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teaching and Learning in action

Teaching and Learning in Action

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.

Adjunct / Sessional Workshop
Bill Latta

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz
Next Mtg: April 25th
SCI 331

Janine Hirtz

Next Mtg: April 29th
11:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331

Vania Chan

resource of the month

The Teaching Professor Journal

Published 10 times per year, The Teaching Professor is a lively, practical newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insights to educators who are passionate about teaching.

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(Free to UBC faculty.)

scholarly teaching

Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the readings as they may impact your teaching and learning situation.

april Article
April instructional strategy

Concept Mapping

You or your students can use this strategy to display concepts of your course and how they are inter-connected. There are websites that have tools for creation or you can do them by hand. These are useful tools at this time of year for reviewing course content.

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Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 200


May 6th Blackboard Connect Tips, Tricks and Hacks Workshop

May 7th & 8th Annual Learning Conference - see program for details.

May 9th Blackboard Connect Boot Camp for Summer Courses

May 12th - 15th Course (Re) Design Seminar


Peter Arthur, PhD

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Coleen Stothers
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming

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

Vania Chan, B.Sc., M.A. (Candidate)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bruce Young, M.HK, B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bill Latta, B.A., B.Ed, M.Ed
Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Twitter @UBCOCTL

CTL Blog



Okanagan Workshop on Innovation in Language Teaching (OWILT) 2014

We are pleased to announce the first Okanagan workshop on Innovation in Language Teaching to be held on August 16th, 2014.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 5, 2014

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NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Preview

This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

Join the E-Learning community of Practice to learn more about how UBC Okanagan is positioned to help you integrate these trend setting technologies in higher education and also how we are working to address some of the challenges. for more information or to join the community of practice, email: elearning.ubco@ubc.ca

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Video overview

ETUG Spring Workshop

June 12 & 13, 2014
Langara College

ETUG Spring Workshop at Langara College and the River Rock Hotel. You won't want to miss the chance to celebrate ETUG's 20th Birthday. More about that soon!

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2014 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning & Teaching

Assessment: Motivating, Supporting and Evaluating Learning
May 13 & 14, 2014
MacEwan Hall
University of Calgary
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David A. Green

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ISSOTL 2014 Conference

Nurturing Passion and Creativity in Teaching and Learning
October 22 - 25, 2014
Quebec City, Canada

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Deadline to submit is April 21, 2014.

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Register Now!!!
Program Available

Celebrating the 10th Annual Learning Conference
May 7 & 8, 2014

CTL Learning Conference 2014

Register now for the 10th Annual Learning Conference hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. This year’s program is filled with 36 presentations covering aspects of teaching and learning such as flipped classroom resources, use of social media in the classroom, assessment methods, de-mystifying student learning and undergraduate research ideas. The conference kicks off with a keynote speaker, Dr. Marsha Lovett, author of “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching”. Other presenters over the 2-days come from the University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University, Red Deer College, Mount Royal University, Norquest College, Vancouver Island University, Okanagan College, UBC Vancouver and of course our own faculty and staff are presenting as well. View the online program.

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(Free for UBC faculty.)

Volunteer for the Learning Conference

If you are interested in being a session monitor (introducing and thanking the presenter(s), keeping the schedule running on time) please let Heather Hurren know. A full program is online so that you could choose a session to monitor. It is a great way to take in some sessions and meet new people!!

Blackboard Connect Tips, Tricks and Hacks Workshop

Tuesday, May 6th
Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Location: EME 1202

This full day session will focus on achieving flexibility and efficiency using the tools available in our Connect system. The day will include an introduction to some of the “cool” tools and how they can be used to create a pedagogically sound learning environment that is flexible and easy to manage even for large class sizes. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the possibilities of making BB Connect work for you and your students as you are invited to hear how your colleagues are using these tools to increase student engagement and learning or just to make their teaching more efficient. The afternoon will include optional hands-on sessions for using some of these tools including working with multi-media, creating online environments to optimize group collaboration, using rubrics for student assessment and customizing your grade center for maximum efficiency that allows you to easily track student progress and identify ‘at-risk’ students.

If you have an idea that you would like to present or share, please email elearning.ubco@ubc.ca so we can add this to our program.

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Course (Re)Design Seminar

Mon, May 12th - Thurs, May 15th
9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 236
Facilitator: CTL Team

Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course.

Apply Now

IT, Media & Classroom Services News: SnagIT and Camtasia Now Available UBC Wide at No Cost

Vancouver IT has secured a license for Techsmith's SnagIT and Camtasia that extends across both campuses. Both software packages are available at no cost.

SnagIT allows you to capture, modify, and share screenshots.  For instructional and support purposes, this is a very valuable tool and has been made part of our standard Mac and Windows base images.

Camtasia complements the functionality of SnagIT to include video and audio recording of your screen.   This excellent tool has a heavier footprint, so is not included on our standard machines, but is available upon request.

This software is available immediately for Windows and OSX on supported equipment for instructional and research use.  If you would like to request this software, please submit a ticket through our IT Helpdesk system.

We also have licenses for home and student use, but we do not currently have an applicable distribution method.  IT Services is currently working on a solution for these personal licenses, and will provide an update when available.

Please contact an  E-Learning specialist in the Centre for Teaching and Learning if you require support for the use of these tools.

Have a suggestion for Connect improvements or enhancements? UBC wants to hear from you!

Submit your ideas here


Grade Center Workshop

Three separate workshops:

Friday, April 11th
Monday, April 14th
Thursday, April 17th
All sessions at 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: e-Learning Specialists

These session will assist you in setting up and finalizing student grades for the term.

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Teaching Portfolios

Wednesday, April 9th
9:30am - 11:00am
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples.

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Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for Your Courses

Wednesday, April 9th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Let's talk about what learning outcomes are, how they align with assessment and practice creating them or critique existing ones

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TELL YOUR TA ...... What's coming up in April!

TA Credentialing Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 9th
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Critical Incidents

Tuesday, April 1st
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Critical Incidents in the life of a TA are examined and discussed. Do you have a difficult student or is it awkward communicating with your supervisor. Bring your own experiences to contribute.

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Credentialing Bootcamp

Thursday, April 3rd
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

For those students enrolled in the Centre for Teaching and Learning Credentialing program who are unable to make the Wednesday seminars this special two hour Bootcamp has been scheduled.
This will provide you the opportunity to receive credit for three seminar session required to complete your credential.

Register Now

Tech Tips

Want to quickly and easily manage and adjust all due dates for your Blackboard course? Try the new Data Management Tool now available. See the video tutorial on how to use. This is especially helpful for instructors who copy content into their courses from one term to the next!

Want some help with this? Come to the CTL in SCI 200 Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm or Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 4:00pm.

Centre for Teaching and Learning
SCI 200 - 3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: (250) 807-9293