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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

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.

Instructional Design and Assessment: Integration of Team-Based Learning Strategies Into a Cardiovascular Module

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

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


June 10th Course Construction Bootcamp


NEW: Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Research Grant

Next Deadline: May 15th

Funding for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Research Grant program is made available through the annual SSHRC Institutional Award. This award is specifically designed to promote research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The main goals of this research program are to support faculty who need seed funding to undertake pilot studies or initial research to help with future SSHRC Grant applications; to support collaborative research (ideally across disciplines) with the potential to lead to additional related projects funded externally; and to support faculty in need of a small amount of funding to complete a project. The term of the award is for 12 months with a one-year automatic extension. Proposals may be from $1,000 to $5,000.

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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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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

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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


Last Chance to Register!!!

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

CTL Learning Conference 2014

Register now for the 10th Annual Learning Conference hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. This year’s program is filled with 36 presentations covering aspects of teaching and learning such as flipped classroom resources, use of social media in the classroom, assessment methods, de-mystifying student learning and undergraduate research ideas. The conference kicks off with a keynote speaker, Dr. Marsha Lovett, author of “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching”. Other presenters over the 2-days come from the University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University, Red Deer College, Mount Royal University, NorQuest College, Vancouver Island University, Okanagan College, UBC Vancouver and of course our own faculty and staff are presenting as well. View the online program.

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(Free for UBC faculty, please RSVP.)

Volunteer for the Learning Conference

If you are interested in being a session monitor (introducing and thanking the presenter(s), keeping the schedule running on time) please let Heather Hurren know. A full program is online so that you could choose a session to monitor. It is a great way to take in some sessions and meet new people!!


Blackboard Connect Tips, Tricks and Hacks Workshop

Tuesday, May 6th
Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Location: EME 1202

This full day session will focus on achieving flexibility and efficiency using the tools available in our Connect system. The day will include an introduction to some of the “cool” tools and how they can be used to create a pedagogically sound learning environment that is flexible and easy to manage even for large class sizes. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the possibilities of making Blackboard Connect work for you and your students. You are invited to hear how your colleagues are using these tools to increase student engagement and learning, or just to make their teaching more efficient. The afternoon will include optional hands-on sessions for using some of these tools including working with multi-media, creating online environments to optimize group collaboration, using rubrics for student assessment and customizing your grade center for maximum efficiency that allows you to easily track student progress and identify ‘at-risk’ students.

If you have an idea that you would like to present or share, please email elearning.ubco@ubc.ca so we can add this to our program.

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Blackboard Connect Drop-In for Summer Courses

Friday, May 9th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: e-Learning Specialists

Come for guidance on setting up your BlackBoard Connect course sites for your summer classes.

Please bring your Campus Wide Login (CWL) account information and your laptop if you have one.

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Course (Re)Design Seminar

Mon, May 12th - Thurs, May 15th
9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 236
Facilitator: CTL Team

Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course.

Deadline to apply: May 7, 2014
Apply Now

Course Construction Bootcamp

Tuesday, May 27th
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

This bootcamp will be offered again on June 10th and 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 and Research Grant

Congratulations to the following recipients of the Innovations in Teaching and Research Grant:

Ramine Adl, Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
“Stopping Plagiarism Before it Starts: Minimizing Inadvertent Plagiarism by First and Second Year Students Through Enculturation.”

Zoe Soon, Instructor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
“Tiny Tim Clay Modeling for First Year Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Students.”
“Lights, Camera, Action! Hands on Histology Activities that are Anything but Hum Drum for First Year Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Students.”

Robert Campbell, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
“Concept Navigator: Optimizing Student Performance with Concept Mapping and Learning Analytics.”

Nina Langton, Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
“Digital Game-Based Learning to Supplement Acquisition of Basic Japanese Orthography, Vocabulary and Grammar.”

Peer Mentoring Program

The CTL hosts the peer mentoring program bringing together faculty new to our campus and experienced volunteer tenured faculty. These pairings share experiences and professional development as the academic year progresses. The CTL hosts a monthly meeting for the partnerships but the partners are encouraged to communicate and meet on their own as needs arise. We would like to thank this year’s participants and their mentor volunteers:
G. Foster & R. Campbell
T. Kunz & K. Hodges
L. Moralejo & J. Jacobi
J. Denison & R. Taheri
H. Mohammadi & C. Teixeira
R. Plunkett & N. Langton
D. Geary & D. Jack
K. Keekyoung & S. McCoubrey
L. Olsen & S. Willis-Stewart
L. Markley & W. Klassen
G. DuManoir & D. Senese
J. Hopkinson & C. Labun
S. Cajax & C. Scarff
F. Menard & L. Hatt
A. Idris & L. Nelson
J. Costigan & J. Brinkerhoff

Call for Volunteer Mentors for 2014-2015

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor for the upcoming academic year and are an associate professor, full professor or senior instructor, please contact Heather Hurren heather.hurren@ubc.ca or 250-807-9288 for more details.

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.

IT, Media & Classroom Services News: SnagIT and Camtasia Now Available UBC Wide at No Cost

Vancouver IT has secured a license for Techsmith's SnagIT and Camtasia that extends across both campuses. Both software packages are available at no cost.

SnagIT allows you to capture, modify, and share screenshots.  For instructional and support purposes, this is a very valuable tool and has been made part of our standard Mac and Windows base images.

Camtasia complements the functionality of SnagIT to include video and audio recording of your screen.   This excellent tool has a heavier footprint, so is not included on our standard machines, but is available upon request.

This software is available immediately for Windows and OSX on supported equipment for instructional and research use.  If you would like to request this software, please submit a ticket through our IT Help desk system.

We also have licenses for home and student use, but we do not currently have an applicable distribution method.  IT Services is currently working on a solution for these personal licenses, and will provide an update when available.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is planning both SnagIT and Camatasia workshops in the fall to support the use of these programs. Faculty members interested in attending should submit an IT Help Desk ticket as soon as possible in order to have these application installed.

Please contact an  E-Learning specialist in the Centre for Teaching and Learning if you require support for the use of these tools.


UBC Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) are pleased to announce an extension to the pilot of lynda.com resources to UBC faculty and staff. This service is available to all UBC faculty and staff between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, at no additional charge to UBC employees. Lynda.com is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas, including software skills development, learning technology tools, and professional business practices. Many other universities, such as Harvard and MIT, provide lynda.com resources to their faculty and staff. UBC has provided access to lynda.com to UBC admin support staff since April 2013, and a university-wide pilot has been underway since Nov. 1, 2013.
The site features an extensive library of tutorials to enhance your technology and professional skills on topics such as:
• Adobe Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, etc.)
• Blackboard Learn (Connect at UBC)
• Business skills (Leading Change, Communicating Across Cultures, etc.)
• DIY Video (Camtasia, etc.)
• Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Mobile devices in the classroom
• Web and mobile app design

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

Submit your ideas here


Microsoft OneNote, a digital notebook for creating and storing all your notes now free including the Windows PC desktop and Mac versions. Further information can be found at Read More

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