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teaching and Learning in action

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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 Community
Bill Latta

Clickers

Vania Chan
Next Mtg: September 29th
11:00am - 12:00pm
SCI 331

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

e-Learning
Janine Hirtz

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Instructor Community
Peter Arthur
Next Mtg: September 12th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur
Next Mtg: September 19th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: September 11th
9:30am-10:30am
SCI 331

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: September 10th
10:00am-11:00am
SCI 331

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.

Peer Assessment in Small Groups: A Comparison of Methods by D. Baker in Journal of Management Education

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

Tuesdays:
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

COMING IN OCTOBER

October 1st Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes
October 2nd Online Course Design
October 2nd Video Creation with Mobile Devices - Students as Content Creators
October 7th Group Work With Connect
October 7th University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part 2 - Creating Learning Outcomes
October 8th Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice
October 10th Communicating Your Assessment Plans
October 14th University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part 3 - Communicating & Measuring Learning Outcomes
October 15th D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)
October 17th Introduction to Camtasia
October 27th Using Rubrics
October 28th University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 1 Context and Content of the Course
October 28th Working with Video in Connect
October 30th University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 2 Course Learning Outcomes

PARTNER / EXTERNAL EVENTS

ISSOTL 2014 Conference

Nurturing Passion and Creativity in Teaching and Learning
October 22 - 25, 2014
Quebec City, Canada

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Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University is pleased to announce its fifth annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, being held in Banff, Alberta Canada from November 6 - 8, 2014.

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Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice

November 14, 2014
SFU Harbor Centre
Vancouver, BC

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CTL Team

Peter Arthur, PhD
Director

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


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CTL Blog
blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoctl


SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS


Teaching Portfolios

Offered Twice:

September 3rd & September 8th
9:30am - 10:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples.

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Simplifying Connect's Grade Centre

September 4th
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young

Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites: Course in Connect

Tired of scrolling through a Grade Centre cluttered with irrelevant information? Interested in ways of organizing and simplifying the Connect grade centre and adding efficiencies to mark entry and grade calculation? This workshop will focus on these areas as well as additional topics that can assist faculty as they work in Grade Centre.

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Introduction to BlackBoard Connect for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Instructors

September 4th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bill Latta

This session will introduce you to the Blackboard environment showing some tips and tricks for navigation. This will include an in-depth look at how to create and add content in Blackboard. Best practice for presenting, organizing and navigating web-based course content and files will be discussed. A brief overview of assignment, assessment tools and the Gradebook will also be included.

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Connect Tools - Increasing Student Engagement

September 5th
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young

Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites: Course in Connect

The importance of student engagement as an integral part of the learning process has long been recognized. The UBC Connect Learning Management System has a variety of tools that will support and encourage student engagement.

This hands-on workshop will focus on the following Connect tools as a way of increasing engagement:
• Blogs
• Wikis
• Journals
• Discussion Boards
• Video and audio tools.

The session will conclude with a discussion regarding how these tool can be implemented in a course as well as best practice suggestions.

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An Introduction to Mediasite - Creating Video supports for the Flipped and Flexible Classroom

September 9th
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young

Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites: Course in Connect

This session will feature the use the Mediasite tools to support a variety of instructional strategies including blended learning, the creation of micro lectures as well as supporting the flipped teaching. The Mediasite technology can allow the creation of lecture and video content from a user’s desktop in an easy non-technical manner.

In addition to a computer based version of the program, a more feature rich version is installed in SCI 331. In this location, Mediasite technology is integrated with interactive Smart Technologies, a document camera as well as video camera to allow faculty to feature rich create video resources that can be integrated into online courses.

This session will highlight the use of these tools and examples of videos previously create will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to work with the desktop version of the software and will produce their first Mediasite creation.

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Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Instructors

September 9th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bill Latta

This session will explore issues related to academic integrity. Participants will also learn how Turnitin can be used to check for the originality of assignments that students will submit to you. Learn how to use Turnitin to scan assignments and report on their originality.

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Introduction to Snagit

September 12th
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young

Hands-on: Please bring your laptop.
Pre-requisites: Laptop with Snagit installed.

Snagit is a screen capture program that can assist in the creation of quality Word documents and presentations. It allows content that appears on a computer screen to be captured as either an image or video.

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore Snagit’s features as well as create a simple PowerPoint presentation and video tutorial using content captured from their laptop screen.

Prior to the workshop, please ensure that a ticket has been submitted to have IT services install Snagit on your computer or download and install a trial version from TechSmith. http://www.techsmith.com/download/snagit/

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Peer Review

September 15th
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leaders: Heather Hurren & Bill Latta

This workshop will examine the process of peer review and be an information session for those needing to be peer reviewed for tenure and promotion, those interested in having a peer review done for formative reasons, and for those who have been given the task of reviewing their peers.

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Midpoint Feedback

Offered Twice:
September 17th AND September 19th
9:30am - 10:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

In this workshop, participants will examine various midpoint feedback strategies and hear from faculty who currently use midpoint feedback to enhance their teaching and the student learning experience. The Centre offers a few templates that can be used within Connect to facilitate midpoint feedback and that process will be explained.

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Developing an Assessment Philosophy

September 22nd
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will involve reflecting on your assessment practices and examine current research in assessing students in higher education.

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University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part I - Why Learning Outcomes?

September 23rd
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Participants will review the literature and their own context for establishing learning outcomes for their courses/students.

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TELL YOUR TA ...... What's coming up in September!


ISS Foundations Certificate

Recognizes your successful participation in the Instructional Skills Seminars, micro-teaching, supplementary workshops, and your reflection upon these experiences.
In this workshop series you will:
- write learning outcomes
- use common instructional techniques
- use common instructional resources
- evaluate learning
- develop lesson plans
- give and receive objective, constructive feedback
- increase your competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level you come in with!!

Workshops will be held as follows:

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TA Credentialing Program 1 & 2 (Biology Laboratory ONLY)

September 2nd
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

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TA Credentialing Program (Earth Science ONLY)

September 3rd, 4th & 5th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: ART 203
Session Leader: John Parry

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TA Credentialing Program Session A & B (General)

September 8th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 253
Session Leader: John Parry

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TA Credentialing (Creative & Critical Studies ONLY)

September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

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TA Credentialing Program Session
A (General)

September 9th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 253
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program Session B (General)

September 9th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: ART 203
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program 1 (Biology Laboratory Only)

September 10th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: ART 203
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program 2 (Biology Laboratory Only)

September 10th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SCI 253
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program 1 (Biology Laboratory ONLY)

September 11th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 253
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program 2 (Biology Laboratory Only)

September 11th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program Session A (General)

September 12th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 253
Session Leader: John Parry

Register Now

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TA Credentialing Program Session B (General)

September 12th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

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TA Buffet (Open to all Teaching Assistants)

September 13th
9:00am - 3:00pm
Morning Session: ARTS 210
Afternoon Session: ARTS 215
Session Leader: John Parry

The TA buffet is a unique opportunity to begin the credentialing program on a Saturday morning when you are free of other university expectations. A pizza lunch is served.

The morning session recognizes your successful participation in the Instructional Skills Seminars, micro-teaching, supplementary workshops, and your reflection upon these experiences.

In this workshop series you will:
- write learning outcomes
- use common instructional techniques
- use common instructional resources
- evaluate learning
- develop lesson plans
- give and receive objective, constructive feedback
- increase your competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level you come in with!!

After lunch there is an introduction to Blackboard Connect. Almost all TA’s will be expected to use Connect as part of their responsibilities. BlackBoard Connect, is an online course management system used by many classes on campus.

Afternoon Topics will include:
• Orientation to Blackboard Connect
• Communication Tools
• Grade Centre Basics
• Using Assignment Drop Box

This session will provide an introduction for TAs who will have responsibilities assisting with the BlackBoard Connect activities of the course. If possible, please discuss with your instructor what TA responsibilities you will have relating to BlackBoard Connect, so that you can get the most out of this workshop. Feel free to bring your laptop if you have one.

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TA Orientation

September 17th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 333
Session Leader: John Parry

This important workshop for all newly appointed TA’s will acquaint you with the various resources available to you on the UBC-O campus to increase the effectiveness of your assistance to undergraduate students.

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Have a Suggestion for Connect Improvements or Enhancements? UBC wants to hear from you!

Submit your ideas here


TECH TIPS


Learning, Teaching & Technology In Higher Education

In higher education, the way tutors teach is a result of their own beliefs and presumptions about teaching and learning. Based on these values and orientations, tutors adopt either a teacher-centric or a learner-centric pedagogical (way of teaching) approach.

But some current research has pointed out that there is transitional orientation between both the approaches.

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