Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.38
Liaison Jennifer Martel
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of the Fraser Valley
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

UFV's Teaching and Learning Centre provides leadership, support, and resources to advance evidence-based teaching and learning practices and scholarship at UFV. The Centre's goal is to assist faculty in developing meaningful learning experiences for UFV students. The Teaching and Learning Centre provides ongoing professional development opportunities for UFV’s teaching community in order to incorporate sustainability content into courses, including Indigenization, internationalization, and accessibility.

Indigenization
Indigenization is a process of naturalizing Indigenous knowledge systems and making them evident to transform spaces, places, and hearts.

UFV provides an Indigenization Specialist who plays an integral part in the work of Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation at UFV. The Indigenization Specialist works with faculty, staff, and students to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and UNDRIP. The Indigenization Specialist is available to work one-on-one, in small and large groups to assist and support faculty and staff by building relationships while supporting Indigenization and reconciliation efforts in the world of academia from an Indigenous perspective.

Internationalization
Internationalized courses draw students’ attention to underrepresented perspectives and historical injustices.

Internationalization of teaching and learning can include:
- teaching techniques that support success for international, racialized, and/or multilingual learners
- diversifying the perspectives in readings and materials
- incorporating intercultural skills in learning outcomes
- developing projects or courses with international or multicultural partners
- addressing and confronting racism and historical injustices

Curriculum Development
A student’s education is a holistic journey that encompasses in-class and out-of-class experiences. A great curriculum acknowledges and fosters these connections as teachers prepare students to meet their goals.

Course Delivery
Explores the many ways courses can be delivered and some of the strategies that can be used to ensure student success. Content includes information about face-to-face, hybrid and online delivery modes as well as alternative delivery techniques such as active learning and the flipped classroom.


A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

The Centre provides workshops and supports for incorporating sustainability into courses in several areas:
1) Indigenization
2) Internationalization
3) Accessibility

More information on the supports offered in these areas are provided below:

1) Indigenization
Indigenization workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre include:
- Chat-R (reconciliation): This ongoing Workshop provides a space for conversation around Indigenization.
- Educators' Journey Towards Reconciliation (EJTR): This workshop provides a journey to discover challenges and best practices in decolonizing the classroom and our education practice.
- Weaving Knowledge Systems (WKS): This workshop provides teachers with a hands-on experience and resources that will bring together Indigenous and Western worldviews based on teachers' subject area.
- Territorial Acknowledgement: This workshop provides a learning opportunity about Stó:lō’s relationship with S’ólh Téméxw. Teachers will connect with the land and create a personal and culturally appropriate territory acknowledgment.
- Circle Works Session: This workshop provides an overview of the history, cultural protocols, and Indigenous worldviews of Circles.

2) Internationalization
Internationalization workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre include:
- Chat-I: This session is meant as a casual time of dialogue around cultures, inclusive approaches to teaching, working with international & multilingual learners, or any other topics on internationalizing your curriculum, teaching, and assessment.
- Test Questions for Multilingual Learners: Learn to revise existing multiple-choice questions to promote student success.
Assignment Feedback for Multilingual Learners: In this workshop, teachers explore ways to give effective feedback for student assignments.
- Conversations about Culture: This workshop provides guidance for interacting across cultures with both students and colleagues.
- What is Internationalization Anyway?: Discover ways to internationalize curricula by incorporating intercultural elements that appeal to all students.

3) Accessibility
Accessibility workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre include:
- Basics of Universal Design. This workshop focuses on the three principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) – Engagement, Representation, and Expression. It explores UDL concepts and easy ways to implement UDL into UFV courses.
- BB Ally. Blackboard (BB) Ally is an accessibility application that works with Blackboard to help ensure that digital course content is accessible by learners. Ally provides course content in accessible formats, including electronic braille and audio files.

In addition to the above, the Teaching and Learning Centre offers workshops on Curriculum Development and Course Delivery.

Curriculum Development
Curriculum Development workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre include:
- Storyboard Your Courses: This course introduces a new approach to course design using storyboarding, using Miro and Trello as optional tools that will allow us to storyboard our courses.
- Building a Student-Centred Syllabus: This workshop explores ways to make course syllabi more student-centred.
- Visual Syllabus: Learn how to create a visually engaging syllabus with the potential to boost student interest, motivation, and perception of their instructor.
- Instructional Skills Workshop: This workshop encourages reflection and examination of one's teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson.
- Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW): The FDW is a peer-based model offered within a small group setting in which you get to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day to explore and discuss themes such as diverse learners, collaborative learning, and feedback models.

Course Delivery
Course Delivery workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre include:
- Storyboard your Courses: This course introduces a new approach to course design using storyboarding, using Miro and Trello as optional tools that will allow us to storyboard our courses.
- Building a Student-Centred Syllabus: This workshop explores ways to make course syllabi more student-centred.


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