Teaching & Learning Institute

Supporting student learning.

The Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) provides opportunities for faculty, instructors and other staff to discuss and explore traditional and innovative ideas about supporting our students’ learning.

Mentor Commons

Mentor Commons is an educational resource for all Selkirk College staff. The Online Learning Modules published by Magna offer instant access to 20 minute learning opporunities on over 200 topics. For more on how to access the library modules follow Magna Learning Module instructions. Watch for a Lunch & Learn session or contact Theresa Southam at the Teaching and Learning Institute at 250.505.1342 or by email.

Once you are signed in to Mentor Commons, check out these Video Learning Modules.

  1. How to Promote Growth Mindset with Three Simple Tips
  2. How Can I Create and Implement Microlectures (For Online Teaching)
  3. What Activities and Assignments Promote Critical Thinking?

Upcoming Events 


TEDx YouthNelson & TEDx SelkirkColllege 2017 Awkward Spaces

We know we have to make changes, we know we want to, yet how?

Between how we currently do things and new places we want to go there is an awkward transitional space of not wanting to act out of what we already know, but not quite knowing how to “do” the new idea. This awkward space is often relational, that is between people.

We are inviting youth, educators and community to this year's TEDx event to tell us stories about these awkward spaces, stories that will help others move through the awkwardness to stronger relationships. This event includes a series of live and prerecorded talks as well as music and entertainment.

Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 1 to 9 pm
Location: Selkirk College's Shambhala Music and Performance Hall Tenth Street, Nelson
Registration in advance at TEDx is encouraged.
Learn more at Awkward Spaces.


Learn more about past TEDx Selkirk College Ed talks....

2012  21st Century learning

2013  Mental Health

2014  Internationalization

Six Trending Topics in Teaching and Learning at Selkirk College 


  1. Healthy Learning Environments
  2. Experiential Learning
  3. Indigenization
  4. Intercultural Fluency
  5. 21st Century Learning
  6. Scholarly Teaching

Teaching Squares and Small Group Instructional Feedback

Building a teaching square or triangle involves two or three other colleagues, agreeing to visit each other's classes to learn from each other. Small Group Instructional Feedback is a process whereby your students give feedback through a facilitator and then the facilitator meets with you and your students to debrief.

Both processes are simple, fun and enlightening. If you are interested in participating in a teaching triangle/square or small group instructional feedback, please contact your Learning Fellow.

Who's Your Learning Fellow?

Join the Teaching and Learning Institute on Twitter and Facebook. Contact Theresa Southam if you would like to get involved with TLI.