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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
Next Mtg: Feb 4th
9:00am - 10:30am

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: Feb 26th
9:30am - 10:30am
SCI 331

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: Feb 26th
10:30am - 11:30am
SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: Feb 6th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz
Next Mtg: Feb 28th
SCI 331
NOTE: Please Register

Janine Hirtz

Next Mtg: Feb 25th
11:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
NOTE: Please Register

Vania Chan

resource of the month

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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.

february Article

The Curious Paradox of the Flipped Lecture: e-Learning as a Strategy to Increase and Improve the On-Campus Experience.
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february instructional strategy

Presenter instructs students to jot down and share with a partner or small group:
3 ideas/issues presented
2 examples or uses of the idea/information presented
1 unresolved/remaining question or area of possible confusion

Other use of 321:
3 key terms, 2 ideas they would like more info on,
1 concept they have mastered.

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

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


March 4th Discussions About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)

March 4th Learning Outcomes

March 4th 3M Presentation

March 6th Assessment #3: Communicating Your Assessment Plans

March 7th Assessment #4: Using Rubrics

March 14th Intro to Clickers

March 17th Helping Students Learn How to Learn

March 18th Assessment #5: Feedback

March 21st Citations


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

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

CTL Learning Conference 2014

Dr. Marsha Lovett, Professor of Cognitive Psychology & Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Educators are invited to share their expertise and experiences in advancing student learning through evidence-based practice. The conference theme, Teaching and Learning Innovations, invites faculty to explore questions such as: how can research inform my teaching and enhance the student learning experience; how do students learn best; what does the research say about approaches to teaching and learning that are most effective; which innovations are working well?

All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50 minute sessions. Each session is expected to include an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, and presentations.

To submit your proposals visit

Deadline for conference proposals is February 28, 2014.

Open Classroom Day

UBCO Campus
Tuesday, February 4th

Thanks to Charlene Strumpel (NRSG 221), Sally Stewart (HMKN 423), and Jordan Stouck (ENGL 112) for volunteering their classroom for Open Classroom Day. Faculty are invited to REGISTER to observe their class session on Tuesday, Feb. 4th.

Register Now

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

Wednesday, February 5th
12:00pm – 12:50pm
SCI 331
Guest: Dr. Louise Nelson

How Effective Are Group Presentations at Engaging Students?
The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Register Now

Midpoint Feedback

February 3rd - 21st

Faculty wishing to survey their class for midpoint feedback can choose from 2 templates that the Centre offers or create a survey on their own.

Contact Heather Hurren for more information.

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

Submit your ideas here


Teaching Squares February 3rd - 28th

Faculty will be placed into a "Square" with three other instructors from diverse content areas. An initial meeting is held where participants meet to schedule classroom visits and discuss their goals for participating in the program. Each Square participant will visit one class per week and will be visited once a week by a Square participant. After all visits have been completed (3 weeks), the entire Square will reconvene to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching.

For more information, please contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, directly at heather.hurren@ubc.ca, if you are interested in joining the Winter 2014 Teaching Squares Group.

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Midpoint Feedback Monday, February 3rd
2:30pm - 3:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

In this workshop, participants will examine various midpoint feedback strategies and hear from faculty who currently use midpoint feedback to enhance their teaching and the student learning experience. The Centre offers a few templates that can be used within Connect to facilitate midpoint feedback and that process will be explained.

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Interpreting SEOT Results

Friday, February 7th
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Faculty are invited to learn how to correctly interpret the results of their student evaluation of teaching results. This workshop will cover basic statistics/ideas and individual consultations are recommended to delve into individual results.

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Advanced Skills in PowerPoint

Friday, February 14th
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bruce Young
Prerequisites: Basic PowerPoint skill; please bring your laptop.

This session will allow participants an opportunity to examine some advanced features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 including the use of master slides, animations and action buttons. The ability to create media rich presentations that include video, audio clips as well as narrations will be explored.

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Instructional Skills Seminar

February 17th, 18th & 19th
9:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

This seminar is a 3 day seminar where an instructional design format is used to plan lessons. Faculty will have the opportunity to use this format in presenting 2 mini-lessons to receive feedback.

Register Now

Assessment Series
Workshop #1 & #2

Tuesday, February 25th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Workshop #1: Developing an Assessment Philosophy
This workshop will involve reflecting on your assessment practices and examine current research in assessing students in higher education

Workshop #2: Connectiong Assessment to Leranaing Outcomes

This workshop will examine what student learning outcomes are achieved by our current assessment methods. The goal will be to align the outcomes with the assessment pieces planned.

Register Now

Video Creation with Mobile Devices

Friday, February 28th
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bruce Young
Prerequisites: Laptop, and an understanding of the Connect video tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their cell phone or tablet and associated cables that allow them to download video content.

This workshop will explore faculty and student use of the video cameras available in today’s tablets, cell phones and laptops to support teaching and learning. Participants will create a 60 second video and then upload it into Connect. The video editing tool available in Connect will be introduced at the end of the workshop.

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2013-2014 Provost Award for Teaching Assistants & Tutors

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 2013-2014 Provost Award for Teaching Assistants & Tutors began Friday, November 15th, 2013.

Once your nominations are collected they are to be submitted to your unit/ department head by March 13th, 2014. After which, the Dean of the Faculty and AVP Students are to review nominations and the selected four from each faculty is to be delivered to Lynne McPherson (SCI 265) by Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.

To review the terms for this prestigious award online please see TERMS.

This Award is administered on behalf of the Office of the Provost, through the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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

Helping Students Learn

Wednesday, February 5th
3:30pm - 4:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Wendy Klassen

Participants will learn to recognize and appreciate multiple learning preferences. They will acquire knowledge of different teaching methods/strategies for various learners in the classroom and they will be able to assist students in the classroom by applying appropriate learning strategies.

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Creating a Rubric

Thursday, February 6th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren & John Parry

If you are interested in using rubrics in your courses, this workshop will assist you in learning the tips and tricks for successful implementation.

Register Now

Writing for Academic Job Market (Philosophy Statement)

Friday, February 7th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Register Now

Giving Students Feedback

Tuesday, February 25th
3:30pm - 4:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

How can you use the goals and objectives of the course to provide useful written feedback to students? This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the elements of constructive feedback as well as what data should inform it.

Register Now

Teaching Assistants Support

The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers ongoing support to TAs.  Any TAs conducting seminars, labs, or lectures can request a visit from CTL staff to assist them with their instruction. This can be provided informally or as part of an advanced credential. In order to obtain the credential TAs will receive two observational visits, the CTL will also confirm with their supervisor that the TAs is performing well and student assessments will be viewed.

To take advantage of this opportunity TAs should contact:          
John Parry

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