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Janna van Kessel

Another greeting from Whitehorse

by Janna van Kessel - Monday, 1 October 2018, 8:33 AM

Hello everyone,

My name is Janna van Kessel and I am the Instructor/Coordinator of the Academic Support Centre at Yukon College. It looks like I will be teaching an online course in January, so I am looking forward to learning from you all about rubric best practices (and how to translate from face-to-face to online).

I also enjoy volunteering with the Teslin Lake Bird Observatory, so here is a photo from our lovely and refreshing weekend in Yukon.


Janna van Kessel


Christina Page

Christina Page

by Christina Page - Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:35 AM

Hello everyone!  My name is Christina Page, and I'm a Learning Strategist at KPU.

Most recently, I've been developing rubrics to support our tutor training program, with the goal of helping our tutors gain a better idea of what constitutes excellence in their reflective practice and portfolio development.  From time to time, colleagues also ask for support in developing rubrics in ways that will support student understanding of their course assignments.

This week, I'm hoping to refine my rubric development skills, and hopefully gain some skills I can use to support others.


Nanci Lucas

Hello All

by Nanci Lucas - Monday, 17 September 2018, 1:44 PM

Hi Everyone,

My name is Nanci and I am an instructor at CapU. This term I'm facilitating my first fully online history course and I hope to incorporate the use of rubrics.

I look forward to working with you.


Daina Moore

Hello from Daina Moore

by Daina Moore - Monday, 17 September 2018, 7:07 PM

Hello everyone. My name is Daina Moore and I am so excited to learn more about rubrics this week!  I have started using a rubric in one of the courses I teach in the Health Care Assistant program at Capilano University. I started my career in 1999 as an EFL/ESL instructor in Nagoya, Japan. When I returned to Canada in 2004, I decided to enter nursing because the job prospects for elementary school teachers were not so great (at that time). 

I am always looking for ways to stretch myself and grow as a teacher, so I hope to take more FLO courses in the future. 

Autumn is my favorite season. While I enjoy summer, I often am a wilted flower in the heat. So, this is my time of year now that the heat has disappeared. And I enjoy pumpkin-spice everything!

I hope that everyone enjoys the course.


Doug Strable

Hello from Doug

by Doug Strable - Saturday, 15 September 2018, 3:54 AM

I grew up in Victoria, traveled through out Asia and lived in Japan for many years. Now I am back in Beautiful British Columbia. 

I look forward to collaborating with you all next week.

Leonne Beebe

Hello from Leonne

by Leonne Beebe - Sunday, 16 September 2018, 9:28 PM

Hello Fellow Micro-FLOers,

As a faculty member in the Upgrading and University Prep Dept. at UFV in Chilliwack, I'm looking forward to learning more about using rubrics to support student self=assessment of their study skills.

Out of confusion comes clarity.


Lisa Trischuk

Hello from Lisa

by Lisa Trischuk - Sunday, 16 September 2018, 10:16 AM

Good morning to everyone,

I am looking forward to taking this course, at present I have worked for a northern College for the past 20 years and currently instruct online courses. 


Hello from rainy Chilliwack

by Jamie Billingham - Sunday, 16 September 2018, 11:02 AM

Great use of the glossary!

I'm Jamie and I'm currently working as an instructional designers in the Fire and Safety division at the JIBC. Very stoked to be there and have the opportunity to add interactive 360 video to a few other courses there. That's one of the reasons I'm here - wondering how  I might integrate rubrics into the courses I'm working on and if that format will influence the rubrics.

The other reason I'm here is that my daughter and I are in a debate over rubric use in arts (K-12). Her position is that they can't be developed in a way that respects diversity and my stance is that respecting diversity is one of the reasons to use rubrics. So.. looking for ammo lol

This is me on most days - only not that skinny or well dressed :-)

Woman fainting beside a cat cartoon


Tara Vanderveer

Hello from the Arctic!

by Tara Vanderveer - Saturday, 15 September 2018, 8:44 AM

Hi everyone!

I lived in Victoria for many years and my family and I often road trip throughout BC. Our mission this summer is to drive from B.C. up to Tuk on the new "highway". 

That said, I am currently teaching science for nursing in the Arctic at Nunavut Arctic College. Reading other posts, I feel like I may have snuck into this course a bit illegally as I am not currently a BC instructor but I am hoping I can stay and learn with you all! My hope is that our college will enter into a true agreement with BCcampus as our territory currently lacks this type of support/opportunity for us higher ed peeps. My experience with this group will certainly be fedback to the decision makers to help that proposal! 

Also! I am always looking for people with expertise in areas of teaching and learning to bring them up to our campuses in Nunavut to deliver PD as our CTL is currently being built. If you feel you have something to share, please let me know! We should chat!

Looking forward to learning and sharing in the week to come!

Enjoy the weekend!



Nazmi Kamal

Hello from Tsawwassen

by Nazmi Kamal - Monday, 17 September 2018, 1:59 PM

Hi everyone,

I am Nazmi (Naz is okay too). I teach at Cap U's School of Tourism Management. Father of 2 young sons (1 and 3 years old).

I'm excited to work and learn with such a diverse group. I worked with Bettina once and happy to see her co-facilitating this workshop.

Reason I am here, just trying to get better at what I do, online and offline :) 


Susan Glynn-Morris

Hello from Whitehorse!

by Susan Glynn-Morris - Monday, 17 September 2018, 7:22 AM

Good Morning!

I have recently started as an Instructional Designer in the Teaching and Learning Team at Yukon College. I am also studying Instructional Design, in my spare time (haha) at Athabasca U. I am really excited to dive into rubrics with you all this week. Here is a pic of a hike I did with my two kiddos a couple weeks ago, near Whitehorse. Fall has definitely arrived here!

Karen Liska


by Karen Liska - Saturday, 15 September 2018, 3:31 PM
Hello, my name is Karen and I am excited to take this course! I am an instructor at a college in northern B.C. 

Daniella Sieukaran


by Daniella Sieukaran - Monday, 17 September 2018, 8:59 AM

My name is Daniella and I am an Instructional Designer/Coordinator in the Emergency Management division at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. I have 15 years of experience supporting and teaching elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students. Most recently, I worked at SFU’s Teaching and Learning Centre working with senior administration to revamp their teacher assessment policy; and then at UBC’s med school involved in curriculum redevelopment and creating student exams and clinical assessments. I was formerly a mental health researcher and clinician, which influences my evidence-based, humanistic, student-centered approach to teaching. I'm hoping this course can be a helpful refresher for me. :)

Mark Wilson


by Mark Wilson - Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:41 PM


I'm Mark (@mcorbettwilson) a retired scientific glassblower, lifelong learner and returning adult student. I recently completed two Associate's degrees in Liberal Arts and Sociology and am completing a Bachelor's degree online in the College of Individualized Studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I'm the first Metro State student to be allowed to use my personal eportfolio, on my own domain, for prior learning assessment for college credit.

Although I live in Oakland, California, I've spent much of my past three summers in BC. This year I attended the Festival of Learning in Vancouver where I learned about FLO courses. I then attended my third Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. (and JazzFest!) I finished my stay in BC at Capilano University for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) eportfolio conference, where I made my first conference presentations.

I traveled between Vancouver and Victoria on the newest and fastest Prince of Whales vessel, the 24-metre Salish Sea Dream. Reading more about orcas after returning home, I realized I saw one quarter to one third of the remaining orca population in the San Juan Islands. The photos are mine: I 'borrowed' the Salish Sea Dream rendering from the Times-Colonist, for educational purposes. I like the orca leaping out of the water. ;-)

Orcas in San Juan Islands

Salish Sea Dream whale watching vessel

photo of me taken by a short person :-)

Hi from Maxwell

by Sylvia Currie - Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:54 PM

Hi, I'm Maxwell. I come to work with Sylvia every day, and mostly just hang out under her desk.

Sue Hellman

Hi from South Surrey

by Sue Hellman - Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 12:36 PM

I'm Sue Hellman, a retired high school teacher formerly with CEET which used to offer online mini-moocs to educators in BC and beyond. I was also worked in the UNB CETL (Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning) for a while until I became ill & had to come back home. Now I take on projects and jobs that interest and challenge me such as powerpoint coaching and working on my own mobile app. In Feb. I'm giving a workshop at a conference for California math teachers on helping students recover from 'math zombieism, and late this November I'll be leading the FLO MicroCourse on writing a teaching philosophy statement. If you preview that offering, please take a moment to fill in the questionnaire. Whether you take the course or not, your feedback will be helpful to me. Thanks. 

photo of me taken by a short person :-)

Hi from Sylvia

by Sylvia Currie - Sunday, 23 September 2018, 5:24 PM

Sylvia says hello

I work at BCCampus and my main role is to coordinate and facilitate FLO. I'm excited to be learning about rubrics with you all!

Sylvia Riessner

Hi from SylviaR

by Sylvia Riessner - Monday, 17 September 2018, 7:36 AM

Good morning everyone!

Syl-rocksI'm Sylvia Riessner, a long time educator and learning designer, currently living on lovely Vancouver Island.

I spent the first part of my professional life working for industry and colleges in BC and then moved to Yukon and worked for Yukon College and and other organizations. As a cloud-based consultant, I still work for clients in the North and BC - and get to spend time kayaking, exploring the intertidal zones, and playing with my chocolate lab, Kiwi.

I signed up for this micro-course to get a sense of how this type of learning design works  As a FLO facilitator, I like xploring different perspectives ;-)

Looking forward to the week and learning with all of you!


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Hi, I'm Bettina

by Bettina Boyle - Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 12:26 PM

I am an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Capilano University. I am excited to co-facilitate this course with Sylvia and Jacquie.


Jacquie Harrison


by Jacquie Harrison - Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:24 PM

I'm Jacquie and I teach in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College.

I'm looking forward to learning with you all!

Jacquie and family

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