Engaging curious minds
The NFB’s pedagogical approach
CAMPUS: Exclusive Resources for Teachers
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has been in the classroom for over 80 years and is constantly updating its teaching resources to accommodate pedagogical trends and new educational practices.
In recent years, the NFB has shifted its pedagogical approach toward inquiry-based learning and the development of critical thinking through programs such as Ocean School, Media School, and the Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation Learning Program. This new content will enrich the CAMPUS service, with the goal of making it a must-have inquiry-based learning destination for the education sector that aligns with the curricula of various provinces and territories.
The factors that inform NFB NFB Education’s approach are:
- an overhaul of curricula to foster the development of broad 21st-century competencies such as critical thinking, digital citizenship, and civic action;
- the promotion of innovation and creativity through learning hubs (open labs);
- BYOD (bring your own device) programs;
- the STEAM teaching method;
- students who create rather than consume;
- fostering digital skills (computer literacy);
- digital and global citizenship.
Teaching Resources at your Fingertips
CAMPUS is your online media portal for seeing, understanding, and experiencing the world differently.
CAMPUS is a rich and relevant collection of over 6,000 documentaries, animated films, interactive productions, and short films in English and French, with more than 1,000 exclusive titles.
CAMPUS is a treasure trove of educational resources that foster deep learning and creativity, sharpen critical thinking, promote digital literacy, and shape civic awareness. Created with the needs of today’s learners in mind, these resources can be accessed from anywhere at any time.
CAMPUS is also a wide selection of study guides, a clip creator, and learning bundles with clear connections to today’s major issues. Our content is organized around three key themes: environment and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous voices and reconciliation.
CAMPUS is more than just a media portal. It’s your digital gateway to grasping the world we live in — and a set of educational tools designed to help learners make a difference.
Tools to Facilitate Teaching
Downloadable study guides in PDF format showcase our collection of films and enrich their content through activities developed by Canadian teachers and specialists.
The NFB’s Education blog is chock full of valuable tips to help teachers get the most out of NFB’s educational resources. Updated regularly, the blog also suggests films and themes related to current educational issues.
Educational playlists are made up of films or film excerpts arranged by theme. Designed to develop civic awareness and sharpen critical thinking, these playlists reflect the major current events of the day.
Theme-based online channels offer dedicated programs on history, Indigenous peoples, youth films, and many other topics.
Mini-lessons are based on inquiry-based learning and designed to spend a 45–75-minute period on a single film. They are written and approved by educators to help teachers use NFB films in the classroom.
Using CAMPUS’s Clip Creator, teachers can build their own film excerpts, playlists, and descriptions from our rich collection. The intuitive interface allows teachers to create relevant and personalized content that meets learning objectives.
Clips help keep students engaged because they include only pre-selected, organized, and relevant footage. Teachers can create a bank of video clips that are easy to save, organize, and share at their fingertips.
Creating playlists allows teachers to have customized lists of films at hand that can be reorganized by theme or school subject. Teachers save time looking for relevant films or clips, can write their own descriptions, and easily share content with students.
- Free since 2018
- Interactive and immersive online learning experience
- For the curious, teachers of social sciences, and students aged 11 to 15
- Use in the classroom or at home
- Uses Google Classroom™
- Inquiry-based approach to learning
- Equips students with the skills to examine and devise innovative solutions for the challenges faced by our oceans
- Sharpens critical thinking by shaping students’ civic awareness
(in development, release planned for 2021)
- For students aged 13 to 18
- Introduction to producing relevant and engaging projects
- Learn the art of storytelling and production techniques that the NFB is famous for
- Ready-to-use learning modules
- One model for each production step
- Knowhow shared by production mentor Paul Tom
- Over 100 interactive activities, videos, and tutorials
- Evaluation templates and tables included
- New learning methods that stimulate holistic competencies
- Classroom tested and approved content
- Easy to use and quick lesson planning—all you need is a computer, mobile device, and free software
Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation Learning Program
(in development, release planned for 2021)
The NFB has heard calls for action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, education departments, and teachers; the Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation learning program meets an urgent need for teaching resources that offer Indigenous perspectives of history for all learners.
Reconciliation is founded on historical truths, awareness, and education about Indigenous history and heritage about residential schools, treaties, and relations between governments and Indigenous peoples.
These are the topics covered by the Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation learning program, using a web-based dynamic, engaging, and user-friendly inquiry-based learning experience for students in secondary 2 to 5 and CÉGEP.
The objective of the Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation learning program is to provide an Indigenous perspective, expressed by Indigenous people, on the history and culture of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Through the development of critical thinking, this learning program helps students gain a better understanding of Indigenous perspectives, both historical and contemporary, and actively embark on the road to reconciliation.
About the NFB
For more than 70 years, the NFB has been an essential and trusted resource for educators in Canada. It has developed longstanding relationships with Canadian teachers and others in the field of education. The NFB is developing online, media-based and interactive thematic learning programs founded on productions that foster deep learning, creativity and student action. The NFB’s new education offer is a learning destination designed to cultivate engagement and inspire creativity through and around storytelling innovation and media arts.