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 Professional Development 

  • Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Course - Selkirk College classrooms are seeing growing diversity - learn more about challenges culturally and linguistically diverse learners face in an academic environment. This 10-week blended delivery course begins January 12. Learn more at selkirk.ca
  • Instructional Skills Workshop - A fun and challenging environment is created where you can develop, deliver and get feedback on lessons. You will leave with a written summary of your teaching philosophy, motivational strategies to better engage their students and tips on handling difficult situations in a respectful, professional manner. This two-day workshop runs February 15 and 16 at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson. Learn more at selkirk.ca
  • Media Enhanced Learning - This course enables participants to create, select, use and justify media, technology and tools for their various teaching and learning environments. Participants will investigate the current trends and issues, and will work with a wide range of instructional media tools. This two-day workship runs February 16 and 17 at the Castlegar Campus. Learn more at selkirk.ca


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.