January 28, 2022
Elisabeth Springate
Innovative Learning Newsletter Cover: January 2022 Issue

Humber's Innovative Learning is happy to bring you our January 2022 Issue of the Innovative Learning Newsletter (PDF).

  • January 2022’s key themes—flexibility and compassion—emerged as equally necessary for us all to navigate big changes and challenges amid uncertainty.
  • Part-Time Teachers’ Conference (PTTC) Call for Proposals is opening soon! 
  • Faculty Orientation and ED-Venture Days explored faculty supports, flexibility in course design & delivery formats, collaborative learning environments, strategies, LMS & tool-suites and more. We've posted the Session Recordings to our ED-Venture Days Page.
  • The latest Staff Lounge Podcast episode brings together Innovative Learning Secondees, Shirantha Beddage, Nicole Chuchmach, and David Vazquez-Abrams, to discuss navigating remote and in-person formats. 
  • While the ISS manages incredible drop-in numbers (!) and the Ultra Team supports the broader efforts in the Move to Ultra, February Training Sessions are now posted to the IL Trainings Calendar. These useful 60-minute trainings are presented by Blackboard. Registration is required. 
  • EDTech has Padlet Licenses available for Faculty & Staff. Padlet is a great collaboration tool for classes and working groups. 

We hope you enjoy this issue and find the resources inspiring and useful.

Visit the Innovative Learning website for information, resources, workshop registrations, services and much more. 

Humber's Innovative Learning Team

January 28, 2022
Falisha Rowe
Posters/Attachments: Event Poster
Part-Time Teachers Conference (PTTC): Call for Proposals Opens Soon

Part-Time Teachers' Conference (PTTC), Virtual for 2022.

"Perspectives: What We've Learned"

The call for proposals is opening soon!

Find more information at the PTTC Conference Page on the Innovative Learning website.

January 27, 2022
Jennifer Larson
Four students walking outside Humber College

Humber College is the second top research college in the country, according to rankings released today by Research InfoSource Inc.

Humber’s leadership in Canadian applied research is also noted by its top three ranking nationally for research partnerships. 

View the full story


January 27, 2022
Faculty Blackboard Team
Posters/Attachments: Event Poster
Blackboard Ultra Training Sessions posted for February

Blackboard Ultra Training: February sessions posted to the Innovative Learning website

Recordings from Previous Blackboard Ultra Training Sessions

View them all at Faculty Blackboard Training

  • Getting Started with Blackboard ULTRA (60 min)
  • Creating Content in Blackboard ULTRA (37 min)
  • Assignments, Discussions and Journals in Blackboard ULTRA (80 min)
  • Tests and Question Banks in Bb Ultra (55 min)
  • Using the Gradebook in Blackboard Ultra (30 min)

Self-directed Resources

Move to Ultra Kit >

  • Main Page Instructional Videos
  • About Project Page / FAQs
  • Training and Help Resources
  • Step-by-step Guides to the two methods of moving

Faculty Blackboard Help >

  • Self-help Portal
  • Ultra and Original experiences covered

Further Self-directed Resources

January 27, 2022
EDTech Team, Centre for Innovative Learning
Posters/Attachments: Event Poster
Padlet Licenses for Faculty & Staff

Padlet™ is a fantastic educational technology tool that allows educators and students to collaborate in real time or asynchronously in a shared digital space.

Padlet is an interactive board where participants can share text, images, videos, links, files, and much more. The great news? Humber's Centre for Innovative Learning has many Padlet licenses to offer faculty and staff to leverage the power of collaboration and creativity.

Faculty at Humber are already using Padlet to engage their learners:

  • introductory activities;
  • ideation exercises;
  • showcasing student work in virtual galleries;
  • having online discussions;
  • sharing and collecting resources;
  • building student portfolios;
  • and much more!

Our Padlet licenses are ideal for users who need more than 3 individual Padlet boards throughout the semester, or require more than 25MBs for file uploads.

If you'd like to request a license, please fill out this simple online form: Padlet License Sign-out Request
More questions about Padlet or the licenses? Email us at

Help yourself to some Padlet video snacks!

January 27, 2022
Headshots of Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma and Dr. George Bragues

Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma has been named the new vice-provost and chief academic officer at the University of Guelph-Humber. Her appointment begins May 2.

The announcement was made today by Dr. Gwen Chapman, the University of Guelph's provost and vice-president (academic), and Dr. Gina Antonacci, senior vice-president (academic), at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

It was also announced that Dr. George Bragues, University of Guelph-Humber assistant vice-provost and head of the business program, has been appointed associate vice-provost (academic).

Dr. Spence-Ariemma is currently dean of student affairs at the Michener Institute of Education at the University Health Network in Toronto. She previously served as provost and vice-president (academic) at Sheridan College.

She has extensive experience as a senior academic leader in Ontario’s post-secondary sector with demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and excellence in teaching, learning and student services.

“Dr. Spence-Ariemma is a strategic leader and team builder who has successfully led planning and implementation of a wide variety of academic and operational projects,” Chapman said.

“She is passionate about the future of the University of Guelph-Humber and brings a creative, thoughtful approach to working with the UofGH community, the University of Guelph and Humber College, and external partners to ensure that the University of Guelph-Humber continues to thrive during the coming years.”

Dr. Spence-Ariemma served as associate vice-president (academic quality) and dean of academic strategic planning and development at Sheridan.

She has led and collaborated on pan-institutional and interdisciplinary initiatives and managed progressively large and complex projects with multiple stakeholders, including program moves and IT systems projects.

She has been a professor in the medical radiation sciences program within the Mohawk-McMaster Medical Radiation Sciences Program, and an adjunct professor at Central Michigan University, Niagara College, in New York and at Laurentian University. She was also an instructor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Spence-Ariemma holds a PhD in leadership and policy from New York’s Niagara University; an MA in community college education from Central Michigan University; a B.Ed. in adult education from Brock University; an M.R.T., radiation therapy, from the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre; and a B.Sc. from McMaster University.

“I am excited and honoured to be joining the University of Guelph-Humber, University of Guelph, and Humber College communities,” Dr. Spence-Ariemma said. 

“As Guelph-Humber embarks on a vision of renewal and revitalization, I am confident we will continue to lead through creativity, curiosity, and innovation and be a place where we empower students to become lifelong learners and leaders, who will shape the future of our communities, industries, and education.”

At UofGH, Dr. Spence-Ariemma will oversee academic and administrative endeavours.

A collaboration between the University of Guelph and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, the University of Guelph-Humber was among the first of its kind in Ontario. Students earn both a university honours degree and a diploma in four years of full-time study in one location.

Classes began in fall 2002, taught by faculty from both institutions. In 2004, the University of Guelph-Humber occupied a state-of-the-art building on the Humber campus. Conversations are currently underway with the City of Brampton about a possible move of UofGH to Brampton in 2026.

In making today’s announcement, Chapman thanked Bragues for serving as interim vice-provost for the past 18 months. He will continue in the role until May 2.

“Dr. Bragues has provided stability during a tumultuous time during the pandemic and has also played an invaluable role in working with Guelph, Humber and UofGH as we have been exploring the possibility of a move to Brampton,” Chapman said.

“He has been a critical part of the University of Guelph-Humber leadership team for many years, and I am delighted that he will continue to be part of that team in his new role as associate vice-provost (academic).”

A search will occur in the coming months for a new head of the University of Guelph-Humber’s business program.

Chapman also thanked members of the search committee, which included faculty, students and staff members, for their hard work and commitment.

January 27, 2022
Nadine Finlay
Postcards featuring views of South Etobicoke

In celebration of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre’s five-year anniversary, our new online exhibition featuring postcards from our collection launched on January 26, 2022.

Why postcards? This nostalgic method of short-form communication rose in popularity in the early twentieth century due to the increased speed and affordability of the postal service. But for most of their history, postcards have served as more than just a way to share a word with a loved one. Postcards also act as a marker in time, representing a specific location and the memories that a collector may have.

Join us at Scene and Unseen to dive deeper into the stories of South Etobicoke.

Visit the exhibition:

January 27, 2022
Jean O'Donnell

Ontario College Student Experience Survey

On Monday, January 31, Humber will launch the Ontario Colleges Student Experience Survey (OCSES) to all students in full-time, funded programming enrolled in semesters 2 to 8. This survey will assess students’ experiences related to teaching and learning quality, program related knowledge and skills, work integrated learning (if applicable), and student services and resources. The results of the survey will allow the college to identify strengths and areas of improvement.

Students will receive an email invitation titled ‘Important: Your response needed to Humber’s Student Experience Survey’. To promote the survey, participants will have the option to enter a draw for a chance to win one of ten $100 e-gift cards of their choice. 

For questions about the survey, please contact Jean O’Donnell at jean.o’

Student’s questions about the survey can be directed to

January 27, 2022
Future Design School
Posters/Attachments: Event Poster
Call for proposals - Aubrey Prize - Student Challenge

Please share this opportunity with any interested students:

Are you passionate about languages? Do you believe in the power of true, meaningful communication to inspire change? Would $10,000 help your ideas come to life? 

Collectively, we are in the midst of a communication crisis and Future Design School wants YOUR help to solve it. 

Future Design School is looking for passionate Canadian youth (aged 16+) who want to solve a language-based challenge in their community. This could be anything - from arranging community learning events to prevent the loss of traditional languages, to creating an afterschool program assisting busy working parents helping their children learn to read - the sky's the limit! 

The winner of the Audrey Wearn Language Prize will receive up to $10,000 and the ongoing support of Future Design School to make their project come to life.

Learn more at:

January 27, 2022
Casey Norris
2022 Siemens Art Call

Humber Galleries is excited to launch a new student art call in partnership with Siemens Canada

We're asking students to create artworks that speak to the theme of Technology with Purpose and what it means to them. How can technology shape our collective future? What role does technology play in the transformation of our society and economy? How can we solve tomorrow’s challenges by using technology?  

Running from today until early March, this call is open to all current Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students to create brand new artworks in any physical medium. Whether it be a painting, a photograph, an illustration, any genre or medium that can be printed and/or installed in a frame is welcomed. 

Students have a chance to win $1,500 and have their artwork become part of the Siemens Canada Art Collection. Applications are now open until Wednesday, March 2. Visit for more submission info and to apply today. 

Have some questions or want to get some more info? Stay tuned for details on our live info session coming up Wednesday, February 9th.  

#TechnologyWithPurpose #SiemensArtsCall