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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

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

Janine Hirtz

Vania Chan

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.

Innovative Assessment in Large Classes

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

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


July 29 Course Construction Bootcamp


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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ETUG Spring WorkshopJune 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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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

Twitter @UBCOCTL

CTL Blog


Course Construction Bootcamp

Tuesday, June 10th
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

This bootcamp will be offered again on July 29th.

This three hour session will offer participants a starting point for re-vamping a course or getting ready to teach a course for the first time. Topics examined will include: Learning Outcomes Alignment, Assessment of Student Learning, and Syllabus Creation.

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Innovations In Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards

Engineering professor, Mina Hoorfar and Education professor, Susan Crichton were honoured by UBC with Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards.

In addition to the teaching awards, a number of other faculty members were recognized with Honour Roll distinctions.

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Call for Presentations – August 25 & 26

Faculty are invited to share their expertise in teaching and learning during a two-day intensive focus on semester start-up. The CTL will be presenting many start-up sessions for new faculty as well as hot topics for experienced instructors. You are invited to submit ideas for presentations as well as volunteer to present a session during those two days. There will be two streams of sessions following a “technology in the classroom” focus and a general teaching and learning focus. Submit your ideas to Heather Hurren at the CTL heather.hurren@ubc.ca.

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

Submit your ideas here

Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors 2013-14

Winners of the Provost award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors are seen with UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard and Provost Cynthia Mathieson, from left: Jamie McKee-Scott, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; May Kanippayoor, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; Carey Simpson, Faculty of Health and Social Development; Nathalie Hager, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; Colin Wallace, Faculty of Health and Social Development; Missing from photo are Samuel Schaefer, School of Engineering and Elham Shamekhi, School of Engineering.


Connect UBC Blog Integration

UBC Blogs is a university-hosted WordPress weblogging platform designed to provide free individual or group webspace for the UBC community. Recent change to Connect allow faculty to integrate this tool into any Connect course. One significant change is that blog contributors are now added directly from the class course list making the setup and management process much easier for instructors.

Blogs have the ability to engage students by allowing them to share their understandings, thoughts and reflections.

Faculty interested in creating a collaborative environment and using UBC Blogs as part of a Connect course are asked to contact Bruce Young (bruce.young@ubc.ca) in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.


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