Teaching and Learning

VIU Planting Vegetable Seeds for a Growing Need

Planting Vegetable Seeds for a Growing Need

April 27, 2020

VIU Horticulture facility ramps up the cultivation of vegetable starters for Nanaimo Foodshare’s Good Food Box Program. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has joined with others in the effort to meet the anticipated demand for affordable food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  VIU’s G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre has made space in its greenhouses this spring to grow more seedlings for... Read more


April 23, 2020

We know for many in our community, the past month and a half has been challenging ‒ filled with rapid changes, upheaval and uncertainty about the future. With exams almost over for many of our students and faculty, we wanted to send a big thank you to everyone for the hard work and resilience you have all shown. It is incredible to witness what a community can do when it comes together to respond... Read more

Recipients of the 2020 Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice

April 16, 2020

The following announcement was made by Dr. Carol Stuart, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, on April 2. Congratulations to the recipients! It is my great pleasure to announce the 2020 winners of the Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice. Teaching Design and Practice that Focuses on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being: Les Malbon (Sport, Health and Physical Education... Read more

DAILY UPDATE: COVID-19, MARCH 13, 2020, 6 pm

March 13, 2020

We’d like to let everyone know that we are working hard to address this challenging situation and support our community. There is a lot of background work going on to try and implement best practices to do this. We’d like to thank our community for supporting each other – we all have a role to play to help minimize the risk of transmission.  Some key information to share in this update is that... Read more

VIU Aims to Fill a Shortage of Power Engineers.

VIU Aims to Fill a Shortage of Power Engineers

February 19, 2020

University rises to the challenge of meeting the demand for certified power engineers to sustain the power and energy needs of growing communities. Power engineers aren’t the most visible people in our workforce, but the reality is, the world can’t operate without them.  “Without power engineers, life as we know it would be disrupted,” says David Babich, Vancouver Island University (VIU) Power... Read more

Humane Society International/Canada’s Forward Food plant-based culinary training event at VIU

VIU Culinary Arts Mixing it up at Plant-based Foods Training Event

February 14, 2020

Humane Society International/Canada and Vancouver Island University to co-host innovative plant-based culinary training event. The VIU Culinary Management diploma program provides training in advanced culinary and pastry techniques, as well as management, accounting and beverage skills. Program Chair Jason Lloyd says the two-day culinary training experience will help future chefs learn and... Read more

VIU and Camosun Initiative Supports Indigenous Trades Training

VIU and Camosun Initiative Supports Indigenous Trades Training

January 28, 2020

VIU and Camosun College partnership will create new career pathways in the trades for Indigenous Peoples. A new program sponsored by the Province of BC and the Industry Training Authority BC (ITA) will provide an opportunity for Indigenous students to explore career options in trades at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus and Camosun College.  Camosun and VIU will receive almost... Read more

Celebrating Innovation for a Sustainable Global Community

Celebrating Innovation for a Sustainable Global Community

January 27, 2020

VIU stages Global Citizens Week to showcase employee, student and community Innovation in Action for a better world. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is opening its doors to the local community to take part in Global Citizens Week activities showcasing the many initiatives faculty, students and community members are involved in to build a better world. Innovation in Action is the theme of this... Read more

VIU students to benefit from Norwegian collaboration in outdoor studies.

VIU Students to Benefit From Norwegian Collaboration in Outdoor Studies

January 24, 2020

New partnership will allow VIU students to take outdoor experiential learning beyond the boundaries of British Columbia. ­­ A new partnership will allow Canadian and Norwegian university students to benefit from interdisciplinary nature-based recreation and outdoor wellness education programs offered in both countries. This new initiative builds on Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) membership... Read more

Cold War Propaganda, Graphic Narratives and Magical Music Explored in Series

January 22, 2020

Spring Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series allows faculty to share their scholarly and creative work.  Action-packed television shows in the 1950s entertained many children, but also served as a powerful Cold War propaganda tool that conveyed messages about security, ethnicity and gender, say VIU History professors Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh and Dr. Katharine Rollwagen. They’ll discuss how... Read more