans which are... Read more

anti-distraction campaign

Walking While Texting Can Break Bones and Phones

November 4, 2019

Did you know that distracted walking causes approximately 2,500 pedestrian injuries annually? It’s a fact! As a result of a mid-2016 WorkSafeBC investigation into an incident at our Nanaimo campus, VIU’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) was tasked with creating an anti-distraction campaign to address the issue of distracted walking at VIU. JOHSC Worker Co-Chair, Tiffany... Read more

Finding Hope in Higher Education

Finding Hope in Higher Education

October 24, 2019

VIU Student Refugee Program gives young people life-changing opportunities to continue their education in Canada and build a better future for themselves. Khalid Dahir has spent his entire life in a refugee camp with more than 211,000 other people, hoping and dreaming of a better life. That chance came this year when Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) World University Service of Canada (WUSC)... Read more