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.
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.
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
May 7 & 8, 2014
PROGRAM AVAILABLE - REGISTER NOW!!!
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. MarshaLovett, 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.
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
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 BB Connect work for you and your students as 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 email@example.com so we can add this to our program.
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.
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. Mohammad & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 Centre email@example.com.
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
Have a suggestion for Connect improvements or enhancements? UBC wants to hear from you!