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.
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.
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
Getting Published in Peer-review Journals, advice from expert editors for scholarly writers.
For scholarly writers in the humanities and social sciences:
Thursday, March 6th
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter: Dr James Hull, Associate Professor, Irving K. Barber School
For scholarly writers in the sciences: Thursday, March 27th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. John Klironomos, Professor, Irving K. Barber School
Hosted by the Centre for Scholarly Communication.
ETUG Spring Workshop
June 12 & 13, 2014
CALL FOR PROPOSALS and POSTER SESSIONS is now open for the 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!
Join us in Celebrating the
May 7 & 8, 2014
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 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
Technology is a critical enabler of teaching and learning, as well as of research. The Survey on Faculty Technology Experiences is being conducted in collaboration with the Educause Centre for Analysis and Research (ECAR), and explores use of technology as it relates to the faculty member role. We want to improve technology services to faculty members, and to provide the support you need to use those services. The information faculty provide will help us identify strategic direction for both services and support. The results will also place UBC in the context of other peer institutions.
The survey questions have been constructed for multiple institutions. Please note: “college” means two year institution; Connect, UBC’s Learning Management System (LMS), is a Blackboard product
We value both your input and your time. You will have the option to complete a short survey (~10 minutes) or a longer survey (~20 minutes). The survey will be available from March 1 to March 14.
Your participation in the study is voluntary and your responses will remain confidential. At no point in the survey will you be asked to provide personally identifying information.
If you have comments about the survey questions, or wish to provide additional information or context, the following options are available:
• Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Complete an online form (the form does not require self-identification)
If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Services at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.
This workshop is designed for instructors who are not currently using clickers but are considering using them in the fall. The session will offer a demonstration of the clicker system and a discussion of different instructional uses of clickers.
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 March!
Monday, March 3rd
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Ruth Frost, Associate Professor, Irving K. Barber School
“I seek a method by which teachers teach less and learners learn more.” Johann Comenicus. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Confucius
Active learning has been defined as an approach to instruction in which students engage the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. Active learning stands in contrast to "standard" modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive. (Center for Teaching and Learning) Univ of Minnesota.
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
Blackboard Rubrics make marking easy. A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provides a way to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment, and you can use them to explain evaluations to students. Rubrics can help ensure consistent and impartial grading.