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resource of the month

Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction In Undergraduate Science and Engineering

Author: Linda Kober; Board of Science Education; Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences Education; National Research Council

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scholarly teaching


Chun-Yi SHEN & Hsiu-Chuan LIU
Department of Educational Technology
Tamkang University, Taipei County, Taiwan

Although there were studies that presented the applications of metacognitive skill training, the research on
web-based metacognitive skills training are few. The purpose of this study is to design a web-based learning
environment and further examine the effect of the web-based training.

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Coming in October

Midpoint Feedback Info Sessions

Multimedia Using Kaltura

Instructional Skills Seminar

D.A.T..E. (Discussions about Teaching Excellence)

Large Class Community of Practice

Assessing Student Learning - Module 2: Communicating Your Assessment Plans & Using Rubrics

communities of practice

The UBC Okanagan, Centre for Teaching and Learning, operates a number of Communities of Practice from September to March. All faculty are welcome to join. Please contact the appropriate person if you are interested in joining or attending.

Community of Practice :
Large Classes
Sept 14, 2:30-3:30pm
Team Based Learning
Sept 19, 2:30-3:30pm
Experiential Learning
Sept 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Adjunct / Sessional
Bill Latta
Teaching Online
Janine Hirtz and Michelle Lamberson
Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz
Janine Hirtz

ctl tEAM

Peter Newbury, PhD
Director, Senior Advisor Learning Initiatives

Vania Chan, M.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Janine Hirtz, M.A.(Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Lalli, B.A.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

Bill Latta, M.Ed
Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

John Parry,
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming

Brian Powell,
M.A. (Applied Linguistics)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist


Twitter @UBCOCTL

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Centre for Teaching and Learning Open House

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will host an Open House Thursday, September 15th ; 2:30 to 4:00pm; In Science 200 We welcome all faculty and staff to meet our new Director, Peter Newbury! Please drop by for some refreshments.

Learning Technology Environment Renewal


The end of the current license for Blackboard Learn (known as Connect) is approaching and we are consulting unversity-wide with faculty and students to evaluate future options for our core Learning Technology Environment.

Your feedback is essential to capture the pedagogical and functional requirements that support faculty in meeting their teaching goals and students in their learning.

Faculty are requested to complete the following online survey to share your thoughts about this renewal.

Faculty Survey

Your colleagues at UBC Okanangan who will be contacting you about this initiative are:

Bowen Hui, IKBSAS Unit 5 (Computer Science)

Andis Klegeris, IKBSAS Unit 2 (Biology)

Cameron Mahler, Management Co-op Student

For more information visit our website: lthub.ubc.ca/LTERenewal or send an email to lt.hub@ubc.ca


September Workshops

Tech Orientation
Thu Sept 1, 9:30-11am
Accessing UBC technology when on/off campus

Teaching Large Classes
Thu Sept 1, 1-2pm
Best practice with large student numbers

Sessional / Adjunct / Lecturer Orientation to Teaching
Fri Sept 2, 9 - 11am
Orientation to UBCO

Teaching Portfolios
Tue Sept 6 2:30 - 3:30pm
Contents and purpose of the teaching portfolio

Sessional / Adjunct / Lecturer Introduction to Connect
Thu Sept 8 10 - 12pm
Overview of the Connect environment

Sessional / Adjunct / Lecturer Introduction to Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin
Tue Sept 13 2 - 4pm
Issues related to academic integrity

Large Class Community of Practice
Wed Sept 14 2:30 - 3:30pm
Share experiences and best practices when teaching large classes.

Reflective Practice - 3 Session Workshop
Sept 15, 22, & 29 1 - 3pm
Frameworks for reflective practice, reflective writing.

Online Course Design - 2 Session Workshop
Fri Sept 16, 23 1 - 3pm
Learn practical skills and knowledge in both developing and teaching an online course.

Team Based Learning Community of Practice
Mon Sept 19 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Best practices for using Team Based Learning in the classroom.

Assessing Student Learning - Module 1: Developing Your Assessment Philosophy I Aligning Assessment to Learning Outcomes
Tue Sept 20 12 - 1pm
Reflect on current practices

Experiential Learning Community of Practice
Thu, Sept 22 2:30 - 3:30pm
Implementing experiential learning techniques.

SoTL Information Session
Fri Sept 23 2:30-3:30pm
Share ideas about research into teaching and learning .

Teaching Squares
Sept 26 to October 14th
Join 3 other faculty members in an adventure of classroom observations. Please contact Heather Hurren if interested.
Register Now

Heads Up to Your Teaching Assistants

TA Credentialing Certification Workshop Series, dates and times, all taking place in SCI 331! Your TA should Register Here as soon as possible - space is limited and spots fill up very quickly.

Tuesday, Sept 6th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 7th 9am-12pm
Thursday, Sept 8th 9am-12pm

Tuesday, Sept 6th 1pm-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 7th 1pm-12pm
Thursday, Sept 8th 1pm-12pm

Monday, Sept 12th 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Sept 13th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 14th 9am-12pm

Monday, Sept 12th 2pm-5pm
Tuesday, Sept 13th 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, Sept 14th 2pm-5pm

Monday, Sept 19th 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Sept 20th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 21st 9am-12pm


Are your Connect courses ready for Fall?Make your courses available to students using these steps:
Contact your department admin assistant if your TA does not have access to your Connect course.

If you would like to copy content from a previous course, please refer to this guide:

For assistance, please come to our weekly Technology Drop-in sessions every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 pm in Science 200 or email elearning.ubco@ubc.ca.


Scanning multiple choice bubble sheet exams
New this Fall! The scanning and marking station is moving from the CTL to the Library! This means greater flexibility for instructors and TAs to use the workstation during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. An online booking system will allow users to book appointment times and view availability. Look for more information in the coming weeks.


External Partners

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2016
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada announce the Call for Nominations for the 2017 3M National Teaching Fellow­ship.

More information is available on the STLHE website.

Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
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