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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
Next Meeting: August 28th
9:00am - 11:00am
SCI 331

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren
Next Meeting: September 10th
10:00am - 11:00am
SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Next Meeting: September 11th
9:30am - 10:30am
SCI 331

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

Janine Hirtz

Vania Chan
Next Meeting: September 29th
11:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331

resource of the month
monthly scholarly Article

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

Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

COMING IN september

September 3rd Teaching Portfolios

September 4th Simplifying Connect's Grade Centre

September 4th Introduction to BlackBoard Connect for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Instructors

September 5th Connect Tools - Increasing Student Engagement

September 8th Teaching Portfolios

September 9th An Introduction to Mediasite - Creating Video Supports for the flipped and Flexible Classroom

September 9th Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Instructors

September 10th Team Based Learning Community of Practice

September 11th Teaching large Classes community of Practice

September 12th Introduction to Snagit

September 15th Peer Review

September 17th Midpoint Review

September 18th Video Creation with Mobile Devices - Students as Content Creators

September 19th Midpoint Feedback

September 22nd Developing an Assessment Philosophy

September 29th Clickers: Community of Practice


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

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ISSOTL 2014 Conference

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

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CTL Team

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

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Course (Re)Design Seminar

4-day Seminar
August 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th
9:00am - 3:00pm daily
Location: SCI 331
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.

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Instructional Skills Seminar

August 19th, 20th & 21st
9:00am - 11:30am
Location: SCI 331

The Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) is a three-session program. Participants review basic ideas about teaching and learning and are encouraged to try new instructional strategies within the safe environment of the group. The ISS is a developmental activity and involves peer and self-evaluation.

During this seminar, you will have the opportunity to work closely with peers to improve each other’s teaching by practicing a variety of instructional techniques. You will practice using learning objectives, plan and conduct short lesson plans, and give and receive constructive feedback.

In the seminar, you will take on the role of both instructor and learner. In the instructor role, you will prepare and conduct two ten minute mini-lessons and when delivering the lesson becomes the instructor. When someone else in the group is the instructor, you will take on the role of learner. Immediately following each of the mini-lesson, learners give the instructor feedback on the effectiveness of the mini-lesson. This feedback takes two forms: written (using forms provided in this seminar) and verbal guided by the seminar facilitator. Mini-lessons are recorded and participants are encouraged to review their recording prior to their next mini-lesson using the reflective guides provided by the facilitator.

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The CTL is offering a variety of free workshops for new and experienced faculty. Take a look at the schedule and register for individual sessions.

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Getting Started with BlackBoard Connect

August 19th
9:30am - 11:00am
Location: SCI 126
Facilitator: Vania Chan

In this session we will introduce you to the BlackBoard environment and show you some tips and tricks for navigation. We will also highlight the basics of creating content and using the communication tools. Please bring your laptop or a USB drive with files that you would like to post in your BlackBoard Connect course.

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BlackBoard Connect Drop-in

August 19th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SCI 126
Facilitator: Vania Chan

This is an open session for faculty to drop-in with their BlackBoard Connect questions or work on their course with the support of an e-Learning Specialist near by. Feel free to bring your laptop if you have one.

Clickers Drop-in

August 20th & August 21st
10:00am - 11:00am
Location: SCI 253
Facilitator: Vania Chan

For faculty who have used i-Clicker in previous years, drop by for assistance with setting up your software for the new semester. Please bring your laptop or USB drive and your blue clicker remote.

Note: Instructors who are new to using clickers are invited to book an appointment with Vania Chan (vania.chan@ubc.ca, 250-807-9408) for a more in-depth orientation session.

Using Asynchronous Discussion Forums (ADFs) as a Teaching Strategy and Evaluation Tool in Higher Education

August 27th
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Lisa Moralejo & Jacqueline Denison

The use of asynchronous discussion forums (ADFs) in education has steadily increased over the last decade and a half (Andresen, 2009). Research has shown that online discussion forums positively impact student learning (Palmer, Holt & Bray, 2008). However, there are challenges and limitation to using this tool in education. We will present findings from the literature highlighting benefits and challenges and share our experiences of using ADFs in nursing education

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Using Screencasting for Feedback on Written Assignments

August 27th
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Nina Langton

Learn how to use the Mediasite desktop recording technology to create a screencast to deliver effective and comprehensible audiovisual feedback to students on written assignments. Learn how to use the Mediasite desktop recording technology to create a screencast to deliver effective and comprehensible audiovisual feedback to students on written assignments.

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Lecturer, Adjunct, Instructor Orientation

August 28th
9:00am - 11:00am
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

This orientation is designed to acquaint new and continuing instructors, serving in these roles, with the characteristics and procedures involved with teaching at UBCO. Additional information on instructional questions, campus-specific issues, procedures, and other general information will also be presented.

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How to Create Lecture Videos Using Camtasia to Assist Student Learning

August 28th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Yan Cao
Pre-requisites: Laptop with Camtasia installed.

The workshop will introduce: (i) how to record video using Camtasia (or other software); (2) how to do basic editing using Camtasia; (3) how to upload and use YouTube to promote the videos. Please bring your own laptop with Camtasia installed.

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Teaching Portfolios

August 29th
9:30am - 10:30am
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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University Teaching Modules

New modules offered by the CTL!!

The modules are intended for faculty who have an interest in taking a scholarly approach to their teaching.

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

Submit your ideas here


Date Management Tool

Want to quickly and easily manage and adjust all due dates for your BlackBoard course? Try the new Date Management Tool now available. Click here for a video tutorial on how to use it. 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 Tuesdays from 2:30 - 4:00pm.

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