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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.

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: Feb 13th
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
Next Mtg: Jan 23rd
2:00pm - 2:45pm
SCI 331

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz
Next Mtg: Jan 10th
SCI 331

Janine Hirtz

Next Mtg: Jan 28th
11:00am -12:00pm
SCI 331

Vania Chan

Next Mtg: Jan 29th
11:00am -12:30pm
SCI 331

resource of the month
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.

January Article
January instructional strategy

Peer Teaching with Clickers
Pose a question / problem to a large class of students and get them to answer it on their own by clicking in their answer. Without showing the results, ask them to discuss their answer with someone sitting near them, but cut off the ability to change answers. After a moment or two, show the initial results and get them to discuss again with their partner and give them the ability to change their answer. The learning about the problem/question will be enhanced by this discussion and hopefully the second time around the majority of students will have it correct.

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

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


Feb 3rd Midpoint feedback
Feb 3rd Teaching Squares
Feb 4th  Open classroom
Feb 5th Discussions About Teaching Excellence
Feb 6th Teaching Large Classes
Feb 6th Creating Rubrics
Feb 7th Interpreting your SEOT Results
Feb 11th Developing an Assessment Philosophy
Feb 13th Course Design
Feb 14th Advanced Skills in PowerPoint
Feb 17, 18, 19 Instructional Skills Seminar

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 @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.

New Programming Guide In Your Mailbox

Watch for the January to May Programming Guide in your mailbox. It will be your calendar resource for workshops and seminars that the Centre offers this term. If you do not receive one, we are sorry we missed you. View PDF

A reminder to please register for any workshops/seminars so that you receive any room or time changes.

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 your 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 Read More

SoTL Grant Application deadline January 31st

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Research Grant


Modernizing the Canadian Copyright Act
Monday, January 6th, LIB 125
Monday, January 13th, LIB 125
Friday, January 17th, LIB 125

Amendments set out in Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Bill, are now in effect to update the Canadian Copyright Act. Find out how additional educational exceptions and changes to fair dealing will affect you at UBC.

Register Now

SoTL Writing a Research Proposal

Thursday, January 9th
2:30pm – 3:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitators: Kristen Korberg

This session will focus on applications for the Innovations in Teaching and Research Grant.

Register Now

Critical Thinking Community of Practice

Friday, January 10th
9:30am – 10:30am
SCI 331
Facilitators: Janine Hirtz & Bill Latta

This Community of Practice is for all faculty that are currently assisting students in developing Critical Thinking tools and for those faculty that would like to learn more about it. The Community of Practice meets to share best practices and review current literature in the field.

Register Now

Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Tuesday, January 14th
9:00am - 11:00 am
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

Adjunct faculty are invited to participate in this session covering an orientation to the University of British Okanagan Campus. This session will be relevant to all adjunct faculty who have new or continuing appointments during the 2014 Winter Session.

Topics covered in this session will include:

Blackboard Connect Support
Faculty Handbook
Virtual Office
Community of Practice

Register Now

Media Site & Desktop Recorder

Friday, January 17th
10:30am - 12:00 pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bruce Young

Capturing lecture content and creating video resources in an easy process using the Mediasite recording tools. This presentation will provide an overview of the Mediasite tools and provide examples of how the are presently used on campus.

Register Now

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Monday, January 20th
2:30pm -3:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Peter Arthur

This session will examine methods of reflecting and gathering information about your teaching from students and colleagues.

Register Now

Blogging and Discussion Groups

Tuesday, January 21st
1:00pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bruce Young
Prerequisites: laptop, access to a Connect Course

This hands on session will provide participants with an opportunity to work with Blackboard Connect Blogs and Discussion Groups. In addition to the setup process in Connect, the session will focus on the pedagogical application of these tools. In addition, information regarding the UBC WordPress Blog integration into Connect will also be shared with attendees.

Register Now

Statistics for Multiple Choice Exams

Monday, January 27th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
SCI 331
Guest: Dr. Barb Rutherford

In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the statistical reports generated from marking multiple choice (bubble sheet) exams.

Register Now

Flipping the Classroom

Thursday, January 30th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Peter Arthur &
Bruce Young

The session will provide an overview of this pedagogy and the tools available to create flipped resources.

Register Now

Kaltura and Connect - Using Video in your Class

Friday, January 31st
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bruce Young
Prerequisites: Laptop, access to a Connect Course

The use of video as an instructional and assessment tool is becoming wide spread in higher education. In order to meet this demand, UBC has implemented a video streaming solution called Kaltura that is integrated into our Connect learning management system. This new system will provide both faculty and students that ability to upload locally created video as part of the instructional process. Students can also upload video from a range of sources include cell phones and tablets as part of an assignment or class discussion.
This workshop will provide an over of Kaltura and how it is integrated into Connect. A hands-on opportunity will be provided in other to allow attendees an opportunity to upload video into courses. An overview of possible uses of this new tool will also be provided. 

Register Now

TELL YOUR TA'S...what's coming up in January!

"UBC-O Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program" Foundations Credentialing Certification

Credentialing Foundations (A)

Wed, Jan 8th, 9–12.00pm SCI 331
Thurs, Jan 9th, 9–12.00pm UNC 334
Fri, Jan 10th, 9 –12pm UNC 334

Credentialing Foundations (B)
Wed, Jan 8th,1–4.00pm SCI 331 Thurs, Jan 9th, 1–4.00pm ART 106
Fri, Jan 10th, 1–4.00pm SCI 331

Check website for seminar topics:

Register Now

Students Starting your own Blog

Wednesday, January 15th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Register Now

Teaching with Technology

Monday, January 20th
3:30pm - 4:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Register Now

Getting Linked In

Thursday, January 23rd
1:00pm - 2:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: John Parry

Register Now

Tech Tips

UBC Blogs Tool Added to Connect

UBC Blogs is a WordPress blogging tool that runs independently of the Connect LMS. A new feature that allows instructors to integrate WordPress blogs into content areas has been added to the Connect tool list. This recent addition provides Connect users with access to a robust blogging tool within the Connect environment. It also simplifies the addition of blog users, as users are added from the list of students registered in the specific course. Information regarding this new feature can be found at
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