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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.

Course (Re) Design, Please contact
Heather Hurren to join this CofP.

Problem Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP.

Team Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP.
Next mtg: Feb 26 10:30-11:30 SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP.
Next mtg: Feb 6 1:30-2:30 SCI 331

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact
Bill Latta
to join this on-line CofP.
Next mtg: Jan 14 9:00-11:00 SCI 331

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur to join this CofP.

Instructional Writing, Please contact
Jordan Stouck to join this CofP.

Critical Thinking,
Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP.
Next mtg: Jan 10 9:30-10:30 SCI 331

e-Learning, Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP.

Clickers, Please contact
Vania Chan
to join this CofP.
Next mtg: Jan 29 11:00-12:30 SCI 331

Resource of the Month

Merlot Journal of Online
Learnng and Teaching


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. We will be hosting a discussion board through a connect shell where you can add your comments and also suggest other articles of interest. If you wish to be added to this Blackboard Connect shell please email Heather Hurren at the Centre with your CWL ID.

December Article
How 'Flipping' the Classroom Can Improve the Traditional Lecture, from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty Blackboard Connect and Copyright Drop-In
Tuesday's, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200
Wednesday's, 1pm - 3pm, SCI 200

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Wednesday's, 3pm - 4pm, SCI 200

Head's Up - coming in JANUARY!
Jan 6th - Modernization of the
Canadian Copyright Act
Jan 9th - SoTL Workshop Series: #5 Writing a Research Proposal
Jan 10th - Critical Thinking Community of Practice Meeting
Jan 13th - Modernization of the
Canadian Copyright Act
Jan 17th - Modernization of the
Canadian Copyright Act
Jan 17th - Media Site & Desktop Recorder
Jan 24th - Blogging & Discussion Groups
Jan 27th - Understanding Statistics from Multiple Choice Exams
Jan 29th - Clickers Community Meeting
Jan 31st - Video Creation with Mobile Devices

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

Twitter.com @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoc1


December 2013 Newsletter

Open Classroom Day
Tuesday, February 4th, 8:00am - 10:00pm, UBC Okanagan Campus
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is seeking faculty to volunteer their classrooms for the Open Classroom Day. The concept of the Open Classroom will allow faculty members to observe their colleagues teaching to gain insights into teaching and learning processes. Volunteers would be expected to teach their regularly scheduled class, but be open to having other faculty observe the teaching and learning process that day. Whether you are teaching traditionally, using flexible learning strategies, or trying some new techniques this would be your opportunity to showcase you skills. Faculty are interested in observing how their colleagues use clickers, begin class, end class, use interactivity for student engagement, etc. If you are willing to open your classroom to other faculty please fill out the following form so that we can put together a schedule of Open Classes. Please register with this form prior to January 24th, 2014 so that we can advertise the schedule. Thanks for your involvement!! Read More

Celebrating 10 Years: Reflecting on Scholarly
Approaches Teaching and Learning Innovations

SAVE THE DATE: May 7 & 8, 2014.
Call for Proposals will be announced on our website in December.

SoTL Grant Application deadline January 31st
Innovations in Teaching and Learning Research Grant - Read More

Just In Time Course Design
Seating is limited so register now!
Tuesday, December 3rd, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Room SCI 331
Don’t have time to commit to the four day Course (Re)Design Seminar? Come for one day and learn about constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment. For more information contact Heather Hurren at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Please register

Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for your Courses - Heather Hurren
Monday, December 9th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Room SCI 331
Let's talk about what learning outcomes are, how they align with assessment and practice creating them or critiquing existing ones. Please register

Portfolio Preparation - Heather Hurren
Friday, December 13th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples. Please register

Using Blogging in Your Course
Are you blogging? If you are using blogging in your courses, the Centre would like to hear from you. Faculty are always looking for examples/pathways to use this tech tool in their courses. Let us know what you are doing so we can assist in passing it on!!
For more information contact Bruce Young at bruce.young@ubc.ca.

December Instructional Strategy
Think-Write-Pair-Share. Students are given a concept or problem to think about silently, on their own for a moment and write what comes to mind about the concept or problem (keep that fairly open - knowledge they have about it, questions they have about it, etc). Give them a moment to do this (be patient so they can get the creative juices flowing). Once everyone has something written they can pair up (people in front of them, beside them or you can pair them up in a number of different ways). The students should share what they are thinking about it, what they have written about it. You may wrap the activity up in a couple different ways - either having pairs join another pair to share and increasingly getting larger and larger groups or you can discuss the knowledge and questions in the larger class setting with students volunteering or hearing from each pair/group if size and time allow.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Workshop Series.... Register now!

#4 - The Ethics of Conducting Research on Our Classes...Our Students
Monday, December 2nd, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Room SCI 331
Facilitator: Dr. Carolyn Szostak, IKBSAS, Psychology

#5 - Writing a Research Proposal
Thursday, January 9th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room 331
Facilitators: Kristen Korberg, Research Services Office

TELL YOUR TA'S...what's coming up in December!
Workshop Series Schedule for December!

"UBC-O Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program"
Foundations Credentialing Certification
NOW OPEN: TA Foundations Credentialing Seminar Series Register soon as seating is limited!

Wednesday, December 4th, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Room SCI 331 
Thursday, December 5th, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
Friday, December 6th, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Room SCI 331

Tech Tips


Twenty tips and resources for using learning technology in higher education:


Article Topics:

  • Blended learning should transform learning, not just replicate teaching
  • The relationship between blended learning and digital literacy is important, yet often overlooked
  • Blended learning viewed as a continuum
  • Understanding and addressing student frustrations
  • Key stages in blended learning
  • Using technology to enhance learning and collaboration
  • The most effective forms of blended learning are relatively unambitious technically