Teaching and Learning

Terri Doughty, a VIU English Professor, will use Swedish artist Elsa Beskow’s work to illustrate how children’s picture books can contribute to a shift in perspectives in the plant-human relationship, during her Colloquium Series lecture.

VIU's Colloquium Series Lectures Live Streaming this Fall

September 17, 2020

Annual lecture series delves into a variety of topics including respectful relations between humans and plants, understanding women’s pain and examining London’s last Frost Fair. The show will go on for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) popular Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series this fall. “The Colloquium committee is excited to be able to continue the Series in this academic year,” says... Read more

An Unusual Start to an Unusual Semester

September 15, 2020

I want to welcome you all back to an unusual fall semester after an unusual summer break. I know the messages about uncharted territory have become cliché as we head into a semester of yet more “firsts.” Getting to the execution point of all these “firsts” has been a transformational journey for most of us at VIU. No position has been left untouched, and summer time when we usually have a chance... Read more

Program Helps VIU Students Develop Commercial Enterprise

Program Helps VIU Students Develop Commercial Enterprises

August 25, 2020

VIU business training program helps remove barriers to self-employment for persons with disabilities. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Program (CETP) provides students with disabilities the skills they need to develop robust business plans and secure funding to launch their business initiatives. Entrepreneurship is one option for persons with disabilities to... Read more

Dr. Dan Baker a VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture Professor, examines some of the produce growing in the aquaponics greenhouse.

Students Learn about Sustainable Food Production at Aquaculture Greenhouse

July 2, 2020

VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture students learning in the aquaponics greenhouse gain knowledge about economic, environmental and socially sustainable food production. A state-of-the-art greenhouse at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is giving students hands-on experiences while they learn about the environmentally sustainable method of growing food through aquaponics. Aquaponics is a local, organic... Read more

VIU Building Partnerships for Hands-on Learning Experiences

Building Partnerships for Hands-on Learning Experiences

June 24, 2020

Community partnership ensures VIU carpentry students continue to get experience working on a real construction site while maintaining physical distancing guidelines. Experiential learning is vital for construction trades students to gain the skills they need to enter the homebuilding sector, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a new challenge at the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Carpentry program... Read more


June 18, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have moved from an emergency situation to a place where changes related to the pandemic are evolving a bit more slowly. We find ourselves reacting less and spending more time planning for a variety of possibilities in the future. Due to this shift and feedback we have received, we are in the process of transitioning these updates into two separate more... Read more

Dr. Eve Stringham, Dean, Science and Technology

VIU Welcomes New Dean of Science and Technology

June 11, 2020

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Eve Stringham has been appointed Dean, Science and Technology. In this key role Dr. Stringham will provide academic and administrative leadership to VIU’s Faculty of Science and Technology where she will be responsible for developing and empowering a team of 100+ faculty, support staff, and administrators to ensure continuous... Read more

Community Classroom

VIU Launches Digital Platform to Share Knowledge and Expertise

June 8, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of many face-to-face activities, members of the VIU community have gotten creative, designing a range of virtual at-home activities and experiences to replace in-person activities, lectures and other educational events planned. To provide a new venue for showcasing these efforts, we are pleased to present VIU Community Classroom. The website... Read more


An “All My Relations” Approach to Supporting Indigenous Learners at VIU

June 8, 2020

By Heather Burke, Learning Facilitator   A series of encouraging learning practices coming forward from five program areas within the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement are informing a united planning process including an integrated learning series for VIU’s students and employees. These five programs are: Relational Land-Based Learning: a community-based course delivery program,  ... Read more


Homewood Health: Managing the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

June 8, 2020

This article can be found in the Articles section of your Homewood Health account, which is available to all VIU employees. An aide to support yourself, other employees and family members as a result of the questions and possible anxiety that has arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. This news has placed global populations on alert causing varied reactions in different countries and regions... Read more