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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

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: Mar 10th
10:30am - 11:30am
SCI 331

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz
Next Mtg: Mar 28th
SCI 331

Janine Hirtz

Next Mtg: Mar 25th
11:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331

Vania Chan

resource of the month

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in and Across the Disciplines

UBC Library Call Number: LA227.4 .S36 2013

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.

march Article
march instructional strategy

Using Interactivity Within a Lecture:

  • Complete a formula
  • Label a graph
  • Fill in values in a table
  • Correct the errors in a calculation, translation, etc
  • Interpret experimental results provided
  • Put arrows on a flow chart
  • Represent information as a pie chart, bar graph, etc.
  • Reverse voting – everyone puts up their hand and then those that agree or disagree put their hands down
  • Wait appropriately for an answer when giving the group a question – do not answer it yourself
  • Clarify last information with your seat mate
  • Come up with an exam question on the last information presented
  • Check the notes of your seat mate
Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

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


April 8th Flipping the Classroom

April 10th Teaching Portfolios

April 10th Examining Learning Outcomes

April 11th,14th & 17th Grade Centre Workshop


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


Editor's Forums

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
UNC 334
Presenter: Dr James Hull, Associate Professor, Irving K. Barber School

For scholarly writers in the sciences:
Thursday, March 27th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
UNC 334
Presenter: Dr. John Klironomos, Professor, Irving K. Barber School

Hosted by the Centre for Scholarly Communication.

ETUG Spring Workshop

June 12 & 13, 2014
Langara College

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!

Deadline for Proposals: March 31, 2014

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2014 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning & Teaching

Assessment: Motivating, Supporting and Evaluating Learning
May 13 & 14, 2014
MacEwan Hall
University of Calgary
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David A. Green

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Deadline to submit is March 10, 2014.

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

CTL Learning Conference 2014KEYNOTE 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

Register Now

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

Tuesday, March 4th
12:00pm – 12:50pm
SCI 331
Guest: Dr. Roger Sugden

Experience, Research and Education: Prospects for Program Innovation

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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Celebrate Research Week 2014 Event

Measuring Innovation - A Showcase of Faculty Research
Wednesday, March 5th
9:00am - 1:30pm
SCI 331

There will be 8 short research presentations by faculty. Come and join the conversation about research into teaching and learning.

Hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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3M Presentation

Tuesday, March 4th
2:30pm - 3:30pm
SCI 331
Guest: Dr. Carol-Ann Courneya

This information session provides details on the 3M Teaching Award. The 3M National Teaching Fellows are give to 10 recipients per year from Canada's universities.

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ECAR Faculty Technology Survey

UBC faculty members. Please help us identify strategic direction for learning technology services and support. Complete the Survey on Faculty Technology Experiences.

Link to Survey

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 questions about the survey or problems completing it, please contact:

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:
• 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.

Link to Survey

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

Submit your ideas here


Learning OutcomesTuesday, March 4th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine what learning outcomes are, how they align with assessment. Faculty will have an opportunity to practice creating them or to critique existing ones.

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Assessment Series
Workshop #3: Communicating Your Assessment Plans

Thursday, March 6th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Look as various communication avenues used to inform students about assessment practices. The goal is for transparency and consistency in communicating expectations.

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Assessment Series
Workshop #4: Using Rubrics

Friday, March 7th
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren & Karen Hodges

Examine best practices when utilizing rubrics as part of your student assessment package.

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Introduction to Clickers

Friday, March 14th
10:30am - 11:30am
SCI 331
Facilitator: Vania Chan

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.

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Helping Students Learn How to Learn

Monday, March 17th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Peter Arthur

This session will look at how faculty can assist their students in becoming life-long learners.

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Assessment Series
Workshop #5: Feedback

Tuesday, March 18th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine methods to ensure students are receiving timely and constructive feedback.

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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 March!

Active Learning

Monday, March 3rd
3:30pm - 4:30pm
SCI 331
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.

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Helping Students Learn

Tuesday, March 18th
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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Friday, March 21st
10:30am - 12:00pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Laura Thorne

This session will allow participants to explore both Refworks and Microsoft's tools for adding citations to your academic works.

Register Now

Tech Tips

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.

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